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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    As with most of this trip the crash was unplanned. Just more unplanned if that makes sense?!?!:rofl

    I am trying to put an end to the stunt riding.

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    Hang in there AK..I'm pulling for you.
    Bummer about Tikal. I always wanted to see it myself. Hope to see Copan through your eyes.
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    AK - Can you post an occasional map of your location?
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  4. AK Smitty

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    So my hotel is on the opposite end of town from the ruins but I decide to wog(walk/jog) over to them about 8am. I need some exercise and packed running sneaks so i am going to use them! Still pretty overcast and rain threatening.

    Copan Square on the way
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    Some guys doing cobble stone by hand!

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    Map of the ruins. Way bigger and more to see than I expected. i spent about 2 hours checking it all out plus the walk to and form my place.

    I don't even know what this is. Really the first wildlife I have seen in CA.

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    This squerriel was driving this Macaw nuts!! :D:rofl:D Get it?
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    They are working on bringing back the Macaw population. Pretty cool.

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Dec-2012-Mex-and-Central/26822038_WpDJ5R#!i=2270797200&k=v3X7wSw&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Dec-2012-Mex-and-Central/i-v3X7wSw/0/L/IMG_4141-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    I have a ton of pics of the ruins. I am sure you can google them it and get the same affect, so I will try to keep it under 10.

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Dec-2012-Mex-and-Central/26822038_WpDJ5R#!i=2270798793&k=SbTKLJ8&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Dec-2012-Mex-and-Central/i-SbTKLJ8/0/L/IMG_4153-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    Side note: I hate raking!! These guys were mowing this with a riding mower then hand raking it. It was about 4 football fields. Just made me think of raking as a kid and how much I disliked it.

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    Damn it, does that count as one of the ten?

    Ruins
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    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Dec-2012-Mex-and-Central/26822038_WpDJ5R#!i=2270805749&k=Q3PtS2x&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Dec-2012-Mex-and-Central/i-Q3PtS2x/0/L/IMG_4179-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

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    what it looked like back in the day
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    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Dec-2012-Mex-and-Central/26822038_WpDJ5R#!i=2270810560&k=fWRKvtH&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Dec-2012-Mex-and-Central/i-fWRKvtH/0/L/IMG_4191-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Dec-2012-Mex-and-Central/26822038_WpDJ5R#!i=2270812322&k=7zkgvd2&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Dec-2012-Mex-and-Central/i-7zkgvd2/0/L/IMG_4198-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    I dont know how pics that was but I know there are a lot more on smugmug.

    This place is big and very impressive. I enjoyed my walk around. I snuck into the tunnels and got caught. It was 15 US to get a tour. I saw what I needed to and snapped a pic before they got me.

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Dec-2012-Mex-and-Central/26822038_WpDJ5R#!i=2270812289&k=HZ486mp&lb=1&s=A" title=""><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Dec-2012-Mex-and-Central/i-HZ486mp/0/L/IMG_4196-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    Now for the birds.

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    Ruins and bird
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    Tough to get this pic but I got it

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    as I was walking home the ruins it started to pour. Another night in Copan is fine with me. A late start to the day on rainy roads is not what I am looking for.

    The owner of the hotel has been here since 95 and commented how rare rain is in the middle of the day. Oh well caught up on some stuff and finally got the bike washed.
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  5. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    My signature line at the bottom of each post has my spot tracker. Just checked it and it is working muy bueno.

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  6. PDX Alamo

    PDX Alamo Been here awhile

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    Some incredible places in Nicaragua mak sure you hit Ometeppe, SanJuan Del Sur and volcanos in Granada. Very cool stuff, loving the ride report :freaky
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  7. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    Thanks you for the suggestions on places to see. I am putting them in my notes.



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  8. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    So after I got the bike washed I noticed white streaks down the boxes of the bike. The stuff the kid used to clean my bike must have had some bleach in it. :becca

    I asked him if he had beach in his solution but between lang barrier and him not knowing we came to no conclusion. He thought it would be be good to make the boxes all white and went back to work. I never said anything to the kid but he could tell I was little bummed. Then I thought about it and what you going to do. Its all good. I went to the hardware store to see if they had some metal polish and that was a challenge. I pulled it off and it helped with the odd white streaks a lot.


    Here is the sunset from out the front door of my room last night. I think I am getting a little better at this picture stuff.

