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Old 11-20-2013, 06:35 PM   #3061
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Hi John, I've been catching up on your post for a while. I like the slower pace this year. I prefer the travel a couple of days, say a while pace myself. It's not always an option but when you can make it work, it's mighty nice.

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Hi Scott,

I'm with you there. This trip I am taking my time and enjoying myself. What's the rush? Although today Albert informed me that he is buying a Dodge Ram to outfit for taking people on tours around Colombia. Which means he may need to ride to Quito and sell one of his KTMs to help finance his new purchase. I'll gladly be his wingman.

And let me tell you there is nothing more exciting than the thought of following a former London dispatch rider hauling ass on a 950 Adventure through the mountains of Colombia. Talk about Mutt and Jeff. I think the Sherpa would love it. Not sure about my right wrist though.

Of course, this is all theoretical at this point. We'll see.

Oh, and glad to have you following along.

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Old 11-20-2013, 06:43 PM   #3062
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Hey John!

I stumbled across your trip report while searching the web for information for a trip south I am planning with 2 friends of mine. The detail of your posts have been incredibly helpful, we found the details on the ruins in Mexico really great and informative! Also seeing how cheap you have been traveling is really reassuring.

I have spent the last week reading the whole trip and just caught up, and I have really enjoyed the story! It has been awesome getting to know you and hearing about all the great stuff that CA and SA has to offer.

Safe travels, and I hope to bump into you out there someday!
Hi pyrotyro,

I see this is your first post so just let me say, welcome to the asylum. Glad to have you along for the ride. Being a neophyte pyro, I like your handle. I can still hear the sound of the M-80 my cousins and I put in my uncle's garbage can 50 years ago in Nebraska back when grade school kids could still buy the good stuff. Ruh-roh. At least the lid survived. Okay, it was on the roof. Amazing I still have all my fingers. The best place for fireworks was definitely in Hawaii. I still remember putting the grass fire out after we fired off a dragon. I remember thinking what a bummer it would be if I burned my house down. Here is a video of what it looks like in the daytime. It doesn't really do it justice since it's not dark, they stop the video before it hits the exploding head, there's no way to appreciate the thunderous roar on a youtube video and you can't feel the vibration in your chest. Of course ours was only maybe a quarter the size of this behemoth. You can't believe the pile of red chinese firecracker paper in the street the next morning :



So glad you have found this ride report of use. It is my sincere desire to get more people out traveling by providing ideas for keeping your costs down.

And yes, I hope to see you down the road someday amigo.

Saludos,
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:16 PM   #3063
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Ahh, the hallmark of a really great ride report - people signing up just to post in it. Love it.

Welcome to the forums and I hope you stick around pyrotyro! :)

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Old 11-20-2013, 10:11 PM   #3064
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My first post on advrider was in the Mobius ride report... and I'm still following the adventures of Dr. Rock and LDF.

Which reminds me, I need to get around to tring the artichoke recipe they gave me.

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Old 11-20-2013, 10:22 PM   #3065
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Ahh, the hallmark of a really great ride report - people signing up just to post in it. Love it.

Welcome to the forums and I hope you stick around pyrotyro! :)

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Isn't that the truth. I am always humbled when folks feel free to post in this ride report for the first time. It means a lot.

I know I was a lurker for many years back in the early days of ADVrider before signing up. At a certain point you can't help it. I just tried to check what my first post was back in 2005, but my post history only goes back 500 posts, so I can't really say whose ride report I had to chime in on. It must have been good though. Of course there have been some killer ride reports on ADVrider, so who knows.

Saludos,
Tio Juan
Thanks for the warm welcomes! I am normally a lurker, I have gotten really good at picking knowledge off the internet. But I was really moved by this story and wanted to share!

And I knew I would need to become a member, because I haven't found a better place online for moto adventures! At first the idea of a trip that huge (like measuring it in months instead of days) was really hard for me to wrap my head around, and I consider myself a huge adventurist! But the more I read about them and hear the stories the more my mind is put at ease, and the more intrigued I become.

I have been infected!

Keep it up John, I look forward to the next stage of your adventure!
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:25 PM   #3066
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Ahh, the hallmark of a really great ride report - people signing up just to post in it. Love it.

Welcome to the forums and I hope you stick around pyrotyro! :)

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Isn't that the truth. I am always humbled when folks feel free to post in this ride report for the first time. It means a lot.

I know I was a lurker for many years back in the early days of ADVrider before signing up. At a certain point you can't help it. I just tried to check what my first post was back in 2005, but my post history only goes back 500 posts, so I can't really say whose ride report I had to chime in on. It must have been good though. Of course there have been some killer ride reports on ADVrider, so who knows.

Saludos,
Tio Juan
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:32 PM   #3067
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Thanks for the warm welcomes! I am normally a lurker, I have gotten really good at picking knowledge off the internet. But I was really moved by this story and wanted to share!

