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Old 10-21-2013, 03:39 AM   #2911
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Congrats on your soon to happen exit !! Good to hear. Quickly ... As for me I sold the old BMW for a good price and to a good home. The new owner will pour money on it all winter and then be quite proud of it in the spring. I on the other hand, I have just made the last payment on 600 bandit that I plan to ride til I leave and when I return. Friends and I are plotting a sailing venture across the Atlantic. Three guys, three bikes and one 35 foot sail boat....Part of my job is to sort out three light weight duel sports. What could possibility go wrong? Target exit date is one year from now, at the end of the next hurricane season. This year I will spend some time doing things I missed on the last trip, like rallys, drag racing, riding with friends and getting up to speed on this dirt road traveling stuff. I so little off road skills, so will fix that this year. And some more swimming lessons !! woohoo.... Thanks for your travel lessons and encouragement. Best of luck in SA my friend, mike
Hi Mike!

So good to hear from you! I can see you now. Travelling the world on a 600 Bandit as a Social Security vagabond. Sounds like fun to me.

I like your ability to live on the edge. Shipping costs got you down? Buy a sailboat with a couple buddies, strap three dirt bikes to the gunwales and sail to Spain. That is some creative thinking you've got going there.

I am glad I met you last year in Guatemala. It made me realize just how easy it would be to get social security direct deposited to a checking account in the states and travel around from ATM to ATM anywhere in the world in a couple years if social security is still around.

Best luck in your travels amigo.

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Old 10-21-2013, 04:19 AM   #2912
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Hey John,

Ive followed your adventure all last year and really excited to hear about your adventures coming up. As many have mentioned, your up to date recordings of your trip are so inspiring and greatly appreciated. On that note, of there is anything we can give back in supplying things you might need (gloves, waterproof camera...) would love to contribute to the cause. BTW, are you going to continue the gas tank singing ritual, I loved that :-). Best of luck I the coming weeks. Hoping one day it will be me. Kids are 16, 17 and 21 so I'm getting close :-)

Best,
Gene
Hi Gene,

Glad you are enjoying the continuing adventures. I don't need anything currently, but thanks for the kind thoughts. The best way you could give back to me is to take off on your own future adventure and write back to tell me about it. I get PMs from time to time from folks who thank me for inspiring them to get out and take their first big long ride. That is better payment to me than a stack of C-notes.

I think it is a good idea to have a paypal account or some way for friends and relatives to send you money in an emergency. I tried that last year and was overwhelmed with gratitude for all the folks who sent me help along the way, especially when my bike got wrecked while unloading from the Kuna cargo boat in the Darien.

And let me tell you, it was nothing short of awe inspiring to travel to the hospital in El Salvador when Edzactamundo broke his leg and hear of the outpouring of donations getting paypaled to him from fellow ADVriders around the world. I didn't fully realize what a massive brotherhood of fellow riders are out there to offer their support until I experienced it first hand. It is pretty humbling. Which is why I don't want to abuse that trust unless I really am in a bind and need it

I have more money this year and don't currently need anything. If the bike blows up or gets stolen, you'll be the first to know if you follow along on this ride. Who knows what the future holds? It's good to know I have so many folks following along who are there to help in a pinch when the ride report goes sideways

I enjoy sending back pictures and stories from the roads less travelled. It's not a job, it's an adventure. Glad to have you along.

Saludos,
Tio Juanito
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:20 AM   #2913
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wow... amazing RR! never should have discovered this at work, what an inspiration! I have been planning a ride like this on my Strom and this really gets my blood going!
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:41 AM   #2914
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wow... amazing RR! never should have discovered this at work, what an inspiration! I have been planning a ride like this on my Strom and this really gets my blood going!
Hi Cody1771,

In the depths of winter, reading ride reports at work and doing research for your next big Strom adventure will make you a happier and more productive worker.

Just checked the weather forecast for Victoria. Cloudy and gray with a chance of fog. Morning temps around 5C. Keep the faith. Pictures of sunny beaches and beautiful Colombian women coming up in 9 days to entertain you through the dark months.

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Old 10-21-2013, 09:07 AM   #2915
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Hi Cody1771,

In the depths of winter, reading ride reports at work and doing research for your next big Strom adventure will make you a happier and more productive worker.

Just checked the weather forecast for Victoria. Cloudy and gray with a chance of fog. Morning temps around 5C. Keep the faith. Pictures of sunny beaches and beautiful Colombian women coming up in 9 days to entertain you through the dark months.

Cheers,
Juan Phoenix
I am in for the winter (here) ride. Love your spirit and humility. Ride on!
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:39 PM   #2916
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I'm getting excited about your return to S.A!!

I came across this video and thought of you
http://www.wimp.com/bricklayers/
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:55 PM   #2917
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I came across this video....
http://www.wimp.com/bricklayers/
Cool!!! I always wondered how they did those ceilings. Thanks.
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:03 AM   #2918
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Hi Cody1771,

In the depths of winter, reading ride reports at work and doing research for your next big Strom adventure will make you a happier and more productive worker.

