The Passport Arrives

...I'd often dreamed of going West to see the country, always vaguely planning and never taking off."
- Jack Kerouac, "On The Road"


Wow. So...that was unexpected. I just checked the mailbox today, and my passport was in there. Today is Friday October 20, 2017. (Also, it wasn't in there yesterday...I checked.)

So, I really wasn't expecting this for another week or so. I applied for the passport on October 10th. They said it would take "2-3 weeks", which would be 10/24-10/31 I figured. Instead, it showed up on October 20th. So, it only took 10 days to get here.

So, this is good, in a way, sort of....I mean....I have my passport now. But now, it really sort of calls me out because now it's like....uh...what are you waiting on at this point?

I still am waiting on the title to my motorcycle, I suppose. That's the only real excuse that I have at this point for not riding off into the wilds of Latin America. I think I might need my title for the bike when I get my temporary import permit into Mexico.

So....yikes....I think I need to get moving on getting ready to leave the country.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 20, 2017 at 3:56 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Crossing the Border into Mexico

This guy explains pretty well how to cross the border into Mexico. Fills in a lot of the gaps in my understanding of what crossing into Mexico is supposed to be like.

http://www.liferemotely.com/trip-shenanigans/mexico/124-usa-to-mexico-border-crossing


Of course, his post was written 7 years ago, so I'm not clear how current it is.

This guy says you can't get a Vehicle Permit at the San Ysidro crossing.

VEHICLE PERMITS AND FINANCED VEHICLES

No vehicle permit is required if you are only driving in the Baja peninsula or to Puerto Peñasco. If you will be driving outside of Baja or Puerto Peñasco, you will need a vehicle temporary import permit (TIP).

Vehicle permits are US$52 and are valid for six months. The permits are good for multiple entry so may take your car in and out of Mexico as many times as you want during the six month period. You must also pay a deposit which will be refunded after the six month period when you have returned your permit.

Deposit prices for vehicles:
$200 if vehicle is 2000 and older
$300 if vehicle is 2001-2006
$400 if vehicle is 2007 and newer

To obtain a vehicle permit, the owner of the vehicle must be present and you will need to have copies of the following information:

Current registration or vehicle title
Passport
Drivers License
FMM/Tourist Card (can be purchased through Discover Baja HERE)
Lease contract and lienholder letter (if necessary)
Cash or Visa/MC for the permit and deposit

So, I'm thinking that I need to make sure I have my registration and title for the motorcycle. Let's see what I have:
I have current registration and insurance for the AT which both have the correct VIN number on them. So, I've got that going for me.
I'm still waiting on the title in the mail though. That would be nice to have before i take off.

So, arguably, I'm waiting on my passport and the title to my motorcycle to arrive in the mail. I think I'll go check my mail.


San Ysidro Now Processing TIPs

You are now able to obtain vehicle, boat, and motorhome Temporary Importation Permits (TIPs) at the San Ysidro El Chaparral border crossing. The Banjercito office, located in the blue customs and immigration building, can process TIPs from 7am-11pm. For directions to the customs and immigration office at San Ysidro El Chaparral, download our PDF.

Apparently, a Mexican Tourist Card is called an FMM. It looks like you can get an FMM online and print it out at home before you leave.

This website explains how to get a Temporary Vehicle Import Permit.

Like, it seems like you have to go to the Banjercito to get your Temporary Vehicle Import Permit. Also, you can apply online, apparently. Obviously, this is the best way to go, if it works.

https://www.banjercito.com.mx/registroVehiculos/


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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 20, 2017 at 1:22 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

The Ferry from Pichilingue to Mazatlan

http://www.liferemotely.com/trip-shenanigans/mexico/132-the-ferry-from-la-paz-to-mazatlan

This is a pretty good article and covers a lot of my questions about catching the ferry from Pichilingue to Mazatlan.

One of my biggest concerns is handling the paperwork required to get on the ferry. That, and figuring out the ferry schedule.

http://www.bajaferries.com/

OK. So, it seems that the ferry goes to either Topolabambo or to Mazatlan. Looks like the ferry to Topolabambo might be a little bit shorter, and you hit the mainland of Mexico about 270 miles north of Mazatlan. So, it would cost a day of travel to go to Topolabambo. So, that's probably not the way that I'll go. I'll probably head to Mazatlan.

