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

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  1. crestedbutte-rtw

    crestedbutte-rtw PRO SHORTBUS RIDER

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    HEADED TOWARD PANAMA CITY
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    BRIDGE WE ROAD TO PANAMA CITY
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    PANAMA CITY!!!!!
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    CLOSE UP SHOT OF PANAMA CITY
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    THE AREA WE WERE TOLD NOT TO RIDE EVER, WAY TO DANGEROUS.... YUP I ALREADY HAD RIDDEN THERE.SHIT..
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    CLAY PASSED OUT IN ALL OF OUR GEAR AS WE WAITED FOR A SECOND BED TO OPEN UP... HAHA

    We ship out on the 4th of Febuary for Columbia!!!! Ready to start ripping again.. Please hit me up with any must stops through South America..
    Thanks for following my RR!!!!

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    crestedbutte-rtw PRO SHORTBUS RIDER

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    THEY GOT MY BACK IF SHIT HITS THE FAN IN THE GHETTO
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    I MADE IT!!!!
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    ITS OFFICIAL MADE IT THROUGH CENTRAL AMERICA
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    SAILNBOATS LINED UP WAITING TO GO THROUGH THE LOCKS, THEY ARE HEADED TO PACIFIC (EAST TO WEST)
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    SLOWLY DROPPING WATER LEVEL
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    AND THERE ARE THROUGH
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    TO THE PACIFIC THEY GO!!!!

    Pretty amazing that they are using the same technology for the past 98 years, and it still works perfectly!!!

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  3. crestedbutte-rtw

    crestedbutte-rtw PRO SHORTBUS RIDER

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    For the past few weeks I have been having trouble with my feet, they swell up randomly, itch, and ache/ hurts to walk for first 5 minutes in the morning. I went to the clinic today for 50 cents. She thinks is something to do with high Uric Acids so I have a blood test Tomorrow morning at 6:30 am. She said the Uric acid can come from alot of Beans, Tomoatoes, Red Meat, and Beer. ugh check, check, check, and yup lots of Checks.... haha We will see hopefully a few pills and I will be better with a better diet ad excercise in my future.. Fingers Crossed Please
    Adventure Adventure Adventure.. So I will not be leaving tomorrow to go camp on the Atlantic coast, I will stay here and get blood test adn results back and then head toward the coast to sleep at the Wunderbar Hostel then get my bike on a boat on Friday and ship out Saturday if all goes well.

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  4. team8

    team8 Been here awhile

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    This may be dump question but I see you are taking a boat. are there NO roads or Trails going from panama to columbia?
    Great Ride report, I will be on board for the whole trip.
  5. crestedbutte-rtw

    crestedbutte-rtw PRO SHORTBUS RIDER

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    It is called the Darien Gap it is a very small gapbut there are no roads or rideable trails between Panama and Columbia (I wish!!). You have no choice but to either boat around or fly. Although there are tails down here of one guy making it through on his motorcycle but who knows. It is full of Indegonious tribes and Drug Cartels so I am told.
    Thanks for following my RR
  6. MTFYR

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    Your catching "Radioman"

    Ride safe, have fun, Jealous!
  7. ClayR

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    been through the Canal on a cruise ship. It is an amazing feat of engineering. Keep up the good work!
  8. crestedbutte-rtw

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    We were on a mission to figure out a different route to get to Columbia than paying for a sell boat. Clay headed into town to figure out what was going on with his bike, hoping that all he needed to do was replace his sprockets and chain. I walked along the river and made it from old town to banking area which was a nice morning walking around town. We grabbed lunch and a taxi when Clay got back without luck until tomorrow for his bike. We headed to the Sailboat ports to see if we could talk our way onto a boat for cooking, no luck. But it was a nice day of bouncing around the out skirts of town. On our way out of our hostel the Taxi driver told us not to drive into this ghetto looking area then he made a gun with his hand and went bang bang bang bang. Ugh what? Yeah we already drove through this area, that’s where Clay almost stopped because we were lost and I blasted past not about to stop and we made it out fine. Nick a Canadian rider said he was riding through and got hit in the head with a soccer ball form a balcony, haha. <o:p></o:p>
    Getting back to the hostel we shot out a couple of emails to a few captains and hostels that help set up sailboats and bikes for Columbia. We went through our Pros and Cons for how to get to Columbia;<o:p></o:p>
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    My two options.
    First one is the usually chosen one, pay $850 get on a boat on Thursday February the 4th and be there on the 8th, riding through Columbia by the 9th, everything included and paper work.
    Pro's: Get there quickly, hassle free, they do all of the paperwork, one boat, pretty straight forward, party hostel on the water, get on my way toward the Southern Tip before it snow without having to rush to much.
    Con's: Everyone does it, not that much adrenaline, $$$$$$$$$$$, to straight forward.

