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Forum: Latin America 04-04-2014, 04:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 377
Posted By AndyT
I think your only hope of "making it right" is to...

I think your only hope of "making it right" is to go to the border of Ecuador and another country with the new owner, check the bike out, and cancel the permit. The new owner can then re-enter...
Forum: Latin America 03-27-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 510
Posted By AndyT
Agreed, but you can start up out of the canyon...

Agreed, but you can start up out of the canyon from Batopilas, and avoid that part. As you follow the main street in Batopilas toward Satevo, look for a road angling off to the right, uphill just as...
Forum: Americas 03-26-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 22,498
Views: 1,664,423
Posted By AndyT
I'm cheap, so I have a bottle of Zacapa Quince in...

I'm cheap, so I have a bottle of Zacapa Quince in my liquor cabinet right now.
Forum: Latin America 03-25-2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 311
Posted By AndyT
I believe what you are referring to is that if...

I believe what you are referring to is that if you temporarily suspend your Guatemala permit, for example to go to El Salvador and come back, then you have to come back through the same border to...
Forum: Latin America 03-21-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,000
Posted By AndyT
Is this the same macadamia farm that the touts in...

Is this the same macadamia farm that the touts in Antigua try to sell tours to, or is this a different one? And is there more than one?
Forum: Latin America 03-21-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 458
Posted By AndyT
Agree with the above. Currently running a Kenda...

Agree with the above. Currently running a Kenda Big Block (TKC80 knock offish) on the front and a Kenda 761 on the rear of my KLR. The last 761 lasted 11,000 miles. I tried the 270's but they were...
Forum: Americas 03-20-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 815
Views: 119,195
Posted By AndyT
Curious why you think a smoked face shield is a...

Curious why you think a smoked face shield is a good idea. I want to appear less threatening, not more. I use a modular helmet, and ride with the chin bar up in towns so people can see my face.
Forum: Americas 03-20-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 392
Posted By AndyT
I took camping gear, but almost never used it...

I took camping gear, but almost never used it until I got to Argentina and Chile, then I used it a lot. The only major things I had to buy on the trip were a camera and tires for the bike.
Forum: Americas 03-19-2014, 08:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 392
Posted By AndyT
I only got snowed on once, over a 15,000+ ft pass...

I only got snowed on once, over a 15,000+ ft pass in Peru. It was cold enough to snow several other times though. Central Peru and parts of Bolivia, the valleys are 11-12,000 ft, and the passes are...
Forum: Americas 03-19-2014, 07:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 392
Posted By AndyT
I just looked at my old passport, and I arrived...

I just looked at my old passport, and I arrived in Colombia on October 5, so I spent roughly 11 weeks going through Mexico and Central America.
Included in that is a week of spanish lessons in...
Forum: Americas 03-19-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 392
Posted By AndyT
The way I did it was to say I wanted to be at the...

The way I did it was to say I wanted to be at the southern tip around Christmas, I knew I wanted to spend roughly 6 months on the trip, so I backed up six months from Christmas, and left Texas in mid...
Forum: Americas 03-18-2014, 12:14 PM
Replies: 22,498
Views: 1,664,423
Posted By AndyT
Many of the spanish schools take the students out...

Many of the spanish schools take the students out and do exactly what you are asking. Go to the market, a museum, restaurant. Of course you have to be taking classes, not sure if that fits in your...
Forum: Americas 03-14-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 22,498
Views: 1,664,423
Posted By AndyT
Similar elevations and climate. Similar...

Similar elevations and climate. Similar architecture, although more 2 and 3 story buildings in San Miguel. Both have a high percentage of English speaking tourist and expatriate residents. Both are...
Forum: Americas 03-14-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 22,498
Views: 1,664,423
Posted By AndyT
I think it is a nice looking bike, made by...

I think it is a nice looking bike, made by Zongshen in China. I saw an ad from the UK where it is being sold under another brand name there. I suppose there's not much chance of seeing it in the USA.
Forum: Americas 03-13-2014, 07:08 PM
Replies: 22,498
Views: 1,664,423
Posted By AndyT
Looks like a reasonable route. I'm curious about...

Looks like a reasonable route. I'm curious about the border crossing you show between Mexico and Guatemala. There was a thread here about that awhile back, and no one posted who had actually used...
Forum: Americas 03-13-2014, 07:52 AM
Replies: 22,498
Views: 1,664,423
Posted By AndyT
I live in San Antonio, and I have changed money...

I live in San Antonio, and I have changed money at Frost bank, a regional chain with several branches in SA. I do my other banking with them, don't know if that matters.

But ATM's are generally...
Forum: Americas 03-09-2014, 05:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,617
Posted By AndyT
Polebridge MT, just across the river from GNP. ...

Polebridge MT, just across the river from GNP.

Eat here:



http://andyt.smugmug.com/Other/Great-Divide-Ride-2012/i-VGxrVPX/0/L/P6160833-L.jpg
Forum: Americas 03-09-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,617
Posted By AndyT
North fork border crossing: ...

North fork border crossing:

http://andyt.smugmug.com/Other/Great-Divide-Ride-2012/i-RtmT6JL/0/L/P6170838-L.jpg
Forum: Americas 03-09-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,617
Posted By AndyT
There is a lot of confusion on advrider on what...

There is a lot of confusion on advrider on what "off road" means. Some people call anything off pavement "off road", where to me, a gravel road is still a road.
Forum: Latin America 03-02-2014, 04:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 268
Posted By AndyT
I suppose anyone likely to be going that way...

