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Old 07-22-2014, 05:14 AM   #102
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Rain, New Bike, and Donuts

When it rains in Paraguay, some streets become rivers

and you avoid the roads if you can. Many skip school and two wheels can be not only unpleasant but dangerous in heavy rains.

Here's a story of a woman who was swept away and drowned in a heavy rain.

and another of a Brazilian tourist from earlier this year

So I raised some eyebrows when I suggested that we ride in the rain. When he found out it was highway and that we'd be riding the big bike two up, he felt a little better.

First to Coraopolis to respond to an ad for a 2011 V Strom 650 ABS. That 150 I rode last year in Paraguay convinced me that my bike may be too big at 650 lb+. I am thinking of something lighter and newer than my '88 Concours. The fact that I just threw it (gently) to the ground last month in the alley behind my house might have something to do with it.

Then from Coraopolis to Tarentum to visit Gatto's motorcycle shop

and drink some coffee.

"You pay how much for coffee?
And what's a donut?
It's really good, though, whatever you call it."

(This is my Dunkin' Story)

The full-face helmet made a big difference for him and the road wasn't a river so a rainy day wasn't a problem.
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