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Old 11-26-2013, 07:13 AM   #61
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This is why poor people don't write books that involve a lot of travel... financing this amount of time without work and only research for the book is insane - and apparently impossible.
Why am I saying this? Because I actually got a job offer in Medellin, but they cannot sponsor me for a visa. To find a reputable company who can sponsor you and pay you above minimum wage takes months, not the 2 weeks I have to do it. And I would have to stay here for at least a year for the contract and to save enough to continue.
On the bright side I met a Photographer and we did a photoshoot together, I didn't get paid, but there might be something there in the coming months. It felt so good to work professionally again! It's been 6 years since I have shot a model, but getting back in that saddle felt like I had never left it.
The City of Eternal Spring is not without it's daily dose of rain, but it is lovely, and sits in the midst of a thousand little villages and mountain road.

If any of you scallywags get the itch to come down to south America, whether for the roads, food or women, I know of a couple of places you could rent steeds around here, or come on your own... it looks like i'll be here for a while.
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:17 AM   #62
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That Maine Dock looks like near Southwest Harbor.
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Old 11-26-2013, 11:08 AM   #63
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A taste of what I shot the other day

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Old 11-27-2013, 11:51 AM   #64
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A taste of what I shot the other day

Mmmm... Tasty :-P
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Old 11-27-2013, 12:54 PM   #65
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I almost stopped reading when you swapped the Magna for the KLR
the only bike better than the Magna you had ..is an early Magna 85 or 86 they are shaft drive ....no problems cruise the hwys at 80 mph all day every day . but too late now the KLR is in your pocket too deep .
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Old 11-27-2013, 01:37 PM   #66
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I almost stopped reading when you swapped the Magna for the KLR
the only bike better than the Magna you had ..is an early Magna 85 or 86 they are shaft drive ....no problems cruise the hwys at 80 mph all day every day . but too late now the KLR is in your pocket too deep .
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I'm with ya! I've had 3 Magnas! Only problem is, outside the US there are not gas stations every 100 miles, so the Magna, is not really an option. Plus she was not a fan of even gravel, let alone some of the places I have been. Believe me when I tell you that I dream of my Magna every day, especially since I've been a road warrior for 10 years... but one must leave their comfort zone in order to See. No?
Thanks for sticking with me!
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Old 11-28-2013, 06:41 AM   #67
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More pics!

Before I continue, I thought another picture set would be in order... this is from the second part of the North America ride, this time with the KLR.
Sorry in advance for the crappy shots and bad organization, I'm still trying to learn this whole forum thing. By Mexico (next) I will have my shit together, promise!

First, the transformation of Georgia:

All shiny and skinny on the day I found her.


All weighed down and ready to cruise California


The first of many visits to the doctor - see my post about the doohikey. She looks so... empty and sad


Back together, overloaded, and ready to cross the Mexican border.
If you think that looks like a lot of weight, you are right. I dropped her so many times, just from not being able to find the perfect level of ground on which to stand her. It couldn't be angle up, nor could it be flat, nor could the angle be too downward, it had to be about 5% down grade going away from her left side, otherwise she would topple. Yeah, this is my first dual-sport :)


At the burn


Fire walking - I could literally feel my clothes starting to melt - good times


Made the cover of the Black Rock Yearbook!
I did not take too many shots while at Burning Man because I was too buys finding happiness - which I did. I wrote a little about it in my last post...


The road has done many things for me, my favorite being reuniting me with friends - this particular one I have know for 24 years


CAlifornia was full of reunions! This time two friends from Minnesota came over for a 1000 mile loop around California


A tree in Yosemite.


We look happy at Yosemite... but underneath those smiles are the remnants of a hard lesson learned - don't drink whiskey at 10,000ft.


Glacial lake with water temperature of 30 some degrees? No problem!
Umm... dude... where did my balls go?! Aah, no worries, they'll be back... they always come back.


