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Old 03-13-2014, 08:36 AM   #1696
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This is too funny!

You two continue to bring a great story of interest and laughter. Thanks again.

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"It seemed to work, he let us go..."

I listened to Neda's entire explanation in stunned silence. Forget "No Fumar Espanol". Next time we get stopped, we're "Throwing Gene Under The Bus!"
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:52 AM   #1697
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Do you remember the kid in Charlie Brown, called PigPen? He had a perpetual cloud of dust hanging around him wherever he went. I feel exactly like that, as if we've got a perpetual rain cloud lingering over our motorcycles.
Yes, Pigpen always had a cloud of dust, but it was Shleprock, a character from the Flintstones, was the one who always had the rain cloud following him. I know tomatoe / tomato


Of course there is always good old Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh.


At least it ain't snow, that is what we are continuing to get almost daily back home...........Onward! Keep on posting.
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:29 PM   #1698
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Bad ignition switch

Great report, BTW. I love how you have no schedule, and go with the flow.

I'm voting Ig switch. I fix things on my old Honda when I can. I've had my bike for 20 years. Honda's ignition switches have a contact that gets hot when the switch contacts get dirty/corroded. The hot contact burys in the nylon housing. Then When you first turn it on it gets hot enough with a little time to release that contact then you have contact.

.....anyway a new switch would be neat, but Honda switches, at least, can be taken apart, and rebuilt. Prolly any bike shop (non BMW) could rebuild yours if you can't get a new one.

They are just a little tricky...like on the Honda the key has to be turned to a particular position in order to get it apart. Good luck.
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:42 PM   #1699
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If getting thrown under the bus means getting off of a 5-day impound, I say we're good.
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Old 03-13-2014, 07:29 PM   #1700
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Awesome, and hello again! Loved catching up with your travels.

Might I add, that was quick thinking and excellent negotiating with the law. Last time I was stopped I had my wife argue with me loudly and mercilessly, berating me for my poor judgement- all for the officer to witness.

Officer: "Calm down please, Ma'am"
Wife: "I'll calm down as soon as he stops being so stupid. STOOOOPIIIID!
Me: Offered the most pathetic whupped "help me" puppy dog look I could muster (it was more natural to summon than I had hoped).

When the officer returned to the car after running my tag/license (clean), he looked at me, sighed and said "Here's your license sir, and I'm going to let you go. You've been punished enough for one day."

I'll take the bus instead of a ticket everytime. Works like a charm.

Safe travels you two!
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:16 PM   #1701
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Pure Gold!!! Love your ride report, It gets better and better every new story. Espanolespanolespanol and the disapproving looks and the pigpen cloud of dust. You sir, have just made my day. You have a superb gift for conveying a funny situation and making it even more humorous. Thanks!!
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Old 03-13-2014, 10:03 PM   #1702
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Gene,
She didn't throw you under the bus....she was leaning on you....in a loving kind of way...

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Old 03-14-2014, 08:22 AM   #1703
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LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT

Unreal experience, my hats off to you Gene and Neda.
If the wind ever carries you back to Calgary AB, please do ping me I'd love to have you over.

Please continue with your updates, I keep checking your blog all the time..and ride safe
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Old 03-14-2014, 01:48 PM   #1704
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Nice guys, Im still checking this rr every day
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:45 AM   #1705
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Inet Experience from Mexico to South America

Hey G&N,
I've been following you guys for sometime. Really great report, thanks for sharing all of your experiences. I'm planning a similar trip from my hometown in Idaho to South America in September. As with any overlander, saving the $ to get this done has been one of the biggest hurdles. So, after years of planning, I have grand ideas of continuing to work at my current job during the travel period. I'm a IT Project Manager and I can work anywhere I'd like as long as I have a "decent" internet connection that holds around 6-12 mbs. The plan is to travel south, frog-hopping from moderate sized city to city at what seems to be about the same pace that you and Neda have been holding. If I have a big workload, then i grab an apartment like you guys did, and bang it out... When the work lightens up again, I can go to 4-10's or even 3-12's work weeks to allow for additional travel time. So here's the fundamental question. What do you guys think and more specifically what are your experiences with the internet connections. Every time is see you or Neda on computer or tablet I get a feeling this might be possible. So since you seem to be pretty techno-savy and are constantly posting blogs and uploading images, I figured you'd have a feel for how the inet has been holding up?

Ok, thanks much for your report... again you guys are both amazing and reading through your adventures in your amusing voice & great photography is a highlight in my week!

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Old 03-16-2014, 04:34 PM   #1706
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I believe the reason for the cell phone time sales are due to the fact of the rates being higher when you call landlines and other operators.
Ah, thanks for the clarification. That makes much more sense.

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it was Shleprock, a character from the Flintstones, was the one who always had the rain cloud following him.
Yes! This is exactly how we feel!

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If the wind ever carries you back to Calgary AB, please do ping me I'd love to have you over.
Thanks, that's very generous of you!

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I have grand ideas of continuing to work at my current job during the travel period. [..] What do you guys think and more specifically what are your experiences with the internet connections. Every time is see you or Neda on computer or tablet I get a feeling this might be possible.
Hey eS,

We've met a few people who are "Digital Nomads", able to work from wherever they are. Not just IT people too, we recently talked to a girl who does accounting for several businesses, all her communication is virtual.

Internet is good everywhere we've visited in Central and South America. Whether it's at a hostel or in our own apartment, we've managed to upload pictures and videos, download movies and TV shows as well as Skype with our family while on the road. The only time we've been without Internet (well, besides the month we spent in Cuba) is in some very remote places - I can count the number of times on one hand - and even then, there's always an Internet cafe nearby with a dodgy connection should you need to send an email or check something on the web.

Also, the mobile Internet infrastructure is as good if not better than North America. We stopped buying SIM chips for our smartphones quite a while ago, since we always have wi-fi just about everywhere. I've seen the locals use mobile Internet in some of the aforementioned remote places, so if you want to be safe, you can get a prepaid data package. $30/month seems to be the going rate in most of the places for about 5GB, and 3G seems to be prevalent in most populated areas.

Hope this gives you the push you need to join the ranks of the Digital Nomads!
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Old 03-16-2014, 05:45 PM   #1707
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Gene, you have a wonderful sense of humor. I look forward to all of your reports and love your photography.
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Old 03-17-2014, 06:37 PM   #1708
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Also there is Internet in Cuba, but it's highly controlled and very expensive. You need to provide a passport for access (in most places) and the pricing puts it out of reach for most locals. I think the government offers it as a way to appease all the tourists that visit the island.

From the wait times on the browser, I believe the entire island is connected to the Internet via a single 56K dial-up modem...
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Old 03-18-2014, 05:40 PM   #1709
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woah, where did all the posts go?
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Old 03-18-2014, 05:53 PM   #1710
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woah, where did all the posts go?
You know I was checking in a couple of days ago, and I could have swore there were some missing or out of order
By the way..you guys rock! Keep up the good...nonwork
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