SALE DE (Leaves From) LLEGA A (Arrives At) Hora (Time) Dias de Viaje (Days of Travel)

Mazatlan La Paz 18:30 hrs Miercoles Viernes Domingo (Wed, Fri, Sun)
La Paz Mazatlan 20:00 hrs Martes Jueves Sabado (Tue,Thr, Sat)

lunes - Monday
martes - Tuesday
miércoles - Wednesday
jueves - Thursday
viernes - Friday
sábado - Saturday
domingo - Sunday

Barco - Ship

OK. After all of my decoding of their website, my understanding is that the ferry named Baja Star leaves Pichilingue at 8:00 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. This is fine. The worst time to arrive at La Paz would be Saturday evening and miss the ferry, because then, you'd have to wait until Tuesday evening to sail to Mazatlan. So, you'd have 3 days to kill in BCS.

You can buy tickets for the Baja Ferries at two locations. The first is in the city of La Paz and the second is at the ferry terminal. One downside of buying tickets at the terminal is that you must go through customs to get to the ticket office, regardless of whether you are embarking that day.

Now, the thing that I didn't have last time (that I will have this time), is a Vehicle Import Permit. This is something that I will get when I cross into BCN at Tijuana. It is not required to enter Baja. It is required to enter the mainland of Mexico.

You can get the vehicle import permit at the banjercito at the ferry terminal in Pichilingue if you don't have one already. However, my plan is to get one in Tijuana, just to get it out of the way.

http://www.liferemotely.com/trip-shenanigans/mexico/124-usa-to-mexico-border-crossing

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 20, 2017 at 12:14 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Sinaloa & Juarez Cartels in 8 Hour Shootout

http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/10/20/cartel-shootout-mexican-border-state-lasted-eight-hours-troops-intervened/

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 20, 2017 at 12:02 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Parts to Order

Chain and sprockets.
Oil filters.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 19, 2017 at 10:49 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Route Through Baja California

"If it were lush and rich, one could understand the pull, but it is fierce and hostile and sullen. The stone mountains pile up to the sky and there is little fresh water. But we know we must go back if we live, and we don't know why." - John Steinbeck - Log from the Sea of Cortez

I recently realized that when the Spanish discovered the area that we now know as California, there were two distinct Californias. There was Baja California (Lower California) and Alta California (Upper California). So, what we know as California was Alta California, later shortened to just "California", and then Baja California, later shortened to just Baja.

So, I'm picking out a different route through the Baja this time. Trying to make sure I haven't missed anything, as I've been down there a few times now. This time, I want to follow the Sea of Cortez on the way down. This is definitely the road less traveled, so I'm trying to pick out my Pemex stations very carefully. I do not want to run out of gas in the Punta Prieta desert again. That's a bad feeling.

So, it looks to me like I could go down by the Salton Sea, check out Joshua Tree and Slab City. Then, roll across the border at Mexicali, and follow the sea of cortez down through San Felipe and Punta Final.


Mile Pemex Station
0 Mexicali, BCN
122 San Felipe, BCN
232 Punta Final, BCN (this Pemex is just before the town. Runs out of gas.)
309 Punta Prieta, BCN [Exit to Bahia de Los Angeles. Guy selling gas out of a pickup truck bed at an abandoned Pemex station.]
-------------Time Zone Change ---------------------
384 Guerro Negro, BCS
560 Mulege, BCS
643 Loreto, BCS
719 Ciudad Insurgentes, BCS
865 La Paz, BCS

Now, I should point out that I'm not convinced that this is the route I'm taking. It's just one possible route through the Baja. I might just be more conventional, and stick to the traditional Mexico Uno (Highway 1) down the peninsula. I'm just sort of looking at my options. Trying to figure out which way to go.

OK. After zooming in and looking at that route, I'm pretty sure I'm not going that way. See....last time I was at this intersection (where Mexico 5 meets Mexico 1), I thought I remembered that it wasn't paved. I just zoomed in to look at the intersection and, sure enough, it's not paved. So, I'm not going that route. Also, I had sort of imagined that there was a Pemex store or a restaurant there. If you spin around, you'll see that there's pretty much nothing there at all. So...yeah...I'm not going that route.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 19, 2017 at 9:19 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

The Currencies of Latin America


Country............Currency............Exchange Rate

Central America:
Mexico.............Mexican peso................18.81:1
Guatemala......Guatemalan quetzal..........7.34:1
El Salvador......United States dollar..............1:1
Honduras........Honduran lempira.............23.5:1
Nicaragua.......Nicaraguan córdoba..........30.5:1
Costa Rica......Costa Rican colón...............570:1
Panama..........United States dollar...............1:1

South America:
Colombia.......Colombian peso...............2,919:1
Ecuador.........United States dollar...............1:1
Peru..............Peruvian nuevo sol............3.23:1
Bolivia...........Bolivian boliviano..............6.91:1
Paraguay.......Paraguayan guaraní......5,647.5:1
Brazil............Brazilian real....................3.17:1
Uruguay........Uruguayan peso..............29.58:1
Argentina .....Argentine peso................17.44:1
Chile.............Chilean peso.................624.55:1

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 19, 2017 at 5:54 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Getting Ready for the Trip

So, today, I went on a long ride with Steve. Basically, we went from Tiny Town, down 285 over Kenosha Pass to Fairplay, then north on Highway 9 and over Hoosier Pass down into Breckenridge for lunch. Then, back past Keystone and A-basin, over Loveland Pass, and then back down the hill following the I-70 frontage road.

