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Xplore2Gether - California to Ushuaia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by JimsBeemer, Mar 6, 2019.

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  1. JimsBeemer

    JimsBeemer 2017 R1200GSA Supporter

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    We stored the bikes today - strange feeling to walk away from them knowing we wont see them (for now) in California. We filled up with gas and Ed had some gas stabilizer (THANKS ED!). We also disconnected the ground from both batteries, and covered up the terminal with electrical tape so we don't get accidental re-connection. Not much else we can do - but fresh oil! I wish we could have done that, but it wasn't going to happen.

    We are planning to go to the airport tomorrow (Friday) evening (our flight is 5:26 AM Saturday) and spend the night in the airport, because there are rumors that there may be a total quarantine starting midnight Friday, which could mean no taxis available. Sort of waiting to see what the news is tomorrow, but for now that's the plan.

    Before disconnecting the battery, I took a picture of the odometer, and found the one from post #2, taken just as we left. We've come a long ways! But the trip isn't over yet :-)

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    And there they are - along with Eddie's bike. And there they will sit for some time. Our thought right now is that we will come back in January and spend another two or three months riding before shipping back. That assumes a bunch of stuff, but it is the plan at the moment.

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    My odometer, today, taken after we parked the bikes.
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    And this one was taken on January 16, 2019 - that is 21,232 miles in 14 months. And counting! But the count will sit idle for some time to come, unfortunately. Yes - since the start of the trip I have taken to just keeping the bike in Dynamic mode, for those that noticed. Unless we are off road, then I switch to Enduro. Have not touched Enduro Pro because .. I am not (an enduro pro!).
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  2. RidewithAB

    RidewithAB Just Ride! Supporter

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    nice report mate, hope you get home safe this weekend. cheers...AB
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  3. GoDoMore

    GoDoMore life in the fast lane...full speed ahead

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    Been a great report..have enjoyed it
    Best of luck getting out and home safe
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  4. BarryB

    BarryB Been here awhile Supporter

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    Really have enjoyed your posts! Good luck getting home,
    I look forward to the concluding stories.
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  5. jowul

    jowul Been here awhile

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    Jim, thank you for your trip report and for keeping us all informed. I wish you and Carol a safe trip home this weekend.
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  6. JimsBeemer

    JimsBeemer 2017 R1200GSA Supporter

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    Looks real! We are checked in and waiting to board our flight to Panama, where I read that the airport may be closing tomorrow (Sunday). We have some trepidation about what we are flying back into, but it will be good to be with family.

    Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with the many overland travelers stuck in Latin America. You should read the Panamericana Riders Association and Panamericana Travelers Association Facebook pages to get a glimpse.

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  7. JoeBiker25

    JoeBiker25 Been here awhile

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    Safe Travels!!!
  8. JimsBeemer

    JimsBeemer 2017 R1200GSA Supporter

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    We made it! 28 hours door to door, three flights, but we made it! We are now in Los Angeles, California, where we are staying with our oldest son, Daniel, and his family. That includes three of our eight grandchildren, who where very happy to see us (and especially Carol :-) ), as we were to see them.

    We will shelter in place with them for the time being. We are not sure what our short term plans are - but for sure this trip is not over, because we have to return at some point to pick up our motorcycles back in Buenos Aires. Our thought at the moment is to return in January, and then spend two or three months doing some more traveling (including going back north to Bolivia to go to the Salar de Uyuni, which we missed due to the political unrest). But those are very tentative plans that obviously depend in large part on how the current pandemic, and its aftermath, plays out. But we can all hope that the world has steered back towards "normal" enough by then that adventure travel will be viable.

    So I'm not considering this trip report "done" yet - just more or less on hold, until we re-start the adventure at that time. As I sort through our photos and notes I may add a post if it seems relevent to the trip thus far, and also will update if/when plans for the second phase change or become more clear.

    I really appreciate all the feedback, well wishes, advice and shout outs from the advrider community over the past 14 months (14 months! - wow.) Hope you hang in there and follow along when we continue!

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  9. MrMac

    MrMac Long timer Supporter

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    :clap:clap

    Thank you for taking us along, and keeping us informed!!
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  10. Parcero

    Parcero Mundial Supporter

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    Super news! Welcome home!
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  11. ADVer

    ADVer Been here awhile

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    Excellent!! Glad you’re back home safe.
    Will await the next chapter.
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  12. danisOTR

    danisOTR GO BIG OR GO HOME Supporter

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    We are glad you made it back safely. Enjoy the family.
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  13. jowul

    jowul Been here awhile

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    Great to see you re-united with your family. I am however surprised about how advise and rules are given to travelers returning to their respective countries. Total isolation for 14 days for those returning to their country and even for inter-provincial travel, is the rule in Canada. You never know if you are a carrier. Your future trip continuation certainly promises to be interesting.
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    pmmitchell n00b

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    The best part of any trip/adventure/travel is coming home! Glad you are both safe and healthy.
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  15. btrrtlwtr

    btrrtlwtr Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    jim carol thank you for this rr . glad you have made it home ok . now for the next serious ,unprecedented part of your adventure . hope you are able to continue the ride in jan in a safe world
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  16. SoosCreek

    SoosCreek Angle of Repose... Supporter

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    Glad to see you made it home safely. Your trip report was/is very informative to me and I appreciate the effort. I know how much work it is to provide your level of detail. Start planning the trip to get the bikes back!
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