Day 114 to 124.

October 28th to November 7th, 2007

from Kingman to Yuma, Az.

WOW! ...  Here's the last part of the US segment of our trip!

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Here we go again!


We're leaving the Joshua Trees...


...To get in the Sonoran desert and the giant cacti area.




After a while, the trail ends on US 95 on which we have to ride for 15 miles to get to the state park.



Unrelated: No, we are not on the moon or at the local amusement park! There are really people living in this "house"!



Yeah ! The desert, the cacti, all new stuff to us.
Yeah ! They're big! They're impressive! Being surrounded by Saguaro cacti means being very far away from home, in a totally different environment!
Bof... A few long miles on the road...
Bof... It's definitely the grimmest part of the ride yet...45 long miles on US 95. 45 miles on the highway, being pushed by the cars, big trucks, and RVs. We ride at around 55m/h in a 65m/h speed limit zone where everybody wants to drive 75...


Welcome to the Cat Tail Cove state park, on Lake Havasu.


Not exactly rustic, but we have access to all the services!


Under the sun and the palm trees. WOW! Our first palm trees!


Water bodies are few and far apart in Az! Lake Havasu is known to be one of the nicest places to see.


Magnifique !!!


Hey!... Let's go for a swim!!!!  Cool! It's been a while since France had a chance to jump in a lake!


Like Lake Powell, Lake Havasu is, in fact, the Colorado river.


Over here, the river is the natural border between California and Arizona (The mountains you see are in Cal). This superb body of water thus draws boaters from both states. Lots of people here on weekends, lots...



From Lake Havasu to Parker we have to ride 30 more miles of 95. At 55m/h, in all that traffic, it's long and stressful...Minnie better hold on tight! If she slips, it's the end of her...

In Parker, we stop and fix our third flat. A nail. 5 minutes and we're on the road again.



Life is not just all fun and games...Especially when all you have holds in a few grocery bags...


This trip is all about contrasts. We camp in town, the next day, we're in the middle of nowhere. We're in the mountains, then in the desert. It's super hot, then we're freezing. We ride on the highway, then on a really small and rough trail...It's still the case here. As much as the road to Parker was stressful and grim, the small roads out of it to Quartzsite are super nice! Since we want to avoid US 95, we'll ride across the desert to get there.


Without water, it's not much deseert...


...And dust...


...Add water, and it all turns green!


A roadside panel seen along the way.



We set up camp in the desert near Quartzsite, well known area where hundreds of snowbirds head for winter.


On the cactus road. The next morning, we ride across the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge.

What an incredible privilidge it is to be able to ride our quads here!



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Just one more contrast. After getting cooked in Montana (where we thought it would be cold) and almost frozen alive in Utah (where we expected hot temps...), we're back in the heat. Daytime temps are above 90 deg F. While nightime is sorta coolish (45 deg). Excellent sleeping weather!


You'd think we're in the middle of a western movie! Someone once told us we were 21th century pioneers...We feel like the last cowboys!!




The desert really surprised us. We expected flat, monotones scenery, nothing but sand...We were totally wrong!




There must be countless varieties of cactus. Here's one pretty particular. The Ocatillo. From a distance, it looks like a bunch of dead branches...

...But...Don't get too close...Click here for a detailed view.


One last night in the American desert, near Hyder, Az.


One last sunset in the U.S...


Around Yuma, the desert turns into farmland right before our eyes.


Irrigation is very functionnal and yields excellent results.


Your attention please, the Quadtrek expedition is in final approach to Yuma!




Here we are! Yuma! Our final destination in the U.S.! Also, the lowest point we've hit yet: 262 ft above sea level!


Now we can really say it, it's done.

We have ridden our quads across the U.S.A.!



Seen in Yuma!

In a restaurant parking lot. It's licensed and street legal in Az!



Life has it ups...



...And downs...



Before we cross into Mexico, we have the quads checked and serviced one last time at Liberty Motorsports.
We want to take this opportunity to say a big THANKS to Lee (service manager) and Paul (parts manager) for their availability, kindness, and generosity. They litterally went out of their way to make sure we would be all set with everything we'll need when in Mexico!



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After a thorough inspection, we replace a cracked spring spanner on the right rear shock. Seems the fact that I adjusted it with a pipe wrench did'nt help it much...

Clutches are inspected and cleaned. Everything is under control, even the drive belts. Lee asks if we want them replaced but, after mesuring them, we only find a .005 difference between a new one and our old ones so, we put the original belts back on. We are all curious to see how far they will go.

All the fluids and filters (except fuel filters) are replaced and Marc switches gear from one quad to the other again, always aiming at making the work load more even between the 2 quads.


8nov_31.jpg (32668 octets) While all this is taking place, a Yuma Sun newspaper journalist finally gets in contact with us (after a few tries on his part). He wants to interview us and take a couple pics.


click here to read the very interesting article of the Yuma Sun.


This part of our trip was mostly one of adaptation to our new way of life. Living outdoors all the time requires adaptation. You get cold when it's cold, get hot when it's hot, get wet when it rains, wake up with daylight and feel sleepy when it gets dark. During winter, that happens around 5:00 pm...Your sleep varies according to many factors: Temperature, noise, how safe you feel, etc..

We will keep excellent memories of this portion of the ride. All along it, we have experienced extrordinary support from everyone we met along the way and, basically, from everyone involved in it in one way or another. We can say that it's been easier than we expected.


Today, we are racing agains time! We have to make sure we don't forget anything: Call our families, buy food and water, pay all the bills, re-organise our gear to reduce chances of theft, update the web site...It just seems nothing is working the way it should be...We can't find what we want, the internet connection is'nt working, we even get pulled over by a cop! (for the first time!). He says even though our machines are street legal, the tires on them say "Not for highway service" and so, he could write us a citation...After discussing with him and explaining what we were doing and comparing with other vehicules we've seen on the road here (...), he decides to let us go and simply tells us to be careful...COOL!...But, time is still flying anyway!
At 1:00am, we set the alarm for 5:30am and litterally fall on the pillow. We want to cross the border as early as possible to be able to ride as far from it as we can before it gets dark as it seems it is the most unsafe area.

Tomorrow, we enter Mexico.
It will be Adventure with a capital A,

with all it's new challenges, new questions: Customs, language, culture, currency exchange, territory, food, etc, etc...

Stick around to discover Mexico, with us!



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Au / At    Yuma
Date        11-01-07
Lat    N    32 41 83
Long  W  114 37 00
Elevation  262 pieds/feet


50C   122F
  40C   104F
30C   86F
20C   68F
10C   50F
0C   32F
-5C   23F
-10C   14F
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50C   122F
  40C   104F
30C   86F
20C   68F
10C   50F
0C   32F
-5C   23F
-10C   14F
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...At night...











The worst part was paved!




Les statistiques

Total 11jours/11 days.

448 Miles
4825 Miles: à date/to date
$459 Resto
$63 Épicerie/Food
$158 Essence/fuel
$371 Camping/Motel
$330 Divers/Misc.
$1381 Total





Les Oscars-The Oscars: le gagnant est... LA CHOSE LA PLUS APPRECIÉE:



The unanimous support we had all along this portion of the ride! THANKS!






Nous sommes fiers de vous présenter nos partenaires.
Ils nous ont fourni un soutien important afin de nous aider à réaliser cette aventure. MERCI À TOUS



We are proud to introduce you to our partners.
Their precious collaboration helped us live this fabulous adventure.


Polaris Industries - Canada
Polaris Industries - USA

RM Motosport

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