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Old 12-31-2013, 04:39 PM   #3331
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Downs, happy new year. been reading and keeping up just haven't chimmed in. From one central nebraskan to another!!!!! Grew up in Gothenburg-I now live in arizona way up in the mountains - showlow pinetop area. Keep up the ride!!!!
Hi Montek,

So nice to have a fellow Cornhusker along for the ride. I try to explain to the folks I meet that it's not okay in Nebraska to toot your own horn and they don't understand self deprecating humor, like when I say I may be slow but at least I'm not too intelligent, people don't understand me down here, so it's good to have someone along for the ride who understands that the N on the University of Nebraska football helmets stands for knowledge.

I passed through Show Low on my way to visit my sister in Apache Junction last year. It's one area of Arizona that is mild in the summer. I imagine it is a bit chilly this time of year. Nothing compared to Gothenberg in January. I stopped at the pony express station log cabin down there once. Since it snows in Show Low, I assume Montek is a Scandanavian name and you are a Lutheran. (just kidding).

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Old 12-31-2013, 05:09 PM   #3332
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Happy New Year JD. -39'C here this morning. Dont think we will be starting any Sherpa's. Forecast is for -41'Celcius tonight. Last cold night of the year !
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:16 PM   #3333
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[QUOTE Last cold night of the year ![/QUOTE]

When I read that my brain tried to tie itself in knots hoping you were some kind of climate expert. Then it realized you were just full of shit. Been a cold winter here (Minneapolis) already, looks like it's going to continue to be a cold winter. Enjoy the climate JD. Hope you're able to get out riding soon.
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:05 AM   #3334
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Happy New Year tio Juanito. Best wishes for amazing riding and good health pronto.

You may not know it but you are ready to navigate the maze of unnecessary paperwork for just about anything in Latin America. Start early as there will be lines and waiting. Don't plan on doing more than one thing at a time to avoid disappointments. A feisty attitude when frustrated will make things a lot more difficult. Bribes only work if you a contact inside willing to do it. Extra money to the bureaucrats on the counter may complicate things. Get originals and copies made (remember Central America border crossings?) of your passport, motorcycle title/registration, insurance (that might need to be worked out first), DIAN permits, etc. If you can think of something, make a copy of it.

You will get the bike out in the end as there's always a way. For reference, read here.
My dad said he will help you. Check your PMs and good luck
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:39 AM   #3335
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Then it realized you were just full of shit.

And todays date is? Kerching.
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:24 AM   #3336
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And todays date is? Kerching.

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Old 01-01-2014, 09:27 AM   #3337
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Happy New Year tio Juanito. Best wishes for amazing riding and good health pronto.

You may not know it but you are ready to navigate the maze of unnecessary paperwork for just about anything in Latin America. Start early as there will be lines and waiting. Don't plan on doing more than one thing at a time to avoid disappointments. A feisty attitude when frustrated will make things a lot more difficult. Bribes only work if you a contact inside willing to do it. Extra money to the bureaucrats on the counter may complicate things. Get originals and copies made (remember Central America border crossings?) of your passport, motorcycle title/registration, insurance (that might need to be worked out first), DIAN permits, etc. If you can think of something, make a copy of it.

You will get the bike out in the end as there's always a way. For reference, read here.
My dad said he will help you. Check your PMs and good luck
The amazing Trespalacios family has come through again. It is holiday time this week, so I have to wait until next Wednesday to get the Sherpa out of hawk. I remember last year when Orlando Trespalacios went downtown and got my insurance sorted after helping me repair the Sherpa smashed front forks. He is so amazing words fail me. I look forward to playing the dumb gringo. It will be fun! I am so good at standing in lines, filling out forms, and out-waiting bureaucrats.

And listen, any of you folks out there who hear from family and friends that Colombia is a dangerous place to travel. PLEASE IGNORE THEM. This country is awesome! Friendly helpful people, more motorcyclists than any country I have visited, great mountain riding. Colombia es mejor.


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Old 01-02-2014, 04:28 AM   #3338
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And todays date is? Kerching.

Maybe this is funny for you people who count your years using some weird Gregorian numbering system. Or maybe I shouldn't post after drinking.
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Old 01-02-2014, 02:49 PM   #3339
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Old 01-02-2014, 03:12 PM   #3340
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Happy New Year JD. -39'C here this morning. Dont think we will be starting any Sherpa's. Forecast is for -41'Celcius tonight. Last cold night of the year !

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Old 01-02-2014, 03:32 PM   #3341
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I'm pretty sure that Celcius but DAMN! Makes me cold just thinking about it. I know we are in for some real cold here in this next week and it really helps knowing that the little sherpa will be out running the streets in a few short days! The more I read, the more I know John has the real plan, maybe some day I can do the same...
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Old 01-02-2014, 04:08 PM   #3342
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Old 01-02-2014, 05:03 PM   #3343
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Regardless, that's freakin cold, I would rather be in Colombia with John riding in nice warm weather!
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:18 PM   #3344
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Wow!! 40 Below zero! I can't fathom those temperatures. I was born and raised in Colombia, lived in the tri-state area (NJ-NY-CT) for a few years.

While I'm certainly not enjoying right now Medellin's spring-like weather, I'm not at risk of death by ice. You guys are true survivors in my book
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Old 01-04-2014, 09:28 AM   #3345
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Much rigorous research has resulted in a new measure of rider activity.

The ADV Making Progress Scale (AMPS for short).

Reporting scale - Zero through to Tuckering (11).

At last test John was hovering around 2 AMPS.

After hitting 0 AMPS overnight, John needed to kick start (literally) me out of my tent this morning.

Yes we have too much time on our hands. Time to find something that needs fixing.
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