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Old 11-03-2013, 08:12 PM   #3001
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Have fun Juan! Wish I was there!
Hey Bryce,

Do you remember riding from Ahuachapan to San Salvador? It seems like so long ago. Splitting lanes through the heavy backed up traffic and then suddenly seeing you had cut over to the unpaved road construction on the other side of the cones and saying to myself, "dayum, so that's how the marines get ahead."

Can we agree that our El Salvador patron saints Mario and Fernanda are the best ambassadors of ADVriders? That was so fun getting buzzed by a bat (holy shit) in the middle of the night at their coffee finca.

Hope to see you down the road amigo. What you did for Edzactamundo will always remind me why I love ADVrider.

You will always be aces in my book. Still have the Bissinger sig on my tank:




Your ADVpal,
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Old 11-03-2013, 10:02 PM   #3002
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good to see you back down south...happy ADVing
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Old 11-03-2013, 11:11 PM   #3003
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good to see you back down south...happy ADVing
Hey rtwpaul,

You stud. I can't tell you how much I appreciate all the great advice you gave me last year.

You rock. I met so many nice folks at Matilda's surf camp in Nicaragua thanks to you.



I can't believe I left that place.

Anyway, thanks so much to your ride report and great recommendations.

My only way of repaying you is by entertaining you this winter with stories and images of the roads less travelled until you hit the road on your next adventure.

Saludos,
Juan Matilda
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Old 11-04-2013, 01:11 AM   #3004
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Hey rtwpaul,

You stud. I can't tell you how much I appreciate all the great advice you gave me last year.

You rock. I met so many nice folks at Matilda's surf camp in Nicaragua thanks to you.

I can't believe I left that place.

Anyway, thanks so much to your ride report and great recommendations.

My only way of repaying you is by entertaining you this winter with stories and images of the roads less travelled until you hit the road on your next adventure.

Saludos,
Juan Matilda
likewise on Matildas, i could have just stayed there... permanently

look forward to reading more of your travels while i sit doing more and more research and building my fund for my upcoming RTW thru South Korea, Russia (RoB, BAM) mongolia, stans, europe and US trip next year, leaving probably around same time you'll be taking your break...May '14

...say hello to the all Colombian lovelies for me and tell them i miss them all
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Old 11-04-2013, 05:59 AM   #3005
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My Seat Concepts wasn't perfect at first, so I took the cover back off, and shaped the foam to fit me, using a piece of very coarse sandpaper.
I might just be getting used to this seat. My last couple hour long rides weren't too bad.
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Old 11-04-2013, 08:44 AM   #3006
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Maybe seat concepts do make custom embroidery ;-)

Waiting impatiently for the adventure to start again.

Saludos from Poland.

Wysłane z mojego GT-I9300 przy użyciu Tapatalka
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:06 AM   #3007
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The adventure continues....

Been waiting for this all summer . Thanks so much! Let us know if you need anything down the road. We're here!

Best,
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:13 PM   #3008
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John, I'm glad you're back on the road, and I want to make another donation to the cause--are we still using the same paypal address as last year? I found it in my history, but want to make sure it is still current.

Thanks for riding for me,
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Old 11-04-2013, 03:49 PM   #3009
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Hey Bryce,

Do you remember riding from Ahuachapan to San Salvador? It seems like so long ago. Splitting lanes through the heavy backed up traffic and then suddenly seeing you had cut over to the unpaved road construction on the other side of the cones and saying to myself, "dayum, so that's how the marines get ahead."

Can we agree that our El Salvador patron saints Mario and Fernanda are the best ambassadors of ADVriders? That was so fun getting buzzed by a bat (holy shit) in the middle of the night at their coffee finca.

Hope to see you down the road amigo. What you did for Edzactamundo will always remind me why I love ADVrider.

You will always be aces in my book. Still have the Bissinger sig on my tank:




Your ADVpal,
Tio Juan
Of course I remember that day! I was frustrated that I couldn't keep up with you on that tiny 250 so I had to improvise, adapt, and overcome......i.e. cheat to get ahead!

And Mario and Fernanda are incredible! That's still one of my best memories of the trip!

Glad to see the signature is still on the tank. Hope I can buy you some gas soon to keep it full! Good luck brother! Keep on rolling (and writing)!
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:09 PM   #3010
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John, I'm glad you're back on the road, and I want to make another donation to the cause--are we still using the same paypal address as last year? I found it in my history, but want to make sure it is still current.

Thanks for riding for me,
Colin
Hi Colin,

It is still current.

Last year I was riding on a shoestring and a prayer. This year is different. I have plenty of money to last until next spring barring some catastrophe. I would rather you put your money into your own trip fund and meet me down here.

Thanks for your kind thoughts though.

Not much to report today. I have been studying Spanish all day. Found www.duolingo.com and couldn't stop. They game-ified language learning and once I started I kept having to get more points and level up. As a result my brain is mush this evening.

Saludos,
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:15 AM   #3011
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Hi Colin,

It is still current.

Last year I was riding on a shoestring and a prayer. This year is different. I have plenty of money to last until next spring barring some catastrophe. I would rather you put your money into your own trip fund and meet me down here.

Thanks for your kind thoughts though.

Not much to report today. I have been studying Spanish all day. Found www.duolingo.com and couldn't stop. They game-ified language learning and once I started I kept having to get more points and level up. As a result my brain is mush this evening.

Saludos,
Juan Español Estudiante
Hi John,

Sounds good. I wish I could mosey down your way, but I'm headed to India for a few weeks in January on a non-riding trip, so I'll re-allocate money in that direction. Safe riding.

Colin
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:07 PM   #3012
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Just got back from dinner with my new friend Jonathan from the Netherlands. He rode up on his XT600 Tenere:



We had plenty to talk about since he is just now coming from the backroads over in the Tres Cordillera mountains. I checked out his blog. I don’t speak Dutch but the videos are fun to watch. Plenty of fun looking mud roads I was on 6 months ago:

jonathantravels.nl

I went to the casa de cambio (money exchange) and traded a couple hundred dollars for pesos this morning and the owner came running up the hill 4 blocks to tell me he had made a mistake and shortchanged me. He handed me my extra pesos. Here is the most honest money changer I have ever heard of:



He was panting and out of breath by the time he caught up to me. I was impressed the chubby guy didn’t have a heart attack. The current exchange rate today is 1900 pesos to the U.S. dollar.

Had to fix some plumbing and study Spanish today. Tomorrow I go up to work on the Sherpa and get her running I hope.

more later…

Saludos,
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:00 AM   #3013
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Juanito! That sort of honesty deserves a photo and address of his shop.
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:31 AM   #3014
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Hey Mr. Downs, following from the beginning this time! Have fun, wish I was there with you!
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:11 AM   #3015
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I do not know how I missed your report until recently . So I have had the pleasure of much enjoyable reading to catch up to be current . I must compliment you on your outlook on everything . The only people I have ever met that are that laid back were using recreational pharmaceuticals . The more ride reports I read , the more it seems like smaller displacement bikes are better tools for the job . Thanks for all the effort in supplying such quality reading (and pictures) to all of us less traveled riders . I will be following along often . I want to be like you when I grow up . Safe travels my friend !
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