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Old 2015-02-21, 10:53 PM   #46
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And I also found a better way to share my poictures.
With those, I am even further behind than with the written updates and I am sure there are better ways tho do thus than dropbox, but right now it is the easiest:

You can follow this link:

https://www.dropbox.com/home/Felix%2...a%20(1)/Bilder

I think it is less annoying to see the photos if you have an account but it is not obligatory.
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Old 2015-03-16, 05:40 AM   #47
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I stumbled upon this video, one in a series by Joff Summerfield, a penny farthing rider on tour around the world, who rode with Felix recently in Baja California: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-U5_eDrR-s pennies and unis unite!
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Old 2015-03-16, 02:45 PM   #48
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Great video! Thanks for posting! Go Felix!! (and all the other cycling folks, too!)
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Old 2015-03-16, 07:00 PM   #49
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Yes very nice Video. Thanks for finding that Tony!
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Old 2015-03-17, 03:39 AM   #50
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Thanks Tony,
I was just going to wirite the next chapter "Mexico" in which a new Character (Joff Summerfield) has his appearance. I didn't know, the video was finished, though.
It is pretty nice to see how people follow other cyclists on their blogs!
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Old 2015-03-17, 05:04 AM   #51
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Mexico

With the last preparations for my next leg, it got rather late on my last day in San Diego. So I accepted Marty's offer to give me a ride to the border. I crossed over to Mexico without any problems. Actually, I had to go back to get my visa because there was no passport control whatsoever.
Sandra, my first Mexican host in Tijuana, invited me to "real" tacos and the next day she drove me to Rosarito. I would have ridden but she convinced me by proposing to have lunch together with my host from Rosarito.
By getting rides on those two days my plan to start with short days after the long break did not work out at all and I had 80 km (50 Miles) to ride to get to Ensenada, where I had another warmshowers host lined up. He said, I could stay longer if I wanted and I decided to leave my luggage at his place and do an easier dayride to "la bufadora" (the blow hole) a marine geysir about 30 km from Ensenada.
From there I had two days to ride to get to San Quintin and my first night camping out in Mexico. I asked at a Ranch if I could pitch my tent there and had a hard time to get some sleep, as the dogs barked until the rooster started making noise. (Later I rather camped in the desert, where it is a lot calmer)
The next day I stayed with my last hosts before heading into the desert. They had a sheet with useful information about Baja California, that they hand out to every cyclist, who comes through.
The first two days South of San Quintin seemed kind of boring and I thought, if it stays like that, I would probably hop on a bus soon, but then I met a German couple who are cycling from Alaska to Patagonia and then the landskape changed to very spectacular piles of boulders with an incredible variety of cacti.
I rode with Benni and Chandra for almost two days and then continued to ride at my pace. Three days later, I came to San Ignacio, a nice oasis pretty much in the middle of nowhere. At first I only wanted to fill up my water bottles and ride on for a couple of hours, as it was just about noon, when I arrived there but when I saw signs indicating a "casa de ciclistas" I decided to follow those and see, what is going on there. And there was a lot going on. I met five cyclists (Reto from Switzerland travelling from Montreal to Pueblo, Mexico; Tyler from the United States travelling from Washington to Oaxaca, Mexico; Joff from the United Kingdom riding a Penny Farthing around the world - the second time and Valery and Alexy + dog from France riding three-wheeled recumbants pulling trailers - the dog is a 50 kg Rottweiler) and Joel travelling in her truck from California down through Mexico who knows how far.
So I decided to stay for the night and have a good time with the group of travellers. The next mornin,g I left with Joff for Santa Rosalia with Tyler a couple of hours ahead and Reto planning to follow the next day. A late start, strong headwind, Police and fellow British made us camp after about 25 km (17 Miles)
The next day we got to Santa Rosalia and I bought new patches for my tube. As the tire showed some signs of wear, the flats had become more and more during the previous days. Riding out of Santa Rosalia I had a puncture and thought, I was going to make hour until we pitch our tents. This was not a good decision. I had a dismount during a descent and landed with one foot in the spokes, breaking 6 of them. As I had spare spokes, I first thought it was going to be an easy fix but I realised that Johannes is using a 4 cross pattern so my spokes were too short to just replace the broken ones. I started walking along the highway to find a sign of Joff, and just before dark, I started looking for a spot to camp for myself. A car stopped and the driver asked me if everything was ok. I had to say no, so he asked me if he could help me. He offered me a ride to the next town, where I could pitch my tent at his parent's farm and the next day he helped me find the local bike mechanic. The solution we found, was building a new wheel with my hub and standard bicycle parts. So when I rejoined Joff and Reto (who had cought up in the morning) I had been downgraded to a geared 26 without break. Reto was so nice to take my rim and tire as they are a lot easier to transport on a bike than on a unicycle and we had a great time riding towards Lorteo in a group of three .
I learned a lot of Spanish by talking to every bike mechanic I could find, to see if somebody could shorten my spokes so I could rebuild my 36" wheel. Now I can talk about broken unicycles in Spanish without a problem. In Ciudad Constitution we decided to take a day to rest and I actually found somebody who shortened my spokes. From there Reto and I rode to La Paz in two days to make sure, we catch the next ferry to Mazatlan, whereas Joff wanted to take some more time. He actually arrived one day after us and we all were on the same ferry. Tyler joined us too and we met a couple who are cycling from Canada to Argentina with their three year old doughter in a trailer.
In Mazatlan we went to have a drink together before everybody went their way. Reto and I kept going the next day and we made it to Escuinapa, where Reto had contacted a warmshowers member. From there I could only continue one more day and just before Acaponeta my tire finally gave up. I should have changed it in San Diego. One thing, I definitely learned on this tour: I should take care of your parts before they make problems.
So I changed from the unicycle to hithing rides and taking buses. I stopped at the casa ciclista in Guadalajara, where I spent to nights. I had one night in Morelia from where I hitched rides to get to Angangeo, which is where the Monarc Butterflies hibernate. At the Butterfly reserve I met a couple who are also cycling through Mexico and of whom I had heard from the German couple I had met before in Baja California. We spent some hours together, admiring the thousands of butterflies and then I continued my way to Mexico City. I arrived there just in time to celebrate my birthday together with Philipp Henestrosa and his friend Lena. I spent a great week in the capital, visiting my friend Lourdes whom I know from her exchange year in Austria and I got some spare parts shipped from the States.
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Old 2016-12-12, 02:58 PM   #52
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Photos - finally!

