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Don't think twice it's alright. Vancouver-Argentina on a CX500

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I've started this new thread since the other one was getting confused with tons of posts going on for ages before I left.

You can see that at Running Away

My dad called and told me not to ride at night to visit them. Spray paint can in hand, I was just about finished painting the racks, so I was really just about ready to go. Didn't want to hang around past the day I'd said I'd go yet again.

I rode out and was the only bike on the 9pm Ferry from Vancouver to the town I grew up in Victoria, BC. The ferry takes 90 minutes so I pulled in around 10:30 at night. After a series of mix ups and dead cell phones I sat at a gas station in Victoria with no friend's place to crash at. I decided to camp since I'll be doing that for months to come it should be good practice to start in a place I know.

As it turned out the place I thought I knew well had changed a fair bit, all the parks and beaches had new gates, and have signs advertising all the fines and penalties for daring to exist there between the hours of 11pm and 6am.

I tried several beaches, and two local hills, Mt Doug and Mt Tolmie. Victoria is a no fun place now, I remember driving around all of those places watching stars, now it's a fine for stopping there. I wonder what the high school kids will do now, sit and make out in cars at the walmart parking lot?

Finally risked sleeping up on Mt Doug, rode my capable offroad machine up the foot path and back onto the road past the gates, then rolled out a sleeping bag after a nice long ride up. beautiful but cold night so I wasn't sleeping much. I relocated to the lee of a nice warm stone wall to sleep, just as I drifted off, I heard a radio acknowledgment and somebody with a light having a good look around. High tailed it out of there, I didn't know I could pack so fast. By this point it was 3am, I was tired, frustrated and getting sloppy. I rode back out the Pat bay highway to try out a trick I read on ADVrider about sleeping up beside the exits/overpasses since that no one ever looks.

I took the first one that looked good, ignoring the foot high wet grass's effect on the traction of my old Spitfire street tires. Found a perfect bowl to sleep in, so I rode down into it, intending to park the bike on the far side and sleep there. For some reason I still can't figure out I stopped sideways on the slope and turned the bike off, dropping my damn keys in the process. Reaching around uphill for them, I started to slip, and leaned out to keep the bike upright, forgetting the downhill side wasn't going to have any footing. We fell over into the bush. No amount of cursing and heaving would convince Aurora to budge, I couldn't get traction for my feet on the wet grass, and the bush was preventing the bike from getting clear even if I could have lifted her more than a few inches. I realized later she'd dug in so well that the kick stand, mirror, and left cylinder were all pretty well stuck, and the tires were right up in the air.

After a few failed attempts to drag the back end around so I would at least be lifting from one side, rather than trying to lift uphill I was about ready to throw in the towel call my parents and get a car jack to push the bike up. I pulled off all the bags, unbolted the gas tank and seat, and just dug in and lifted, dropped her on the uphill side, bolted back on the gas tank, reattached all my bags and only dropped her once more getting out. Took about three hours, I was so tired I just parked on the top of the hill and went to sleep as the sun came up.

Lost almost all my gas before I took the tank off, and burned blue from all the oil in the cylinders later that morning.

looking down the hill, gas tank already off.

Finally over lying on the uphill side so I can clean off the dirt and load my bags again.

It was about a half an hour before I got Aurora to budge that I realized that this trip is where I belong. I wasn't miserable, I was frustrated with myself, but I found that same peace kneeling in the mud in that bush trying to move a bike that got me hooked in the first place while riding an out of oil GS400 with a slipping clutch from SK to BC. I would rather be here than living in quiet desperation in my comfortable suite at home.
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Jeremy, thanks for living out my dream, as I am sure many others too. You will find many places of inspiration along

the way. I am wondering if you have followed "Paddy Tysons" journey?

Be very careful on the Northern border of Mexico and USA, I will be watching your journey closely with much envy.

With your talent as a photographer and writer, I see a "best seller" at the end of your journey.

Best of luck to you.

Rick D
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Jeremy, Paddy Tyson has a website with some excerpts from his book, he has travelled the world on motorcycle and

clocked over a million miles. His site is HERE.

He can also be followed in the Ontario published Canadian motorcycle magazine titled, "Motorcycle Mojo" which is

online HERE. Paddy has excerpts their in each edition.

Stay safe and keep well.

Rick D
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Getting close to the Mexican border, better watch your azz.
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1:27 in San Fran and 4:49 your in Tucson? I gotta get my carbs sent to Larry, your bike is now a Rocket.
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I was making light of the post times, and realize this is not an up to date log of Jeremys current location.

I just noticed the "compass" on your front fender, and your new model designation on the side cover, very cool.

Keep up the entertaining posts and stay "dry" and safe.

Good luck.
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I wonder how well the bike did crossing the gulf of mexico?

Yeah I noticed that too, hopefully he knows to rinse the salt water off.

Looks like he spent Christmas eve just west (200km) or so of Cancun.

Spottracker is a cool idea, I think my boy should use one when he goes to Asia next month for 7 weeks.
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Fix the bike? Whats up with LRCX? Hope all is going well Jeremy, I am sure you are not having to wear mitts, toque, or

long underwear.
Are you heading down the Gulf Coast through Playa Del Carmen? and then Belize? Just an update for you,

-17C tonight here and the 2 feet of white stuff on the ground here is not sand.

Good luck and take care.
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Like I mentioned way back in the beginning of this adventure of yours, with your skills as a photographer and as a story

teller, this has the makings of a "Best Seller".

Stay safe and enjoy the ride.
Though where everyone draws that line is different.

For me, that line is drawn very clearly, I will not cross the boundaries I have set for myself even if it means turning around or calling off the trip.

Pushing your limits is fun, going past them is not.

Aye but there is the rub matey, where is that limit? How close do you get to the lions mouth with your hand?

Where are the drug cartels men at this moment?

Will that oncoming truck stay in its lane?

There never is a definitive answer to where the "line" or "limit" is, until it has been reached.

Be smart and stay safe, there is a lot of this journey to come.

BTW, your health back up? Stomach woes have passed?
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And so where are you at this moment in time? Still with family in Mexico?

Do you remember me mentioning Paddy Tyson's'(Flight of the Pegasus) journey way back in the beginning of this thread?

My latest issue of the Canadian publication of "Motorcycle Mojo" arrived yesterday, with his next part

of his diary. His travel south through Central America is very interesting and he notes of some serious issues

to be aware of when going through Guatemala. As well he too became violently ill with the Swine Flu. Belize was not an

issue, Honduras was OK, but he mentions some possibilities of various issues to be aware of in Guatemala. You should

be able to read it online at MotorcycleMojo

Take care.
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Well Jeremy that should have not been a surprise to you as this CX is a street bike.
Just because you put some

knobby tires on it does not make it anywhere close to a true dualsport. Keep your eyes "WIDE" open for all of the

challenges ahead in Central America, be it roads or banditos.

Good luck and take care.
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Oh no, lets not get into comparing a s GS1200 to a CX 500.

Because there is NO comparison other than 2 wheels and a horn.

1 with actual suspension travel and built for being off the asphalt, and one not.

30 years of differences in technology and weight reductions, yup still no comparison.

And Jeremy if you rode the GS for an hour or 2 on those crappy Guatemala roads, I bet you would trade, if there

was no associated cost difference.

How about some more photos of Guatemala?

Take care
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A huge favor to ask:

Can people please watch my video on youtube, if I win, I basically get paid to do something similar to what I'm doing now, only I get to do it in Saskatchewan, and get a lot more exposure. It's my dream job, in a great province, and would use what I've learned traveling, as well as provide the funding for India(my next goal)

the more computers you watch it from, and the more views I get, the more likely I am to be able to keep doing what I do. Sorry about the quality of the video, I was recording on a point and shoot duct taped to a concrete block.

Your kidding right?

I mean about the Saskatchewan part
Sorry Abe/Gopher

Doing my share to help ya,

Good luck
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Ya got me. I even tried to google it and came up empty.


Saskatchewan, a province in Canada, 3rd from the left side on a map
North of North Dakota, west of Manitoba

Currently holding pace for record growth in the last 2 years as the hot spot for oil and gas exploration and

refinement in Canada.

Jeremy is fond of wandering this land of tranquility and white sand beaches, as it is very peaceful and serene,

with inhabitants that exude warmth and hospitality.

Albeit the winters are harsh and the pavement rough, they hold the distinction of being home to the Roughriders.

Fishing is good too
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Awesome! I'm going to watch it again from every computer at work. And when I get fired I'm moving to Dog River to work at Corner Gas. Great job!

Ahhh yes, Corner Gas. How can we mention Saskatchewan and not make note of the finest dry wit Canadian humor has to offer
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Jeremy, the currency in Costa Rica is referred to as Colon, more than one is Colones. Exchange rate is about 515 CRC (Costa

Rican Colones) to $1.00 CDN (Canadian Dollar). I really enjoyed Costa Rica, spent my time in the province of Guanacaste, by the Gulf of Papagayo. Very nice people,

fantastic weather, outstanding cuisine and spectacular scenery. Enjoy and take care.
Jeremey, You are confirming fears about traveling south of the US border. I'm sure there are great places and great people everywhere, but there are also those who will look at a "******" as a money tree. Have you any idea as to the cost of shipping your bike home? Is it worth the effort and drain on your health and finances to continue?

Strange how people conceive other nations when interpreted through others experiences. Outside of the USA many think the

same as your statement when referring to America. In my traveling, regardless of where, there are the places you should

avoid and situations that are not always comfortable. But in no way should that stop you from exploring the wonders of

travel. Whether I am in Central or South America, Europe, Caribbean, USA, or in my home country, caution and common sense

is and should be practiced when going to unfamiliar places. One thing "I" noticed about Central/South America, no matter

how poor the people, their children were clean and well dressed (albeit sometimes tattered clothing),fed and happy. The

parents too, were gracious and generous to a fault considering their economic situations. Quite amazing in contrast to my

experiences in North Americas world of lifestyle. I ask myself how and why? I think it is many things, such as strong

religious beliefs, family closeness, and to do unto others as you would have them to unto you. First hand knowledge of

this, is a life changing, eye opening experience more should enjoy to appreciate their own way of life.

It is so much healthier to look at the positives of life, than to dwell on the negatives.
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I'm in Panama, it's decision time, I'm considering options for returning at the moment.

Honestly, I don't think that this will be the most memorable time, a lot of the behind the scenes drama and problems won't be around the next time. In a way though it might sound strange, this felt like a practice run for me, like a shakedown cruise. I've found some of my limits, and learned a lot. At least I hope it won't the most memorable. I'm hopeful that the next trip will be bigger and better still! I hope that'll be the case. The trip has been getting better all along.


If you don't mind me asking, what sort of options are you pondering?

Say you are not selling Aurora?

From your journals, I would say getting "to" Panama was just half of the fun/adventure/journey.

We are following your travels with envy........take care and enjoy.
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Hey man if you check in before you get to Peru or even when you get to Argentina Ive got some friends that might be able to put you up for the night and give you a warm meal. The riding down there can get a little hairy but def. worth it, have a great trip.Later man

I believe Jeremy is already heading back north, as Panama was his furthest southern country.
Anyone have any word on how his trip back is going?

I think you need to read the last few pages here on this thread, he has been back for months.
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