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Forum: Latin America 11-05-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 695
Posted By JDowns
At the 6 minute mark he passes Centro Naturista...

At the 6 minute mark he passes Centro Naturista San Miguel which is located in San Miguel de Allende. The large bouldery landscape does look a lot like Baja, but he is obviously on a divided quota...
Forum: Ride reports 11-04-2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 762
Views: 83,687
Posted By JDowns
Junyah stopped by for a visit here in rural Texas...

Junyah stopped by for a visit here in rural Texas yesterday. Here is our hero standing next to his trusty WR:

http://johndowns.smugmug.com/Other/PhotoSync/i-pHFCSWb/0/XL/IMG_0387-XL.jpg

He's a...
Forum: Ride reports 11-04-2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,218,297
Posted By JDowns
Look who showed up in rural Texas out in the...

Look who showed up in rural Texas out in the middle of nowhere to pay me a visit:

http://johndowns.smugmug.com/Other/PhotoSync/i-pHFCSWb/0/L/IMG_0387-L.jpg

Junyah is heading from New Hampsha...
Forum: Ride reports 11-02-2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,218,297
Posted By JDowns
I don't take the time to respond to everyone, but...

I don't take the time to respond to everyone, but please know I truly appreciate all of the kind words and good advice I have received. The best things in life are on ADVrider. You guys are great.
...
Forum: Ride reports 11-01-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,218,297
Posted By JDowns
Hi whiskey mike, You have to have an...

Hi whiskey mike,

You have to have an interlock device in every vehicle you drive. I suppose you could put one on a bike, since you have 6 minutes to blow into it allowing you to pull over. The...
Forum: Ride reports 10-31-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,218,297
Posted By JDowns
Beechum, You crack me up. The problem with...

Beechum,

You crack me up. The problem with jailhouse interviews is that they have nothing to do with ADVriding. Although I will continue to interview fellow travellers as I meet them in the...
Forum: Ride reports 10-29-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,218,297
Posted By JDowns
Hi CC, I appreciate your lateral thinking,...

Hi CC,

I appreciate your lateral thinking, but jumping bail and missing my court date would result in a warrant for my arrest and additional punishment when they caught up to me. I am basically an...
Forum: Ride reports 10-27-2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,218,297
Posted By JDowns
Hi Balanda, I like your thinking. I was out...

Hi Balanda,

I like your thinking. I was out cutting tile on the front porch this morning and saw a flock of Sandhills Cranes heading south. They've got the right idea.

I find the best thing to...
Forum: Ride reports 10-27-2014, 02:09 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,218,297
Posted By JDowns
Hola Ramón, You are a saint. I don't know if...

Hola Ramón,

You are a saint. I don't know if it is possible to renew the permit by someone else. If not I will see about paying a fine for an expired import permit or whatever when I get back down...
Forum: Ride reports 10-26-2014, 04:00 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,218,297
Posted By JDowns
Hi Balanda, Yes I will continue to report...

Hi Balanda,

Yes I will continue to report back. And yes, this is just a blip in my travels.

People have been overwhelmingly supportive this week with really nice posts, PM's and paypal...
Forum: Ride reports 10-26-2014, 02:59 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,218,297
Posted By JDowns
Hi Ramón, Okay, I won't get ahead of myself....

Hi Ramón,

Okay, I won't get ahead of myself. I will be back to South America. It just may be a year or two. I figured it would be impossible to get the bike out of Uruguay on a severely expired...
Forum: Ride reports 10-25-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,218,297
Posted By JDowns
I will continue to update this so you can know...

I will continue to update this so you can know the rest of the story. I know I always wonder what happened to folks who suddenly end their ride reports and are never heard from again. And I won’t do...
Forum: Ride reports 10-25-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,218,297
Posted By JDowns
Hi O'B, Truer words were never written....

Hi O'B,

Truer words were never written. Although I have given up drinking for the rest of my life, I will keep riding as long as I can. (Of course, not with a suspended license.)

Your ADVpal,...
Forum: Ride reports 10-25-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,218,297
Posted By JDowns
Hi Dustdog, I would like your brother to...

Hi Dustdog,

I would like your brother to have the Super Sherpa. I won't be getting back to Uruguay before the permit is up in April.

