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Forum: Americas 02-22-2013, 09:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 456
Posted By randyisanomad
You should be prepared for iron butt that comes...

You should be prepared for iron butt that comes from long rides. Your butt hurts after a couple of hours.

You should also be prepared for the lunatic drivers in Florida. Seriously, they're bad. ...
Forum: Americas 11-09-2012, 07:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,858
Posted By randyisanomad
Palenque and Tikal are must see. Food-wise, you...

Palenque and Tikal are must see.
Food-wise, you won't eat anywhere better than Oaxaca. (Although you can find great food anywhere in Mexico.)
Forum: Latin America 04-29-2012, 08:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,727
Posted By randyisanomad
There's a famous taco shop here in Tampa called...

There's a famous taco shop here in Tampa called the "Taco Bus" that serves cochinita pibil. It's good too.
Forum: Americas 04-08-2012, 03:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,414
Posted By randyisanomad
I didn't ever SEE police in Mexico. I saw...

I didn't ever SEE police in Mexico. I saw teenagers in camo with assault rifles all the time. I don't think they would have taken money if I'd offered. They are actually there to do a job.

Once...
Forum: Latin America 03-28-2012, 09:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,634
Posted By randyisanomad
I sold my (wrecked) 2001 Honda in Panama in Dec...

I sold my (wrecked) 2001 Honda in Panama in Dec 2009. The buyer paid all the taxes. I got my exit stamp just fine and let him worry about the rest.
Forum: Americas 03-28-2012, 09:50 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,606
Posted By randyisanomad
I rode almost that exact route in 2009. The most...

I rode almost that exact route in 2009. The most dangerous things to cross my way were the topes and the pretty women.
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 03-28-2012, 09:28 PM
Replies: 1,050
Views: 372,400
Posted By randyisanomad
It turns out that a motorcycle just isn't a match...

It turns out that a motorcycle just isn't a match for a Central American bus....
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 10-27-2011, 09:21 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 328,145
Posted By randyisanomad
http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee83/remersonh/...

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee83/remersonh/Rome-TiberRiver.jpg

Tiber River in Rome in Nov. 2004. (Or was it 2005?)
Forum: Trip Planning 10-27-2011, 09:13 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 9,300
Posted By randyisanomad
So the people who are advising you to keep...

So the people who are advising you to keep working and invest your money do have a point. The younger you are when you start investing, the greater your investments grow. That's just a law of...
Forum: Latin America 03-09-2010, 10:02 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,514
Posted By randyisanomad
I did almost all of your route except the...

I did almost all of your route except the northern leg back to the USA. (I continued south.) No problems whatsoever. Enjoy the trip! Watch out for topes and mosquitos (they had dengue in Nayarit...
Forum: Americas 03-09-2010, 09:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 774
Posted By randyisanomad
As someone said before, it's doable, but it's...

As someone said before, it's doable, but it's hectic. The part that will most frustrate your time schedule is border crossings. Plan on 3 hours of non-riding time for each border. (Except the...
Forum: Americas 02-02-2010, 08:14 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 7,990
Posted By randyisanomad
Why is riding behind a military convey tense...

Why is riding behind a military convey tense experience ... unless you're backfiring?
Forum: Latin America 02-02-2010, 08:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,173
Posted By randyisanomad
Hey MAG, Enjoy Colombia! It's a fantastic...

Hey MAG,

Enjoy Colombia! It's a fantastic country! I think Medellin and Popayan were my favorite places (if you're a city kind of person.) I did see someone get mugged at gunpoint in Medellin...
Forum: Americas 01-30-2010, 01:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,528
Posted By randyisanomad
I assume by safe, you mean 'should I worry about...

I assume by safe, you mean 'should I worry about drug dealers breaking into my hotel room and slitting my throat.'

In the particular area (Tijuana to Ensenada) that you're talking about, things...
Forum: Americas 01-13-2010, 09:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 573
Posted By randyisanomad
Just going to comment on the first question about...

