33 1/3 N C S + Cuba

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Throttlemeister, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. Dr. Benny

    Dr. Benny Enjoying the Journey

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    Keep riding in circles. That way when I'm in Quito this July we can meet up! :deal
  2. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Benny, I think John has several GF's and a Colombian cedula. Rumor has it that he is now showing some recently laid off Secret Service agents around town. I dont think he can find his way out. :lol3
  3. Archimedes

    Archimedes Adventure Researcher

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    Well if their looking for bush their in the right place...lol:evil
  4. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    What you talking about I'm bald:deal They've been loving it:lol3

    John at my McDonalds office in Pereira, Colombia gettig a good taste of home:D
  5. marior97

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    Grreat RR TM !!!!!!!!!!!!:clap:clap:clap:clap

    A year ago Vicente told me you were about to ride up north :rofl,

    send a message when your near El Salvador, yeah where boys went partying too !!:freaky

    ride safe amigo !
  6. Excalibre

    Excalibre Adventurer

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    G'Day Mate........ and Hello to everyone at ADVR........ What a report. Im new to this ADVR Forum and if ever i wanted motivation to get out and see the world, man have I found it. What a Fantastic report John and bloody well done so far. I spent the whole weekend (raining here) reading every bit of it and checking out all your photos. To the extent plans are being made as I type this note to ship my bike to Portland Oregon (only uncrated International available from Australia so far) and head out on a no time limit ride hopefully ending up at the bottom of Souh America. The timing is yet to be finalised along with so many other things to get ready but just wanted to say a huge "Thank You" to you for the report and the motivation, has certainly lit the fire in my belly. Take Care and keep riding.......
  7. Vinnie the Snake

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    Crazy GOOD mate, Be safe, keep it coming.....:ear
  8. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    Would be fun but it's on the schedule for the next hop down South:deal Glad you are getting to get in some nice quality rides from the sound of it:clap


    I must say GPS are damn fine piece of kit:lol3 I'm on my final escape from Colombia beleive me or not:1drink

    Thanks Man! I remember Vincent partying with you guys and I sure hope I can do the same, it just all depends on how I get the old girl back to the barn, it might just be via Europa:wink: If I ride back CA you can bet on me to be stopping in for some good times with good amigos:freaky I somehow never crossed into the country on the way down but like the idea of the La Union crossing on the Pacifco side jumping Honduras just for the hell of it.

    Thanks for the kind words amigo:thumb

    Always great to have another on board this truely wonderful site, part of the reason this is the only place I post stuff on my trip:deal Glad to hear your plans on in the works, you can't go wrong pointing the bars any direction in South America, especially Colombia:wink:

    Maybe see you around somewhere down South as I got at least another years worth of the good stuff before I move on. Let me know if I can help you out:freaky

    I thought I got a decent spot to work on some of this stuff tomorrow, got a blind date tonigt, I'm expecting the best:lol3

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    Update as of lately.
    In a familar place in Bogota, going to get my passport tomorrow morning as I stopped by today and they where closed for some National Worker's Day, lots of protests and marches in the city making getting to my place a royal pain in the ass, I finally just pleaded my case to the police officiers closing the streets and got access to the streets I needed:clapjust took some time that I had free.

    My passport was supposed to have a new visa for Brazil as of the 24 April but as many of you might know by now I have zero problems staying in Colombia for any lenght of time so I just headed back to some familiar stopping grounds along with some nice new ones. I took up my Calino status hanging with Alain and good company down in Cali and met up with a good Kiwi Mate named Joe for some high caliber riding around Cali and out to the Pacifico. I finally broke out of Cali a few days ago to do some mountain mud training prepping for the upcoming Amazon also trying to sneak in around the active Volcan in Los Nevados NP.

    My mud training is coming along nicely and I'm very impressed with Pirelli tires and would much appreaciate a sponsorship opprotunity:norton
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    I spent three days traveling through the mountians that I could have passed in a mere 7 hours and it was well worth it. Just simplying amazing what happens down in the this wonderful country:clap:clap:clap

    Tomorrow I should have some quality screen time to get some quality posts up inshala

    My plan is to finish out with Colombia around the beautiful snow capped peaks of El Cocuy NP and then cross the third border crossing into Venezuela for another good spell and then onto the Guyanans and Brazil before ending in Uruguay in a few months time, of course all this depending on weather or not my Visa was approved:wink:

    John in Bogota
  9. SmilinJoe

    SmilinJoe Been here awhile

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    Hey John! Great to hear from you my friend. Yes the grass is growing. Cant get the ole man to let me help him with the mowing. Perhaps he will change his mind soon. Parker says he is getting a KLR and he wants you to ride to Rio with him after high school:lol3. I told him we will have to get him out of Colombia first:lol3. Anyways looks like your adventures have been continuing down south. The mud training looks fun. Hope the blind date went well:evil! Keep the post coming and be careful my friend.
  10. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Hola John,

    Just checking in. Heading to India myself in just under two weeks, then back to Ecuador sometime in August :evil

    Will keep in touch you crazy adv rider :lol3

    Keep safe out on the roads!
  11. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    hola Mark and John, glad to see you both are well out there on the road, two mad adventurers I've had the pleasure of offering some hospitality:D
  12. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    I know it always looks different in a photo , but , I think I would have picked an alternate line through there !

