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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Aussie_Gringo, Dec 4, 2006.

  1. Aussie_Gringo

    Aussie_Gringo Septic Tank Yank Supporter

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    Fellow Riders:

    I have four months to travel as far south as I care to. This ride report began last weekend at Camp Sheideck, partying with the Mayor (Richard Cabesa), AceRph, Kbasa, Slaniac, ARRRGGGHHHNut and a very notorious bunch of other ADVriders. BTW...Kbasa was the last man standing....

    Having lived south of the border for over a year, it will be a welcome relief for me to be south of the border again for a few months.....

    I hope you'll stay tuned.........

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  2. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    So how far south of the border are you going? Be generous with your pic posts! Vaya con Dios :thumb
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  3. Aussie_Gringo

    Aussie_Gringo Septic Tank Yank Supporter

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    Route planned is to ferry from Panama to Columbia, East to Venezuela, and south to Chile to have the bike and rider shipped back to Los Angeles......

    This ride is solo......

    This is the plan.......

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  4. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free!

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    Good to see you this last weekend.

    Good luck Neil. Ride safe.

    I'll be watching this space.
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  5. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Wow.. that is going to the deep deep south!! :clap:clap

    Best wishes for a safe journey! Keep us posted :lurk
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  6. Mr.Moose

    Mr.Moose Living the Adventure

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    i look forward to keeping track of you progress..:clap
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  7. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    Good luck. Sounds like the trip of a lifetime.
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  8. Pansy

    Pansy Not much of an Adventurer

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    Hope the winds died down and you got off as planned...

    Just have fun and be careful Neal! :smooch
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  9. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    WOW!

    What a trip!

    BTW Neil, I was one of the 2 GS's you passed at o-dark-thirty last Saturday morning on H33. I knew it was you in the dayglo Stitch. BTW it was 22F over that pass at 6:30AM in the morning.

    Ride safe, and post lotsa pics.

    :norton
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  10. Aussie_Gringo

    Aussie_Gringo Septic Tank Yank Supporter

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    Left Ventura County early December 5th and stopped my first night in Eloy, Arizona (South of Tucson) at a Motel 6.

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    Crossed the border at Nogales and onto Mex 15.

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    Rest stop north of Hermosillo.

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    With an incredible shrine.

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    Spent the night in Hermosillo and was wide awake at 3:00 AM.......waiting for the Sun and more riding time :clap


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    The next night was spent at Los Mochis, again up early to ride. It was the first feeling of tropical warmth and humidity. Very pretty south of Los Mochis.

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  11. Aussie_Gringo

    Aussie_Gringo Septic Tank Yank Supporter

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    ...Or so I thought. I stopped for breakfast around 11:00 am approx. 150 km North of Mazatlan.

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    About $3.00 US

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    After Lunch I continued South to turn-off for Playa Cauta, about 90 km north of Mazatlan....My first view of the Pacific.

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    I got into Mazatlan around 2:00 pm yesterday (Friday, December 8th) and after an hour of riding the city, I decided to push south to San Blas.

    The tropical warmth for riding in December was GREAT!!!!

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  12. Aussie_Gringo

    Aussie_Gringo Septic Tank Yank Supporter

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    At this stop along Mex 15 South of Mazatlan, I could see fishermen in a skif.

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    A very nice two-lane road, enroute to San Blas :clap

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    But By now, It's almost 4:00 and another 90 km to San Blas, so I booked it South and came across heavy traffic (mostly semi's)
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    By 5:30 pm, I was still 60 km away from San Blas. By 6:30, It was completely dark and I was still 40 km from my destination for the night. It was pitch black dark by 7:30 when I came across a roadside town. I stopped for a Coke.

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    I know....not wise to ride Mexican roads at night.....:eek1

    Around 8:00 PM, I arrived at San Blas and passed this beautiful restaurant.

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    I continued down to the water front, turned a corner and saw the biggest outdoor party ever :clap :clap :clap

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    I had been riding for 12 hours and was hammered, had two beers, dinner and watched the party from my Al fresca dining table for the next 2 hours.
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  13. Aussie_Gringo

    Aussie_Gringo Septic Tank Yank Supporter

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    I found a Hotel and crashed, woke up this morning to view the surroundings from my $20 USD a night Hotel.

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    My balcony which is nearly impossible to get to :lol3

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    I was out the door by 7:00 am to check out the city of San Blas.

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    San Blas is located between Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.....I'll get a map post in the next few days.


    UNBELIEVABLE Fish market on the streets outside the main mercado.

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    Jumbo Shrimp

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    Lobster

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    Fish

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  14. Dessert Storm

    Dessert Storm Dances With Drunks

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    Fantastic - keep going, keep safe, keep posting!
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  15. Aussie_Gringo

    Aussie_Gringo Septic Tank Yank Supporter

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    Nice Dorado next to Yellowtail Tuna

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    Inside the main mercado...

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    Yes....these are shrimp :eek1

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    Next to the mercado is a beautiful church

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    The streets of San Blas

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  16. Aussie_Gringo

    Aussie_Gringo Septic Tank Yank Supporter

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    Plaza Principal, San Blas, Mexico. Scene of last nights party....Learned that the really BIG party is December 12th.......I plan on sticking around :evil

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    City Hall, Plaza Principal

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    And a parting shot for today.....

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    Hasta Manana Amigos!!!

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  17. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Thanks for the great pics and the updates! keep it coming and best wishes for a continued safe ride :thumb

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  18. luisse30

    luisse30 n00b

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    That was really a nice adventure. THanks also for the sea food pics. Now i'm hungry.

    Good luck on your next GS adventure.

    Happy ridin'

    luisse
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  19. K1DUDE

    K1DUDE GS Crash Test Dummy Supporter

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    Thanks GSA, for taking us along on this trip with you. Nice pics, really capture the area. Looking forward to more. What an adventure.:thumb :thumb
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  20. motomex

    motomex "Como ves?"

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    :clap Bravo GSA!!!
    Be safe amigo.

    Tony
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