Way out West - Canada to Central America

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Motojournalism, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. Captain Quest

    Captain Quest Adventurer

    Sep 18, 2008
    Awesome as usual :clap
  2. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

    Mar 9, 2007

    Wow, that is one awesome image. :bow
  3. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

    Apr 20, 2006
    Montreal via BC
    Thanks for checking in guys :thumb

    This last trip was about two weeks, lots of stories to tell.
    I've got to post my interview of Margus and Kariina (From Estonia with Love) on the blog before I get to my Eastern US trip here, but I can't help posting a few more photos :D

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    DrRock & LDF
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    Ben of MotorcycleMexico.com
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  4. Crazylegs Bob

    Crazylegs Bob Tiger Tamer

    Jan 7, 2009
    Dundalk, Ontario
    Your photos and report are awesome as usual!:clap
  5. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

    Apr 20, 2006
    Montreal via BC
    I'd gotten an invitation to do a presentation at the SouthEast Overland Rally, way down in Asheville North Carolina. They're all about long-distance self sufficient overland travel, just like us, but on 4-wheel Land Rovers, and Land Cruisers. They're expanding to include motorcycle travelers, and asked if I'd be interested in sharing some stories from my travels.

    They'd generously offered to pick up the gas tab and I'd never checked out that part of the 'states. So I packed my well-worn bags with the familiar old kit and hit the road.

    The day before leaving, I threw together a slideshow with all the photos and stories I'd collected on the Canada to Panama trip. I whittled the whole ride-report down to the best photos and stories into something that would take about an hour to present.

    Always fun to re-live the trip from the beginning.

    Feeling at home again with All my gear loaded on the bike, I snapped the boots tight, strapped the helmet, hit the starter and headed out of Montreal.

    Had a quick brunch in Ontario with ScotiaDallas, discussed plans of world domination (Video? TV?)

    Would you buy eggs from this man?
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    Then it was out of the pleasant country roads and on to the tedious, droning, straight-as-a-spoke highway 401.
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    5000rpm, 130kmh for HOURS. I tucked in, chin on the tankbag, left hand on the gastank. It's the best you can do on a bike with the same aerodynamic properties as a moose.

    401=16 lanes of SUCK.


    The 401 connects Toronto to the rest of Canada and officially carries THE MOST TRAFFIC in North America.

    What an awful stretch of road...

    KLR Mod to-do list:
    • Clip-on bars
    • Rear-sets
    • Sixth gear

    I passed through Toronto and looped around Lake Ontario to meet Les & Waterlilly at their place near Hamilton.
    Looking at the address on GPS, I was sure it was wrong. The coordinates showed a tiny spit of land on the edge of Lake Ontario, in an industrial section, with a big elevated highway taking up most of the space.

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    I figured that they either live under a bridge, or have some sort of amazing house.
    Turns out it's both.

    They stuffed me with beer, wine, BBQ and tales from Africa, Mexico, Jamaica and beyond. The long drone of the 401 was quickly forgotten.

    I sat down with Waterlilly for a trial-run of the Canada-to-Panama presentation and found it was far too easy to run over an hour's time. I'll have to keep the stories short...

    A good-night's sleep in an enormous bed, an easy morning over coffee with a view over the great lake.

    Flipped through Rene Cormier's "University of Gravel Roads" and picked up some great tips for presenting in front of an audience.

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    Then it was off to DualSport Plus to pick-up some much needed motorcycle parts.

    Waterlilly, getting to work the right way. She and Les both have KLRs, but her KLX is a great commuter for the short ride.
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    Les's F800 left him stranded at the gas station just down the street from the shop, but started right up after a short break. Just a temperamental battery, soon to be replaced.
    They tell me BMW stands for Bring Money With you
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    I haven't had the cash to properly keep up on bike maintenance since being back from the big trip, but I knew the essentials could be put off no longer. I was headed into uncharted waters and had a date to make.

    • New chain
    • Front and rear sprockets
    • Throttle and clutch cables
    • Spare front and rear tubes
    • Oil for the liter I'd burned off on the 401
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    I was given free reign of the shop, but as it was a monday and the mechanics had the day off the tool boxes were - understandably - locked tight.

