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Forum: Ride reports 01-12-2015, 09:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 955
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: 663
Views: 190,040
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: 1,148
Views: 138,576
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: 1,148
Views: 138,576
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: 1,148
Views: 138,576
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: 1,148
Views: 138,576
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: 663
Views: 190,040
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: 626
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: 626
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: 1,194
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: 297
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: 155
Views: 27,690
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: 297
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: 878
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: 1,148
Views: 138,576
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: 374
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: 1,148
Views: 138,576
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...
Forum: Latin America 01-04-2015, 02:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 298
Posted By JDowns
Hi Cal, Your wife has good taste in...

Hi Cal,

Your wife has good taste in ADVpresents. Have fun in your travels amigo!

Your ADVpal,
Juan Baja
Forum: Latin America 01-04-2015, 11:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 298
Posted By JDowns
Useful Baja camping guide

On a recent trip over the holidays to Baja I found this book to be helpful:

http://johndowns.smugmug.com/Other/PhotoSync/i-nr4D3jF/0/L/IMG_0418-L.jpg

Travel Guide to Camping Mexico’s Baja by...
Forum: Americas 12-31-2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 610
Posted By JDowns
Hi Renval, The jury is out. I didn't need a...

Hi Renval,

The jury is out. I didn't need a title except at Honduras two years ago. Others have used just a registration all the way to Tierra del Fuego.

But here's the thing. Border crossing...
Forum: Americas 12-31-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,212
Posted By JDowns
I was down Mex 5 three days ago. There is only 25...

I was down Mex 5 three days ago. There is only 25 miles of unpaved road left between the main Hwy. 1 turnoff east at the tire repair place out across the Chapala dry lake, heading past Cocos and up...
Forum: Ride reports 12-31-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 649
Posted By JDowns
Am totally in on any adventure that involves...

Am totally in on any adventure that involves airheads ridden by lobster wing angels. Keep up the good work.
Forum: Latin America 12-31-2014, 07:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 537
Posted By JDowns
Baja: 2015 Mex 5 paving update south of Gonzaga

Just a quick update to the paving of Mex 5 south of Gonzaga Bay turnoff. I know I like to know stuff like this. Just got back from a Baja Christmas holiday. The last time I rode down was maybe 8 or...
Forum: Latin America 12-31-2014, 07:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 494
Posted By JDowns
Update on Coco in Baja: Christmas 2014

Coco’s corner is still there. Stopped by on Christmas 2014 to buy a couple cokes and give Coco a tip. He had one leg when I last saw him. Both legs are gone now, but he is still the same old Coco. I...
Forum: Latin America 11-05-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 764
Posted By JDowns
At the 6 minute mark he passes Centro Naturista...

At the 6 minute mark he passes Centro Naturista San Miguel which is located in San Miguel de Allende. The large bouldery landscape does look a lot like Baja, but he is obviously on a divided quota...
Forum: Ride reports 11-04-2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 1,148
Views: 138,576
Posted By JDowns
Junyah stopped by for a visit here in rural Texas...

Junyah stopped by for a visit here in rural Texas yesterday. Here is our hero standing next to his trusty WR:

http://johndowns.smugmug.com/Other/PhotoSync/i-pHFCSWb/0/XL/IMG_0387-XL.jpg

He's a...
Forum: Ride reports 11-04-2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,234,952
Posted By JDowns
Look who showed up in rural Texas out in the...

Look who showed up in rural Texas out in the middle of nowhere to pay me a visit:

http://johndowns.smugmug.com/Other/PhotoSync/i-pHFCSWb/0/L/IMG_0387-L.jpg

Junyah is heading from New Hampsha...
Forum: Ride reports 11-02-2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,234,952
Posted By JDowns
I don't take the time to respond to everyone, but...

I don't take the time to respond to everyone, but please know I truly appreciate all of the kind words and good advice I have received. The best things in life are on ADVrider. You guys are great.
...
Forum: Ride reports 11-01-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,234,952
Posted By JDowns
Hi whiskey mike, You have to have an...

Hi whiskey mike,

You have to have an interlock device in every vehicle you drive. I suppose you could put one on a bike, since you have 6 minutes to blow into it allowing you to pull over. The...
Forum: Ride reports 10-31-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,234,952
Posted By JDowns
Beechum, You crack me up. The problem with...

Beechum,

You crack me up. The problem with jailhouse interviews is that they have nothing to do with ADVriding. Although I will continue to interview fellow travellers as I meet them in the...
Forum: Ride reports 10-29-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,234,952
Posted By JDowns
Hi CC, I appreciate your lateral thinking,...

Hi CC,

I appreciate your lateral thinking, but jumping bail and missing my court date would result in a warrant for my arrest and additional punishment when they caught up to me. I am basically an...
Forum: Ride reports 10-27-2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,234,952
Posted By JDowns
Hi Balanda, I like your thinking. I was out...

Hi Balanda,

I like your thinking. I was out cutting tile on the front porch this morning and saw a flock of Sandhills Cranes heading south. They've got the right idea.

I find the best thing to...
Forum: Ride reports 10-27-2014, 02:09 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,234,952
Posted By JDowns
Hola Ramón, You are a saint. I don't know if...

Hola Ramón,

You are a saint. I don't know if it is possible to renew the permit by someone else. If not I will see about paying a fine for an expired import permit or whatever when I get back down...
Forum: Ride reports 10-26-2014, 04:00 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,234,952
Posted By JDowns
Hi Balanda, Yes I will continue to report...

Hi Balanda,

Yes I will continue to report back. And yes, this is just a blip in my travels.

People have been overwhelmingly supportive this week with really nice posts, PM's and paypal...
Forum: Ride reports 10-26-2014, 02:59 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,234,952
Posted By JDowns
Hi Ramón, Okay, I won't get ahead of myself....

Hi Ramón,

Okay, I won't get ahead of myself. I will be back to South America. It just may be a year or two. I figured it would be impossible to get the bike out of Uruguay on a severely expired...
Forum: Ride reports 10-25-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,234,952
Posted By JDowns
I will continue to update this so you can know...

I will continue to update this so you can know the rest of the story. I know I always wonder what happened to folks who suddenly end their ride reports and are never heard from again. And I won’t do...
Forum: Ride reports 10-25-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,234,952
Posted By JDowns
Hi O'B, Truer words were never written....

Hi O'B,

Truer words were never written. Although I have given up drinking for the rest of my life, I will keep riding as long as I can. (Of course, not with a suspended license.)

Your ADVpal,...
Forum: Ride reports 10-25-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,234,952
Posted By JDowns
Hi Dustdog, I would like your brother to...

Hi Dustdog,

I would like your brother to have the Super Sherpa. I won't be getting back to Uruguay before the permit is up in April.

Even if Canario can't get the Sherpa registered in Uruguay,...
Forum: Ride reports 10-23-2014, 12:18 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,234,952
Posted By JDowns
It is with a heavy heart that I must report that...

It is with a heavy heart that I must report that I was arrested Tuesday for misdemeanor DUI. I forgot why drinking is not something I should ever trifle with. I feel like an idiot. Also like I have...
Forum: Ride reports 10-21-2014, 01:16 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,234,952
Posted By JDowns
Hi BTBob, So glad to see you are out camping...

Hi BTBob,

So glad to see you are out camping on your 250. SWEET!

I can't wait to race you in Mexico on identical Honda 125s in ten years when we're both of an advanced age. I think I can take...
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