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Old 06-01-2012, 09:48 AM   #211
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I have it on good authority that the VZ military put him up for the night, SEVERAL TIMES then sent him on his way in the morning with a free tank of gas and fresh coffee. You cant help but like John, no matter who you are. I'll bet if he showed up at that phantom ferry, they would fire up the ship and give him a ride.


And don't forget free use of the banos, tp includo, so I don't have to go take my morning shit in the bushes They are good people to me Venezuela shouldn't be missed, hell it's basically free gas and hot women

John with my broken down bike I love in Cuidad Bolivar, VZ waitig on some MRW outfit to deliver the goods
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Old 06-02-2012, 01:37 PM   #212
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I have it on good authority that the VZ military put him up for the night, SEVERAL TIMES then sent him on his way in the morning with a free tank of gas and fresh coffee. You cant help but like John, no matter who you are. I'll bet if he showed up at that phantom ferry, they would fire up the ship and give him a ride.


They are good people to me Venezuela shouldn't be missed, hell it's basically free gas and hot women

A lot to find there, it is a great country and lot to see, landscape and relax , extremely cheap gas and great rides.

To me actually , Venezuela is lot better than Colombia, after living 14+ years.
People is aware because safety and other Chavez stuff. Forget it, all countries have their own problems.

Let me know and will organize something great in there.

Chavez has 2 more month of life, the country is the same , democracy hasn't changed in decades. A new young president is coming and a even greater thing will come.

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Old 06-03-2012, 06:08 AM   #213
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A lot to find there, it is a great country and lot to see, landscape and relax , extremely cheap gas and great rides.

Let me know and will organize something great in there.


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None of us are interested in paying you to organize anything in Venezuela or Colombia.
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:09 AM   #214
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:37 PM   #215
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Why does he always have to try to sell something? Vendors are supposed to confine their selling to their vendor threads.
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:01 PM   #216
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THIRD PARTY INFO!!! I AM NOT SAYING THIS IS TRUE - JUST HEARD IT!

Ok all,

There are a few guys here looking to head down to Colombia and having issues, I am trying to hook them up with Stahlratte as they are the only ones that can get it done it seems (to all you who hated on me earlier - ahem - I am 100% neutral!)

Ok, so these guys were going to catch the cargo ship from Portobelo to La Miel and then a lancha to Turbo. They are now looking for a new option for 2 reasons.

#1 Concern about being stuck in La Miel and subject to highway robbery by unscrupulous lancha owners (very likely!)

#2 Apparently another rider just went down south from this area and then caught a lancha into Turbo with his bike where he was informed by Colombian officials that his arrival was illegal, fined $1500 and sent back to Panama.

Now, I know that I have said everything I post is factual... this does not fall under that category! This is entirely hearsay and the reports from thrid party info passed onto riders in the area and then to me. Take this with a HUGE grain of salt!!! Moral of the story, be wary of trying to bypass the current regulations and do your research first!

Anyone who can confirm or deny this story please sound in... looking to find out one way or another!
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Old 06-04-2012, 05:41 AM   #217
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THIRD PARTY INFO!!! I AM NOT SAYING THIS IS TRUE - JUST HEARD IT!

Ok all,

There are a few guys here looking to head down to Colombia and having issues, I am trying to hook them up with Stahlratte as they are the only ones that can get it done it seems (to all you who hated on me earlier - ahem - I am 100% neutral!)

Ok, so these guys were going to catch the cargo ship from Portobelo to La Miel and then a lancha to Turbo. They are now looking for a new option for 2 reasons.

#1 Concern about being stuck in La Miel and subject to highway robbery by unscrupulous lancha owners (very likely!)

#2 Apparently another rider just went down south from this area and then caught a lancha into Turbo with his bike where he was informed by Colombian officials that his arrival was illegal, fined $1500 and sent back to Panama.

Now, I know that I have said everything I post is factual... this does not fall under that category! This is entirely hearsay and the reports from thrid party info passed onto riders in the area and then to me. Take this with a HUGE grain of salt!!! Moral of the story, be wary of trying to bypass the current regulations and do your research first!

Anyone who can confirm or deny this story please sound in... looking to find out one way or another!
I think Colombia is a country of laws, with rights of due-process. So if he got fined $1500, did he have to pay without going to court? This would be exactly the kind of situation for calling your embassy.