So, it looks like we went about 160 miles. Nice little ride.

One of the things I struggle with is my new GoPro Hero 5 that I got this year. The button on it isn't as user-friendly as the previous ones. It's hard to know if it's recording or not. So, one idea I had was some sort of mirror I could wear on my glove. THis would allow me to see what the GoPro is doing while it's on top of my helmet, without having to adjust my rear view mirrors to see it every 30 seconds.

So, I think I'll order this from Amazon.

Order has been placed. It will be here Monday October 23.

OK. Now, I need a new iphone, and a mounting bracket for it.
But, I'm not sure what iphone to get.

The dimensions of the iphone 6s Plus: 6.22" x 3.06" x 0.29".
The dimensions of the iphone 6s.......: 5.44" x 2.64" x 0.28".
The dimensions of the iphone 4s.......: 4.54" x 2.31" x 0.37".

Also, I thought I'd pick up some oil filters for the trip. But, it looks like maybe I should just go to the Honda shop to pick these up.

I also need an after-market seat for this bike.


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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 19, 2017 at 4:30 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Mexican Road Signs

http://consejo.bz/mexico/signs/mex-signs.html

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 19, 2017 at 8:06 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

I'm working on my Spanish

https://www.duolingo.com/placement/es

One of the things I have a hard time with is my numbers once I get over 49.

http://www.donquijote.org/spanishlanguage/spanish-numbers/

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 18, 2017 at 7:48 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Home Security System

I saw this post today:

"The technology is so cheap now and easy to install. I wired up my house for $300. Real time push notif, night vision, motion triggered recording, configurable ignore zones, 1 TB drive with smart overwrite.

i use nightowl HD http://nightowlsp.com/products/complete-security-systems/hd-security-systems/4-channel.html

i bought mine at costco for $300. whatever u buy, make sure it has real time push notif to phone. no monthly charge and night vision. those were my qualifications."

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 18, 2017 at 1:04 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Catching the Ferry at Pichilingue

The problem with driving into Baja is that they just wave you through. Baja isn't really considered part of Mexico, for whatever reason, so they really do not care that you're there, at all. They just wave you through with the barrel of a machinegun. This is not a problem until you get down to try to ride the ferry from Pichilingue to Mazatlan. Then, they won't let you on the ship. So, I'm trying to figure out how to avoid this problem this time.

"The very best place to get an FMM is right after you pass through the customs lanes in Tijuana. The immigration office is on the right, just past the divided lanes."

FMM Tourist Permit:

You will need to obtain a tourist permit (FMM) if you are planning on driving south of Ensenada or San Felipe on the eastern coast. You also need to get a permit if you plan to stay near the border for more than 7 days. For the best information about the FMM, call the Mexican Consulate (Visa Section) in San Diego at (619) 308-9953. The Consulate can also advise you as to what you need if you intend to travel with a pet. No special auto permit or bond is necessary as long as you intend to stay on the Baja peninsula.

The very best place to get an FMM is right after you pass through the customs lanes in Tijuana. The immigration office is on the right, just past the divided lanes. If you are staying seven days or less, the visa is free, if you are staying more than 7 days the cost is $20.00 U.S. You can request a multiple entry visa that will be good for 180 days. If you wait until Ensenada or Guerrero Negro to get your permit, you will probably be subject to a fine (it's not the good old days any longer) of up to $75.00 U.S. Airlines and cruise ships will provide the FMM for you.FMM Tourist Permit:

You will need to obtain a tourist permit (FMM) if you are planning on driving south of Ensenada or San Felipe on the eastern coast. You also need to get a permit if you plan to stay near the border for more than 7 days. For the best information about the FMM, call the Mexican Consulate (Visa Section) in San Diego at (619) 308-9953. The Consulate can also advise you as to what you need if you intend to travel with a pet. No special auto permit or bond is necessary as long as you intend to stay on the Baja peninsula.

The very best place to get an FMM is right after you pass through the customs lanes in Tijuana. The immigration office is on the right, just past the divided lanes. If you are staying seven days or less, the visa is free, if you are staying more than 7 days the cost is $20.00 U.S. You can request a multiple entry visa that will be good for 180 days. If you wait until Ensenada or Guerrero Negro to get your permit, you will probably be subject to a fine (it's not the good old days any longer) of up to $75.00 U.S. Airlines and cruise ships will provide the FMM for you.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 17, 2017 at 10:56 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Crossing the Darien Gap

I'm trying to come up with a plan for crossing the Darien Gap. So far, I really haven't found a way that seems like the "best" way to go.

