Well, here it is. We've decided to go on this trip. For those that know us, and what we've been through the last couple of years, you'll know why we were on the fence on this one. Well, we've decided that life is too short to pass up this trip. Even if we'll be in the preverbial poor-house when we get back.
Yes, this trip is going entirely on the VISA card! Woo hoo!
So, on with the show. We've been doing some light prep, off and on for the past couple of months.
Starting with some light maintenance on the 1150:
It looks much better than that now.
More to come...
You may or may not know that we are travelling as a family - hence the name four-up. Do do this, we are pulling the kids from school for 5 weeks. But, much to their disappointment, they still have homework to do.
Their english homework is to write and maintain their own personal journal. What we have chosen to do is to use this blog format so that the kids in their respective classes can keep updated on all of our progress. And, they will be graded....heh, heh, heh!
You can filter on (or not) thier blogs by clicking on the "Archives Category" link to the right.
We're getting there. It seems like I've been working on the bikes for days but were getting there.
Got a nice new front tires:
Got the saddlebags mounted, front and back:
Now we're waiting for the rears:
We also got our custom defense stickers:
and in Spanish:
Packing is a pain in the ass but we are finished now,Its 5 days until the trip starts and well I am sick and my mom is also sick and its snowing in some pleases in the USA I hope it gets warmer.
5 more day's untel we leave i am really exited I have all my stuff packed and my mom water proofed my boot's pants and coat. my mom bot me a journal and I really do not want to write in it. I am worried about the snow going throu the USA because we do not know witch route we are going. me and tanner got cameras for Christmas so we are going to use those for the trip. my mom and dad have one camera to share for the trip. I am taking 2 pairs of socks 1 turtleneck 2 shirts 2 underwear and 2 pants.
We're finally on our way. It feels so good to be back in the saddle again.
Day 1 was fairly un-eventful. I know why there is a 6th gear now. For the damn interstates!!! They should be called i-states because an ipod really helps.
We covered about 650km today, not bad considering about 2.5 hours were 'wasted' on the ferry. The weather was dry and warm - we really lucked out.
The only problem I had was that my new alpaca sweater was to hot! (Thanks Jenny)
The next couple of days are going to be pretty boring - interstates all the way. We have 2500km to go to the border!
It was a bit of a wet start.We seem to be able to make any place look just like home.I5 all the way.The snow on the mountain passes had been plowed and 5 c.Truckers were helpful on the drive and only passed one accident,flipped trailer.No pics...too buisy gawking.Trees are changing,soil is very red in some places.We're not sure what to expect of L.A. Just looking forward to Mexico.Hotels are cheap!! Average $45 a night for all four of us.Hip horray for continental breakfast!!!!You'd be amazed what you can fit on a bike when you're on a budget.
Look on our webpage and click on the "central america" link to get to the spot adventures page. We're posting the pictures there. The beauty part is that they are tagged with gps coordinates on the map, so you can see exactly where they were taken. (Just click on the "day 2" link (or whatever day we happen to be on.)
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