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Forum: Ride reports 05-13-2015, 09:47 AM
Replies: 3,292
Views: 912,462
Posted By JDowns
Crete in May looks mighty fine. Keep up the good...

Crete in May looks mighty fine. Keep up the good work!

:clap:clap:clap



johnthomasdowns.blogspot.com
Forum: Ride reports 05-13-2015, 09:43 AM
Replies: 3,834
Views: 794,318
Posted By JDowns
Well done!:clap:clap:clap ...

Well done!:clap:clap:clap



johnthomasdowns.blogspot.com
Forum: Ride reports 05-13-2015, 09:32 AM
Replies: 1,835
Views: 272,014
Posted By JDowns
You bet against me? What kind of animal instinct...

You bet against me? What kind of animal instinct is that? Just kidding.

Now that you're retired I think a South America trip is in your future. Next winter maybe? Meet you in Piccu to set the...
Forum: Ride reports 05-08-2015, 01:22 PM
Replies: 790
Views: 238,837
Posted By JDowns
Hola Amiga, Long rides can take a person...

Hola Amiga,

Long rides can take a person into a type of dreamworld. As the real world of day to day life recedes in the rear view mirror, one is slowly immersed in unfamiliar territory. The senses...
Forum: Ride reports 04-21-2015, 10:46 AM
Replies: 1,835
Views: 272,014
Posted By JDowns
What a spectacular day at El Peñol! Really...

What a spectacular day at El Peñol!
Really nice pics amigo.

In your defence, the day I was there mid-week the traffic on the descending staircase was minimal all the way to the turnstile. Sorry...
Forum: Latin America 04-17-2015, 10:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,032
Posted By JDowns
I'm pretty sure they also rent to private...

I'm pretty sure they also rent to private parties. They just don't list it on their website. Worth an email or call.

Many things are possible in Guatemala in my experience. Especially if you...
Forum: Latin America 04-17-2015, 10:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 562
Posted By JDowns
Hope to see you down the road amigo. But yes, I...

Hope to see you down the road amigo. But yes, I have learned a harsh life lesson. Don’t drink and drive. My driver’s license is suspended until next year.

So it’s back to bicycle touring for me....
Forum: Latin America 04-17-2015, 09:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,032
Posted By JDowns
Hola hujintao, When I was in Antigua...

Hola hujintao,

When I was in Antigua Guatemala a couple years ago I visited the folks at CAtours who rent bikes.

I checked and see they have a website:

http://www.catours.co.uk

so I...
Forum: Latin America 04-15-2015, 06:48 PM
Replies: 363
Views: 30,557
Posted By JDowns
Hi Robbb, When you get to Colombia you will...

Hi Robbb,

When you get to Colombia you will get 90 days for you and 90 days at DIAN for your bike. At least that's what I got last year. It sounds like you'll be coming in on the last ferry to...
Forum: Latin America 04-14-2015, 10:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 562
Posted By JDowns
No worries. In Argentina it's an accepted...

No worries. In Argentina it's an accepted practice. It is more of a laissez-faire, don't ask don't tell kind of deal. They publish the daily blue dollar rate in all the newspapers. I would say it is...
Forum: Latin America 04-14-2015, 06:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 562
Posted By JDowns
Argentina and Venezuela are the two countries in...

Argentina and Venezuela are the two countries in South America where they give an “official rate” at banks and ATMs and there is a better black market rate done informally with cash. What this means...
Forum: Americas 04-13-2015, 04:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 265
Posted By JDowns
Ecuador is a great country. When I was through...

Ecuador is a great country. When I was through there last year I stopped in to say hi at Freedom Rental. I was walking down the street with a Belgian biker from the Quito hostel where I was staying...
Forum: Americas 04-13-2015, 04:08 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,763
Posted By JDowns
Now you're talking! That's the spirit. I...

Now you're talking!

That's the spirit. I rode my friend's NX650 back in the day. Honda's answer to the KLR I reckon. It was a pretty nice bike. Only brought to the U.S. in '89 and '90. In Europe...
Forum: Ride reports 04-12-2015, 08:04 PM
Replies: 1,835
Views: 272,014
Posted By JDowns
Dinner's on me if you can set the new ADV world...

Dinner's on me if you can set the new ADV world record for El Peñol staircase descent. Nearly 4 steps a second threading through Colombian touristas. And I hit every step. Limber up your knees. It's...
Forum: Latin America 04-11-2015, 04:32 PM
Replies: 355
Views: 71,743
Posted By JDowns
Yes. The perennially mis-pronounced Saguaro...

Yes. The perennially mis-pronounced Saguaro cactus.

They look like Cigaros but are pronounced sa-wa-ro.