    Keep living the dream for us poor worker bees .
  13. Excalibre

    Excalibre Adventurer

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    John
    Thanks for the reply and for the offer of assistance it is appreciated and I may just take you up on it. It would be good to catch up somewhere along the track, just as long as its not the track you just posted in the pic....Ha! Ha!
    Decided to do the trip on a GSA, my current GS and the RT are being traded next monday for the new GSA. On the Tuesday after I pick it up I will head off from Gold Coast to Perth 4,700 klms to take of some of the sharp bits off her. I will have 3 weeks in Perth and then ride her back to the Gold Coast. Thats East to West accross the Australian contientnent
    and back again. Close to 10,000 kilms and in time for its first real service...... Take care and keep it upright my friend will stay in touch
  14. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    I always hate missing out on the work around the place, I really enjoy trying to keep up with stuff back home believe it or not. The date went okay but I´ve had much better down here:lol3 I got my new visa and its good for 10 years so I should be set to roll down again with Parker:clap:clap:clap
    Been camping the last few days and will look for a good spot to set up shop for a day or two hopefully before crossing back into Venezuela. I getting ready to do some visiting to the Colombian high country and wanted to stop in a net cafe and check emails and such. Damn nice to have heated jacket and grips in Colombia:deal


    Hola amigo, too bad we missed each other in Quito, you where just a few hours too late. Maybe later this year or first of next farther down South we can share a few good ones:freaky Have fun in India, sounds like a fine time to be had.
    Adios Amigo

    I would say you my friend like to keep good company:lol3 I had fun up there for sure:deal Lots of good people I{ve meet on two wheels and fun times sharing some beers and stories.:freaky

    I know I{m such a poser, actually this was a staged picture just to show the amount/quality of mud I was crossing, I was continually impressed thoughtout those last couple of days the muck I passed, I never got hung up bad (just picked up one freaking nail which really suck changing a flat on rough ground) and most of the holes had a decent bottom to them and I{ve been getting surprisingly good traction with my tire combo:clap You have to commit sometimes long before you know what´s around the next corner and its hard jumping ruts as loaded as I am but I{m happy the way the bike is performing other than that shitty kickstand I had to modify, it drags way too much in the rough stuff.

    Sometimes I wonder about this 'dream':lol3 The great people I keep meeting keeps me smiling:clap

    Those new GSA{s are quite nice, I got to do a little land speed testing with one down in Cali, hit around 197kph on the best. Got to ride them like a freak offroad but they can go and the bigroads are much more fun with the twin imho, that{s why I work hard to take the little roads.
    Nice bike:
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    and no I didn´t rip the fog light off:lol3

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    I{m right near Duitama, Colombia and heading towards El Cocuy National Park to take in some nice views. I never did cancel my Venezuela import papers for the bike so I plan to cross into Venezuela at Arauca one of 4 known possible land crossing into Venezuela, I crossed two others in the North and want to take a different one this time and it should go easy with my bike papers and insurance already set, might just have to play the stupid gringo card with the bike{s papers that I never turned in when I last exited, they are good for ninety days so why cancel them is my reasoning:lol3

    I{m ready to leave Colombia and get on into the other countries and start making my way around and down. I plan to head home in the middle of my summer in a few months at home and wait for better weather down farther South later this year so I will be leaving the bike somewhere for a few months and then resume later. It{s staggering the amount of good stories that come out of a trip like this and the good roads you can find. Colombia has been very good to me. Here{s a teaser of a road I rode with Joe out of New Zealand heading back to Cali on the old road out of Buenaventura, it was one of the great ones:clap
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    Adios for awhile:1drink
  15. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    Thanks for the most excellent RR John. I met you at the first Skibum Soiree in 09 (red 06KLR) and you did me the honor of letting me ride "The Mule". I have since picked up an 02 GSA with 6000 miles and am enjoying (and beating) the shit out of it. Your attitude and pics are an inspiration for us all. Be safe but have fun.:clap
  16. Domiken

    Domiken Been here awhile

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    Amazing ride report, well done! Very happy to see you doing this, I cannot wait to joint the ranks someday. :clap
  17. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    The tall red headed guy right? Always a pleasure to introduce someone to one of those sweet boxers, damn I miss that one sometimes down here. Nice to meet you up on the big island, it was lots of fun times:freaky
    The poor mule is in the barn awaiting a new clutch and a new beefier subframe with nearly 110000 miles of good stuff. When I return from this latest go around I will get right to work on her as I need to get it back in shape to ride in the off season a little:wink:

    Thanks for the kind words man:thumb You can{t beat riding a bike down South, it makes for a hellulva grand time:clap Hurry on up!
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    I made it to El Cocuy after a interesting route in the mountians and stopping for a nice lunch and now going to find me a nice spot to camp in the mountains and look for a way out to the South of town, hence here again at a net cafe:lol3
  18. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    Close. Your post#57 We met you at the boat. I am the grey haired, hi viz dude who stayed sober all weekend. Thus i got to ride your machinery. His red KLR is a garage queen.:rofl
    Considering how many people you have met since then its a wonder you can remember anyone from that far back in the RR.
  19. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    :lol3 enjoying the ride report. . keep riding shit head
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  20. BluNozr

    BluNozr Been here awhile

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    Hey John,

    Just catching up a bit and took a look at what you are up to. Nice stuff.

    ...and on another note, the military and National Police in south eastern Cuba said to say Hi. They harassed the hell out of me for three days and kept saying "we remember the American from two years ago." I wanted to say "yeah I know him" but I figured two hours held at the police station in Pilon was enough for me.

    It seems your legacy lives on. No camping for Gringos in the southern states.

    Take care and drop me an email.

    Suerte.