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Old 10-25-2012, 05:30 AM   #226
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A slight correction - ADV "Roll the Bones Rally" out of Hamilton, TX. this WE

See you there - riding in from Houston tomorrow - blue KLR.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:07 AM   #227
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I like your style John and am subscribed

I have similair ideas for travelling. What do you do about drinking ? It seems on our trips eats up a lot of money! Especially if you get in with others, every stop turns in to a party.

We too don't want to look like cheapstake Dicks but all the party time proves to be costly. Also when folks want to 'eat out'. We try to do our own meals, but if you stop at someones house they often want to go out.
Hi Tuckers,

I don't drink so I don't have that problem. I have found it is easy to hang around folks who like to drink though. People don't seem to mind. I don't drink their beer and am always on call as a designated driver. Sitting around the campfire watching people get wasted is kind of fun actually.

If people want to go out to eat you just have to go with the flow and order what you can afford. I normally travel solo and don't really have this problem. Since I am taking the time this trip to meet folks along the way I know what you mean though.

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Old 10-25-2012, 06:14 AM   #228
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A slight correction - ADV "Roll the Bones Rally" out of Hamilton, TX. this WE

See you there - riding in from Houston tomorrow - blue KLR.
Hi Tsotsie,

Roll the Bones. Got it. It's got a nice ring to it. Look forward to meeting you in Hamilton.

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Old 10-25-2012, 09:13 AM   #229
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Hey JD,

Glad your trip is going smashingly well. I really enjoyed the pix of the two young/old dudes. That is who I want to be in another 40 years (assuming I'm still here). As has already been said, I appreciate you posting your daily costs. Of all things to consider for my upcoming trip is predominately cost(s).

All things being perfect on my trip, I would like my oldest son to go along with me on a bike of his own. A Sherpa would be perfect for him along side me on the DR350. So knowing relative costs is great information.

Later........
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:46 AM   #230
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Hi John, a friend sent me the link to this ride report because I also have a super sherpa 250; and hve the same dream to travel to south america on it. why take anything bigger and heavier right?. i will be keeping close tabs on you to see how you are getting along! I just need to figure out how to suscribe to this report :-) also, you bought your sherpa from my boss here in Blaine, wa remember me?
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:23 PM   #231
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Great report John. subscribed.

Good meeting you in OK

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Old 10-25-2012, 02:06 PM   #232
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I passed through Athens and Palestine (pal-uh-steen) appropriately located in the middle eastern part of the state. Stopped at the library in Palestine to PM tricepiilot about Tejas brisket tomorrow for lunch. I was wondering what the dude looks like who parked this '73 slash 5 toaster ratbike outside the library:



Soon enough I found out. Turns out the 92.000 on the odometer is the third go around and C.D. rode this bike all over Texas back before he retired from working in the oil fields. You can't judge a book by its cover. CD was a very interesting fellow:
It look as if that's his regular parking spot from all the oil dripping on the ground. He probably does not change the oil, just adds some when he notices that it has stopped leaking.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:54 PM   #233
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But first, have to head to San Antonio to meet tricepilot and experience Texas cuisine at its finest.


I think you have the photo of the peerless brisket and the ribs at Ray Harmon's BBQ in Cibolo.

Here's our man John with owner Ray Harmon himself after an outstanding plate of Tejas' finest 'Q anywhere



Searching for ingredients for dessert. Pumpkin pie it is.



A celebrity spotted in San Antonio:



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Old 10-25-2012, 03:05 PM   #234
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Hi John, a friend sent me the link to this ride report because I also have a super sherpa 250; and hve the same dream to travel to south america on it. why take anything bigger and heavier right?. i will be keeping close tabs on you to see how you are getting along! I just need to figure out how to suscribe to this report :-) also, you bought your sherpa from my boss here in Blaine, wa remember me?
Motomom!!

Of course I remember you! Long time no see. How are you folks doing up in Blaine? Glad to have you along for the ride. I will be the guinea pig for you to watch run through the maze on my way to South America. So far the Sherpa is trouble free. Just passed 23K miles with just the usual maintenance. Will be interesting to see how long that lasts. I will report back what I find. I have not been kind to the poor bike, but kept up routine maintenance and it has been a trooper so far.

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Old 10-25-2012, 03:48 PM   #235
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Headed out of the Austin area this morning after Señor ShizzMan fixed a delectable omelet for breakfast. But not before I had him sign the Sherpa gas tank.



Thank you JD! No bones about it. I'll see you tomorrow up in Hamilton.

So I headed down the way to San Antonio and arrived at Casa Tricepilot. Five minutes later in wheel Tricepilot and Tricewife. He is on a health kick and they are both looking good:




Went to Ray's for the best BBQ brisket and ribs I have ever tasted:



Had a great afternoon shooting the breeze with Roberto and I assure you he is just as funny and outgoing in person as he is in his entertaining ride reports.

Heading out to camp tonight somewhere on the way to Hamilton Texas wherever that is. Somewhere west of Waco I think. I don't have a map of Texas, but its pretty hard to get lost. North from here a couple hundred miles I think.

I finally figured out how to downsize photos for faster upload to smugmug on a mac. Comand shift 4, brings up a cursor, drag and select the area of the photo in preview and it is saved to the desktop as a low res image less than 1 meg for fast upload to smugmug. I am now using my sister's 8 megapixel canon and the file sizes were taking forever to upload until I figured this out. Now it is fast. Especially useful for areas of low bandwidth.

More later….

