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Forum: Latin America 07-18-2014, 10:05 AM
Replies: 490
Views: 77,992
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: 515
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: 2,418
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...
Forum: Latin America 04-23-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 851
Posted By markharf
Sounds like you both failed to finish your...

Sounds like you both failed to finish your research. You need to leave the country--or at least appear to leave the country--with the bike. After that, he can then go wherever he wants (or can...
Forum: Latin America 04-04-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 14,690
Posted By markharf
Actually, Riverside Ronnie will probably do it...

Actually, Riverside Ronnie will probably do it for US$5. So will everyone else, everywhere.

I'm not opposed to hiring helpers at borders, particularly the irritating Central American ones. But...
Forum: Latin America 03-21-2014, 09:01 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,070
Posted By markharf
Been to that island, too. Most of them, in fact....

Been to that island, too. Most of them, in fact. Lucinda's not at all tempting in his/her current persona.

The LARR would be far more appealing were it located in, say, the Washington North...
Forum: Latin America 03-20-2014, 09:09 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,070
Posted By markharf
Oh dear. I'm so sorry that life has been a...

Oh dear. I'm so sorry that life has been a struggle for you. None of us has ever had the courage and fortitude that you so regularly display. That's why we're safely at home while you continue to...
Forum: Latin America 02-20-2014, 09:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 597
Posted By markharf
I'm not sure why I'd be any better off having...

I'm not sure why I'd be any better off having boxed parts sitting at home than I'd be having boxed parts sitting at a reliable parts store, accessible by Skype from anywhere in the world.

In the...
Forum: Latin America 02-18-2014, 08:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 715
Posted By markharf
Hi Michelle. Long time no hear nada! Hope all's...

Hi Michelle. Long time no hear nada! Hope all's well with you despite the current return of winter rain, wind, snow, misery and gloom. I was just up your way but busy with a relationship...
Forum: Latin America 02-18-2014, 08:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 715
Posted By markharf
Good report. I'll quibble with just a few things:...

Good report. I'll quibble with just a few things:

Lots of bikes for rent in Las Terrenas as well. Same bikes, same deals. Probably at least a few other spots as well.

I didn't leave my...
Forum: Latin America 02-06-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,300
Posted By markharf
I never thought buying train tickets was that...

I never thought buying train tickets was that bad. You show up a day or two in advance, stand in multiple lines for many hours, exchange money for scraps of shredded paper which are usually held by...
Forum: Latin America 02-02-2014, 07:53 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,300
Posted By markharf
Yup. Everyone who complains about Latin American...

Yup. Everyone who complains about Latin American drivers should do penance in India for a couple of weeks, then come back and offer an opinion about, say, Peru.

This is not to dis anyone who...
Forum: Latin America 01-16-2014, 08:57 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,300
Posted By markharf
When I crossed the border from Ecuador, I noticed...

When I crossed the border from Ecuador, I noticed that pedestrians took road crossing very seriously in Peru--heads down, bags clutched tightly, don't slow for any reason until well out of the line...
Forum: Latin America 12-30-2013, 09:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 855
Posted By markharf
Mostly easy gravel with some soft silt around the...

Mostly easy gravel with some soft silt around the tunnels. Mostly plenty of room for passing traffic, of which there was only a little. Exposure would not be worrying to most riders, but if prone to...
Forum: Latin America 12-23-2013, 03:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 305
Posted By markharf
Let's see if I've got this right: You don't...

Let's see if I've got this right:

You don't know how to ride. You don't know how to *learn* to ride without hurting yourself. You don't know how to care for a bike, and you don't know how to...
Forum: Latin America 12-15-2013, 10:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 715
Posted By markharf
Nope and nope.

Nope and nope.
Forum: Latin America 12-14-2013, 05:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 715
Posted By markharf
Just head for Cabarete or nearby and rent from...

Just head for Cabarete or nearby and rent from any of the rental shops you see. Easy, cheap, reasonably reliable. Don't put any money down until you actually see and test drive the bike.
Forum: Latin America 12-12-2013, 05:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 691
Posted By markharf
Having stuff shipped to Bolivia is famously...

Having stuff shipped to Bolivia is famously frustrating. Don't do it. Instead, do whatever else you can think of. Having stuff shipped into Bolivia when you're going to be moving around a lot is...
Forum: Latin America 12-04-2013, 11:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,048
Posted By markharf
It's not entirely about the roads being bad. ...

It's not entirely about the roads being bad. They're constantly improving throughout the central Andes (Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile). But 1000 miles on good roads is just a couple of days to...
Forum: Latin America 12-03-2013, 07:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,048
Posted By markharf
South to Santiago, east to B.A. Easy, straight...

South to Santiago, east to B.A. Easy, straight roads (mostly, not always), pavement, services, parts, etc. etc. etc. Watch out for Peruvian cops entering and leaving towns, particularly around...
Forum: Latin America 11-04-2013, 09:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,182
Posted By markharf
Vince, I'm repeating what Javier has said...

Vince, I'm repeating what Javier has said repeatedly in response to people posting stuff like what you posted. It's not me: it's them, and they've been very clear. They don't want to be associated...
Forum: Latin America 11-04-2013, 07:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,182
Posted By markharf
Javier and Sandra have made it really (REALLY)...

