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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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Ever read Zen in the art of Motorcycle Maintenance?

It can be found cheap on ebay or on the web. I actually think I bought my copy for under $2 plus shipping.
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Just remember. "Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati"

Thought I recognized that.

What kind of camera are you using for you adventure?
I think you can edit your username. You could probably put a * or - at either side. Then you have the name that you want without any problems.
Well not to kick your pentex but one thing I learned in this industry is the big names are the way to go. That's why I do Nikon and I do like the controls. I hate the Canon controls.

But that being said I don't dislike the name. If this were a film world still a lot of our friendly cameras would still be in use. Between Melody and myself we must have a bag of Minolta film stuff. I think it's a Minolta SRT101. Probably about 7 lenses and 2x converter.

I have been with nikon for 8 years now I think. And had a few of their film cameras. One of which was stolen with a bag of gear convincing me to insure everything else.

But when I was looking for a small digi dslr I thought long and hard about the Pentex IST. But the Nikon D70 called my name and I put it to work. Paid for itself in 3 months while I was in college.

As for the old faithful I have a lot of good, expensive, and vibration reduction lenses but when it all comes down to it my nikon 50mm 1.8 has bailed me out more than the $50 I paid for it.

I guess in the end all that can really be said is it isn't the equipment but how you use it.

And any chance you get if you have a lot of pictures download them to your computer and also upload them to a place like photobucket. If you can a dedicated web server would be good. I don't trust compact flash cards, digital memory or computers as far as I can throw them. I had a friend who went to alaska and put his whole trip on a 16 gig card and he got home and downloaded them to find some corruption. 100 good photos out of thousands. Eventually recovery software brought almost everything back but he was near tears.
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I hope you have some rain gear. Even cheap stuff is worth it's weight in gold. I actually ran into a set in good condition at a thrift shop. I use it over the brand new one I bought.
Well I didn't know where it was so I googled it. About 600 miles from Larry.

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Maybe it's just me but doesn't it seem like this could be a cold ass time to be traveling?

So where is the point of entry into the place where all the home depot workers come from?
I think that's the point where his story is and not where he is.

Looks to be 266 miles from where he was yesterday.,4.537354&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=8
If it were me and I didn't think I could keep things straight I would probably post where I am and if I added to the story like you are I would put a note in the post that said you added to the story on the first page.
Probably a lot warmer for him now.
I wonder how well the bike did crossing the gulf of mexico?
Odd that only one point shows up now. Looks like he hasn't move in 5 days.

Never mind. Looks like spots are only kept for 10 days.
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Looks like Jeremy is officially off the grid. No movement or update in a while. Hopefully nobody is getting gang raped in a mexican prison.

Unfortunately all I know about Mexico is what I have seen on tv. So maybe he found Salma Hayek and isn't coming back.


Oddly enough I did meet Danny Trejo at the 105th harley anniversary.

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I guess that means near Cancun.
Still off the map.
Well when you say girl it could mean any age from zero to whatever the cut off is. Even if it's Mexico i'm not going to be making out with a 12 year old. So age clarification is needed. Picture would be nice too.
It's like the horror story of coaxing a tapeworm out of ones body.
Got any pictures of the ring?
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