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Old 05-29-2014, 03:48 PM   #4366
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He is going to have to change the name of this Thread now! I don't think that 990 Adventure will qualify as a minimalist moto!
Maybe not, but stealing other folks bikes for a spin is!
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:11 PM   #4367
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He is going to have to change the name of this Thread now! I don't think that 990 Adventure will qualify as a minimalist moto!
Hi Donnie,

You got me there. Nothing will put a smile on your face like a 990 Adventure on the Texas gravel, dirt and paved backroads. That thing will take anything you throw at it.

My thanks to bigdon for letting me take it for a spin today. I can see why you chose it as a two-up Latin American cruiser. Have been enjoying your ride report. Keep up the good work.

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Old 06-08-2014, 11:40 AM   #4368
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Took a break from painting and setting tile to go camping up in Arkansas this weekend.

Here are my partners in crime, bigdon on the 990 Adventure, olebuddy on his DR650 and LD on his sweet Triumph Tiger standing in front of the Roadhouse Cafe in Paris Texas at breakfast:



I was riding bigdon’s KLR. Didn’t stop to take many pictures this weekend. Heading up into Oklahoma on backroads we stopped for lunch at the Hateful Hussy Diner in Talihina. Pretty good eats if you’re in the area:



Rode up the Talimena scenic byway to the Queen Talimina Lodge campground and set up our tents before heading down some nice Arkansas gravel county roads to Mena. Here is LD crossing an old country bridge on the way:



Ate dinner in Mena at the Branding Iron Restaurant and wound our way back up the mountain to camp. They had a neat little miniature train that was taking campers around the campground:



Woke up this morning to a hellacious thunderstorm. The rain was coming down in buckets and my tent was floating in 2 inches of water, so I had to pull the pegs and drag it over to the pavement where my bike was parked to get it on dry land. There was so much lightning that I could read my non-illuminated watch. Without my glasses I couldn’t tell if it was 12:15 or 3 AM. Fortunately it was 3 and after another couple hours of sleep I got up and went over under the covered awning at the camp bathrooms and hung out playing Sudoku on my iPad until it was time to pack up in the rain.

Then it was torrential rain riding back through Arkansas and Oklahoma today until we finally hit dry pavement and sunshine across the Red River into Texas. It was a fun weekend though. Especially during the good weather yesterday.

Remodeling ADVrider’s houses certainly has its benefits.

more later…..
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:26 AM   #4369
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Thank goodness John was uninjured !



My Wife would never forgive me if I let something happen to John, before the Kitchen is finished
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Old 06-09-2014, 02:19 PM   #4370
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Thank goodness John was uninjured !



My Wife would never forgive me if I let something happen to John, before the Kitchen is finished
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Old 06-09-2014, 07:06 PM   #4371
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The rest of the story:

Because it rained so hard my tent was standing in water yesterday morning so I pulled the tent pegs and moved it to the pavement. Of course after I got up and went up to the shower room, a big wind came up and blew the unpegged tent over. Being a minimalist means that there's nothing in your tent to hold it down. A sleeping bag, pad and pair of socks was my only luggage this weekend. No match as ballast against a 40 mph sidewind.

bigdon took a lot of fine photographs this weekend. My tent collapsed like a blue slug yesterday morning may have been the best. Pretty funny.
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:02 PM   #4372
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Sounds a treat, John. I luv Men's and surrounds. Always camp at the private campground at the east end of the Talimena Trail.

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Old 06-10-2014, 05:29 AM   #4373
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Saturday was a lovely day ! John is a lot of fun to ride with.



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Old 06-10-2014, 03:09 PM   #4374
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John any remodeling pics? I'm one of the ones that likes to see some pre and post pictures!!!

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Old 06-10-2014, 07:18 PM   #4375
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John,

Thank-you for sharing your adventures, photos and philosophy. You have taken me on a journey and kept me thoroughly entertained while stuck at home healing 4 broken ribs. I wish you many more adventures to come.
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:26 PM   #4376
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John,

Thank-you for sharing your adventures, photos and philosophy. You have taken me on a journey and kept me thoroughly entertained while stuck at home healing 4 broken ribs. I wish you many more adventures to come.
Hi ElleDubs,

It is my pleasure and duty to keep you entertained while your ribs heal. Broken ribs are no fun. Especially when your buddies keep cracking jokes and making you laugh.

Time heals all. Here's to more fun riding in the future.

Cheers,
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:30 PM   #4377
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John any remodeling pics? I'm one of the ones that likes to see some pre and post pictures!!!

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Hi Eagletalon,

I'm trying to keep this ride report focused on riding motorcycles this summer while I work to save up some travel money for my return to South America in a few months.

I might throw in a remodelling pic or two. Haven't taken any yet.

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Old 06-12-2014, 12:53 PM   #4378
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Good to see you're still able to have some fun while working!! I'm now in Colombia and adore it! So hard to leave this awesome country, but Panama awaits!


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Old 06-12-2014, 05:59 PM   #4379
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Mi sobrina famosa,

So good to hear from you!

I just got caught up on your ride report and see you have to fly the mighty Honda to Panama since northbound sailboats aren't able to take motos as of this month. Ouch!

Ah well, glad to see you are doing well. I sent a paypal donation to help your moto travel finances. Funny how 20 bucks is nothing when you're home working in Norteamerica, but it means the world when you're traveling on a shoestring and far from home.

As an aside I would encourage anyone who enjoys reading about big fun on small bikes in Latin America to check out:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...29097&page=17#

And maybe paypal a few bucks for gas to my intrepid ADVniece at:

elisarw@gmail.com

She's right up there with Becktastic as a favorite ADV niece I've met on the way to South America.

Saludos,
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Old 06-14-2014, 09:10 AM   #4380
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Hola Tio Juan!

Thanks so much! That's so nice of you. Good timing too, as I just spent a freaking fortune to airfreight my bike from Medellin to Panama. Sailboats can no longer take motorbikes from Colombia into panama. I know there are other options, but can't wait around too much longer. Hoping to be home by early Sept. Then might turn around and ride back to Colombia :) Best country ever!

Time to go watch the Colombia/Greece game- the streets of Medellin are going crazy!

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Mi sobrina famosa,

So good to hear from you!

I just got caught up on your ride report and see you have to fly the mighty Honda to Panama since northbound sailboats aren't able to take motos as of this month. Ouch!

Ah well, glad to see you are doing well. I sent a paypal donation to help your moto travel finances. Funny how 20 bucks is nothing when you're home working in Norteamerica, but it means the world when you're traveling on a shoestring and far from home.

As an aside I would encourage anyone who enjoys reading about big fun on small bikes in Latin America to check out:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...29097&page=17#

And maybe paypal a few bucks for gas to my intrepid ADVniece at:

elisarw@gmail.com

She's right up there with Becktastic as a favorite ADV niece I've met on the way to South America.

Saludos,
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