I'd check with the Colombia embassy and try to get permission before trying anything off-route.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:13 AM   #218
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I think Colombia is a country of laws, with rights of due-process. So if he got fined $1500, did he have to pay without going to court? This would be exactly the kind of situation for calling your embassy.

I'd check with the Colombia embassy and try to get permission before trying anything off-route.
I agree 100% with contacting the embassy first. You may get away with it or you may not... and who knows what the outcome will be if you are on the wrong side of that wager.

As for how exactly the process went down I have no idea. As I said this is a story I heard last night and may be nothing more than an emerging urban legend... or perhaps a high level conspiracy orchestrated by a diabolical genius captain placing moles in Portobelo using me as a mere pawn in his quest for Global (or at least Panama to Colombia) domination of the bike transport game - STAAAAHHHLLLLLRAAAATTE!!!!
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:29 AM   #219
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Why does he always have to try to sell something? Vendors are supposed to confine their selling to their vendor threads.
Why do you always have to freak out about it? Use the 'report' button, let the mods deal with it. He's helping with information about the thread, but navel-gazing like this helps nobody.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:05 AM   #220
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#2 Apparently another rider just went down south from this area and then caught a lancha into Turbo with his bike where he was informed by Colombian officials that his arrival was illegal, fined $1500 and sent back to Panama.
This could also be a matter of putting bikes and riders in separate boats. They've forced people to use two separate lancha's before in the past. Not sure if this was out of legal necessity or if they just made it up to charge someone for two boats. Somehow when I did it we got past with 6 bikes and riders in one boat. We didn't just sneak through either. They stopped at the army check point entering Turbo and checked us in. So I know they've let it slide in the past. Could you try to get details on how they did the crossing? Was it bike and rider in two separate boats or together?
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:08 AM   #221
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Could you try to get details on how they did the crossing? Was it bike and rider in two separate boats or together?
I will try, but the person whom informed me of the situation was not there, only passed info to me as it came up North and affected his crossing into Colombia.

He is still around and I will see what else I can gather.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:54 PM   #222
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Why do you always have to freak out about it? Use the 'report' button, let the mods deal with it. He's helping with information about the thread, but navel-gazing like this helps nobody.
Because I find his spam to be extremely annoying, and I take it personally because in PMs while setting up the Shipping sticky he lied to me. I had tried to help him. Now that I u derstand him better, I despise his tactics.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:59 PM   #223
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Because I find his spam to be extremely annoying, and I take it personally because in PMs while setting up the Shipping sticky he lied to me. I had tried to help him. Now that I u derstand him better, I despise his tactics.
I don't know about others, but his credibility goes down by a point in my head every time he posts.

When you post to complain, your credibility goes down in my head by about 10 points.
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:33 PM   #224
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[QUOTE=tedder;18834541]Why do you always have to freak out about it? Use the 'report' button, let the mods deal with it. He's helping with information about the thread, but navel-gazing like this helps nobody./QUOTE]

Tedder,

Thnks for your kind words and support our ideas about South America. Venezuela is also one of them and great country after all, my second land , my very ,youth days , where I became Architect.
About 2 weeks ago I went to Long Beach to clear a container with 7 bikes from Chile. I had a wonderful time in L.A. .If I knew that you were there I would contact you mbut the trip was fast.
JYou are always welcome here on the south east part of the country, .

As for the poor soul above ,always jumping on any word I say, well , I don't care.
It,s just a disgraced human being that's all.

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Old 06-05-2012, 05:24 AM   #225
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I don't know about others, but his credibility goes down by a point in my head every time he posts.

When you post to complain, your credibility goes down in my head by about 10 points.
Only 10 points? Do I have any points left?

Four or 5 years ago, I was super excited about getting a Spot messenger. It worked perfectly during testing. And then, it stopped. At first I thought I was doing something wrong. Then I realized that not only was my unit of questionable reliability, but many other users were having problems. Just because some users had working units didn't mean my unit worked. I have no regrets about complaining about Spot, and I have no regrets about my public calling-out of Gaston.

My uncle- the one who builds Panama- is here in Wisconsin. He has no ferry info.
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