And I knew I would need to become a member, because I haven't found a better place online for moto adventures! At first the idea of a trip that huge (like measuring it in months instead of days) was really hard for me to wrap my head around, and I consider myself a huge adventurist! But the more I read about them and hear the stories the more my mind is put at ease, and the more intrigued I become.

I have been infected!

Keep it up John, I look forward to the next stage of your adventure!
I warn you, it's a slippery slope. Before you know it, you'll be riding to the ends of the earth wondering what took you so long.

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Old 11-21-2013, 10:09 PM   #3068
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Thanks for the warm welcomes! I am normally a lurker, I have gotten really good at picking knowledge off the internet. But I was really moved by this story and wanted to share!

And I knew I would need to become a member, because I haven't found a better place online for moto adventures! At first the idea of a trip that huge (like measuring it in months instead of days) was really hard for me to wrap my head around, and I consider myself a huge adventurist! But the more I read about them and hear the stories the more my mind is put at ease, and the more intrigued I become.

I have been infected!

Keep it up John, I look forward to the next stage of your adventure!
***Off topic***

If you're around the Gunnison area, head up to Crested Butte and tell Fletch to get this s*** together and let us know how he's doing. I was to stop and visit his dad and friends on my CDT ride but time was not on our side. He returned home (under bad circumstances) but has yet to post updates. Rumour has it he is in part ownership of a club.

Either way, check him out (wheresfletch.com) or his ride report here. He went to the tip and back with his fair share of troubles. He'd be a good guy to get details off of over a pint or two.
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Old 11-22-2013, 12:13 AM   #3069
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What a great night here in Medellin. It was an all star cast of ADVriders that congregated this evening.

Here is DRRambler from Edmonton on the right along with Eran from Israel who he met on the road today:



His ride report is at:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...914229&page=24

And let me tell you David is a great guy. It is sweet thing to see an ADVrider from Edmonton Alberta in shorts and a tee shirt in November. I checked the weather and it is -14 degrees and snowing back at his hacienda in Canada. No wonder he’s smiling.

And how about steelhorsenyc. Here he is with his new riding companion who he met today:



What a hoot! Tell me that isn’t the most adorable travel couple you’ve ever met! Imagine meeting a fourth generation Zimbabwean girl who thinks traveling on a bike is the cat’s meow. So much fun hanging out with my new Russian nephew Alexander and his African savanah travel buddy Valerie.

His ride report is coming along nicely at:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...=925753&page=4

And not only were there a half dozen ADVriders hanging out in the warm evening air, but who shows up but our two favorite Colombian guest house owners. Mike from the Casa Blanca Hostel in Cali was in town and Al from the Shamrock in Medellin dropped by. Here is a blurry pic with Mike on the left and an ADVflippin’ Al on the right:



All in all a great evening, meeting fellow riders and shootin’ the breeze. It’s the people you meet on the road that bring a smile back when you’re home remembering the dreamtime of long distance travel.

Saludos,
Tio Juan
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Old 11-22-2013, 01:01 AM   #3070
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Earlier this evening I met Sean, an Austalian who works in a copper mine in Mauritania Africa for 5 weeks repairing mining equipment and has three weeks off which he spends in Medellin with his girlfriend Diana. If you saw Diana you’d know why he flies half way around the world every month.

This evenings theme song comes from the first cut on this video:



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Old 11-22-2013, 01:19 AM   #3071
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You might think you can keep up with Colombian kids on 125s up in the mountains. I have followed these little mosquitoes and let me tell these kids can ride:


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Old 11-22-2013, 05:02 AM   #3072
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Never will a “No Fear” sticker be more fitting.

South of the border driving summed up at 3:05. Four wide on a two lane road.

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Old 11-22-2013, 08:56 AM   #3073
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Sheeez! Those mosquitoes remind me of my misspent youth on the
old Suzuki X6 Hustler. How did we survive?

Keep it coming Juan. Great stuff.
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Old 11-22-2013, 12:12 PM   #3074
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For some reason I cannot play the videos . I even downloaded the new player
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Old 11-22-2013, 12:46 PM   #3075
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For some reason I cannot play the videos . I even downloaded the new player
Hi boatbkr,

Here's the link to that last video of some Colombian kids on 125s tearing it up in the hills around Manizales:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdmkxN0nu4I#t=157

Mind you, if you want to stay alive riding down here this is probably not what you want to do. Leaning into a blind left on the centerline, over-riding your brakes ability to stop you quickly is a good way to smack a wide swinging bus or the idiot passing the odd oncoming truck on a curve. And tennis shoes and a tee shirt isn't the best protection when you're asphalt surfing.

That said, when these little macho boogers fly by on a curve it is only natural to twist your right wrist down hard. Probably best to control that instinct if you want to continue riding into your 60's. Not to mention if you want to make it to 30.

Saludos,
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