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Old 12-22-2013, 07:44 AM   #5386
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Hello Lalo!
I have been following your RR since the early beginnings. You have sincerely inspired me to plan a future year long trip enveloping the US and Canada to start. This RR has been the best entertainment in years, and I am truly grateful for your diligence to document every experience encountered.
There are so many informative bits on this blog that will help others to plan a likewise experience that I believe many individuals including myself would like to make a contribution, I personally don't have money to give however I could send you my ContourHD camera to help document your journey. You deserve a great deal of thanks for all the gracious contributions of information given to all of us.
I hope in all absolute your journey finds you without harm or harassment, obviously there have been trials but you seem to be blessed with a disposition of charm leading to a most excellent withholding experience.
BTW, I am now a connoisseur of Chimay thanks to your RR, currently stockpiling as much as I can afford.
On your choice of luggage, TOP NOTCH. However did you consider a set of Wolfman tank panniers? I have a set on my DRZ400 and they hold as much gear as the E12 saddlebags or more due to the large opening. I truly wish you good fortune on your trip and hope to see more amazing scenery in the photos to come.

-Daniel



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Old 12-22-2013, 10:14 AM   #5387
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And we thought your blog could not get any better. We were so wrong! The Long Neck village people were so interesting, loved seeing them. Stay safe, have fun and keep up the good blog. PS: also loved the baby elephant and the Mom too.
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Old 12-22-2013, 11:48 AM   #5388
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There is a bar in Chiang Mai that has lots of beers from Belgium by the bottle. It's called Number 1
On my last night there and to celebrate getting all my bike paperwork done, i went all out and tried all my favorites. For some reason they didn't have Chimay.
But they did have Orval.....yum
And they had what is perhaps my new favorite.......Karmeliet Triple
If you can find it, you have to try it.......Wow!

I'll make it a point to look for both of those!
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Old 12-22-2013, 05:11 PM   #5389
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Here's the waterwater part



Looks like fun...How clean are the rivers and streams that you've seen so far?

I don't recall if they were like in Mexico, where they get used for everything.
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Old 12-22-2013, 07:49 PM   #5390
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Lalo,

You mentioned in a post you had a cell phone. How does that work for Asia?

Also, How do you get access to your $$ when traveling in these remote areas?
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:10 PM   #5391
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Thanks so much for your answer, I'm really enjoying your adventure, so what about snakes and leopards and do you have any guidelines for choosing a safe spot?

Enjoy.
Snakes really don't bother me. I will pick up any kind.
And i would be so lucky to see a leopard
I even left food outside my tent in Alaska trying to attract the bears. But i had no such luck.
If you want something to worry about. Worry about that thing between your legs hurting you.......and no, i am not talking about your pecker, i mean your motorcycle. Riding it will be your biggest risk
Respect the ride
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:15 PM   #5392
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[QUOTE=Recre8tr79;23044305]Hello Lalo!
I have been following your RR since the early beginnings. You have sincerely inspired me to plan a future year long trip enveloping the US and Canada to start. This RR has been the best entertainment in years, and I am truly grateful for your diligence to document every experience encountered.
There are so many informative bits on this blog that will help others to plan a likewise experience that I believe many individuals including myself would like to make a contribution, I personally don't have money to give however I could send you my ContourHD camera to help document your journey. You deserve a great deal of thanks for all the gracious contributions of information given to all of us.
I hope in all absolute your journey finds you without harm or harassment, obviously there have been trials but you seem to be blessed with a disposition of charm leading to a most excellent withholding experience.
BTW, I am now a connoisseur of Chimay thanks to your RR, currently stockpiling as much as I can afford.
On your choice of luggage, TOP NOTCH. However did you consider a set of Wolfman tank panniers? I have a set on my DRZ400 and they hold as much gear as the E12 saddlebags or more due to the large opening. I truly wish you good fortune on your trip and hope to see more amazing scenery in the photos to come.

