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Forum: Latin America Today, 09:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 97
Posted By JDowns
Hola mamboman, Haven't been to Asuncion, but...

Hola mamboman,

Haven't been to Asuncion, but I usually check places like this:
...
Forum: Ride reports 03-24-2015, 10:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 991
Posted By JDowns
BR 319 during the wet season. This should be...

BR 319 during the wet season. This should be epic!!!

Look forward to pics of dirt bikes submerged in mud. Should be fun. Keep up the good work!

Saludos,
John Downs
Forum: Latin America 03-22-2015, 05:55 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 12,150
Posted By JDowns
So in English, they are saying: We currently...

So in English, they are saying:

We currently have no plans for future dates.

We finish the 2014-2015 season on the 23rd of April. For more info regarding date changes contact blah de blah blah...
Forum: Latin America 03-12-2015, 10:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 283
Posted By JDowns
Probably the easiest thing is to stay in a hotel...

Probably the easiest thing is to stay in a hotel with secure parking and arrange to leave the bike for two weeks there while you wander the countryside with your wife. The main Tocumen airport is...
Forum: Latin America 03-12-2015, 10:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 420
Posted By JDowns
You can check out current water temps at: ...

You can check out current water temps at:

http://www.currentresults.com/Weather/Mexico/weather-mexico-beaches-march.php

and click through the months to see the average. When I was there over...
Forum: Latin America 03-11-2015, 10:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 547
Posted By JDowns
I'm always curious to know how folks deal with...

I'm always curious to know how folks deal with breaking down in BF Baja. The rest of the story would be informative if you have the time.
Forum: Latin America 03-11-2015, 10:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 420
Posted By JDowns
Between Mulege and Loreto is the Bahia de...

Between Mulege and Loreto is the Bahia de Concepcion (Bay of Conception). Really beautiful area. Not sure about renting snorkel equipment, but there's cheap camping at the first major sandy cove area...
Forum: Americas 03-08-2015, 10:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 437
Posted By JDowns
Mmmmm. Brisket. You will never be an empty nester...

Mmmmm. Brisket. You will never be an empty nester if I have anything to say about it.

I edited the above post. The app is actually called MapsWithMe and has a free version as well as a Pro version...
Forum: Americas 03-08-2015, 10:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 437
Posted By JDowns
Of course you can use anything that I post that...

Of course you can use anything that I post that seems useful for anything you desire.

And yes, get on it you slacker.:D

ADVriders need as much free useful info on the internet as we can get.
...
Forum: Americas 03-08-2015, 09:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 437
Posted By JDowns
I went down to Mexico a couple months ago and...

I went down to Mexico a couple months ago and used an offline mapping app called MapsWithMe.

Although I use an iPad mini, I see on their devices supported page that it is available for all...
Forum: Latin America 03-05-2015, 10:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 610
Posted By JDowns
Checking Lonely Planets page on Leticia Colombia...

Checking Lonely Planets page on Leticia Colombia "getting there":

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/colombia/amazon-basin/leticia/transport/getting-there-away

I see that you can travel up the Amazon...
Forum: Americas 03-04-2015, 05:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 414
Posted By JDowns
Beartooth pass opened May 23rd last year so take...

Beartooth pass opened May 23rd last year so take your time wandering back.

Should be a fun trip!

I wish my Dad would have ridden cross country on his motorcycle to my graduation. Wait a sec, my...
Forum: Americas 03-03-2015, 06:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 617
Posted By JDowns
Hi NewYorkLuke, You can see what historic...

Hi NewYorkLuke,

You can see what historic weather is like by going to a site like accuweather.com and entering a town on your projected PCH route. Click on the month button and click the next...
Forum: Latin America 03-02-2015, 12:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 420
Posted By JDowns
Hola Stephen, Just kidding Señorita Steph. I...

Hola Stephen,

Just kidding Señorita Steph. I find the best way to find info on ADVrider is to type in the following into google search:

site: advrider punta arenas

Not much there. I see this...
Forum: Americas 03-02-2015, 10:02 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,183
Posted By JDowns
I remember years ago riding north from Mulege...