Just checked the weather forecast for Victoria. Cloudy and gray with a chance of fog. Morning temps around 5C. Keep the faith. Pictures of sunny beaches and beautiful Colombian women coming up in 9 days to entertain you through the dark months.

Cheers,
Juan Phoenix
Last year there was only a hand full of days that where to cold in the morning to ride. i keep insurance on my bike 12 months a year and use it! that being said, i am eagerly awaiting said pictures...
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:18 PM   #2919
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That slate would be a bitch to lay I thought to myself as I went across the street to a Comedor. Here is Maria:



She was cooking up chicken empenadas for 60 cents each:



Looking forward to your trip report and more neat photos like the one of Maria above..
We are having a indian summer up here in the central interior now John and this evening I took my Sherpa out for a single track ride..
Bought it this last spring, first time on a bike in 42 years..
What a fun just putting around through the bush..
Saw lots of fresh moose tracks but no deer..
They must have moved out for awhile but they will be back mid December looking for a handout..
Any day now we can get a dump of snow..
Usually around the 28th like last year when we got 13" over night..
Have a great trip!
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Old 10-25-2013, 06:38 AM   #2920
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Looking forward to your trip report and more neat photos like the one of Maria above..
We are having a indian summer up here in the central interior now John and this evening I took my Sherpa out for a single track ride..
Bought it this last spring, first time on a bike in 42 years..
What a fun just putting around through the bush..
Saw lots of fresh moose tracks but no deer..
They must have moved out for awhile but they will be back mid December looking for a handout..
Any day now we can get a dump of snow..
Usually around the 28th like last year when we got 13" over night..
Have a great trip!
Hi NNS,

Sounds like fun tooling around interior BC backroads on a Sherpa. Its a beautiful part of the Province. I have spent much time wandering around up there. If I close my eyes I can still remember the smell of fresh air heading from Prince George over to Jasper one crisp early autumn day heading back from Alaska trying to beat the impending cold front dropping down. Its magic up there.

But when I open my eyes I find myself once again a stranger in a strange land down here sipping coffee this morning in a casino on the Mexican border catching some free wifi to get my ADVrider fix:



The border opens in an hour so I better get going. Just heading down with my sister to the dentist. I think I have a cavity and better to get your teeth buffed out before traveling I suppose. Looking forward to eating some Mexican street food. Still killing time down here in Arizona for 5 more days until I head out to South America.

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Old 10-25-2013, 06:45 AM   #2921
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John, I'll be following your adventures this winter while dreaming of lazing on the beach somewhere down near Mazatlan. Who knows, I might even make it down there.

Best wishes for safe travels.
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Old 10-25-2013, 06:48 AM   #2922
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Hey John D., Mike here in Veracruz, I had no idea you were a Molly Hatchet fan. I had a friend who used to paint the Frazetta artwork, by hand in oils on the sides of vans back in the late 70's. He then would shoot a sealer and call it good.
Thanks for the memory!
Any chance you'll be heading north after heading south and stopping by?
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Old 10-25-2013, 07:10 AM   #2923
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Hey John D., Mike here in Veracruz, I had no idea you were a Molly Hatchet fan. I had a friend who used to paint the Frazetta artwork, by hand in oils on the sides of vans back in the late 70's. He then would shoot a sealer and call it good.
Thanks for the memory!
Any chance you'll be heading north after heading south and stopping by?
Hola Miguel Dos,

Molly Hatchet is my new theme band for flying along the long lonesome desert southwest highways. And yes, you can't keep me away from Veracruz now that I've had a taste of those kickass backroads you led me through. It's only a matter of time before I'm back. Not sure when. But you are El Rey de Veracruz in my book and I look forward to riding with you in the future.

This is how my brain works:

I have an XR and am crossing into Mexico in an hour to go to the dentist. Let me see, how long would it take to ride from Sonora to Veracruz and back? Could I do it in 5 days and catch my flight to South America? Nah probably not. Damn!!!! Can't visit MikeMike this week I guess.

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Old 10-25-2013, 07:21 AM   #2924
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John, I'll be following your adventures this winter while dreaming of lazing on the beach somewhere down near Mazatlan. Who knows, I might even make it down there.

Best wishes for safe travels.
Hi George,

Lounging in a hammock sipping a corona would look good on you. Although it isn't that much further from Kingman to the nicer Oaxacan beaches north of Puerto Angel. Here's a toast to current dreams and future rides.

Salud!!!
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Old 10-25-2013, 07:22 AM   #2925
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have enjoyed your ride and documentation.
social security requires automatic deposit now,just got my first the 9th of October.
Why wouldnt you just reschedule your flight to make that meeting in mexico,just wondering, I see this often and wonder about having an open agenda but keeping those things like flight reservations controlling some interesting opportunities?
normally I would not ask as ,I know in my life people have used it as an excuse but the openness of this thread has given me the occasion to ask.
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