Around the World in 800 Days

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  1. hankgs

    hankgs Long timer

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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...
  2. flyingdutchman177

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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
  3. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Edventurer

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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
  5. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Edventurer

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    I havent really looked at others RR, but I am pretty sure mine is spent with more times off the bike
    For me, this is not so much a bike trip as it is a world adventure. It just that riding a motorcycle is so much fun too. And everywhere you go, you are as big of a tourist attraction as any other site in the countries I am a traveling thru
  6. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Edventurer

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    Geeszer????
    Gee thanks
    Tonight, I am camping out in Nicaragua near an active volcano. I will be about two Miles from the smoking crater.
    No one else there
    Should I be worried?
    Last night I stayed with a family at their ranch
    More about that experience later
  7. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Edventurer

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    Well that would be a good time to do it
    For geeszers like me, it gets harder
    You have things that hold you back like a house, job and or relationships and families
    I hope you dream comes to be realized
  8. flyingdutchman177

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    Everyone tells me BLANK is dangerous
    Fill in the BLANK with any country
    Its seems everywhere is dangerous
    I have not seen any of that danger yet
    But I am not going looking for it either
    That doesnt mean I am only riding during the day and staying at fancy resorts either
    Right now I am eating a nice steak dinner and then going back to my two dollar a nice camp spot
    I have an armed guard outside the reataurant watching over me and my bike.
    Should I be worried?
    I dont think so
    I think there is a lot of violence in these countries
    El Salvador is probably the worst
    Here are two stories I heard

    A guy I met was showing the sites to some journalists. they came across a van with its drivers slumped over the door window with blood running down the side of the door. He had about 20 bullet holes in his body. Evidently, he did not pay his monthly extortion fee to the gangs and was killed.

    Another guy owned a hotel resort on the beach. The mob came to him and asked him to pay thousands of dollars a month. He negotiated down to 100 a month. He was paying it every month and then the mob came to him with a proposition........if he paid 500 in advance, he would be good for 7 months. I understood that the head guy was in jail and they were trying to raise enough money to buy his way out.

    Wow
    I cant believe this stuff really happens
    And this is all true
    I only believe 5% of what I hear, but I know this to be fact.
    Taxi drivers pay 25 bucks a month in El Salvador to stay alive.

    Think about, our country has its problems but at least we can go to sleep at night without fear of being killed by the mob for not paying up. We kind of have the same thing but its called the IRS, but you just go to jail and work out with weights and learn new ways to do bad things from others
  9. Bgunn

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    :lol3......Ride a twin also, and lifting it up gets harder.
  10. quimexa

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    Cool!!
    Pacific Beach: I can recommend you Santa Teresa, nice beach, nice surf (last year a Reef Classic was held there) and you can find a camp sites and nice hostels, ( I know u re very good with maps so....here is the waypoint from Google maps)
    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Santa+Teresa,+cobano,+Puntarenas,+Costa+Rica&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=10.104078,-84.979248&spn=2.225234,2.469177&sll=9.644185,-85.169556&sspn=0.139281,0.154324&hq=Santa+Teresa,&hnear=C%C3%B3bano,+Costa+Rica&t=m&fll=9.768611,-85.13855&fspn=2.227518,2.469177&z=9

    Volcanoes: I strongly recommend two volcanoes (because you mention 2... hehehe)
    - Arenal Volcano: the best view is going to the National Park (I don´t know if you can camp there, but who knows, the Park Rangers are very friendly and one little tent next to their house won´t hurt anybody!! The best way is to get there from Cañas then Tilaran, so you round the Arenal Lake
    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Arenal+Volcano+National+Park,+La+Fortuna,+Costa+Rica&hl=en&ll=10.320324,-84.729309&spn=1.111914,1.234589&sll=9.845745,-85.269699&sspn=0.278393,0.308647&oq=arenal+volcano&hq=Arenal+Volcano+National+Park,+La+Fortuna,+Costa+Rica&t=m&z=10

    Irazu Volcano: is the highest volcano in Costa Rica, the route to get there is amazing!! it is locate in Cartago, so you need to stay in San Jose or nearest area.
    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Iraz%C3%BA+Volcano,+Cartago,+Costa+Rica&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=9.971894,-83.832722&spn=0.139143,0.154324&sll=10.273708,-84.964828&sspn=0.556046,0.617294&oq=irazu&hnear=Volc%C3%A1n+Irazu&t=m&z=13

    Rafting: since you are heading to the caribbean side, you can take Pacuare Rafting or Reventazon (right now the rivers are kind of dry due to the summer, but those two are the best here) I contacted Rios Tropicales, they said that since you are driving south you can leave your bike in there Operation Center in Siquirres, so as soon the tour is over you can continue your way to the Caribbean.

    Their website
    http://www.riostropicales.com/adventure-travel/whitewater-rafting

    And this is the a waypoint where you need to turn to the right and the Operation Center is about 2 miles
    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=10%C2%B0+6'52.89%22N+83%C2%B032'31.32%22W&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=10.112739,-83.543193&spn=0.017385,0.01929&sll=10.109993,-83.538151&sspn=0.069542,0.077162&t=m&z=16

    Caribbean: Puerto Viejo!!!! the best place!!!!
    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Puerto+Viejo+de+Talamanca,+Limon,+Costa+Rica&hl=en&ll=9.631384,-82.731514&spn=0.139286,0.154324&sll=9.971894,-83.832722&sspn=0.139143,0.154324&oq=puerto+viejo+de&hnear=Puerto+Viejo+de+Talamanca,+Limon,+Costa+Rica&t=m&z=13

    From there you can drive to Sixaola border.