This video shows how the trip would look if you use a shipping container for the vehicle, and then catch a sailboat to Columbia.

https://www.aswesawit.com/cross-the-darien-gap/


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENgDtSQt_XU


HOW TO CROSS DARIEN GAP WITH A MOTORBIKE FOR UNDER $300

the price for sailing from Cartagena is USD 450-600 per person and about the same price for a motorcycle. It covers 5 days of sailing with full-board and stops in very beautiful San Blas islands. All (or at least the most) sailboats and catamarans which offer this service from and to Cartagena are managed by the same agency - Blue Sailing, therefore the prices are very similar and it's difficult to negotiate them down.


ADVRider.com seems to be the only place where I've actually seen companies advertising in English that they can get your bike across the Darien Gap on a sailboat. So, I think I'll focus on the information I find on this website from now on. I've decided that taking the bike on a sail boat would be the most adventurous way to go, it seems.

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/darien-gap-boats-update.1208124/


We take mbikes every Thursday from Carti (Panama) to Sapzurro (Colombia) and every Sunday from Sapzurro to Carti for $350.- up to 6 at a time [​IMG]

www.sanblascat.com catamaranjacqueline@gmail.com sanblascat@gmail.com

TEL: (507) 6727 7337 6033 1357 WHATS APP 6291 5106

OK. This looks like the way to go.

Then, from Sapzurro (Colombia), you take a 1 hour boat ride to Capurgana, where you clear Immigracion into Colombia. Then, catch the ferry to Necocli (or Turbo).

it is illegal for yachts to transport bikes out of Cartagena- since about a year, the rest of Colombia seems O.K. take the ferry from Turbo or Necocli to Sapzurro, we collect you there.

Yeah...so this looks like the way to go.

http://www.sanblascat.com/

I'll ride the bike up to Carti, Panama. Get on the boat in Carti. It sails along the coast of Panama to the border with Colombia, and they drop you off at Sapzurro, Colombia. From there, you catch a ferry to either Turbo, Colombia or Necocli, Colombia. At that point, you're on Highway 90, and can ride through to Ecuador no problem.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 17, 2017 at 8:39 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Got My House Painted

So, I finally broke down and painted my house. The colors that they used are:

Main - 7037 Balanced Beige
Trim - 9174 Moth Wing
Deck - 3072 Mission Brown

===================================
SHERWIN-WILLIAMS 7504............................10/05/17
303-526-0628...................................Order# 0066131

EXTERIOR........................................ARCHITECTURAL
SUPER PAINT..................................................LATEX
SATIN.....................................................IFC 8012NP

.........................7037 BALANCED BEIGE
....................... SHER-COLOR FORMULA

CCE*COLORANT.......OZ...32......64.....128
B1-Black..................2 ....47....... -........1
R2-Maroon...............- ....25........-........-
Y3-Deep Gold.......... 4.....43........-........1

FIVE GALLON.........................................EXTRA WHITE
A89W01151..............................................640413779
......................................1
===================================

===================================
SHERWIN-WILLIAMS 7504...........................10/5/17
303-526-0628................................Order# 0066131

EXTERIOR......................................ARCHITECTURAL
DURATION....................................................LATEX
SATIN...................................................IFC 8012NP

.............................9174 MOTH WING
....................... SHER-COLOR FORMULA

CCE*COLORANT.......OZ...32......64.....128
W1-White................ -.....24.......-........-
B1-Black..................- ....45....... -........1
R2-Maroon...............- ......8.......1........1
Y3-Deep Gold.......... -......50.......-........-

One gallon....................................................DEEP
K33W00253..........................................650406317
......................................1
===================================

Also, they put a stain on my deck.

===================================
SHERWIN-WILLIAMS 7504...........................10/16/17
303-526-0628...................................Order# 0066401

EXTERIOR........................................ARCHITECTURAL
SUPERDECK SOLID COLOR...............................STAIN
FLAT......................................................IFC 8012NP

.............................3072 Mission Brown
....................... SHER-COLOR FORMULA

CCE*COLORANT.......OZ...32......64.....128
W1-White................ -.....26........1........1
B1-Black..................2 ....54....... 1........-
R2-Maroon...............2 ....35........-........-
Y3-Deep Gold.......... 2.....11........1........-

One gallon.............................................ULTRADEEP
SD7T00154............................................650930787
===================================


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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 17, 2017 at 3:25 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Potential Routes

So, it looks like it's about 5,362 miles from Denver to LA to La Paz to Mazatlan and down to Panama City, Panama. That's the first part of the trip.

