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Old 11-14-2013, 02:29 PM   #76
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Wow, amazing story. A fellow Oregonian as well. I gasped when I saw your x-ray after surgery as my old x-ray looks identical I shit you not. Mine was a spiral tib/fib fracture as well. Did it snow boarding about 14 years ago and still have the titanium rod in my leg. I am impressed that they kept your bike for you although not surprised. My experience down there are that most are good people. Have spent some time in Guatemala and Nicaragua.

I'll tune in when you return for the rest of your trip.
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Old 11-14-2013, 03:58 PM   #77
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Thought I'd update this post with some news. For the last 8 months my KTM has been sitting on the Honduran army base where I left it after the crash. The American missionary I met in Puerto Lempira (Alex) has been working to get it off the base and back to his house where we can assess the damage and hopefully get it ready to ride.
Nice update Pete

Still remains one of the best "out there" stories I've read, and the cliff hanger photo of you just after the biff is an all time classic.
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:12 PM   #78
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Pete, good to see you're still in the hunt. Hows the leg?

Cleaning the carbs, tank and fuel lines is probably the fix. What is the gas like down there? Much alcohol? Maybe a little humidity some times? Can you buy carb cleaner and get compressed air in the jungle?

On fixing the rad - get an aluminum based two part epoxy. JB weld is iron based and doesn't expand at the same rate as alum, but it still works. I've found some locally that looks good (Alumi-weld?). I'll look at it tomorrow and edit.

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Old 11-15-2013, 07:35 AM   #79
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Thanks for the update. Are you all healed up?

I just started my trip to see the ruins at Copan. I'm in Xalapa on a KLR.

Good luck to you.
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:28 PM   #80
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Gran Huevos!!

Superb adventure!!!! Definitely you have great karma.

I am so glad your insurance came through. Impressive service. How long was your trip originally? I will be looking into the insurance company you used. Can't wait for you to continue your journey....
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:16 AM   #81
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Nice update Pete

Still remains one of the best "out there" stories I've read, and the cliff hanger photo of you just after the biff is an all time classic.
thanks man!
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:21 AM   #82
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I am impressed that they kept your bike for you although not surprised. My experience down there are that most are good people. Have spent some time in Guatemala and Nicaragua.

I'll tune in when you return for the rest of your trip.
I owe a lot of people in la moskitia a lot of favors at this point. particularly the commandante. it's not like he didn't have more important things to deal with. still trying to figure out something I can do to adequately thank him and the rest of the soldiers.
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:24 AM   #83
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Pete, good to see you're still in the hunt. Hows the leg?

Cleaning the carbs, tank and fuel lines is probably the fix. What is the gas like down there? Much alcohol? Maybe a little humidity some times? Can you buy carb cleaner and get compressed air in the jungle?

On fixing the rad - get an aluminum based two part epoxy. JB weld is iron based and doesn't expand at the same rate as alum, but it still works. I've found some locally that looks good (Alumi-weld?). I'll look at it tomorrow and edit.

We're all jealous - you suck.
Thanks Dave! I was going to call you about this actually. yeah it was humid as hell, and the gas tank was empty when he got the bike. Not sure if that was because someone siphoned it, or something else. It would've been full when I left it. I could bring some carb cleaner, and Alex probably has a compressor. I'll call you. good idea on the epoxy!
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:25 AM   #84
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Superb adventure!!!! Definitely you have great karma.

I am so glad your insurance came through. Impressive service. How long was your trip originally? I will be looking into the insurance company you used. Can't wait for you to continue your journey....
Trip was going to be 4 months but ended up being three. now I have a great excuse to go back though. I want that bike back.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:43 AM   #85
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Got word yesterday that the bike is running, and the radiator is holding water. In a lucky coincidence, Alex had a motorcycle mechanic coming to visit him, and they removed and cleaned the carbs, which were apparently in pretty bad shape. They left the bike running for a while and found a leak in the radiator overflow but not in the radiator itself. A few other issues like bent handlebars, broken dash, and stuff like that but nothing major.
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Old 12-03-2013, 02:47 PM   #86
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:22 PM   #87
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Honduras is one of those countries I wish I could've spent more time riding. I had to blast through as my concept of the time required to get to Carti was a bit myopic.

Helluva story, Pete.

I have a near identical incision on the inside of my right leg from a tibia that needed tacking back in place. You're healthy so I'm sure you'll bounce back.
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Old 12-04-2013, 02:36 AM   #88
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That insurance company is very impressive I know who I will use for future trips. I hope you can finish your trip soon.

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Old 01-17-2014, 03:53 PM   #89
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Quick update.

I'm flying to Honduras on Monday, and connecting to Puerto Lempira on Wednesday. Planning to ride out of Moskitia to nicaragua/costa rica/panama and ship it home from there.

Just a few days before I left for the trip from Oregon to Honduras which ended with this broken leg, I quit a job of 10+ years with no idea what I was going to do next. Since then I've started a business with a buddy designing soft bags for offroad and dualsport, an idea which was largely inspired by this trip. We've been posting about our progress in the equipment forum:

Designing Soft Bags for Offroad & Dualsport

Now we're at a point where we need to test our prototypes, so the timing of this return trip is perfect. It's cool to be returning to Moskitia nearly a year later with a whole different context.

Word from Alex is that the weather has been crap, with heavy wind and rain. The all-dirt ride into Nicaragua should be interesting!

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Old 01-17-2014, 04:03 PM   #90
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That's good news, Pete. It's nice to see you venturing out on your own, that has to be a good feeling after working so long in corporate. Let us know how your travels shake out.
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