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Forum: Ride reports 04-17-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By Cousteau
Arriaga’s heat and Ventosa and its slight breeze

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After leaving the customs checkpoint right as the sun reached its...
Forum: Ride reports 04-12-2014, 07:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 556
Posted By Cousteau
Not just another border crossing

So crossing into Mexico from Guatemala, which I’ve done probably a half a dozen times, is usually a simple affair. Not so this time around. Just as a little background and context – I am a...
Forum: Ride reports 04-12-2014, 06:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 556
Posted By Cousteau
On getting going

Blader54 - I'm not sure there is a specific recipe for being able to take time off. For the last trip, which was 4 months long, I did plan to be detached at work the previous 9 months, training some...
Forum: Ride reports 04-09-2014, 07:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 556
Posted By Cousteau
2WC Part Deux - Looping the Isthmus

Hello Everyone,

A good friend of mine, Alfonso Perez, whom I met last year while riding in Ecuador on my first adventure (http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=878995&highlight=chronicle)...
Forum: Ride reports 12-24-2013, 09:37 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Mid-Point Gear Review

I thought that since I'm nearing my mid-point in my ride that I would talk a bit about some of the gear I've been using and how it's worked up to now. I should note that some of the gear I will be...
Forum: Ride reports 12-23-2013, 04:00 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Tena - A river runs through it

As I rode towards the town of Tena in Ecuadorian Amazon, I had an incredible ride through tropical rain forests. One incredible track that stands out is a ride of some 20 kms all riding next to a...
Forum: Ride reports 12-20-2013, 01:53 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Into the Amazon

This was an entirely unplanned twist in my adventure. After all my research and planning, it was but for the Alfonso’s suggestion that I decided to literally take a left rather than head strait on my...
Forum: Ride reports 12-17-2013, 06:07 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Quito- Colonial Architecture, turned the corner, and a new friend

Arrived in Quito after a few hours ride from Otavalo, just as I've done in many cities thus far - not having any idea where I'll put my head that night.

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Forum: Ride reports 09-06-2013, 04:36 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Tropical Depression

As I ride into Ecuador and near the 0 degree latitude, I'm culminating a few days of rain and dark skies. I've been now in Otavalo, a little town known for its artisan market a few hours north of...
Forum: Ride reports 07-28-2013, 06:21 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Reflexions on Colombia

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Well, as I'm on my way out of this...
Forum: Ride reports 07-28-2013, 05:57 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Popayan - The White City

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I had initially not planned to spend...
Forum: Ride reports 07-14-2013, 11:49 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Cali - Part Deux

Today it was time to get the bike dropped for service and have its new Heidenau Scouts put on. I had shipped these a few weeks ago from Monteria for $11 rather than dragging them all over Colombia...
Forum: Ride reports 07-07-2013, 01:11 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Thanks!

Gary,

As I mentioned above, I really appreciate the feedback. Glad you are along for the ride and enjoying the report. More to come soon.
Forum: Ride reports 07-07-2013, 01:10 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Thanks for the feedback!

It's not easy traveling, keeping your notes, pictures and writing. I'm actually in Santa Cruz, Bolivia right now and as you can tell, a little behind on the ride report, but I have a few days here...
Forum: Ride reports 07-05-2013, 12:07 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Heading into “El Valle” - Cali

It has been several weeks since I was in a place that is flat and wide. Not since I left the savanna of Cordoba as I headed to Medellin had a seen such large expanses with a horizon that goes on...
Forum: Ride reports 06-21-2013, 06:26 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Manizales… a new take on the San Francisco of South America

Built on two sides of a steep ridge, Manizales is one of the major urban centers of the Eje Cafetero. Similar in many ways to its big brother Medellin, it's people are warm, extremely helpful, and...
Forum: Ride reports 06-18-2013, 08:06 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
A rainy afternoon hiding out in a cafe - Armenia, Colombia

So, overall I cannot recommend Armenia, the city in Colombia, as a tourism destination. The city center is dilapidated, dirty, and with few redeeming qualities.

This could of course be influenced...
Forum: Ride reports 06-15-2013, 05:59 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Reflexions from the Road

I think it's important to share not only my ride reports, but also some of the introspective thinking that's coming from this type of experience. As you might imagine, one has a lot of time to think...
Forum: Ride reports 06-08-2013, 09:38 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Bogota, a capital city and the Salt Cathedral

I have traveled to Bogotá on many occasions for business, and it is one of my favorite cities - vibrant, engaging, sophisticated, and quite cosmopolitan. This time, even though I would need to take...
Forum: Ride reports 05-27-2013, 04:12 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Guatape, Honda and into Bogota

One of the great things about this trip is the little travel routine one falls into. I leave things packed in the evening, with just my clothes for the next day out, and then I head out early. I tend...
Forum: Ride reports 05-26-2013, 08:54 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Hi Courtrand, I'm in Otavalo right now....