I remember years ago riding north from Mulege with the cords showing. Yes, Rice and Beans in San Ignacio had an 18" rear tire for a hundred bucks. I was riding a street BMW and it was a knobby D606 I...
Forum: Latin America 03-02-2015, 09:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 399
Posted By JDowns
Hi BajaRat, I stayed with GreginCR. What a...

Hi BajaRat,

I stayed with GreginCR. What a great guy. He is an American living in Costa Rica with his lovely Costa Rican wife. I would suggest sending him a private message with the same question....
Forum: Latin America 03-02-2015, 08:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 958
Posted By JDowns
It just occurred to me: Why not check with...

It just occurred to me:

Why not check with the Colombian airlines that fly into Venezuela? They would know. Like Viva airlines in Colombia. When you land in Colombia walk over to the airlines...
Forum: Latin America 03-02-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 958
Posted By JDowns
Nothing to do with Venezuela but..... When I...

Nothing to do with Venezuela but.....

When I crossed into Argentina last year the 160.00 reciprocity fee was NOT payable at border entry . You had to go online and pay the fee with a credit card...
Forum: Latin America 02-28-2015, 03:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 348
Posted By JDowns
I've never used Naco, west of Douglas, just...

I've never used Naco, west of Douglas, just south-ish of Bisbee. Others have. Maybe they'll chime in. It's smaller than the Douglas or Nogales border crossings.

The thing is, it's possible to...
Forum: Latin America 02-26-2015, 04:19 PM
Replies: 347
Views: 68,939
Posted By JDowns
Oaxaca KFC employee benefits package? ...

Oaxaca KFC employee benefits package?

http://johndowns.smugmug.com/Other/Southern-Mexico/i-PXPSQNz/0/L/IMG_0574-L.jpg
Forum: Americas 02-26-2015, 12:58 PM
Replies: 993
Views: 154,619
Posted By JDowns
Just to be clear for anyone reading this in the...

Just to be clear for anyone reading this in the near future. It is possible to get an FMM in La Paz if you traveled the length of Baja and forgot to get one at the northern border.

The...
Forum: Americas 02-26-2015, 12:02 PM
Replies: 993
Views: 154,619
Posted By JDowns
I went to Baja over Christmas a couple months...

I went to Baja over Christmas a couple months back and the targeta de tourista that used to be called the FMT when I previously entered a couple years ago is now called an FMM (Forma Migratoria...
Forum: Americas 02-26-2015, 09:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 387
Posted By JDowns
Hi RydinDirty, First of all, welcome to...

Hi RydinDirty,

First of all, welcome to ADVrider! Okay, so you have a month to ride back up to Canada. 13 countries in 30 days if you head straight north on the boring Pan-American highway and...
Forum: Latin America 02-26-2015, 08:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 361
Posted By JDowns
TL;DR: You will be fine on a CGL125. Most...

TL;DR: You will be fine on a CGL125.

Most people ride 125s in Latin America so you will fit right in. A couple years ago I was tootling down the road in the mountains of Mexico at 50 (80kph) and a...
Forum: Latin America 02-26-2015, 07:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 361
Posted By JDowns
Hola mattykay, I looked into this when I was...

Hola mattykay,

I looked into this when I was thinking about flying to Santiago and buying a bike to ride around. After careful consideration I determined that the CGL125 was the best option for...
Forum: Americas 02-26-2015, 06:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 415
Posted By JDowns
You might check this 4wd enthusiast website for...

You might check this 4wd enthusiast website for the latest updates on when Colorado high mountain passes are clear enough to pass through:

http://www.bushducks.com/tripreps/passopen.htm

You...
Forum: Latin America 02-22-2015, 07:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 838
Posted By JDowns
Hi Patrick, Just a footnote. One side...

Hi Patrick,

Just a footnote. One side benefit of riding a bike that many other ADVriders are familiar with is that if you get in trouble or have bike problems in your travels, there are many...
Forum: Latin America 02-20-2015, 09:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 539
Posted By JDowns
Hi PDX Alamo, Congratulations! Thanks for...

