Around the World in 800 Days

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    I left my awesome surf town of Santa Catalina and headed for Playa Venado . When I got there, I found a beautiful beach to camp on. But I asked a guy and he told me that I could find a nice place to camp in Pedasi . So I left and heading down the coast for about 30 minutes. I found a beach that was not nearly as nice as the first one in Venado. But it was still not a bad spot. But it just goes to show you that I know what is best for me and that I should take everyone's advice in to account and then make my own decision on what to do.

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    here's the view fron inside the tent at sunrise

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    I got you covered.
    I am posting some new pics soon.
    I have kind of a new outlook on this trip
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    sigh
    Don't remind me
    I actually moved the cars and some of the bikes out.
    Some others sold to finance the trip
    But I still have a few bikes there and my wine
    When I left, we made a deal that I would do the trip in phases and I would be back in May.
    But that all went out the window when she broke up with me.
    She was ok with me leaving that stuff there.
    I considered moving the rest of the stuff out but since I wanted to show good faith that I was returning, I didn't want to move that remaining stuff because I was afraid it wouldn't show commitment and trust on my part.
    But we both have a lot of hurt right now but neither one of us did anything wrong in our relationship so I don't expect anything bad to happen. But if her new BF starts riding my bikes and drinking my wine, let me know and I will have to fly home and start kicking some ass.
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    I guess I need to clarify:
    In February next year, I will head south from Egypt to So Africa.
    It should be warm enough then. And I should be timing the rainy seasons in Africa at a good time for sun
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    Funny you mention that
    I was just thinking that today
    That sounds like a great idea.
    I would hit all they places that I have already visited along the way that I was wishing that I had someone to share it with.
    And I would do a lot less dirt roads too
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    I get in to Carigena on February 25th I believe.
    I am taking the Independence, which is a 75 foot sailboat. I will give everyone a full report when I am finished with the voyage
    I am not sure what my route should be thru Colombia.
    Any suggestions where I should stop and what I should see and do?
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    Hey, what do you have against the old girls.:rofl
    I have been mixing it up.
    I camp when I can and stay in hostels about a third of the time.
    There are always lots of girls to chat with.
    But it is hard to make much more happen as I only stay for a day in any one place. But if I meet the right girl, I might stay for a quite a while :D:D:D
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    Stellenbosch......here we come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:freaky
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    Everyone is younger than me........that's never the problem
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    I left Pedasi looking for the next beach to explore.
    I found it......Playa Blanca.
    Beautiful white sandy beach

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    At first I crashed one of the big fancy resorts to hang out. I just drove right past the guard with my tinted face shield down and rode around the gate.
    It was nice but I knew I could not camp there.
    So I left to find a place to safely camp
    Here is what I found

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    But I asked a policia guy on a quad and he said I couldn't camp there on the beach
    I found a restaurant/bar on the beach near by to ask where I could camp and the nice owner allowed me to camp at his place on the beach.
    The place closed at sun down and I had the whole place to myself. It was enclosed so it was safe. It had bathrooms and showers. And it had tables and chairs.
    It was perfect.
    The owner and the guys that worked there were big motorcycle guys. If I would have showed up in a VW hippy van, they would have told me to get lost
    Ha

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    The next morning, after the restaurant had opened, I need help getting out of my parking spot.
    car people just don't realize that motorcycles don't have reverse and it is impossible to push a big bike like mine in the sand

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    Today, I rode up to El Valle.
    It is a little town up in the mountains.
    There are some hot springs there and if you know me by now, I can't turn down taking a dip.
    I took the back way in.
    The road started out nice. But the closer I got, the worse the road got. I finally rounded this corner and started to climb up this rocky hill that would be hard to walk up let alone ride a 600+ pound motorcycle up. As I rounded the corner, I was already half way up when I realized that it was too much for me and my bike and it only got worse from there. I hit the brakes and came to a stop on the hill. I nearly dumped the bike getting to that point because the hill had tons of marble to baseball size rocks on it. The hill was so steep, that my front brake alone would not hold me in place. I had gotten myself in to a situation where I thought for sure my bike was going to fall over. And I had not passed a car for miles!!!!

