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Old 06-13-2013, 12:22 PM   #31
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San Juan Del Sur

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It was a pleasure seeing you on AdvRider. You and I met in Granada, Nicaragua at the square and then joined you at your hotel for a drink by the pool and then we had dinner. Remember the young couple who also joined us? How was the remainder of your trip? All my best...Donnie MacKenzie
Hey man; Nice to hear from you. We unfortunately lost them later in Costa Rica. They had some major bike problems and were waiting for parts from the States. We had to carry on to meet the Stahlratte in Panama but spent some quality time together. Have not heard from them since but in contact with many people met along the way.What happened to you? You disappeared in San JUan and never saw you again. Diid you finish the trip? Slowly putting the clips together. Should end with about 40 in total.

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Old 06-18-2013, 09:48 PM   #32
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San Juan Del Sur ( Nicaragua) to San Jose (Costa Rica)

Crossing the Nicaragua border into Costa Rica, the Arenal Volcano, New Years in San Jose watching the Zapote Bull Festival:


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Old 06-20-2013, 09:08 AM   #33
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Awesome ride, I am Following your reports as I am planning something similar into Central and South America. We have taken some of the same routes in North America from a past trip I took.

Guatemala is beautiful and I am lucky enough to have traveled most of the country due to my Wife being a Chapina!

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Old 06-20-2013, 11:43 AM   #34
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Awesome...... Great Video "Ride Report" really enjoying your ride......
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:34 PM   #35
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Hotel Hidalgo

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Awesome ride, I am Following your reports as I am planning something similar into Central and South America. We have taken some of the same routes in North America from a past trip I took.

Guatemala is beautiful and I am lucky enough to have traveled most of the country due to my Wife being a Chapina!

Stay Safe
Checking out your post I found that I stayed in Hotel Hidalgo as well and had an interesting but non documented evening out on the town. Guatemala was wonderful.
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Old 06-23-2013, 10:54 PM   #36
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These Mist Covered Mountains -

One of my favorite rides of the whole trip. In retrospect I should have stayed in Costa Rica a few days longer. The country is breathtakingly beautiful, good roads, excellent food, lots of places to stay. Overall the most expensive Central American country but to me; "Youz gets what youz pay for"
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Old 07-20-2013, 11:29 AM   #37
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Part 20 - Panama Old City and The Canal

I found Panama to be the least interesting of all the countries we went through due to deforestation and the fact that waterfront access is virtually non available. Most ocean front is owned by hotels & stinking rich private homes covered in STAY AWAY signs. Old Panama City was one big Kodak moment. You have to be careful where & when you walk through there but they are cleaning it up in a hurry with plenty of higher end restaurants & eateries/bars opening up. Getting ready for boarding the Stahlratte bound for Cartegena Colombia. We spend 4 days roaming this city of contrasts and the Panama Canal;

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Old 07-30-2013, 11:32 AM   #38
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With the 145 ft "Stahlratte" from Panama to Colombia

Jan 14 crossing. 16 Bikes. Mostly perfect 3 days with the exception of 85% seasickness on the boat during the actually crossing. The San Blas Islands were just what they are supposed to be; Idyllic for a short time.
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