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Old 08-10-2013, 10:33 AM   #1606
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Bad throat....ate a lot of dust on them shingle roads lately. Maybe should have listened to the locals saying don't take "that" bike there.

Looks like we may be floating around at the same time.....been waiting for a while to see how are you guys sea legs.....

Sea food??? Out of professional interest lets see the galley.Keep them coming will be a couple weeks til I can see the pics I guess.
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:06 PM   #1607
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Bad throat....ate a lot of dust on them shingle roads lately. Maybe should have listened to the locals saying don't take "that" bike there.

Looks like we may be floating around at the same time.....been waiting for a while to see how are you guys sea legs.....

Sea food??? Out of professional interest lets see the galley.Keep them coming will be a couple weeks til I can see the pics I guess.
Your sore throat coming up ... just before you almost leave

Sweet man will get the telescope out ...should be able to see from there

Promise to get pics of the galley and fud
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Old 08-12-2013, 05:59 AM   #1608
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Bon Voyage

Kia ora,
All the best for a wonderful trip on Stahlratte.
Enjoy the San Blas islands and Ludwig's medicinal rum.
Greetings from the Hubbards in Australia.
This will be a memorable cruise!
Have your cameras ready.
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:10 PM   #1609
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Wicked Hay Andi

This is where im going on my way home.



Last time I went here Rossi won . Hope he gives the younger guys a run for there money .
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Old 08-15-2013, 04:11 PM   #1610
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hey A & E, glad to see ya made to tierra firma!
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:33 AM   #1611
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Kia ora,
All the best for a wonderful trip on Stahlratte.
Enjoy the San Blas islands and Ludwig's medicinal rum.
Greetings from the Hubbards in Australia.
This will be a memorable cruise!
Have your cameras ready.
Heya Hubbards, great to hear from you and sounds like you guys are having fun too.

On the ground now in Cartagena, sailing was good but Ellen got crook.

Ludwig and crew were excellent and we both had a great trip with great company.

Will catch up next few days with the happenings.

Love to you both

Andi & Ellen
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:35 AM   #1612
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This is where im going on my way home.

Last time I went here Rossi won . Hope he gives the younger guys a run for there money .
You lucky bugga Toddy, never been to Sepang, hope you enjoy it should be a blast.

If you see Rossi tell him I have some more pointers for him to try
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:36 AM   #1613
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hey A & E, glad to see ya made to tierra firma!
Heya Aaron


Yeah man, all good, about to head back to port to unload the machinery and bring them to the solid as well.

Cheers A
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:36 AM   #1614
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Uvita To David

A very small place with a cool hostel, highlight of the night was the plugin mosquito machine that is designed for 110 volts I plugged into a 240 volt socket and promptly melted the unit and filled our room up with burnt plastic smelling smoke .... things are not labelled very well here.



Maya partially under cover which was cool as we had a big rain storm



Next day started out leisurely with an easy walk to a waterfall with Ellen taking full advantage.





With an easy ride down to the border, mission one, get out of Costa Rica, ticked that box!, mission two find a front tyre for Maya as our MT21 dissolved extremely fast at just on 5000 km ... the first one did 10647km.

On the way to the border we thought we were going to get a wash but we rode on the edge of it.



Only a small short lived shower



Searching for a tyre was no bueno, could find everything else but what we wanted, no prob these things have thick canvas.

Getting into Panama was painless with the usual tenfold too much paper but all the same.

Final part of the mission was to find Norm who had kindly offered us a bed for the night, Norm lives about 15 km short of David and we found him with ease.

Discussions were had about the state of the front tyre, Norm had to go to town to find out about his alternator so we all piled into his ute and went into David, a moto shop there said they had a 90/90-21 so we headed there.

We did manage to pick up a MT90 which was a little more road orientated than we wanted but it was that or risk not making Panama, the risk was high with the rate it had dissolved so although we paid a slight premium it was worth it and Norm had made the effort to get us there too, one would have to say our starts had aligned that day.

Back to Norms I changed the tyre with three tyre irons and a glass of whiskey .... job done with a new rim tape as well, flash as Michael Jackson.

That night we took Norm our for tea to a local restaurant, more rum was had discussing life then back home for a coupla roadies before hitting the sack.

A few shots of Norms paradise, really cool place





Some very artistic talent here



Most people have a dog .., check out this little fella



The following morning was goodbyes to Norm and off to Panama, Norm thank you for having us stay.......although we were away earlyish which was disturbing but we had a 430 km ride, something not done by us since leaving Canada, the road was straight down the Pan Am, mostly good condition with a few patchwork places.

Moto cops EVERYWHERE with speed traps etc, fortunately we didn’t attract any attention and made it through unscathed.



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Old 08-18-2013, 02:15 PM   #1615
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David To Panama

The first sight of panama



Arriving at out Hostel was easy and we soon established that three out of the five bikes crossing the Darien were there too so that made life easy.

The following morning was “The Canal”, something I had been looking forward to for a long time and I was not disappointed at all.



We arrived right on 9.00 am when they open the gates, a container ship was already sitting in the loch so we watched it go through.

Next in line was a bulk bin rice ship, now I could blast on how cool it is, we took these photos to show the sequence, we trimmed it right back so as not to bore you but it is an incredible feet of engineering being finished in 1913 on its second attempt after the French originally failed with 20000 lost lives to tropical diseases etc.

So I will apologize to those who may not be interested in this amazing engineering marvel ..... but today was ALL about ME !!

Enjoy

First off, this dude landed on the camera and pushed in for a good view.



Boating lining up to enter



Guide engines



Boat lined up and doors opening







Gates closing



Boat sitting in loch ready to fill, gates closed



Water level raising



Full height



Next gates open



Boat moving through





Doors shut after tug boats go through



Note the level of the water



Full



And away it goes, this is my satisfied face



We were here ... as the boat sales off to the next loch



The next loch is a series of three



All in all it was outstanding and I left feeling like I had seen it properly, a nice feeling
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:24 PM   #1616
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Panama!

Very Cool! Thanks for that. It's your ride report and you can put in whatever interests YOU.
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:14 AM   #1617
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One day I hope to see it from the perspective of being on a boat!
In the mean time, thanks for the photo's
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:14 AM   #1618
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In Cartagena?

I'll be in Cartagena for about 24 more hours if you want to get a beer! Then back to Bogota for a couple weeks of day trips and then south to Tierra!
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Very Cool! Thanks for that. It's your ride report and you can put in whatever interests YOU.
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Thanks Jeff ... I try not to be selfish but Panama Canal was on my bucket list and now that box is ticked

Thanks for following, feel free to chime in and give us shit along the way any time
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One day I hope to see it from the perspective of being on a boat!
In the mean time, thanks for the photo's
You are welcome, I was stoked to be there and on a nice day, the stars aligned again.

These guys were on deck and waving as well ... so cool





And the appreciative Captain

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