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Old 09-29-2012, 10:14 PM   #91
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Well here we are in Antigua, this town was actually the 2nd capital city of Guatemala but with the volcanic activity it drove the Spaniards to move it to Guatemala city.

start with the hotel again, Hotel San Vicente, we're paying 160Q for a double room, little small but the hotel is extremely nice and handy to everything in Antigua



the hallway in front of our room



we can use the sink in the back to do our laundry which is lucky



One place here that I had read about before was the Moto Cafe where the bikers kind of hung out so off we go, this is the official name of the place




met Dave the owner and Dave from Quebec who has guided the bike tours for the last 7 months



there were many laughs with the beers



but Dave has never had a guest book before so I shamed him into starting one



but Dave is not just a good time Charlie, he's a dedicated businessman, here he is sending off a customer with vague directions and even vaguer warnings



but actually Dave has a good handle on who can do what and he hooked me up with a mechanic who could straighten the dent out of my rim, I was loosing about 5 psi a day because I hit a tope I never saw until the last moment and dented the edge of the rim



and here's the guys who fixed it, they came to the hotel took off the wheel, fixed it and installed it the next day for 300Q



wandering through the town I managed to get some pretty good shots, here's the one that just about the whole world knows Antigua by, the Archo



here's a shot of a typical family where the mother has to go out and sell her merchandise, you have to be careful getting this type of shot because the majority don't want their pictures taken



there's plenty of motorcycles in Antigua now something the government is aware of, when you see this sign on the sidewalk it means that from the sign to the corner is strictly motorcycle parking and they're on every corner



here's some of the bikes parked there



and beauty is in the eye of the beholder



of course their not all Ducati's



some random shots I got through the town
window decorations





I was a hair fast on the shutter on this one



an old door in a church destroyed by earthquake in the 1700's



I went over to the chickenbus area to get some pictures of the colours the owners paint their buses




another window picture because I liked it



booby fountain in the centro



artisan market which is loaded with great folk art





basement in one of the old churches, this one was taken by Ed



and of course food-food, food wonderful food, this one I waited to take the picture



but here's one more to Boogers taste, a really nice Irish stew



now Ed and I have decided that to save a little money we'll have breakfast in our room, so here we have granola and just a ton of yogurt to keep our internal workings on an even keel



now this may seem like a strange place to put a picture of a fountain but this was in the courtyard of one of the restaurants right beside where we were sitting eating lunch



and the last one is for my wife, the hotel where we stayed the last time we were here is now closed and they're is a small hardware shop there now




Tomorrow: we cross another national boundry
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:45 PM   #92
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Outstanding!

Really loving this RR. Thanks for taking the time to put forth such a great work. Can't wait for the rest Stay safe and have an awesome time!
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:07 AM   #93
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Keep it coming, Phil!
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:58 AM   #94
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Nice ...



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Old 09-30-2012, 09:09 AM   #95
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Thanks...looking forward to more!!!
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:22 AM   #96
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:42 AM   #97
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that irish stew looked good - looked alot like the bowl I had at the Auld Triangle Pub in Halifax last week.


mmmmm stew...


slow down for those topes - a friend of mine who basically did your trip in an 81 aircooled westfalia got hung up on one for about 4 hours one day. had to get pulled off of it by a guy with a donkey, who may or may not have been Juan Valdez
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:55 AM   #98
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:32 PM   #99
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Hey, Wake up ...

The rest of us are freezing our butts off in this miserable weather up North, so while we are sitting inside it would be nice if you could get off your butt and give us low lifes an update ...

Please...

