Central America on a Shoestring

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by bgoodsoil, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. LaOutbackTrail

    LaOutbackTrail Certified Smartass

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    Curious. Not taking benadryl for the hives are you? I randomly became allergic to benadryl after a trip to Central America... :dunno As for the low wbc count I dont know.

    Good luck.
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  2. Ollie Gort

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    Isn't mono one of those "kissing in the park" things..:D
  3. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    I was waiting for somebody to say that :puke1

    I just got a call from the doc. I came up negative for mono and malaria but he said the malaria will only show up during an outbreak so we can't really rule it out. He said for now to ride it out and see if my body fights whatever-it-is off on it's own. I woke up this morning with hives all over my legs but other than that I feel good. The hives always go away after an hour or so.
  4. DMM

    DMM Been here awhile

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    Yes, as long as they eventually go away, sounds like you're doing great! Sheesh. At least they're just hives, but still...

    Your doc probably already covered this, but if not... stay away from raw foods, especially leafy greens. Low white cell count means that your body won't be able to fight off the typical stuff that lives on such fruits and veggies. That goes for raw meats, in case you're a fan of beef carpaccio or sashimi.
    The bugs (bacteria) that live on raw foods are easily killed with a healthy immune system, but not in your case.

    Get well soon.
  5. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    Alcohol kills off lots of stuff. Just sayin. :1drink:1drink:1drink:1drink

    *I'm not a doctor nor do I play one on TV*


    You got the funk man.
  6. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    I almost got hypothermia in Alabama then spent the next few days feeling miserable. It was probably that. The hives could easily come from whatever my mom is washing the sheets in (I'm back home until I can move into my apartment monday.) I went to the doctor just to make sure. I've been feeling pretty good for the last few days. I think I'm fine.

    On another note, my buddy's got a welder so I'm going Friday to try my hand at motorcycle rack building. What I know about welding wouldn't fill a dixie cup but it seems like a good time to learn. Me and the bike will be convalescing together I guess.

    I think this ride report is good and done. I'm looking at doing Alaska next year but I doubt I'll bother doing a ride report for that. If anybody wants to make a run at Prudoe Bay around next May or June lemme know.

    thanks for all the support! I hope to be reading YOUR ride report some time soon!
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    Thanks, Brad, for all the entertainment, enlightenment (remind me not to ask about things I've never heard of......:huh....Guess I never saw the movie!) and general putting-up-with-our-shit.... you'se good people :thumb




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  9. ItchyFeet

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  11. hardwaregrrl

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    Glad you're home and alive, Brad. just got back from my trip and didn't really get a chance to read anyones RR. Nice job!!! Beautiful pictures, just unreal.
  12. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    trip?:ear where'd you go to?
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  14. Free Radical

    Free Radical High speed drifter

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    Nice report and pics. Thanks for sharing.


    Do you have an estimate of how many times you camped out vs staying in a hotel / motel? I'm starting to budget my own trip down south.

    Thanks!
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    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    I spent maybe 2 weeks of the whole trip camping. A lot of that camping was at a hostel though, usually a dollar or 2 a night. The hostels are so cheap and easy to find that I didn't camp much. Also, it's much harder to stealth camp in CA. The jungle is impenetrable in most places and I don't feel comfortable sleeping behind any building down there. The Lonely Planet payed for itself 100 times over on the trip because it showed were the hostels were.

    You may know this already but don't try to figure gasoline as a daily thing. Figure out the total miles of the trip, divide by the MPG of your bike, then multiply by gas price. Gas prices change wildly across borders but if you average it at $3 a gallon it oughta be pretty close.

    Border expenses were much higher than I expected. Most were $25-40(that includes insurance) and I went through a whole lotta borders. At a rough guess I'd say I spent around $500 on border fees.

    I spent a fortune in Mexico on lodging because I couldn't find hostels and I didn't want to camp just anywhere. Hotels were between $20-30 for a nice place.
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    What would you have done different on this trip if you had much more time?
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    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    Utilla. Utilla is a tiny island off the north coast of Honduras next to Roatan--the big island. Roatan has nice beaches and very expensive resorts. Utilla has nothing but dive shops. The average dive including equipment rental and boat fees were around $25. I saw 10 dive packages for $220. I'd spend a week at Utilla diving.

    Also, I'd like to take a boat trip out to the San Blas islands off the coast of Panama. The pictures of that place are so amazing it's hard to believe they're real.

    And of course I'd really have liked to take more breaks from riding. You know, stop at a cheap beach for a day EVERY other day instead of riding through. The coast of Mexico on the Gulf has hundreds of miles of sandy beach and most of it is uninhabited. You can ride right down to the sand, bury your rear tire with a good burn out, and camp out without seeing another soul. It's really nice til' ya run out of beer :D
  18. AKjeff

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    Great report :thumb

    I had no idea Guatemala was so beautiful, and I love your solution to border paper work. I wouldn't have the guts to try that.

    I was waiting for this trip during your bike building thread, I would not have known you had taken it already if it were not for datchew's sig line :lol3

    This inspires me to try and learn Spanish. I've wanted to travel in Mexico, now Guatemala looks good too.

    Thanks for taking us along.
  19. jimbee

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    YEESS!!

    HEY I know that bridge! :)

    So happy that you made it to this spot. Central Guat is very very special.

    I picked a bad time to go offline - I really wish I would have been there to help you work through another mexican airhead ignition scavenger hunt. The support from this community is heartwarming! Your tales of motoshops, VW stealers, and hot sweaty rodeside diagnosis made me smile big time!!!!!! I swear 8 months later it feels like that was even fun (not quite so much at the time!).

    Where will you take this beast next.... CHeers, JB