3.5 months to Machu Picchu - Or where ever the ride takes me

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by AK Smitty, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    mucha suerte

  2. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    Please dont talk about that horrible place! haha

    I will accept those beers. Money has been coming out of my pocket like lettuce out of a salad shooter trying to get back to the US. Mostly flight change fees and crappy internet booking companies.

    I think this trip has put a loudly ticking clock on y time in AK!! It will always be there. Looking to work abroad!!!:D I hope.

    Its easy to get stuck at home especially in a home like AK.

  3. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    Colombia is truly a special place all the way around!

    Today has been a long hard day but I think all major hurdles have been overcome. Hope to get a post up tomorrow but I have a lot of logistics ahead of me.

    The Ying and Yang of the road. Yesterday still conquers all!! haha:clap

    Thinking my bike and the Military C-130 for photo/stunt of the year!!! haha

  4. PDX Alamo

    PDX Alamo Been here awhile

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    Holy Effff that is unreal!! C-130 seriously !!!
  5. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    I've been silently following your report. I caught up with it after you had left my native Medellin. I got on those C-130s several times during my service in the Colombian Army. Adventures need to come to an end and South America, much like Alaska, will always be there, as well as Colombians ready to welcome with open arms anybody ready to live and enjoy the culture and the place.

    Amazing adventure and great ride report
  6. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    German sent me an email a day or two after my big plane ride. I was very happy to hear from him. We had great conversation while I was hanging at the airport and he is a very good guy! He also sent me this picture that I was stoked about b/c I didn't have one of him and I.

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    I also did not mention that as soon as I took my bike off the C-130 it had a very difficult time going into 2nd gear. It seemed to get worse as the day went on. At times it would not go into 2nd at all. I could not skip 2nd and go to 3rd. The trick seemed to be just keep lots of pressure up until it finally caught and went into 2nd. This made me pretty nervous. I had a little chat with the bike let her know I just needed less than 600k out of her! I also dont think that it has anything to do with the plane ride, just coincidental.

    I made great time from Armenia to Soacha. It was also a great ride with wonderful curves. No pics because I was thinking I could make it to the airport by noon. Soacha took care of that dream. It has to be one of the most unpleasant places that I have driven through. Road construction on top of more construction. That took over an hour to get through.

    Then I had a very hard time finding the Lyn Cargo office. That took over another hour. I had put a lot of hope in the day and getting the bike processed. I pushed hard and just ate some little snacks I had in my pocket. It was a little after 3 when we started to process the bike and I was struggling due to the very frustrating day and no food.

    Here I am doing a re-pack at the airport. Total yard sale! I got lost of funny looks.

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    Saying bike to the bike.

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    Actually I will see it again to finish up the processing. Only the police inspection left and then I am off to catch my flight to Miami at about 1.

    Here I am in my hotel room near the airport.

    I savored my last Colombian beer!

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  7. AK Smitty

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    Almost private C-130 haha.

    Thought a badass stunt like that would spike my RR views but for some reason people are still not catching on.:rofl

  8. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    I will be back sooner than later and be giving you a call for a beer when I am in Medellin again.

    Just curious are you hiring or know of any jobs for gringos in Medellin? haha

    Thanks for following

  9. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    Great action AK! Gotta love the C-130 ride.
  10. Syntroxis

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    for the ride report. It was great.

    Ride safe. :clap
  11. denardjr

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    No limit...go for it.
    Yes sir...one great ride my old young friend. Columbia looks and sounds fantastic. Excellent report posting on the ADV blog. See you soon.:freaky
  12. Radioman

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    :thumb Very cool indeed! safe travels!
  13. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    I actually live in South Carolina but if you actually want to work in Medellin, the best way would be to get a certification in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Set to work around the world. That's what my brother in law did
  14. AK Smitty

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    Thanks man. It has been a great time. Sad it ending but time to start planing the next one!
  15. AK Smitty

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    Thanks Mark.

    Your RR will help me pass some of the days back in the real world. Keep it coming while I work to feed the need.
  16. AK Smitty

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    Headed north to the slope April 2 for 2 weeks. Let me know when you will be there.

  17. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    I am starting to look at options. Not sure how it will all turn out.

    Just blew through your state yesterday at about 90 mph. St Augustine FL to Norfolk VA in a day. It was a long day.

  18. AK Smitty

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    I show up at the cargo side of the airport about 9 am and get the police inspection done. Pretty uneventful and I can expect to see my bike in Miami on Wed, Thursday at the latest.

    Everything goes as planned with my flight to Miami. I just stay in an airport hotel that night because I was told there is a chance my bike could be there in just a day.

    In the Bogota airport I am a little bummed b/c my trip is ending but I am ready to be back in the states. Mainly b/c that has been my goal for over a week and now i am just focused on making it happen.

    I check on my bike Wed am and it did not make the plane so hope to see it thursday. I decide to move hotels to the Miami beach area. If I am here I should at least check out what this place is all about!

    Around Miami/South Beach

    My Hostel which when you get a private room is a nice hotel room. And not cheap at all! But nothing here is!

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    A guy selling his street art.

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    I found this place and had to avoid it or I would have eaten until heart failure!

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    Amazing everything especially the fudge!!

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    More SoBe

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    Bentley. Pretty common sight around here.

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    A dirty BWM with a bunch of gear strapped to it sure would look good around here. I hope tomorrow! I had also arranged to get squeezed into the BMW shop tomorrow or Fri. since I was pretty concerned about my second gear not working correctly.


    This guy was wandering around the beach in a full suit. I could never figure out if he was wasted or not. At the very least he had a rough night b/c he looked like he was hurting!

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    He was entertainment for the entire beach for a while.

    Saw this little boat out for a day cruise.

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    Lots to see in Miami! Lots of fake and real money trying to compete to show it off the best. At first I did not care for the place at all. There are a lot of good people here that embrace a healthy lifestyle and a nice clean city. By the time I left Miami I had come around on the place.
  19. stickman1432

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    Great report and the girl with the red ball cap on has some great eyes!!:lol3
  20. denardjr

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    I'll return to the slope on March 28th (2 weeks). Be sure to stop by the old CIC shop and say hello.:dllama