Follow me as i braaaap and cook around the world!!!!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by crestedbutte-rtw, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. crestedbutte-rtw

    crestedbutte-rtw PRO SHORTBUS RIDER

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    Antigua is rad, a little touristy for my style. I am ready to get back to the coast, I will be heading down toward Sipacate tomorrow. From there I think I will stay with the coast into El Salvidor, if I love it I will stay for awhile if not head toward my friends place in Nicaragua. Anywhere rad I should stop and check out before leaving Guatemala? Any must before Nicaragua? Fletch

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  2. Suruppak

    Suruppak Been here awhile

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  3. BobRob

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    Awesome thread! :freaky
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  4. vadose

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    Really enjoying your RR. Your my first "real time" RR, and my first post! :D

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  5. crestedbutte-rtw

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    DAY 43-<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    12/17/2011<o:p></o:p>
    Antigua<o:p></o:p>
    Woke up this morning, went and sat down to have my free breakfast, thinking it was going to be a cruddy Contenital breakfast. I got scrambled eggs, Pancakes, Fruit, Orange juice, and Coffee, it was Delicous. I went for a walk through town just randomly getting lost and taking it all in, found a yamaha dealer and grabbed an extra quart of oil.. you never know. I messed around on the computer for a little while, then headed out to find this Café a friend suggested and get lunch. I stopped to check out some shoes, my skate shoes now suck and are giving me blisters. Found some sweet high top style ones green and yellow which are only 35 bucks think I will grab them tomorrow before leaving, and give mine away. <o:p></o:p>
    I found the café spot and ordered the lunch special, soup and sandwich for $4. It was delicous, I hung out there for another 20 minutes before walking home. I was 5 blocks away from my hostel and only 3 minutes away from the café when it hit me. BAM! A war broke out in my stomach, uh oh&#8230;.. &#8220;am I going to make it to my hostel?&#8221;. &#8220;Okay don&#8217;t think about it hurry hurry, walk faster but not to fast to upset it anymore.&#8221; &#8220;Oh crap, did I walk right by my street?&#8221; Yup of course. &#8220;Okay time to hurry, turn the corner, okay okay I see it. Should I run? Nono it will make it worse, okay I am within a hundred feet can&#8217;t take it anymore run!!!!!&#8221; Flew through the doors, workers stared at me as I ran through the common area and disapeared into the Bathroom&#8230; Oh that could have been all bad, not feeling great now. I took an hour nap and woke up feeling good. I was actually Hungry. I walked around town and got lost in the market such a cool cool place, ended up at the square eating amazing Chicken sandwiches and Tamales, so so so good. I walked around and went back to the café and drank a few beers and watched a salsa performance with a few new friends from the hostel. Then we all walked back to the hostel. Been very tired the last 4 days.. good night sleep should do the trick&#8230; I liked Antigua, but a little toursty for me and I am ready to get back on my bike.<o:p></o:p>
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    WANNA RACE WANNA RACE!!!
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    NICE AREA NEAR THE HOSTEL
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    FIRST CLASS MUSICIAN TRANSPORTATION
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    LUNCH, LOVED AND HATED IT...HAHA
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    YOU GUESSED IT MARKET!!!

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  6. Shibby!

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    Wicked stuff man. Keep it up!

    In Chetumal now. Might be crossing into Belize tomorrow morning, then head to Belize City and see if I can get a ride to Caye Caulker Island.

    Guat in 3-5 days.
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  7. Lunatic

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  8. jetjackson

    jetjackson Been here awhile

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    I'm in.