    But I had access to a vice, a grinder, my own toolkit and a block of wood as a hammer.
    I won't be ready to work pit at Dakar anytime soon, but the work got done.
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    Then it was off to the border for straight answers to inane inquires. But it was hassle free and I rolled through Buffalo, and it's suddenly American architecture.
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    I rolled southward, escaping the city and the suburbs and headed into the woods. It was liberating to return to the rhythm of the road. Without a fixed route, riding until dusk camping wherever you find yourself. Back on the schedule of the sun.

    I reconsidered the first potential spot after deciding that the ground lay too low and that the path next to where I would have set the tent was a deer freeway. Plenty of tracks and scat - animals crunching past the tent always wake me up.

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    But further down a beautiful forest service road lead me to the perfect spot.
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    Set back from the road, with a creek wrapping around a low space, just large enough for the tent, with a soft peat that thumps underfoot. The kind of ground soft enough to not require a mattress.
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    And my campsite as seen from the road.
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    It's good to be back.
  6. homme de fer

    homme de fer Long timer

    Jan 12, 2010
    GTA, Canada
    It's great to have you back. I point all my friends to this thread and check back regularly.
  7. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

    Apr 20, 2006
    Montreal via BC
    @CrazyLegs Bob & Homme de Fer
    Thanks for checking-in guys, good to know you're along for the ride :thumb

    On with the report...
  8. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

    Apr 20, 2006
    Montreal via BC
    "Improvement makes straight roads; but the crooked roads, without improvement, are roads of genius." - William Blake

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    Lightning cracks and thunder rumbles, rain falls hard. Empty gastank and stomach both force a stop at the Breezeway Cafe downtown Somewhere in Pennsylvania.

    Melamine tables under green florescent tubes. Hot coffee returns the warmth to my bones. Husky locals, mostly retired, chat loudly to be heard by ageing ears. The conversation is heart conditions, knee operations, the upcoming antique rifle auction. Everybody knows everybody.

    They see my helmet on the table and the rain gear hanging up at the front, and it's not long before I know everybody either. "You came this far on an offroad bike?" I don't tell them how far I've been, not sure they'd believe me and I don't feel like showing off. But stories are swapped and routes are suggested. It was great to connect with the friendly bunch of folks.

    "Hoooboy, wait till you get off the path in West Virginia. You're gonna need a hillbilly map to find your way outta there!"

    A man named John is with his wife Carol, they talk to me on their way out. They're about the same age as everybody else, but they stand out from the crowd.
    John's walking with a cane since a recent stroke, he can't ride his 1200 cruiser right now. Forever young, he's dressed like a man in his 20s, full-sleeve tattoos, and loop ear-plug piercings. We trade a few tales of the good folks we've met on the road and a few about the bad ones.

    "Have you got a knife?" He says, getting quiet and concerned. "All it takes is..." He moves his thumb across his tattooed neck, under the chin.

    One more round of java, then goodbyes are said all around.

    The bike is fueled-up at the station on the way out of town.
    I pay for the gas, past the live-bait vending machine, to the hefty uber-butch cashier. She's inked and pierced to rival John, and she lets fly an impressive stream of tobacco into a coffeecan spitoon behind the counter.

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    The interstate blasts straight-through but it's absence leaves the past preserved - for the moment - on the country roads.
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    It's a day to make miles and there are few stops. Dusk approaches and I'd like to find somewhere to dry off and have a shower, but I'd forgotten how much a hotel costs when you are this far north.

    Forty-one greenbacks for the lowliest game in town is not in the budget.
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    So it's off to "Gooney Creek" at the top of the Blue Ridge Parkway, where I peel off a twenty for a campsite. I hand it to the nice old lady - a fiery ol' redhead back in her day - who runs the campground.
    "Oh! I didn't even hear you pull up, you've got such a quiet motorcycle." Which surprises me, but I suppose at this location she's used to the straight-pipes cruiser crowd.

