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Old 02-23-2012, 11:50 AM   #2341
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Hi Mark!

I'm still here enjoying your RR!
Be well and keep on..............!!!
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Old 02-23-2012, 02:22 PM   #2342
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Thanks again for posting accommodation details. It is very helpful. One of your pics shows what to me looks like a Zumo. If so, are you happy with the Garmin maps, and did you get the country specific sets? Keep on having fun.
Used the Garmin Maps in Mexico. Base maps only in Central America. I had purchased the South America Garmin maps but they only have some of the countries. I switched to some open source Maps for Ecuador and they seem to be pretty good, but you really need to be checking Paper Maps, and Google maps to make sure you are on the right roads.

Paper Maps are hard to find as well, at least good detailed ones.

Have learned to stop on the edge of big towns that I am staying in, regrouping before trying to find address's or head to the center and work your way out.
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Old 02-23-2012, 03:27 PM   #2343
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Mark, you give new meaning to the expression, "Party On Dude!" Enjoy it while you can!
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:21 PM   #2344
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Mark, you give new meaning to the expression, "Party On Dude!" Enjoy it while you can!
Thanks Timmer! More excitement to come......
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:29 PM   #2345
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Mark:

A buddy of mine was just down in Uruguay and was regaling me with stories of water balloons and foam attacks during Carnival. Sounds like you and he had a hoot. Guess I need to get down that way next year!

So ... what's the best tire for spray foam?

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Old 02-24-2012, 02:37 PM   #2346
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So ... what's the best tire for spray foam?
Thanks Rick glad to hear other stories. But Oh Geez.... Opening a tire selection can of worms.
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:19 AM   #2347
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Used the Garmin Maps in Mexico. Base maps only in Central America. I had purchased the South America Garmin maps but they only have some of the countries. I switched to some open source Maps for Ecuador and they seem to be pretty good, but you really need to be checking Paper Maps, and Google maps to make sure you are on the right roads.

Paper Maps are hard to find as well, at least good detailed ones.

Have learned to stop on the edge of big towns that I am staying in, regrouping before trying to find address's or head to the center and work your way out.
Hey R-Man!

On my recent ride to Guatemala the taxi thing worked great. Sometimes snagging a taxi on the roll to lead us to a good hotel. Best use of pesos (or quetzales) at the end of a long day. Well, that and beer.

Riding from Antigua to Tikal might not have happened in one day if not for hiring a taxi to lead us through Guatemala City.

Enjoying your RR!

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Old 02-25-2012, 10:20 AM   #2348
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February 23, Still in Cuenca. Enjoying Life

The last three days have been spent relaxing in Cuenca, Ecuador. It is an old colonial city and have a good feel to it. We have just decided to hang out and relax. Have been working on some new plans for April-July and needed time to get it sorted out.

James was working hard at some computer stuff



Clark was updating an article his is writing and editing photos....



We went to the SuperMaxi Grocery store and the manager followed us out. Wanted to know about the bikes, where we are from, and where we are going. He told us to wait a minute, and came back with three Grey sleeping mats Very nice gesture!



We were back at the ice cream shop after dinner one night and decided to try the Mojito flavor. Was not too bad for a taste. But with the language barrier, Clark somehow ordered a full cone of Mojito

The city has some great buildings that are well lite at night.



Yesterday we rode out to the National Parque Cajas.



Rode a rocky road into the park, but it is temporarily closed. So back out to the main road, and over the mountain pass to the east.





It is a huge park that you can ride a paved road 4,158 Meters (13,668 feet).



Awesome roads to ride





We had a great time riding and shooting some video. And of course we had to check out the local wildlife





Clark getting some good photos.



James trying to "sneak" up but they were on to him.



We had a great day!







Some really cool geography.



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Old 02-26-2012, 06:32 AM   #2349
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Sounds like you are still having a great time! Thanks for the RR!

I will be headed in your direction in a few days, but do not plan on traveling further than Panama, may not make it that far. Will travel six to eight weeks before returning home. For the time being I will travel about 50% of the time, usually in one to two month durations.
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Old 02-26-2012, 07:45 AM   #2350
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Hey R-Man!

On my recent ride to Guatemala the taxi thing worked great. Sometimes snagging a taxi on the roll to lead us to a good hotel. Best use of pesos (or quetzales) at the end of a long day. Well, that and beer.

Riding from Antigua to Tikal might not have happened in one day if not for hiring a taxi to lead us through Guatemala City.

Enjoying your RR!

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Old 02-26-2012, 09:50 AM   #2351
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I will be headed in your direction in a few days, but do not plan on traveling further than Panama, may not make it that far. Will travel six to eight weeks before returning home. For the time being I will travel about 50% of the time, usually in one to two month durations.
Sounds like a great plan. Time riding then time back home.
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Old 02-27-2012, 02:06 AM   #2352
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:10 AM   #2353
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Colombia Ride video

Been working on some video editing. Here is one for the ride in Colombia.

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Old 02-27-2012, 05:59 AM   #2354
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Outstanding video, throughly enjoy following your amazing journey. Thanks for sharing it with all of us. Ride safe.

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Old 02-27-2012, 06:14 AM   #2355
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"Listo Medellin" had me tapping my foot. Nice video, Mark.
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