    How did you go getting sponsorship - I see you have a few on your site. Did they just give you free gear, discounts or cash?
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    Im in!!! :dllama


    btw Crested Butte ROCKS!!!
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  10. crestedbutte-rtw

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    Sent a hundred emails out with a proposal and explaining what I was up to and what I was willing to do for them. I recieved discounts and a few freebies. Very grateful for all of the help and support.
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  11. crestedbutte-rtw

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    DAY-44<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    12/18/2011<o:p></o:p>
    SIPACATE-<o:p></o:p>
    Had a nice breakfast, skyped for a long time with family, and then packed up the bike, I checked out around noon and headed south. The Road was nice and took me a lot faster than I had planned. I was excited because I didn’t get lost at all, was way too easy. I had heard of a surf lodge down here that you either took a sandy road to or a boat. As I got down to the coast I couldn’t find any signs or markers telling me which way to go. I took a guess headed toward the coast and then started riding a gnarly sandy road out toward the point. One side was the Pacific the other was Salt fields. There were tons of the shallow beds of water everywhere, I watched them work them. They would push all of the water to the corner drain and what was left was a pile of salt which would then be scooped into a bucket. <o:p></o:p>
    I rode the road as far as I could until it dead ended into salt fields, it was super sandy on the sides but for the most part if I could stay on the thin center strip of grass it was pretty sturdy. I saw a local and with my very bad Spanish he pointed me toward the lodge, but there was no road just beach. I thought about trying to go for it, gave it throttle and started to sink right as I got off the road. (Too much weight and balding tires) Two guys working came over and pushed me around a structure till I made it back to the road. I drove up to a place where I could pull off the vacant road. I then started to walk down the beach toward the lodge to figure out how I could get there. I didn’t have a good feeling about leaving the bike not locked up so I turned back to lock it up. I locked my back tire and helmet to the center stand. I was dieing in the sun, finally getting there.. Nope the local was wrong not the surf lodge just an expensive resort. I grabbed a Gatorade and headed back. All the way back was worried that someone might have randomly come down the road and took my bike by truck. I started to walk a little faster, after wasting an hour to find out that it wasn’t the lodge I was looking forward to seeing my bike. As I was getting closer I swear I heard a whistle, not someone singing, but more of an alert. Being paranoid I started to walk a lot faster. I was relieved once I saw that the bike was still there, although as I got closer I realized my helmet was not how I left it. Then I also realized my tank bag was open and hanging off the bike only clipped in by one out of the four clips. I don’t know why they didn’t take it all the way off, I don’t think I scared them off I hadn’t seen anyone in a while. Nothing was missing, but there was nothing valuable in it, just guide book, map, tools, spare levers, bear spray, clear Oakley glasses. They could have stolen all of my bags, duffle, backpack, and tank bag. Weird, but I got over it and started heading back to town, looked and looked for a place to stay. Nothing, finally I found a spot but he wanted 35 bucks, so he helped me out and showed me his friends place but no safe parking. I said thanks but headed out of town, it was getting dark quickly I only had 20 minutes before dark. I made the call and decided to be safe than sorry and headed back for the room. No dinner just popcorn and water, too tired to go into town. I realized how awful I am at Spanish and I think I will head back to Antigua and do 5 days of intense Spanish classes, 4 hours a day. I will decided tomorrow.. but I need to be able to at least converse a little. It is the cheapest in Central America; Antigua would be a nice spot to meet some people, cheap hostels, safe parking, and cheap food. <o:p></o:p>
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    LUNCH
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    BIKE LOVES THE PACIFIC
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    THEY TRIED BUT DID NOT GET THE TANK BAG OR HELMET
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    DINNER OF THE BROKE!! STILL FULL AND HAPPY
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  12. crestedbutte-rtw

