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Old 02-15-2014, 11:09 PM   #5821
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A bit of technical advice....

Another forum I'm on, a rather close one, was recently hacked for no apparent reason, and they basically had to start over. Meaning all of the threads and posts were corrupted and lost. I'd hate to hear that all of your documentary would just vanish. I hope you have a way to back it all up, besides photobucket. You've got a pretty good rough draft for a manuscript here, if not some screenplay rights, hate to see it lost.

Also...maybe this will help in the future. Lol
http://youtu.be/m6_GoEPSBto

Shiny side up!

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Old 02-16-2014, 02:26 AM   #5822
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Hi Lalo;

Just caught up with your latest stuff and enjoyed it thoroughly. Well done on not getting shot and the gear shifter real sucks. We've started thinking the Americas on 2 CRFs, and your set up is a good starting point. We are in Pai in Thailand, will be heading south off to an island somewhere to see our visas out in a couple of days. Might bump in to you in Malaysia or Indo.

Take care and glad you're enjoying Laos,
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Old 02-16-2014, 02:48 PM   #5823
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Did you fix the broken shifter

Hi Lalo i got a Used 2013 CRF250L and was wondering if you fixed the broken shifter yet?
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:44 PM   #5824
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The joys of a ride report. Ed can you recommend a good Malbec wine? Tried a few, but I thought maybe you might save a little time and money. Missing Argentina yet? By the way...slow it down, you’re scaring the go slow folks.

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Old 02-16-2014, 10:52 PM   #5825
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The Pic that refuses to die...

Always comes back to this....Some days are better than others.

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Old 02-17-2014, 03:29 AM   #5826
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cant we all just get along?

Sheeezsh
I had the honor of reading someone's hate mail that was posted to my RR and the all was deleted shortly thereafter
Seems to be upset with me and Americans in general.
As someone said trying to stick up for me, i am certainly no angel. But i am certainly not the devil either.
It seems quite a few people dont like Americans and the US these days. And i can understand why. But it is wrong to just hate an entire group or race. If you do, you are no better than hitler. And by traveling you learn to judge someone as an individual.....not as the entire race
And if you want to hate me, you better get to know me first.
First off, everyones least favorite picture of the explosion on the wall was done in an abandoned house fit to be torn down.
And every guest house i have stayed in, i have left it spotless
Sometimes i put a spin on my words because i am trying to have fun with it.
My RR is the most active RR on advRider right now because it is entertaining.
And if you dont see it that way, maybe you should get to know me a little better first.
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:12 AM   #5827
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Sheeezsh
I had the honor of reading someone's hate mail that was posted to my RR and the all was deleted shortly thereafter
Seems to be upset with me and Americans in general.
As someone said trying to stick up for me, i am certainly no angel. But i am certainly not the devil either.
It seems quite a few people dont like Americans and the US these days. And i can understand why. But it is wrong to just hate an entire group or race. If you do, you are no better than hitler. And by traveling you learn to judge someone as an individual.....not as the entire race
And if you want to hate me, you better get to know me first.
First off, everyones least favorite picture of the explosion on the wall was done in an abandoned house fit to be torn down.
And every guest house i have stayed in, i have left it spotless
Sometimes i put a spin on my words because i am trying to have fun with it.
My RR is the most active RR on advRider right now because it is entertaining.
And if you dont see it that way, maybe you should get to know me a little better first.
Yep I've read it too, and yes...it's the problem with generalizing something, it will always be wrong.
As you said, only traveling and meeting the locals can someone have a valid opinion (and even then, it will always be a personal opinion).

Let's keep it simple and all learn with each other

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Old 02-17-2014, 04:27 AM   #5828
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Welcome to Cambodia.......NOT