    I've got the run of the place though, and after a refreshing shower it's right off to bed. I've crossed several state lines to end up here in Virginia. A full day.
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  9. GP640

    GP640 Long timer

    Sep 30, 2006
    NW AB

    401 is 27 lanes across at its widest point IIRC.
  10. Ardyjay

    Ardyjay Been here awhile

    Nov 26, 2007
    West Coast Canada
    Good to see you're on the road again, Anton.
    Will be watching from out here on Gabriola!:clap
  11. GISdood

    GISdood Been here awhile

    Apr 2, 2009
    Prince George, BC
    Great to see more stuff from you Anton... amazing photos and written material, as usual.
  12. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

    Apr 20, 2006
    Montreal via BC
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    Good morning Gooney Creek.
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    Off to town to stock up on cash, gas, food and a new red bandana to ward off sunburn.
    I love the drive-thru ATMs at American banks. Very rare in Canada.

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    Then it's off to the very top of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive. There's a $10 entrance fee and a 35mph speed limit. I soon pass a cruiser who waves to me in an odd fashion, then I realize it's a cop signaling for me to keep my speed down.
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    No denying either it's blueness nor it's ridgeyness.

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    Save for a bit of construction, I have the whole road nearly to myself.
    But it's beyond me why they would resurface a road that's in such good condition.

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    In my book, it's not a mountain unless it goes above treeline, so I suppose this peak here counts.

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    A word about my riding gear, for the most part it's held up incredibly well, considering. But much is due to be repaired or replaced. The zipper on the jacket won't close unless it's pulled up just right, the knee armour in the BMW summer pants is cracked and moving out of place, my Garmin GPS constantly shuts off and I still haven't replaced the RAM mount that cracked in Nevada.

    And I think it might be time for new hot weather gloves too.

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    If I had a regular job I could have replaced all this ages ago, but If that was the case I couldn't take-off for two weeks at the drop of a hat either. Still unsure, do I value time or money more?

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    The parkway rolls on, gentle turns are carved all day. After the short Skyline Drive section the speed increases to a more reasonable 45mph.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5877746409/" title="Overland-US-0107 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5027/5877746409_e921b2a9d8_b.jpg" width="1024" height="685" alt="Overland-US-0107"></a>

    Sunrise to sunset, I complete about two-thirds the parkway before I set up my tent for the night.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5877751681/" title="Overland-US-1330128 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5263/5877751681_2d5f5b2b52_b.jpg" width="1024" height="632" alt="Overland-US-1330128"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878326564/" title="Overland-US-0117 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6060/5878326564_1fe6e941b5_z.jpg" width="640" height="428" alt="Overland-US-0117"></a>

    I can follow the parkway all the way to my destination in North Carolina, but after breakfast, I decide to change it up a little.

    The Blue Ridge Parkway is beautiful, but it's a little... "sanitized for your protection" It's too clean, too safe, too easy. And it's been stripped of any life, any culture. Other than deer, there's not much to keep you on your toes.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878355684/" title="Overland-US-1330139 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5228/5878355684_10e48f1b60_b.jpg" width="1024" height="576" alt="Overland-US-1330139"></a>

    I suppose it's a bit like skiing the green run after you are able to ski the black diamond, it's just not gonna do it for ya.

    I mean you don't have to expect this sort of thing coming around a blind corner on the BRP
    (photo from Guatemala)

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/4293613137/" title="Way out West-1290391 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4005/4293613137_74c8ddf80c_z.jpg" width="640" height="360" alt="Way out West-1290391"></a>

    So it's on to the country roads that parallel the parkway.
    Much better. They're rough, with sections of gravel, they twist like you wouldn't believe, there's no shoulder, oncoming dumptrucks compete for your lane. A little spice, you know? And there's things to SEE.