I suppose anyone likely to be going that way would figure this out, but I think you mean Tubares.
Forum: Americas 03-02-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 815
Views: 119,195
Posted By AndyT
The CA-4 agreement only seems to affect tourists...

The CA-4 agreement only seems to affect tourists if you plant to spend more than 90 days in the CA-4 countries. The 90 day visa you are normally issued when entering one of them used to reset when...
Forum: Americas 03-02-2014, 04:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 508
Posted By AndyT
I rode my '71 CB750K from Wisconsin (800') to...

I rode my '71 CB750K from Wisconsin (800') to Pikes Peak (14,000') without issue, except loss of power, which you'll have regardless.
Forum: Americas 02-25-2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 22,498
Views: 1,664,423
Posted By AndyT
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=950996...

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=950996&highlight=maps+mexico
Forum: Ride reports 02-25-2014, 11:02 AM
Replies: 371
Views: 43,835
Posted By AndyT
That is the area where this guy: ...

That is the area where this guy:

https://www.facebook.com/helpfindharry/info

disappeared. Cuidado.
Forum: Latin America 02-25-2014, 07:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,013
Posted By AndyT
El Ceibo is the only Mexican border I have used...

El Ceibo is the only Mexican border I have used where this is the case. I took a picture of this sign there, the sentence in red in the lower right says "at this location we only accept cash". Note...
Forum: Ride reports 02-24-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 14,098
Posted By AndyT
They have an awesome jumping platform over the...

They have an awesome jumping platform over the lake in San Marcos, I'm guessing 10 meters above the water. Check it out if you haven't.
Forum: Latin America 02-22-2014, 04:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 564
Posted By AndyT
Assuming you are talking about going north from...

Assuming you are talking about going north from Creel through San Juanito, then west on 16, there is fuel in Tomochic and Yecora for sure, probably others. I wouldn't worry about extra gas for this...
Forum: Latin America 02-22-2014, 12:20 PM
Replies: 404
Views: 58,361
Posted By AndyT
I didn't know I needed a secret handshake to use...

I didn't know I needed a secret handshake to use this forum.
Forum: Latin America 02-22-2014, 08:38 AM
Replies: 404
Views: 58,361
Posted By AndyT
I don't think I would say that not speaking the...

I don't think I would say that not speaking the language is a mistake. I am not going to learn the language of all the places in the world I want to see, it's just not realistic.

Paying attention...
Forum: Americas 02-20-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 22,498
Views: 1,664,423
Posted By AndyT
Just curious, how did you size him up as an...

Just curious, how did you size him up as an autodefensa? I would have been afraid they were cartel, and would take a dim view of complimenting the auto defensas, if I could think that quick.
Forum: Americas 02-20-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 22,498
Views: 1,664,423
Posted By AndyT
"Ballena" is also slang for a liter bottle of...

"Ballena" is also slang for a liter bottle of beer. I'll have to be careful next time I ask for one.
Forum: Latin America 02-19-2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 404
Views: 58,361
Posted By AndyT
There have been several posts referencing Devert...

There have been several posts referencing Devert travelling at night. His last text was in the middle of the afternoon, and was the last communication from him, as far as I know. Is there some info...
Forum: Americas 02-18-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 22,498
Views: 1,664,423
Posted By AndyT
I thought the answer would be 42.

I thought the answer would be 42.
Forum: Americas 02-14-2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,038
Posted By AndyT
It would be interesting to see the actual email...

It would be interesting to see the actual email from the "Canadian friend" that supposedly talked to or got an email from Harry saying that Harry did get to Ixtapa.

Otherwise, it sounds to me...
Forum: Latin America 02-13-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,061
Posted By AndyT
Don't underestimate how cold it can be at...

Don't underestimate how cold it can be at elevation. The PanAm goes over 10,000 feet in Guatemala and Costa Rica.
Forum: Americas 02-12-2014, 10:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 461
Posted By AndyT
Just for example, I rode from Rio Dulce,...

Just for example, I rode from Rio Dulce, Guatemala to San Antonio Texas thusly:

Day 1: Rio Dulce to Tenosique Chiapas. nIcludes some dinking around at the border, long story.

Day 2: Tenosique...
Forum: Americas 02-10-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 22,498
Views: 1,664,423
Posted By AndyT
But if he had wifi, but no cell signal, text over...

But if he had wifi, but no cell signal, text over internet would be his only option.
Forum: Americas 02-10-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 22,498
Views: 1,664,423
Posted By AndyT
You didn't see the same interview I did with the...

You didn't see the same interview I did with the mother.




Didn't the army or federales or someone set up convoys on hwy 180 when all that craziness happened in San Fernando Tamaulipas a...
Forum: Americas 02-10-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 22,498
Views: 1,664,423
Posted By AndyT
Here is another American gone missing in Mexico....

Here is another American gone missing in Mexico. Not on a bike, but still...

https://www.facebook.com/HelpFindJamesStacy

Quoting from the FB page:

"Please help locate my brother James...
Forum: Latin America 02-10-2014, 01:18 PM
Replies: 404
Views: 58,361
Posted By AndyT
Devert's girlfriend posted on the facebook page...

Devert's girlfriend posted on the facebook page today that they were getting more action from the Mexican authorites due to all the publicity, but nothing specific.
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