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Old 10-30-2012, 10:56 AM   #271
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He is in the construction business !!! So nailed I am .

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He nailed Mr. Miller !
That ain't right ,I'm Rick James Biiiooootttcccchhh
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:23 AM   #272
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Hey John, I just made a minimalist donation for the minimalist adventure (sorry, shy of cash). You're doing the exact ride I want to do, so I get to live vicariously!
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:43 PM   #273
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Hey John, I just made a minimalist donation for the minimalist adventure (sorry, shy of cash). You're doing the exact ride I want to do, so I get to live vicariously!
Hi Dharuma,

Thanks for the gas money. I signed Dharuma on the side of the tank in absentia for you. It looks good under Scooter_Junkie_Girl. The gas tank is taking on a life of its own. I'm not cleaning it so it might look rough in 10,000 miles. I hope to have your name in South America in a couple months. It will be interesting to see what it looks like then. Here is the before picture:



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Old 10-30-2012, 01:58 PM   #274
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just sent in donation - hope it helps with gas or what ever.

enjoy,

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Old 10-30-2012, 02:40 PM   #275
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Hi Recharge,

Look for your name on the gastank in future closeup pics at gas stations. You are now an official investor in the Zombie Apocalypse Travel Agency Inc. Crashmaster is chairman of the board. Throttlemeister is head of the Ways and Means Committee. And Tricepilot is head of flight operations. It's a solid company I assure you and your investment is fully insured.

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Old 10-30-2012, 03:12 PM   #276
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Hi Recharge,

Look for your name on the gastank in future closeup pics at gas stations. You are now an official investor in the Zombie Apocalypse Travel Agency Inc. Crashmaster is chairman of the board. Throttlemeister is head of the Ways and Means Committee. And Tricepilot is head of flight operations. It's a solid company I assure you and your investment is fully insured.

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Nice

Off to another crawl with the Tulsa crew That tank is filling up nicely careful at the gas pump
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:21 PM   #277
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Hi Recharge,

Look for your name on the gastank in future closeup pics at gas stations. You are now an official investor in the Zombie Apocalypse Travel Agency Inc. Crashmaster is chairman of the board. Throttlemeister is head of the Ways and Means Committee. And Tricepilot is head of flight operations. It's a solid company I assure you and your investment is fully insured.

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Old 10-30-2012, 06:23 PM   #278
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Have you ever been in a 55 and over gated retirement community in the toe of Texas? I never have. Its always interesting to see how other people live. I can't believe more studies haven't been done on the migratory patterns of snowbirds.

The flock in this community fly down mostly from Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska and live in nests packed rather densely together in warm winter valleys in southern Texas:



Similar to Sandhills cranes really. The winter habitat around here is almost tropical.
With palms and Yucca:





And flowering bougainvillea and Oleander:





People wave at me as they float by in their golf carts. I wonder if Throttlemeister could wheelie one of these babies on the way down to the swimming pool:



People are friendly around here just like back home. Its a nice break in the action before heading over the border,

Didn't spend anything today so today's total is 0. I don't like being a mooch so am taping off the bathroom for painting. My costume for the Haloween dance tomorrow ended up being what was in the back closet. When you are staying with ranchers from the northern plains it ended up being bib overalls, straw cowboy hat, boots, pitchfork, and red bandanas. Hick farmer it is. Oh well. Heading to Reynosa to watch them sweep up after the Dìa de los muertos (day of the dead) on Thursday.

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Old 10-30-2012, 08:26 PM   #279
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Im in!!!!

Would love to help with gas but how do I find your pay pal link? Keep up the good RR...

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Old 10-30-2012, 08:58 PM   #280
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:34 PM   #281
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Would love to help with gas but how to I find your pay pal link? Keep up the good RR...
Hi advrockrider,

My chief financial advisor AnyWhichWayYouCan helped me set up a paypal account earlier in this thread. This is a wacky experiment where I am reporting back what I spend and what people donate so people who follow in my footsteps know what one person's experience is like traveling on a shoestring until his money runs out.

People are donating more money than I am spending so I took the Gas Fund moniker off my google blog in my sig line.

But if you click on http://johnthomasdowns.blogspot.com/ there is a paypal button. If you would pm me or post here I'll know what your ADV name is and write it on the side of my gas tank. One problem with paypal is that they don't post your ADV name so there is no way for me to know who Mr. I.P. Weakly is.

You will then become an official investor in the Sherpa Foundation for Senile Riders with full SFSR benefits for you and your immediate family.

I will file a monthly report of the total donated. I want other folks to benefit from this experiment. So far it looks like paypal is a reasonable way to kickstart a long ride. If it works for me maybe others can try it. Now mind you it is a lot of work consistently writing and posting pics for others viewing pleasure. And if I were rich and illiterate I probably wouldn't bother.

I am basically an idiot but I'm learning through trial and error. I hope to show other people out there what it takes to do the same thing I am doing. I'm nobody special. If I can do it anyone can.

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Old 10-30-2012, 09:40 PM   #282
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Buy the ladies a drink fund!

Hey JD have a great trip.
I had my big garage sale this past weekend, one step closer to hitting the
road behind ya! In the meantime I'll follow here for a few months.
Pushed my donate button, for gas, tacos, or whatever.
That karma stuff can be pretty helpful.
I'll look for ya on the roads.
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:07 PM   #283
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Hey JD have a great trip.
I had my big garage sale this past weekend, one step closer to hitting the
road behind ya! In the meantime I'll follow here for a few months.
Pushed my donate button, for gas, tacos, or whatever.
That karma stuff can be pretty helpful.
I'll look for ya on the roads.
Peace
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Hi craftsmanjoc,

Thanks so much! Glad to have you along as Corporate Director of Food and Beverage. I am going to take the buy the ladies a drink fund to another level. Not only does your name go on the side of the tank, I will also take a picture of a lovely Latina lady that your funds have provided beverages for and post it up when I find an appropriate candidate south of the border.

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Old 10-31-2012, 08:27 AM   #284
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:20 AM   #285
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Hey John,

Glad to see you're on your way! I've been away from the forums for quite a while trying to finish up school (just a little over a month left). I need to get caught up on your trip. Hope all is well so far. Ride safe.

Still hope to see you on my way down this winter.

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