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    DAY 45-<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    12/19/2011<o:p></o:p>
    Woke up this morning, yup that’s what I have to do learn Spanish. Loaded up my bike and made it back to Antigua in 1.5hrs, pulled in around 9:30, very smooth and fast trip. I started doing circles looking for a different hostel and who do I see walking down the road, my friend Clay who is also riding a KLR650 down to Argentina. I met him in Puerto Escondido, we started to talk and changing stories and then decided to meet up later for beer/ dinner. I decided to head back to my original Hostel because it has a great place to study and huge breakfast. I checked in and headed down the street to figure out my Spanish school. I walked in to find out prices, I had heard up to $140. He told me $120 for 5 days 4 hours a day, without me bargaining he dropped the prices down to $105 for morning classes and $80 for afternoon, sounds great afternoon please. It breaks down to 4 bucks an hour, but has been warned that it will be 4-6hrs a day of homework which I will be serious about. <o:p></o:p>
    So quick story that for some reason I didn’t write about, riding from Puerto Escondido to the Guatemala Border. We had been riding half the day and it started to get really windy, as we stopped for lunch. We joked about the wind and how hot it was and then headed off back on the bikes. As we come around a corner it is just getting windier and windier, all of a sudden there is miles and miles of Wind Turbines coming our way. WAM BAM SLAM, it’s on the wind is slamming into us, all I can do to keep my speed and lay into the wind as hard as I can just to keep the bike on the road. I am a sail getting blow around the road, all my strength just to hold the bike in my lane. If I go left I get hit by a truck or bus and if I go right I fall into trees and marsh. There was one point I was leaning left as hard as I could bike is at a hard angle winds blowing so hard that I start to still slide right toward the trees and marsh lean even harder I don’t know how my tires didn’t just slip out and left me laying on the road. <o:p></o:p>
    So that story gets you ready for this one, we were exchange stories over beer and we were just telling each other about different things that had happen we both had unique crazy experiences getting across the border. Then I was like “dude what about that wind getting to the border” He looked at me and said “oh yeah that wind was gnarly I got pushed off the road and wrecked hard.” Wait what! “Yeah I wasn’t going fast about 70km caught a big gust and dropped off the road and wrecked in grass and marsh, luckily there was a big truck of Mexicans running a torch down the road who stopped and helped me.” Not only did they help him get his bike to the road but his Pannier had exploded so all of his clothing and gear was getting blown all over the place so they chased after it all. The wind kept blowing his bike over so he said screw it and threw his bike and himself in the truck and got a lift for about 20km till the wind died down. He told me he had found out that, that stretch was the windiest area in Mexico. The wind comes from the east coast and blast through to the west coast, supposedly people sailing have to watch the winds and time it right to get by on the west coast safely. <o:p></o:p>
    We laughed, drank beer, got some street food, and just hung out talking about routes and what not. It is always nice to meet up with another rider who has the same carefree style and are just along for the adventure. <o:p></o:p>
    So I will be here in Antigua till Christmas, learning Spanish.
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  13. eakins

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    san pedro > lake atitlan!
    don't miss it. consider one of the top most beautiful lakes in the world.
    ride in from the north (pan american hiway & rt 1 through panajchel & down 14, NOT the southern dirt road/14 around the lake - banditos)

    you can stay in panajchel but san pedro is packed w/ hipsters having a good time.

    take a boat day trip to santiogo atitlan

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    chichicastenango on market day. considered one of the finest markets in CA
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  14. eakins

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  15. crestedbutte-rtw

    crestedbutte-rtw PRO SHORTBUS RIDER

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    I have almost the same picture up on my forum of the lake.. haha One of the raddest roads I have ever ridden. Road through on my way from the border to Antigua.. it was super rad.. Def want to go back and spend a night or so we will see, maybe xmas. Hope all is well in Sayulita. Fletch
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  16. LukeDuke25

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    Jealous Jealous Jealous...