    Let me know what do you think, maybe I can join u to visit the Irazu Volcano

    Xavier






  11. flyingdutchman177

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    Looks like I am heading in to C R tomorrow
    First stop......la Playa



    UOTE=quimexa;20507769]Cool!!
    Pacific Beach: I can recommend you Santa Teresa, nice beach, nice surf (last year a Reef Classic was held there) and you can find a camp sites and nice hostels, ( I know u re very good with maps so....here is the waypoint from Google maps)
    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Santa+Teresa,+cobano,+Puntarenas,+Costa+Rica&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=10.104078,-84.979248&spn=2.225234,2.469177&sll=9.644185,-85.169556&sspn=0.139281,0.154324&hq=Santa+Teresa,&hnear=C%C3%B3bano,+Costa+Rica&t=m&fll=9.768611,-85.13855&fspn=2.227518,2.469177&z=9

    Volcanoes: I strongly recommend two volcanoes (because you mention 2... hehehe)
    - Arenal Volcano: the best view is going to the National Park (I don´t know if you can camp there, but who knows, the Park Rangers are very friendly and one little tent next to their house won´t hurt anybody!! The best way is to get there from Cañas then Tilaran, so you round the Arenal Lake
    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Arenal+Volcano+National+Park,+La+Fortuna,+Costa+Rica&hl=en&ll=10.320324,-84.729309&spn=1.111914,1.234589&sll=9.845745,-85.269699&sspn=0.278393,0.308647&oq=arenal+volcano&hq=Arenal+Volcano+National+Park,+La+Fortuna,+Costa+Rica&t=m&z=10

    Irazu Volcano: is the highest volcano in Costa Rica, the route to get there is amazing!! it is locate in Cartago, so you need to stay in San Jose or nearest area.
    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Iraz%C3%BA+Volcano,+Cartago,+Costa+Rica&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=9.971894,-83.832722&spn=0.139143,0.154324&sll=10.273708,-84.964828&sspn=0.556046,0.617294&oq=irazu&hnear=Volc%C3%A1n+Irazu&t=m&z=13

    Rafting: since you are heading to the caribbean side, you can take Pacuare Rafting or Reventazon (right now the rivers are kind of dry due to the summer, but those two are the best here) I contacted Rios Tropicales, they said that since you are driving south you can leave your bike in there Operation Center in Siquirres, so as soon the tour is over you can continue your way to the Caribbean.

    Their website
    http://www.riostropicales.com/adventure-travel/whitewater-rafting

    And this is the a waypoint where you need to turn to the right and the Operation Center is about 2 miles
    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=10%C2%B0+6'52.89%22N+83%C2%B032'31.32%22W&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=10.112739,-83.543193&spn=0.017385,0.01929&sll=10.109993,-83.538151&sspn=0.069542,0.077162&t=m&z=16

    Caribbean: Puerto Viejo!!!! the best place!!!!
    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Puerto+Viejo+de+Talamanca,+Limon,+Costa+Rica&hl=en&ll=9.631384,-82.731514&spn=0.139286,0.154324&sll=9.971894,-83.832722&sspn=0.139143,0.154324&oq=puerto+viejo+de&hnear=Puerto+Viejo+de+Talamanca,+Limon,+Costa+Rica&t=m&z=13



    From there you can drive to Sixaola border.


    Looks like I am heading in to C R tomorrow
    First stop.....the beach


    Let me know what do you think, maybe I can join u to visit the Irazu Volcano

    Xavier[/QUOTE]
  12. TimeForAChange

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    looking at adventure bikes and think i have decided but want your thoughts.... the triumph tiger 800XC?
  13. flyingdutchman177

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    Perfect!!!
    I love my Triumph
    Even if it is older 1996 model
    I think that is a great choice
    If you think you will do less dirt roads, get the more street version
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    My last day in El Salvador, I headed to Cuco. I went to Playa de Las Floras. I was let down. I heard it was a surf beach but there was no surf. There was alos no town, no tourists, no good place to stay and no restaurant. So I went back to Cuco and they told me to head down this dirt road to Totuga Verde. It sounded good. And here is what I found for only $10 bucks a night. If I don't get a good vibe somewhere, I don't stay. I got a good vibe here and it was perfect!
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    Every country has its own food. And to be honest, it is getting worse the further south I go.
    Here is a sampling from my first night in Nicaragua

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  16. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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    :eek1 all that for 10 clamps....? Wow
    As for foods I am sure you just need to find a right place :evil
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    I drove straight thru Honduras. It took only about 2 hours to ride thru.
    My first evening in Nicaragua, I stopped in Somoto to hike in the Canyon. I stayed with a local family there at their place. I just saw their house and asked if I could camp there. There were 6 brothers, 3 sisters, mom, dad, and some misc. other people all living in this little house.
    I pitched my tent outside with the chickens, turkeys, guinea hens, ducks, pigs, dogs and donkey.
    This people were very close and seemed to enjoy their lives. They grew corn and were guides to show tourist thru the canyon.
    At night, I went in my tent and review travel files on my computer. As I sat in my tent, 2 or 3 people would just stand outside my tent and just watch me to see what I was doing. I felt like I was their entertainment. I also felt it would have been rude anywhere else because they were just starring, But there, it just was to be expected.

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    CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO WATCH THE VIDEO
    It show my camp spot at the family house/ranch complete with all the animals

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    Canyon Somoto was 'discovered" only 7 years ago by some Swiss adventurers. Of course the locals knew about it but now people come from all around the world to hike and swim thru it. You can jump off the waterfalls too. It is 600 feet deep and it is only a few feet wide at its more narrow point. It was almost more of a swim thru its chilly water than a hike.
    Here are some pics

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    I hired a guide to show me the way in to and out of the canyon.
    I was charged $20. That included my camping at their house.
    Here are some more pictures of the canyon

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