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Forum: Latin America Today, 08:05 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,762
Posted By markharf
So there you go: lots of different perspectives....

So there you go: lots of different perspectives. Who'd've thought Bananaman would stake out the over-protective parental end of the spectrum--both giving and receiving?

Krl, the fact that you're...
Forum: Latin America Yesterday, 03:21 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,762
Posted By markharf
I don't know whether to be impressed....or...

I don't know whether to be impressed....or horrified at the amount you're inputting to your son. Central America's not that bad, really--much easier than certain places, like Africa, while harder...
Forum: Latin America 04-20-2015, 10:16 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 10,052
Posted By markharf
Mister Banana speaks my mind....except he's...

Mister Banana speaks my mind....except he's marginally less polite about it.

It's perfectly possible Girag is no longer flying bikes, but concluding that this is true based on who does or does...
Forum: Latin America 04-20-2015, 10:12 AM
Replies: 208
Views: 15,787
Posted By markharf
I airfreighted my bike on Copa, which later...

I airfreighted my bike on Copa, which later reportedly stopped flying bikes. They charged far less than Girag at the time--I checked both. If there's a real need, someone will pop up and try to...
Forum: Latin America 04-18-2015, 01:29 PM
Replies: 208
Views: 15,787
Posted By markharf
I flew my bike southward and took the Stahlratte...

I flew my bike southward and took the Stahlratte northward. I was one of just two riders on that Stahlratte trip, but I had reserved my bunk several weeks in advance in order to edge out the...
Forum: Latin America 04-16-2015, 07:21 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 10,052
Posted By markharf
Girag never answered their airport phones a...

Girag never answered their airport phones a couple of years ago either. Same with COPA, who at the time were flying bikes to Bogota for $600. Best wait for a report from someone who's actually on...
Forum: Latin America 04-16-2015, 07:17 PM
Replies: 208
Views: 15,787
Posted By markharf
Unless you get off on destroying useful...

Unless you get off on destroying useful services--valued highly by hundreds of your fellow travelers--best leave that line of inquiry alone. In fact, even if you do get off on undermining other...
Forum: Latin America 03-17-2015, 05:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,235
Posted By markharf
Really too bad--it's a great country for riding,...

Really too bad--it's a great country for riding, with lots to see and do and very reasonable infrastructure. Sending a passport off for months at a time doesn't really appeal.

Mark
Forum: Latin America 03-12-2015, 07:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 483
Posted By markharf
Last I passed through there was one (1) hotel...

Last I passed through there was one (1) hotel within sight of the roundabout at the airport exit. They were storing cars, trucks and bikes for a fee--open air but covered parking, gated at night,...
Forum: Latin America 02-19-2015, 04:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,043
Posted By markharf
Met a couple in La Paz who'd been sponsored by...

Met a couple in La Paz who'd been sponsored by Ural's USA importer--brand new, free, fully-prepped sidecar rig for the trip. They broke down a lot. Plenty of effort went into not saying nasty stuff...
Forum: Latin America 01-01-2015, 05:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 436
Posted By markharf
People use two passports all over the world. ...

People use two passports all over the world. It's got to be possible, right?

I speak from a position of total ignorance; I've only got one passport. But again, lots of people accomplish what...
Forum: Latin America 12-30-2014, 08:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 481
Posted By markharf
I'm not strong on boring technical answers these...

I'm not strong on boring technical answers these days, particularly in response to someone who doesn't appear to be listening. Why bang my head against the wall? That's more your department (insert...
Forum: Latin America 12-29-2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 481
Posted By markharf
I posted a response at HU. Here you are asking...

I posted a response at HU. Here you are asking the same question again. What's with that?

You need to do your own research, starting with the thread I linked in my other response. If you start...
Forum: Latin America 12-16-2014, 02:00 PM
Replies: 494
Views: 26,701
Posted By markharf
He is your teacher. By attending closely and...

He is your teacher. By attending closely and allowing his lessons to run around and through you, you will achieve transcendence and enter the Gates of Heaven.

Or not, as the case may be.
...
Forum: Latin America 12-16-2014, 09:56 AM
Replies: 494
Views: 26,701
Posted By markharf
Best summary yet!

Best summary yet!
Forum: Latin America 12-09-2014, 10:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 729
Posted By markharf
Transfer ownership in no-man's land between...

Transfer ownership in no-man's land between border posts. That allows your father to clear the import papers and the new owner to import the bike in his own name into the other country (or back into...
Forum: Latin America 11-16-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 494
Views: 26,701
Posted By markharf
Between your thirst for publicity and acclaim and...

Between your thirst for publicity and acclaim and Bannanaman's inability to refrain from engaging on the slimmest of pretexts, you should break records in fundraising, press coverage and name...
Forum: Latin America 11-10-2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 494
Views: 26,701
Posted By markharf
Still to come: The Lawyer (tm) has just landed...

Still to come: The Lawyer (tm) has just landed his juggernaut on the shores of horizons unlimited.com.
Forum: Latin America 11-04-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 494
Views: 26,701
Posted By markharf
Y'know, I've started to really enjoy this thread.

Y'know, I've started to really enjoy this thread.
Forum: Latin America 10-16-2014, 11:22 AM
Replies: 494
Views: 26,701
Posted By markharf
My advice: take the blue pill. "You take the...

My advice: take the blue pill.

"You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe....." (per Morpheus)
Forum: Latin America 10-14-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 494
Views: 26,701
Posted By markharf
...and I'm off to refill my mood stabilizer...