Then, somehow, get across the Darien Gap. Let's say fly the bike to Bogata, Columbia.

Then, ride from Bogata down to Tierra Del Fuego. That's about 6,737 miles.

So, total mileage looks something like 12,000 miles to get to Tierra Del Fuego. Then, I'm not sure what to do at that point.

Through LA, Baja, and down the Pacific Coast to Panama City, Panama.

Then ride from Bogata to Tierra Del Fuego.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 13, 2017 at 12:01 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Copying Files off of the MacBook Air

So, I've filled up my Macbook Air with photos again. I think that what frustrates me is that when I copy them off, I basically lose them. I'd like to try a modified approach where I create a "Favorites" folder, and then keep those on the MacBook Air, while exporting most of them (90% or so) off onto the external drive.

So, let's see if we can do that this time.

So, I launch iPhoto and click on Favorites. Yeah...there's the photos I want to keep on here. Fair enough. October 24, 2016 - October 1, 2017. Good enough.
Let's copy these off first. That seems like the most obvious thing to do.

I have an external drive. So I create a folder on the external Seagate Drive called Favorites_10240216-10012017.

I checked and it's a 1 TB external drive, with 936 GB available. Fair enough.

Now, let's export our favorites into this folder we created:
Favorites_10240216-10012017

Select them all in iPhoto...2,689 items.
File - Export - Export 2,689 Items... or Export Unmodified Original for 2,689 items.

Hmmmm.

I'm not smart enough to comprehend the difference. I'm going with Unmodified Originals.
File Name: Use File Name
Subfolder Format: None
Export.

OK...I had to navigate to my external drive, and select the folder named Favorites_10242016-10012017.

Click Export Originals.

OK. The colored ball spins for about 3 seconds, then it's gone. Hmmmm.

OK. Now, I just navigated to my new folder Favorites_10242016-10012017.
And, I see now that the number of items in the folder is incrementing. 454....512....

Although, now it occurs to me that I should have preserved my folder structure underneath the new Favorites_10242016-10012017 folder. No...I think I like it this way actually.

So, I exported my Favorites.

Then, I went back and exported everything to a new folder: Photos_2016_10122017.

So, I have these 2 new folders on my Seagate external drive 1TB drive.
Favorites_10242016-10012017 This has 3,086 photos in it.
Photos_2016_10122017 This has 35,539 photos in it.

The external Seagate drive appears to have 541 Gig available. So, now the plan is to delete all photos, and just reimport the favorties.

Like...Photos (formerly iPhoto) sucks so bad there just aren't words. I can't even figure out how to delete the fucking photos. Lord God this application sucks donkey dicks.

"To delete photos from the Photos app in OS X, do the following: -Open the Photos application and select the photo(s) you wish to delete in the All Photos section. -Press command+delete on your keyboard to delete the photos. -Next, in the menu bar at the top of your screen, click File > Show Recently Deleted.

I selected 35,424 items. Hit Command + Delete. Says "Moving to Recently Deleted".
Whirling beachball icon appears. 9:17 p.m.

Now, when I go into iPhotos, it shows 35,424 items recently deleted. OK. Brilliant. Now, how do I delete them for real.

I go into the Recently Deleted folder, select them all with Ctrl-A, and click Delete 35,424 items.

Now, they're gone. Now, to import the favorites:

File - import - Favorties_10242016-10012017. Selected all files. Click Review For Import.

3,074. Import All New Items.

It only brought in 2,720 files though. I think something about the mising metadata.

Now, I import the new photos from my CF card. (Wedding photos).

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 12, 2017 at 7:53 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

So Much To Do

It seems that there is just so much to do, that it's daunting. That I'll never be prepared to leave. How does one begin to prepare to drive across the planet?

I'm thinking now that, for the tires, I'll order them here and have them installed here before I leave on the trip. Riding the KTM out to Chapparal Motorsports in San Bernardino and then hoping that a) they have my tires and b) can put them on while I wait just seems like I'm accepting too much risk for too little gain. All it buys me is that I ride to CA on the stock tires that came on the bike.

But this doesn't really seem like a good trade off to me.

The better move is to order the new tires here, and have them installed before I start out. These will be the same tires that I rode on from Illinois to Panama to Tennessee to Colorado, so I know that they're good for at least that many miles (8,000).