Even if Canario can't get the Sherpa registered in Uruguay,...
Forum: Ride reports 10-23-2014, 12:18 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,218,297
Posted By JDowns
It is with a heavy heart that I must report that...

It is with a heavy heart that I must report that I was arrested Tuesday for misdemeanor DUI. I forgot why drinking is not something I should ever trifle with. I feel like an idiot. Also like I have...
Forum: Ride reports 10-21-2014, 01:16 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,218,297
Posted By JDowns
Hi BTBob, So glad to see you are out camping...

Hi BTBob,

So glad to see you are out camping on your 250. SWEET!

I can't wait to race you in Mexico on identical Honda 125s in ten years when we're both of an advanced age. I think I can take...
Forum: Ride reports 10-21-2014, 01:12 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,218,297
Posted By JDowns
I’ve been cut off from the outside world for a...

I’ve been cut off from the outside world for a while working in rural Texas where there is no wifi or cell service. I came into town to get more supplies and am reporting live from tbe Cleburne Texas...
Forum: Americas 10-12-2014, 10:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 431
Posted By JDowns
Looking at weather stats on wunderground.com for...

Looking at weather stats on wunderground.com for late December last year I see it was 60s during the day and 40s at night up in Creel at 7000'. Down in the Canyon in Batopilas is much warmer since...
Forum: Ride reports 10-12-2014, 09:27 AM
Replies: 762
Views: 83,687
Posted By JDowns
Hi Junyah, You're my kind of guy. You'll do...

Hi Junyah,

You're my kind of guy. You'll do great out on the roads less traveled. Don't sweat the details. Getting out of the driveway is job one. :lol3

Hopefully your ride report will inspire...
Forum: Ride reports 10-11-2014, 11:11 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,218,297
Posted By JDowns
Hi fasttortoise, I'm leaving Nebraska and...

Hi fasttortoise,

I'm leaving Nebraska and heading down deep in the heart of Texas tomorrow to beautify another ADVrider's house. Still have a month before my plane leaves for Uruguay.

The...
Forum: Americas 10-05-2014, 09:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,083
Posted By JDowns
I ride a small bike and can't take a lot of...

I ride a small bike and can't take a lot of clothes. I travel with one pair of pants, two pair of socks (if I'm lucky), a pair of hi-tech long underwear top and bottom and two tee-shirts. All black. ...
Forum: Latin America 10-05-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 674
Posted By JDowns
La Paz got hammered pretty hard last month from...

La Paz got hammered pretty hard last month from hurricane Odile:

http://johndowns.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Super-Sherpa/i-g7qXtx6/0/L/Screen%20Shot%202014-10-05%20at%209.05.08%20pm-L.png

You...
Forum: Latin America 10-05-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,916
Posted By JDowns
Simon Storm surf! ...

Simon Storm surf!

http://johndowns.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Super-Sherpa/i-KXdvgf6/0/L/Screen%20Shot%202014-10-05%20at%206.54.25%20pm-L.png

Better strap the board to the side of my bike and head...
Forum: Latin America 10-05-2014, 05:31 PM
Replies: 378
Views: 13,369
Posted By JDowns
Ah yes, land speed records are anathema to me. It...

Ah yes, land speed records are anathema to me. It was nice meeting you and your lovely wife at the last Latin American ADV rally down in Oklahoma last month Señor Bananaman. You grill some mean ribs....
Forum: Latin America 10-05-2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 378
Views: 13,369
Posted By JDowns
As others have said, the weather wil be the...

As others have said, the weather wil be the determining factor. When I was in southern Patagonia last March it was getting pretty dang cold when I made an executive decision and cut northeast to...
Forum: Latin America 10-02-2014, 12:03 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 10,595
Posted By JDowns
Nice! Your place on the lake is a slice of...

Nice!

Your place on the lake is a slice of heaven. I remember you on that Honda riding around the bonfire and it makes me smile. You wildman.

A good woman, a good dog and a boat that runs is a...
Forum: Ride reports 09-27-2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 15,576
Posted By JDowns
Wow! Great pics. Beautiful fall foliage...

Wow!

