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Old 11-11-2012, 07:37 AM   #466
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Thanks Paul. I appreciate seeing life the way it really is including the ugly part. There is a charity I contribute to which was started by a young Maine woman which supports a school for the kids that work in the Guatamala City dump.

Here is news video about it if anyone is interested. http://www.safepassage.org/
i was just talking to a guy last night about this very same thing...he described it as a cross between awe inspiring and depressing, as really there was nothing you could do to help as the scale of the problem is so massive
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:12 AM   #467
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i was just talking to a guy last night about this very same thing...he described it as a cross between awe inspiring and depressing, as really there was nothing you could do to help as the scale of the problem is so massive
My girlfriend has been working for Safe Passage for over 2 years with the women's social entrepreneurship program. The women are given the opportunity to join the jewelry company if they stay on top of their education goals as well as keeping their children in school. A lot of the women are now earning a lot more than the national basic wage, learning about financial responsibility, and making a better life for their children. When you think about the alternative (sorting trash in the dump and taking their kids with them), I would say Safe Passage is doing a a lot of good in the community.

Here's the jewelry company if anyone is interested: http://creamosfuturos.com/
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:18 PM   #468
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out of Antigua...

had a last night in cafe/ bar No Se and some booze was put away...luckily it is just staggering distance across the street tot the hostal...by the end of the night the bartender was kind of a ghost





the following morning i met Dylan aka "cleanwatt" and we got a wave off from el hostal



a quick ride to the coast about 100 miles or less and we checked in to Hotel/ Hostal Del fin, i thought it was on this sign but it wasn't so as you come into town near the beach take a right, its down the side street 50 feet, $9 a night for room with a private bathroom



black sand beaches, with crazy waves



the owner says he has three friendly dogs and a crazy one eyed parrot, who says "hola" from a bout 6.30am onwards for a few hours in the mornings



one dog was security for my bike



...and another "luna" was an escort if we left the hotel



cool sunsets here




but remember to shake your boots well as there are scorpions here too

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Old 11-14-2012, 05:38 PM   #469
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Great thread thanks for sharing

I am planning a simular trip in January. I am considering taking the Steel Rat to Cuba on the way back north. Are there any problems getting the bike into Cuba? Thanks
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:44 PM   #470
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border crossing Guate to Honduras at Copan Ruinas

i have just finished writing a Central America Border Crossing Guide.. "A step by step guide for crossing the notoriously difficult Central America borders, showing pictures of buildings, paperwork, fees, tips...with this book you find your way south a breeze".

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Old 11-14-2012, 05:46 PM   #471
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I am planning a simular trip in January. I am considering taking the Steel Rat to Cuba on the way back north. Are there any problems getting the bike into Cuba? Thanks
not a problem it can just take a while thottlemeister took 1 1/2 days a couple of years back i believe, and then some guys went in last year and complained a lot and the guys in the suits took 3 days...

keep watching the report and i will document it all once it happens, i will be there Jan 2013
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:05 PM   #472
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Thanks for the info. I will be there around the same time. Maybe we will cross paths.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:24 PM   #473
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got your msj .
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hey Chris from CAT you are misssing that beer(DD) or what ?
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:31 PM   #474
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Alright Jackass!

What's up? Was worried! Haven't seen a post in a few days!!!
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:50 AM   #475
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What's up? Was worried! Haven't seen a post in a few days!!!
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i'm in central america dude, they don't have enough money to get dirt to fill the pot holes in the roads, wifi is just an after thought where i was for the last few days
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:59 AM   #476
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in a word - easy...there were no offers of helpers and none were required

check out of Guate, literally three minutes and 10Q, park the bike in the parking lot on the right as you come to the border. Then on your left is a long building and another to its left, go to the building farthest left, window outside and cancel your paperwork to check the bike out and then to the salida window in the next building to cancel your entry in your passport and pay 10 Quetzales in cash...goodbye Guatemala



jump on the bike and ride it 50 yards up to the brown building on your right, park right outside

go thru the double doors to the far left for immigration and pay 60 Liperas entry/ visa fee, and fill out the form which is in English and Spanish

next into the doors in the middle to do your import, you need three copies of license, title and passport info page, i only had two copies and he accepted that, if you need copies there is a copy place right across the street by the barrier

they fill out all of the paperwork for you and do not inspect the VIN, they accept the cancelled Guatemala paperwork and copy your info from that - the import permit is 661 Limperas or about $33

total time at both borders was 50 minutes which included talking with the money changers for maybe 15 minutes and getting a good rate if you bargin a little, bank rate today was 19.6 he offered 18, i got him up to 18.75 which for a few dollars to pay the fees for me was OK
Nice border pics - where did you find the time to do those?
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Nice border pics - where did you find the time to do those?
i used yours as they were better than mine, loads of trucks were blocking a good shot...nice work on that
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:11 AM   #478
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got your msj .
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hey Chris from CAT you are misssing that beer(DD) or what ?
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hey Gerardo - definitely missing that good beer! I keep telling people to come your way and then to head to DandD Brewery after that... not a bad route.

Hope you're well.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:27 AM   #479
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hey Gerardo - definitely missing that good beer! I keep telling people to come your way and then to head to DandD Brewery after that... not a bad route.

Hope you're well.
route was good except there were road works for some of it with a few hours delay, got some locals to show us another way which they said was better, having done that road last year they were right, the road they took us on was way coller and dropped us perfectly on the ruta americana further down from where we were supposed to meet it...let me know if you want a track for the GPS
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:32 AM   #480
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leaving viavia cafe in Copan and the maneuvering to get out and down the step...a very cool place to stay and the owner Gerardo is a great guy and has good info of the country being a bike rider himself



the rest of the day was in and out of the rain forest in the, ahem, RAIN, oh and cold!!!!

some crazy roads that test your slalom techniques for sure and then some good pavement in the middle of nowhere...final destination was D&D brewery




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