Granite Flows


The secret spot along the PCH which I wrote about. Right off the road, but not a hint of car noise - only the ocean. Wish I could describe exactly where it is - it's literally one of the pull-offs, where you park your bike, walk to the wooden fence and look for a little path that will take you down the cliff a bit. Once below the level of the road, the rocks will block all the noise, and you can enjoy a beer and a pipe


The California coast


I have yet to find a road sign which makes me as happy is this (this type of sign - in Idaho, on route 12, there is one which says "Next 100 Miles")


Now, onto Mexico (and better pics :) )...
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Old 11-29-2013, 10:40 AM   #68
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South America Packing List

I’ve received many questions about what one packs for a motorcycle journey around the world. In reality it is only possible to partially pack for a continent. No matter how experienced a traveler you may be, the contents of your pack will always fluctuate the further you go on your trip. The following is a list of things I started with. Eventually, what was extraneous was tossed, and what was missing bought.

Packing list

Clothes
Boots (x1)
Sandals (x1)
Water Sneakers (x1)
Flip flops
Underwear (x5)
Socks (x4)
T-shirt (x2)
Sweater (x1)
Collared shirt (x1)
Tie
Vest
Long sleeve (x1)
Warm hat (x1)
Balaklava (x1)
Rain Shell (x1)
Down Jacket (x1)
Long underwear (x1)
Waterproof pants (x1)
Swim trunks (x1)
Bandana (x2)
Handkerchiefs (x2)

Hiking gear / gear
Emergency bag – survival kit
Poles
Backpack
Rain cover
Waterproof duffel
Compression sacks
Gaters
Watch
Cell phone
Leatherman
Knife (x2)
Gurkha
Knife sharpener
Headlamp
Gps / radio
Mp3 player
Headphones
Kindle
Sunglasses
saw
Camera
Camel back
Water filter
Water bottle
Whistle
Batteries
Survival book
Firestarter
Lighter/matches
Rope/harness
Compass
Flint
Magnifying glass
Zip-lock bags
Duct tape
Camping
Tent
Hammock
Sleeping bag
Sleeping pad
Inflatable Pillow

Cooking
Jetboil
Gas
Spoon/fork
Cup
Small pot
Tea filter
Tea
Salt/pepper
Emergency bars
Emergency freeze dry packs

Motorcycle
Jacket
Pants
Helmet
Gloves (x3)
Chain/lock
Cover
Alarm
Tire/tube repair kit
Tool kit
GPS
ROK straps/bungees
Spare: battery, chain/sprockets, tires, tubes, tires

Writing
Laptop
Notepad
Pen
Pencil
Voice recorder
Laptop bag

Smoking
Pipe (x2)
Tobacco
Lighter
Matches
Tamper
Cleaners
Stand

Medical
Aloe
Arnica
Tiger balm
Pain killer
Advil
Activated Charcoal
First aid kit
Antibiotic cream
Snake bike kit
Malaria pills
Diarrhea pills

Hygene / personal care
Towel
Soap
Deodorant
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Scissors
File
Tweezers
Sunscreen
Lip balm
Wet wipes
Prep H
Cold sore medicine
Condoms
Razor/blades

Now, I know what some of you are thinking, "is this guy out of his mind?! An extra battery?!", and other thoughts to that effect. And, yes, you are right to think it, and yes I was crazy to bring it, along with a few other things which I did get rid of along the way. In fact I got rid of something or other every other week.

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Old 11-29-2013, 04:14 PM   #69
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If you're only traveling around the world I have found you don't really need much stuff. For the last year I have had the following:


Boots (x1) = riding boots yes
Sandals (x1) = no
Water Sneakers (x1) =no
Flip flops = no
Underwear (x5) = no
Socks (x4) = x2
T-shirt (x2) = yes
Sweater (x1) = no
Collared shirt (x1) = no
Tie = no
Vest = no
Long sleeve (x1) = no
Warm hat (x1) = yes
Balaklava (x1) = no
Rain Shell (x1) = riding jacket
Down Jacket (x1) = yes
Long underwear (x1) =yes
Waterproof pants (x1) = riding pants
Swim trunks (x1) = buy when needed and toss
Bandana (x2) = no
Handkerchiefs (x2) = no

Hiking gear / gear
Emergency bag – survival kit
Poles = no
Backpack = no
Rain cover = no
Waterproof duffel = yes
Compression sacks = yesx2
Gaters = no
Watch = yes
Cell phone = no
Leatherman = yes
Knife (x2) = no
Gurkha = no
Knife sharpener = no
Headlamp = yes
Gps / radio = yes/no
Mp3 player = no
Headphones yes
Kindle = laptop or iPad more versatile
Sunglasses = no
saw = no
Camera = yesx2
Camel back = no
Water filter = yes
Water bottle = yes
Whistle = no
Batteries = 6xAA rechargeable yes
Survival book = no
Firestarter = no
Lighter/matches = yes/no
Rope/harnessCompass =no
Flint = no
Magnifying glass =no
Zip-lock bags = yes
Duct tape = yes
Camping
Tent = yes
Hammock = no
Sleeping bag = yes
Sleeping pad = yes
Inflatable Pillow = riding jacket