    Parkway on the right, patched-way on the left.
    I follow the country roads, and every once in a while I reconnect to the parkway to maintain the general direction.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5877808911/" title="Overland-US-1330151 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5147/5877808911_b8820d92c5_b.jpg" width="1024" height="611" alt="Overland-US-1330151"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878374756/" title="Overland-US-1330155 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6021/5878374756_0b12c82662_b.jpg" width="1024" height="668" alt="Overland-US-1330155"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5877818309/" title="Overland-US-1330156 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5311/5877818309_7f0279948f_b.jpg" width="1024" height="921" alt="Overland-US-1330156"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878381574/" title="Overland-US-1330158 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6050/5878381574_2889261c1d_b.jpg" width="1024" height="714" alt="Overland-US-1330158"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878339974/" title="Overland-US-1330133 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6035/5878339974_0baa4e2dee_b.jpg" width="1024" height="267" alt="Overland-US-1330133"></a>

    North Carolina - The Underwear State

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5877912257/" title="Overland-US-1330185 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5063/5877912257_0f4819e387_z.jpg" width="640" height="506" alt="Overland-US-1330185"></a>

    Any time I see a parked dualsport I leave a motojournalism.com card on it. It's always cool to hear back from people.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878482420/" title="Overland-US-1330192 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5119/5878482420_abe42f047b_b.jpg" width="1024" height="676" alt="Overland-US-1330192"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5877916691/" title="Overland-US-1330190 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5222/5877916691_9b389061c2_b.jpg" width="659" height="1024" alt="Overland-US-1330190"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878363780/" title="Overland-US-1330149 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6016/5878363780_dd91627272_z.jpg" width="640" height="566" alt="Overland-US-1330149"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878390324/" title="Overland-US-1330166 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6099/5878390324_36405666fd_b.jpg" width="576" height="1024" alt="Overland-US-1330166"></a>

    I can make it, I've been dodging these clouds all day.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5877908131/" title="Overland-US-1330182 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5312/5877908131_6cf929e4db_b.jpg" width="742" height="1024" alt="Overland-US-1330182"></a>

    I can make it, I can make it...
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878487990/" title="Overland-US-1330197 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6052/5878487990_af0d8c47b6_b.jpg" width="739" height="1024" alt="Overland-US-1330197"></a>

    I can make, I ca
    Whiff of ozone.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5877928671/" title="Overland-US-0152 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6041/5877928671_dc1a023cb5_b.jpg" width="1024" height="757" alt="Overland-US-0152"></a>

    I turn tail and twist the throttle to the last cafeteria I saw, a few miles back. I pull in just as the fat drops begin to fall.

    I'm not the only one getting out of the rain either. This couple was aiming to stay dry too. Turns out they're doing the same trip as me, in reverse. They started in Asheville and are headed to Montreal. But it's a short trip for them too, they've been all over the US, Canada and Europe, Mexico and Central America too.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878498250/" title="Overland-US-0157 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6054/5878498250_db1a5e3e26_z.jpg" width="640" height="428" alt="Overland-US-0157"></a>

    They say that they're both getting on in years, and they both have some serious medical conditions - half the bicycle trailer is a pharmacy - but I really admire their toughness. They just get on with it the hard way, and have a good time doing it.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5877940369/" title="Overland-US-0159 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5065/5877940369_f6ce7fefbc_b.jpg" width="1024" height="543" alt="Overland-US-0159"></a>

    And there's other ways to do it too, but I mean...
    Just add another wheel and a roof, come on...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5877944441/" title="Overland-US-1330204 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5232/5877944441_395ab01d3c_b.jpg" width="1024" height="576" alt="Overland-US-1330204"></a>

    The thunder shakes the floorboards, lightning strikes at the same moment over the trees across the road. The rain gets heavier than the wind changes direction. Nothing to to but wait.

    On the road again after the storm, refreshed from the afternoon heat.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5877947893/" title="Overland-US-0160 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6006/5877947893_6a3d8c236e_b.jpg" width="1024" height="681" alt="Overland-US-0160"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5877958353/" title="Overland-US-0168 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5230/5877958353_8ff4d6d921_b.jpg" width="1024" height="685" alt="Overland-US-0168"></a>

    I scooted this guy off the middle of the road, I've never seen one like this up-close, and I didn't want to spin-out and loose all my pocket-change.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878532098/" title="Overland-US-1330215 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5065/5878532098_d6c9b6b590_b.jpg" width="1024" height="678" alt="Overland-US-1330215"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878529438/" title="Overland-US-1330213 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5278/5878529438_e9b4ec85e7_b.jpg" width="1024" height="576" alt="Overland-US-1330213"></a>
  13. Cariboostrom

