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Forum: Americas Yesterday, 06:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 166
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, 07:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 162
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, 01:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 162
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, 11:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 338
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, 10:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 185
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, 09:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 325
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, 09:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 325
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, 04:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 188
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, 05:19 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 67,944
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, 01:58 PM
Replies: 993
Views: 152,632
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, 01:02 PM
Replies: 993
Views: 152,632
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, 10:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 264
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, 09:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 221
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, 08:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 221
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, 07:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 367
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, 08:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 620
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, 10:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 382
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, 08:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 620
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, 08:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 620
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, 03:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 620
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, 10:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,415
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, 11:58 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 9,386
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, 01:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,096
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, 09:27 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,344
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, 07:34 PM
Replies: 705
Views: 205,567
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, 08:40 AM
Replies: 1,414
Views: 182,912
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, 05:39 AM
Replies: 1,414
Views: 182,912
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, 05:54 PM
Replies: 1,414
Views: 182,912
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, 08:52 AM
Replies: 1,414
Views: 182,912
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...
Forum: Ride reports 01-08-2015, 06:40 AM
Replies: 705
Views: 205,567
Posted By JDowns
Checking Gumtree Australia which is like...

Checking Gumtree Australia which is like Craigslist.org in the U.S. I can see what you mean about the CB250. Lots of them available from first time riders moving up for 2000 bucks or less. Super...
Forum: Americas 01-07-2015, 05:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 758
Posted By JDowns
There you go. That road down to Hidalgo del...

There you go. That road down to Hidalgo del Parral from the Copper Canyon turnoff is one fun road. Of course so is the road down into the canyon. Let Tricepilot be your travel agent. His itinerary...
Forum: Americas 01-07-2015, 03:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 758
Posted By JDowns
I second Tricepilot. Straight south to Copper...

I second Tricepilot. Straight south to Copper Canyon. Great riding in Colorado, New Mexico and the Sierra Madre at that time of year. It was chilly in the mornings up at 7000 feet in Creel the last...
Forum: Americas 01-07-2015, 07:37 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,417
Posted By JDowns
When passing through the U.S. on a budget I have...

When passing through the U.S. on a budget I have had good luck stopping at a small rural library like this:

http://johndowns.smugmug.com/Other/Kansas/i-L5W2hwt/0/L/DSCN0867-L.jpg

to use the...
Forum: Americas 01-06-2015, 01:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 383
Posted By JDowns
I don't have a phone and rode to South America...

I don't have a phone and rode to South America staying with ADVriders along the way in just about every country. I didn't have a time constraint so I would just PM or email them and they would PM me...
Forum: Ride reports 01-06-2015, 01:09 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 47,250
Posted By JDowns
Great ride report! The topes (speed bumps)...

Great ride report!

The topes (speed bumps) get bigger down in southern Mexico. I was following some locals for 100 miles down in Chiapas near Guatemala and noticed that they were slowing way down...
Forum: Americas 01-06-2015, 09:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 383
Posted By JDowns
Hi theshnizzle, The internet is your best...

Hi theshnizzle,

The internet is your best bet for up-to-date info on routes and motorcycle camping. And ADVrider is a great place to start. As far as books go, I find bicycle touring books to be...
Forum: Ride reports 01-06-2015, 08:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 924
Posted By JDowns
your travel blog had me laughing. My favourite...

your travel blog had me laughing. My favourite line had to be this one about your Nepali poncho:

"...hilarious to ride in and about as safe as smearing your dick with fish paste and dangling it a...
Forum: Ride reports 01-06-2015, 07:43 AM
Replies: 1,414
Views: 182,912
Posted By JDowns
Hola Junyah, Bobnoxious is right. In order...

Hola Junyah,

Bobnoxious is right. In order to load pics to your new iPad from your camera you will need a little dongle with a micro and regular card reader that looks like this:
...
Forum: Americas 01-05-2015, 02:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 439
Posted By JDowns
Hi Zoltan, I like maps.me because of the...

Hi Zoltan,

I like maps.me because of the offline feature. You can download a whole country like Costa Rica for free and view it offline on your iPhone or iPad while you're tooling around the back...
Forum: Ride reports 01-05-2015, 01:36 PM
Replies: 1,414
Views: 182,912
Posted By JDowns
Voice dictation

Hi Junior,

I am dictating this post with an iPad mini that my sister gave me. The nice thing about this is that you don't have to type if you don't want to. You have to pronounce the punctuation...
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