A couple of xt225s on the long haul.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by afewsketchymoments, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    The last couple of weeks all I have seen is wind chop and more wind chop. Desperate for some kind of clean wave with a nice shape I vowed to leave no beach unseen. As always this took me down some less then perfect roads.

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    Try as I might this hill did not want me to reach the top. After one crash pinning me under the bike, I thought it best to park up and continue on foot.
    After all this effort you would never guess what I found? More shit waves!

    Disheartened and exhausted I returned to the paved roads. About twenty minutes later there was a loud noise followed by my bike not running.
    I thought to myself. This is it, game over! It felt like my whole gearbox had dropped out. I looked down in fear, only to find a spoke had snapped off, land in my chain and thus snapping the chain.

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    Here is the culprit to my mechanical sabotage. One little spoke, so much destruction.

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    So being the under prepared traveler I am, it should go with out saying I had no spare chain links or chain breaker.

    So it was off to knock on some doors of the town, I was lucky enough to have rolled into. I was blessed that the break down happened where it did, for I only had to push about 1km. If it had happened earlier in the day. Well lets just say it would have been a long couple of days.

    After a few fruitless door knocks and discovering there is no mechanic in this town I decided to take a break and go for a swim. It was at this time I asked someone else if they knew of anywhere? He said. "Go ask Dan in Gringo on the beach" Gringo what? I thought. But off I went.

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    Dan is the owner of this fine hotel. He is also a very kind person, with in minutes He was on the phone to a mechanic.
    He then came over to where my bike was.

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    After seeing this yard sale, he asked " where are you staying?" when I replied next to my bike, he scoffed at the notion and offered to put me up in exchange for a couple of hours work. Sounded like a deal to me.

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    Living it up in luxury for a night. Hot water and all.
    I would highly recommend Gringo on the beach to anyone. Secure parking, great owner and beautiful location in San Lorenzo Ecuador.
    I fear leaving, to continue on in my glorified homeless person existence.
  2. yokesman

    yokesman Been here awhile

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    Get the wheel trued,then tie wrap the spokes where they cross each other for strength and losing something else when they break.
  3. advFord

    advFord Been here awhile

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    man you've had some adventures since we split ways. where'd greg go?
  4. junglemototours

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    Just found your thread, good stuff!
    I need to quit this day job someday......

  5. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Finding the right length spoke is proving challenging. But I will take you up on your advice when I do. Thanks.
  6. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Greg is in mimi. Shipping his bike back. Bummer!!! Where are you? I doubt there will be any catching you again. But I will keep my fingers crossed.
  7. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Quit now!!!! :rofl
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    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    I guess being close to broke and homeless does have its perks.

    Last nights accommodation free with personal wake up call from the fisherman.

    Got me up just in time to finally get some clean waves…
  9. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/51402421" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/51402421">PETROL-FOOD-BEER: Around the World with Austin Vince</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/makeyourbones">Make Your Bones</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

    Some motivation, from one of the legends himself.
  10. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Not much has been going on of excitement to anyone but me I guess. So a couple of pictures is all I have to offer.

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    Ecuador has been proving to have some very beautiful camp spots on the side of the road. Although to camp at a hostel is only around $3 - $7 over a week or a month it all adds up. So being on the verge of having nothing left. I have been free camping as much as possible.

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    This was an abandoned garage. I think someone in the big houses on the hill must have seen my cooking flame, for at about 12.30 in the night 3 cops showed up. Lucky for me they did not care I was there and I was allowed to stay. Moving in the middle of the night puts me in a shocking mood.

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    This is 3 German guys I meet. They brought this old V.W bus in Chile and are headed up to Colombia, then back down into Brazil.

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    The greatest satisfaction you can obtain from life is your pleasure in producing, in your own individual way, something of value to your fellowmen. That is creative living!

    When we consider that each of us has only one life to live, isn’t it rather tragic to find men and women, with brains capable of comprehending the stars and the planets, talking about the weather; men and women, with hands capable of creating works of art, using those hands only for routine tasks; men and women, capable of independent thought, using their minds as a bowling-alley for popular ideas; men and women, capable of greatness, wallowing in mediocrity; men and women, capable of self-expression, slowly dying a mental death while they babble the confused monotone of the mob?

    For you, life can be a succession of glorious adventures. Or it can be a monotonous bore.

    Take your choice!

    Neil Gaiman.
  11. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    One of the great things about the ride down the coast of Ecuador, aside from the kind people, great free camping and mediocre waves.
    Has been all the hill climbs visible from the main road.

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    I felt like Malcolm Smith, form Bruce Browns film. On Any Sunday.
    The one pictured above offered a fantastic view over the ocean.
    It may not be the "widow maker" But it sure was fun.

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    soon....another year and i'm done with the rat race :freaky
  13. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Good for you sir. For remember he who wins the rat race, is still a rat.
    Plus just as your finishing up I will be about due to enter it again. So the balance will be kept.
  14. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    My man Matt,

    Balance is over-rated. Hey, I made it to Ecuador. Currently in Quito heading for the mountains. If too cold up yonder I may have to come down to those sketchy surf beaches and pester you.

    Your ADVpal,
    Tio Juan
  15. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    Hola senor Downs,

    I am sure you will love the mountains. But I hope to see you down here on the coast also.
    Is a beautiful country for sure, and the gas is so cheap!
  16. afewsketchymoments

    afewsketchymoments Been here awhile

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    An old one which has nothing to do with motorbikes. But I thought you might like it Tuna.
    Just don't ask me where the surf spots are. :D

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  17. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hey Matt,

    I'm heading down to the Ecuadorian coast. I'm gonna hunt you down like a wild animal. And don't think you can stop me finding you. Ridin' down the road with a freakin' surfboard on an XT225. I'll find you and your sketchy steath surf spots. It's my new mission in life.

    Of course, if I find you, my lips are sealed as to your location.

    Your ADV pal,
    Tio Juanito
  18. ex_MGB

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    Matt, I kicked you some gas and food money. One of my sons is a big time sponge boarder who lives for the hurricanes that track off the East coast in the fall.

    Please enjoy a major pig out on me.

    Cheers
  19. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hey ex_MGB,

    Way to go amigo! I met Matt in Colombia and he is living on the edge. Ramen, beans, rice and surfing. You are my new hero.

    And hey, anyone reading this ride report, please kick some gas money Matt's way. I know I did.

    He's one of the good ones. Let's keep this ride report going.

    Kindest regards,
    John Downs
  20. ex_MGB

    ex_MGB Been here awhile

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    Just had a bald eagle do a strafing run 100' away on the ducks looking out thru the plate glass window on the mostly frozen marsh as I type this.

    Matt is cheap entertainment for an oldster. Hoping it will be me next winter.

    In the meantime I hope he takes a picture of a gigantic spread of food at an ocean side cafe with hot bikini chicks on either side and in the background 15' glass smooth breakers with a surfer shooting out of the curl framed by palm trees, tropical blue sky and a white sand beach.

    John, you are the hero of us old guys. Keep on interacting with the next generation, maybe they'll think there's a few oldsters that are not too bad.

    Cheers