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Old 02-02-2013, 12:18 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Lone Rider View Post
Probably just a bad seed. Parenting, peers... a really wrong turn...?

I can easily get caught up in the many how-to youtube and other videos available. Self-edjumacation is a good thing.
Then...there's also a bit of decent porn...too...

How great is it to have a free card to the World's library, eh?
I actually use linkedin for business stuff, so I wasn't scrolling *just* for shits and giggles. Grant Johnson is a "contact," as is one other inmate/fb friend/ linkedin contact, who both connect to RR. They both have a kazillion contacts, so I'm not going to judge them for being linked to RR. I wouldn't even have noticed RR except that I'd just seen this thread. His profile isn't one that I'd have wanted to connect with anyway.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:01 PM   #17
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Ricardo may or may not have done something lousy to a fellow biker and I am sorry to have heard this issue arise so many times over the last few years. I met Lew while he and I were both being hosted and assisted by Ricardo in Quito in 2002. Ricardo was taking care of Lew after his crash in Colombia and helping me process my bike through Ecuadoran complicated Customs procedures. That was almost a full-time job in itself.

Notwithstanding the current beef between Ricardo and another rider, I, like many, many others, have been helped selflessly by Ricardo. Ricardo has been tirelessly aiding riders passing through Quito for a dozen years that I know of and I hope that he would be remembered as a man who has done a lot more good than harm.

In fact, the only complaint I ever heard about him was this dispute--which involves only two people. Even if he was wrong in his business dealing with one person... for this we want to destroy a good man's reputation? Where I come from, friends are friends forever, and you stand by your friends--especially those who have helped you in your time of need.
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:15 PM   #18
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In 2006 Ricardo went out of his way to show me around Quito, suggest routes, and generally was a good guy. He also played a part in Ecuador repealing the law that a Carnet be used to get a bike in there. YMMV.
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Old 07-27-2013, 08:52 AM   #19
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I had good experiences with Riccardo and his friend in Cuenca. His involvement in trying to make things better for bikers in Ecuador have helped. Like to know if he is still involved?
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