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Old 08-19-2013, 04:07 PM   #1621
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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!
Just replied your PM, we left Cartagena this morning for the mud volcano and now in Santa Marta .... fookin hot up here too!

Sorry to miss you, try and catch up south of here.
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:46 PM   #1622
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andi, your photobucket linkie doesn't work
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:36 PM   #1623
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andi, your photobucket linkie doesn't work
Thanks for pointing that out, didn't know, should be fixed now, lemme know.

Fookin hot here mate, will fry an egg on my speedo!! , today was 40 deg c in town too hot for a white boy.

Cheers man

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Old 08-20-2013, 10:17 AM   #1624
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About a week after starting this thread I'm finally caught up. Random small world moment, this past Saturday I sold a Ural to an inmate here, Toby, who just moved to Seattle from Alaska. He happens to have your stock DR650 gas tanks from a year and change ago . The locking caps are problematic but I trust he'll deal with them when he needs to use the tanks. Carry on!
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:19 PM   #1625
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About a week after starting this thread I'm finally caught up. Random small world moment, this past Saturday I sold a Ural to an inmate here, Toby, who just moved to Seattle from Alaska. He happens to have your stock DR650 gas tanks from a year and change ago . The locking caps are problematic but I trust he'll deal with them when he needs to use the tanks. Carry on!
Classic ... small world eh.

Yeah the DR community in Alaska did well from our giveaways after we set up our bikes, all good karma we hope.

The locking caps?, we sent Alaska Cycle center our info and permission to give the key codes etc to him so they should be perfect.

Thanks for following, hope to keep you entertained along the way.

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Old 08-20-2013, 04:16 PM   #1626
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Panama To San Blass

After the buzz of the canal the next morning was off to the Stahlratte at Carti, San Blass so in reality it was only getting better.

Start with a quick dunny stop ... and some wall glory



The ride out of Panama was easy enough going around lots of roadworks and a small shower.

We turned of the main drag heading toward Carti when Oliver and Heather disappeared from our mirrors, I turned around and went back and only a minute down the road Oliver was pushing their bike with a blowout on the rear.



Also Olivers front guard has come off its mount and was merrily trying to burn its way to nothing ... it wasn't his day.



We set to and removed the dead tube which was totally stuffed, we had a spare 21 inch tube so we tucked that back in only to have that blow another 5 km up the road so at that point we left them there to alert Ludwig to the issue and organise a ute to pick them up.

Although I am not doing much here I did muck and help spoon it on.



The road out to San Blass was interesting and steepish in some places and beautiful rain forest



Arriving at Carti we were greeted by the other riders.



Out of riding gear and time to strip Maya of house and contents to load her onto the Stahlratte.



The dreaded moment arrives when Maya is suspended by string



Away she goes









Into her bunkroom where she lives for the next 5 days, I will add at this point she was double wrapped by the crew and extremely well covered .... you guys rock!!



Next installment day one .......
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Old 08-20-2013, 04:42 PM   #1627
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San Blass And The Kuna People

We were all loaded safe and onboard, it was some time later when Oilver and Heather arrived after the hard day.

Maya was in her bunkroom with her roommates



A pic left out from before, all the girls lined up ready to be lifted into their bunkroom



That night we were staying on an island where the local Kuna people live, it was an interesting experience, for some reason our host family decided to talk to 3.40 am and pretty much there are no walls, several attempts to be pleasant to ask for quite failed then I got loud with a bang on the door.... I got 2 hours sleep

Our chatty host



Rain brewing behind the boat



Finally Heather and Oliver made it



The local people milling around



The storm didn't quite make it to us, we only got a few drops



Our room with a sand floor and a local cat



Yes those are outhouses so your #2s drop straight into the oceon, the fish eat it all up



Our accommodation ... cool places



Some local Kuna out on their boat



Lunch on the Stahratte, fud was second to none!!!



The window of fame aboard the Stahlratte, stuck with the famous people now



The Stahlratte started off great and only got better, these guys know how to make a great trip of it
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:16 PM   #1628
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Stahlratte Day 2

Well what can a man say, on a boat, stinkin hot, sunny, with moto, with wife, with new amigos.

Not a lot to be honest, will let the pics speak for us.

Bit of snorkeling



Two tree island



SOS

Scoota On Stahlratte



Lost



Rope swing



Me on the rope swing ....seriously cool fun



Awful ... just awful



No enjoyment being had ... just trying to keep our heads above water....trying times



The camera started playing up again, I was focusing on the wood steps ....



Our boss Ludwig ... not sure what else to say



Looking up the main mast, Oliver is in the crows nest



Stowaway up front in the ropes

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Old 08-20-2013, 05:22 PM   #1629
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good god man! those are horrible pictures! i've seen people shot for way less...especially ludwig's porn pose

keep on mate.

p.s. bucket link is up and running.
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:42 AM   #1630
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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
Major achievement guys!!!
I've been following for a year also, and greatly enjoy and appreciate the effort you put into this RR.

A friend of mine has sailed in a 45' yacht through the Canal 3 times, enroute to Brisbane, and on one occasion we could view it through a webcam set up on one of the administration buildings. Definitely one of those bucket list items. Like seeing geography in action.

And crossing the Darien Gap, one of those things that you can look back at one day and say "We did that". Sensational beach photos. Sure they are not photo-shopped with some unnattainable mythical location as a backdrop??? (just kidding - cold, raining and cold here in Oz, and I feel sure such places really don't exist)
Well done!
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:51 AM   #1631
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Cool....Temporarily in port for repairs and I can see the pics. Darn...should be working.

Eh....looks like you are where??? Santa Marta??? If so please show the sceneries could remind me of my youth.

The sceneriesfrom Cartagena or Baranquilla would also do.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:07 PM   #1632
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Fantastic

Hi TMK's, have just caught up on your RR and accolades to you for having such grit. Loved the Panama Canal story, I can appreciate the engineering fascination.

Ellen, what an amazing woman you are! It's just fantastic what you have achieved so far and how you have stood up to injury and trials. Hold your head high.

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Old 08-24-2013, 08:38 AM   #1633
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good god man! those are horrible pictures! i've seen people shot for way less...especially ludwig's porn pose

keep on mate.

p.s. bucket link is up and running.
Sorry bout the pics .... can't do much bout Ludwig either cos he is the boss
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:43 AM   #1634
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Major achievement guys!!!
I've been following for a year also, and greatly enjoy and appreciate the effort you put into this RR.

A friend of mine has sailed in a 45' yacht through the Canal 3 times, enroute to Brisbane, and on one occasion we could view it through a webcam set up on one of the administration buildings. Definitely one of those bucket list items. Like seeing geography in action.

And crossing the Darien Gap, one of those things that you can look back at one day and say "We did that". Sensational beach photos. Sure they are not photo-shopped with some unnattainable mythical location as a backdrop??? (just kidding - cold, raining and cold here in Oz, and I feel sure such places really don't exist)
Well done!
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Heya John, yeap loved the canal, would be cool to experience it on a boat too.

Photoshop ... busted yeah we are home in New Zealand at -5 deg downloading photos and chopping them up

Some days we worship the cold when we are trying to sleep in 35 deg plus heat which aint a happening thing.
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:47 AM   #1635
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Cool....Temporarily in port for repairs and I can see the pics. Darn...should be working.

Eh....looks like you are where??? Santa Marta??? If so please show the sceneries could remind me of my youth.

The sceneriesfrom Cartagena or Baranquilla would also do.
Heya Pierre, yeap just passed Santa Marta in Taganga, small town.

Much more to come mate, will post in sequence or I will get stuffed up ... happens at my age
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