Around the World in 800 Days

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  1. VietHorse

    VietHorse Long timer

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    Simply awesome Ed.
    I really appreciate that you can ride your bike between here and there and you can utilize your time to do cycling or hiking at nice local places.
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    This is a beautiful lake in the mountains in El Salvador

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    I hiked up Volcan de Santa Ana. The only way to hike up is to show up at the trailhead at 11 am. You pay one dollar to get in to the parking lot and one dollar to park your motorcycle. You get a receipt for each. The you have to go with a guide. You pay one dollar for the guide. Since it is a popular hike, there are lots of other people doing it with you. Then you pay an old rancher guy a dollar to cross his land. And then three dollars half way in to the hike to hike the rest of the way in the park. When you get to the top, there is this cool green lake in the crater.

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    Here's the lake in the crater. It was bubbling in the middle. It was boiling. And steam was venting from the side of the crater

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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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    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
  14. quimexa

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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!
  16. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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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.
  17. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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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
  18. El Explorador

    El Explorador Radical Explorer

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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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    DeedsyDragon Moto Dragon

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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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