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Old 01-09-2014, 11:18 AM   #3391
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John,

your adventure getting the sherpa back sounds like a chapter in a bigger adventure. i'm sure it's more fun to read about it than actually doing it. but glad to hear you'll be back on your trusty steed.

sent my rent for this years privilege of being on your tank.
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:58 AM   #3392
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Old 01-09-2014, 03:38 PM   #3393
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I am another faithful reader that you are keeping entertained. We look forward to your posts that keeps us updated. I really want to head south myself. My construction business is in a holding pattern and I need new teeth. I may be cutting out soon. I sure feel the sunny south calling me and I need to enjoy life more. Thanks for showing us how to be a traveler on a budget.
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Old 01-09-2014, 03:39 PM   #3394
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You're a " glass half full " guy , turning adversity into an adventure

Sent a few bob to treat your chain to some lube

Cheers
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Old 01-09-2014, 04:08 PM   #3395
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You're a " glass half full " guy , turning adversity into an adventure

Sent a few bob to treat your chain to some lube

Cheers
Hi The Dogger,

Thanks so much amigo! Much better having The Dogger on the gas tank than some other lube company sticker.

Saludos,
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Old 01-09-2014, 04:16 PM   #3396
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I am another faithful reader that you are keeping entertained. We look forward to your posts that keeps us updated. I really want to head south myself. My construction business is in a holding pattern and I need new teeth. I may be cutting out soon. I sure feel the sunny south calling me and I need to enjoy life more. Thanks for showing us how to be a traveler on a budget.
Tony in Tn (who just made a donation to replenish you traveling budget)
Hi tony,

Being a fellow contractor, I can tell you there is no better profession to prepare you for Latin American travel. It's a piece of cake compared to explaining to a husband that it is cheaper in the long run to build it the way his wife wants instead of re-doing it her way later.

And with todays dental prices in the States, you can pay for your trip with the money you save in Guatemala. Tonymarchman is going on the tank as soon as I post this.

Saludos,
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Old 01-09-2014, 04:19 PM   #3397
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John,

your adventure getting the sherpa back sounds like a chapter in a bigger adventure. i'm sure it's more fun to read about it than actually doing it. but glad to hear you'll be back on your trusty steed.

sent my rent for this years privilege of being on your tank.
Hi beerguy,

Thanks so much. I'll go upstairs and sign your name on the tank. The Sherpa thanks you for sending in some bail money to get out of prison. True friends are the ones you call from jail.

Your ADVpal,
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Old 01-09-2014, 06:46 PM   #3398
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I rose late this morning and went down to Orlando’s place but was too late and he was gone. Picked up the rear sprocket that his son Ricardo had so graciously sent down from the States along with my umbella. Orlando called the mechanic while I was there and I talked to him. He encouraged me to get legal insurance (seguros). I didn’t think it was possible with an expired import permit, but I will do what he asks. After yesterday, I think anything is possible if Orlando is the point man.

I signed the Trespalacios on the tank today along with all the other bailbondsmen who have sent in Sherpa bail money:



The Sherpa thanks you, and God knows I thank you. ADVriders are the best.

Saludos,
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:07 PM   #3399
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Profound thoughts float in the background through my mind while i'm riding. By the time I open up this laptop most have drifted off. It doesn't matter. Riding can be like conscious dreaming. Just as therapeutic for me as subconscious dreaming at night.
I'm far too late to be replying to this part of your thread and I've got a long way to catch up, but bravo on this post.

Especially this snippet reminds me of why I like riding in the first place. The last year or so I've been getting so caught up in the technical and risk management parts of the pastime that I forgot this is what it's actually about for me. Thank you and I hope to find that you are doing well by the time I catch up to you.
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:55 PM   #3400
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I'm far too late to be replying to this part of your thread and I've got a long way to catch up, but bravo on this post.

Especially this snippet reminds me of why I like riding in the first place. The last year or so I've been getting so caught up in the technical and risk management parts of the pastime that I forgot this is what it's actually about for me. Thank you and I hope to find that you are doing well by the time I catch up to you.
Hey ramdu,

Glad to have you along for the ride. I don't remember writing that. It must have been from last year. The freedom you feel riding across the vastness of this Earth is something that only those that have done it can relate to. You can't talk to regular people about the magic of riding long and far. They don't get it. Which is why it is so nice to have people like you around on this ride report.

The paradox is that you only remember these profound thoughts when you are riding. It is like a dreamworld. You forget when you are in the real world. And then you take off on a long ride and it comes back to you.

I have been here in Medellin healing my shoulder for far too long. It is time to return to the nebulous conscious dream world of long distance riding. Focusing on the best line through the ruts as thoughts drift through your mind.

The first time I got to Austin was in the last century. Riding an old BMW down to Mexico. I was thinking Texas would be flat and dusty. What a surprise to see rolling green hills with beautiful trees and streams as I neared Austin after riding all night from El Paso. And friendly Texans at sunrise directing me to Lonestar BMW to get some more parts for my beloved R80ST (airhead BMWs are an addiction, and there is no cure).

Hope to see you down the road amigo.

Saludos,
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Old 01-10-2014, 03:29 AM   #3401
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[QUOTE=JDowns;23181966]Hey ramdu,

"The freedom you feel riding across the vastness of this Earth is something that only those that have done it can relate to. You can't talk to regular people about the magic of riding long and far. They don't get it."


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Old 01-10-2014, 07:15 AM   #3402
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John

You are such a good writer. Your description of the freedom you feel riding across the vastness of earth is excellent. I have had the same thoughts when riding. I think at one point in one of my ride reports i mentioned a moment when it all came together and I had this wonderful feeling of being "back on the road"

You describe it very well!


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Old 01-10-2014, 07:26 AM   #3403
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Don Juan,

Interesting bike being advertised along side the Dakar coverage showing in Colombia this morning.

Looks like Honda Argentina are the source http://motos.honda.com.ar/motos/XRE300-RALLY

Seeing as we are headed that way, its seem almost rude not to have a look when we get there.

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Old 01-10-2014, 08:06 AM   #3404
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Good Morning JD,

Been following your RR since the beginning. Earlier you mentioned trying to get into Venezuela. What are your thoughts on heading east, before you head south? Thanks for the dedication you show the community and your report.

Ride on, whiskymike
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:00 AM   #3405
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Don Juan,

Interesting bike being advertised along side the Dakar coverage showing in Colombia this morning.

Looks like Honda Argentina are the source http://motos.honda.com.ar/motos/XRE300-RALLY

Seeing as we are headed that way, its seem almost rude not to have a look when we get there.

Wobbly.
The text reads like an auto-translate. And, yet another nice bike we won't see in the US. :(

Juan, pesos are in the ether. Would make me happy to see Cattmando emblazened on the Sherpa's tank.
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