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Old 10-17-2012, 02:58 PM   #100
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Well, where was I, it's been so long since I added to the report I forget where I've been. The pace has been really hectic since Ed and I were booked on the sailing ship Stahlratte from Panama to Colombia and had to be there 11 Oct to load. On average we rode from 0800 to about 1800 just before it got dark, we lost a minimum of half a day and a maximum of 6hrs at every border crossing, the worst being Panama. The Migration side was always very quick just requiring a stamp in the passport the rest of the time was spent clearing the bikes into the countries

clearing out of Guatemala into El Salvador when a couple from Quebec rode up, Jean and Chantel



we talked with them for awhile and then parted company, we stopped at a small surfer hotel along the coast, it was cheap and really primitive but the owner had a very large supply of beer for sale. It was really crude but we had a pleasant evening talking to the owner and his extended family who had shown up for a barbeque and swim. This was where I discovered my camera which I thought I had rescued was stsrting to pack it in refusing to focus at night

the next day we had crossed El Salvador and while clearing out through customs up rides Jean, Chantel and a new rider Peter, it turns out we're all trying to make the Stahlratte on the same day

clearing out of El Salvador



next up the dreaded Hondura's customs and immigration which has a well deserved reputation for running you around in small circles doing absolutely useless tasks, the cost for importing your bike, payable only in Honduran money was $35.00. I mention Honduran money because if you don't have any and your paperwork drags on until the end of the day you will have found the bank closes an hour before the Aduana and there you are in a really tough Honduran town for the night. We we're lucky getting in to the bank about 1/2 an hour before it closes



found ourselves breaking the cardinal rule about never riding at night and pulled into Hotel Paradise, Chouteca Honduras



have a very poor connection right now so will post this
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:48 PM   #101
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When we left the hotel the next morning we stopped at a little variety store to grab something to eat, I think the cardinal rule of motorcycling is you have to start the day with a little drama, here's Peter doing his best to help in that direction



The day after clearing into Honduras we found ourselves clearing out the other side, it took longer to do the paperwork to enter and leave the country than it took hours to ride across the country

when clearing into Nicauraga your required to purchase insurance



we decided to take a smaller road from the border because we wanted to visit an active volcano just outside of Managua instead this turned out to be our afternoons entertainment

Jean fixing a flat on Chantels bike in the heat of the afternoon sun and it was hot


here's the problem a piece of an old bridle



we weren't going to make the volcano so stayed on the outskirts of Managua in a nice hotel, it turns out there was a misunderstanding about the price what we thought was going to cost $23 a room turned out to be $63 a room, it took some negotiaton and a lot of calls to the hotel manager but we managed to get the price down to $58

Hotel Campo Real





next morning after about an hours ride we stopped at a nice restaurant to have breakfast



and then on to the Volcano Masaya





trying to get a picture looking down into the steam



We had decided to take a break from bigger cities and hit the beach so here we are in Casa Del Mar, San Juan Del Sur



beautiful beach, warm water nice way to spend an evening, inner courtyard of the hotel, dormitory room was $8/night




you can see the camera isn't focusing any more



wandering the beach in the morning, who said travelling was all hard work



Well that's it for now have to get supper, next up Costa Rica
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:20 PM   #102
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Hey Phil, was the little surfer hotel in La Libertad?
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:50 PM   #103
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Nice to hear from you Phil. Thanks for the email. I'm looking forward to the upcoming posts and hearing about your time on the Stahlratte. Ride fast.
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:26 PM   #104
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w00t!

Was talking about you with my partner at work last night, and was wondering how you were doing! Nice to see that you're still in one piece and enjoying your trip! Awesome pictures dude! You're not missing much here at home but a whole lot of rain, but some decent dual sport riding has been had. I've even managed a water crossing or two and not fallen in!

Keep the rubber down, have fun and be safe!

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Old 10-20-2012, 04:14 PM   #105
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Hey Phil, was the little surfer hotel in La Libertad?
Hey Misery, no it was about 5 min. before we got to La Libertad, the entrance was right on route 2, the old guy running it had built the place by hand about 20 years before and he seemed to be really enjoying his life with his wife there and his family fairly close. Wish I could remember the name of the place but I didn't write it down

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