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Old 12-13-2011, 07:06 PM   #1606
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Hey Mark, this is Dan White, been following along, and just finished all 107 pages!

First of all I hope you are doing well, been praying for ya!

Next I want to thank you for the great ride report! It is great to see those places during a time when I am not able to go.

I appreciate your positive attitude with everything, it really is a decision to be content in life.

God is very good, and I know He has great plans for you in this phase of your life!

Safe travels, and have a great time.

Oh and here is another vote for JB weld, done lots of great repairs with it, including fixing a ground hole in an aluminum transfer case of one of my work trucks. Just make sure there is no fluid leaking out and that it is nice and clean when you apply it.

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Old 12-13-2011, 07:22 PM   #1607
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I'm not an engineer, but the concept of crash bars bolting to an aluminum engine case makes no sense. It's a recipe for disaster.
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:50 PM   #1608
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I'm not an engineer, but the concept of crash bars bolting to an aluminum engine case makes no sense. It's a recipe for disaster.


Scrap those crash bars...and don't look back.....just forward....for rocks...
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Old 12-13-2011, 11:29 PM   #1609
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That meal! ...and a Dark Beer! ...(those pics can be a little bigger!)...
Nice work Mark!
Loving the RR! (pictures are great!) Ride on Kemo Sabe!!
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Old 12-14-2011, 05:08 AM   #1610
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That meal! ...and a Dark Beer! ...(those pics can be a little bigger!)...
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Old 12-14-2011, 07:48 AM   #1611
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Another vote here to do without those crash bars. Front/rear axle sliders and the panniers ought to take the brunt of any future crashes (hopefully none). Worst case scenario, scratching up the plastics without the crash bars, but then again it's an adventure bike!!
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Old 12-14-2011, 08:52 AM   #1612
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looks like a great adventure Mark. the ride, the people, the food, the scenery. best of luck to you. I look forward to seeing you again when you get back to PNW.

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Old 12-14-2011, 04:11 PM   #1613
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December 14 Antigua

Antigua is a cool city to hang out in. It's all cobblestone streets......



Truly I am resting my knee and doing spanish School. Have not really done much else, except eat and enjoy the city.





Found the restaurant that I was looking for and the food was great!!



Here it is from the outside.



I did walk over to find the Motocafe, as they do tours in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Had a great chat with Dave one of the owners.







These woman were doing there Laundry across the street, in these stone sinks fed by the water in front.





Sun going down over the Volcano..... Just about time to go out and get some dinner

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Old 12-14-2011, 05:57 PM   #1614
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I am in a good place right now as I study spanish, relax and take in Antigua while my bike is being worked on. Frank stopped into the dealer for me today as I had not heard anything. Sounds like they welded the side cover today and will be putting it back together tomorrow. Communications have been a bit sketchy as I have not been right there, but it will work out.

Just a few thoughts as an adventure traveler. Not sure many people talk about the ups and downs while on a long journey like this one.

Have met several solo travelers on the trip through Mexico and Guatemala. They have all had similar experiences. Sometimes you question why you have chosen to do this type of trip, as it is not really a "vacation" type trip. There are time of elation and times of loneliness as you wish you had someone to share the trip with. For me, this is somewhat compounded as I really miss my wife, and I seem to be in limbo to the next chapter. I take this all as part of my journey.

I have been on the road for over six months, the experiences of the time on the road has been amazing, the people I have interacted with and the sights I have seen. Certainly will look back with great fondness and satisfaction on the journey.

While you are in the middle of this kind of trip there is a great deal of decisions to make each day, about where to go, where to stay, where to eat etc. Simple I know, but being in a foreign land it takes more efforts. There are also many moments of "that's really cool" and experiences the culture in new ways. Experiences I could never have at home.

It is out of the "comfort zone" with a certain amount of risk included, but in the end it is the choice to be made for these type of experiences that most people never have.

Looking forward to the months ahead as I make my way to South America and the "end of the road", and Antarctica.

Christmas on the road will be different. Not the normal time with family and friends, and I have no idea where I will spend it. It will be another day on the road. These can sometimes be emotional, and other times they are not. No idea for me at this point.

OK. Back to the rest of the ride report
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:17 PM   #1615
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I think the break from riding enabling you to get your Spanish more tuned will pay off 100 fold in the months ahead. As I'm sure you have learned already, being able to communicate both ways (sharing and receiving) enhances any meeting and does open up many more possibilities.

Of course, we have all hand-signed, drawn funny sketches and even done a charade to communicate a need or a description or whatever and though those situations remain memorable, in my experience you don't want every one to be like that; too tiring!

If I'm wrong about that I'll eat my Bugatti Veyron

Enjoy the experience, the future will come to you as and when you get there.

Loving living it vicariously through your words and your pictures; first class. Thank you.
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:48 PM   #1616
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Thanks for keeping this report fresh and up to date. Enjoy your perspective of dealing with the good and the bad of travel.

And those pics of the food...... yummy
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Old 12-14-2011, 07:01 PM   #1617
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Great report !! Keep it comin !
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Old 12-14-2011, 08:43 PM   #1618
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And those pics of the food...... yummy
+1! I like the details...cobbled streets, local interaction, laundry....the essence of the town!

and the usual "nice pics"!
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Old 12-14-2011, 08:59 PM   #1619
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I did walk over to find the Motocafe, as they do tours in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Had a great chat with Dave one of the owners.




Does that Tee shirt say "You're never to old to play with hookers"
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Old 12-15-2011, 02:36 AM   #1620
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Does that Tee shirt say "You're never to old to play with hookers"
wondered when someone would catch this.....

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