The cactus that is always happy to see you:
...
Forum: Latin America 04-11-2015, 11:12 AM
Replies: 355
Views: 71,743
Posted By JDowns
Where else can you find a Saguaro giving an...

Where else can you find a Saguaro giving an almost perfect ADVrider salute?

http://johndowns.smugmug.com/Other/PhotoSync/i-kGxN7Xn/0/XL/IMG_0734-XL.jpg

Would make a fine postcard to send from...
Forum: Ride reports 04-11-2015, 10:19 AM
Replies: 1,835
Views: 272,014
Posted By JDowns
If you’re feeling a little travel weary there is...

If you’re feeling a little travel weary there is a nice spot up the coast over the mountains from Santa Marta at Taganga bay:
...
Forum: Latin America 04-09-2015, 08:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 718
Posted By JDowns
No problem. Had to google Kia Kaha. Maori...

No problem. Had to google Kia Kaha. Maori greeting that loosely translates to stay strong.

Surfboards and motorcycles must be a southern hemisphere thing.:rofl

Your ADVpal,
John
...
Forum: Ride reports 04-09-2015, 07:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,213
Posted By JDowns
Lone rider on a dirt bike heading to the Aussie...

Lone rider on a dirt bike heading to the Aussie Speed Week down long lonely stretches of the outback to watch nitro Hayabusa's scream across the desert. Who doesn't want to read about that?

I'm...
Forum: Americas 04-08-2015, 09:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,043
Posted By JDowns
Thanks for the update! I appreciate the info as...

Thanks for the update! I appreciate the info as I'm sure others do as well. It sounds like you have had no trouble crossing borders. Good to know.

Buena suerte,
Tio Juan
...
Forum: Latin America 04-08-2015, 01:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 718
Posted By JDowns
Hi Aidan, I met Matt from Australia when I...

Hi Aidan,

I met Matt from Australia when I was in Medellin Colombia last year. He was on an XT225. Here is a pic:
...
Forum: Americas 04-06-2015, 09:50 AM
Replies: 28,788
Views: 2,525,362
Posted By JDowns
Premio = award. Fill it up with awards amigo....

Premio = award.
Fill it up with awards amigo. Might have me scratching my head.

And whose idea was it to call the pump a bomba?

johnthomasdowns.blogspot.com
Forum: Americas 04-05-2015, 08:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 637
Posted By JDowns
Hi soberjoe, You might try going over to...

Hi soberjoe,

You might try going over to Horizons unlimited to their shipping section and see what shipping methods other Canadians have used:
...
Forum: Latin America 04-05-2015, 07:38 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 11,026
Posted By JDowns
I checked out your website Lilbloody. Great...

I checked out your website Lilbloody. Great stuff. Keep up the good work!

Of course there will always be the truly frighteningandbeautiful passage on one of the Kuna cargo boats:
...
Forum: Ride reports 04-04-2015, 06:27 PM
Replies: 1,835
Views: 272,014
Posted By JDowns
Outside bike parking was fine at Capt. Jacks when...

Outside bike parking was fine at Capt. Jacks when I spent a few days there. The dungeon bunk area doesn't seem the best for a sinusitis sufferer. I found it easier to snooze in the breeze on the...
Forum: Americas 04-03-2015, 12:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,043
Posted By JDowns
Hi Patcam, Thanks so much for the update! I...

Hi Patcam,

Thanks so much for the update! I appreciate it when folks get back with how they made out. Good info for folks that follow in your tire tracks. It would be helpful to know how much a...
Forum: Latin America 04-02-2015, 11:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 548
Posted By JDowns
Hi westnash, I have followed Mexicans with...

Hi westnash,

I have followed Mexicans with lowrider cars and low slung cruisers. The way they avoid scraping is to take the topes at an angle instead of straight on. Sort of an S move. Swing to...
Forum: Ride reports 03-28-2015, 10:09 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 47,598
Posted By JDowns
I was at La Serrana last year and parked my bike...

I was at La Serrana last year and parked my bike next to my tent:

http://johndowns.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Colombia-2014/i-8V89nXw/0/XL/DSC02053-XL.jpg

Here’s the main lodge where you check in:...
Forum: Ride reports 03-27-2015, 06:45 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,488
Posted By JDowns
Great stuff!!!:clap:clap:clap Really...

Great stuff!!!:clap:clap:clap

Really enjoying your report.

Buena suerte,
John Downs

johnthomasdowns.blogspot.com
Forum: Latin America 03-27-2015, 09:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 479
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: 30
Views: 4,488
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: 208
Views: 16,493
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: 538
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: 569
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: 767
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: 569
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: 704
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: 704
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: 704
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: 909
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...
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