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Old 02-01-2013, 04:18 PM   #1501
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Found all the parts right away and locally, WOW. Good for you. Glad the repairs are going so well. It will even look original. ratbikemike
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:33 PM   #1502
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be careful of the siren song of Medellin, John, she has a way of sucking you in.

Si Señor,

I seem to remember you had a hard time leaving this place. I can see why after two days.

Me gusta Medellin!!!

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Old 02-01-2013, 05:35 PM   #1503
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Found all the parts right away and locally, WOW. Good for you. Glad the repairs are going so well. It will even look original. ratbikemike
Hi RBM,

This place is ratbike heaven. You'll love it. Look forward to seeing you down the road.

Su amigo,
Juan Kawazuki
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:54 PM   #1504
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Hola amigos,

Spent the day trying to keep up with Orlando. Starting with cafe con leche at 5:30AM down at the corner panderia. Headed over to get my clean clothes and took a ride up the teleferica cable car up to the top of the mountain with beautiful views out over the city. I am at an internet cafe that doesn't have wifi so pics will come later.

Headed over to visit Orlando's lovely daughter Karina and took the bus out south to visit Eduardo and see how the front forks are coming along. He was almost done. When he called this afternoon, he said I can pick them up tomorrow morning. So should have the Sherpa back together by tomorrow night.

I can hardly believe I got here yesterday and the Sherpa will be totally fixed in two days. They move fast around here. And this guy Eduardo is an old school mechanical genius. The only thing I'll be lacking is a speedo since the electronic sending unit on the original wheel was smashed. But Eduardo is putting on a mechanical Suzuki unit with the new hub, so I might strap on a different speedo. All I really would like is an odometer so I can keep track of kilometers traveled. I can tell how fast I'm going by the sound of the motor in 6th gear.

Other than that not much to report. Just having fun meeting people and hanging out people watching. My boots had some seams coming apart so I superglued them. And bought some black polish and spiffed them up since the ladies keep staring at my feet. They are really into shoes around here. And tight pants. They look painted on. Not sure how the women get them on. And yes Colombiana women are beautiful.

I'll try to post up some pictures of Sherpa rehab tomorrow.

Buenos noches,
Juan de Sur
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:29 PM   #1505
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John, don't you still have a GPS? That makes a good speedometer and odometer.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:19 PM   #1506
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Colombian women

After talking with a colleague who is from Colombia he taught me to look for "paisas colombianas" and I came up with this Google search:

http://tinyurl.com/bdjcaxa

The long version:

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&...Jo7V0gHu_4DIDQ

If I were John I would think I arrived in Heaven and wouldn't be leaving anytime soon
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:11 AM   #1507
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After talking with a colleague who is from Colombia he taught me to look for "paisas colombianas" and I came up with this Google search:

http://tinyurl.com/bdjcaxa

The long version:

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&...Jo7V0gHu_4DIDQ

If I were John I would think I arrived in Heaven and wouldn't be leaving anytime soon

Im not there .......... which if I was my wife would kill me ........... slowly .
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:41 AM   #1508
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Hi 805gregg,

No way. I wouldn't change a thing. This whole experience is right up my alley. I'm not saying I would recommend it for others. But I seem to like living on the edge. It keeps life interesting. Who knows where this ride report will go. I sure don't.

Nothing wrong with flying your bike over or taking the Stahlratte though. They are good options.

Saludos,
Juan Salsa
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:57 PM   #1509
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Quick update. Got the Sherpa back together. Need to get SOAT insurance on Monday before I can take it out on the highway so will spend tomorrow changing the oil, bleeding the brakes, cleaning the bike and goofing off.

The people here have been great. It is hard to believe that a week ago I was standing on the dock out in the Darien with a smashed up bike in one of the most remote rainforests on the planet with no roads or chance of rescue watching the surging ocean and wondering to myself, "Self, I wonder how you're going to get out of this one?"

The next time I drop the bike on a back road in the woods and break off a turn signal, or find myself in a seemingly tough situation, I will always have this experience to look back on and say to myself, "Well, it could be worse."

Gotta go. Adios amigos,
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:00 PM   #1510
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John, don't you still have a GPS? That makes a good speedometer and odometer.
Hi Tuckers,

Good idea. I might try that for distance anyway. Thanks amigo!

Saludos,
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:42 PM   #1511
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Well Said, Sir.
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:06 PM   #1512
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adventures are made of what goes wrong, as much as what goes right.
well said. I also like to say that its not an adventure if you don't get lost or if it completely goes your way.

Hey John, I made a post a while back making this request but I'm going to make it again thinking you might have missed it. I made a 'contribution' a few weeks ago but instead of putting my name on your tank, I want my name on a plate of food.
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:59 PM   #1513
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Great stuff Juanito!. You are in your groove for sure. Really enjoying reading about your adventures from Berlin. . Be careful in the city that Pablo built. You might not ever want to leave.

Buen viaje, Vicente
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:24 PM   #1514
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world class riders...

...arrive in medellin and celebrate the city that hard working people built, trying to make the world forget about Pablo. It is that hospitality and will to help that define a paisa. World class riders, like yourself, throttlemeister, misery goat, turtle's head and so many others celebrate the daily connections they make, the appreciation of the city and its uniqueness.

Juanito is certainly in his groove, and according to my dad, who knows a thing or two about life, juanito is a true guerrero
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:01 PM   #1515
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I used a cheap bicycle speedometer/odometer with a magnet that attaches to the spokes when mine failed on the road. If you have to splice in a few inches of wire for the longer forks, waterproof the splice so it won't kick out in the rain.
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