    Cariboostrom Been here awhile

    Jul 15, 2008
    Quesnel, B.C. Canada
    As always, your photography skills are amazing. I learn something new from every one of your photos! Have a great trip Anton!
  14. shaweetz

    shaweetz Been here awhile

    Feb 2, 2010
    Ottawa, CDN
    Nice. Does the northern part of the BRP also have the pitch black no-time-to-take-off-sunglasses holy-crap-it's-dark-in-here tunnel excitement?
  15. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

    Apr 20, 2006
    Montreal via BC
    First Morning at the Overland Rally
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5877982255/" title="Overland-US-0197 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6043/5877982255_fd43974146_b.jpg" width="1024" height="686" alt="Overland-US-0197"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5877996235/" title="Overland-US-0219 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5159/5877996235_c58cdc5245_b.jpg" width="1024" height="622" alt="Overland-US-0219"></a>

    The Overland Rally is put on by the same folks that put together the Overland Journal (always *amazing* photos there) There were cool courses to take all weekend, all about overland travel; trip planning, wilderness first-aid, advanced and basic offroad driving, photography vehicle recovery. The moto contingent talked; thumpers vs. beasts, riding technique, soft vs. hard luggage, GPS and maps, tales from the road, how awesome KTM WP suspension is, all the usual stuff.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878005861/" title="Overland-US-0226 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5028/5878005861_b2eca82e82_z.jpg" width="640" height="513" alt="Overland-US-0226"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878139861/" title="Overland-US-0310 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6058/5878139861_92965afd3b_b.jpg" width="687" height="1024" alt="Overland-US-0310"></a>

    Rovers, Defenders, Cruisers, FJs, BJs, Wranglers, even an International Harvester.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878549518/" title="Overland-US-0198 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5160/5878549518_2d34fb85cb_b.jpg" width="1024" height="685" alt="Overland-US-0198"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878733786/" title="Overland-US-2-12 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5273/5878733786_ee908f2436_b.jpg" width="1024" height="576" alt="Overland-US-2-12"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878554352/" title="Overland-US-0214 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5061/5878554352_e3d0660f40_b.jpg" width="1024" height="682" alt="Overland-US-0214"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878604998/" title="Overland-US-0249 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6008/5878604998_c9d4228c01_b.jpg" width="777" height="1024" alt="Overland-US-0249"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878097023/" title="Overland-US-0282 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5156/5878097023_869cc11829_b.jpg" width="754" height="1024" alt="Overland-US-0282"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878656306/" title="Overland-US-0275 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5232/5878656306_ed9f9ede49_b.jpg" width="1024" height="756" alt="Overland-US-0275"></a>

    Dirty Lexus

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878745422/" title="Overland-US-2-15 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6009/5878745422_26658e395a_b.jpg" width="768" height="1024" alt="Overland-US-2-15"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878670206/" title="Overland-US-0285 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5184/5878670206_daa07413ff_b.jpg" width="1024" height="799" alt="Overland-US-0285"></a>

    Crazy hot during the middle of the day, I found some shade and swapped out the throttle and clutch cables. It took me ages to put the throttle assembly together, I always get distracted and start chatting with everybody when there's other people around. Fun yes, efficient no. :D But there's no rush and I learned a thing or two about carburetors and clutches.

    Here's Tony in the orange (KTM640) Lending a hand. I've gotta thank Tony's friend Brian, he mentioned something about having a tiny bit of slack at the clutch cable.
    I backed it off a bit and it solved a problem I've been having for months. On the highway, when I whacked the throttle in a tall gear, it was feeling pretty gutless. I think it must have been the clutch slipping 'cause it feels good now!

