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Old 06-08-2010, 09:23 PM   #211
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Hi Pat, I only noticed your SPOT tracking from Panama? It seems set to only track the last 6 days and then the older days tracks dissapear...? Did you only get that recently? I'm looking at getting one here.
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Old 06-08-2010, 10:18 PM   #212
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Hi!

I have been following your RR from the beginning. Great Job!

The tube in your picture is dry rotten! Butyl used to manufacture tubes do not like sunlight! They will last for years if protected from sunlight and electric motors. The tube above will probably be leaking when aired up and will definitely fail after a short length of time. You can mount your spare tube in that location, but wrap it up. BTW, of my 32 years in tire and tube manufacturing, about 25 years was manufacturing inner tubes. Do yourself a favor and replace that tube with a good spare tube and wrap it up.

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Hey Donnie
That's great you pointed that tube out. Someone else might have missed that hazard.
With your experience, maybe you could start a tire and tube thread?
I'll bet it would be hugely popular. I know there's a ton of interesting stuff in that subject, like how to patch a tube that stays good. Maybe home wheel balancing? Anyway just a thought.
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:58 AM   #213
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Hi Pat, I only noticed your SPOT tracking from Panama? It seems set to only track the last 6 days and then the older days tracks dissapear...? Did you only get that recently? I'm looking at getting one here.
Unfortunatly the Spot website only allows you to show locations from the past 7 days... I wish it would show every waypoint I put in.
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:06 AM   #214
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Day 44

This morning I get lost for nearly an hour trying to find my way out of the city. I drive around in circles trying to find the access road and the highway, note to self, buy a good set of maps for the GPS next time...


This doesnt look like the right road to me...

North of town, through the hills there is a lot of roadwork happening and riding a motorcycle is a huge plus as you can pass nearly anywhere compared to your standard car or truck. Filtering to the front of the line when there are single lane sections, passing groups of 5 or 6 semi trucks on the uphill grades, worth its weight in gold and I'm sure it saved me an hour of driving today!





4 hours of riding behind me I arrive in Tela on the Caribbean coast of Honduras. It's HOT here! The thermometer I have mounted on the bike reads 46 degree's Celsius!!


Wow, just soaked in sweat!

Tela is a small town with a real feel to it set on a gorgeous white sand beach. Once the executive quarters for the top brass of the United Fruit Company (owners of the Chiquita banana brand) the beaches are top notch and the water bathtub warm.

I try to shack up at a cheap local hostel but the girl at the desk flat out refuses my request. She doesn't want to see anything happen to my motorcycle and they don't have any secure parking. She tells me there are “muy problemas” leaving the bike on the street overnight. I roll around town and find a cheap hotel with secure parking and call it good.


Bridge is out, another repurposed railway crossing keeps traffic flowing.


Miles of Palm plantations


Ahhh Tela


Through a thin palm grove you'll find the beach...


The surf is small but the water is clear and warm...

I change and head straight for the beach, the water is warm but in combination with the constant sea breeze its refreshing. After a few hours walking around town, swimming at the beach and generally just enjoying life I head back to the hotel. I ask about good food and the girl at the desk rattles off a whole list.


Not very crowded...


A old dugout canoe...


My $20 hotel...

I wonder just down the street and come across the Las Angles Chinese restaurant where I stop. The menu looks good and there are enough locals around to know it must be half decent. I order a bowl of loaded wanton soup (shrimp, chicken and pork) and a plate of chow mein. I should have asked how big each was! My bowl of soup was easily a meal in itself... I gorge myself trying to make a dent in all this great food, but to no avail, its just too much. I waddle back to the hotel and pass out in the luxury of an air conditioned room.


Dinner... Delicious but huge portions, hardley made a dent...
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Old 06-09-2010, 12:16 PM   #215
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Get my PM with Dave's email address?

He'll be leaving the canal zone soon.

Dave's considering some work down in Colombia, btw.
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Old 06-09-2010, 02:08 PM   #216
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Get my PM with Dave's email address?

He'll be leaving the canal zone soon.

Dave's considering some work down in Colombia, btw.
Yea, thanks Shizz, I'll remember to shoot him an E-mail tonight...
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Old 06-09-2010, 03:43 PM   #217
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Fun read so far! I'll be curious to see your favorite places when you've been to all of the countries. I've never been to Central America so it'd be cool if you also get a chance to compare them to each other.

Cheers and good riding!
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Old 06-10-2010, 03:27 PM   #218
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I know you've read it a million times, but thanks for the report. I've been reading with interest. You make a great argument for making a similar trip. Maybe someday I'll be able to talk you into giving the KLR up so it can take its third rider to Panama.
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:33 PM   #219
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Hey guys,,, this is easily a 5 star report... where are your votes???????
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:39 PM   #220
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Day 45

From Tela on Honduras' Caribbean coast I head west towards the city of San Pedro Sula. There is a saying here which I think rings true, “Tegucigalpa thinks, San Pedro Sula works and Tela & La Ceiba have fun”.

San Pedro Sula is a major agricultural centre sending its crops all across central america and the world. Miles of Banana, Pineapple and Suger Cane fields fly by as I make my way through town and out the other side.

Not wasting any time, I get lost trying to find the main road south to the border (this is starting to become common place). A few locals help me with directions but at best I get 2 or three blocks before asking another. I with a minimum of fuss I do eventually find the road and put some miles under my belt.

