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Old 03-09-2012, 04:15 PM   #31
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Nice pics and videos! Were you able to restart with no problems after your water crossing in the video?

Assume since you're from Quebec you're able to communicate somewhat?
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:41 PM   #32
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looks much nicer than I expected. Are the people nice that you meet , or are you worried about slowing down for fear of being robbed/killed?
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:38 AM   #33
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Nice pics and videos! Were you able to restart with no problems after your water crossing in the video?

Assume since you're from Quebec you're able to communicate somewhat?
haha, when i got to the other side, i really wanted to take off my spark plug to see if any water got in the engine, but the stupid chingineered tool kit that came with bike had the wrong size for the spark plug tool. So i just waited a bit and the bike started right up no problem.

I came to the conclusion that the bike staled on it's own and not because of the water level. It's really poorly adjusted and I don't have tools to fix it!

Communications isn't so bad, a lot of people speak straight up french.
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Old 03-10-2012, 07:23 AM   #34
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looks much nicer than I expected. Are the people nice that you meet , or are you worried about slowing down for fear of being robbed/killed?
where i live in Jeremy i don't feel really comfortable. I don't walk any where, always by bike or car. I think it's cuz of what i represent over there. Every body knows what I work on and what I do. Mostly every body on the project feels the same hostility from the people in Jeremy.

On the other hand, when i go to other towns and villages, i don't get this feeling. I wouldn't say I'm 100% comfortable like in many places i went in latin america, but it's a lot better. for example I went to Les Cayes for Carnival and we where about 5 white people surrounded by thousands of Haitians and i felt better then in Jeremy. In really small towns people are curious and friendly, but it gets really annoying when they end up asking for money.
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:35 AM   #35
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Wow!

Wow, so beautiful and interesting! Thanks so much for sharing.

Just love the colors they paint their buildings, really special and unique!
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:09 AM   #36
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I tried....single vote doesn't seem to count just yet!

Come on you guys....clickety click, rate this thread, worth a few stars that one.
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:59 AM   #37
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Haiti ride

Great videos. I would imagine the trails and "roads" are impassable during and after a heavy rain.
You indicated that your project involves road construction. Are you on a foreign aid grant to improve roads? I was curious why you are in Haiti.
People I encounter usually go there for missionary or disaster work.

The towns look incrediby impoverished. Delete the covered vehicles and tin roofs and you could be in the 19th century. Familiar with the country's history. I have never been there. Not many ride reports focus on Haiti. Therefore your pictures are an insight. We in the USA only see and hear about tragedy there.

Thanks for posting.
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Old 03-11-2012, 05:28 PM   #38
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Making me home sick. Haiti is were i learned to ride as a kid.

We still make Haitian rice and beans regularly.

Keep the story coming.
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Old 03-11-2012, 07:01 PM   #39
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Ahh Haiti

I was in Haiti last November for work. We landed at the airport and drove through Port Au Prince en route to Leogane. Interesting place. I have been told that I will be visiting there again this November. Stay safe.
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Mehigh,

Your pictures are really nice, thank you for posting. I have ridden the other side of the island (Dominican Republic) but never crossed into Haiti.

Thanks,
I'll try to see if I can cross my bike over for a week or so to ride across the DR, but i hear there is a lot of places where you can rent bikes there... so I don't know if it's worth the trouble.
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:46 AM   #41
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Great videos. I would imagine the trails and "roads" are impassable during and after a heavy rain.
You indicated that your project involves road construction. Are you on a foreign aid grant to improve roads? I was curious why you are in Haiti.
People I encounter usually go there for missionary or disaster work.

The towns look incrediby impoverished. Delete the covered vehicles and tin roofs and you could be in the 19th century. Familiar with the country's history. I have never been there. Not many ride reports focus on Haiti. Therefore your pictures are an insight. We in the USA only see and hear about tragedy there.

Thanks for posting.
For the road quality in the rainy season, I'll tell in a few weeks, it's going to start to rain here soon.

As for my purpose here in Haiti, I oversee/supervise road works. it's a government grant from ACDI and BID. The works started before the quake, so we have nothing to do with disaster work.
It's funny because 95% of Americans I encounter here are missionary! I don't mingle with them too much, they never stay too long anyways!

As for the situation here, I try really hard to show another side of Haiti, it would be too easy to take pictures of all the stuff that is wrong with Haiti, but i'll leave that to FOX news and co.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:07 AM   #42
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It's funny because 95% of Americans I encounter here are missionary! I don't mingle with them too much, they never stay too long anyways!
Funny the missionaries. Only met one "American" way back then. He had left the US West Coast somewhere on a very small sailboat loaded with used shoes for Haiti.

His plan was to go across the Panama canal and deliver them there,and that in the winter. By the time we picked him up he had been blown way off course in a nasty storm up to the West Coast of Vancouver Island after his engine died. When we got there he was getting dangeroulsy close from the rocks.

We always tought the shoes,not faith,kept him afloat....!

Thanks for the memories !.....Some of us won't watch FOX news.
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:53 PM   #43
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As for the situation here, I try really hard to show another side of Haiti, it would be too easy to take pictures of all the stuff that is wrong with Haiti, but i'll leave that to FOX news and co.
Thanks for that.
Always good to see the best side of a country.
Looking at the dry road, and thinking about what it will be like wet.
I would think serious off road knobs would be in order!
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[COLOR="DarkOrange"]on the w-e of the fev 26 I went to Pestel...

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Stop stealing their souls!! ;-) Love it.. Wish I could join ya bud
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