Around the World in 800 Days

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by flyingdutchman177, Jun 20, 2012.

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  1. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    After swimming thru Somoto Canyon, I was craving steak. I found this steakhouse and had an ok steak.
    Here is a picture of the armed guard watching my bike while I feasted on my steak

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  2. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    That night, I camped at Masaya Volcano Park.
    There was an active Volcano with the crater billowing toxic gas about 2 miles from my camp

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  3. flyingdutchman177

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    Here's the view from the rim of the crater

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    One of the oldest cities in the Americas

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  5. flyingdutchman177

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    Here's a shot of Ometepe
    It is the twin volcanic island in Lake Nicaragua
    I was going to take the ferry over to the island with fellow Adventure Rider Max who I met along the way at the docks.
    But we missed the first boat because they packed it so full with big trucks, they couldn't even fit 2 more bikes on. Plus there was no way of trying the bike down and I was afraid my bike would tip over. It was very choppy on the lake

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  6. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    I am at a cool little beach town just a stone's throw from Costa Rica now.
    Going surfing in the morning and then going to figure things out from there

    I need to get a boat to Colombia soon
    Any suggestions?

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  8. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    Yes, I checked in to that. They are sailing to Cuba now, not Colombia'
    If I can't find a way around the Darian Gap, my trip south might be over!!!!
  9. flyingdutchman177

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    I got pulled over here in Nicaragua
    I made a pass over a solid line
    I have only done it a million times before
    This time I did it right in front of the police
    I have done it other times
    Sometimes the police even wave me around
    Everyone does it
    You kind of have to
    Some of the trucks drive ten MPH
    This time the cops were pulling lots of cars over for doing the same thing
    To my surprise, he didn't ask for money
    He took my license and told me to go to Rivas (the nearest town) & pay 300 Cordobas (about 13 dollars) to the bank, brink back my receipt and I would get my license back
    So I did it, and got it back

    No corruption here
    It actually made me kind of happy
    I broke the law
    I got caught
    And I paid the fine
    I just wish I could have paid forward the next 3 times I get forward so I can keep blasting my way south with having to stop at the bank each time
  10. Scubalong

    Scubalong Long timer

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    Ed Thanks for all the amazing pictures and great story, I can only...... :cry
    Good luck finding the ferry so you can continue on with your trip.

    Scub
  11. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    Had a few "out of country" tickets. When shopping for insurance back home and they ask, had and tickets lately? Hmmm :lol3

    The border crossings seem like a buzz kill. What has been your favorite country so far?
  12. flyingdutchman177

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    Maybe Mexico
    It has incredibly diversity and history
    Belize was kind of a let down but I missed the best parts.......the islands and the mountain pools. And it is very different than the Latin countries......more like Jamaica
    Guatemala is right there at the top. Like Mexico but on a smaller scale
    El Salvador is a cool little country but make sure your host has paid its dues to the gang otherwise you might end up in a crossfire
    Honduras doesnt have much to offer unless you head out to the Caribbean side
    And Nicaragua is very cool too. Its the least expensive, has by far the best roads and seems to be very welcoming
    Two more countries to go and then I need to figure out a way in to South America
  13. jachard

    jachard Been here awhile

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    Awesome, having spent time in Nica, keep your guard up there....there are some pretty rough areas, and unlike many other countries down there, the locals are armed... Don't ask how I know :D
  14. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    Well.....so am I
    The locals better watch out
  15. flyingdutchman177

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    For the past two months, my name has been Lalo.
    I dont even use my real name any more
    You see, in Mexico, Lalo is the nickname for Eduardo
    On this trip, I don't know anyone and I can be whomever I want
    So........call me Lalo........mucho gusto
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    vintagespeed fNg

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    awesome, Lalo you may not realize it but i think we can all see your transformation through the pages in your thread.

    Lalo it is.
  17. flyingdutchman177

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    LOL
    I didn't realize that I was that transparent
    But I am sort of an open book
    But if I ever grow dreadlocks like the other hippies here, please just shoot me
  18. Scubalong

    Scubalong Long timer

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    :poser Lalo.............Hahaha LMAO
  19. flyingdutchman177

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    I am having trouble finding a way to get my bike to Columbia
    I might have waited too long
    You guys that are checking the other riders blogs, what are my options?
    There has to be another way besides the sail boats to get your bike over there
    Can I take a plane
    Ship?
    Please, if you know some other way or if you know of a boat that is leaving, please let me know what you know.
    I figured that part would be easy
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    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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