Its not long after, that in a small town on the way to the border a pickup decides to back out of a parking spot and into the oncoming traffic. With a buss in the oncoming lane and pedestrians on the shoulder, the truck in front of me has no choice but to slam on his brakes and pray.

Not paying enough attention I don't notice this until a split second later, and with no avoidance options I go into full on panic braking mode, I squeeze the brakes until near lockup, it looks like I might just make it... And then, the truck in front of me rear ends the one backing out onto the street, with the last few feet of my stopping room gone I lightly tag his rear bumper with my wheel. Heart pounding, happy to still be rubber side down I roll the bike to the ride of the road and get off to inspect the damage.

There are no issues from the bike to truck contact, I cant say the same for the truck to truck rear ender. I talk to the owner he says its all good and waves me on my way. I go back to the bike and have a better look, the rim looks fine, forks are good, but as I roll it forwards I notice the brake calliper moving about of an inch with every wheel revolution. I guess while my tire may have tagged his bumper, the trailer hitch poking out had managed to do one better on my nice oversized brake rotor...

Its bent to all hell, I'll burn whats left of the pads out and probably damage the calliper if I ride it like this... Time to MacGyver it until a permanent fix can be found. I remove the Calliper and using the spare hose clamp and some stainless tie wire from my tool kit affix it to the fork leg.


What more can i do here and now?

Not the optimum solution as the stock brakes on the KLR's sucked, let alone only riding with the stock rear brake. It will work for now though and get me into a town where I can figure out a better solution...

The 45 minute ride to the Copan Ruins border crossing is a learning experience and I look for the front brake on more than one occasion. With time I train myself to leave much more room and become more familiar with how the rear brake reacts in all circumstances.

The crossing into Guatemala is painless, I'm becoming quite proficient at this by now. I get stamped out of Honduras and cancel my importation permission before heading to the Guatemalan side for my entry stamp. I end up having to wait for 20 minutes while the girl in the booth eats her lunch, she wont take 2 minutes out of her time to stamp the only traveler at the crossing into her country.

Finally stamped passport in hand I ride off into Guatemala bypassing customs as the agent on my way south had left my importation permit open for my return, who says bureaucracy is bullshit?

The road north towards the coast again is nothing to write home about, long straight sections followed by some okay hills and then back to the long bring straights. Two hours pass and I'm starting to get close to my destination for the evening, the town known by the locals as fronteras but labelled on the roadsigns and maps as Rio Dulce.



Rio Dulce is a nice little spot set on the river between the vast mangrove swamps of the river it is named for. Its very popular with Yachties who are looking to get some dry land under their feet as the river is nearly sea level and completely navigable to the lake inland.

I stay at a riverside marina/hotel by the name of Bruno's, its a little more expensive than expected at $14usd but the room is great and the balcony overlooks the small marina with the river in the background.





I work on some ride reports and arrange to deal with my brake problem. Chris @ Dual-Star.com is a godsend. He finds my old stock brake rotor that I had left there at the beginning of the trip and with an address from me agrees to DHL the parts to Cancun for me so I can meet up with them in a week or so. THANKS CHRIS!

Happy to have my brake issue somewhat sorted I wander the city looking for decent places for dinner that I was starting to feel I needed. I come across one place on the river that serves a mix of Pizza, Chinese and local dishes, its full of gringo sailors and the prices seem good so I sit down and enjoy the hustle and bustle of local river life.


Even though its Victoria "lager" it tasted like a million bucks today!


Dockside resuraunts are a staple of the town...


A few of the mentioned gringo sailors...


Bored waiting on my food...


Asked for a small, they made a large, payed for a small...

Tomorrow I will check out the local Castle of San Filipe just outside of town before continuing towards the city of Flores and the Tik'al ruins.
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:45 PM   #221
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Hey guys,,, this is easily a 5 star report... where are your votes???????
Glad you think so! I'm sure I will look back at it fondly when the trip is over :) Anyone know any cool spots in Belize???
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Old 06-10-2010, 07:40 PM   #222
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For a Quick rotor fix,,,,,, You will note that brake rotor material is soft metal and easily bent and can be put back into good useable condition by use of a small hammer, and using a piece of wood (small piece of 2"x4") as a back up.. (the maint guy at your hotel should be able to supply these to you...)

Holding the wood on the good side of the rotor, gently "TAP" the bent area back into original position... if it is not perfect, the rotation of wheel will press open the brake pads on the first or second rotation... thus you will have a front break for emergency use,,, it may be a little jerky when you apply the brake but you will adjust to the jerk, which may or may not bother you.....

after the hammer treatment, any sharp or irregular surfaces can be removed using a file ( spanish for file == LIMA)

just a suggestion from an "old Machinist"... good luck
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Old 06-11-2010, 03:53 AM   #223
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Glad you think so! I'm sure I will look back at it fondly when the trip is over :) Anyone know any cool spots in Belize???
These guys were there not sure if this will help you, but here is a link:
http://www.st-owners.com/forums/show...=81797&page=11

The Belize part of their trip starts around here. Maybe too much to read?

They ended up in Placencia, Belize.

The travelers posts are George and Digiamo, who also post here.

Good luck with the brake fix. Glad you were not hurt.
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:19 AM   #224
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Hey guys,,, this is easily a 5 star report... where are your votes???????
How do you rate a RR. I can't find how to do it.
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