Starting a Trip in October - Heading to Panama

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Dhermz, Sep 12, 2019.

  1. Dhermz

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    Hello inmates,

    I am heading south in approximately a month and looking to see if any one is headed the same way. Not looking for a full time ride partner but more or less someone heading in the same direction to check in and meet up with/ ride a few days with from time to time.

    I've read tons of Ride reports over the last few years and I think it would be great to meet up with some of you legends.

    Feel free to message me and let me know if you are headed in the same direction.

    Start point: Edmonton Alberta
    Goal: Panama City, Panama

    Start Date: October 10th

    General Route:
    West to Vancouver then south along the PCH and down Baja, Ferry to Mazatlan and down the west coast of Central America. ( I will update the route soon as make up my route map)

    General Itinerary

    Depart October 8th - 10th



    Phase 1 (10 Days)

    BC/USA - October 10th - October 20-22nd



    Phase 2 (17-20 Days)

    Mexico ( BAJA & Mainland) - October 22nd - November 12th



    Phase 3 (14 Days) - November 12th - November 26th

    Guatemala/ El Salvador



    Phase 4 (14-15 Days) - November 26th - December 7th

    Nicaragua/ Costa Rica



    Phase 5 (15-30 Days) - December 8th - December 25th…..

    Panama - The way back to Arizona


    Cheers,

    Dave
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  2. matthewg123

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    I'll be heading this route from TX to Panama in Jan. Following.
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  3. Cal

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    meet a few Mexico travellers in Banamachi Sonora on the 8th of November, there is usually about 20 riders show up and some of us are heading south after the meet up
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  4. Cal

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  5. VanIsle180

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    Leaving the Vancouver area on the 4th. Heading to Rich's for the 5th for some adjustments then south to La Paz. Not in any rush, was thinking highway 1 and 101.
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  6. Dhermz

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    Brilliant,

    My last day of work is the 9th of October. I boogie west then south and meet up?

    Also in no rush at the moment. Meeting friends in Cabo 1st or 2nd week of November.

    Keep in touch! I'll message you my contact info
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  7. Dhermz

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  8. Cal

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    I'll be in Mexico until about Dec.10th Maybe Guatemala also.
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  9. VanIsle180

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    Awesome. I’ll go slow. Meet up in south Oregon or something.
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  10. Sjoerd Bakker

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    Dhermz et al ..””Cabo then over to the mainland.””

    “ <<. BRING YOUR OWN TIE DOWNS STRAPS IF YOU ARE RIDING A MOTORCYCLE • >>

    It is official policy for motorcycles as the ticket selling lady at Ferry TMC told us yesterday .

    I venture a guess that if they have supplied the lightweight tie down straps suitable for a bike in the past that too many went missing . :dirtdog
    Or they have only the heavy wide straps , often filthy , for holding cars and trucks which are difficult to attach to the chromey - painty- plasticky parts of a bike


    PS - l realize that this admonition from the ticket seller for FERRY TMC may be a specific
    requirement for TMC , while other carriers might supply bike- friendly tie downs , but you as a traveller will have to be prepared for ANY eventuality .
    The TMC vessel San Guillermo is a trucking dedicated vessel and supplies ONLY heavy duty chain and hook style units to tie down trucks , not a strap of any size to be had.

    Get your own four straps and set them up for non- marring attachment to your bike and get some practice in rigging them up .
    Nothing is funnier (?) than seeing somebody with two fingerless left hands pulling on a wad of knotted up straps and not knowing which end goes where .
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  11. Parcero

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    Nice trip. I did a similar trip back in 2011, starting from Chicago. I’ll be following along vicariously.
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  12. Sparta683

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    Me and a couple buddies will be in Baja October 27-November 7. That looks like when you’ll be down there also. It will be our first trip to Baja so we won’t be much help for advice but we can buy you a beer or two! I’ll keep an eye on this thread. Ride safe and have fun!
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  13. Sjoerd Bakker

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    Also for Dhermz et al

    If one is sure that one is going to be crossing to the mainland from Pichilingue it is best to get your TVIP done and paid for at the same time you are getting the FMM right AT THE BORDER as you enter from the USA .
    The TVIP is indeed available at Pichilingue ferry terminal ( provided you have the FMM )
    but BANJERCITO at Pichilingue operates on a variable time schedule : see this image , upper sign of today .
    27D65F5A-71CF-420A-AB08-4B1445CBC6FD.jpeg
    With the TVIP in hand from the BORDER you will be liberated from the worry of timing to get it at Pichilingue .

    With the current ( late 2019) regime of ferry departures ,some of which which are timed late in the evening , you might well find yourself arriving at the ferry port at the hour recommended by the ferry company , say 5 pm but then discover that the BANJERCITO closes at 3 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday .
    Not good! , you would need to postpone to a later day .!

    The lower panel in the photo is the current cost of the TVIP .
    Of course you still have the REFUNDABLE security deposit to add to that , but that is not a cost to you (- unless you mess up and forget to cancel the TVIP )

    The BANJERCITO at Pichilingue is now located in the older , south terminal building on the ground floor , north east corner facing the parking area .
    The ticket wickets are located in the newer north building ,inside , ground floor , north end .
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  14. Rubinski

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    I'm leaving Phoenix Arizona October 7th. Hoping to go all the way to Peru. I'll have to decide when I arrive in Panama.
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    I'm leaving Phoenix Arizona October 7th. Hoping to go all the way to Peru. I'll have to decide when I arrive in Panama. I'm also looking for information on shipping my bike back from Lima Peru. If anyone has information, I would really appreciate it.
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  16. samalama

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    My wife and I are riding from New Mexico to as far south as we can get over the course of 4-5 months, starting November 6th. We are on 2 DR650's and would be psyched to meet up any and all of you if our paths cross along the way. I'll be watching this thread. Have fun!
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  17. Rubinski

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    Definitely! Hope to meet up somewhere..
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    Just on the ferry coming off the big island. Vancouver overnight tonight. Kingston, Wa tomorrow and Saturday. Then out to the coast and south. Keep me posted where you are and we’ll meet up for the TJ crossing. I’ve got some great intel from buddies that have done the trip a lot. Lots of great bike friendly places on the way down. Cheers. Safe ride.
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  19. Dhermz

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    Hey VanIsle,

    t-minus 8 days till I get some kms under the wheels. I'll keep you posted where I am and how fast I'm travelling. Anxious about the snow we got in souther BC and Alberta. Keeping my eye on the safest route through the rockies.

    Cheers and safe riding.

    - Dave
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