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Forum: Ride reports 12-23-2014, 05:24 AM
Replies: 828
Views: 94,059
Posted By BirddogVet
Load UP

If you have no specific plans for Christmas, start loading up on supplies. In Roman Catholic countries, Christmas is Family Time. Expect 'everything' to be closed.

This is not the time of year to...
Forum: Ride reports 12-17-2014, 10:33 AM
Replies: 828
Views: 94,059
Posted By BirddogVet
+1 on the Loperamide (Lomotyl. The gut's natural...

+1 on the Loperamide (Lomotyl. The gut's natural reaction to an irritation, such as bacterial toxins is to speed up (diarrhea). The use of loperamide causes the gut to slow down and thus enhance the...
Forum: Ride reports 12-15-2014, 10:37 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 13,645
Posted By BirddogVet
+1 In Did the centerstand ever get in...

+1 In

Did the centerstand ever get in your way?
Did you carry any spare fuel?
Beef up the suspension?
Did you replace the handlebar weights when you put on the handguards?
Forum: Ride reports 12-14-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 828
Views: 94,059
Posted By BirddogVet
You never know what to expect. This pizza tasted...

You never know what to expect. This pizza tasted better than it looked. Ollantaytambo, Peru.http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i417/BirddogVet/Peru%20Peru/IMAG0259_zps430bab61.jpg...
Forum: Americas 12-14-2014, 10:55 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,715
Posted By BirddogVet
The OP responds...

My Goodness, such an array of emotional responses. You'd think that I was suggesting the elimination of the Second Amendment.

A rider running out of gas in a remote section can be a problem. He...
Forum: Ride reports 12-10-2014, 05:41 AM
Replies: 828
Views: 94,059
Posted By BirddogVet
"A Stout would be awesome "........... Bohemio...

"A Stout would be awesome "........... Bohemio Negro is worth a try.

"got eaten alive by these little gnats"..... try any Mercado Central.
'Queria comprar (I would like to buy) un mosquitero' (a...
Forum: Ride reports 12-09-2014, 01:11 PM
Replies: 828
Views: 94,059
Posted By BirddogVet
Cerveza

Votes for Bohemio, Pacifico, & Superior.
Forum: Ride reports 12-09-2014, 06:33 AM
Replies: 828
Views: 94,059
Posted By BirddogVet
Pace picante sauce, it is not.

Depending on your taste buds....
Picante (pee kahn te) no, poe favor.
Or
poco picante, por favor.
Forum: Americas 12-08-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,715
Posted By BirddogVet
Marking the TAT

The idea is nothing new. The Spanish Camno de Santiago has the yellow arrow. The Appalachia Trail is mapped and marked. How is it that so many riders report spending time and precious fuel on...
Forum: Ride reports 12-06-2014, 01:47 PM
Replies: 828
Views: 94,059
Posted By BirddogVet
If You Would Permit...

a little hijacking here. I am in the deepest canyon in the world. Rode all day on a Peruvian rental and am walking around the next morning to get my bearings. I read all about the indigenous...
Forum: Ride reports 12-04-2014, 10:30 PM
Replies: 828
Views: 94,059
Posted By BirddogVet
Have you kept up with the local news? There is...

Have you kept up with the local news?
There is quite a bit of beefed up security in the four states (Guerro, Mexico, Michoacán, & Morelos) just south of you. The US embassy has advised against...
Forum: Ride reports 12-01-2014, 08:38 PM
Replies: 828
Views: 94,059
Posted By BirddogVet
From the Caldo Guy

Permit me Senor to be your culinary guide.
If I may suggest.....
the pollo (chicken) as you have found out is a great source of cheap protein. Tasty too.
Carne is meat.

Loncherias or comedors...
Forum: Ride reports 12-01-2014, 04:24 PM
Replies: 828
Views: 94,059
Posted By BirddogVet
I do not mean to...

criticize your diet, but you've got to have an iron stomach. I realize one eats what is available. Your mixture of dairy and fish brings an eeerp to most stomachs. The only time the two mix is in a...
Forum: Americas 11-28-2014, 07:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,312
Posted By BirddogVet
a DVM asks

As a veterinarian who writes a lot of international health certificates, the health and vaccination certificates are doable.

That you have managed previous trips with your furry companion, great....
Forum: Americas 11-27-2014, 07:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 986
Posted By BirddogVet
Have a Great Time

Riding Costa Rica with Wild Riders was an excellent introduction into Latin America bike riding. For the costs of airfare and bike rental it was also the most economical of choices.
Do some...
Forum: Ride reports 11-26-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 828
Views: 94,059
Posted By BirddogVet
One more thing: There is a big cultural...

One more thing: There is a big cultural difference when showing something to someone. On numerous occasions, I have given something to someone in Latin America in the sense of 'take a look at this.'...
Forum: Ride reports 11-26-2014, 08:38 PM
Replies: 828
Views: 94,059
Posted By BirddogVet
#uck, I hate it when I write a detailed reply...

#uck, I hate it when I write a detailed reply only to have it disappear. So I will keep this brief. You can assume from the first word what chingao means. ..... ado is a ............er.

From 'The...
Forum: Ride reports 11-26-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 828
Views: 94,059
Posted By BirddogVet
Ditto that on the tipping. 10% is what the...

Ditto that on the tipping.
10% is what the locals leave at the type of restaurants you've been eating at. For the high society, table cloth culinary establishment, the tip will be included in the...
Forum: Ride reports 11-23-2014, 09:30 AM
Replies: 828
Views: 94,059
Posted By BirddogVet
My Dietary, Dos Centavos

With the mention of a midday evac, you seem to be 'holding up' well. If I might make a dietary suggestion. When you arrive at a municipality large enough to have a super Mercado, check out the yogurt...
Forum: Ride reports 11-16-2014, 08:38 AM
Replies: 828
Views: 94,059
Posted By BirddogVet
Otro Mas

Just caught up. Count me in.