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Dec-2012-Mex-and-Central/26822038_WpDJ5R#!i=2273029623&k=DzkC7DX&lb=1&s=A" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Dec-2012-Mex-and-Central/i-DzkC7DX/0/L/IMG_4261-L.jpg" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug" alt="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"></a>

    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Dec-2012-Mex-and-Central/26822038_WpDJ5R#!i=2273029870&k=vmRHhr5&lb=1&s=A" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Dec-2012-Mex-and-Central/i-vmRHhr5/0/L/IMG_4262-L.jpg" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug" alt="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"></a>

    Honduran Mtns
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    Some hot springs on the side of the road
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    And this little pot hole
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    <a href="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Dec-2012-Mex-and-Central/26822038_WpDJ5R#!i=2273034910&k=h5g47WX&lb=1&s=A" title="DCIM\100GOPRO"><img src="http://akjts.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Dec-2012-Mex-and-Central/i-h5g47WX/0/L/GOPR0302-L.jpg" title="DCIM\100GOPRO" alt="DCIM\100GOPRO"></a>

    Honduras has lots of big pot holes. This one was the most extreme but you do need to pay attention at all times.

    Probably head toward the Nico border tomorrow and make it the next day.
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  9. roadmagnet

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    Worth $15 just to see the parrots fly.
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    Yikes... now that's a pothole! I guess thats why they always say don't drive at night.
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    Ouwh mate we are still in Phoenix waiting for Maya to be delivered .... BSing truckies :eek1

    Anyway, glad to be reading your thread mate it is a lifeline along with Julios to stop me going mental.

    Keep up the great pics and reports ... enjoying them :clap :clap

    Lookin like we won't be back on the road before Christmas now :cry ... never mind will be all good soon :D.
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    Great photos and ride report.
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  13. AK Smitty

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    There are worse places to be stuck for the holidays. I think haha:huh Some good hikes and scerery out in the Superstition Mountain area and if you can get north to Sedona.

    Glad I can help with the sanity a bit and can''t wait until your RR has more pics of you both south of the border.


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  14. Prior

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  15. AK Smitty

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    So I was sitting at D and D brewery and Hotel near Lake Yojoa trying to get a signal on my spot and in rolls the 2 canadian guys on DR650s that I meet briefly the night before in Copan. They unload and we have dinner. The funny part is that in our brief conversation the previous night neither I or them had planned to end up at D and D. Over dinner we decide to ride together tomorrow and head for Yuscarn.

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    The Canadians
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    Yuscarn
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    We pulled into the very small town and expected just a sleepy little mountain town. It was not! It was Saturday and some festival was going on with people everywhere! We has to drive right through the center of the action to get to the hotel. Our room was huge and had 3 beds. The hotel was a really nice cool place. We took a tour of the master room upstairs too.

    Our room
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    Very nice upstairs
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    It is for sale if any one is looking for a hotel in Honduras.

    We dropped our gear and went off to join the party. Lots of food stands, kids running around and big fire works from a guy that should not be allowed to have matches!

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    There was also a lamp post with a bad ground. It was hours of entertainment for the kids and they showed us the game too. Hold on to each other and the post and metal fence and first person to break the chain because of the shock is the loser. The entire scene was an experience! I have some video that is not great but hilarious to me since I was there. We all had a great time and tried to go to sleep at a reasonable time to ride some dirt tomorrow but the town kept the music cranked until 4am. Central America likes stuff loud!!!!

    Some dirt riding tomorrow and crossing into Nica!!:clap
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  16. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    We picked a route to the border that was about 1/2 dirt and a small border crossing at El Pariso.

    Mahai(one of the Canadians not originally from CA) took the lead and I was in the middle or the back all morning. The road was very dusty. Hence the Canadian smoke screen!!

    Not the best pics but they have all 3 of us.
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    Small creek crossing/ spot to fill up water truck.

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    Pawel (the other Canadian also not originally from CA)

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    A small sample of the smoke screen and the road/village soccer field
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    And the border!
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    The crossing took over 2 hours. Mostly getting into Nica but it was because we got the lady we needed on lunch break and then things just move slow. We all hung out BS'd and laughed. We are in no rush either. One pushy handler to shoo away but other than that all was easy and chill! Another handler and some truckers told us to get ahead of them in line. The guy took our paperwork and handed it to the lady told her our deal and boom that part was done. He never even indicated he wanted any money. I gave him and another guy and AK postcard and they were pumped.