The tires that I want to get are:

2010 KTM 990 Adventure: Front Tire: Scorpion A/T 90/90-21 M/C 54S Pirelli MT 90
2010 KTM 990 Adventure: Rear Tire: Scorpion A/T 150/70-R18 M/C 70V Pirelli MT 90

B&B $143.95 front
$228.00 rear.
1-1.5 hours labor
335,68
$350.79

Pirelli MT90 A/T 90/90-21 Front Tire $97.53
Pirelli MT90 A/T 150/70-18 Rear Tire $151.88
Total Cost: $249.41


Chaparral Motorsports San Bernardino, CA. (It's 1,000 miles from Denver to San Bernardino, CA.)

front: $133.88 (3 in stock)
rear: $132.88 (1 in stock)

If I buy their tires, $15 to put them on. $10 to balance. $25 mount and balance per wheel.

So, total cost to handle the tires at Chaparral Motorsports would be:

$266.76
$ 50.00
-----------
$310.76

I need to confirm with them about 2 weeks before I leave that I will be there on what date and then they can hold my tires for me and be sure they're in stock when I get there.

Joe in Parts.
Al in Service.

B&B Sports Cycle
303-674-6600


OK. Now, I pulled the Givi case off the KTM, hoping to switch it over to the Honda AT. However, now that I put the Givi Monolock grid over the rear of the AT, I see that the holes don't line up. Doh!

Now it looks like I bought the Givi Monolock case from in August 2011 from Golden Gate Cycles.

This case is a Give Micro 2 case, which is discontinued. 26 liter capacity.
Hmmmm.

Givi in Nevada. (775) 359-0900.
What I need is the Monolock Plate ( M5M ) combined with Hardware (SR1144).
I can order this bike-specific hardware at Tourandride.com
This is specific for the Africa Twin, but it will work with any Givi monolock case.
OK. Prices are:
SR1144 = $63.00
M5M = $59.40
Total = $122.40

I ended up just sort of jury-rigging it on there with the existing hardware from the KTM.
I also moved the cruise control from the KTM to the Honda.

OK. Now, I've got to fly to Jackson in the morning. Let's start dealing with that situation.


Fix CC Filson handbag.
New laces for my boots.
Add funds to personal checking.
Check mail every day.
Replace wallet.
Get other GoPros working:
GoPro Hero 5
GoPro Hero 4
GoPro Hero 4
GoPro Hero 3

Put 12v dc adapter on Honda AT
.
$20 all-weather 12 v power outlet from an Auto store

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 12, 2017 at 10:57 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Corrected VIN on Progressive Motorcycle Ins Policy

Your Confirmation Number is 284INT525.

This change was requested by Robert A Kiser, Insured via the Internet on 10/11/2017 at 7:18 PM EDT. This change will not go into effect prior to the date and time it was requested.

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Summary of Changes

Changes Submitted: Update Vehicle Information
Policy Term: 10/20/2016 to 10/20/2017
Change Effective Date: 10/11/2017
Total Premium Change: $0.00

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 11, 2017 at 5:25 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Fix Title on Africa Twin

Somehow, the geniuses gave me the wrong MCO/MSO for the motorcycle, so the Title I got from the State of Colorado doesn't match the bike I have. Genius.

So now, i've got to return the title that I got from Colorado to them. Now, let's see if I can find it.

OK. So, the title I have from the state
.. of Colorado shows the VIN as: JH2SD04G1HK001007.

However, the VIN on the bike is: JH2SD04G4HK001017.

The ..new MCO/MSO has VIN as: JH2SD04G4HK001017.

So, I have compared the VIN on the new MCO/MSO to the VIN on the bike's frame, and they do, in fact, match.

Now, I'll return the paperwork that they sent me from the Honda shop in Russelville, Arkansas.

JH2SD04G1HK001007.
JH2SD04G4HK001017.

So, I went into the DMV in Evergreen and got this taken care of today 10/11/2017.
Now, I got a new registration for the vehicle. A new title should come in the mail in about 4 weeks. I put the new registration document in my wallet. They gave me new stickers for my license plate. I put them on also.

So, I'm all good now. The registration in my wallet matches the VIN on the bike for the first time ever.

I fed-exed the Title that I was issued by the state of Colorado for the wrong VIN, along with the other paperwork, back to what's her face at Honda in Russelville Arkansas. I messaged a screen shot of the FedEx Tracking number to Bill.

FedEx Tracking Number: 790719774819.

So, the new Title should show up in the mail in 4 weeks (I think that's what she said...or did she say 4-6 weeks?).
4 weeks would be November 8th.
However, I'm not clear that I need the title to the bike. All I need I think in insurance and registration for the bike, really.


PROGRESSIVE MOTORCYCLE INSURANCE
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Then, I went online and updated my Progressive Insurance Policy to reflect the correct VIN number for the 2017 Honda Africa Twin.

Your Confirmation Number is 284INT525.

This change was requested by Robert A Kiser, Insured via the Internet on 10/11/2017 at 7:18 PM EDT. This change will not go into effect prior to the date and time it was requested.