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878101445/" title="Overland-US-2 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5231/5878101445_9b0745513b_b.jpg" width="1024" height="693" alt="Overland-US-2"></a>

    That's Brian here,with the brimmed hat.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878105711/" title="Overland-US-2-2 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5184/5878105711_9e13cac295_b.jpg" width="1024" height="654" alt="Overland-US-2-2"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878674082/" title="Overland-US-0291 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5276/5878674082_6fb3c22d83_z.jpg" width="640" height="492" alt="Overland-US-0291"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878694466/" title="Overland-US-2-3 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5080/5878694466_ae1fb0fa46_b.jpg" width="1024" height="603" alt="Overland-US-2-3"></a>

  16. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

    Mar 9, 2007
    Wow KTM, KLR, and BMW riders all getting along, and.......riding together? :huh :lol3

    Looks like a great time. :freaky
  17. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

    Apr 20, 2006
    Montreal via BC

    Yep, there were a few tunnels, not many though...
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878815634/" title="Overland-US-1330343 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5066/5878815634_87ffbd0cf2_b.jpg" width="1024" height="576" alt="Overland-US-1330343"></a>

    Yep, we had to set-aside our differences in order to fend-off the four-wheelers :lol3
    Welcome back to insanity by the way :freaky
  18. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

    Apr 20, 2006
    Montreal via BC
    Some of the awning and rooftop tent set-ups were pretty extensive - palatial by motorcycle travel standards.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878565032/" title="Overland-US-0225 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6020/5878565032_512438d7a1_b.jpg" width="1024" height="653" alt="Overland-US-0225"></a>

    Ben and Bev' even had patio lights!
    They run Equipt, the 4-wheel overland equivalent of TouraTech.
    The flexible solar panel on the hood is pretty sweet, there was a smaller version that might fit on a motorcycle...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5877978069/" title="Overland-US-1330218 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5024/5877978069_6394f91c7a_b.jpg" width="1024" height="668" alt="Overland-US-1330218"></a>

    I've no idea what I'd do with that amount of space, but I'm sure I'd find a way to fill it.

    ...With stuff like this brilliant cast-iron oven:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878561176/" title="Overland-US-0223 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5035/5878561176_d7c6da566e_b.jpg" width="1024" height="685" alt="Overland-US-0223"></a>

    This belonged to the two southern brothers, Brooks and Weston - with names like that they oughtta start a band.

    That's Weston on the left, Brooks on the right.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878089495/" title="Overland-US-0269 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5024/5878089495_5aca11d7f1_b.jpg" width="1024" height="685" alt="Overland-US-0269"></a>

    Two can jambalya, straight out of the BoyScout camp-out cookbook.
    The two brothers were hilarious. The jambalya was slowly cooking, delicious smells were beginning to waft over on the breeze.
    Brooks takes a deep snif of the air; "Oh man, that's amazing - smells like sex!"
    Weston: "Er, really? I don't recall it being quite like that..."
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878092241/" title="Overland-US-0272 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5302/5878092241_987ac41734_b.jpg" width="1024" height="685" alt="Overland-US-0272"></a>

    Weston's KLR, with the custom FlexiBars&#8482;

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878168713/" title="Overland-US-2-11 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5268/5878168713_a7fe011611_b.jpg" width="1024" height="681" alt="Overland-US-2-11"></a>

    And Brooks' Wrangler

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878014203/" title="Overland-US-0229 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5156/5878014203_4a89b5da67_b.jpg" width="1024" height="686" alt="Overland-US-0229"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878581394/" title="Overland-US-0230 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6047/5878581394_eb02314b1b_b.jpg" width="1024" height="722" alt="Overland-US-0230"></a>

    Steeper than it looks?

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878025055/" title="Overland-US-0233 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6015/5878025055_8e5b443802_z.jpg" width="471" height="640" alt="Overland-US-0233"></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878051045/" title="Overland-US-0252 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5068/5878051045_0477194ea1_z.jpg" width="428" height="640" alt="Overland-US-0252"></a>

    I smell campfire...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878065399/" title="Overland-US-0260 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6053/5878065399_0632c76816_b.jpg" width="1024" height="685" alt="Overland-US-0260"></a>

    The afternoons on the high, exposed field were brutally hot. People lay around like lizards during the peak temperatures.
    "Y'all wanna go for a swim?"
    Yes indeed I do, feelin' pretty... Ripe.