Javier and Sandra have made it really (REALLY) clear that they don't want their names associated in any way with illegal stuff like transferring ownership of bikes.

Seriously.

Mark
Forum: Latin America 10-29-2013, 10:06 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,956
Posted By markharf
There's a secondhand report on HU which states...

There's a secondhand report on HU which states that the maiden voyage of the ferry took almost six days and featured abundant filth, absence of showers or beds, and couldn't find anyplace to dock to...
Forum: Latin America 10-21-2013, 07:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 411
Posted By markharf
I ended up riding halfway through the night over...

I ended up riding halfway through the night over a major pass through the Peruvian Andes--mixed dirt with sections of unsorted mine tailings, sometimes losing the road entirely--after one of those...
Forum: Latin America 10-14-2013, 05:20 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,956
Posted By markharf
Well, at least it's got lifeboats--I'll give...

Well, at least it's got lifeboats--I'll give credit for that much. But when the last ferry was preparing to depart I read reports from several who'd purchased tickets. This one sails tomorrow and...
Forum: Latin America 10-14-2013, 04:40 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,956
Posted By markharf
A ferry which no one has seen or knows much about...

A ferry which no one has seen or knows much about but which is due to sail momentarily. Seems like we've been here before.
Forum: Latin America 10-09-2013, 08:12 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,642
Posted By markharf
This shows great promise as a template for...

This shows great promise as a template for eliminating nastiness on the forum. Seriously? Bald guys? Girly bikes? Heh heh. If you can't resist, why expect anyone else to do so?

Have a nice...
Forum: Latin America 10-08-2013, 10:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 959
Posted By markharf
When I crossed they only accepted US dollars. ...

When I crossed they only accepted US dollars. That's fairly common when paying for visas. Paraguay was the same.

Of course, you can always find a way to buy dollars. Probably the guys in...
Forum: Latin America 10-08-2013, 10:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 544
Posted By markharf
It's really not such a big deal, and you don't...

It's really not such a big deal, and you don't need to go to extraordinary lengths to arrive "REAL early." People love to tell horror stories. Just do whatever works for you and allow an hour or...
Forum: Latin America 10-01-2013, 10:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,096
Posted By markharf
1. Start a new thread (although not until you're...

1. Start a new thread (although not until you're actually committed, on the road, and have figured out how this stuff works).

2. Start one on Horizonsunlimited as well.

3. Read the hundreds of...
Forum: Latin America 09-27-2013, 03:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,273
Posted By markharf
Hasn't the Navimag stopped running?

Hasn't the Navimag stopped running?
Forum: Latin America 09-15-2013, 04:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 689
Posted By markharf
Well, they do provide a dropdown button with...

Well, they do provide a dropdown button with language options...including, for example, Basque, Tamil and Yiddish. I assume the owners are Germans, and that they anticipate a lot of Tamil...
Forum: Latin America 09-14-2013, 10:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 689
Posted By markharf
Phoenix

New ferry rises from the ashes of the old ferry: http://sanblasferry.com/index.html
Forum: Latin America 09-13-2013, 05:04 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,472
Posted By markharf
This is getting tiresome, Tucker. When I needed...

This is getting tiresome, Tucker. When I needed to pay Ludvig, I got cash out of ATM's in Cartegena. I carry 3 ATM cards, drawing on 3 different accounts. Not difficult. If you've only got one...
Forum: Latin America 09-13-2013, 10:16 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,472
Posted By markharf
You need a trusted person in the States who takes...

You need a trusted person in the States who takes your stack of cash to Western Union, fills out the paperwork, tells them who to give it to in Panama, and specifies a security question which only...
Forum: Latin America 09-11-2013, 03:50 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,472
Posted By markharf
Tucker, I've been on the Stahlratte. By any...

Tucker, I've been on the Stahlratte. By any standard definition, that's not a ferry. You can maintain whatever you please, but when the rest of us talk about a "ferry" between Panama and Colombia...
Forum: Latin America 09-11-2013, 02:16 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,472
Posted By markharf
Some sort of misunderstanding about that word...

Some sort of misunderstanding about that word "ferry." There are no ferries, and the current rumor seems as likely to come true as the last set of very elaborate rumors.

James, what I'm gathering...
Forum: Latin America 09-10-2013, 11:44 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,472
Posted By markharf
OP, sounds like you're already giving up--within...

OP, sounds like you're already giving up--within hours of posting the question. There are indeed fee-free ATM cards. Look into it if that $1000 matters to you.

No matter what you do, bankers...
Forum: Latin America 08-30-2013, 01:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,952
Posted By markharf
My policy is to always check with the people who...

My policy is to always check with the people who drive local transport--buses, collectives, ox-carts, whatever. Individual police are sometimes far removed from the actual sources of information,...
Forum: Latin America 08-29-2013, 05:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,992
Posted By markharf
Heh heh heh.... Notice how relaxed and in...

Heh heh heh.... Notice how relaxed and in command I look despite standing on such a severe sidehill?

Notice also that three years have gone by and I'm still arguing with the same posters on...
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