Just came back from visiting family in Saltillo/Monterrey after 18 years. Wow! The changes were huge, with shopping centers and Walmarts all over the place.
...
Forum: Americas 11-12-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,386
Posted By BirddogVet
Man was it cold.

Little did I know three years ago how cold it can get. It was at the end of October. My first cross country run, Chicago to Las Vegas. Got out of Illinois in great shape and then hit Texas. Texas,...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-06-2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,786
Posted By BirddogVet
Taking the minamilist approach a bit...

Taking the minamilist approach a bit further.......in a major jaunt to South America or Africa, which would you take? A centerstand with all of the tools or a wad of cash?
A SAT phone or a wad of...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-04-2014, 06:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,786
Posted By BirddogVet
Now we're talkin'

Thanks for taking the time for writing up some thoughtful answers.
So let's discuss.

I like the analogy between a trip and marriage. In essence all you need to get married is a license. Then...
Forum: Trip Planning 11-01-2014, 06:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,786
Posted By BirddogVet
The answer is ...........

So it comes down to essential, required, needed, or wanted.

To help with the decision, I watch Mondo Enduro and Long Way Round. My gear selection will fit inbetween.
Forum: Trip Planning 10-21-2014, 06:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,786
Posted By BirddogVet
Addendum

This really all came to mind while trying to break the bead on a Trailwing 8k mile ridden rear tire. Under prime conditions, I was cursing, sweating, and having just a jolly ol' time of it.
While...
Forum: Trip Planning 10-19-2014, 06:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,786
Posted By BirddogVet
TMeditations on the Cost of Security

How secure are you? I asked myself that question while deciding on whether or not to put on a centerstand. I would have the security of wheel changing at the cost of extra weight.
What is needed to...
Forum: Ride reports 10-14-2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 14,782
Posted By BirddogVet
Fell in Love with the DR

Rented a DR 650 in San Jose, Costa Rica last year. Going around Lake Arenal to Monteverde was an eye opening experience.

If you have any bike problems Wild Riders Rentals in San Jose right in the...
Forum: Vendors 10-14-2014, 06:00 AM
Replies: 762
Views: 164,250
Posted By BirddogVet
I'll bite...... heading to the website. ...

I'll bite......
heading to the website.
Dave
Forum: Ride reports 09-22-2014, 06:27 AM
Replies: 556
Views: 135,663
Posted By BirddogVet
Another reader offering condolences. Just...

Another reader offering condolences.

Just to note:
You can take a helmet as carry on. I have done so after calling ahead of the international flight and had no problem at TSA.

Does...
Forum: Americas 09-02-2014, 07:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,534
Posted By BirddogVet
+1

+1
Forum: Americas 09-01-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 726
Posted By BirddogVet
Muchas Thanx for all of your helpful replies. I...

Muchas Thanx for all of your helpful replies. I will keep you posted within the limitations of my tablet.

And I'll take into consideration all the advice provided.

My Honda Shadow was...
Forum: Americas 08-31-2014, 11:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 726
Posted By BirddogVet
Itinerary....

Early Sunday morning ride through downtown Chicago heading SE to Indiana 30 E.
Through Indiana 30 to Van Wiert, Ohio taking 127 S. to 33 E. The idea is to angle between Columbus and Dayton, OH. 33...
Forum: Americas 08-31-2014, 02:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 726
Posted By BirddogVet
Blue Ridge Parkway Planned

In the process of breaking in my new Suzuki DR650, I have BRP in my sights.
I was supposed to go two weeks ago, but got rear ended by a Ford Murano. After the bike was checked out, it seems DR=1...
Forum: Americas 08-31-2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,530
Posted By BirddogVet
Stick with the bike you know. Route 50,...

Stick with the bike you know.

Route 50, the loneliest road in America has been walked from coast to coast. Your CB will do fine.

The biggest obstacle is not the material (bike or gear)...
Forum: Americas 08-31-2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,534
Posted By BirddogVet
Contrarian View.... There is always the good...

Contrarian View....
There is always the good old stanby ' a cell phone and a credit card.'
And in that same thought, if you buy a cheap used bike and if she dies, leave her.

...
Forum: Americas 07-16-2014, 07:01 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 354
Posted By BirddogVet
Recommended Reading

Heading south of the U.S. Border? Well have I come across a book for you!
If Latin America is in your plans, then the "People's Guide to Mexico" is an excellent book. This guide takes off where the...
Forum: Americas 06-30-2014, 06:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 466
Posted By BirddogVet
OOps

Make that the Ride Reflections 11/13/2013.
Gives a full detail report of the trip.
contact for any additional info you might think of.
Forum: Americas 06-30-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 466
Posted By BirddogVet
Did similar in 2013

Rented the DR650 through Wild Riders in Feb. of 2013. The trip was a great change from riding USA asphalt.
For eight days you can go counter clockwise around Lake Arenal and finish off hitting...
Forum: Trip Planning 06-08-2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,781
Posted By BirddogVet
Getting Lost

I am guilty.
While my dreams are for extended days on the road, the reality of every day responsibilities holds me down.
I numb the disappointment by looking to acquire every knick knack that...
Forum: Americas 03-31-2014, 06:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,320
Posted By BirddogVet
Wouldn't It Be Nice?

At the end of that long day of riding, wouldn't it be nice if the 'curry' motel manager was able to offer some of their dinner? Believe me, I have asked. After inhaling those fragrant aromas, it...
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