Doing Good Around the World - I - from Vancouver to Patagonia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by peergum, Jul 13, 2017.

  1. peergum

    peergum Been here awhile

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    And a special post, repeating my comment from a few days ago, this one particularly directed to family and friends (who don't read AdvRider for most, but still reposting here for the sake of double-posting...)

    Things people don’t like to talk about…
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    Donnie and Modesta – Picture by Donnie’s sister

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    Donnie – Picture by Bob L.

    So, I learned on Tuesday that an American biker and his recent Mexican wife, Donnie and Modesta, died the day before in a motorcycle crash in Honduras. I didn’t know them personally, but had recently been in touch. Donnie, 62, was a long-time and experienced biker and had crossed North America, Mexico, and Central America many times. He was currently on a round trip from Mississippi to Panama, to show Central America to his new wife. We had agreed to meet in Antigua Guatemala, on their way back, on the last day of January, but life took a different turn and the meeting eventually won’t happen. Sadly, a tractor-trailer in Honduras lost control on a hill, fell over on the road, and cut the way to Donnie and his passenger. Modesta died immediately and Donnie was brought to a hospital but didn’t make it. This is sad news for their family and everyone who knew them.

    This brought Sapna and I to reflect on that incident and we agreed upon the fact that, even though that would be a sad day for everyone and the end of our story, if something similar happened to us, we would die happy. We are currently living the dream, we love each other, we are having fun, we joke most of the time, and even more importantly, we do what we love: discovering new countries, meeting new people, making new friends with different cultures, travelling. Conditions are not always perfect, sometimes it’s too hot, sometimes it’s getting cold, sometimes we wish we hadn’t all the gear and stuff to carry around, sometimes we’re glad we can go to places where most people don’t or can’t go because they don’t have a vehicle, they don’t want to take the risk of travelling in an unsafe public bus driven by a guy with no driver license. We go where we want to go, and today it’s on a motorcycle, tomorrow it will be something else, who cares? We’re having fun and fill our eyes with amazing views, amazing cultures. We are definitely living the dream. Living OUR dream.

    We take all the care we possibly can, but nobody controls their own fate. So, if ever anything bad happened to us, we’d rather have it happen while we do the things we love, than while sitting behind a desk working 8 to 5 to pay our debts, a house, a car, trying to look the same as all the people around us. We are DIFFERENT. We are UNIQUE. And we love our difference a way that makes this trip and the next ones OUR NORMALITY.

    Moral of the story is, if anything happened to us, don’t be sad, we would definitely die happy. And, obviously, we’ll do our best to stay alive
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  2. JoeBiker25

    JoeBiker25 Adventurer

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    Well said! Travel safe and LIVE your dream!!!
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  3. peergum

    peergum Been here awhile

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    Warm, yes. Cheap? Not in that area...


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  4. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    There is an argument raging on the ISM thread about paying an exit tax when leaving Mexico and entering Belize. Since you just made that crossing perhaps you can clarify
  5. peergum

    peergum Been here awhile

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    I just did but my case is particular since I exited in the middle and came back. I think you normally don’t have to pay if you have the receipt for the FMM.


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