Around the World in 800 Days

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  1. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    The hikes in Central America are dangerous (they say). There is a chance of getting robbed (they say). It seemed safe and normal to me. Just to be sure, they send a police escort. I don't know why people are afraid of the police. They seem friendly to me......especially for a guy on an extra large motorcycle.
    These Central American countries are trying to protect the tourist as best as they can. After years of bad press, they are changing their ways to attract more dollars, euros and yen in to their countries

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    Here's Lake coatepeque from the top of Volcan de Santa Ana

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    El Salvador is famous for its surfing beaches.
    I used to surf a lot in Colege and a few years after college but that was some time ok. I think I have gone surfing maybe 5 times in the past 15 years. And the times I did go......I sucked
    But I wanted to get out there and try it.
    It only cost $5 to rent a nice board for an hour (even though I had it for two) or $10 all day.
    The surf was about head high
    I paddled out alone to this point break. There were rocks in the water inside.
    I got outside ok. I caught my first wave and got right up. In fact, I got up on every wave. I only fell twice all day. I was so proud of myself. It was just like the old days. Cranking my bottom turns.........off the lip.........cutting back on the waves.
    Basically shreading.
    Ok, I am exaggerating a little bit, but I had so much fun. I forgot how much fun it is to surf. And add in the 85 degree water and coconut trees on the beach, it was a really special day for me

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    Recalculating... recalculating.... HCMC-Vietnam :)
    And how many dollars for taking pix with cops? :lol3
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    The first night I stayed and surfed at Zonte
    The next day I surfed and am staying at Tunco.
    It is a tourist town
    Cool little spot
    People ask me often how many miles I ride each day. I say......it depends
    For example today I rode 7 miles
    That's right................SEVEN
    While surfing, I was thinking that I need to start putting in the miles and stop goofing off if I am going to make it to the bottom of So America before it snows

    Here's a picture of me surfing with a different board at Tunco at sunset

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    I case you were wondering what route I took thru Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala, here is a map.
    It is definitely not the most direc route, but I got to hit a lot of the highlights
    For me, it is the time I spend off the bike that makes this trip. The bike is just a means of getting there
    And it is way more fun than 4 wheels

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    All you have to do is have the balls to ask
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    El Tunco is a cool little surf town.
    It is kind of a mix between Southern California and Hawaii except for private rooms are ten dollars and beers are a buck
    Its laid back here.
    I like it but I need to keep heading south
    I enjoyed aurfing
    My lower ribs are really sore from laying on the board.
    I forgot what that was like
    I met a fellow rider on a KTM 950 from NY
    Nice to see others doing the same
    Ok, back on the bike
    Its 90 plus degrees here......hard to put on that suit when its so hot
    Once I am moving its ok though
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    Try to contact me with your plans here so I can give U some ideas and also we can ride some places, it depends for how long you are going to spend down here and what places you want to visit.

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    awesome update! i too used to surf daily when i was going to school (my shoulders pay the price now), haven't surfed in ages and i'm sure it would be a killer workout.

    enjoy man!
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    Next report I like to see you sky dive and scuba..............:rofl
    Kidding aside, be safe and keep the story coming.
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    Well said...Have to do some sight seeing out of the saddle. The exercise helps to keep "Gordo" at bay. Those volcano hikes looked like a good cardio workout...

    Traveled a fair amount in Mexico, and camping isn't alway the easiest, but you found some great places.

    Mucho mas por favor...:freaky
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    Just caught up on the last few - on my way down too, pretty impressed to see not every GeeSzer needs to five-star it the whole way down :lol3 :hide

    Really though, gnarly adventure you're having and thanks for the tips for the road ahead!
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    Sub'd. Amazing RR, totally inspiring me to succumb to my wanderlust in the next few years when I get out of college. :raabia:jive
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    I think my plan is to hit the beach the first couple of days on the Pacific side
    Then head over to the Caribbean side.
    I want to ride up the two volcanoes that you can ride up and maybe see if I can do some Whitewater kayaking.
    Then head aouth to Panama
    I should be there in 2 or 3 days
    Any suggestions on what to see or do
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    Hey Ed, I LOVE C.R., just be careful if you go on the Caribbean side... Limon and points south can be sketchy...
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    It's official.......I hate border crossings

    I did two in one day yesterday
    When I crossed in to El Salvador a week ago, things went ok. I used a helper. I paid him ten bucks.
    When I reached the Honduras border, a guy came up to me and he knew my name. Apparently, the guy from last week called his buddy and said I would be coming his way in about a week. First off, I forget everyones name within about five seconds from meeting them. This guy remembered. It is like we were buddies. And he was going to help me.
    I handed him all my papers, my passport, drivers license, etc.......and off he went. A little while had past and I realized that this guy who I really didnt know at all had all of my papers and documents.
    I started to panic.
    I found him. He told me that I had some problems but he was going to get it done under the table.
    He also told me that he paid 20 bucks for my visa. I tried to get my documents back from him but they were with the officials and he said to not bug them as he was working a deal.
    One by one, I got the documents back from him. Some I had to pry from his hands. But once I got them, I called BS.
    He got mad. He said I owed him for the money he had spent.
    I told him he was a liar.
    He called the police over but they didnt do anything.
    I gave the guy the guy some money and said I was sorry but I didnt believe him, got on my bike and headed out. I was thinking that I would be ambushed down the road.
    I got to the Nicaraguan border 2 hours later. I had no problems getting across.
    they did ask for money
    I told them that the CA 4 doesn't charge money
    He had my passport and wasnt giving it back until I paid my 12 dollars. I said.....to hell with it.......its only 12 bucks.......my time is worth more than that.
    I paid him the money and he made change from a big wad of cash from his pocket. The more honest countries, you pay the bank and get a receipt
    Well, I must have had sucker written all over my face because another wanted 12 bucks too. And it is funny because they wanted dollars not Cordobas. I paid this guy too. And I was on my way
    The problem at border crossings is
    One......you don't have any friends. You can't trust anyone
    You don't know what to believe. You don't know where to go, what stamps you need, what stamps you don't need, how much money you owe, what copies you will need, what windows to go to and what order everything needs to be done in. there is no directions anywhere. And add the......I dont know Spanish thing in to the equation, it just plain sucks
    One thing I learned is to not let your documents out of tour hands and in to a helpers hands.
    Dont trust anyone
    If you need to pay money, just pay it. You are not going to win an argument with a guy Hilding your passport and preventing you from entering your next country

    And relax
    Its just part of the adventure
    Have a beer later
    Dig your toes in to the warm sand, enjoy the amazing view from the beach and laugh at it all.
    That's what I did
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    Thats where I am heading
    Everyone has told me everywhere is dangerous
    But so far I have only heard stories
    And I have heard some good ones
    Ha
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    Thats two things you probably wont see
    I am not certified and dont have much interest in diving
    And jumping scares Mr
    Its my only fear
    It took all my courage to jump off those waterfalls. But girls were doing it and I didnt want to be called a Pollo Grande
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