Sunday, April 26, 2015

Dogs, dogs and more dogs (Lake Chapala 19. - 24.4.15)

A real fun video

Another morning walk under a cool looking sky.
Some minor trouble left at the bike assembly. One thread of the fork bridge was gone and since I was not able to get a Helicoil, I decided to make a small adapter piece and tighten the bolt with a lock-nut.
SilberWolf without the sidecar cover.

And then we visited Lucky dog rescue and adaption center near Chapala. What a great fun that was to walk a few dogs.

Photo taken by Lee from the Luck Dog rescue adoption center

Photo taken by Lee from the Luck Dog rescue adoption center

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Skippy's first ride ever in the sidecar ... on her way to torture (San Juan Cosala 11.4-18.4.15)

Enjoy our next travelogue

Hotpool under the stars - almost as good as sauna.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Wolfi celebrated his 50th birthday (San Juan Cosala 4.4. - 11.4.)

Buckle up for another intensive 12min episode of our reality show

The broken ball joint. Cause as well as time/location of the break-down is unknown.
Skippy want to do a 14+days water fast to clean her system. Instead 7 days were enough for her. She made her own vlog on how that went. Check it here.

The "garage" for fixing - at least no sand this time. Finding dropped screws was slightly more challenging.
Fixed ball joint - let's hope it lasts. Got the part after one week from BMW dealer in Oaxaca. I put some color marking on the nuts just in case.
Mexican way to illustrate what might happen.
Tono from the Moto Servico in San Juan was a great help.
Tono wrote such nice note in order to find another person who might have the 46mm wrench to do the ball joint repair. While waiting for the ball joint, I spent three days looking for the required tools to do the work.
One of the house dogs - cute lady.
Cookies, cakes, excellent food and some wine for the birthday hero - the way to go when living on the road. The pictures shows another snickers cake made by Skippy.

Sad and true. Drug war related news make headlines in Mexico almost every week. This here happened in the state of Jalisco about 250km west of San Juan Cosala.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

San Juan Cosala - part I (29.3. - 4.4.2015)

Some more family and road drama here:

Then we arrived in San Juan Cosala - Thermal bath town without the smell of rotten eggs!
Hot water everywhere.
Plenty of Americans and Canadians here. Mostly in high-security premises.
Mexican style - combined restaurant, shop and living area.
Stylish house number signs.
Beautiful colored flowers. Eye therapy!
Drinking water delivery. The canisters are reused or recycled - already much better compared to West-Africa.
Mexican style window with integrated barrier.
San Juan main street.
San Juan also offered a promenade with playgrounds and picnic areas.
Plenty of bird life.
Looked like hay in the wires.
Houses with plenty of flowers.
Interesting mix of religious painting and bread/bakery add.
Tower house.
Plenty of stray dogs in the village.
Looks like he found something delicious.
Our track (370km)
The pictures and story from the pilgrims is in the previous post. Check it out here.

Life was ok until I noticed this: Some crucial parts from my Telelever ball joint (Kugelgelenk) incl. the nut was missing. Shit hit again the fan. Another major effort in getting the spare parts and finding the tools to do the repair. It feels right now like a series of devastating major repairs.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Los Ayala - Ameca (23. - 29.3.2015)

Some more family and road drama here:
Finally I found Negra Modelo! It was ok, I think I lost my taste for beer.
And my GoPro grab-bag spare parts came.
Wild waves attacking the tree.
Fresh donuts delivery on the beach (no need to move one's fat ass to get more fat).
We left Los Ayala and it was supposed to be an easy 230km ride for this day which would brings us some 30km beyond Mascota. What I did not knew was that right after Mascota, we would encounter thousands of pilgrims, more like tens of thousands. People everywhere! Buses everywhere! It was unbelievable. Instead of my GoPro taking cool clips it only took a single picture which did not show anything - disappointing. So here are some pics from the internet of people walking the "Ruta del Peregrino". As a consequence there was no free hotel. In fact the hotels were so full that there were extra mattresses everywhere to allow people to sleep on the floor.
From Spanish Wikipedia translated into English with Google translator:
"La Ruta del Peregrino is a path with more than 200 years of tradition, one the covers some communes of Jalisco, Mexico. The most popular route is the pioneer in Ameca, although there are other paths to the same end; mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental are crossed and ends in the town of Talpa de Allende, specifically in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary. Its length is 117 kilometers and is traversed by about 3 million people per year in March and particularly in Week Santa."
Pilgrims (source unknown).
Pilgrims (source unknown).
One-night-stand in Ameca: secure parking, spacious room, clean, Wifi and cheap (about 15EUR/night).
Ulpu barking at this nice horse.
Our track (2 legs and 370km)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

How much more can I bare???

Went shopping. Bike smelled like petrol and I stopped to check it out. Then I saw this:

For all those who cannot see the issue: the ball joint sheared off at the leading link. Kugelgelenk am Längslenker abgerissen.
 And then Skippy is doing her thing and nobody there to give me some support :( :(