Hi Courtrand,

I'm in Otavalo right now. Heading to Quito tomorrow. I'll swing by to say hi in the next few days. Glad to hear the Tiger is meeting your expectations. It's been an amazing bike to...
Forum: Ride reports 05-19-2013, 09:07 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Medellin - Pablo, Bikes & Babes

In Cali right now, but going to be catching up fast next few days on the report. Enjoy Medellin, I sure did!

For those of you who have not taveled to Medellin, you absolutely should. Getting into...
Forum: Ride reports 05-13-2013, 07:17 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Monteria - an unexpected surprise

I headed out of Cartagena today. I packed up last night, so I just took a quick shower, put on my gear and headed around the block to get my bike out of the parking garage. Not surprisingly, although...
Forum: Ride reports 05-11-2013, 09:53 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Cartagena and Ballenato

We started to unload the bikes shortly after 6am.

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Forum: Ride reports 05-08-2013, 07:40 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
The Crossing...

After breakfast, before everyone started to go out snorkeling the Captain called us all up on deck to tell us our schedule for the day.

We would all have to be back onboard by 5pm as the boat...
Forum: Ride reports 05-08-2013, 07:33 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Islas San Blas...

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So we left off getting the bikes to the boat. That evening Captain Michel had already made arrangements for us to stay at the only hostel, and I dare say the only*accommodations,...
Forum: Ride reports 05-06-2013, 07:04 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Carti, the Kuna Yala, and The Independence

This was going to be a big day. Today I needed to arrive in Carti and load the bike on the boat. Majo from the Independence had sent instructions on how to get out to the port of Carti to load the...
Forum: Ride reports 05-04-2013, 09:19 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
In Medellin today. Going to one of the largest...

In Medellin today. Going to one of the largest motorcycle fairs in Latinamerica called "Dos Ruedas". Should be incredible!

Will be posting about the crossing into Colombia later today. It was...
Forum: Ride reports 05-03-2013, 04:17 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Panama, an amazing city

Today I arrived in Panama City. I had already been impressed and seen the immediate contrast between the type and quality of the infrastructure in buildings and highways versus what you see in the...
Forum: Americas 05-02-2013, 06:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 492
Posted By Cousteau
Hi, I just did the crossing four days ago on the...

Hi, I just did the crossing four days ago on the Independence. It was a fantastic experience. Five days, four nights. The San Blas Islands are otherworldly. Take the best image you can conjure up of...
Forum: Ride reports 05-01-2013, 07:12 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Glad you are enjoying the trip. I LOVE Colombia....

Glad you are enjoying the trip. I LOVE Colombia. I've been coming here for work for many years, but always to the main cities. This time I want to see a different side of things and I know it won't...
Forum: Ride reports 05-01-2013, 06:57 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
NitroRoo, well, as soon as the cop pulled up...

NitroRoo, well, as soon as the cop pulled up beside me, I knew he had reeled me in, so I figured I had nothing to lose by talking it out a bit with him... worked out in the end.

Regarding work, I...
Forum: Ride reports 05-01-2013, 06:53 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Glad you are enjoying the ride JM. Your feedback...

Glad you are enjoying the ride JM. Your feedback and knowing there are others out there reading is really motivating to keep up the report. It's tough after a day of riding and exploring to sit down...
Forum: Ride reports 04-30-2013, 07:20 PM
Replies: 246
Views: 54,343
Posted By Cousteau
Meetup in Cartagena

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Fritz,

Great to meet you in Cartagena. Have enjoyed reading your report the last few months and...
Forum: Ride reports 04-30-2013, 04:39 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
San Carlos, a little piece of heaven

I met Victoria back in 2004 while doing a development project with the Ministry of Labor in Guatemala. She was the Development Officer responsible for the labor sector for USAID in Central America...
Forum: Ride reports 04-30-2013, 04:38 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
On the road in Panama … stopped by the Police

About an hour and a half outside of Panama City, a sleepy little village surrounded by some of the largest resorts in Panama, San Carlos is I headed after David where my friend Victoria has a...
Forum: Ride reports 04-30-2013, 04:35 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Costa Rica into Panama - making it to David

I left on Saturday morning heading south towards the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. That morning around 5am I heard some shuffling in the house as Carolina, Carlos and the two girls were preparing...
Forum: Ride reports 04-29-2013, 07:45 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
A break from traveling and taking care of some work responsibilities

We have a business unit in my company that implements an ERP called Openbravo. We have several clients in Costa Rica and I thought to take a break from riding and go visit some of my clients.

In...
Forum: Ride reports 04-29-2013, 06:49 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Into Costa Rica

I left Granada early in the day and headed for the border with Costa Rica. The drive down was pretty spectacular, as I headed near the coast in Rivas. As I crested a hill, I was struck by an unending...
Forum: Ride reports 04-29-2013, 06:45 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,857
Posted By Cousteau
Catching up now...

Sorry for the long pause. I´ve been on a boat, the Independence, crossing the Darien Gap. I'm in Cartagena now and will do my absolute best to get everyone up to speed on the last week+ of...
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