-Daniel[FONT=Fixedsys]

Thanks for the kind words
I dont need the video camera
I have a Contour mounted to my BMW
And i love the Wolfman set up on my bike. I don't need any more storage room. I like how clean and streamline the look of my set up.
Plus it is so easy to access my things
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:19 PM   #5393
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And we thought your blog could not get any better. We were so wrong! The Long Neck village people were so interesting, loved seeing them. Stay safe, have fun and keep up the good blog. PS: also loved the baby elephant and the Mom too.
I figured you would like it. I will try to post more people pictures
I just need to be careful as it is sometimes taboo to take pics here

The big difference traveling here as compared to Europe is:
In Europe, you are viewing the past and history from the present time.
Here, it is like living in the past.
If that makes sense
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:24 PM   #5394
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Lalo,

You mentioned in a post you had a cell phone. How does that work for Asia?

Also, How do you get access to your $$ when traveling in these remote areas?
I brought an unlocked cell phone with me
I have only purchased a SIM card for it twice so far
Once in Peru
And now again in Thailand
So the other 45 countries, i have been without a phine and rely on wifi to commuicate.
We survived without cell phones for millions of years so really, you can do without one
Its kind of liberating too

As for cash, i have 3 Atm cards
I have more than one as back ups
You can get money just about anywhere. But i always carry some US dollars and Euro with me just in case.
I also carry a stash of local currency with me. Better to have too much, than not enough.
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Old 12-23-2013, 05:12 AM   #5395
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If you want something to worry about. Worry about that thing between your legs hurting you.......and no, i am not talking about your pecker, i mean your motorcycle. Riding it will be your biggest risk
Respect the ride
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Old 12-23-2013, 06:42 AM   #5396
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i am not alone

When i came to Rider's corner in Chiang Mai Thailand, i thought i was special. Afterall, i was riding my motorcycle around the world. But as it turns out, there are lots of people doing the same thing. In fact, just about every day i was there, a new rtw rider would pop in.
As i was lezving Rider's Corner, i saw this guy riding the wrong way down a busy one way street. I thought one of two things:
This guy is an idiot and he doeant know what the hell he is doing.
Or this guy has been around the world and plays by his own set of rules.
I guess the latter
and i was right
Meet Frank
He has been traveling around the world on this older bmw
And just soent the last two years in africa
I wish i had more time to chat with him
I am sure he had a few stories to share
Oh well, maybe i will bump in to him somewhere else in the world



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Old 12-23-2013, 09:19 AM   #5397
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I got to Pai, ate dinner. I blew my budget that day, so i didn't want to spend an extra $10 for a room (yes, money is starting to dwindle). I rode out of town and down a small dirt road and found this spot to camp. In the morning the farmer came over to see who had moved in. It took him about two seconds to figure out i just needed a place to sleep for the night and he was very nice.


Lalo,

You have an uncanny ability to find great camping spots. I am amazed at many of the interesting places (Chimay was the best so far) that you have found and suspect there will be more to come. I am still surprised every time you find a new one like the one above.

And one other thing, not only do you have Kathe but you always seem to find the best looking girl in the villages. Keep the pictures coming.

Keep up the great job and safe travels!
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:46 AM   #5398
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Meet Frank

And just soent the last two years in africa
I wish i had more time to chat with him
I am sure he had a few stories to share
Oh well, maybe i will bump in to him somewhere else in the world



Looks like he has a really clean, minimalist travel set up with just a couple dry bags...(?)
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Old 12-23-2013, 05:34 PM   #5399
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dogs

The dogs are so laid back here
In Mexico, they like to chase you
But here, they just lie in the road and watch you drive by. And more times than not, the lie in the middle of the road and just expect you to drive around them.
And it is not every once in a while, sometimes it is every few feet you are dodging dogs in the road........and it's kind of entertaining


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Old 12-23-2013, 05:42 PM   #5400
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wine tasting in Thailand

If there was a winery here in Thailand, you better believe i would find it.
They make their wine from different fruits and herbs instead of grapes.
I even tried one wine made from avocados
I didnt buy anything here


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