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Old 02-25-2008, 04:43 PM   #1
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New Hope, PA (USA) -> Panama 2008 ; "La Ruta Playa - a moto adventure movie"

Hey guys!

So, my solo motorcycle adventure has (finally) begun! Like many of you, I found myself watching "Long Way Round" over and over again, thinking it would be absolutely awesome to do such an adventure and, while I'm at it, film it at a professional level too. Of course, unless you're Ewan and Charlie, or have the resources to finance support crews, cameras, plans, actors, etc..., the dream is just that, a dream. Well, maybe not ....



For those of you who don't like to read much, here's the idea in a nutshell - ride from New Hope, PA (USA) to Panama, alone, and film the entire adventure for a travel documentary, hopefully proving that yes, you can ride it alone, and you can film it alone. You don't necessarily NEED a support crew. I have yet to prove any of this correct, as I'm only in Guatemala, but so far, so good.

Is it difficult? Yes. Especially the filming. Many times I wish I had someone to help with the cameras. But it can definitely be done. I won't be putting up video of the trip just yet (difficult to throw in editing with all that I have going on already, but maybe I can host a few clips on my website) but I will update with pictures and stories along the way, and in a few months I hope to have the film together, if for nothing else, so show you all the roads, the experiences, the complications ..... the adventure along the way. If I can do it, alone, then so can you!

I also am hoping that my family here on adventurerider can act as my support crew, if need be. I've already encountered problems, but they tend to work themselves out (one way or another). However, if I encounter something I can't get myself out of, I hope that I can count on you!!!! (of course, you will make it into the film if this should happen!) =)









OK, for those of you still interested, here's a bit more detail:

I started back on December 18, 2007, and spent Christmas and New Years in Mexico city with family. And then, somehow, I spent the rest of January there too!!! But that's the idea, a plan of no plan. I've got time. And that's the idea of adventure!

Like I said, no plan, but the idea is to go from New Hope, PA to Panama following the coast as much as possible. It's my ride to the beach, literally, as I plan on stopping at as many Mexico & Central America beaches as I can. As I originally typed this, I was sitting 1 block from the beach at a friends house in Chicxulub, Mexico (just north of Merida, on the Yucatan peninsula near Cancun). So this isn't actually the beginning of my trip .... Mexico is almost done!! Then, onto Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Did I forget any countries??? Well no worries, I won't miss them.

I am riding a BMW F650GS Dakar (in disguise) that was modified slightly for this trip - it has a new suspension (Wilburs), new wheel (Excel), panniers (Touratech), and some other bits to make it more durable for the roads of CA. I wish I could have upgraded a few more things, but I didn't exactly have the budget for more, so that'll have to do (so far it ALMOST has). I have on my bike 2 video cameras (1 helmet camera, 1 professional TV quality camera), 1 digital camera (for photo updates), my laptop, of course some clothes, tent & sleeping bag, lots of medical supplies (I'm a doctor, more about this later), some other random stuff, medjetassist for emergency evacuation for me and my bike, and a satellite tracking system provided by findmespot. This last part is pretty cool; you can go online anytime and track me in real time. Here's how:

go to http://share.findmespot.com/shared/f...ucv8SSo1N4G3DG

You can check my last position, last 7 days, last 30 days, etc. And it will automatically plot my position on googlemaps. Pretty cool!



Well, I think you've all got a pretty good idea of what I'm trying to accomplish, so for now I'll end here. I've already got a few diary entries typed up (but mostly doing video diaries, so what I type is the extremely abbreviated version) so I'll throw them on here for you.

Oh yes, and if anyone is thinking about doing this ride, go for it! It's safe. I've ridden about 8,000 miles and have not had a single encounter to make me rethink my safety. People in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala are friendly and helpful. I'm being cautious to not trust everyone right away, but I'm expecting more of the same friendliness the rest of the way. All that I can advise you is to learn some spanish before you go (or pick it up quickly along the way, as I have done). You will be asked how much your bike costs about 20 times per day; how fast it goes, how many miles you've ridden, where you're going. And they don't speak ANY English. But, no es tan grave! hehehe. =)

Catch you all later! - Dom













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Old 02-25-2008, 05:24 PM   #2
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Old 02-25-2008, 09:56 PM   #3
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Looking forward to seeing more of your adventure!
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:32 PM   #4
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Old 02-26-2008, 04:56 AM   #5
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Old 02-26-2008, 06:37 AM   #6
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Old 02-26-2008, 09:51 AM   #7
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Old 02-26-2008, 10:19 AM   #8
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Good stuff and have a great ride.
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Old 02-26-2008, 10:23 AM   #9
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Old 02-26-2008, 10:44 AM   #10
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In for the ride!!!! Best of luck, we'll be following along . I can tell already tell this is going to be great.


Ride safe,
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Old 02-26-2008, 11:03 AM   #11
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Old 02-26-2008, 11:26 AM   #12
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Old 02-26-2008, 02:54 PM   #13
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Can't wait to check out some video from a local rider.
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Old 02-27-2008, 02:32 AM   #14
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Ah hell, close enough to call local. Looking forward to it.

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Old 02-27-2008, 06:35 AM   #15
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Ride on dood!!!!! Nice to see a local guy on a killer ADV ride!!!! have fun and be safe! I'm sure you have enjoyed all of our local dirt roads if you are doing this adventure.
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