    Great report. It looks like your KLR is really holding up well with all that luggage! Another testament to that bike, and the versatility.
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  17. crestedbutte-rtw

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    DAY 46-<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    12/20/2011<o:p></o:p>
    Today I slept in and ate a big delicious breakfast. Walked down to Clay’s Hostel around 10am to meet up with him and run an errand. He was waiting on his license, he was going to go to Honduras for a week to go scuba diving and then drive back to Antigua Guatemala in hope that his license showed up. I told him instead of back tracking and coming back here that I would check in and see every day of his license showed up and pick it up. We were already going to meet up in Nicaragua so I would deliver it there. He had a paper document of it so he could cross borders. We went to the school where his License was getting sent and he gave them permission to give me the letter if it came in. I ran around getting ready for class and ate a deep-fried pepper sandwich of some kind. <o:p></o:p>
    I went to class and it was very very full on, very hard and intense a lot going on. Once finishing class my brain hurt a lot so I left the homework on my bed and headed out for a walk. I started to feel weird and off balance, realizing had not had any water all day I got a bottle and a little food and started to feel much better. I went to tell Clay safe and rad travels and I would see him in a week or so in Nicaragua hopefully with his license and I would email if it came in so he didn’t have to back track. I got there and he was very very excited, his license had just shown up so we ended up going out for a couple of beers and dollar pollo Sandwiches. <o:p></o:p>
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    DAY 47-<o:p></o:p>
    12/21/2011<o:p></o:p>
    Got up at 7:30, yeah that’s right I’m up ready for the day, going to eat a nice breakfast for free at the hostel and do 4hrs of homework and studying before class. 9am ate breakfast and messed around on the computer no homework or studying (I swear I am not ADHHHHHHD AT ALL!~!!!). Okay put the computer away; go to the café, coffee and study. I actually got my homework done and study a bit, although had way too much coffee. I realize this as I shake down the street toward school. I get through class; I am getting frustrated with myself. In my head I should be able to speak okay Spanish in less than a week.. Yeah not a chance takes months to get this langue, especially for my second language. Def should have taken more time with Rosetta stone, lesson learned you GRINGO. Yeah let’s ride from Colorado to South America without even being able to order a beer in Spanish.. That’s not important… Good call Fletch…haha you’re a dang ol Thinker<o:p></o:p>
    Alright let’s go get dinner and a beer. I head back to the same street vendor lady I go to every night (she hasn’t got me sick and I am full for 2 bucks, no brainer). Then go to this cool Café for a beer and internet. Drop my computer off at Hostel and meet up with Natali from my hostel for a beer and open mic night (no I didn’t sing or say poetry) nice girl from Norway. Went home Skyped for a while with Sarah and Homie Dog and past out. <o:p></o:p>
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    <o:p> </o:p>DAY 48-<o:p></o:p>
    12/22/2011<o:p></o:p>
    I slept in until 8:30, had a nice big breakfast. Alright let’s study…….nopeDamn it Fletch you’re not going to learn you need to study.. okay okay… Wanna go for a walk and find an Orphanage too go to and bring presents to on Christmas? YUP!!! Hahaha okay okay I will study later. I walked around for a while, couldn’t find the Orphanage but I will. I want to bring soccer balls, dolls, and coloring books there on Christmas if I am still here. <o:p></o:p>
    I went to school and did well until the end started getting frustrated but played through and learned a lot. I have to be Patient with myself and study!!!! I got done and needed a beer bad today, so I grabbed a Pollo Sandwich from my new street food friend and headed to happy hour at my new favorite Café. I started to do some work and research for my next stage of the trip, but started talking to Phil from Canada who lives in Guatemala for 6 months and Canada the other six months. His girlfriend of 5+ years lives and works here. Very nice guy, kept buying me beers and wanting to hear my stories and telling me his. Now I sit writing to you, good day my friend I will talk with you tomorrow. PS I am real fast and just figured out my spell check has not been on,… oooops my bad… <o:p></o:p>
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  18. cbtrekker

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    Merry Christmas Fletch! I love your RR. Wish I was there with you. Hope your Spanish lessons are going well and you are becoming more fluent as we speak. By the way, Do your homework!! haha... Here in CB it is cold and we need snow badly. Rusty spent the whole week playing with Zoe. They are best friends now. I told Mike we may have to adopt or just dog nap Zoe. Chris would never know!! Please keep taking and posting pics of the warmer climates..esp the beaches. Talk to you soon..Dave:freaky
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  19. crestedbutte-rtw