I was warned by a fellow Advrider guy that the border i was planning to cross in to Cambodia turned him and his bike away just a week earlier.
But that was him.
He surely was just not as prepared as i am......right????
Maybe he didn't have my smile and charm.....could be....
Well, this afternoon, I tired it and was not expecting the worst
He said customs had sent him back. My plan was just to drive right on past them and wave bye. I was told that going to Customs was not really a requirement and that is would just cause problems
My first hick up came at the Laos check point
They would not even stamp me out until Cambodia stamped me in.
But no worries i thought.
I will just get Cambodia to stamp my passport, i will then go back to Laos and get stamped out and wheelie on by Customs in cambodia.
Problem two came when Cambodia would not stamp me in until i spoke with Customs first.
They made me even walk over without my moto
Things were not looking good.
As i approached the customs guy, i put on my best smile and poured on the charm
But he sized up my paperwork and said........"Thai motorcycle...not possible to enter my country"
I asked why but he had no reason and just motioned for me to leave so he could finish his nap
Once it was clear my smile was not going to work, i gave him some attitude and used the ugly American card.
I told him that the Ambassedor was a friend of mine and that i should not be turned away. And that there are lots of Thai vehicles in cambodia. And if he doesnt let me in right now, he is going to be in big trouble. That actually seem to get his attention. But he still refused. I said, ok, i am going to get my phone and call him and you can tell him yourself the reason why you are not letting me in.
He said ok......he called my bluff
So i just raised the ante
I went and got the phone and i pretended to be speaking with an official.
I let him hear how i was not being allowed in and the customs officer standing in front of me was directly responsible.
I pretended that my friend asked for the custom guy's name.
So i asked the guy and he responded........"i no tell you my name"
Then i pretended my next question from my bogus friend on the other line was.....does he have a phone he can call him on.
And his response was......"i no have a phone"
No less than 10 seconds went by when his phone rang and he answered it.
I told my imaginary friend that he actually does have a phone but he was not being truthful
I then pretended my friend asked for me to take a picture of him.
The custom guy's eyes twitched so i know he was listening and understood what i was saying
I responded that i would take a picture of him but he would not like it.
I then turned to the customs guy and said......."so, are you saying that you are denigning me entry in to your country even with a valid US passport and all necessary documents for my motorcycle?
And he responded....."sorry, i no understand you, my english is no good"
I just shook my head considering he understood everything else i was saying
I just looked at him and said....."thank you"
I then pointed my camera phone at him and pretended like i took a picture ....actually my battery was dead well before the whole time
Then he said in a stern voice......"did you take picture?????"
And i said to him with a smirk on my face....." sorrry, me no understand you, my English is no good"
Then i just turned and walked away.

So i didnt make it in to Cambodia but at least i had a bit of a laugh afterwards

So now, i am riding hundreds of miles out of my way and i will try another border crossing from Thailand.
Wish me luck

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Old 02-17-2014, 04:42 AM   #5829
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Hi Lalo;

Just caught up with your latest stuff and enjoyed it thoroughly. Well done on not getting shot and the gear shifter real sucks. We've started thinking the Americas on 2 CRFs, and your set up is a good starting point. We are in Pai in Thailand, will be heading south off to an island somewhere to see our visas out in a couple of days. Might bump in to you in Malaysia or Indo.

Take care and glad you're enjoying Laos,
Oli & Charli
Yep, i hope to bump in to you two again soon
This time i will make some more time so we can compare stories.
I have slowed my pace a bit.
For America, i would want something 500 cc's and up
But my 250 would certainly work
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:45 AM   #5830
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Hi Lalo i got a Used 2013 CRF250L and was wondering if you fixed the broken shifter yet?
No, not yet
I am just being careful with it until i get back to Thailand where i can order parts for it.
It may need the case split to fix in which case might be costly.
I am just being careful on the single tracks for now
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:49 AM   #5831
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The joys of a ride report. Ed can you recommend a good Malbec wine? Tried a few, but I thought maybe you might save a little time and money. Missing Argentina yet? By the way...slow it down, you’re scaring the go slow folks.
Many Malbecs for about $20 are going to be good
My favorite is a wine called Amancaya. It a joint venture between the Caro and Chateau Lafite in France. It is 30% Cab Sauv blended for structure. For about $20, it is my favorite
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:22 AM   #5832
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playing catch up

This is where i left off
In the capital of Laos
vientiane

This the beach i tried to camp on before the Laos Army made me leave

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Old 02-17-2014, 05:31 AM   #5833
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Vientane was a cool city.
Lots of nice restaurants, Belgium beer and even this chic wine bar
I also took a tour of the national museum for a dollar.
There were lots of pictures and stories that seem to conflict the stories i learned in school.
Like, here in Laos, Lenin was a good guy
And there a lot of references to the war with "The Imperialists and their puppets"
It was the only reminder that i was in a communist country.

At night i went bowling for about a buck a game and drank Chimay for about the price of eight games a bottle

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Old 02-17-2014, 05:36 AM   #5834
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Sometimes it is hard to find a place to eat.
Breakfast is the hardest meal.
I am not in to noodles and rice in the morning
And yogurt is hard to find in Laos
This was one of my better breakfasts.......pork ribs on a stick and deep fried bananas

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Old 02-17-2014, 05:41 AM   #5835
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Sheeezsh
I had the honor of reading someone's hate mail that was posted to my RR and the all was deleted shortly thereafter
Seems to be upset with me and Americans in general.
As someone said trying to stick up for me, i am certainly no angel. But i am certainly not the devil either.
It seems quite a few people dont like Americans and the US these days. And i can understand why. But it is wrong to just hate an entire group or race. If you do, you are no better than hitler. And by traveling you learn to judge someone as an individual.....not as the entire race
And if you want to hate me, you better get to know me first.
First off, everyones least favorite picture of the explosion on the wall was done in an abandoned house fit to be torn down.
And every guest house i have stayed in, i have left it spotless
Sometimes i put a spin on my words because i am trying to have fun with it.
My RR is the most active RR on advRider right now because it is entertaining.
And if you dont see it that way, maybe you should get to know me a little better first.
Racism is racism, the weight of a racists words is zero. The haters are just jealous. BTW, I just sat down with a bowl of raisin bran to be greeted with the blast off pic. yyuck
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