    It took me about 10 minutes, but I used both my front brake and the clutch with the bike in gear as a rear brake. I very slowly got the bike turned around and pointed in the opposite direction.
    I make it back down without further problem and took the paved road in to El Valle.
    My GPS showed I was only 2 miles from El Valle when I turned around and I had to ride about 40 more miles to get there from that point

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    The hot springs in El Valle sucked!
    The pool was small
    There were tons of people
    It was like being at Disneyland.
    Don't bother

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    But I did get to play in the mud

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    The highlight of the hot springs was I got to meet some nice flight attendants from Holland. They had a 5 day layover in Panama.
    Awesome job if you ask me.
    I hope to see them again some where else in the world along my way.

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    After nearly 30,000 miles, here are my thoughts on my motorcycle.......
    First off, let me say, I was never a "BMW guy"
    I love their cars.
    But I never cared for their motorcycles with the cylinders sticking out in to the wind.
    And with that said, their is not another bike that I would rather be on for this trip.
    I came close to getting a KTM 990.
    I like a lot of things about that bike.
    I like the strong V twin engine and its layout.
    But I was not convinced about its reliability for the long haul.
    There are three things that set apart the BMW from all other bikes out there:
    It's shaft drive.
    And that is so nice......I never have to lube, adjust and/or replace the chain and sprockets.
    Second, it has tubeless spoked wheels. I am very surprised that the other bikes don't have this option.
    And Third, it has a 8.7 gas tank. Again, none of the other bikes are nearly as big. I don't have to fill the tank up all the way if weight is an issue thru a techinical section if I don't want to.
    I considered the new Triumph Tiger. I really wanted to pick that bike but it was unproven and it didn't have the aftermarket support yet. But I LOVE my 1996 Tiger.
    Plus it doesn't have the dealer network around the world.
    My first pick would have been a Honda. But Honda doesn't make anything even close (wake up Honda!)
    I see Honda shops all over the world here. Plus I think they make some of the best bikes in the world.

    The engine layout on my BMW has really grown on me. The engine is as wide as my rear luggage so it doesn't matter that it is so wide in the front. It gives me great wind protection and protection in case of a fall. I don't like the amount of heat the engine throws off riding down here in the tropics, but it will come in handy riding thru the Andes.

    My biggest complaint is the transmission...............REALLY BMW??? On a $20,000 motorcycle????
    It is like the transmission was designed in the 1950's......and it probably was. It clunks and doesn't snick like most modern transmissions. I really hate it. But with earplugs in, I try to ignore it. As long as it lasts, I guess that is what matter.

    I know BMW is coming out with a new water cooled GS. And I am sure it will be a big improvement over my bike. But it being aircooled is one of the reasons that I chose the GS. I know it lacks the power for a 1200. I know it is old school and doesn't have the latest technology. But it also doesn't have a waterpump to go out. It doesn't have radiators that could get crushed in an accident. And it doesn't have coolent that needs to be changed and monitored. It is kind of like the old XR 400 and 600's that Honda made. They are so bullet proof!!!. The CRF450's are a better bike in every way but they are more fragile.

    The BMW attracts a lot of attention down here because it is a BMW and it is expensive. And that is not a good thing unless you like all that attention.

    I will think of some other things about the bike to say but let's take a look at the way I outfitted my bike:
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    I am going to sound like a spokeman for Jesse Luggage but they make awesome bags!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    First they are big and compact. Just look at them.....they are pieces of art! The curves soften their look. The BMW bags look so bulky and don't carry any more stuff. The Jesse Safari bags are deeper than the others because the tapper at the bottom. This maintains the lean angle of the bike. They are sronger with thicker aluminum. The latches are nice. At first I thought it would be a weak point since there is only a small peg keeping them shut, but it has held up well.
    Unlike, every other bike I have ever seen, I chose to mount my hard top case directly behind me instead of hung off the back. It did this because I wanted to keep my weight more centered and I plain like the looks of it better. Plus I have the top case mounted to their "solo plate'. This means it can removed with the motorcycle key in 2 seconds just like the passenger seat coulld. That way, when my GF (or my new GF, I should say) wants to ride with me, I can pop off the case, pop in the passenger saddle and off we go.
    I am very happy I got the Jesse Luggage. In fact, I don't think their stuff costs any more either.

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