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Old 01-17-2013, 09:53 PM   #1006
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Masaya

That night, I camped at Masaya Volcano Park.
There was an active Volcano with the crater billowing toxic gas about 2 miles from my camp



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Old 01-17-2013, 09:54 PM   #1007
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Here's the view from the rim of the crater

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Old 01-17-2013, 09:55 PM   #1008
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Granada

One of the oldest cities in the Americas

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Old 01-17-2013, 10:00 PM   #1009
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Lake Nicaragua

Here's a shot of Ometepe
It is the twin volcanic island in Lake Nicaragua
I was going to take the ferry over to the island with fellow Adventure Rider Max who I met along the way at the docks.
But we missed the first boat because they packed it so full with big trucks, they couldn't even fit 2 more bikes on. Plus there was no way of trying the bike down and I was afraid my bike would tip over. It was very choppy on the lake



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Old 01-17-2013, 10:02 PM   #1010
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San Juan del Sur

I am at a cool little beach town just a stone's throw from Costa Rica now.
Going surfing in the morning and then going to figure things out from there

I need to get a boat to Colombia soon
Any suggestions?

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Old 01-18-2013, 03:51 AM   #1011
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This is a popular way for bikers to cross the Darien.
You'll have to wait about 4 weeks though, its usually booked out a month in advance.
http://www.stahlratte.org/index.php?id=28&L=1
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:55 AM   #1012
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This is a popular way for bikers to cross the Darien.
You'll have to wait about 4 weeks though, its usually booked out a month in advance.
http://www.stahlratte.org/index.php?id=28&L=1
Yes, I checked in to that. They are sailing to Cuba now, not Colombia'
If I can't find a way around the Darian Gap, my trip south might be over!!!!
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:58 AM   #1013
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I made my first donation yesterday to the Policia

I got pulled over here in Nicaragua
I made a pass over a solid line
I have only done it a million times before
This time I did it right in front of the police
I have done it other times
Sometimes the police even wave me around
Everyone does it
You kind of have to
Some of the trucks drive ten MPH
This time the cops were pulling lots of cars over for doing the same thing
To my surprise, he didn't ask for money
He took my license and told me to go to Rivas (the nearest town) & pay 300 Cordobas (about 13 dollars) to the bank, brink back my receipt and I would get my license back
So I did it, and got it back

No corruption here
It actually made me kind of happy
I broke the law
I got caught
And I paid the fine
I just wish I could have paid forward the next 3 times I get forward so I can keep blasting my way south with having to stop at the bank each time
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:10 AM   #1014
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Amazing.......

Ed Thanks for all the amazing pictures and great story, I can only......
Good luck finding the ferry so you can continue on with your trip.

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Old 01-18-2013, 08:25 AM   #1015
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I just wish I could have paid forward the next 3 times I get forward so I can keep blasting my way south with having to stop at the bank each time

Had a few "out of country" tickets. When shopping for insurance back home and they ask, had and tickets lately? Hmmm

The border crossings seem like a buzz kill. What has been your favorite country so far?
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:57 AM   #1016
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Had a few "out of country" tickets. When shopping for insurance back home and they ask, had and tickets lately? Hmmm

The border crossings seem like a buzz kill. What has been your favorite country so far?
Maybe Mexico
It has incredibly diversity and history
Belize was kind of a let down but I missed the best parts.......the islands and the mountain pools. And it is very different than the Latin countries......more like Jamaica
Guatemala is right there at the top. Like Mexico but on a smaller scale
El Salvador is a cool little country but make sure your host has paid its dues to the gang otherwise you might end up in a crossfire
Honduras doesnt have much to offer unless you head out to the Caribbean side
And Nicaragua is very cool too. Its the least expensive, has by far the best roads and seems to be very welcoming
Two more countries to go and then I need to figure out a way in to South America
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:03 AM   #1017
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Awesome, having spent time in Nica, keep your guard up there....there are some pretty rough areas, and unlike many other countries down there, the locals are armed... Don't ask how I know
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:22 AM   #1018
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Awesome, having spent time in Nica, keep your guard up there....there are some pretty rough areas, and unlike many other countries down there, the locals are armed... Don't ask how I know
Well.....so am I
The locals better watch out
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:27 AM   #1019
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hola.....my name is Lalo

For the past two months, my name has been Lalo.
I dont even use my real name any more
You see, in Mexico, Lalo is the nickname for Eduardo
On this trip, I don't know anyone and I can be whomever I want
So........call me Lalo........mucho gusto
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:48 AM   #1020
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...So........call me Lalo........mucho gusto
awesome, Lalo you may not realize it but i think we can all see your transformation through the pages in your thread.

Lalo it is.
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