Hi PDX Alamo,

Congratulations! Thanks for reporting back how it went. It would be interesting to know the process, paperwork and details of selling a bike in Punta Arenas. I know I'd be...
Forum: Latin America 02-20-2015, 07:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 838
Posted By JDowns
Hey bananaman! As it turns out I'm not the...

Hey bananaman!

As it turns out I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

It's all good though. Just another important life lesson learned. I don't mind being the poster child for "Don't mess...
Forum: Latin America 02-19-2015, 07:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 838
Posted By JDowns
If you are planning on riding back to the U.S....

If you are planning on riding back to the U.S. then that changes things. The shipping will be limited to back and forth across the Darien gap between Panama and Colombia. Things have changed in the...
Forum: Latin America 02-19-2015, 02:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 838
Posted By JDowns
Hi Patrick, TLDR: KLR would be my choice of...

Hi Patrick,

TLDR: KLR would be my choice of the two bikes.

Welcome to ADVrider! DC to Patagonia is a loooooong ride. And once you get to the end of the world there is the matter of selling or...
Forum: Americas 02-13-2015, 09:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,507
Posted By JDowns
Early March is the dry season in Costa Rica....

Early March is the dry season in Costa Rica. Plenty of great riding. Warm weather. A little south of Florida I'll admit. You can get there in a few hours from Logan.

Just a thought.

Kindest...
Forum: Ride reports 02-09-2015, 10:58 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 9,755
Posted By JDowns
Hi lexluther11, You take fabulous pics. ...

Hi lexluther11,

You take fabulous pics. Please post more. As you know, the Adventure begins when the plan falls apart. I like the idea of a tagteam ADVrider relay to get your bike down to Mexico...
Forum: Americas 02-03-2015, 12:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,209
Posted By JDowns
40 years from now you wil look back at the...

40 years from now you wil look back at the pictures you take this coming summer riding around the backroads on your motorcycle and smile. I know I do. The bike will look vintage in 40 years no...
Forum: Ride reports 01-12-2015, 08:27 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,372
Posted By JDowns
Soon you'll be tan, relaxed and in the travel...

Soon you'll be tan, relaxed and in the travel groove like when I last saw you in Nicaragua on the beach getting ready to go surf:
...
Forum: Ride reports 01-11-2015, 06:34 PM
Replies: 705
Views: 207,497
Posted By JDowns
Too rich for my blood. Probably more likely I'd...

Too rich for my blood. Probably more likely I'd run into you and Tom in Laos or Viet Nam in a couple years when I finish up in South America. Might be down to a 125 by then.

Abrazos!
Tio Juan...
Forum: Ride reports 01-09-2015, 07:40 AM
Replies: 1,549
Views: 207,469
Posted By JDowns
I'm no genius when it comes to computers but it...

I'm no genius when it comes to computers but it seems like a web based email account getting hacked has little to do with which computer you're using. I have a gmail and a yahoo mail account. Those...
Forum: Ride reports 01-09-2015, 04:39 AM
Replies: 1,549
Views: 207,469
Posted By JDowns
Okay Genia. I guess I'll have to type your name...

Okay Genia. I guess I'll have to type your name since the voice dictation thinks you're a genius instead of a junior. I've been trying this SmugMug linking for a while and I can't get it to work. It...
Forum: Ride reports 01-08-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 1,549
Views: 207,469
Posted By JDowns
I tried it and I see what you mean. SmugMug seems...

I tried it and I see what you mean. SmugMug seems to paste the image in instead of the html code today but only on their mobile webpage. Hmmmm. Not sure what's up with that.
Forum: Ride reports 01-08-2015, 07:52 AM
Replies: 1,549
Views: 207,469
Posted By JDowns
Posting pics to ride reports from an iPad. ...

Posting pics to ride reports from an iPad.

1. Best to first write (or speak if using voice to text) the text of an update in the notes app on your iPad so you don't lose it if the internet goes...
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