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Old 04-08-2013, 10:46 PM   #2356
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The Kuna boys who loaded up the Sherpa in their longboat recognized the names on the tank. That was a fun ride out to Carti island:



And how about the rasta boys Matias and Carlos who headed out on the Kuna cargo boat with me. They had hitch-hiked all the way from California to Panama. Talk about minimalist. They slept like hobos in the streets or parks or wherever. They were spending half as much as I was with a motorcycle. I learned a lot from these two:



Not to mention the little Kuna sailors. Almost childlike:



Of course they couldn't hold the bike up and keep it from getting smashed against the wharf in La Miel. Ah well. It all worked out.

I was so fortunate to get a ride with the smashed Sherpa up to Medellin. I think this is front page material. But that's just me:



I will always have fond memories of Orlando Trespalacios. He was such a help! Removing the front end and taking me around to find new forks and front hub/brake disc and getting it all back together again in just two days. What a saint:



more later…..
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:53 PM   #2357
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Great re-cap so far amigo. Its been a helluva ride and you sure did it right. Looking forward to the sequel.
Hi CM,

I would have been gone long ago if it hadn't been for the financial support of people like you.

Muchas gracias amigo. You're the best. Hope to see you down the road.

Saludos,
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:06 AM   #2358
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On writing a book

John,

As previously mentioned, the spontaneous and interactive nature of your ride report might not translate well into a book, but you do have something else others might pay to read about -- Your wealth of knowledge of minimalist adventure touring including set up, maintenance, border crossings, on-the-road repairs, budgeting, finding a place to stay, things I'd never do again, etc.

Such a book could be illustrated with photographic materials you've already generated in this ride report and others.

For your purposes, a self-published e-book would be the quickest, cheapest and easiest route to take. In your online description of such a book, I would not be shy to emphasize all profits (and possible contributions via PayPal) would be used to fund your continued adventures.

Good luck and please keep posting your wonderful reports for all of us peewee wannabes and armchair ride-alongs to read.

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Old 04-09-2013, 08:39 AM   #2359
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:43 AM   #2360
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Dear John,

To my mind, the thing with money is that it's power you can direct toward what you feel like. So if you would write a selling book, decision is shifted to your hands and what you want to happen with the proceeds.
It is not easy to write a book and it is like carving stone, (I never did this) but the honest down to earth wisdom and life experience your posts transpire and expressing thoughts like you do, but more importantly unanimously accepted positive thoughts, makes me think it would have a great audience. Vicious circle, profit and pure art. Even most talented world's artists had to eat. Alas they often went to sleep hungry. I can see the person that really understands and appreciates the balance in life and Universe. I trust you are aware, master it, and guess we are just pushing you towards being more of JDowns that has the power to make things happen. I'd vote for you as President (no happy face am serious)

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Old 04-09-2013, 11:37 AM   #2361
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Great ride report!!!
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:09 PM   #2362
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JDowns reporting back what he finds.....
This morning he rolled his trusty Sherpa into the sun. What the photo doesn't show is the spider webs beginning to form near the mirror, as he has been busy helping Al.
That Downs guy is a God damn hippie and he needs to get his shit together!
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:13 AM   #2363
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I can't see signatures on the tank... is it just the picture or did you get ride of the sponsors ?
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:50 AM   #2364
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I can't see signatures on the tank... is it just the picture or did you get ride of the sponsors ?
Hi bymbie,

It's just the picture. The left side is more faded than the right side so the signatures from months ago don't show up as well and are hard to see in the photo. Although I use a permanent ink marker, the names on the left side suffered on the boat ride across the Darien with saltwater and abrasion against some blankets that it was leaning against as the waves were pounding the boat.

I will have six months at home to come up with a better system if there is one for next fall. Or just darken the faded names with a fresh pen when I return and continue on.

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Old 04-10-2013, 02:01 AM   #2365
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That Downs guy is a God damn hippie and he needs to get his shit together!
Hi Al,

That's the nicest compliment I've ever received from a fake Irishman. You must really like me!

Saludos,
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:23 PM   #2366
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The doohickey that was on the shield over the light is no longer there in the pic...
Gonna take that home with you?
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:31 PM   #2367
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John:

so sorry that this phase 1 of your journey is coming to an end. I had been following along since the beginning, but with few comments.

I admire your attitude towards life and hope we cross paths one day soon

We can learn so much by trying to find your tire tracks. Can't wait to read about your Oregon adventures this summer

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Old 04-10-2013, 12:49 PM   #2368
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Hey John, still following along and on my way home too, but slower

Definitely look me up in Oregon. I'll be there for the summer with a great 8 day on/6 day off schedule so we can ride multi-day. Will maybe have a small bike then too. I live 200 meters from an OHV area and 1000s of miles of FS roads south of Pendleton
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:12 PM   #2369
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just dropped by the Ride report folder and immediately stopped in here.
what a grand tour you're on
sent your thread to one of my old/best riding buddies in another state so we can both follow along

Godspeed!
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:26 PM   #2370
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The doohickey that was on the shield over the light is no longer there in the pic...
Gonna take that home with you?
Hi ONandOFF,

The Mayan mask I got in Palenque and zip tied to the number plate got smashed when the bike got crunched between the Kuna cargo boat and the pier during offloading in high seas.

I think that mask getting caught on the cement pier kept the bike from dropping in the ocean. Or it could be that the Inca gods down here in South America don't think much of Mayan art. It was a nice conversation piece while it lasted.

Saludos,
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