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Old 04-29-2013, 11:51 PM   #2506
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For those that I have offended by posting, and those who are disappointed by posts deleted, Sorry man. It's just pictures and stuff.
RTW Paul, Thanks for all the posts you put up, your border crossing info was a big help. Big respect for the rides you do. Hope to meet more riders as we go along.
hekto...if you are still reading i'd like to see you do your own report as it could be monumental in its own way and glad i could be of some help to you and John and others along the way
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:31 AM   #2507
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hekto...if you are still reading i'd like to see you do your own report as it could be monumental in its own way and glad i could be of some help to you and John and others along the way
Hi rtwpaul,

I wouldn't hold your breath. Writing ride reports isn't hektogliders style. He's a rider. The best we can hope for is for Kary to come back here and post some pics of jungle Sherpa action from time to time. I told him he was welcome to post cool pics on this ride report since I'll be busy with weapons of mass construction all summer.

Pretty please.

With cream and sugar.

Saludos,
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:38 AM   #2508
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Awesome ride report just got caught up after weeks reading on and off. This is my favorite one that I have read so far. Looking forward to the next chapter. Liked seeing all the ruins with your dialog. Thanks for the great read John.
Hi hakes,

Glad to be of service. I see this is your first post. Really great to have you along.

But let me warn you, it is a slippery slope. First you read ride reports, then you start getting ideas, and before you know it you're 10,000 miles from home looking out over the golden sunset lighting up the mountains wondering what took you so long.

Kindest regards,
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:50 AM   #2509
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Hi hakes,

Glad to be of service. I see this is your first post. Really great to have you along.

But let me warn you, it is a slippery slope. First you read ride reports, then you start getting ideas, and before you know it you're 10,000 miles from home looking out over the golden sunset lighting up the mountains wondering what took you so long.

Kindest regards,
John
Yep. That's pretty much the plan.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:39 AM   #2510
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Great RR! I'm new to adv touring and to adv RRs. It's great to be able to follow along on someone's ride and see all the places I never knew existed. What really impressed me the most though, was how other riders donate their ideas and suggestions on places to see, ride, eat, stay, etc etc etc!! That, is awesome in itself!
I've been a dirt biker for 25+ years but my KLR is the first street legal bike I've ever owned. Glad I made the move to adv touring and I look forward to meeting you guys out in the world sometime. Speaking of which, are any of you guys going to the overlander thing at Mormon lake in a couple if weeks?
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:41 PM   #2511
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Ride on!

Hey Brother! It looks like your travels and adventures continue to be all and more than you expected. My plan is to ship a 450 dirt bike to Colombia and ride all of South America by this coming January. I learned from you...take less...less is more!

Best...Donnie
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:50 PM   #2512
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Hey Brother! It looks like your travels and adventures continue to be all and more than you expected. My plan is to ship a 450 dirt bike to Colombia and ride all of South America by this coming January. I learned from you...take less...less is more!

Best...Donnie
Donnie!

Good to hear from you. And yes, with the help of my fellow ADVriders I have had a really good time this year. I was glad to have met you. Hope to see you down the road in South America next year amigo.

Can't wait to see you kickin' it on your new 450. That loaded GS of yours did sorta look like a beached whale down at Matilda's surf camp in Nicaragua. Light is right on the backroads.

Buena Suerte,
Tio Juanito
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:57 PM   #2513
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Mr. JDowns
Great RR! I'm new to adv touring and to adv RRs. It's great to be able to follow along on someone's ride and see all the places I never knew existed. What really impressed me the most though, was how other riders donate their ideas and suggestions on places to see, ride, eat, stay, etc etc etc!! That, is awesome in itself!
I've been a dirt biker for 25+ years but my KLR is the first street legal bike I've ever owned. Glad I made the move to adv touring and I look forward to meeting you guys out in the world sometime. Speaking of which, are any of you guys going to the overlander thing at Mormon lake in a couple if weeks?
Hi Burro driver,

Welcome to the world of ADVriding. Glad you dropped by. Probably the most fun I had this year was meeting and goofing off with fellow ADVriders.

And yes, you are so right about getting great advice and ideas from fellow riders around here if you post up a live ride report from the road. There are some pretty sharp cookies around this site. I'm not one of them, but I can write ride reports like nobody's business. Glad you are enjoying it.

Hopefully you'll meet some riders up in Flagstaff at the Overland Expo. I've never been to one. Maybe others will chime in and meet up with you.

Best luck,
Johnnie Stucco Contractor
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:25 PM   #2514
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I will probably do a RR post trip. That's how I usually do it. I have several RR on ADV from past rides. We have a good camera along ( Fuji X10) and have many great photos. I can't get these up on the forum in a timely manner, and these iPod photos won't cut it for a proper RR. So it looks like we will do it up in the future.
This stuff is just too good to not post.

We travelled down a dirt road in the rainy season and after 5 hours we were commited to the route.( 1st two hours paved) after more monsoon rain and epic high pass roads, we bunkered down in a small town for the night.
We were told the road ahead was taken out by the river in 4 places and won't be fixed anytime soon.

The guy knew of another lesser traveled road that we may be able to use to get back to the pavement & began to draw a map on a scrap of paper as darkness fell.

Back to your regular scheduled programming.
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:16 PM   #2515
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I will probably do a RR post trip. That's how I usually do it. I have several RR on ADV from past rides. We have a good camera along ( Fuji X10) and have many great photos. I can't get these up on the forum in a timely manner, and these iPod photos won't cut it for a proper RR. So it looks like we will do it up in the future.
This stuff is just too good to not post.

