Around the World in 800 Days

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

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  1. flyingdutchman177

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    Riding low in the water

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    I remember seeing other pictures of guys with their big machines loaded on these little boats thinking that is soooooooo bad ass.
    Now I have done it too......successfully!

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    Heading out to our Sailboat (Independence) heading to San Blas Island and Colombia

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    Hoisting the big bikes aboard the sailboat.
    This was a scary moment as I was standing under the bike as it was lifted in to the air from the little boat below

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    It really wasn't tense......it was funny. I was laughing about it which just made the guy more mad. I knew he wanted me to get off the island and I knew that he had no proof that I did anything wrong (other than behave like a drunken Indian)
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    All 4 bikes safely aboard the sailboat. Note that the bikes are all kept that the stern of the boat. Other boats carry them in the front. This makes a big difference when the sea gets rough and salt water goes flying. One time during the night while I was driving the ship, we hit 2 big waves that sent water crashing over the bow. There was a guy that was part of the crew standing watch on the bow and he got drenched. In fact, if he wasn't holding on tightly, he might have been swept out to sea. His phone and Ipod were ruined. Alex was sleeping near the bow of the boat on the sun deck and he and his sleeping bag got soaked too. I got to see it all from the safety of the bridge and was laughing my head off!

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    Out at the San Blas Islands, it is truely a scene from a movie or a picture from National Geographic Magazine. It is almost too pretty to be true. They had a kayak aboard and I made good use of it exploring many of the nearby islands

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    Here is just one. And it is a little one. I wanted to put my new hammock between the palm tree and just chill there for the night but they loaded up the kayak already

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    Here is a picture of all the travelers aboard the sailboat Independence.
    There were 25 of us from all around the world and 4 crew.

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    Bringing the bike down from the sailboat to the little boat below

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    Holding on to my bike so it doesn't fall overboard on the way to land.
    If it did fall over, it would sink to the bottom and my trip would be over

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    The Independence anchored in Cartagena

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    An absolute fantastic story!! :thumb
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    I am glad you made it to Colombia, thankful you go on here after boring five days without any news :D
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    Here's a picture of me at the helm of the boat throughout the night.

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    All of these pictures were taken by one of the fellow passengers who had a nice camera and a good eye

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