Printable ConfirmationGet Proof Of Insurance

Summary of Changes

Changes Submitted: Update Vehicle Information
Policy Term: 10/20/2016 to 10/20/2017
Change Effective Date: 10/11/2017
Total Premium Change: $0.00

So now, all I've got to do is print out an updated copy of my Motorcycle Insurance Policy.

OK. So, it fixed it on my insurance policy which ends in 9 days on 10/20/2017, but it didn't fix it on the new policy which runs from 10/20/2017 - 10/20/2018. Nice. So, I printed several sheets of paper only to realize that it didn't update the policy that starts in 9 days. Nice.

So, I called the idiots at Progressive and they said...yeah...that's sort of how it works. We have to go out there and manually update the new policy and it takes us about 24 hours to fix them. Great. Thanks for that.

So now, finally, I have the correct Colorado Registration and Insurance papers in my wallet. Man. This aint easy.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 11, 2017 at 1:54 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

New Gear

I need to get some new riding gear, including:
New Jacket
New Helmet
Some sort of audio recording device in helmet.

Professional Grade Lavalier Lapel Microphone ­ Omnidirectional Mic with Easy Clip On System ­ Perfect for Recording Youtube / Interview / Video Conference / Podcast / Voice Dictation / iPhone

Order Number: 114-6057969-5701033
Professional Grade Lavalier Lapel Microphone ­ Omnidirectional Mic with Easy Clip On System ­ Perfect for Recording Youtube / Interview / Video Conference / Podcast / Voice Dictation / iPhone will be shipped to Robert Kiser by Amazon.com.
Guaranteed delivery: Oct. 14, 2017

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 10, 2017 at 11:52 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

New Tires for the 2017 Honda Africa Twin

I'm reading reviews for all of these different tires for the 2017 Honda AT, and then one guy mentions that he likes to run the same tires that were stock on the KTM 990 Adventure (Pirelli Scorpion MT90's). And I'm thinking...hey....yeah...why not run the same tires on both bikes? Seems to make sense to me.

2017 Honda 1000 Africa Twin: Front Tire: Dunlop Trailmax D610F
Front Tire: 90/90-R21 tube type
2017 Honda 1000 Africa Twin: Rear Tire: Dunlop Trailmax D610
Rear Tire: 150/70-R18 tube type

2010 KTM 990 Adventure: Front Tire: Scorpion A/T 90/90-21 M/C 54S Pirelli MT 90
2010 KTM 990 Adventure: Rear Tire: Scorpion A/T 150/70-R18 M/C 70V Pirelli MT 90

I'm guessing that I put these Scorpions on the KTM earlier this year at Chaparral Motorsports in San Bernardino, CA.

And now, I'm toying with the idea of riding the AT out to San Bernardino and having them put the same tires on the AT.


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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 10, 2017 at 9:43 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Freeing up some disk space

My home server has been ridiculously slow lately, so I'm finally cleaning up the local C and D drives. Now, it seems like it's performing much better.

Next, I have to clean up my MacBook Air. I can't go on the road with it completely full, and right now, that's where we are. I've got to get all of the photos/videos off of the MacBook Air before I hit the road.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 10, 2017 at 9:10 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Honda Africa Twin Owner's Manual

Here's a link to the Africa Twin Owner's Manual online. I think it's for a 2016, but it's probably pretty close to the 2017.

http://www.tyclyd.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Africa-Twin-Owners-Manual-A4.pdf

http://www.tyclyd.com/2016/02/11/africa-twin-owners-manual/

It's interesting. Like, I've already put over 4,000 miles on the bike, and I never bothered to glance at the owner's manual. But, I decided to read it because the display is fairly complicated, and I knew I was missing some things. Primarily, I wanted to see if I could adjust the brightness of the LCD monitor, because it's hard to see in daylight. Does better at night.

And, lo and behold, you can, in fact, adjust the brightness on the LCD display. It's covered on page 22 of the owner's manual. I'll try to adjust it tomorrow.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

After-market Cigarette Lighter

So, the stupid Africa Twin doesn't come with a cigarette lighter, a USB port, or anything. But I'm going to need some juice to run my GPS, my cell phone, my GoPro's, etc. So, I'm going to try to retro-fit/jury-rig a cigarette lighter onto the stupid thing. This website explains roughly how to go about it.

http://www.africatwinforum.com/forum/177-engine-technical-discussion/6650-12v-power-socket-retrofit.html

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 10, 2017 at 5:35 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Canon Lens and Lens Caps

I lost my lens cap riding back from CA to CO. Huge issue on the AT because the lens bangs into the metal gas tank.


