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Old 10-03-2013, 03:44 AM   #1366
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Excellent as always. Happy to see y'all are still safe and everything is going awesome. Safe travels to y'all.

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Old 10-03-2013, 10:42 AM   #1367
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So glad you guys are back on the road again.
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:51 AM   #1368
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I've really enjoyed traveling along with your RR. Have to say, however, that your experience with the Beemers has validated my decision to abandon BMWs (I've owned 4) and now own 3 'less sophisticated' bikes.
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Old 10-03-2013, 05:13 PM   #1369
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your experience with the Beemers has validated my decision to abandon BMWs (I've owned 4) and now own 3 'less sophisticated' bikes.
We were originally going to take two KTMs, but at the last minute the company pulled their sponsorship because they didn't think we could complete the trip.

No wait... that wasn't us...
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Old 10-03-2013, 05:40 PM   #1370
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We were originally going to take two KTMs, but at the last minute the company pulled their sponsorship because they didn't think we could complete the trip.

No wait... that wasn't us...

GREAT COMEBACK!
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Old 10-03-2013, 05:49 PM   #1371
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Began reading your thread three days ago, and I am finally caught up to the present. What a journey it has been! Your photography and writing skills make this the best ride report ever written by far. If you ever find your way back to Newfoundland be sure to let me know. I can provide some sleeping arrangements, a shed, and a hot shower for you two. Safe Travels!
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Old 10-03-2013, 06:12 PM   #1372
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Very cool "mexicanada" repair in San Salvador. I guess that's one of those things that a GS rider should carry on long trips.
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Old 10-04-2013, 04:27 AM   #1373
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It seems like such a long time since we've visited the ocean - since coming back from Cuba, I think! So, on the advice of a few people, we headed south from Juayua to the Pacific shore of El Salvador. I am not a morning person, in fact, I'm a bit of a night owl. My normal bed-time is about 2-4AM local time regardless of what time zone we find ourselves in. However, rainy season in Central America has me performing unnatural acts: every night before she falls asleep, Neda reminds me that we have to be up at 5:30AM so that we can get an early start so that we're not riding in the afternoon rains. Easy for her, she's turns into a pumpkin at 11AM, a whole hour before Cinderella does!

I can't wait till rainy season is over. I''m gonna sleep in till noon every single day.


On our way to the coast, we encounter some kind of roadblock. And then these guys parade right past our stopped bikes!

Right in the middle of nowhere, close to no town, traffic is stopped both ways to let a parade through, complete with a marching band, baton twirlers, dancers, etc. There must have been 500 of them. So bizarre. I Google this later on and find out that it's probably a rehearsal for El Dia del Nino (Children's Day), which is the day after - October 1st.


One of the marching band guys with the big drums thumped Neda's pannier with his drumstick as he walked by! LOL!

We had a lot of fun on the twisty coastal road (see map above)! Every once in a while when the road curved towards the shoreline, we'd get a glimpse of the Pacific ocean through the trees and then the asphalt would ribbon itself back towards the coast, just as quickly.

Our destination on the shoreline is El Tunco, a really laid-back surfing village that attracts both foreigners from all over the world and locals alike. We don't surf, but we do enjoy a good beach, so we booked into a hostel for a few days.


Beach is littered with surfer dudes and dudettes


El Tunco means "The Pig", because this big rock by the shoreline looks like a pig. I don't see it...


Early morning surfer hanging ten. I have no idea what that really means...


Also sharing the surf: local fishermen throwing nets into the waves.


We spend the morning watching a surf competition. Two judges with clipboards behind us score the surfers


I don't know how to score surfing, but if this was a motorcycle stunt competition, I'd give him a 10 out of 12 o'clock wheelie...


This is Boobah. I'm talking about the dog. That's the dog's name...

Boobah hangs out at the beach full-time. He doesn't belong to anyone. Yet everybody knows his name. Can't figure out how everyone knows his name is Boobah? I really want to meet whoever's naming stuff around here! :)


Hanging out with the beautiful people

There are some really fit people hanging out at El Tunco. It's like there's a convention of Ab Roller spokespeople this week or something. I glance down self-consciously at my Pupusa-fueled Skinny-Guy-Pot-Belly... Maybe the shirt stays on for the next few days...


