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|Ride Length: 3,280 miles|
|Riders: Me and several others from the
|Weather: Perfect... one day of rain...
windy ride home.|
|Odometer out 34,540. Odometer in:
37,829. Total: 3,289. (GPS: 3,280)
If you want to
skip the stories, you can view the "keeper" pictures I took
here. The actual write-up has more pictures that
didn't make the "keeper" list and pictures I stole from others that
have me in them (since I cannot take pictures of myself).
|Day 1, Sunday
15 October 2006
Rain. Left house at 1830, arrived at Prof's at 2200. Rain stopped
about 30 minutes before SATX. Prof slept on couch... gave me his
room. One room his, one for Chain Gang inventory, one computer room.
Dinner - Alamo Cafe. Sleep.
Full report of Day 1...
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|Day 2, Monday
16 October 2006
Departed Steve's after an egg sandwich.
On the road at 0640 in the
pouring rain during Monday morning rush-hour traffic. Rain to
Uvalde, cleared up completely by Del Rio. Bike tip over at gas
station. Rainbows and
butterflies. Got to Presidio, did paperwork at border (Ojinaga,
Mexico). Steve's $40 fine. Met a guy on a Dakar coming
from HU event. Found Hal and John. Dinner in Presidio,
then into Mexico. Stayed in hotel in Ojinaga. Plumbing
story at 0330.
Full report of Day 2...
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|Day 3, Tuesday
17 October 2006
Departed at Ojinaga at 0800 after Pop-Tarts and water for
breakfast. Loaded bikes. Rolled. Steve's dream
about 2 red bikes... Jon's 1200... Hal at the gas station... knocked
over Steve's bike (broken mirror), bumped into mine, I caught it.
Hotel in La Junta $22. JB Weld Steve's mirror at hotel.
Fixed bad ground wire on Hal's horn. Fixed Jon's broken
signal. Dinner $2. Kids begging for money. Little girl with baby on her back
selling beads. Hotel in La Junta. 55 degrees in room.
Full report of Day 3...
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|Day 4, Wednesday
18 October 2006
Cold. Altitude = 8,000'. La Junta -
Hermosillo. Highway 16... miles and miles and miles of
twisties. Chicken strips long gone. Peg-draggin' fun!
So many twisites almost got tired of it... almost. Like being
on a race track for 200 miles. Road went to shit when we
crossed from Chihuahua into Sonora. Potholes filled with
pea-gravel. Burros, cows and trucks in the road.
Hermosillo, no rooms. Finally found one. 2300. Followed
cab to hotel. Nice! KFC for dinner. hotel even had
a garage. Phone call for a $150 hooker.
Full report of Day 4...
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|Day 5, Thursday
19 October 2006
Hermosillo - Douglas, Arizona. Nacozari.
Steve dropped off money. Hal sick. AWESOME police
escorted tour of ghost town. 11 people live there. All
the little kids at the school as we looked for lunch. Girls in
truck driving by again and again and again. Lunch beef tacos
and corn tortillas. 36,000 miles. Police spoke no
English. 30 minutes to get back into US. Bikes on front
porch of hotel. Gadsden. Turkey dinner. Discovery
Full report of Day 5...
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|Day 6, Friday
20 October 2006
Rest of folks showed up. Wal-Mart, Dollar
Store. Uploaded some pictures at library. No riding.
Full report of Day 6...
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|Day 7, Saturday
21 October 2006
Back into Mexico. Maralan's bike broke
down. VR, no. Ignition switch, no. Side-stand
switch, yes. Taco stand. Hotel Hasicenda. Ruins.
Pottery. Tourist places suck. Found a nice little ranch
road. Tours of dood's house (pottery).. cool! Gangplank
bought pot. Dinner.
Bike ticking badly. Oil appears to be shot. OK after
bike cools. WTF?
Full report of Day 7...
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|Day 8, Sunday
22 October 2006
Ride into Creel. Break to see church with
bullet holes in bell tower. Nice twisties again. Wild
horses. Dinner met Ibarra from ADV... drew us a friggin'
awesome map for tomorrow's ride. Changed oil in hotel parking
lot at 36,550 miles.
Full report of Day 8...
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|Day 9, Monday
23 October 2006
0700. Pemex closed. Breakfast at
lady's restaurant, which is really her home. Daughter and
grand daughter come out from back to eat too. Pemex.
DIRT!!! Friggin AWESOME!!! Even road to get to dirt was
nothing but twisties. Overlook place. Trucks.
Animals. Water crossings. Lunch = Dorritos and Coke.
Blew fork seal. Adventure begins where planning ends. Changed at hotel. Had enough fork oil
remaining to get by. Internet cafe... found out from FAQs on
F650.com that the ticking was the cam chain tensioner. Sent
pictures to Anna. She posted. Thanks Anna. 2 hours
in Internet cafe burning disks of pictures for Steve. Dinner.
Slow service. Dog. Chatted with Dr. Josh. Miss
him... wish he were here. Wish Urquieta was here too.
DAM... DAM should be here. Beem... where's Beem? Shit
man... wish the entire crew was here! Made list of things to fix and
things to order.
Full report of Day 9...
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|Day 10, Tuesday
24 October 2006
0430. Friggin rain. Lots and lots
of rain. 120 miles through mountain twisties in pouring rains.
Creel - Basasiachic. Gloves and boots leaked. Nap.
Cards. Dried gear.
Full report of Day 10...
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|Day 11, Wednesday
25 October 2006
Beautiful day. Waterfall.
Awesome. Hiked to bottom. Soaking
wet. very little riding... just to view water fall from a
different angle. Tightened chain.
"Hiking to the bottom
of a waterfall is easier than hiking up."
"A Pelican case for a
$1,000 camera is worth it."
"Waterfalls are wet."
Full report of Day 11...
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|Day 12, Thursday
26 October 2006
Basasiachic - Ozona, TX. Awesome tail
wind. Though sore neck from the slight cross wind from
time-to-time. Extremely uneventful... aside from donkey
standing in middle of road. Checked in bike at border... no
Day 13, Friday
27 October 2006
Ozona - Houston.
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of Days 12 & 13
|The Repair Report
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