We travelled down a dirt road in the rainy season and after 5 hours we were commited to the route.( 1st two hours paved) after more monsoon rain and epic high pass roads, we bunkered down in a small town for the night.
We were told the road ahead was taken out by the river in 4 places and won't be fixed anytime soon.

The guy knew of another lesser traveled road that we may be able to use to get back to the pavement & began to draw a map on a scrap of paper as darkness fell.

Back to your regular scheduled programming.

Hallelujah!!!!!,

Thanks for coming back Kary! Post up all the iPod pics you want amigo. That looks awesome! I need me some good Colombian Sherpa action shots to get me through the summer.

And don't let anyone tell you where to post up your pics. You're as welcome as the sunrise on a cold morning in the desert on this ride report.

Muchas Gracias!
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:39 PM   #2516
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good stuff John,,happy trails!
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:43 PM   #2517
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good stuff John,,happy trails!
Hey peterman,

Good to hear from you! I'll make sure to drop by Springtucky and say hi if you're still hanging out at your shop this summer.

Best,
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:36 AM   #2518
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Finished up ten days of building a block screen wall and stuccoing TrevorHeath's 6 foot tall concrete block fence that encircled his back yard for 225 feet. He and the Heathwife were excellent ADVhosts and took very good care of me. They are on the tentspace list and I am the only ADVrider to stay there. Casa Grande is right on the way to Mexico south of Phoenix, so if you're heading south I would recommend dropping by for a visit.

Trevor and Janet also host couchsurfers and I had the pleasure of meeting a cross country bicyclist who spent the night. Here is Kevin:



It was over 100 degrees the day he rode in and he didn't look as chipper as this photo from the next morning when he took off. He started out in Seattle and traveled down the coast of Oregon and California before cutting east. He is heading to Florida where he lives. Really nice young man.

I was checking out his gear and there is a lot of crossover from cycle touring to minimalist motorcycle travel. I intend to check out long distance bicyclist packing lists to see if I can come up with some new ideas. Although my setup worked great, you can always learn something from fellow travelers.

I went back to the beginning of this ride report to check out my packing list to see what I tossed or added from the original stuff I started out with. I can't believe I had a cable and lock for the bike. I threw that away first. I needed more cameras, but wouldn't take more than two. I never used the trickle battery charger, but have used it in the past and they are hard to come by in Latin America so never tossed it. I used all of my ziplocs. A dozen gallon size and a dozen sandwich size were just right for a 6 month trip. I used the hell out of the battery powered air pump and MotionPro tire irons since I had so many flats early on. And I wouldn't get rid of the chain breaker or any of the tools and bike repair stuff I took even though I didn't need two part epoxy, light bulbs, loctite, or any of the extra fasteners, nuts and bolts. When you need them, you need them bad.

Zip ties can be bought along the way, but two dozen twelve inchers was just right. I tossed the Mexico and Central America maps when I was done with them and picked up Colombia and Venezuela. I really used the handheld GPS a lot. Mainly to note camping spots for future riders reference and to stop and fire it up to see where the hell I was with reference to the major roads on the basemap. As well as checking out elevation at the passes.

I couldn't believe how much I used this MacBook Air laptop I'm typing on. It was a home entertainment center wherever I had wifi. It turns out that your netflix streaming account works throughout Latin America. You have the added ability to turn on Spanish subtitles and learn the language as you watch movies and Madmen. My sister gave me the password to her Comcast Xfinity cable streaming service and that worked throughout the U.S. for watching HBO shows like Game of Thrones etc. but once I got south of the border I was locked out. So plenty of video entertainment in the evenings as well as reading ride reports, uploading photos from the cameras and over to smugmug. And of course writing this live and up to the minute ride report that allowed people to chime in with great route advice, offers of places to stay etc. Because it is 11" and compact I won't be leaving home without it in the future. It was so much easier than the little iPod touch I used to tap out stories on my last trip to Panama and back.

I was able to make free long distance calls throughout Latin America to the U.S. using the free telephone service that comes with Google gmail accounts. This only worked for making calls with my computer to the U.S. but was quite handy for calling my phone company that kept automatically deducting from my checking account even though I had canceled my phone service. It is a little odd talking to your computer, but it worked surprisingly well. I guess this worked because my gmail account is in the U.S. I don't know how this would work for people who hail from a different country.

I'm heading out to Nebraska in the morning. I guess it snowed yesterday. It looks like it will be nice by the time I get there. We'll see. It's odd being on 4 wheels instead of two. I miss the Sherpa. Can't wait to get back down to Colombia. But first have to earn some travel money. Such is life.

Best,
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:48 AM   #2519
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Onward hooo! Have a safe trip. If your coming via flagstaff don't hesitate to let me know if you need anything. That includes lunch!
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:34 PM   #2520
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Hi hakes,

Glad to be of service. I see this is your first post. Really great to have you along.

But let me warn you, it is a slippery slope. First you read ride reports, then you start getting ideas, and before you know it you're 10,000 miles from home looking out over the golden sunset lighting up the mountains wondering what took you so long.

Kindest regards,
John
Missed your report the past few weeks (yes work dammit), but I have to say John we all know you have a way with words - I vote this descriptive gem be in the preface of the minimalist 2-wheel advice book you will eventually write.
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