...and I'm off to refill my mood stabilizer scrip! See you next time around.
Forum: Latin America 10-14-2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 494
Views: 26,701
Posted By markharf
B-man, you're feeding someone with an insatiable...

B-man, you're feeding someone with an insatiable appetite for self-promotion. Is that your goal?

'Nother way of putting it: he's got you hooked, and he's not letting go. You want to spend the...
Forum: Latin America 10-07-2014, 06:33 PM
Replies: 494
Views: 26,701
Posted By markharf
I haven't been to Easter Island. Neither have...

I haven't been to Easter Island. Neither have you, but if we include Tiffany....
Forum: Latin America 10-07-2014, 03:28 PM
Replies: 494
Views: 26,701
Posted By markharf
That ain't Montana. Not Idaho either. In fact,...

That ain't Montana. Not Idaho either. In fact, it's not even the USA. There are no glaciers like that in the lower 48, and no Harley Davidson-able highways past lateral moraines like that in...
Forum: Latin America 10-07-2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 494
Views: 26,701
Posted By markharf
Agreed! And not a moment too soon. ...

Agreed! And not a moment too soon.

Although....we are missing references to Nazi Germany and a few other devolutionary touchstones. I've bowed out of constructive participation, but hope the OP...
Forum: Latin America 10-06-2014, 11:21 PM
Replies: 494
Views: 26,701
Posted By markharf
That photo's hilarious! The only thing that...

That photo's hilarious! The only thing that could make this thread funnier would be if you were playing us all. If you're taking the whole thing seriously, you're out of sight waaaaaayyyyyyy around...
Forum: Latin America 10-06-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 494
Views: 26,701
Posted By markharf
An incurable optimist riding a huge American...

An incurable optimist riding a huge American bike. Sigh. Your world (and Tim Cahill's world, for that matter) is not my world. He's funny as hell, but his books are best viewed as fictionalized...
Forum: Latin America 10-06-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 494
Views: 26,701
Posted By markharf
Uh oh: Bananaman's getting grumpy. When he...

Uh oh: Bananaman's getting grumpy. When he starts insisting you read tales of death and dismemberment you're on a long, slippery slope. Best arrest the slide immediately.

I don't think riding...
Forum: Latin America 10-05-2014, 01:33 PM
Replies: 494
Views: 26,701
Posted By markharf
There, you see? Bananaman is less grouchy than I...

There, you see? Bananaman is less grouchy than I am, just as predicted!
Forum: Latin America 10-05-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 494
Views: 26,701
Posted By markharf
Hey, I'm not dissing your newbie status; I'm...

Hey, I'm not dissing your newbie status; I'm telling you what to do if you want to know how things work--and it's not by calling freight forwarders in Miami. Seriously; lots of us have shipped by...
Forum: Latin America 10-05-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 494
Views: 26,701
Posted By markharf
Are you determined to avoid all the previous...

Are you determined to avoid all the previous threads (here and on horizons unlimited.com) which address exactly the same questions? This one, for example:...
Forum: Latin America 09-25-2014, 08:17 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 6,732
Posted By markharf
You're paying at least double the standard...

You're paying at least double the standard tourist rates--both for helpers and for bribes. Just so you know that. And your helpers are getting kickbacks for every excess payment.

Bringing...
Forum: Latin America 09-18-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 208
Views: 15,787
Posted By markharf
Well. I saw the disculpame pasted above and...

Well. I saw the disculpame pasted above and assumed this involved the same Fritz. No?

If my reflexive rant was off target.....Sorry - Disculpa - Entschuldigung.

Mark
Forum: Latin America 09-17-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 208
Views: 15,787
Posted By markharf
The government's not screwing it up: Fritz is...

The government's not screwing it up: Fritz is (very reliably, consistent with all his previous history) screwing it up. It's a hair brained concept, and his feeble attempts at execution are...
Forum: Latin America 09-14-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 6,732
Posted By markharf
You don't get to explore backroads and play in...

You don't get to explore backroads and play in the dirt if planning to make Yaviza in a week. That's beyond the realm of "silly" and well into "pathetic."

However, tastes differ--sometimes...
Forum: Latin America 09-13-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 6,732
Posted By markharf
Start memorizing some phrases now. You'll get by...

Start memorizing some phrases now. You'll get by regardless, but the more you've got committed to memory in advance, the better your trip will feel.

I know nothing about GPS maps except you...
Forum: Latin America 08-14-2014, 10:18 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 10,220
Posted By markharf
I'd say that given your preconditions--little...

I'd say that given your preconditions--little dirt or wind, no ice or snow--what you really need is flexibility. It's hard to avoid the wind in Patagonia, and hard to avoid Patagonia when riding...
Forum: Latin America 07-18-2014, 10:05 AM
Replies: 502
Views: 96,044
Posted By markharf
That website is some scary stuff. I'd way rather...

That website is some scary stuff. I'd way rather ride in Mexico than wherever those folks live.

I'm sad for Harry and for his family. My sincere condolences and best wishes.

Mark
Forum: Latin America 05-17-2014, 01:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 696
Posted By markharf
Apparently so. What were you complaining...

Apparently so.

What were you complaining about, again? Oh yeah, you wanted to work the system illegally to your own benefit. Got it.

Mark
Forum: Latin America 05-02-2014, 10:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,059
Posted By markharf
Used to be my fellow USAdians sewed Canadian...

Used to be my fellow USAdians sewed Canadian flags profusely to deflect imagined anti-US sentiments. No idea whether that really worked, since I never particularly encountered the sentiments even in...
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