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Old 01-18-2008, 07:50 AM   #1
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Cry Nata Harli's Journey - Panama to the US

This will be the reverse of a trip I started a little over a year ago. Then the plan was to trailer to Matamoras and ride to Panama. I got as far as Oaxaca when circumstances forced me to turn around.

This year the trip will be in the opposite direction. I'm flying to Panama City tomorrow, taking a bus to David on Sunday where Panama Paul will pick me up. We'll head to his place outside David where he lives and where the '92 R100GS I bought from him is domiciled. We'll spend a few days there before heading out. We plan on being in San Jose, Costa Rica, the weekend of the 25th for a bike show then head towards Guatemala. We should get to Guatemala around the 5th of February where I'll stop at San Pedro la Laguna and Paul will head back home for an upcoming ride to Ushuaia.

I plan on spending 3-4 weeks in San Pedro taking Spanish immersion classes before heading north towards home around the middle of March. I'm also thinking of splitting the immersion classes between San Pedro and Antigua. Alan (aatc9988) is planning on being in San Pedro when I am and there is the possibility that Pilot will be there also.

Pretty simple plan, right? I hoping it stays that way, but time will tell. I've had a couple of unfortunate incidents off road lately so I plan on sticking to the pavement as much as possible. I've got my MedJet Assist plan up-to-date but am hoping I don't have to use it.

The good news in Kansas City is that they will be experiencing the coldest week of the season after I leave. I would have hated to leave on a trip like this if the forecast had been for weather in the 60s. This is a picture I took yesterday at "suicide hill" just down the street from my house.




Packing for the trip has not gone as planned. I had planned on taking just this suitcase and a large dry sack. Right now the suitcase is full, the large dry sack is full and I have added a smaller dry sack and a small backpack.

So here's where I'm at right now, including Jimmie the cat.
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Old 01-18-2008, 07:55 AM   #2
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Old 01-18-2008, 08:14 AM   #3
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Sounds like a great adventure... best wishes for a safe hassle free journey.. and take lots of pics

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Old 01-18-2008, 08:20 AM   #4
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good luck! I'll keep my fingers crossed and my eyes open!
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Old 01-18-2008, 08:21 AM   #5
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Good luck on your trip.
Keep the rubber side down and the shinny side up!
See you when you get back,,,I still have your Christmas Gift to give you.
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Old 01-18-2008, 09:26 AM   #6
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Good luck on your trip.
I still have your Christmas Gift to give you.
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Old 01-18-2008, 09:50 AM   #7
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Don't worry it can wait...


maybe...




Just be safe and do a good RR so we can follow along.
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Old 01-19-2008, 06:23 AM   #8
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4 degrees in Kansas City

I'm getting ready to head to the airport and it's 4 degrees in Kansas City.

Everyone enjoy the rest of the winter. I'm sure I will.
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Old 01-19-2008, 06:32 AM   #9
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Good Luck and have a GREAT time...

Its -4 here and the water is frozen shut!
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Old 01-19-2008, 07:03 AM   #10
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Best of trip to you Nata Harli

Say hi to Paul for me
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Old 01-19-2008, 08:45 AM   #12
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Have fun Ken.

Cuidado con las chicas viejo!

Have a great trip and take some photos of anything warm for those of us that left here freezing in Kansas.
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Old 01-19-2008, 09:56 AM   #13
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El Salvador convention.

El Savador´s BMW Club is having its convention on JAN31 through 01-03FEB, maybe you can make it.
You could win a G 650 Xcountry.
Let me know if you are interested.
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Old 01-19-2008, 10:04 AM   #14
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Best of trip to you Nata Harli

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Thanks, JL. Sorry about the way your trip turned out .

I talked to Paul last night and he hadn't checked in for a few days and was really sorry to hear the news of your trip.

Hope to run across you some day on another adventure .
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Old 01-19-2008, 10:15 AM   #15
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Farewell dinner

Went out to dinner last night with some friends.

(L to R: Martin, Edwin, Martin's wife Susan, and Me)


OUCH! OUCH! OUCH! Boy did I get some bad news when I was checking my luggage in today. I had 4 bags to check in and found out the limit was 2 per person (I know, I should have known that). That wasn't the bad news. The bad news was I got charged $100 PER BAG to check in the bags. I could have spent some time rearranging things and gotten it down to 3 bags but just bit the bullet and checked the 2 extra bags.
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