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Forum: Latin America 12-16-2014, 03:00 PM
Replies: 378
Views: 13,545
Posted By markharf
He is your teacher. By attending closely and...

He is your teacher. By attending closely and allowing his lessons to run around and through you, you will achieve transcendence and enter the Gates of Heaven.

Or not, as the case may be.
...
Forum: Latin America 12-16-2014, 10:56 AM
Replies: 378
Views: 13,545
Posted By markharf
Best summary yet!

Best summary yet!
Forum: Latin America 12-09-2014, 11:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 272
Posted By markharf
Transfer ownership in no-man's land between...

Transfer ownership in no-man's land between border posts. That allows your father to clear the import papers and the new owner to import the bike in his own name into the other country (or back into...
Forum: Latin America 11-16-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 378
Views: 13,545
Posted By markharf
Between your thirst for publicity and acclaim and...

Between your thirst for publicity and acclaim and Bannanaman's inability to refrain from engaging on the slimmest of pretexts, you should break records in fundraising, press coverage and name...
Forum: Latin America 11-10-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 378
Views: 13,545
Posted By markharf
Still to come: The Lawyer (tm) has just landed...

Still to come: The Lawyer (tm) has just landed his juggernaut on the shores of horizons unlimited.com.
Forum: Latin America 11-04-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 378
Views: 13,545
Posted By markharf
Y'know, I've started to really enjoy this thread.

Y'know, I've started to really enjoy this thread.
Forum: Latin America 10-16-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 378
Views: 13,545
Posted By markharf
My advice: take the blue pill. "You take the...

My advice: take the blue pill.

"You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe....." (per Morpheus)
Forum: Latin America 10-14-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 378
Views: 13,545
Posted By markharf
...and I'm off to refill my mood stabilizer...

...and I'm off to refill my mood stabilizer scrip! See you next time around.
Forum: Latin America 10-14-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 378
Views: 13,545
Posted By markharf
B-man, you're feeding someone with an insatiable...

B-man, you're feeding someone with an insatiable appetite for self-promotion. Is that your goal?

'Nother way of putting it: he's got you hooked, and he's not letting go. You want to spend the...
Forum: Latin America 10-07-2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 378
Views: 13,545
Posted By markharf
I haven't been to Easter Island. Neither have...

I haven't been to Easter Island. Neither have you, but if we include Tiffany....
Forum: Latin America 10-07-2014, 04:28 PM
Replies: 378
Views: 13,545
Posted By markharf
That ain't Montana. Not Idaho either. In fact,...

That ain't Montana. Not Idaho either. In fact, it's not even the USA. There are no glaciers like that in the lower 48, and no Harley Davidson-able highways past lateral moraines like that in...
Forum: Latin America 10-07-2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 378
Views: 13,545
Posted By markharf
Agreed! And not a moment too soon. ...

Agreed! And not a moment too soon.

Although....we are missing references to Nazi Germany and a few other devolutionary touchstones. I've bowed out of constructive participation, but hope the OP...
Forum: Latin America 10-07-2014, 12:21 AM
Replies: 378
Views: 13,545
Posted By markharf
That photo's hilarious! The only thing that...

That photo's hilarious! The only thing that could make this thread funnier would be if you were playing us all. If you're taking the whole thing seriously, you're out of sight waaaaaayyyyyyy around...
Forum: Latin America 10-06-2014, 08:14 PM
Replies: 378
Views: 13,545
Posted By markharf
An incurable optimist riding a huge American...

An incurable optimist riding a huge American bike. Sigh. Your world (and Tim Cahill's world, for that matter) is not my world. He's funny as hell, but his books are best viewed as fictionalized...
Forum: Latin America 10-06-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 378
Views: 13,545
Posted By markharf
Uh oh: Bananaman's getting grumpy. When he...

Uh oh: Bananaman's getting grumpy. When he starts insisting you read tales of death and dismemberment you're on a long, slippery slope. Best arrest the slide immediately.

I don't think riding...
Forum: Latin America 10-05-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 378
Views: 13,545
Posted By markharf
There, you see? Bananaman is less grouchy than I...

There, you see? Bananaman is less grouchy than I am, just as predicted!
Forum: Latin America 10-05-2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 378
Views: 13,545
Posted By markharf
Hey, I'm not dissing your newbie status; I'm...

Hey, I'm not dissing your newbie status; I'm telling you what to do if you want to know how things work--and it's not by calling freight forwarders in Miami. Seriously; lots of us have shipped by...
Forum: Latin America 10-05-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 378
Views: 13,545
Posted By markharf
Are you determined to avoid all the previous...

Are you determined to avoid all the previous threads (here and on horizons unlimited.com) which address exactly the same questions? This one, for example:...
Forum: Latin America 09-25-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 5,672
Posted By markharf
You're paying at least double the standard...

You're paying at least double the standard tourist rates--both for helpers and for bribes. Just so you know that. And your helpers are getting kickbacks for every excess payment.

Bringing...
Forum: Latin America 09-18-2014, 12:44 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,857
Posted By markharf
Well. I saw the disculpame pasted above and...

Well. I saw the disculpame pasted above and assumed this involved the same Fritz. No?

If my reflexive rant was off target.....Sorry - Disculpa - Entschuldigung.

Mark
Forum: Latin America 09-17-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,857
Posted By markharf
The government's not screwing it up: Fritz is...

The government's not screwing it up: Fritz is (very reliably, consistent with all his previous history) screwing it up. It's a hair brained concept, and his feeble attempts at execution are...
Forum: Latin America 09-14-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 5,672
Posted By markharf
You don't get to explore backroads and play in...

You don't get to explore backroads and play in the dirt if planning to make Yaviza in a week. That's beyond the realm of "silly" and well into "pathetic."

However, tastes differ--sometimes...
Forum: Latin America 09-13-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 5,672
Posted By markharf
Start memorizing some phrases now. You'll get by...

Start memorizing some phrases now. You'll get by regardless, but the more you've got committed to memory in advance, the better your trip will feel.

I know nothing about GPS maps except you...
Forum: Latin America 08-14-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,960
Posted By markharf
I'd say that given your preconditions--little...

I'd say that given your preconditions--little dirt or wind, no ice or snow--what you really need is flexibility. It's hard to avoid the wind in Patagonia, and hard to avoid Patagonia when riding...
Forum: Latin America 07-18-2014, 11:05 AM
Replies: 502
Views: 89,698
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, 02:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 608
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, 11:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,818
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, 05:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 964
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, 02:55 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 15,438
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, 10:01 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 10,630
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, 10:09 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 10,630
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, 10:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 650
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, 09:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 807
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, 09:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 807
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, 12:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,558
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, 08:53 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,558
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, 09:57 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,558
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, 10:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,088
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, 04:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 349
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, 11:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 807
Posted By markharf
Nope and nope.

Nope and nope.
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