Estimated delivery Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017
67mm For CANON Lens Cap Hood Cover Snap On Front 18-135mm 17-85mm with String
67mm For CANON Lens Cap Hood Cover Snap On Front 18-135mm 17-85mm with String
Item price $16.60
Quantity 4
Item number 251194543582
Shipping service USPS Parcel Select Ground


Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens with UV and Polarizer filters
$109.00
Qty: 1
Select a shipping service for Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens with UV and Polarizer filtersDelivery
By Sat, Oct 14

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 10, 2017 at 5:05 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Requested a New 52 Page Passport

So, today, I finally started getting prepared for my trip to South America. I got home from CA on the KTM on Monday last week (Monday 10/2/2017). Then, today, I finally forced myself to start getting ready for the trip. The first thing I need to do, I figured, was to get a 52 page passport. The reason is that my current passport has only 26 pages, and it's pretty much filled up. So, I ordered a new one with 52 pages.

I went and got my passport photos taken at Walmart in Evergreen for $7.50. Then, went back to the woman at the Post Office in Evergreen. She was very helpful. I filled out all of the paperwork and we sent it off. I paid extra to expedite the passport. I think the total cost was just under $200.

Now, I should mention here that some people now have the new passport cards, that are about the size of your driver's license. These are not valid in all countries. They're only recognized by Canada, Mexico, countries in the Caribbean, and Bermuda. So, I didn't go that route, obviously.

The new passport should arrive in the mail in 2-3 weeks. So, that's Oct 24-31, according to my calculations.

Also, I had another idea today. I thought that, on my way out of the country, since I'm going through the Los Angeles basin, it occurred to me that any last minute items I need to pick up, I could probably pick up at Chaparral Motorsports in San Bernardino.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 10, 2017 at 3:27 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

GPS Tracks from 250 mile ride up Poudre Canyon today

Copying Files Off of the Garmin Montana 600

So, I'm thinking I'll copy the gpx files off of my Garmin Montana 600.

1) Launch EasyGPS.
2) Click on "Receive (from GPS)" icon.
3) Click OK.

So, now I see them in my EasyGPS app, but there's no topo map or anything. So, I save them off as s:\garmin\2017_10_07_Poudre_Canyon.gpx

Now, to upload them onto a map.

Go to http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/

Select your .gpx file.

Click Map It.
It says it will be available for viewing temporarily.
http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/display/20171007211559-68052-map.html

Basically, it's a map that shows my run up through the Poudre Canyon today with Steve and friends.


Now, I want to delete my .gpx files from the Garmin Montana.

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Deleting Tracks from the Garmin Montana 600.
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Click on Up arrow at bottom center of screen on Garmin Montana 600.
Click on Track Manager.
Click on Archived Tracks.
Select the top track.
Click on Delete.
Click on Delete again.
Rinse. Repeat.

There. Now, I deleted all of the tracks off of my Garmin Montana 600.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 7, 2017 at 9:59 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Copying Files Off of the Garmin Montana 600

So, I'm thinking I'll copy the gpx files off of my Garmin Montana 600.

1) Launch EasyGPS.
2) Click on "Receive (from GPS)" icon.
3) Click OK.

So, now I see them in my EasyGPS app, but there's no topo map or anything. So, I save them off as s:\garmin\2017_10_02_CA_CO.gpx

Now, to upload them onto a map.

Go to http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/

Select your .gpx file.

Click Map It.
It says it will be available for viewing temporarily. But it also says I can download it, and I notice that my last GPS tracks that I uploaded are gone, and that was just a week or two ago. So, let me try to save it locally. So, I click the Download link on GPS Visualizer. It creates a local file named 20171006195032-68052-map.html in my download folder.

Basically, it's a map that shows me running around in Southern California, plus my one ride up the coast recently where I rode up the Pacific Coast Highway as far north as the Mud Creek Slide, one of the points where the Pacific Coast Highway was closed.

OK. Now, I create a new folder under the wwwroot folder called maps. wwwroot/maps:

http://www.peeniewallie.com/maps/20171006195032-68052-map.html

http://www.peeniewallie.com/maps/20170923182010-68052-map.html

However, I can't get these to load. It says "Oops! Something went wrong.
This page didn't load Google Maps correctly. See the JavaScript console for technical details."

Now, I want to delete my .gpx files from the Garmin Montana.

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Deleting Tracks from the Garmin Montana 600.
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Click on Up arrow at bottom center of screen on Garmin Montana 600.
Click on Track Manager.
Click on Archived Tracks.
Select the top track.
Click on Delete.
Click on Delete again.
Rinse. Repeat.

There. Now, I deleted all of the tracks off of my Garmin Montana 600.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on October 6, 2017 at 8:30 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink