Underboning the World - 2 Symbas, 1 Couple, No Sense

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Underboning, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. Underboning

    Underboning Been here awhile

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    Right now it looks like we will be heading north-east out of LA (hopefully on the morning of the 13th) and then catching the 395 near Red Rock Canyon State Park. After that it will be the 395 all the way to Oregon. I know it's a looong way from the Bay Area, but it would be great if you could make it but we'd understand if you couldn't!
  2. Kerfuffle

    Kerfuffle Mostly Harmless

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    Been lurking for a while; EPIC trip you're having!

    As for getting back to PDX, there's always Bend - Mckenzie Pass / OR 242 and 126, OR 22 to Detroit, OR 224 / FS46 into Oregon City (not sure what part of town you're in). FS42 is a good diversion to 26 near Timberline, very nice.

    And the pictograms on the front fairings look great!
  3. Underboning

    Underboning Been here awhile

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    We were glad to see that it wasn't raining this morning, so after breakfast we got to work installing the new batteries in our bikes. For some reason, everything fought us today. I don't think the bikes want to go home either. We had to get our bikes to the crating company by 11:00 am, so we hit the road at 10:15 for the ride across the bridge and into Butterworth. Once again, the airline insisted that we drain all fuel from the bikes, so we've been riding around, virtually empty for the past several days. Before we got to the bridge, we split a liter of fuel between the two bikes to ensure we could make it. It began to rain lightly just as we reached the bridge, and it continued for the final five miles of the trip. We located the crating company easily enough, and soon had rolled the bikes into their warehouse.

    Apparently, there had been some miscommunication between the forwarder and the crating company, since the craters were under the impression that we were simply going to drop off the bikes. We explained that no, we would remove the front wheels and handlebars ourselves and get the bikes ready to go. We had explained all of this to the freight forwarder and also specified the size of the crate we needed based on our last three shipping experiences. The crater apparently didn't receive this message, since he assured us that there was no reason to disassemble anything, they would just crate everything up as it was. I then explained that if we did that, the freight charges would increase between 600 and 1000 USD. After that, he understood why we were trying to minimize the size and left us to work. Over the next hour, Re and I disconnected the batteries, removed the front wheels and fenders, unbolted the handlebars, and drained the gas from the carburetors. The foreman kept walking around our bikes skeptically, measuring with a tape measure, while looking at the measurements we had given him, and shaking his head. Once the bikes were disassembled, we popped them off the centerstand and let them sit on the rear wheel and the bottom of the fork legs. It was then that he realized that yes, they would fit in the crate we specified and smiled. Unlike other times we've shipped the bikes, they had not begun building the crate, but they got to work once they agreed with our measurements. The big boss came out and said it would be several hours until the crate was finished. He said to just show him how we wanted the bikes tied down and to leave anything else we wanted to put in the crate with them.

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    We waved goodbye to our Symbas and gladly accepted the offered ride to the ferry terminal. We had planned to walk the 1.5 miles to the bus station, but considering the rain, the ride was appreciated. Riding on the ferry back to Georgetown, we were both pretty bummed. We were pedestrians again, and crating the bikes means that we are really going home in a couple of days.

    Back on the island, we stopped for lunch and then walked back to our room to clean up and exchange some calls and emails with the freight forwarder. Later in the afternoon, we received a text from the crating company that included a photo of our bikes already in the crate. The one bit of good news we got today is that this company uses an engineered wood, so our shipment doesn't need to be fumigated before heading to the US. This saves us 250 ringgit (80 USD). We spent the rest of the afternoon looking for hotels in the LAX area before heading out for dinner.



    12 miles in about 30 minutes. It's strange to look out the front of the Star Lodge and not see our Symbas.

    We covered 8,170 miles each in southeast Asia and used 150 gallons of gasoline, for an average of 109 miles per gallon. Re-jetting my bike made a dramatic difference and except for Cambodia, the fuel quality seems much better here.
  4. Underboning

    Underboning Been here awhile

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    After breakfast, we spent most of the morning replying to emails and finding a hotel near the LAX airport. Lunch was a bit sad, since we are now counting down our final days and having to decide which restaurants we must visit again before we leave. Today we went for another banana leaf meal at Sri Ananda, and it was yummy as usual. On the way back to the room, we hit the ATM for another stack of cash, since we will need to pay for our shipping on Saturday.

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    The forwarder doesn't accept credit cards, so we need to come up with 6,715 ringgit (2150 USD) in cash by then. I also picked up a new Phillips screwdriver, since my other one was damaged.

    We spent the rest of the afternoon working on ride reports and uploading more photos. Later in the evening, we went out for wonton mee (four ringgit/1.33 USD per plate) at the hawkers' stalls on Chulia Street. This was accompanied by a couple of fresh fruit juices each. Re's new favorite drink is nutmeg juice, while I tried the honeydew juice. Delicious, and only 1.5 ringgit (50 cents). We are going to sorely miss cheap food. After dinner, we walked to the mall for one last movie. “Prometheus” just opened today, and it's a movie we've been looking forward to seeing. The fact that it was 10 ringgit each (3.33 USD) made it all the better. We are really going to miss Malaysia.
  5. DaBinChe

    DaBinChe Long timer

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    That sounds do-able. I was thinking of meeting you at Mono Lake and departing at Susanville/Honey Lake.
  6. yank-in-asia

    yank-in-asia S.E. Asia biker

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    It's gotta be mixed feeling having packed the bikes, yet looking forward to family reunions, and now being limited walking around. While the latter does have an advantage over bikes, you see some things that you might not otherwise see, it doesn't have the same sense of adventure as biking!

    Safe journey...
  7. rep550

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    Hi Re and Colin
    I look forward to your final postings. I for one have enjoyed checking in on your adventure as you have traveled the globe. Not many people have accomplished or have even attempted for that matter the adventure you are getting ready to complete.
    You have a pretty long leg left to complete your journey. But I would like to say 3 cheers and thanks for taking us on your adventure.
    I hope before your final posting you let us all know what future you have decided on.

    By the way and this seems pretty stupid at this point but I have never figured out how to check Re' blog or access your other photos. It's a little late in the game for this but oh well.

    Take care good luck heading home.
    Tom in Thailand
  8. Underboning

    Underboning Been here awhile

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    Sounds great! We should be rolling out of LA early on the 13th and are hoping to make the Mammoth Lakes/Lake Crowley area that night. Mammoth Lakes looks like it is about 350 miles, so it depends on traffic in LA. We'll have to figure out how to get in touch once we reach the US.
  9. Underboning

    Underboning Been here awhile

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    Thanks for coming along with us, it was good to meet you in Chiang Mai. When we figure out what we're doing, we'll be sure to let people know. :lol3 Re's blog is at https://underboningtheworld.blogspot.com/ and our photos are at https://www.colinandre.smugmug.com/ Enjoy!
  10. thecynic

    thecynic Adventurer

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    Great report!!!!:clap

    I have been lurking along the way, but just had to chime in now that it is winding down. :cry It really took a lot of testicular fortitude to head out on a trip like this in the first place, let alone on your chosen mode of transportation. Great fun and beautiful scenery, what more could we ask for!!

    Thanks for letting us follow along!!!:thumb

    Safe travels!!
  11. BushCaptain

    BushCaptain Unbounded World

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    Thanks for the great report. I'm planning a longer ride myself and reading this has given me even more inspiration...

    Good luck to you!
  12. Colombianito

    Colombianito Adventurer

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    What an Epic and Amazing Journey! Its been fun watching you two. I am gonna miss all the food!!:D
  13. Circle Blue

    Circle Blue Here and There

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    It doesn't seem that long ago you managed to sneak a picture of your two Symba with mine. I think it a good omen that today I turned over the 17000mi mark on my wee chariot. Great little bikes.

    Thanks for taking me along on your adventure.

    I can't imagine it is your last. I hope you share your others. One day perhaps I will meet you face to face. After all, Billie was quite impressed and speaks highly of you :D

    Stay safe.
    ~Keith
  14. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places Supporter

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    Colin and Re are now over the Pacific Ocean en route to LAX. I'll be there to pick them up and take them to their motel for the next night or two. We are planning on dinner at Versailles in Manhattan Beach - probably around 7pm. If any of you are available, come join us.

    I'll post up if there are any changes.

    jdg
  15. roadfool

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    Thank you both for expending the time and energy on this ride report. It is a wonderful story/ pictures. thank you for inviting all of us into your lives for this trip. I can only hope to someday repay the favor with a ride report half as interesting as yours.
  16. Ratman

    Ratman Lucky Rider

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    Colin and Re enjoyed dinner and conversations (maybe a couple libations as well) with friend of mine in LA tonight. Wish I could have been there. :freaky

    Here's proof that all is well...
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  17. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places Supporter

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    Yep, that's me hiding between Colin and Re and my buddy KenT from LA Bikers taking the photo.

    The kids are a bit tired but beginning to remember which side of the road they will need to be on when they get their bikes out of customs tomorrow.

    Great conversation and wonderful stories. I may try to ride a bit with them on Wednesday as they head toward Oregon.

    jdg
  18. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    Welcome back to the states! :freaky
  19. Underboning

    Underboning Been here awhile

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    We should be passing through the Lou in a few weeks, maybe we'll have to meet up at Ted Drewes or something!
  20. Underboning

    Underboning Been here awhile

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    Thanks again for your help and hospitality! It after 20+ hours on a plane, it was great to have a ride and a friendly face. We also appreciated the food and fellowship at dinner. Hopefully we can get our bikes today and meet up for a bit of a ride!