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    Day 47
    12/23/2011

    Classes have been going much better, slowly figuring it out and I mean slowly.. haha Met a rad guy from Australia had a few beers and talked about our travels. He told me about a rad Rain Forrest and Hostel about 6hrs east on a gnarly Dirt Road.. sweet change of plans head to the hills for New Years instead of Beach.. I will take it.. I think I will do one more class on Monday and head that way Tuesday/ Weds.
    Here some pics of Santa and Xmas in Guatemala, also my new favorite street food ladys and their food.
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    HOWS THIS CHRISTMAS.....HAHA
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    SANTA'S COMING TO TOWN!!!!
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    STUDY TIME!!!!!
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    MY NEW FAVORITE LADIES AND THEY DID NOT GET ME SICK!!!!
    ALL OF MY DINNER FOR 5 THINGS WAS LESS THEN 4 BUCKS!!!!
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    CHITLEET??? (TAMALES!)
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    SALAD, WHERE THE HELL IS THE MEAT?
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    DEEP FRIED TACOS!!!
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    POLLO SANDWICH!!!

    MERRY XMAS TO ALL!!!

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  20. crestedbutte-rtw

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    Didn't know what today was going to be like for me. Woke up had breakfast and started my day off by walking around the city looking for some Jeans and shoes. I found some sweet fake Levis for cheap and they were baggy enough to make me happy (save your balls say no to skinny jeans.. haha) I headed to Spanish class, we ended up walking around the city conversing (slowly) drinking coffee and just enjoying the day, although it was over cast and made you tired. We went to her friend&#8217;s house for lunch and then back to class. After class I headed back to the Hostel to take a nap. I had asked my teacher where I could buy Fireworks and she pointed me in the right direction. The craziest place I have ever seen, a full market with mostly homemade fireworks, ranging from huge mortars to full on sticks of Dynamite. I was a kid in a candy store; I bought $14 worth which would have been over $80 back home. <o:p></o:p>
    There was nobody at all at my hostel very empty place, nice but nobody to spend Xmas eve with. I then met a nice UK girl and a Danish Couple who was very nice. They invited me out to dinner with them; at first I said no thanks then smacked myself (what else do you have to do other than be alone eating street food for Xmas Eve). I joined them and as we were heading out all of the power went out throughout the whole city. Everywhere was closed; finally we found a place for dinner. It was a fun dinner experience, we all had pizza, but I was the only one who had meat or beer/alcohol. We went back to the hostel and all I wanted to do was set of fireworks, the Security guy said no no not yet. I was confused all I wanted to do was set of my Xmas present, finally I figured out I should wait till 12am. So I grabbed my bottle of Guatemalan Rum and had a few shots and relaxed with my new friends. Finally 2 minutes till 12am we went outside the streets were deserted; right as I lit off a stick of dynamite BOOOOOM, all of a sudden the city went crazy. I have never seen or heard anything like this; everyone throughout the city was setting off fireworks. It lasted for 9 minutes then everyone went back to the families. We hung out and finished off my little bottle of Rum. Went to sleep around 1am.<o:p></o:p>
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    Xmas- Day<o:p></o:p>
    Woke up around 9am with a nice fresh breakfast and skyped with my family for Xmas morning. I then walked around all day with my new friends exploring new places and taking in the History of Antigua. <o:p></o:p>
    MERRY XMAS TO ALL, <o:p></o:p>
    THANK YOU ALL FOR READING/RIDING ALONG WITH ME THROUGH MY TRAVELS AND ADVENTURES.<o:p></o:p>
    I believe we are off to the Guatemalan Rainforest in two days for New Years Eve then down to El Salvador. <o:p></o:p>
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    BOOOOOOOM!!!! ALL THEY DID WAS LOUDLY BLOW UP... MERRY XMAS TO ME!!

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