    Tony, Weston and I piled into Brooks' Wrangler and headed off the hill.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878644174/" title="Overland-US-1330229 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5192/5878644174_f0f0e83605_z.jpg" width="640" height="594" alt="Overland-US-1330229"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878641886/" title="Overland-US-1330224 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5268/5878641886_a26b52a4ee_b.jpg" width="1024" height="637" alt="Overland-US-1330224"></a>

    I can't describe how good that cool water felt after all that heat...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878087003/" title="Overland-US-0268 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5036/5878087003_625bf712a8_b.jpg" width="1024" height="673" alt="Overland-US-0268"></a>

    But there were afternoon rainstorms on the weekend too, enough to bring the temperatures down a bit and, provide some excitement by blowing a few unsecured canopy tents 30 feet into the air, and into the bushes.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878705860/" title="Overland-US-0311 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5148/5878705860_9e27c30ddd_b.jpg" width="1024" height="685" alt="Overland-US-0311"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878709738/" title="Overland-US-2-4 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5152/5878709738_763fd7a13f_b.jpg" width="1024" height="616" alt="Overland-US-2-4"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/antontrax/5878150871/" title="Overland-US-2-5 by Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6035/5878150871_db6199fb31_b.jpg" width="1024" height="772" alt="Overland-US-2-5"></a>

    Ben and Bev' of Equipt have a great gig going for themselves. They import all the overland gear from South Africa to sell through Equipt, and they also do the location photography for the products. So they've travelled to Chile, Mexico, Guatemala, Canada and all over the US shooting photos for Equipt and for other companies and magazines too.
    That's exactly the sort of thing I'd like to be doing for the motorcycle industry. It sounds like the perfect balance of real work, doing something interesting, and travelling to great places.

    Ben is an excellent photographer, and I took plenty of notes about how he taught his photo workshop at the rally.
    Here's Ben photographing Shirley Deane, during her presentation.

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    What a gal, this Shirley Deane was super-cool.

    "When I was 27 years old, I boarded the MS Oslofjord and set sail for the Land of the Midnight Sun: Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland. My plan was to work my way around the world playing jazz accordion, and that is exactly what I did. I ended up visiting and living in 67 countries, became the first woman to drive a Land Rover from England to Kathmandu, was kidnapped and questioned by Turkish police, was offered a job by the CIA, was cured of asthma by an indigenous doctor in Kashmir, managed a clinic in a Tibetan refugee camp in Nepal, and stood against death threats to write and publish the first ever Who&#8217;s Who of Black South Africans"

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    She was a great storyteller, building excitement, taking you right to the precipice, then...
    "And to find out what happened next, you'll have to buy the book!"
    Here's a clip of her reading (at a different event) - she's talking about what made her decide to travel overland and about her mechanical maintenance course.

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    Michael was a great guy too, he's been all the way to the top of the Trans-Labrador highway.
    He had some cool hardcover books of his trip photos too. I roughly translated the French Trans-Lab signage for him; the huge blue ones that say: "Disposing of caribou carcass and entrails in domestic trash-cans is strictly prohibited"

    There was another photo in the album with a "culdesac" sign, like you'd find in any residential area.

    "Do you know what that one means?" I asked.
    "Of course" said Michael "It's a dead end street in a suburb, with a turn-around."
    "But it's a French word, do you know what it translates as? Sac, is bag - like a sack. And Cul means ass. So Cul-de-sac means ass of the bag."
    He got a kick out of that.
    "You mean all these folks with their huge houses are proud to say they live in the 'ass of a bag'! Hoo boy, I can't wait to tell 'em!"

    Here's Micheal; makin' the moves, charmin' the ladies.
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    At dark I made my presentation. A few technical difficulties during the setup were soon solved with a borrowed laptop and a generator.

    I've never given any sort of presentation in front of a crowd before, but I had a great time doing it. I got on the microphone and It took a slide or two to remember to breath between sentences, but I soon settled in. There was no pressure, I was in front of fellow travelers and I knew my story intimately. It was certainly a case of having too much to say rather than too little.

