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Old 01-13-2014, 12:16 PM   #3421
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:31 PM   #3422
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A 4' level would be required in the States to plumb that wall. A 9" torpedo may be sufficient for Colombia
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:32 PM   #3423
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I love this shot!

Masonry in riding boots! Just priceless!
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:40 PM   #3424
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I love this shot!

Masonry in riding boots! Just priceless!
That's the first thing I noticed as well!!!
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:40 PM   #3425
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A 4' level would be required in the States to plumb that wall. A 9" torpedo may be sufficient for Colombia
Hi Ricardo,

In Colombia you have to work with what you've got. Get a load of the mortar mixing tub. An old sign from the previous restaurant with the plastic sign and fluorescent tubes removed, flipped over and laid on the ground:



No aggregate for mixing concrete for a structural column, so the boys broke up the concrete and block we removed to make a new doorway and mixed it with sand and portland cement. Fortunately I didn't have to haul the materials downstairs. Nor did I have to cut the rebar with a hacksaw. Darwin and Esteban are a great help.

It is caveman construction at it's finest. Nothing a little stucco won't buff out. Should be done in a couple days and heading to Ecuador.

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Old 01-13-2014, 01:04 PM   #3426
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I was looking at this photo and wondered, why would he mount the board on the left side of the bike (same as the side stand)? Wouldn't it be easier if he had mounted board on the other side? Would it be too close to the exhaust on the left side? Seems like it would be hard to mount and dismount, with the board on this side? Just a question, not a judgement.
Hi legends117,

I imagine it is because of the exhaust. There is quite a bit of space for kicking your leg over the offside and flipping the side stand up. It is quite a slick setup. I helped Matt unload when he pulled into the Shamrock after a day of riding in downpours. He's a great guy. Put up with my snoring for a couple days. He has a ride report up:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=892684

So maybe ask on his report what his thinking is. And kick him some gas money. I know I did. He is living on ramen and waves.

As a side note I am carrying your name south on the Sherpa:



Muchas gracias amigo,
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Old 01-13-2014, 01:17 PM   #3427
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I was looking at this photo and wondered, why would he mount the board on the left side of the bike (same as the side stand)?
Hi Jd,

Still fllowing this excellent construction, um, ride report!

Lots of us XT225 riders mount a kick-start from a TTR on the right side of the bike. Perhaps that is his reasoning.


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Old 01-13-2014, 02:07 PM   #3428
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Hi Jd,

Still fllowing this excellent construction, um, ride report!

Lots of us XT225 riders mount a kick-start from a TTR on the right side of the bike. Perhaps that is his reasoning.


All the Best,

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Hey Poolman,

I was just reading your ride report as part of my research and development for heading to the land of the Inca.

Glad to have you following along amigo. And yes, I'm afraid this is bit of a moto construction ride report atm. But hey, in my defense I feel obligated to pay back Albert for giving me a free place to stay here while my shoulder has healed.

Hope to see you down the road someday.

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Old 01-13-2014, 03:42 PM   #3429
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I love this shot!

Masonry in riding boots! Just priceless!
Hey, I'm a minimalist. It's the only shoes I've got.

Thank goodness the pants and shirt are courtesy of Al. Otherwise I would have trashed my only set of clothes along with my boots.

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Old 01-13-2014, 04:21 PM   #3430
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Totally understand man, not trying to poke fun or insult in any way, it's just a great shot an proves how hard core you are! Really awesome!
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:21 PM   #3431
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Have you ever awakened in the morning in a strange place and wondered where you were? You don’t recognize anything and you have to think hard to remember how you ended up in this place. It is something you have to get used to when you’re on the road. You get used to it after a while.

This morning was a little bit more difficult, because I awoke from a vivid dream. Someone had cut up all my money and credit cards with scissors while I was sleeping. Ay Carrumba! You can’t change money with a money changer in the third world if there is even a small rip in the bill. And you can’t get money from a cash machine with shredded plastic. It was a nightmare. The sum of all my fears.

And then I realized it was just a dream, and I still had several hundred dollars in my money belt and my cards were intact. Whew!!!!! I mean, like I had to check my money belt to make sure it was a dream.

You can’t imagine the relief I felt. And you know what? My greatest concern was that I couldn’t continue this ride report, and would have to figure a way out of Colombia. Maybe have to call on someone to bail me out. I think that has to be the greatest fear of a fiercely independent person.

I think it was my subconscious mind projecting my greatest fears while I slept. Normally I work this stuff out while I’m riding. I need to hit the road. That is what I have figured out while working today. If I don't get on the road soon and start working out my subconscious problems on the road, who knows what dreams I'll have to deal with at night.

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Old 01-13-2014, 04:52 PM   #3432
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Totally understand man, not trying to poke fun or insult in any way, it's just a great shot an proves how hard core you are! Really awesome!
Are you kidding? That pic made me laugh. Studly contractor holding a weeny torpedo level trying to build a straight wall in his riding boots. You can poke fun at me all you want. Andrew UK is a hoot. I had no idea he was taking the pic. I keep telling him if he gets a ride report up on ADV I will paypal him gas money. He's been out on the road for over 6 years. Has some great stories to tell. I keep hoping.

I try to inspire the folks I meet on the road to put up a ride report. You can't believe some of the stories they have to tell. It seems a shame not to share them with my ADVpals trapped in the winter doldrums. If they don't come through I will have to write a book.

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Old 01-13-2014, 05:31 PM   #3433
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Are you kidding? That pic made me laugh. Studly contractor holding a weeny torpedo level trying to build a straight wall in his riding boots. You can poke fun at me all you want. Andrew UK is a hoot. I had no idea he was taking the pic. I keep telling him if he gets a ride report up on ADV I will paypal him gas money. He's been out on the road for over 6 years. Has some great stories to tell. I keep hoping.

I try to inspire the folks I meet on the road to put up a ride report. You can't believe some of the stories they have to tell. It seems a shame not to share them with my ADVpals trapped in the winter doldrums. If they don't come through I will have to write a book.

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Old 01-13-2014, 07:39 PM   #3434
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If you could get some of the others to go in with you on a book (Adventures From the Roads Less Traveled) you would have a best seller for sure. BTW we had a little talk at the Loco Coyote.... seems like a long time ago. Been following along from the start. You were sittin with that young, blond girl with the metal in her shoulder. Smart man. Never figured why she was going back up to the NE to get it removed.
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:34 PM   #3435
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If you could get some of the others to go in with you on a book (Adventures From the Roads Less Traveled) you would have a best seller for sure. BTW we had a little talk at the Loco Coyote.... seems like a long time ago. Been following along from the start. You were sittin with that young, blond girl with the metal in her shoulder. Smart man. Never figured why she was going back up to the NE to get it removed.
Hi 2bold2getold,

That was some fine eating at the Loco Coyote. Sure was fun hanging out with you Texas boys at the Roll the Bones Rally. Trying to keep up with slowoldguy in the Texas hill country on a 250 Sherpa is not as easy as you might think. And yes, I split a plate of ribs with Becky the blonde girl. I think she is in Central America with her DRZ400 right now. That girl can ride. She has a ride report up:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=904659

At the rate I'm going she will likely blow past me any day now.

Nice to have you along for the ride amigo.

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