    The guys at the border that operate the gate and where you get insurance love the bikes! Some people are just stoked on the trip. We laugh with them get insurance shake hands and hit the road. Nica roads are great! Especially compared to Honduras.

    Riding with the Canadians is a real good time. I have road with other guys on similar bikes and they struggle to keep up but Team Smoke Screen know how to ride and run the DR's hard.

    We make it to Esteli expecting a nice chill night because it is Sunday and we were up late due to the little local festival in Yuscarn. NOPE not happening. Esteli is crazy and almost completely booked!!

    It is the last night of some Horse Festival where all the best horses from all of Central America come. I don't know what classifies a horse as a "best" horse but these people are into it. When in Rome...

    Here is preview picture or two...bad cell phone shots but you get the idea.

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  17. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    This Horse Festival thing is totally crazy! They set up make-shift clubs, not bars, clubs all around. There are horses dancing, yep dancing horses parading around the streets. Great street meat every where and beers for sale on out of coolers every 10 feet.

    Here is one of the horses that was dancing to the music.

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    I tried to capture the mayhem but you have to be there.
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    The horses walk the same area as the people. Horses are bigger than people and when a horse is coming you get out of the way. The people riding horses usually have a beer in hand as well. It is crazy. We saw a horse do a little spin move and kinda slam a young lady into a beer cart. Everyone just laughs including the lady. Total mayhem!! I tried to capture it but you just cant. I posted a couple of short videos on smugmug.

    He wanted to know if this was a bull or a cow

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    These guys let us ride there horses just because we were gringos and they were drunk. No charge. Just people being nice and having a good time!

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    I told them I was gringo and didn't know how to ride a horse. Then pulled this cool move!

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    and this

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    Those guys just about fell over laughing. It was a very fun and unique night!! Off to Leon a little slow the next day.

    It is a short boring ride so it all worked out.
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  18. tjclyde

    tjclyde iPad Adventurer

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    Looks like a great time.
    Keep em commin.
    Tj.
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  19. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    I was told to Leon not to miss Leon by many people. It is a cool historical city but by myself it would have been a one night stop. The Canadians and I ended up staying 3. I think I was convinced there was something more to it. Took a day to go to the beach and then checked out Leon.

    4 bikes in the Hostel Lobby
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    The other GS was a guy named Terry from OR riding to his place in Costa Rica.

    Around Leon
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    I really liked this pic and mural

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    Ride from Leon to Grenada. Cant see it all because of the haze but this pic has everything that Nica has to offer. Volcano, big lake, mountains and thick green forest. Oh yeah and one sexy BMW.

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    Riding with others has been great but I have gotten in some bad habits like slacking on my journal and blog. I have also been taking less pictures. Time to get back in the rhythm of documenting this trip.
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  20. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    Random town on the ride with the latitiude

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    Pawel is quite the ladies man and as soon we stopped this lady came running up to talk to him. She was quite smitten with the Canadian.

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    Random street sign that I think means find a girl here and walk with her.

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    We only stayed one night in Grenada. Another cool historical city and I could have stayed longer but I was ready to get to the beach. The one night we stayed we just walked around and checked out the city. I liked Granda much more than Leon.

    I am not sure Pawel would say the same. He got harassed by a cop that looked exactly like Lou Diamond Phillips. I am sure that Pawel is pretty tired of all my LDP jokes but I still think that it is hilarious.

    Here is Pawel and LDP(Lou Diamond Phillips)

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    The Canadian boys talking their way into Pawel getting 2 tickets!!!:deal

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    I am taking the pictures from where we pulled the bikes into our hostel. Pawel is where we parked on a one way street. So we basically drove across the street to pull into the hostel. But technically we drove about 10 meters in the wrong direction. LDP never came directly out and asked for money but that is what he wanted. He didn't see Mihal and myself so he didn't say a word to us. Even the front desk lady at the Hostel came out to talk to LDP. But he held his ground. One ticket for going the wrong way on a one way and the other for an illeagal U-turn. Total BS but what are you going to do. The fine was about 25 US and he went to the policia later to get it all sorted. More to come on that!!:eek1

    Granada

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    2 of us off to San Juan del Sur tomorrow with a stop at Apoyo a crater lake.
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