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Old 10-25-2012, 03:56 PM   #236
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Went to Ray's for the best BBQ brisket and ribs I have ever tasted:


now that's some good looking BBQ!
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:22 PM   #237
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A slight correction - ADV "Roll the Bones Rally" out of Hamilton, TX. this WE

See you there - riding in from Houston tomorrow - blue KLR.
Yep. Although I gotta like the way John heard it. "Road of Bones"...
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:49 AM   #238
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I'm getting the hang of this vagabond camping lifestyle. So far its been fun waking up every morning wondering where the heck I am. Camping and staying with fellow ADVriders means I haven't spent anything on lodging for the past 10 days. One thing to consider is what to do with the hours of time each day before sunrise. If I could sleep longer it would be nice. But I only sleep six hours a night and when the sun goes down at 7pm and dawn isn't until 7am or so, that leaves 5 or 6 hours. Normally people spend that time watching TV, reading, wasting time checking out ADVrider, cleaning the house, puttering around in the garage that sort of thing. When you're out in the wild those possibilities are gone and you have to entertain yourself. I am slowly coming up with ways besides sitting here tapping away on a laptop. I started downloading podcasts to listen to at night. I think a kindle e-book reader would be a good travel reading device. Excellent battery life and packs small. Maybe next time.

Writing a ride report is a pleasant evening pastime. I imagine it would be harder to do if you are traveling with friends who like to drink beer and chat around the campfire. But I type fast so it doesn't take much time to write these reports and download pictures for uploading when I get to a wifi hotspot. .

Tonight I'm camped at Owl Creek Park. Another Corps of Engineers free park on a reservoir/lake out in the middle of nowhere at:

N 31º 13.029'
W 97º 13.831

I rode all the way down to the end of the road through the park down to the boat launch. There's a picnic table under shelter, fire ring and grassy lawn for the tent. Nobody is out here. The only sound is crickets and a north wind blowing hard through the trees and sweeping across the lake. I'm the only one in the park. Very secluded and peaceful. Another great free place to camp in central Texas if you're riding through. Maximum stay is 14 days according to the sign. So if you lose the deed to your house in a game of Texas holdem' this might work for you until you get back on your feet.

I have found McDonalds to be very convenient for free wifi. You don't have to go inside. I just pull into the parking lot, flip open the back case lid and use it as a standing office for the laptop resting in the bottom section. Worked a treat last night for doing a mapquest search to find directions to SchizzMan's house. And this evening to find my way to a campground close to Hamilton Texas as well as upload a ride report.

I spent 15.58 on gas today traveling about 250 miles and that's it. But this is an anomaly. The kindness of the Texas ADVriders meant I had breakfast at SchizzMan's and a kickass lunch/dinner courtesy of Tricepilot in San Antonio.

I still think 30 bucks a day is about as low as you can go traveling solo to South America even though I've been spending less than that lately. There will be unexpected expenses I think, although I'm not sure what those are. It will be interesting to see. So far this is the most economical moto trip I have ever taken and it isn't as hard to do as I thought it was going to be. We'll see though when I get to Mexico in a few days.

My thoughts for the evening.

From deep in the heart of Texas. Where Lone Star hospitality continues to amaze me.

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Old 10-26-2012, 01:44 PM   #239
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I'm getting the hang of this vagabond camping lifestyle.

I still think 30 bucks a day is about as low as you can go traveling solo to South America even though I've been spending less than that lately. There will be unexpected expenses I think, although I'm not sure what those are. It will be interesting to see. So far this is the most economical moto trip I have ever taken and it isn't as hard to do as I thought it was going to be. We'll see though when I get to Mexico in a few days.
Hola Juanito,

You'll be getting by really cheap in Peru, Bolivia, and Venezuela as well. In Bolivia on non-riding days I was spending about 10 bucks a day, that was for a nice private room with en suite in Sucre and all the food I could eat from the local markets. OTOH, Brazil and Chile can really break the bank if youre not careful.

Naturally, you will have some unexpected expenses, but as good as your preventative maintenance is, I would bet that you will have a minimum of them. Keeping up with care of the bike is a daily chore, but it does pay off big time IMO.

By the time I was on the road about 6 months, I was really into my traveling groove. The moto vagabond lifestyle felt like normal life, and that was a really cool feeling. Once you get a taste of that its very difficult not to want more.

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Old 10-26-2012, 07:01 PM   #240
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Stuff to do in a tent.

I have never spent days at a time as a motorcycle vagabond, but I have spent a lot of nights on the road. Old radio shows, e-books, and audio books are a great companion.

Here is a radio show link: http://archive.org/details/oldtimeradio

I tend to get bored by the old comedies, but some of the writing for mystery and sci-fi shows like X-Minus One was really clever.

I don't want to hi-jack the thread since I'm sure there are dozens of ADV threads about electronic stuff, but I am curious as to what you are using... A laptop computer or better yet a little netbook is great, but battery life is limited. One can always wire a little inverter to the Sherpa battery for charging. My wife has a Nook e-reader which is easy on the eyes and has long battery life, but does not have a lighted screen so you would need a candle lantern. (much better than flashlight) I used a company i-phone for a while and it was a fine do it all device except for the tiny screen. My wife has an i-pod touch that she has seldom touched. It is an i-phone without the phone. (It still plays music, audio books, and has wi-fi internet connection, etc.)

I don't know what I would take if I were doing a trip like yours. Probably a cheap netbook and a good old fashioned paperback or two. A lot of libraries in little towns will sell used books or even give them away. The amazing thing is how enjoyable it can be to have no TV or internet for hours. I get used to hearing crickets.

I took the dog for a walk at a small campground near horseshoe lake in southern illinois today. The campground was closed and I'm not sure why? The dog did not care. Have you run into this little problem with your free camping plan? My guess is that no one would have noticed if I had pitched a tent at the little campground I found today. I think they just want to keep the motorhomes out for part of the year so they don't have to clean the showers and bathroom.
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