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Old 12-05-2012, 09:37 PM   #226
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Too funny! I nominated this picture in the front page photo candidates thread.

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Old 12-06-2012, 09:28 AM   #227
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Too funny! I nominated this picture in the front page photo candidates thread.

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lol... classic
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:15 AM   #228
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Estaremos pendientes !!!!!!!

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Old 12-06-2012, 10:31 AM   #229
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Damn Justin, that truck looks bad! Heal up soon amigo. RJ from All American KTM sends his get well wishes too.

Awesome that all you guys are there to keep him company and help him out. Once again the adv community comes through.

Hola Mario! Te esperemos en Alaska y San Diego!

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Old 12-06-2012, 10:59 AM   #230
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Few buck$ your way

Heal Quick man, sent a few $$ your way. I plan to ride south in a few months and hope if I get in a jam I can get help as well. Keep us posted on any progress.


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Old 12-06-2012, 06:26 PM   #231
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Mario and Stan, it's great to see you there with Justin. Get well, Justin!

A big thanks to Ulysses and all the others on the scene for taking care of a brother.

What a great community.

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Old 12-06-2012, 07:56 PM   #232
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Thanks for the "Space Gravy" story. It was so funny I read your whole thread and just donated $25 for your buddy. Ride safe, and keep up the good work.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:52 AM   #233
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Laugh Unicorn blood and baby seal tears!

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I'm glad to see you've finally found the legendary juice made from unicorn blood and baby seal tears!

I hope Justin is starting to feel better and making progress on the road to recovery. It's nice to see he's had some friends and family to keep him company and help in his healing! The ADV community is pretty amazing.

I sent over a few bucks via the link in your blog. Hopefully you can find him some more unicorn blood and baby seal tears to help with his aches and pains.

Get well soon!
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:09 AM   #234
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Hi Ulysses,

Really great riding with you. I am honored to have met you. The way you took care of things in El Salvador getting things squared away until Ed Zactamundo's folks arrived is something I can appreciate fully. They don't call it adventure riding for nothing. Before long you may find all your best friends are ADVriders or ex-marines.

Here he is changing oil and front brake shoes in El Salvador at Marior97's shop yesterday:



and signing my gas tank. Had to yard it up to the hospital room to get Ed Zactamundo good luck signature as well:





Last saw him heading east towards Panama with Ken from Scotland while I turned west back to Guatemala.

He'll be jamming for a few days so might not hear anything until he hits Panama.

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Old 12-08-2012, 07:54 AM   #235
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Mucho gusto de conocerte Bryce ¡¡



Buen viaje !!
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:50 PM   #236
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Thanks for the "Space Gravy" story. It was so funny I read your whole thread and just donated $25 for your buddy. Ride safe, and keep up the good work.
Thanks man!
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:51 PM   #237
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I'm glad to see you've finally found the legendary juice made from unicorn blood and baby seal tears!

I hope Justin is starting to feel better and making progress on the road to recovery. It's nice to see he's had some friends and family to keep him company and help in his healing! The ADV community is pretty amazing.

I sent over a few bucks via the link in your blog. Hopefully you can find him some more unicorn blood and baby seal tears to help with his aches and pains.

Get well soon!
Thanks a lot man! I'm sure we can find him some more of the magic juice! He's been carting that stuff around since Oaxaca; it's about time we put it to use!
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:54 PM   #238
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Hi Ulysses,

Really great riding with you. I am honored to have met you. The way you took care of things in El Salvador getting things squared away until Ed Zactamundo's folks arrived is something I can appreciate fully. They don't call it adventure riding for nothing. Before long you may find all your best friends are ADVriders or ex-marines.

Here he is changing oil and front brake shoes in El Salvador at Marior97's shop yesterday:



and signing my gas tank. Had to yard it up to the hospital room to get Ed Zactamundo good luck signature as well:





Last saw him heading east towards Panama with Ken from Scotland while I turned west back to Guatemala.

He'll be jamming for a few days so might not hear anything until he hits Panama.

Best,
John Downs
John,

Thanks so much for everything, especially the big donation to Justin! Glad I could sell you an oil filter as well...haha! It was great riding with you, hope to see you again sometime. And you might want to think about picking up some bat repellent....

