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Old 06-16-2012, 09:14 PM   #571
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Great ride and great ride report, Brian. I'm glad you are home safe and sound.
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:07 AM   #572
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Brian, I really enjoyed your RR. I know it's time consuming, but being able to "ride" vicariously through others sure is enjoyable. I enjoyed your pics and commentary and always looked forward to the new posts. Glad you're home safe and look forward to more in the future.
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:08 AM   #573
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Found your RR a few weeks ago on a rainy Sunday morning (been hav'n lots of those here on the coast). Took me a few hours of reading to catch up to you. Enjoyed every minute of it, great photos also. Glad to hear you made it home safe and sound.
Enjoy your Father's Day.
Looknig forward to your next RR.

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Old 06-17-2012, 11:07 PM   #574
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Thanks for all the “congratulations on finding home” type comments.

I would answer each and every one of them……..

but……

well……..

you know……. J

I think I said in one of my early posts that I was keeping a spreadsheet of costs.

Here is a breakdown of costs etc. I am not an accountant , or very anal, so everything is relatively close. I kept track of what I spent every day, rounding off to the closest dollar, peso, quetzal, whatever. Then converted to Canadian dollars with about what the conversion was, then rounded that to the nearest dollar (eg if supper was 63.50 pesos, and the conversion was 13.25, I would divide 63 by 13 to get $4.85, then mark down $5 in my book) Not exact, but close enough for what I wanted.
The costs I tracked are living costs. Fuel, food, hotels etc. day to day expenses. Not included are maintenance costs, duties, import fees ,ferries, purchases that are not daily expenses (I bought a jacket, a new computer, tires etc)
With every bank withdrawal or Visa transaction, there were bank fees associated with them. I did not track theses, so actual cost would be a bit more with these fees taken into consideration.

Total kilometers 25,488
Days travelling 109
Canadian $$ spent $6,868
Cost per day $63.01
Cost per 100 kms $26.95

Gas $1,478
Food $1,230
Cigarettes $496 (Yes I smoked. I quit when I got back to Canada . Too expensive!
Hotels $2,715
Camping $165
Laundry $30 I took advantage of free laundry when possible. I stunk lots, too.
Misc $755 Includes museums, tolls, bribes, having fun, language school etc.

I broke it down by Country
USA
Total kilometers 8,650
Days 26
Canadian $$ spent $2,183
Cost per day $83.98

Cost per 100 kms $25.24


Mexico/Guatemala

Total kilometers 7,637
Days 63
Canadian $$ spent $2,941
Cost per day $46.68
Cost per 100 kms $38.51

Canada

Total kilometers 9,201
Days 20
Canadian $$ spent $1744
Cost per day $87
Cost per 100 kms $18.95

I am not much of a drinker anymore, so I spent very little on that. (the most I spent on beer was in Texas at the rally)


I believe I could have done it quite a bit cheaper. You can’t do much with gas prices, but, in Mexico, once I found a room in my price range, I stopped looking. There were cheaper hotels out there, and not hard to find. I could have camped more, especially in the US and Canada where hotel prices were a lot higher. Once I got to Canada the weather was a lot cooler and wetter. I have never been accused of being a “fair weather rider” but I may fall into the “fair weather camper” category. J

I ate at a lot of taco stand type places, and restaurants, but could have bought more food to prepare and saved money.

I wasn’t out to do this trip as cheap as I could, just to do it affordably.

As you can see, once I got to the USA and started to put on more miles, my per day costs went up, but dollars per kilometer went down, even though hotels (and in Canada, gas)cost more

I do have more detail by country and costs of ferries, tires and other stuff.
Anyone wanting more detail, feel free to ask on here or PM me.

I did not track MPG or liters per 100 kilometer, but it went down once I got to the land of good highways and could go faster J

I was in 4 countries, 10 provinces, 16 US States (I counted Illinois, but was only there for about 2 minutes) and 12 Mexican States
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:17 AM   #575
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Nice ride Brian. Good to hear you are back.
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:09 PM   #576
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The cost breakdown is more than excellent, Brian. It will be very helpful to me when I begin my trip.
Thankyou ever so much! Excellent RR
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:20 AM   #577
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I have been having a great time being home, playing with the kids, the dogs, the wife (hehe)

I have been busier than heck with having fun, built the kids a minibike/quad track. the boy is rocking the minibike and it looks like he is about ready for somethng bigger.The girls are rocking the miniquad and building confidence on the minibike.

I finally got some time to spend some time online, catch up on the RRs I have been following, and get back to the people who have been good enough to comment on my RR (OK, I can't sleep and there is nothing on TV)

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Brian, i have followed you through this RR with great interest, partly as a Buell owner, partly as someone who has enjoyed every post with the way you write in a nice easy style. I will miss the daily read.

Glad you are home safe :)
Thanks for reading and I am glad you enjoyed what I had to say.
I dunno about my writing style.... people who know me say I write like I talk, which I guess is a good thing. My High School english teacher didn't seem to think so, but what does she know LOL

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Old 06-24-2012, 12:27 AM   #578
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Great RR! Thanks for taking us along.
Bill.
Thanks Bill. I am glad you followed along, and I hope you keep on reading in the fall for the next chapter.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:32 AM   #579
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Agreed. Thanks for the opportunity to ride along.

Trev.
And, again, thanks for following. I had lots of fun doing it, and I am glad you enjoyed it

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Old 06-24-2012, 12:35 AM   #580
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I enjoyed every word and every picture.

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Thanks Hoppalong.
I took about a bazillion pictures and shared the ones I liked the most. I am glad I bought a decent (for a beginner like me) camera. It was money well spent.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:39 AM   #581
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Congrats on an incredible and successful ride!!!

You've seen stuff that very few others have seen, and you looked like you were having a great time doing it!

As others have said, thanks for taking the time to post and thanks for taking the time to respond to all the comments!

I'm looking forward to your next adventure!
Thanks SoSlow, and thanks to you and Mrs SoSlow for putting me up for a few days, introducing me to the ADV people in your area, and listening to me ramble on about my travels.(and all the other stuff we talked about)

I DID have a great time, and even the times that weren't super great (cold,rainy maritimes) were still pretty darned great :)
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:45 AM   #582
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Glad you arrived home safe! Gotta watch out for those crazy dogs!

Like everyone else, I'm looking forward to reading about more of your adventures - this was a great ride report.

Your family gets a lot of cheers for all their work in this adventure too!

Enjoy the summer!
Thanks Mrs SoSlow, for all you hospitality,and for not wrinkling your nose too much when I pulled off my boots

As soon as I see my friend we were talking about, I will send you some autographed copies of her books (She will get a kick out of it when I ask her to sign it To "bride_of_so_slow") LOL

Thanks again for everything.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:52 AM   #583
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Great report Brian, thanks for taking the time.
Thanks ChevaDeFer

I really enjoyed sharing my experiences, and on the days I didn't have much time for it, I didn't write much, knowing I would have the time at some point to catch up.

I usually did find the time easily, as I wasn't on a "see as many sights as I can" type of trip, and updating the RR was sometimes better than watching another CSI repeat in spanish on TV
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:00 AM   #584
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Great RR Brian. I was another inmate enjoying your writing in silence. Looking forward to your next adventure!
Thanks powderpig. I am glad you liked it.

I am still not sure what the next adventure is going to look like. but I have got it narrowed down to one of 7 continents.........
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:08 AM   #585
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Great ride and great ride report, Brian. I'm glad you are home safe and sound.
Thanks Harley 1550

And thanks for commenting here and there thoughout my journey.

I looked forward to reading what people had to say, and appreciated you and all the others taking the time to chime in.
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