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post #1 of 6 Old 05-13-2007, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Help, Mexico to Vancouver and back

Greetings all,
This August I will be going from SoCal down to Mexico for the night and then up to Vancouver and back home.
I'm hoping that with the wealth of experience on this forum that you can give me some insight to a number of things. Namely; route selection, local attractions, great food, landmarks, camping locations, nightlife, local flavor, scenery, expected weather, etc.
I did a 6 state, 15 day, 2,500 mille solo trip last summer through CA, AZ, NM, CO, UT, NV and back and had a great time. Learned a lot too. This time I will be going with one other guy 1 up and a couple 2 up on an FJR. We will likely do a 50/50 mix of hotels and camping.
I thank you all in advance for your assistance & ride safe,
-Bob
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-13-2007, 10:16 PM
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Greetings all,
This August I will be going from SoCal down to Mexico for the night and then up to Vancouver and back home.
I'm hoping that with the wealth of experience on this forum that you can give me some insight to a number of things. Namely; route selection, local attractions, great food, landmarks, camping locations, nightlife, local flavor, scenery, expected weather, etc.
I did a 6 state, 15 day, 2,500 mille solo trip last summer through CA, AZ, NM, CO, UT, NV and back and had a great time. Learned a lot too. This time I will be going with one other guy 1 up and a couple 2 up on an FJR. We will likely do a 50/50 mix of hotels and camping.
I thank you all in advance for your assistance & ride safe,
-Bob
Bob - you might try posting in the different regional forums for best local advise. There's certainly a strong contingent of Strommers here in the PNW that will help along the way when you have dates/times you want to pass through.

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post #3 of 6 Old 05-14-2007, 12:53 AM
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If you're headed to Vancouver, the most reliable month, weatherwise, is August. September is usually pretty good too, but cooler. We make no guarantees, however. Be prepared for wet.

That said, it might not rain for two months straight. Damned weather.

Lots of camping around these parts, but not in the city. The best riding roads are a ways from town (north and east).

I'd be glad to offer suggestions regarding attractions, accomodation, and routes once you make firmer plans. Definitely think about island hopping through Washington and BC. The gulf islands offer lots of B&B and camping opportunities and you get to spend some time sightseeing on the water.

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post #4 of 6 Old 05-14-2007, 02:29 AM Thread Starter
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Update;
Weve got 2+ weeks
For the most part holtels are more about a hot shower and comfy bed than ultra posh amenities.
The bikes willl be 1 Suzuki Vstrom650, 1 Triumph Sprint ST, and 1 FJR1300 (2up)
I was thinking 300ish miles per day average
We all love the outdoors and the femalle is not a priss
Fishing along the way would be fun
I'm a bit of a foodie so anything from the best taco to the best escargo would interest me
A few of us are into wine but I think I've got CA covered. I don't know too much about Or and WA wineries though
Any sort of touristy kitch could be fun for a photo op. or just the experience of it
Speaking of photo opportunities, I am a photographer by trade so without question...
Mostlly I am interested in anything that each area has to offer that is unique to that locale (i.e. shelfish, coffee and grunge music in Seattle)
As for terrain, we're tallking purely street considering the two sport tourers and the 2 up factor.
I hope this additional cllarification helps,
-Bob
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post #5 of 6 Old 05-14-2007, 01:35 PM
 
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Make sure you buy Mexican auto insurance before you cross the border. The Mexican authorities don't recognize US insurers, and in Mexico you are presumed at fault in any accident unless you have Mexican insurance. If you don't have Mexican insurance or enough cash to satisfy any damages or injuries, they will take your bike and lock you up 'till someone pays. It's easy to buy at a number of outlets/kiosks just before the border. Takes only a few minutes. You can buy it by the day, week whatever. You'll need valid license and registration. Oh, and of course it's invalid if you drink and drive, or have drugs etc. Also besides the drugs - No firearms or ammunition, big time jail for these. I highly recommend that you NOT drive at night in Mexico - especially in rural areas. Plan your trip accordingly.
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post #6 of 6 Old 05-15-2007, 12:02 AM
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In the Vancouver area, you'd probably want to take a jaunt up to Whistler, which is co-hosting the 2010 Olympics with Vancouver (great riding road), and stay the night. There's camping on the way, or just north of Whistler, or you might stay in the village.
Grouse Mtn (in Vancouver) offers a great view of the city on a clear day. There's also Stanley Park to check out. Those are the most obvious touristy things to see. All on pavement.

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