The PLAN : Ride a motorcycle from Calgary, Alberta to Argentina.
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Firstly in the month I finished my 3 month Engineering contract (thanks for the opportunity George) on Oct. 7, then I planned to leave for Argentina on Oct. 14. Unfortunately I had to rush my packing though and leave Oct. 11. Why? Well, surfing the HUBB motorbike forums and posting "Who's going to Argentina" I met a handful of guys doing the same thing as me. The big difference was they were all going to Cambria California for an Adventure Motorcycle Rally from Oct. 14 to 16 to hear stories from great Round the World riders (Greg Frazier and Ted Simon, etc) and take seminars on Adventure Riding do's and don'ts, etc. This is just what I needed too so I hustled my ass and got on the road for Oct. 11, 2011 = DAY 1...
Quick shot of my mother the night before as she laminates diversionary "documents" with her food sealer. You're the best mom!
DAY 1, Oct. 11, 2011 - Spokane, WA, USA. Temp 6 - 16C, Sun then Rain (690/690km)
Ear plug in and I'm out of here!
Good to get on the road and finally test this bike out. I only had clocked 500km in the city on it so I had no idea how Bumble Bee would handle 140 to 150 km/h. Answer: Well, expect for the damn wind shield buffeting. Need to get a Madstad bracket.
The day started sunny and warm in Calgary, but turned rainy and cold as I passed Fernie and in to the USA. Beautiful mountain scenery. (Canada section to border Curves = 5, Road = 8, Traffic = 3, View = 7)
Frank's Slide near Crow's Nest Pass
Sparwood Big Dump Truck
Saw one of these trucks on my way in to town. Oh the possibilities "We have Ferrell gas...". For those who don't know in NZ the world Feral is used a lot and means wild and unruly. I always thought of it as a substitute for gross. Grandma's cookies made with Feral gas, yum.
Dinner at the Golden Corral - Welcome to America! All you can eat buffet with everything,
DAY 2, Oct. 12, 2011 - Bend, OR, USA. Temp 9 - 19C, Sun (660/1350km)
Farmland then Desert was a surprise as I thought I would see forest instead. Spokane to Kennewick (Hwy 395 C4,R7,T3,V4). Had a Belly Buster Hamburger (it wasn't) at a Fish shop. Why not the fish, I'm dumb.
Kennewick to I 97. Really nice. Running along the Columbia River between Washington and Oregon with lots of windmills. (C4,R8,T3,V7)
Kevin was a great host and helped with some bike mods in the wee hours. His oatmeal before a long day of riding is the tops too! Thanks and best of luck with your upcoming trips.
Kevin discusses the late night mods.
DAY 3, Oct. 13, 2011 - Yuba City, CA, USA. Temp 9 - 26C, All Sun (650/2000km)
Chilly start in Bend and a bit rushed as I had to sort out my Spot GPS a little bit.
Video as I went out back to join my new friends.