Just going to comment on the first question about timelines.

It's certainly DO-ABLE. People have done it. You essentially can't stop anywhere though. You're riding 4-5 hours every single day...
Forum: Latin America 01-11-2010, 05:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,800
Posted By randyisanomad
Left hand turns

SOMETIMES you pull to the right. Sometimes there is an actual left turn lane. Sometimes there is a turn lane that is more like a right hand exit where you make half a clover leaf and wait for the...
Forum: Americas 01-08-2010, 08:22 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,324
Posted By randyisanomad
Ah... Southern Utah. My backyard growing up! ...

Ah... Southern Utah. My backyard growing up!

If you are looking for rides, I'm not much help. For hiking possibilities, I can help you out a bit ... mostly for Zions, or if you head across the...
Forum: Americas 01-06-2010, 03:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 997
Posted By randyisanomad
Both definitely need to go to immigration. You...

Both definitely need to go to immigration. You can probably send just one to the Aduanas though. Honestly, if you're careful about where you park, and don't have a lot of loose stuff floating...
Forum: Ride reports 01-04-2010, 06:30 AM
Replies: 1,149
Views: 168,008
Posted By randyisanomad
Nicaragua

There are great places to hang out in Nicaragua. The old colonial city in the north is Leon. It is the old run-down kind of beautiful, but it has a very nice feel to it. It's a very liveable place...
Forum: Ride reports 01-02-2010, 04:58 PM
Replies: 1,149
Views: 168,008
Posted By randyisanomad
Wow. I just watched the video of the crash ......

Wow. I just watched the video of the crash ... that looked familiar... with the exception of the Panamanian bus running over my front tire and snapping the fork.

Always good to see someone...
Forum: Ride reports 12-26-2009, 09:38 AM
Replies: 182
Views: 49,993
Posted By randyisanomad
UGH! Get better quickly. My bike ate it in...

UGH! Get better quickly. My bike ate it in Panama City on an oily curve, so I can (almost) feel your pain.
Forum: Ride reports 12-26-2009, 09:32 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 32,448
Posted By randyisanomad
I can't really tell you if my experience was...

I can't really tell you if my experience was typical, but I never once had a border official try to shake me down. Not once ... wait ... I paid $7 at the Nicaraguan border for entry and got a...
Forum: Americas 12-12-2009, 09:01 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,329
Posted By randyisanomad
You're planning to drive all of Central America...

You're planning to drive all of Central America in 8 days? That's just about 1 border crossing per day, right? You need to rethink your plan. Border crossings take on average 2-3 hours that you're...
Forum: Americas 12-11-2009, 07:46 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 7,990
Posted By randyisanomad
I spent 6 weeks solo in Mexico (Mid-Sep to Nov...

I spent 6 weeks solo in Mexico (Mid-Sep to Nov 1st or so.) The biggest dangers in my opinion are: unmarked topes (speedbumps), impatient drivers (you'll be amazed what they think is safe following...
Forum: Ride reports 12-07-2009, 12:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 691
Posted By randyisanomad
The entire front end is gone. This would take at...

The entire front end is gone. This would take at least 2 months and $2000 to fix. Sigh.

The front tire is no longer connected to the fork....
Forum: Ride reports 12-07-2009, 09:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 691
Posted By randyisanomad
Unfortunately, my trip ended in Panama. My bike...

Unfortunately, my trip ended in Panama. My bike went down on an oil-covered curve in Panama City yesterday, and was run over by a bus. (I'll see if I can put a couple pics up.) I'm fine ... might...
Forum: Latin America 12-07-2009, 09:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,482
Posted By randyisanomad
Going to put up my fav route one more time ... ...

Going to put up my fav route one more time ...
The border crossing at El Ceibo (Tabasco Mexico to El Peten Guatemala) is new, paved and modern. It's the fastest route between Palenque and Tikal,...
Forum: Ride reports 12-05-2009, 03:55 PM
Replies: 458
Views: 89,955
Posted By randyisanomad
What seems to be the block? El Salvador is just...

