Exploring NICARAGUA - Chapter II

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by inte, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. inte

    inte neophyte serendipity

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    Ten days of empty coastline, time-warp villages, mountaintop jungles, historic colonial towns, and friendly people …


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    More to come...
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  2. Trevor5x

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    Excellent! Keep it coming
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  3. AngryRed

    AngryRed Lost in Cyber Space

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    Very cool. Man your panarama technique is excellent. Are you using a program to stitch them together or manual in Photoshop?

    Looking forward to more and lets have some stories!
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    Great shots. Love the panoramics. Whatcha usin'?

    Don't forget to throw in a few words in every now and then, with the pics.
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  5. inte

    inte neophyte serendipity

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    Definitely ... too many stories rattling around my skull now ... just got in around 24 hours ago & am still spinning from the experience - wanted to at least get something started.

    Details to follow...
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  6. KMA

    KMA KicksMyAss on BDS

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    Dude, the pics are insane & I can't wait to hear your story! I am leaving in one week for five days of riding in Costa Rica!:ear
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  7. GB

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    Thread title altered as per your request!!

    Great report and pics :thumb

    :lurk
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  8. Uzay

    Uzay Adventure Dreamer

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    let the pics come quicker:thumb
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    Frgich Long timer

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    Inte come on man give us something more :clap:clap:clap

    Teaser pics are outstanding especially the panoramic ones, great views and incredible adventure for sure :lurk
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    Welcome back!

    :lurk

    -M
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    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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  12. LaOutbackTrail

    LaOutbackTrail Certified Smartass

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    So, uh, Salcar, uh, how much would a place like this cost?
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    Great pics inte!
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  13. Sock Puppet

    Sock Puppet Dirty again

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    DAMN! Beautiful pics!:thumb
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  14. Nata Harli

    Nata Harli Accidental Tourista

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    I'll go halfsies with you :lol3

    Inte,
    Great pics :super. Keep them coming so you can keep us drooling.
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  15. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    Not sure but we can find out when you get here :D
    then if you are serious about it and got ca$h i can go out there, drop a waypoint and ask :evil

    it looks like you already got a partner on the purchase:freaky
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  16. E-man

    E-man 4-4-09, 12-6-09, 1-13-10

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    beautiful preview...:super
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  17. LaOutbackTrail

    LaOutbackTrail Certified Smartass

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    I dont, but my dad is retiring soon....:evil

    Nata, you can have the old structure, I'll build a shack on the top of the hill. :thumb

    Is there a town near that place Salvador? With like a gasolinera y mercado?

    (it doesnt really matter, just fun to talk....)
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  18. inte

    inte neophyte serendipity

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    Oh indeed ... if I remember right I shot that photo within around 20km of Esteli ... one of the larger colonial towns. The 10-20km of road between that place & the town was one of the better dirt roads.
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  19. inte

    inte neophyte serendipity

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    Many of you have heard of Salvador’s Journey for Healthcare. After riding all of Latin America he ended up parked in Nicaragua and has since begun gathering rental bikes for people who want to visit & experience the place, but don’t have the time/resources to ride an additional 20 countries in the process…

    Prior to Salcar's departure we were living in the same city in Orange County and had ridden together previously ... surprisingly, he still talked with me afterward :D While he was doing the healthcare run around S. America we had kicked around the idea of getting bikes down there for people and coming up with safe (as much as adventure riding can be safe...) pre-scouted routes for people who wanted to experience the place. The past few weeks things began to fall into place...

    A recent trip was one of the 1st tours, complete with media involvement, which led to this current adventure, a supported ride complete with chase truck. A couple guys would fly in from the frozen north and let the madness begin.

    But first there was some pre-running to do…
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  20. inte

    inte neophyte serendipity

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    DAY 1

    I had heard Managua was pretty crazy with it’s nameless streets and “might makes right” rules of the road, but my initial experience after landing was actually quite tame – Salvador had someone pick up up at the airport. So … problem solved of figuring out how to get to his place :D The driver gave me a bit of history, local knowledge, etc during the drive so the entire experience was really enjoyable. I just sat back & enjoyed the ride … completely oblivious to hazards such as manholes without covers that were whizzing by beneath me.

    Arriving at Salcar’s place I was immediately greeted by one of the more scenic spots to work on the bikes I’ve ever seen. View of the auxiliary parking area from the front door:

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    The rest of that afternoon/evening was spent prepping for our 6AM departure the next day.


    DAY 2

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    In a world of rapidly evaporating frontiers, this day (and the next two weeks) would prove there still is true adventure to be had in the modern world. The moment we rolled away from Cuidad Sandino, within 2km the clock started turning backward as fossil fuels gave way first to bicycles, then to oxcarts and women carrying loads balanced on their heads. Much, if not a majority of society exists in this way. The area we were headed into is about 100km of pretty much nothing right along empty coastline. Bicycles and oxcarts were the only vehicles that would be seen after leaving the only gas stop for the day. I understood it would be unusual for the locals to see us riding through, but the degree of their curiosity had me baffled at first. I was still thinking of their reaction in terms of ”wow, look at the motorcycle guys going past” when I should have been judging it more along the lines of ”wow, look at the moon men on their hypercycles”. Seriously, once Turkish rolled in on his 950 it might as well been as if someone landed the space shuttle in your driveway … more on that later.

    Another pleasant discovery was that there are a ridiculous amount of fruits that grow around here and they make all sorts of juices from them. So many to choose, I actually had one that Salcar had never even tried!

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    Every once in a while we’d stop to catch the view.


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