Take care man, keep up the dirtbagging and watch out for the wasteoids!

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Old 12-08-2012, 05:57 PM   #239
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Mucho gusto de conocerte Bryce ¡¡



Buen viaje !!
Mario,

Y tu tambien! You're the man! Thanks so much for everything: the pickup, the oil change and brake job, the awesome night at the coffee farm, and the amazing BBQ! I may have to come back and buy that XR650R from you...

Hope to see you again sometime!

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Old 12-08-2012, 06:40 PM   #240
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570 miles and three border crossings later....

Justin’s parents showed up on the 6th of December and I said my goodbyes. It was hard to leave Justin; he is an awesome guy and had been a great friend and excellent riding partner, even though we had just met a few days before we crossed the border into Mexico. I was more than a little depressed to say goodbye, knowing that he had a long road back to recovery in front of him and that I was going to be on my own.



Justin is a stand up dude. He’s funny, a great rider, and a hell of a friend. After I accidently ate all of the marijuana back in San Pedro, he checked up on me throughout the night to make sure I was okay. me.



I had a spot reserved on the Independence that was sailing for Colombia on the 13th, and I knew that if I didn’t leave today, I would be spending $1,600 to fly myself and the bike across the darrien. Even leaving now, I knew I was going to have to ride hard to make it to Panama in time.
Jdowns had spent the night at the hospital as well, and after we said our goodbyes, we both headed for San Salvador, 60 miles away in order to get to Mario’s shop and conduct some maintenance.



We arrived at Mario’s and got down to business. I changed my oil and got some new brake pads for my front end. When I pulled out one of my oil drain plugs, I noticed that it had stretched out quite a bit. I imagine that I over-torqued it just a little too much the last time I reinstalled it. You can see the old one on the left below:



Mario's mechanics found me a new bolt (the one on the right) and I was all set. Mario has a great shop; if you are passing through El Salvador, you have to go and see him! Plus he's got an XR650R for sale....I know my brother will drool when he sees this picture....



I had Mario sign my tank:



And got a picture with Jdowns and all of the mechanics:



After finishing up the work on the bikes, Mario lead us out to his coffee farm where jdowns and I crashed for the night.



While we were unpacking, some of the caretaker's kids came out and I put a few on the bike....



This kid is going to be an ADV rider some day....

Mario came back out later with his wife and we had a little barbeque and drank some beer. At about four in the morning I woke up to hysterical screaming from Jdowns who claimed a bat had just landed on his face. Sure enough, I turned on my headlamp and there was a little bloodsucker flying racetrack loops around our room. Oh well. I just went back to sleep.
We woke up early the next morning and I linked up with Stan, a 66 year old Scottish guy on a KLR who was in a hurry to get to South America. Mario led us out of town and we said our goodbyes. Jdowns headed back for Guatemala, saying something about needing to get his teeth cleaned….



Jdowns is a stand up guy. When he found out that Justin was down, he rode 310 miles in a single day to come see him. He also gave Justin $260 towards his recovery fund. He even let me sign his tank! I’m honored.

Stan and I made good time and got to the El Salvador-Honduras border around 11:00 AM. I had managed to hold on to my Honduras aduana papers, (even though I wasn’t supposed to) which made my crossing especially easy. Once again we had to fend off hoards of tramitadors (boarder helpers). Man, those guys can be annoying. Here’s a tramitador hanging of the side of a semi….that’s how dedicated they are to getting your business.




While Stan was wading through the murky waters off third world border chaos, I stepped out of the aduana office and bought some cokes. I then took them back into the office and used them to bribe the officials….thanks for the great idea, Jdowns!



We were across the border in a little under two hours and making tracks for Nicaragua. The roads through this section of Honduras were surprisingly good, although a little crowded with cattle drives. We covered the distance in a little over two hours and arrived at our second border crossing of the day: Honduras to Nicaragua.



