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Forum: Ride reports Yesterday, 06:41 PM
Replies: 4,644
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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 Yesterday, 06:29 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
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 Yesterday, 05:44 PM
Replies: 666
Views: 95,553
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 Yesterday, 02:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 272
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: 62
Views: 4,982
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: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
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: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
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: 62
Views: 4,982
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: 768
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: 187
Views: 7,476
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: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
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: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
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: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
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: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
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: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
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: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
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: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
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: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
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: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
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: 187
Views: 7,476
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: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
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: 187
Views: 7,476
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: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
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: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
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: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
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...
Forum: Ride reports 09-11-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
Posted By JDowns
When I write these ride reports I always try to...

When I write these ride reports I always try to provide the kind of information I would liked to have known before setting off on long distance motorcycle trips so many years ago. I was fortunate to...
Forum: Ride reports 09-11-2014, 02:32 AM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
Posted By JDowns
Hi Biohazard, My return ticket to Uruguay is...

Hi Biohazard,

My return ticket to Uruguay is for November 10th, so not for another couple months. A cold front dropped down from Canada and it is unseasonably cold this week as I am sure you know...
Forum: Ride reports 09-11-2014, 02:24 AM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
Posted By JDowns
Hi MikeS, Am I losing confidence in the...

Hi MikeS,

Am I losing confidence in the Sherpa? Not really. Although it does have high mileage and has taken a beating the last couple years. I will ride that bike until it needs repairs that are...
Forum: Ride reports 09-10-2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
Posted By JDowns
Hi Burt, I have to finish up a few things in...

Hi Burt,

I have to finish up a few things in Bassett before heading back to Texas. It's taking a bit longer than I expected. Hope to see you down the road.
Forum: Ride reports 09-08-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
Posted By JDowns
Added. Thanks!

Added. Thanks!
Forum: Ride reports 09-08-2014, 06:53 AM
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Views: 1,138,677
Posted By JDowns
Added. Thanks!

Added. Thanks!
Forum: Ride reports 09-08-2014, 06:51 AM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
Posted By JDowns
Fixed. Thanks!

Fixed. Thanks!
Forum: Day Trippin' 09-05-2014, 10:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,389
Posted By JDowns
So sweet! You go girl.

So sweet! You go girl.
Forum: Ride reports 09-05-2014, 09:47 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
Posted By JDowns
I made some flash cards to brush up on my Spanish...

I made some flash cards to brush up on my Spanish motorcycle vocabulary.
With a beat up little dirt bike I figure I'll be needing them. I added some hillbilly phonetic pronunciation with the...
Forum: Ride reports 09-05-2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
Posted By JDowns
Hola Miguel del Norte, Thanks for the tip!...

Hola Miguel del Norte,

Thanks for the tip! That spanishprograms.com is a great site.

Muchas gracias amigo.

Su compadre de aventura,
Tio Juan
Forum: Ride reports 09-04-2014, 01:16 AM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
Posted By JDowns
Hi johnnybgood8, I am lost as well. I am...

Hi johnnybgood8,

I am lost as well. I am currently in Bassett, Nebraska taking care of a few things and heading back to Uruguay on November 10th to continue my travels. I will be heading to Texas...
Forum: Ride reports 09-03-2014, 10:58 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
Posted By JDowns
From my last few posts you may have gathered that...

From my last few posts you may have gathered that I am studying Spanish this summer to improve my conversational abilities on my return to South America in two months. I have about a five year old’s...
Forum: Ride reports 09-03-2014, 09:31 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
Posted By JDowns
Balanda, You aussie dog you. Always doubting...

Balanda,

You aussie dog you. Always doubting my innocent ways.

To be honest, I smoked pot in my youth, but never took to it. Not that there is anything wrong with kicking back in a recliner,...
Forum: Ride reports 09-03-2014, 09:00 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
Posted By JDowns
Señor Wedge, Thanks so much for the...

Señor Wedge,

Thanks so much for the suggestion! I downloaded SpanishDict onto my little iPad mini that my sister bought me and have been playing with it for the past few hours. Really good stuff....
Forum: Ride reports 09-03-2014, 01:48 AM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 1,138,677
Posted By JDowns
Heya mettalique, Smiling and pointing...

Heya mettalique,

Smiling and pointing definitely does work for most things. Along with sign language and laughing you can get by. And soon you can start pointing and asking:

como se dice esta...
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