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Old 01-13-2008, 04:55 PM   #76
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Awesome report... I'll hopefully be filing one of these this summer....
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Old 01-13-2008, 05:41 PM   #77
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Great report. Waiting for the rest.
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Old 01-15-2008, 04:32 PM   #78
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La Yerba Buena is a village at the base of Volcan de Fuego. The village was permanently evacuated some time ago, due to the impending volcanic explosion. For the most part, the town is now deserted, populated only by the military. (I'm not the type to take photos of armed soldiers.)





I hoped to camp in the town. I stopped and asked a soldier if I could set up my tent somewhere. He pointed me up the road where I ran into an unlocked gate. Through the gate was a flat meadow, the erupting volcan in the distance.



A truck pulled up, and I asked the fellow inside if he knew who owned the land. I wanted to camp there for the night. After asking if I were alone, he gave me permission. I consider this place my best campsite, ever.





Nearby was someone's mother.



And then this puppy.



She was frightened until I gave her some of my dinner. Once again, fish tacos. Tonight dry, because I'd run out of mayo.



In the morning, there was volcanic ash on my bike and tent, and the sun rose from behind the volcano.



The next day I rode to Manzanillo, on the coast. I'd amassed almost 4000 miles to date, and it was time to change the oil. I bought some oil at a motorcycle shop and asked if I could use a drain pan.



I spent a day in Manzanillo taking care of necessities. Shower, laundry, a bit of sight-seeing.



Mundo and I compared our motorcycles. They were much more similar than you might think. I mean, except for his handlebar tassles.

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Old 01-15-2008, 09:18 PM   #79
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I usually only read the threads that are already finished...I just can't stand the wait. But, this is a great read...and I don't mind the waiting
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Old 01-15-2008, 09:33 PM   #80
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looking forward to more....

looking forward to more.....

More somthing.....

I don't know Mexico.
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Old 01-15-2008, 10:00 PM   #81
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Old 01-15-2008, 10:30 PM   #82
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quote/ I consider this place my best campsite, ever.


Yes, most excellent view!!!!!!!!!

Perhaps Herbie put the flag upside-down - wants to return to the Norte!

Keep on posting . . . . .

Thanks again.
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Old 01-16-2008, 02:10 AM   #83
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Jamie,
You are a good story teller
and a very capable photographer.
Keep 'em coming!
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Old 01-16-2008, 04:09 AM   #84
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Fantastic report!! Must go to Mexico one day on bike
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Old 01-16-2008, 05:40 AM   #85
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Oh, I thought. That's again another US citizen going south.....
But what a surprise !
This is definitively not the usual RR !
Yours is really good. Good pictures, catchy telling, really nice attitude.
Keep it coming !
Make me wish to visit those places !!!
Merci* to you.

/thierry

ps: french for gracias ;)
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Old 01-16-2008, 07:02 AM   #86
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Nice one, Jamey. Happily munching popcorn and enjoying your trip. Thanks for posting!

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Old 01-16-2008, 07:32 AM   #87
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Old 01-16-2008, 12:57 PM   #88
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Great Report - Inspiring



Keep it coming! Keeping up with you. Have my first Mexico motorcycle trip to Copper Canyon coming up. Won't make it that far this time, but boy have you got me thinking about the next one. Great pictures. Like your style of travel and writing.
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Old 01-16-2008, 03:21 PM   #89
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Awesome post

I love it. 25 bucks a day, no schedule. You have a great philosophy. That's the way things should be! I'll be doing a summer ride this summer through Canada. I made a little website for it. www.lawyersontwowheels.com How tough was it to do the 25 bucks a day?
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Old 01-16-2008, 10:32 PM   #90
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Originally Posted by Ghostrider Wannabe
How tough was it to do the 25 bucks a day?
Mostly, not too hard... it's become habit for me. My biggest incentive was that I had more time than money. Basically, I only had to head home when the funds ran out, and if I stretched out my budget, I could stay longer.

There were a few times when I had to take a breath and keep my wallet closed. For example, I often thought about picking up some beer to drink in the evening. Sure, once or twice and it's not a big deal, but if I did it every night, or even every other night, that's another $2-$3 dollars per day on the budget. There were a couple times when I looked forward to staying in a room, but I couldn't find anything for less than $12 or $15, so I had to skip it.

Those times were rare though. As I said, I've gotten into such a habit, and I have a technique, if you will, for traveling cheap... so I rarely find myself wishing I had more money. By nature, I don't like buying stuff... I don't buy T-shirts or souvenirs for myself or anyone I know. I gave someone a cool rock I found, for example. Another gift I might bring home for someone is to print out a picture I took which reminds me of them and give it to them.

Thanks for all the great comments. It's always good to get feedback, and I can tell from the kind words y'all have to say that my intent has shown through.

There's lots more to come.

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