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Old 05-24-2010, 06:48 PM   #16
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Almost went into a manhole without a cover in Bogota.

I forgot about those. I almost went into one in Panama. They are often missing- one more reason to not ride at night.
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:21 PM   #17
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Hard to improve on that! Suerte!
Gracias Amigo!

Thank you all for the well wishes.
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:23 PM   #18
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Nice start Goat!

I know a secret.....
And I have it on video too.
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:25 PM   #19
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I felt the same way about a month ago. Litterally packed up and left in no time. I´m stuck in a little town called Pitalito in the south of Colombia right now waiting for the roads to be cleared. There has been so much rain down here lately that the road was blocked in 15 places. Besides that I had a run in with some bandits in Honduras who tried to take everything I had. Bike and all. Luckily, I was very suspicious of a car with blacked out windows following me as soon as I left the border. When they tried to block my way I was able to turn around fast enough to get away. The bastards tried four times but after the first attempt when I saw them I turned and headed back the way I came as fast as I could. Almost went into a manhole without a cover in Bogota. And had two cops stop me in Panamá for a document check. One had a shot gun pointed at my chest the whole time. The sound of a safety being released is not very assuring when its pointed at your chest.They were not very impressed by my Sinaloa liscense plate. If you get down any time soon let me know and maybe we can tag along together because one thing I have learned about making a trip like this is one person is a target. Im on my way all the way down. If you need any tips about the border crossings in Central let me know. I just did them all last week.
One thing to remember is dont leave that crossing from Mexico into Guatamala without that offical sticker. There are a lot of shisters who have offical looking fakes. You will have trouble at the other end of Guatamala without it and you will have to go all the way back to Mexico to get it.
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Wow, that sucks. I'm hanging in Maz now and will be making my way to Durango then Zac in the coming days. Thanks for the tips and I'm glad to hear you escaped any serious damage, either from the bandidos, cops, or manholes.
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Old 05-25-2010, 12:12 AM   #20
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Congratulations man! I'll be cheering you on from the salt mines.
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Old 05-27-2010, 11:25 AM   #21
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I think this man has anger issues

All I did was ask him to say hello to our friends on advrider.

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Old 05-27-2010, 11:26 AM   #22
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Old 05-27-2010, 12:03 PM   #23
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All I did was ask him to say hello to our friends on advrider.

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Old 05-27-2010, 02:51 PM   #24
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Great Start.

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Old 05-27-2010, 03:09 PM   #25
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AZ plates are very popular south of the border right now
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Old 05-27-2010, 07:59 PM   #26
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All I did was ask him to say hello to our friends on advrider.

He's saying hello to half of CSM.
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Old 05-27-2010, 08:06 PM   #27
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This is great Mark!! Safe and fun travels my friend!!

Un buen viaje, indeed!!
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Old 05-27-2010, 08:54 PM   #28
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He's saying hello to half of CSM.
Funny you should mention that because when I passed that notion on, he had this to say to his pals on CSM:



Perhaps he should enroll in an anger management class?
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:49 PM   #29
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Funny you should mention that because when I passed that notion on, he had this to say to his pals on CSM:



Perhaps he should enroll in an anger management class?
That would make a great avatar for so many...
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Old 05-28-2010, 02:32 PM   #30
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The combination of not working, perfect weather, and hanging out with friends were making it difficult to embark on this trip. Placing life on hold was more taxing than I expected and second thoughts began to creep into my consciousness. I needed to get on the road. Phoenix is less than 200 miles from the border so I point the bike toward Nogales and begin the hot blast through the desert.





The border crossing is a cinch, in part because I forget to do something that will come back to haunt me when I attempt to leave Mexico at the Guatemala border. More on that later. The change in scenery is immediate and I am excited to be in the bustling border city. I find a money changer and exchange my dollars for pesos. The words of the woman at the exchange hit me like a head on collision. I knew when I was planning the trip that learning another language would be a challenge for me and here am I now getting my first lessons under fire. I stumble through our conversation using lots of hand gestures. It's an uncomfortable exchange and I'm anxious to get back on the road.



I arrive in Hermosillo by mid afternoon and look for a hotel. I don't see anything immediately but after some effort I find a place that doesn't look too expensive. It's hot and the bike's fan is running non stop as it struggles to cool the bike. A room is $60 a night and way out of my budget. I throw a word collage of bad Spanglish at the manager asking where I can find a cheaper hotel. Somehow he understands and points me down the road a half mile or so. The next place is around $45 and will have to do. The place is clean, has a nice restaurant, and they let me put the bike in the room, a common practice in Mexico. It's my first night in Mexico and I'm eating an amazing dinner and drinking a tasty Mexican dark beer as I study the map in preparation for tomorrow's ride to Los Mochis. Life is good.









I emerge from the frigid cocoon of my room later than planned. It feels good to sleep in. I have a hearty breakfast of coffee, fresh juice, eggs, tortillas, chorizo, and assorted hot sauces, it's all excellent. Packing the bike down takes longer than I prefer. I will make adjustments to stream line this process over the coming days. The smells of the morning desert air remind me of AZ as I cut through the Sonoran landscape making my way to Los Mochis. Again I reach my destination in the late afternoon and relegated to search for accommodations in oppressive heat. I should've got up earlier. Unable to find a room in the centro I pan out and find a place near the casinos, an area characterized by strip malls and chain restaurants.









I learn my lesson the previous day and get on the road early to get a jump on the afternoon heat. My next stop takes me to Mazatlan where I will hang with the Striking Viking of RTW riding fame.
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