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Old 01-01-2012, 07:35 AM   #1861
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new year

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Old 01-01-2012, 09:00 AM   #1862
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Happy New Year, and Safe Travels there friend!


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Old 01-01-2012, 12:42 PM   #1863
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[QUOTE=4xford;17633258]Radioman,

I have been lurking on your posts for some time. You have been an incredible inspiration to me with the strength you have shown through all your life challenges I don't mean to belittle them by calling them life challenges. /QUOTE]

Thanks so much for taking the time to post. Appreciate that my life trails have impacted you. Hopefully for the better
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Old 01-01-2012, 12:43 PM   #1864
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About to welcome the new year in the US Midwest.

Loving your pictures and wishing you safe travels. Best to you in 2012, Mark!
Thanks BG Really Appreciate it! Happy New year to you as well!!
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:39 AM   #1865
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Happy New Year!

Hi Radioman. Another lurker coming out to thank you for your RR. I've been subscribed from the beginning but didn't want to clutter your report. Wishing you all the best for your ongoing journey. Stay safe and have fun!

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Old 01-03-2012, 01:50 PM   #1866
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December 31th Panama City and bring in the New Year!

It was fun to connect with some other motorcycle riders.... all heading for the Stahlratte Boat and passage for Columbia.
James I had met in Granada and we kept up by email since we both had reservations for our bikes but no room for us on Stahlratte.



Getting ready to ride with James and Mark.





Check out the "Action Packer Luggage" on the KLR Mark is really proud of this.





James rolling down the Pan American Hwy.





It was a straight and boring ride. We were all happy to be riding in the last Country in Central America.





There was a section of the hwy that had these stuffed "people" .... Like Superman along the road.... Not sure why but reminded me of the Cabot Trail in Canada.



We saw lots of Moto police bikes with radar along the 150 miles we rode. We just kept it to the speed limit and waved to them



Most have these 650GS knock offs....



Rolling into Panama City at 10AM.... amazing after riding out in the small towns of Central America.





Stopping in the middle of town to try and figure out where were were going. Mark needed a new tire and he had found a moto shop MPH. I also needed to do an oil change.





We rolled in and they had his tire, and told him we could do oil changes and they would mount his tire for $12.00 USD.
We parked around back.



I jumped in and did my oil change.



Then we rolled into town and found our cheap hotel as all the Hostel were full for the new years. They had a full secure garage.



Jame and I had a reservation and when we pulled into the garage, the was an 1150 GS with German plates.... Was we checked in we met Frank and Petra !!! They had just come off the Stahlratte and riding in Cuba. It was great talking with them, and we decided to spend the New years evening in the Old city of Panama!!



We had a great evening talking about travel, life and the new year!! They handed out some party hats and noise makers...



Happy New Year 2012 from Panama City!! Thanks for all the comments, encouragement a along this journey
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Old 01-03-2012, 02:24 PM   #1867
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Old 01-03-2012, 02:26 PM   #1868
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Happy New Year to you Mark.
Should be some of these ahead.
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:11 PM   #1869
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This is great! It's a convergence of The Famous Ride Reporters in Panama City.

Hope to catch up with you in Colombia in a week or so.

Ride safe!
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:57 PM   #1870
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We had a great evening talking about travel, life and the new year!! They handed out some party hats and noise makers and threatened to kill us if we didn't wear them.







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Old 01-04-2012, 04:40 AM   #1871
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Happy New Year Mark - a few days late.
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Old 01-04-2012, 04:56 AM   #1872
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Hey Radioman,

Happy New Year! Hope your travels are safe and full of new experiences and adventure... I will enjoy vicariously through winter.

Thought the pics of the police bikes were funny. Out of curiousity, what bikes are they riding? What seem to be the most popular bikes in the countries you have visited?

Safe travels!

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Old 01-04-2012, 06:29 AM   #1873
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hey RADIOMAN, i had some catching up to do here as i've been down in key west for a week with no internet. i've got my fingers crossed for you on the Stahlrite. riding that boat would be an experience for you too. i'm an old navy guy, so of course i would rather ride a boat than a plane. yep, i'm enjoyeing your ride for sure.
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:13 AM   #1874
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:03 AM   #1875
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January 1st, 2012

Happy New year to my ADV friends!! Thanks for joining me on this adventure.

Been having troubles with my knee and it has gotten worse. Just real painful to walk much, which is a real bummer as I want to explore around the places that I am stopping and enjoy the sights.

Frank and Petra were great and helpful about giving information about a doctor in Cartagena that I could go see. Have decided that I do not want to keep walking and cause more injury, so I will go when I get to Columbia. Will just have to see what they say. Difficult as I travel to get medical attention with the language barrier and not knowing how to find a good doctor orthopedic specialty. We will see.

Panama City on New Years Day was really empty and everything was closed down. But we found out that the Panama Canal Miraflores locks tourist center was open. The 4 of us grabbed a cab to check it out.





The visitor center is 4 stories, and they have observation levels to see the ships, a Movie on the history and building of this really important transit Canal for the world of shipping and cargo.



lots of people watching the ships pass through.



Pretty Amazing watching the ships align to the two waterways heading from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean .... it takes 8 -10 hours to complete a full pass of the canals. They operate 24/7....





Once the ships pull into the Canal they are hooked up to these special "tugs" that hold the boat in place as it moves through the locks.





The ships are huge up close.... fully loaded with goods.



Locks are the way they change the water height by 25 Meters.



As they continue on there way.



They pass miraflores, then into the lake and on to one of the next set of locks.....



Had to have a little snack and Petra was telling me to stay off my leg :) Voice of reason was helpful :)




The Panama Canal has some serious additions being added to accommodate the Much larger ships that are now in existence that cannot pass through. The new canals (2) will be completed in 2014 100 years anniversary of the panama canal first opening.

Cargo and Passenger ships pass through. Mornings going east, afternoons going west.



Very cool to see the Panama Canal in action! almost 10,000 people work at the canal keeping it operating round the clock.

The city was very empty as we got back, and had to find a hotel restaurant as everything else was closed. Frank had some noises on his 1150GS and decided with some help to pull the final drive, grease the spines and se if that helped.

Had to improvise as we did not have the exact tools for the job. Needed some leverage to remove the side mounting bolts for the final drive. But after a couple fo trips to try to find "tools" we got it done!!



Found another place to get dinner, but the streets were empty as it was a holiday..... was sort of strange. James and I were all packed up with the bikes as we were riding out to Carti to meet the Stahlratte to get our bikes onboard. Will be interesting process......
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