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Old 12-11-2011, 06:56 PM   #1576
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December 9th & 10th Coban to Guatemala City, then on the antigua

Got up early in the morning on Friday and replaced the front tube that got blown out, so that when the truck arrives this morning we could roll it up on the truck.




Then packed up, had breakfast and waited for the driver. The internet was out in the hotel in the morning so no access or way to update my Ride Report.

But I had a nice place to have a cup of coffee outside my room on the inner courtyard.



But at 10:00 Ricardo showed up with his Pick Up, BMW logo shirt and his family along. We get the bike and gear loaded.






it was a 4 hour truck ride back to Guatemala City to the BMW dealer through the mountains and traffic.



Some crazy drivers like this guy who was passing us on a blind curve then pulled in quickly as oncoming cars approached. He was hauling along.



Got to the Bavaria BMW dealer (cars and Motorcycles) and off loaded the bike.



Lots of bikes



As I walked into the dealer, it was easy to see they have security. It is Guatemala City



Found the GM Jose, who helped get my bike logged in. They have a big Christmas party on Saturday and are closed so they will not be able to look at my bike until Monday/Tuesday

Frank took me over to a hotel some blocks from the hotel and took my motogear and bags back to his house.




Had a chuckle at the hotel with this sign. Yea the bad guys always read them and comply.



But at least it is Christmas here



The next morning Frank had a driver from his company come and pick me up and take me out to Antigua (about 1.25 hours west of the city). Meet Marten.



The transito polica ride two up bikes ….




We roll into Antigua just afternoon. And find the hotel so I can settle in and relax!!



This is a really picturesque city. Looking forward to relaxing and enjoying. Lots of gringo’s here as they have tons or Spanish schools and things to see and do. Just a couple shots from my short walk about town.









Had dinner with a retired Canadian guy who is down here volunteering: great food!



And my day comes to a beautiful close

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Old 12-11-2011, 07:09 PM   #1577
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Good to see you are in good spirits. Glad it wasn't worse for you or the bike.
Bon chance amigo.
Thanks, me too! to you and your family.

PS: Frank from Guatemala City is in the club too, he has a 2006 GSA
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Old 12-11-2011, 07:34 PM   #1578
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As I walked into the dealer, it was easy to see they have security. It is Guatemala City



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Security with a capital "S." Is that a rifle he is holding?

What does the guard at the bank have, a grenade launcher?
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:47 PM   #1579
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Glad you're okay man, just heard about the crash.
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Old 12-12-2011, 03:27 AM   #1580
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Security with a capital "S." Is that a rifle he is holding?

What does the guard at the bank have, a grenade launcher?
Pistol grip 12 gauge pump action shotgun...they're everywhere in El Salvador, Guatamala, and Honduras...
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Old 12-12-2011, 05:13 AM   #1581
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Pistol grip 12 gauge pump action shotgun...they're everywhere in El Salvador, Guatamala, and Honduras...
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:08 AM   #1582
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Truly glad to hear you're well and that this little diversion is treating you well so far--gorgeous pictures of Antigua.
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Old 12-12-2011, 11:04 AM   #1583
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I think I found the problem. It's all in the thread title. It's way too open ended.

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Old 12-12-2011, 11:44 AM   #1584
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Mark, sorry for your accident and I'm glad you're ok.



Perhaps dwelling on this accident too much is bad for you?

I have a solution

I'm sure there are beautiful, natural phenomena that have crossed your path in Guatemala.



Maybe a picture or two - just to take your mind off your spill. Just trying to be helpful.
I'm thinkin' at least 2 of those natural phenomena aren't natural...
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:36 PM   #1585
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December 11 & 12th. Antigua, Guatemala

I spent Sunday in Antigua taking it easy. Letting my body heal, and relaxing. Was able to skype with my brothers and catch up on my Ride Report.

Antigua is a cool Colonial City that is full of tourists from all over the world and lots of local color as well. You could take thousands of photos. You have to be very careful taking pictures of the locals.

I am staying here for $22 USd a night. Simple place but easy to walk to everything.



But the city has amazing views and is surrounded by Volcanos. It is amazing just walking around ...... so many photos to take.





I met Doug from Canada who is in Guatemala for three weeks, helping with a local Nonprofit and practicing his spanish. We went out to dinner together, at a great restaurant and were both glad there were no other Gringos and the place was packed.



Cool old motorcycle right behind our table.



and they had a Harley Davidson in the courtyard.

Took a walk around town to the central Square.



Enjoying the city.









And Monday Morning it was time for me to find a place to take spanish. There are dozens of schools all over the city. I just picked one close to my hotel, which is only a block away.



Here's the one I picked, and started right away with one on one instruction.



Funny Story:

As I was coming to Antigua, Frank gave me a call, and said the best way to learn Spanish is to find a "long haired Dictionario" I have been laughing about this ever since


Just a few more pictures from Antigua.

This was in a gated courtyard. Scenes from the bible that they must bring out for parades and festivals. They seem to really like the celebrations.



Street vendor selling fruta....







Will be studying Spanish all week. Hopefully tomorrow I will know what damage is to my bike, if they can repair/fix the side cover of if I need to have one shipped from US. Have this all set up with delivery in about 3 days.... The journey will continue.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:43 PM   #1586
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Awesome adventure my friend....enjoy and I will ride with you from behind my computer ....ride safe
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Old 12-12-2011, 04:55 PM   #1587
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I'm thinkin' at least 2 of those natural phenomena aren't natural...
Don't be a cynic; maybe she has an "anti-gravity" suit on?
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Old 12-12-2011, 05:04 PM   #1588
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Don't be a cynic; maybe she has an "anti-gravity" suit on?

Or a cold breeze blowing Since when are "topes" natural? rj
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Old 12-12-2011, 06:31 PM   #1589
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Mark we ride in wet all the time on K60's maybe it was something else? Never lost traction like you...just wondering if there was something on the road...hope you heal in more ways than one...I bet they can fix your bike...but rest for now and take it easy on that knee. Glad you are OK...in a way.
Hi Mark. Glad you´re ok.
In one of Playa del Carmen´s pictures you can see that the front tire is installed backwards:
It´s supposed to get the water out of the way to the sides, not to put all the water down the tire, as this will cause aquaplaning.

Have a safe ride
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Old 12-12-2011, 06:50 PM   #1590
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In one of Playa del Carmen´s pictures you can see that the front tire is installed backwards:
It´s supposed to get the water out of the way to the sides, not to put all the water down the tire, as this will cause aquaplaning.
I mounted these tires before I left and the directional indication from Heidenau is the way that they are on the bike. I see what you mean by the cuts looking like they are facing forward though.
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