Cooking
Jetboil = no
Gas = no
Spoon/fork = leatherman is better than a spork if you're careful
Cup = no
Small pot = no
Tea filter = no
Tea = no
Salt/pepper = no
Emergency bars = no
Emergency freeze dry packs no

Motorcycle
Jacket = yes
Pants = yes
Helmet = yes
Gloves (x3) = x1
Chain/lock = no
Cover =no
Alarm = no
Tire/tube repair kit = yes
Tool kit = yes
GPS = yes
ROK straps/bungees = yes
Spare: battery, chain/sprockets, tires, tubes, tires
no, no, yes, no, yes, no

Writing
Laptop = yes
Notepad = yes
Pen = yes
Pencil = no
Voice recorder = no
Laptop bag = yes

Smoking
Pipe (x2) = no
Tobacco = yes
Lighter = yes
Matches = no
Tamper = no
Cleaners = no
Stand = no

Medical
Aloe = no
Arnica = no
Tiger balm = no
Pain killer =no
Advil = yes
Activated Charcoal = no
First aid kit = yes
Antibiotic cream = no
Snake bike kit = no
Malaria pills = no
Diarrhea pills = no

Hygene / personal care
Towel = small
Soap = yes
Deodorant = yes
Toothbrush = yes
Toothpaste = yes
Scissors = no
File = on the leatherman
Tweezers =no
Lip balm = yes
Wet wipes =no
Cold sore medicine =no
Condoms =no

The only thing I don't see listed is some way to pump up your flats like a small battery powered tire pump, tire irons and a chain tool, loctite, spare clutch cable, air filter, stainless oil filter and some 2 part epoxy to repair holed case.

I'm from the less is more field of moto travel. Less weight means less stress on the suspension and longer tire life. There are stores to buy the rest of the stuff as needed.

Just a different perspective.

Cheers,
Tio Juanito
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Old 11-29-2013, 05:48 PM   #70
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I think packing lists are a bit subjective, so are underwear needs for that matter!
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Old 11-30-2013, 02:01 AM   #71
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I think packing lists are a bit subjective, so are underwear needs for that matter!
True enough. I am just reporting back from the field. I have seen a lot of folks loaded down with blown suspension down here. Your bike takes a pounding riding to South America. One look at that last pic says it all. No way that rear shock is going to make it. Blown rear shocks and blown fork seals are a hassle and not cheap to fix in South America. Minimalist travel is a compromise. Just offering an alternate viewpoint for the less is more riders out there. Now back to our regularly scheduled ride report.

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Old 11-30-2013, 07:13 AM   #72
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I generally agree with the less is more approach - the extra battery at first, then the extra tires were a mistake - a good 20 lbs. mistake.
One of my problems is that I like to do many different things - and that requires more gear. I also travel really, really slowly, which means I stay in cities sometimes, and that requires more clothes than I would normally have (i.e. shirt and tie) - I can't exactly go to someones birthday party, or a church, in my riding pants :)
But I did bust my fork seals, and my rear shock is all spring right now (fluid is gone) - so your point is exemplified here tio. Surely, when I leave Medellin, I will be around 25 lbs. lighter than before.
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Old 12-01-2013, 06:45 AM   #73
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I have caught up and enjoying your RR. I'm glad you figured out the pictures. jdowns has a lot of experience doing this and his ideas and attitude may differ from ours but it work well for him. I wish I could be as carefree as John, it's a blessing he has. Keep up the great ride and good luck in your travels, I'll be watching.
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Old 12-01-2013, 08:01 PM   #74
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I wanted to ask your opinion fellas...
The sizes of the photos I post - should they be bigger? smaller?

Any other ideas you may have?

First post from Latin America will follow :)

Thanks again for "riding" along!
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:17 AM   #75
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Seems fine, I think you can click on them to make them larger if tou want.
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