We have had enough time on the road now to reflect back on all that we have done in the last year to prepare for this “new” (yet) continued journey.
When we came back last year, there was no doubt in our minds that we wouldn´t go back. It was more of, “how”.
We decided that the only way to really travel free was to part with responsibilities that hold us back or keep us home AND we needed money. We set out for a long grueling year to sell our house; we gave Aaron most of our stuff (lucky boy) and got rid of enough of the rest so that it would fit into 10×10 storage. Scott´s job was a different story. He had to figure out what he could part with from 30 years of business and a collection of parts and tools. Along with that big job, he also had to do all the things to our bikes that would hopefully carry us safely through hundreds of miles on our adventure. Not an easy job and one that left him doing all of it alone. It was a very long year to say the least. Not to mention that the last week before leaving, we discovered that Bentley was once again, bigger. So out came the welder and Scott went to work (in our friend, Mike´s garage) for the third time to make our pup as comfortable as possible.
We finally left Philomath and made it as far as Winchester Bay!
October 18th, 2013
First night of our adventure.
We met up with Scott´s son, Zach in the land of the giant Sequoias. Had a great time camping!
Camping in the Redwoods with Zach
Spent a great weekend in Cambria, CA at a Horizon´s Unlimited world travelers meeting getting inspired for our long-awaited adventure.
2013 Horizon´s Unlimited meeting in Cambria, CA
From there, we met our friends, Mike and Tammy in a beautiful place called Idyllwild, CA. 6000 feet up in the mountains and only an hour away from the hot desert of Palm Springs.
Mike and Tammy in Idyllwild, CA
Our last stop before entering Mexico was Tucson. Had a nice visit with my Uncle and found ourselves making a lot of reasons why we needed “one more day” there. It is that thing called ¨stuff¨that keeps you tied to the U.S.. We just need “one more thing before we cross the border!”
My Uncle Charlie
The day finally came to cross the border. So excited and full of anticipation.
Just across the U.S. border into Nogales, MX
First stop was San Carlos, MX
San Carlos, MX on the Sea of Cortez
“LIFE IS GOOD”
Next day it was off to visit our friend, Campo David in a town called Ahome, just before Los Mochis, MX. where we spent 6 nights. David took us on his Airboat in the Sea of Cortez. We saw so many different species of birds and Dolphins with their babies. It was a fantastic day.
We made our way to Mazatlan
We left there in the pouring down rain traversing through wet cobblestone streets with mud and running water going across, deep potholes, and lots of crazy traffic.The ride on the way to our next destination, however, was so fantastic. Beautiful curvy roads climbing up into the mountains, thick green forests and really pretty little towns.
We ended up in Ajijic on Chapala lake (the biggest lake in Mexico). Then off to San Miguel de Allende. Where the trip ended last year and will actually begin this year. We spent two weeks here reconnecting with friends.
Only in Mexico is there a tree in the middle of the road!
To start off our adventure from San Miguel, we headed to Oaxaca, MX. and who do we run into...Jeffery Poljana, he is doing a Ride for Peace, check out his Facebook page, it is awesome.
We met Jeffery in Cambria, CA two months prior at the Horizon´s Unlimited meeting. He was one of the main speakers at the meeting! Awesome guy.
Jeffery invited us to tour with him the next day to Monte Alban, which is a largest archaeological site in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.
From there we visited El Árbol del Tule Tree, it is a tree located in the church grounds in the town center of Santa Maria del Tule.
Had an amazing lunch in the town of Santa Maria where we were able to try the local Oaxacan favorite, chapulines (grasshopper).
Then it was off to the beautiful Church of Santo domingo de Guzman.
On our way out of town the next day we had a fabulous ride to the Hierve el Agua.
Next stop, San Cristobal, MX. Whooohoooo!!