    Stories of the great people I met, of border-crossings, of risky roads, of Lucha Libre and Panamanian Cockfights. Plenty of scenery and a few photo-tips.

    The presentation was mostly full-screen photos, with a few collage type slides like this:

    The entire kit for the long Canada to Panama trip.

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    Palenque ruins

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    Motojournalism.com, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5111/5888179310_8f33e277cc_b.jpg" width="1024" height="640" alt="test Motojournalism - NC OverlandRally2"></a>

    Lucha Libre!

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    Friends in Guatemala

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    Each country was shown in brief

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    And of course I took the opportunity to plug the blog and the books!

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    In short the rally weekend was worth making the trip. Good times, great people, new friends.

    But the trip was not nearly over, I jumped back on the road and pointed the front wheel toward New York...

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  19. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

    Apr 20, 2006
    Montreal via BC
    Being a Sunday, the Parkway was packed with cars from a vintage rally, and packs of cruisers holding-up motorhomes. So again, I ran parallel to the general direction of the parkway and enjoyed the winding of the small roads.
    I'd stopped to take a photo of how twisty the road was, and just as I'd raised the camera this guy on the Suzuki came flying by. I framed the photo, waited for him to get into just the right spot... *snap*
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    Unusually for me I had a schedule to keep, I wanted to meet DrRock and LDF (Mobius Trip) in Manhattan before DrRock took off for work in Italy. Two and a half days to make it..

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    Found some *real* Mexican food while waiting out a rainstorm, everybody working there was young Mexican/Americans, speaking Spanglish with a strong southern accent. "Y'all puedes cambiar una twenty?"

    It was authentic because it didn't look like much but tasted amazing, the salsa was fresh, it came with a stack of corn tortillas and was served with... Nescafe.
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    An easy half-day's riding to camp at an unremembered location and off again in the morning. With the Parkway traffic nonexistent on a Monday morning, the miles through the cool air rolled past, and I covered a great distance with ease.

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    The states rolled over quickly that day, I'd check the licence plates to be sure where I was. High mileage, stops only for gas, food, or a quick nap in the grass.

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    Still hadn't hit reserve at 380km, pretty good.
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    Sunrise to beyond sunset, the longest day of the trip by far. Another rest in the woods.
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    The plan of no plan seems to work best for me, and I'd ridden far enough north in Pennsylvania to tackle NYC from the west, taking a run at it from freeway 80.
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    A last fuel stop before unraveling the mysteries of the New Jersey Turnpike. Having only the Garmin basemap on the GPS didn't help the situation.
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    Over and under corroding iron bridges, through the shining Holland Tunnel into...
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  20. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

    Apr 20, 2006
    Montreal via BC
    It's actually good to be back in the chaos of a big city, reminds me of driving south of the border in Latin America. Taxicrabs and murdercycles.
    The KLR is perfect for NYC. It's tall, so I can see well and be seen, it's agile so I can work my way between the cabs to the front of the line, the suspension eats-up the potholes and construction.

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    According to the Garmin basemap, Manhattan has two, maybe three roads.

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    But the layout is logical and I find the address I'm looking for without a problem. My girlfriend Iris had flown in to town and rented a tiny West Side apartment for the week. This ends up being cheaper than a hotel and gives you the feeling that you actually live there.

    Not sure who the Duc' belonged to, but it was showroom fresh.

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    ...And off to find the Doc'
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    I'd gotten in touch with Dr.Rock while he was still on the road with LDF in Alberta.
    They'd just gotten back from Mobius VII and they'd generously offered to take us out for a dinner with their friends.

    Drinks and much photo-nerdery at the AdventureLoft™

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    ADV celeb's in NYC
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    And a sommelier dinner at Vito's, with an accent straight outta; Mean Streets
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    Hmm, Fuji X100... The viewfinder really is that cool.
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    Dr.Rock's well travelled cohort Thor is rockin' the Olympus EP1
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    Dr.Rock - relaxing with intensity
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    AdventureLoft™ - Does not suck.
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