Great pics. Beautiful fall foliage colors. Keep up the good work. September seems to be THE month to be in the Colorado Rockies. The kids are back in school and the weather is beautiful.
...
Forum: Ride reports 09-27-2014, 04:28 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 19,360
Posted By JDowns
Cruising south on a 990 with a good looking...

Cruising south on a 990 with a good looking ADVgal. Sounds like fun to me. If you can keep your ride report current, ADVriders will invite you over for a visit as you travel south. Some of my fondest...
Forum: Ride reports 09-27-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,218,297
Posted By JDowns
Hi HanShotFirst, Nice to have you along....

Hi HanShotFirst,

Nice to have you along. Good to hear you're getting out riding with your kids. They're lucky to have a cool Dad who likes to hit the backroads. Sounds like fun to me. Small rides...
Forum: Ride reports 09-19-2014, 07:41 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,218,297
Posted By JDowns
Hey Scott and Lois! So good to hear from you...

Hey Scott and Lois!

So good to hear from you ! I am definitely heading to Pine AZ before taking off for Uruguay. My flight leaves from Phoenix on Nov. 9th. Look forward to seeing you this fall....
Forum: Ride reports 09-19-2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,218,297
Posted By JDowns
Hi Ratman, Thanks for the good tips. I think...

Hi Ratman,

Thanks for the good tips. I think I will try to copy and paste these stories over on the johnthomasdowns.blogspot.com site now that I see the key is to edit your posts so you don't have...
Forum: Ride reports 09-19-2014, 06:44 PM
Replies: 686
Views: 107,817
Posted By JDowns
Good news Señor Danielito, Ride reports can...

Good news Señor Danielito,

Ride reports can be tough to finish when you get back home and have to deal with the maelstrom of things that need taking care of.

Keep up the good work amigo!
...
Forum: Americas 09-19-2014, 03:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 733
Posted By JDowns
Hi Ryder West, If there are 4 of you it is...

Hi Ryder West,

If there are 4 of you it is not very expensive to split a room 4 ways. Cheap motels and hospedajes are available all the way down your route. After riding all day, sometimes it is...
Forum: Latin America 09-17-2014, 01:02 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,932
Posted By JDowns
Hi DKW1200, My bike is in Uruguay parked at...

Hi DKW1200,

My bike is in Uruguay parked at a hog farm. Uruguay gives you a year on your TVIP. My bike isn't worth shipping back and forth to the states. I just leave it down there when I run out...
Forum: Ride reports 09-16-2014, 10:51 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,218,297
Posted By JDowns
Hi Don, Indeed it's true. Although all hard...

Hi Don,

Indeed it's true. Although all hard drives crash eventually. Books and printed material live on. I have 200 year old books on the shelf. Will the hard drive on the laptop I am typing this...
Forum: Ride reports 09-16-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,218,297
Posted By JDowns
Not to worry. Although the internet is ephemeral,...

Not to worry. Although the internet is ephemeral, I print out these stories and will publish them someday in hardcopy.

Pay services for photos like smugmug.com that have monetization tend to...
Forum: Latin America 09-16-2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,932
Posted By JDowns
Feb.-March is the equivalent to Aug.-Sept. in the...

Feb.-March is the equivalent to Aug.-Sept. in the Northern hemisphere. Your plans are in flux, so difficult to know what to suggest. Ecuador is a wonderful country not to be missed imho, even though...
Forum: Americas 09-16-2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,115
Posted By JDowns
Keep your eye on the weather. The hurricane that...

Keep your eye on the weather. The hurricane that is coming up from Baja will be dumping rain in Arizona as it peters out over the next two days. You should be okay as it should clear out by Thursday....
Forum: Latin America 09-14-2014, 11:58 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 10,595
Posted By JDowns
What a fun weekend! My thanks to John and...

What a fun weekend!

My thanks to John and Laura for making it all happen. I just made it back home to Northern Nebraska and it seems like a dream already.

Check out Señor Throttlemeister's...
Forum: Ride reports 09-14-2014, 10:21 PM
Replies: 4,757
Views: 1,218,297
Posted By JDowns
Hi Seezer, Wish you would have made it this...

Hi Seezer,

Wish you would have made it this year. Much fun was had. Hope to see you someday.

Went to Eréndira 43 years ago. It was a funkadelic Ejido fishing village back then. No Coyote...
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