What seems to be the block? El Salvador is just about the easiest CA country to deal with (as long as you don't freak out over armed guards in restaurants ... there are a LOT of guns around!) and...
Forum: Americas 12-05-2009, 03:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,404
Posted By randyisanomad
On the insurance question (bike only): ...

On the insurance question (bike only):
Insurance is required for Mexico ... you can probably find the best deal by arranging it in advance.
Not required for Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
I...
Forum: Americas 12-04-2009, 01:15 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 13,075
Posted By randyisanomad
Hey Boulder, El Ceibo is DEFINITELY the...

Hey Boulder,

El Ceibo is DEFINITELY the easiest border crossing. The Immigration guy is actually pretty cool, won't gouge you, and was totally easy going about entering ... (I actually entered...
Forum: Ride reports 11-30-2009, 04:03 PM
Replies: 1,149
Views: 168,008
Posted By randyisanomad
Nah. I've got everything in a backpack instead...

Nah. I've got everything in a backpack instead of packed on the bike. They can only steal my mirrors.
Forum: Americas 11-30-2009, 03:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 790
Posted By randyisanomad
Bananaman, Do you happen to know where in...

Bananaman,
Do you happen to know where in Colombia Copa will fly? I'd really rather start in Cartegena than Bogota ... which might mean the boat option is better for me than flying.
Forum: Ride reports 11-29-2009, 03:41 PM
Replies: 1,149
Views: 168,008
Posted By randyisanomad
On finding hotels in the city center: I usually...

On finding hotels in the city center:
I usually find a side street with parked cars, find a parking space and walk around the center looking for hotels with parking. (If I don't have one in mind...
Forum: Americas 11-29-2009, 03:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 434
Posted By randyisanomad
I haven't checked the entry requirements for...

I haven't checked the entry requirements for Boliva or Brazil ... however, there are several countries in SA that require Yellow fever immunizations if you've BEEN to Boliva. Some of those countries...
Forum: Latin America 11-23-2009, 02:41 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,183
Posted By randyisanomad
What Tico said. Dozens of beautiful beaches in...

What Tico said. Dozens of beautiful beaches in Nicoya. The whole place just about is one big beach. Tamarindo itself is just a bit icky. Hit one of the other gorgeous beaches out there instead.
Forum: Ride reports 11-22-2009, 07:31 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 11,084
Posted By randyisanomad
Cloud forest outside of Coban Guatemala. ...

Cloud forest outside of Coban Guatemala.
http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee83/remersonh/Imagen002-13.jpg
Forum: Latin America 11-22-2009, 07:26 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 11,652
Posted By randyisanomad
I have to agree with the Hwy 175 nomination...

I have to agree with the Hwy 175 nomination (Tuxtepec to Oaxaca leg). It's 5+ hours of curves, some of which you scrape boot in first gear. Scenery is awesome too.

The 'carretera libre' between...
Forum: Latin America 11-21-2009, 06:11 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,183
Posted By randyisanomad
I'd skip Tamarindo and stay at one of the other...

I'd skip Tamarindo and stay at one of the other beaches along the coast ... unless of course you happen to be LOOKING for pot and hookers.
Forum: Latin America 11-21-2009, 06:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,394
Posted By randyisanomad
Boulder, did you think the 'Ruta de las Flores'...

Boulder, did you think the 'Ruta de las Flores' was a little deceptively named too?

Not knocking the ride ... it IS an amazing ride. Just didn't really see much of the flores part of the route.
Forum: Americas 11-21-2009, 01:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 910
Posted By randyisanomad
Traffic stops and shakedowns

I haven't seen a thread on this, and I thought my experiences might be somewhat helpful to someone else heading through CA. Feel free to post your own experiences and opinions. These are just my...
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