Right off the bat we were jumped by about five tramitadors. I ignored them and took my papers to the first official. Unfortunately, they got their hooks into Stan and I was soon confronted by a Tramitador carrying Stan’s papers and telling me that he needed my stuff to make copies. I told him, in English, that there was no way he was taking my passport somewhere without me. He just smiled and nodded. Obviously he only knew how to speak some English phrases but had no idea how to understand it. I went and made copies with him, then told him to make himself scarce. Unfortunately, he managed to hold onto Stan’s documents, so I had to listen to him blabbering away in pigeon English the entire time that we took care of our Honduran paperwork.



He was a feisty one, that little Tramitador. He even had a little homemade ID badge and an embroidered shirt that proudly displayed the words “Tramitatador” and “Official”. I jokingly told Stan that this guy was legit. He must belong to the “Venerable and Honorable Guild of Honduran Tramitadors”. I told him multiple times that I didn’t need his help and that he should get lost. Still, he kept working with Stan.

As I was walking away from the immigration office, Stan asked me if I had payed the five dollar exit fee in American dollars. What exit fee? I’ve already left Honduras once; no one charges you money to leave their country. Who told you that you needed to pay an exit fee?

The tramitador.

Hijo de puta! Stan had already given the little weasel five dollars. We got the money back and liberated Stan’s documents from his hot little hands. We climbed on our bikes and were getting ready to ride to the Nicaraguan side when the tramitador came running up asking for money.
I wasn’t laughing this time, now I was mad! This character had just tried to rip off Stan, who doesn’t speak a lick of Spanish and had no idea what was going on. I told the tramitador to get the hell out of my way before I ran him down. He gave me a sad look and went off on some random speech about how god was his witness as to how he had tried to help us and how he deserved five dollars American. I was so angry; it took every ounce of self control I had not to throat punch him.

We ran down to the Nicaraguan side and took care of our business in a relatively quick amount of time. As I was waiting for Stan to finish up, I noticed that even the donkeys were getting tired of Latin American border crossings….



This poor little guy must have been working for Tramitadors all day. I managed to make friends with him….




We rolled into Nicaragua around 5PM. We searched for a hotel in the little towns that are just across the border, but had no joy. Finally just after dark, we found a seedy little Auto Hotel (i.e. place where the locals take their girls for a few hours of….well, you know) and pulled in. We didn’t really want to risk going further for the night, so we crashed.





The owner had a little snack shop, so for dinner we had some rolls, peanuts, dorritos, and a can of beer. For breakfast I had had two cookies and some cold coffee. Lunch had consisted of a bag of dorritos and a red bull. I was not feeling so hot after dinner...

Day two. We woke up at quarter till five and were on the road by 6:30 AM. The objective was to try and make it into Costa Rica today. The Nicaraguan roads were fantastic! So far I think they have been some of the best in Latin America.




We rode hard all day, only stopping for fuel and piss breaks. We neared lake nicaragua and saw the two huge volcanos rising out of the water. I really wish I had been able to stop and spend the night on the island. There were also lots of windmills near the lake to pick up the huge crosswind that was blowing me all over the road.



As we passed the lake, we started passing lots of adventure cyclists on their way south. The pan american highway forms sort of a bottle neck right here, so you run into lots of fellow extranjeros heading south (or north). I stopped and talked to two Swiss guys who had ridden here all the way from Vancouver.



These guys are doing it the hard way! Shortly after we saw the cyclists, we reached the Nicaragua - Costa Rica border. I thought it would be easy, but we managed to get behind a bus load of people at customs on the Costa Rican side and it took forever....



All told, Costa Rica took us two hours to get into....not fun. We also met a pair of dudes travelling south from Canada.



As I was leaving the aduana area, I noticed this trucker:



Now that's the right idea! We pushed hard after crossing the border to reach Liberia. We got there around 4 PM and we had about another hour of daylight left; Stan didn't want to push anyfurther for the night, so he stayed put and I kept trucking. I rode another 70 miles before it got too dark to continue, then found a hotel in Puenta Arenas.

I've still got about 550 miles to go to get to the port in Panama. I'm going to push hard and see if I can do it two days so that I can give myself an extra day in Panama as a buffer. You'll all have to forgive me for the rushed nature of these reports; I've been riding from sunrise to sunset for the past few days and am starting to feel it! I'm leaving at six AM tomorrow; I'm going to try for a 350 mile day...

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