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Forum: Ride reports Yesterday, 11:18 AM
Replies: 4,686
Views: 1,167,994
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, 12:16 PM
Replies: 4,686
Views: 1,167,994
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, 12:12 PM
Replies: 4,686
Views: 1,167,994
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, 09:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 359
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, 08:27 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 9,742
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, 10:11 PM
Replies: 4,686
Views: 1,167,994
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, 08:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 880
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, 07:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 559
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, 04:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,383
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, 04:31 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 3,907
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, 02:03 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 3,907
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 10-01-2014, 11:03 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 9,177
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, 03:48 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,667
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, 03:28 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,009
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, 12:27 PM
Replies: 4,686
Views: 1,167,994
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, 06:41 PM
Replies: 4,686
Views: 1,167,994
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, 06:29 PM
Replies: 4,686
Views: 1,167,994
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, 05:44 PM
Replies: 674
Views: 100,363
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, 02:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 636
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, 12:02 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,925
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, 09:51 PM
Replies: 4,686
Views: 1,167,994
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, 04:12 PM
Replies: 4,686
Views: 1,167,994
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, 03:10 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,925
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, 02:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 981
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, 10:58 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 9,177
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, 09:21 PM
Replies: 4,686
Views: 1,167,994
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...
Forum: Ride reports 09-14-2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 4,686
Views: 1,167,994
Posted By JDowns
I hear you Salsa. I am the same way. Videos...

I hear you Salsa. I am the same way. Videos require you to watch the whole thing. It just isn't the same as browsing pics. Or skimming through text.

But I take the longer view. Just like the...
Forum: Ride reports 09-14-2014, 02:31 PM
Replies: 4,686
Views: 1,167,994
Posted By JDowns
Hi prsdrat, I enjoy criticism. It makes me...

Hi prsdrat,

I enjoy criticism. It makes me better. It's important to understand that I just got this idea a few days ago and this is my first feeble attempt. Although casual conversations are...
Forum: Ride reports 09-13-2014, 10:17 PM
Replies: 4,686
Views: 1,167,994
Posted By JDowns
Vic! So nice to hear from you amigo. Glad...

Vic!

So nice to hear from you amigo. Glad to hear you are still following along. Look forward to hearing about your future adventures. Hope to see you down the road someday.

Your ADVpal,
Tio...
Forum: Ride reports 09-13-2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 4,686
Views: 1,167,994
Posted By JDowns
Hey Black top Bob, Good onya. 4000 miles on...

Hey Black top Bob,

Good onya. 4000 miles on a KLX250 is no slouch ride. It's a fun bike.

Hope to see you down the road.

Your ADVpal,
Tio Juanito
Forum: Ride reports 09-13-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 4,686
Views: 1,167,994
Posted By JDowns
Dinner prep. Stuffed jalapeños, spuds and ribs...

Dinner prep. Stuffed jalapeños, spuds and ribs heading to the grill:

http://johndowns.smugmug.com/Other/PhotoSync/i-694sQcD/0/L/IMG_0363-L.jpg

Throttlemeister firing off the bonfire. This is a...
Forum: Ride reports 09-13-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 4,686
Views: 1,167,994
Posted By JDowns
Here is DaveG the city slicker having fun mowing...

Here is DaveG the city slicker having fun mowing this afternoon on Throttlemeister’s tractor:

http://johndowns.smugmug.com/Other/PhotoSync/i-WtWpcSX/0/L/IMG_0357-L.jpg

Along with...
Forum: Ride reports 09-13-2014, 01:45 PM
Replies: 4,686
Views: 1,167,994
Posted By JDowns
I recorded my first trial conversation this...

I recorded my first trial conversation this morning with DaveG who currently lives in Kansas City. Here is our hero:

http://johndowns.smugmug.com/Other/PhotoSync/i-wVcrj9V/0/XL/IMG_0354-XL.jpg

...
Forum: Ride reports 09-13-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 4,686
Views: 1,167,994
Posted By JDowns
I’m down in Oklahoma this weekend at the LARR-...

I’m down in Oklahoma this weekend at the LARR- Latin America Riders Rally. Sitting around the fire this morning with from left to right, colomtnbkr, DaveG, and NataHarli:
...
Forum: Latin America 09-12-2014, 01:52 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 9,177
Posted By JDowns
I don't have an effing phone. I'm a minimalist....

I don't have an effing phone. I'm a minimalist. Everyone in Latin America PMs me on ADVrider to invite me to stay with them. It works.

Currently in Tulsa sitting on Tomski's front porch using his...
Forum: Ride reports 09-12-2014, 01:38 AM
Replies: 4,686
Views: 1,167,994
Posted By JDowns
Okay, so I was checking out the Latin America...

Okay, so I was checking out the Latin America thread, as one does, and saw that this weekend is the Latin America Riders Rendezvous down in Oklahoma. LARR2014. It was cold and rainy in Nebraska. No...
Forum: Latin America 09-11-2014, 02:38 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 9,177
Posted By JDowns
Okay, it is 44º at 4:30 PM Thursday here in...

Okay, it is 44º at 4:30 PM Thursday here in Nebraska. Dropping down into the 30s tonight. The forecast calls for rain with possible snow flurries tomorrow. Fuck this. I'm heading to LARR. The hell...
Forum: Ride reports 09-11-2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 4,686
Views: 1,167,994
Posted By JDowns
Hi advmoto66, Good tip. Voice to text works...

Hi advmoto66,

Good tip. Voice to text works pretty well when I have a good wifi connection. I am an old school fast typer and have found typing works no matter where I am. As network speeds...
Forum: Ride reports 09-11-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 4,686
Views: 1,167,994
Posted By JDowns
Heya Balanda, I think you are in the...

Heya Balanda,

I think you are in the majority. Most people wouldn't feel comfortable accepting donations and would rather be independent.

Accepting donations means you are ethically obligated...
Forum: Ride reports 09-11-2014, 10:48 AM
Replies: 4,686
Views: 1,167,994
Posted By JDowns
Today is cold and rainy in Northern Nebraska and...

Today is cold and rainy in Northern Nebraska and I am spending the afternoon dreaming about riding in South America since I can’t finish painting the patio cover rafters I built this week. Only...
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