Just in case somebody is still reading this thread ;-)
I am finally uploading pictures from my trip in 2014/15
Here is the link to my flickr album:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/147726...57671316379503

Thank you all for reading, following and supporting me!
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Old 2016-12-12, 04:40 PM   #53
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Just in case somebody is still reading this thread ;-)
I am finally uploading pictures from my trip in 2014/15
Nice pictures, Felix!
Tell me, where did you eat æbleskiver? Come visit me, I can make you some - here at Christmas time everybody eat æbleskiver and drink glögg (Glühwein with raisins and almonds).

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Old 2016-12-12, 07:48 PM   #54
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Nice pictures, Felix!
Tell me, where did you eat æbleskiver? Come visit me, I can make you some - here at Christmas time everybody eat æbleskiver and drink glögg (Glühwein with raisins and almonds).

Best regards,
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Hello Sanne,
Nice to hear from you!
That was in Santa Maria (2 days North-West of Los Angeles)
My host, Billy Korn, made them for us. He told us, they were a Danish specialty and I think he makes them because his family is from Denmark originally.
Your invitation sounds really good! Trust me, I will come back to that! ;-)
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Old 2016-12-13, 07:28 AM   #55
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Just in case somebody is still reading this thread ;-)
I am finally uploading pictures from my trip in 2014/15
Here is the link to my flickr album:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/147726...57671316379503

Thank you all for reading, following and supporting me!
Felix
Hi Felix,

thanks for the pics, they are amazing ! It is never too late for pics
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Hello Sanne,
Nice to hear from you!
That was in Santa Maria (2 days North-West of Los Angeles)
My host, Billy Korn, made them for us. He told us, they were a Danish specialty and I think he makes them because his family is from Denmark originally.
That makes sense
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Your invitation sounds really good! Trust me, I will come back to that! ;-)
Sounds nice - you are welcome.

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Old 2016-12-13, 02:00 PM   #57
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Great pictures.

Thanks for sharing
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