Dude! Sweet!

The beaches here are black volcanic sand that's littered with large rocks. You don't get many beach-blanket sun bathers here, it's purely a surf haven, well known for its consistent rolling waves. We're just here because there was a twisty road around the corner!


Neda takes a Pilates class at our hostel. Her instructor is ripped! Check out her delts! The only deltoids I’ve ever had were breath mints. No wait, that's not right...


You can tell she's not a local because she's using her hands


Evenings at the beach become a magical moment


Surfers calling it a day


Everyone pauses to check out the sun disappearing below the horizon


Nightlife on the main strip of El Tunco

The last few days at El Tunco have been awesome! We've found a favorite restaurant, which we go back to every day. It's such a small village, everybody knows we're the motorcycle people. Because we're the only ones here with pasty skin and not carrying a surfboard everywhere we go...


More Boobah on the beach!
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Old 10-04-2013, 04:49 AM   #1374
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We were originally going to take two KTMs, but at the last minute the company pulled their sponsorship because they didn't think we could complete the trip.

No wait... that wasn't us...
Wow, I read that and thought "WTF, they got sponsorship? I could be doing this with sponsorship!" Then "Wow that sounds familiar." Then "Oh, I get it, another funny reference."

Love the humour in your posts and the photography and the adventure and the information and the education and, and, and. Getting an update from you guys is like when that thing you bought on Ebay finally turns up in the post. It's here! It's here! Keep up the great writing and I hope the journey is smooth and happy. "Peace be the journey" Cool Runnings.

Cheers,from the land down under. (Bed and garage available here too.)
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Old 10-04-2013, 06:42 AM   #1375
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[QUOTE=Gadget_65;22477187]Wow, I read that and thought "WTF, they got sponsorship? I could be doing this with sponsorship!" Then "Wow that sounds familiar." Then "Oh, I get it, another funny reference."

Love the humour in your posts and the photography and the adventure and the information and the education and, and, and. Getting an update from you guys is like when that thing you bought on Ebay finally turns up in the post. It's here! It's here! Keep up the great writing and I hope the journey is smooth and happy. "Peace be the journey" Cool Runnings.


So many riders blast thru Central America to get to the boat. Too bad, it looks fine, sparsely populated, interesting culture, deep history, and beautiful geography. After the chaos of mexico, it must be a relief to arrive in Guatamala and El Salvador.
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Old 10-04-2013, 03:13 PM   #1376
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No Soup (KTM) For You!!!

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We were originally going to take two KTMs, but at the last minute the company pulled their sponsorship because they didn't think we could complete the trip.

No wait... that wasn't us...
Hang about, that was the Ewan and Charlie show. Scooterchick and I chuckled all the way through (YouTube in Canada) at the folly of taking 2 big Beemers on the Long way, when a couple of 250cc would not have bogged down. Still worth a watch though.

I am still waiting for you two to YouTube "Gene & Neda Pursue Nirvana Episode 1."
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Old 10-04-2013, 03:37 PM   #1377
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Well, it appears that BooBah has trained you two for his entertainment.

Gene, your comments show a great wit....I don't know when or how Neda's wit influences yours....or if you are simply plagiarizing .

Again, great photos....I would most likely say the same for those "on the editing floor".

"Hanging Ten ": Surfer has all 10 toes hanging over the front of board as if he /she has just come to the end of "walking the plank". I gleaned this from my early teens days in Manitoba being greatly influenced by Beach Boys, my California childhood, and Annette Funicello (and her great boobahs)....

Thanks for having us all along on your ride...
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:01 PM   #1378
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You guys are sooooo living the dream!! Absolutely awesome, have fun !!
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Old 10-06-2013, 06:28 AM   #1379
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that was the Ewan and Charlie show. Scooterchick and I chuckled all the way through (YouTube in Canada) at the folly of taking 2 big Beemers on the Long way,
Yeah, after watching the disappointing Long Way Down, we're wary of upsetting the chemistry of our ride by doing something silly like inviting a wife along...
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:53 AM   #1380
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This is the one of the best things I have read in a long time. Wife is curious why I want to sell the house all of a sudden. If you ever come to Portland, OR you have a place to stay and garage space. Unless the house is sold thanks to your inspiration. Safe travels!
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