A couple of xt225s on the long haul.

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  1. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Lets start with the things about the Stahrlratte which did not sit well with me. (apart from my guts when the seas picked up and things started swaying)

    1. Non profit? I don't know the first thing about sailing, so I have no idea how much things on boats cost. However I think there was 22 bikes on board? and a couple more people. So in this one trip there was over $22,000.00US staying onboard. I find it a little hard to believe that it is non profit.

    2. The Island dump off. What in the hell is this all about? I felt like I was just being bent over and fucked by captain ludwig. Maybe I was not, but how about some honest communication about the whole thing. I can understand the locals want some coin. But they sure as hell did not want us on the island. So why put us there? Give em some coin and let me back on the boat. It is coasting me 1000 fucking dollars for christ sake, why not let me sleep on there? $25 for a penny pincher like myself to sleep in a hot attic in a sweaty old hammock is a bit of a kick in the face. I have my own sweaty old hammock which I must prefer.

    Thats about it for the slagging. Meet a bunch of nice people, ate some nice food, vomited, and made it to the other side.

    Would I take the Stahrlratte again I hear you ask? Well the answer is&#8230; Drumroll. NO!

    Would I recommend it? Sure, if there was better communication and more transparency. And maybe a springboard off the side of boat. I mean come on! for a thousand bucks, give me a springboard. Please! Can you put on a springboard captain?

    Now onto the same pics of the Stahrlratte you have all seen before..
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    The islands.

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    Dan ford from http://placesbeyond.com over joyed.

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    Rain shower.

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    True love can be so hard to find.

    Bitching aside, all in all it was a good time.
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  2. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Its not all palm trees and coconuts. Sometimes a junkyard will do just fine.

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    The great thing about Hennessy Hammocks, apart from being lite and no need for a sleeping pad to blow up after a long day, is that you also don't need flat ground.

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    Who wants five star when you can have a million?

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    Cheap hotel. $8.00

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    If only this mango tree was fruiting. I would have never left.

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    When I was still traveling with Will. Back up in Washington state.

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    Sometimes it is all coconuts and palm trees. Costa Rica.

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    Late night set up in Panama.

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    The Stahrlratte. I did not make the cut for a bed, was assigned to a couch. Was way to hot for me bellow anyway.

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    Riding with the big guns. Fellow adv rider ADVFord.
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  3. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    A vid from http://placesbeyond.com

    I am pretty much just stealing all Dan fords (advford) stuff so if you only have time to follow one ride report I highly recommend his over mine.

    This is me failing at a flip while letting out a mighty yelp of fear.

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    Hobo meets Botero. An altered afternoon with Matt in Medellin.
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    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Just want to thanks J. Downs and Ferris AKA Mapes Chitown Wheel for their very kind gas donations. Was very unexpected, but I am very appreciative.
    So thanks again guys.
    One of my favorite parts of travel is the random acts of kindness from people when you least expect it.
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    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Dan fords BMW 650 something a-rather

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    A swiss couples landrover.

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    Alex and her KLR from http://autopistaend.com

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    Leah and her Surly long haul trucker. http://cyclesouthchica.wordpress.com

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    Greg and his BMW http://oddsouth.tumblr.com

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    A french couple.

    All the transport choices are pretty varied, but they all share one thing in common, the love of travel and fresh experience.
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    Matt in full "phukarwee" mode.

    Time for ADV Hobo to head back to his natural environment. The waves of Ecuador beckon. See you on the road mate.
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  8. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Some shots from the road. Or maybe a shot would be more accurate wording.

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    The road from medellin south is a beautiful one. As is this super pineapple cub.

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    Check out the shifter on this beast.

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    Think it is my dream ride. Plenty of room for the board, sun and rain cover, can hang the hammock from it and killer gas mileage. What more could I ever want?
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    advFord Been here awhile

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    I would contribute to you purchasing this.
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  10. Andrew UK

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    me too. :clap
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  11. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Well I made it to Ecuador. The boarder crossing was the standard paper trail, which took about four hours. I would like to thank John Duryea for his very kind donation, which brought me a month insurance, a tank of gas, a nights accommodation and food three meals. $25.00 can go a very long way down here.

    Now for some pics, for I am not much of a writer. (Not that I am a much of a photographer)

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    On the way to Ecuador the riding is beautiful. As are the camping spots. This one was out the back of a gas station. Paid for $5.00 of fuel and got a nights accommodation added to sweeten the deal. ( Johns money got me a room with a shower, which was over due)

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    This views are pretty constant the whole ride. I don't think I averaged over 40kmh, was missing the mighty Honda CT110 on this part of the ride. Those bikes love to force one to take in the beauty. For it is all to easy to get caught up in getting somewhere and missing all what is in front off you in this fast moving world.

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    Many water falls doted the road.

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    Along with many mud slides and traffic jams. Was so glad I was not in a car.

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    More green. Lets chop it all down,and concrete it, under the cover of progress.

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    The mighty XT. Taking anything put in front of it. Stay tuned small bike fans. More to follow! I just can't spend all day in front of a screen, as there is a beautiful world out there to explore.
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    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    A french couple in this rig. Seems the french love big rigs. They don't love talking though. I guess standing at 5,4" with a big smile, I could come off intimidating. I was just stared at from above. :rofl

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    Next up we have Jorge on his Indian made, Vespa looking thing. He was traveling Ecuador and Colombia and so stoked on life! Legend!

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    Then there was this chap. I forget his name. He is from Costa Rica, has been on the road 3 years, makes his money juggling at traffic lights and yes that is a dog in his basket.

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    I also forget the name of this boss! He is crossing his own country of Colombia and into Ecuador. Gear nerds take note of his yet to be released 2015 tour tech panniers.

    So once again it would seem any mode of transport will do. Each to their own, they all seem to be enjoying themselves. Well I can't speak for the frenchies in there fortress on wheels, but I assume they are STOKED!!!
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  13. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Yesterday I had the second onboard bike fire of the trip.
    This time it was a pannier which hit the exhaust. For the entire trip I had been wedging a stick in the rack to hold the pannier off, and as a fail safe I had a thing which advford gave me. Well both failed and it was fire time.

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    So it was back to a welder to fix the problem.

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    I think the bit of metal he used was his paint stirrer, hope it did not leave him with unmixed paint.

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    Plenty of space now. Should have spent the few dollars and done this months ago. Live and learn.
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    See j downs fix on pg 7,silver relish tray bolted to his bag.
    it also serve as a backup bank ,just cut off a few ounces and sell to the jeweler.
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  15. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    I did see that idea in his road report. Never got around to it though. I guess I should have. Good idea with the jeweler though, had not thought about that.
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    Sheet dude, that's bad luck. I should have forced your hand when we looked at the rack in Colombia. Biscuit tin lids, they are good too. Possibly rare as rocking horse poo down here though.
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    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Yeah Don't think I would find a biscuit tin here. Have more chance of finding you again.
    Where the hell are ya?
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    you know me. Stuck in the planning phase. Venezuela beckons, I did promise ADV OAP, sorry I meant ADV Sherpa that I would go spend his Bolivars before they fall any further through the floor.

    Truth be told, I pulled the trigger on a helmet cam. Going to give that "walk and talk" video idea of yours a go.

    Should be here soon enough.

    Your first on the list of subjects, for the "ride it, live it" podcast. :D
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  19. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Nice! I look forward to hearing about your tales from the road.
    I am sure I will see you somewhere again. Africa maybe?
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  20. Andrew UK

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    Peru first.