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    Second head down the East coast catch a Cargo to the border of Panama/ Columbia catch two more small boats until you land in Turbo Columbia.
    Pro's: ADRENALINE, adventure, not many do it this way, the unknown, cheap
    Con's: Could take up to three weeks thus making me rush through a country so I can get to the South before it snows, could get stuck somewhere, could be a huge headache with my horrible Spanish, have to get allot of paperwork done, can't get it done till Monday so I won't start looking for boat until earliest on Tuesday. <o:p></o:p>

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    Had a few beers and great story telling time with Joel from NZ and Nick from BC, trading stories of our adventures so far. We headed to bed. We were tired of stressing over it and knowing that the small boat way could save money it could take easily over 4-5 times as long. So we finally said without knowing what the other was going to do that we were going to catch this Sailboat through the islands of San Blas leaving on the 4<SUP>th</SUP>. Clay woke up early and headed back to the Kawasaki shop, I headed to the clinic in town. No doctor in until Monday so I headed into town and Western Unioned 100 bucks each to the captain to save our spot on the boat. We ran all around picking up a few odds and ends that we needed for the trip. One day we jumped on the bikes and headed out to find the Panama Locks, we got lost and turned around a few times but finally made our way. Not going to lie they were a little smaller than I had expected. They were amazing and we lucked out to catch 12 sailboats four groups of three tied together come through get water dropped down and then pass through the lock and out toward the Pacific side from the Atlantic. For the big cargo boats to get through it cost them over 100,000 bucks... crazy!!! We went through the Museum, so amazing that not too much has changed of the mechanics of how it works pretty brilliantly simply. I promised my brother In-law Kyle that I would go to a Pizza Place in the city for him. He lived here when he was a kid and has come back a few times to visit and swears that the pizza was amazing. I would have to agree hands down the best pizza in Central America. The place is called Napoli and if you come to Panama there are two go to the one in the city (the banking area) fancy but so so delicious. We had one huge pizza there specialty and a small chicken one and each paid 7 bucks and were all full!! We walked across to the Casino I lost to bucks and then we haggled with 7 different Taxi’s until we got a good deal back to our hostel. <o:p></o:p>
    Clay and I headed back to the Clinic this morning, he was having trouble with his eye and my feet were still messed up. Basically for the past two weeks my shins swelled up then my feet swelled up but it comes and goes and is very itchy at times. But the worst part about it that every time I lay down I get up and it hurts a lot to walk for the first 5 minutes or so like horrible arthritis. We paid 50 cents got checked up and Clay paid an extra 2 bucks for drops and was good to go. She thinks for me it is uric acid levels form eating unhealthy cheap street food, lots of beer, and not a lot of exercise since I sit on a motorcycle most days. I have a blood test tomorrow morning will get the results back Weds morning and make my way to the East coast to get my bike loaded on the boat by Friday. (Wish me luck!!) I had my last dinner at 7 can’t eat or drink anything other than water until the test in the morning.. No beer for me tonight…. Oh well.. I really like the city, safe but at the same time places you never want to go (already went there but we won’t talk about that…haha) <o:p></o:p>
  9. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    :freakyAwesome.... gonna be a gooood time!
  10. Shibby!

    Shibby! Long timer

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    Fletch,

    Nice to see your still rolling!

    Nic shot me an email saying he met you. Small world.

    I was talking to a buddy whom has a friend traveling in central America. He said he met a guy on a bike from vancouver. Turns out it was a guy I crossed Baja to maz with.

    Enjoy the ride. My trip has ended. Boarding plane in 6 minutes. I'll return to ride back when weather warms.

    Rubber side down!
  11. crestedbutte-rtw

    crestedbutte-rtw PRO SHORTBUS RIDER

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    Yeah Nick was good shit. Glad you made it back safe and had a blast. We shall ride again someday. Snowmobile some pow for me friend.
    Fletch
  12. crestedbutte-rtw

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    I'll check it out, thanks for the advice.
    Fletch
  13. explorit

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    The font is small but not small enough to stop me from following your RR. Great pic's and reports. You are living the dream...can't wait until I do a trip like this.
  14. crestedbutte-rtw

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    Alright I have been told my font is too small so now we will try this one. Is this easier for everyone to read from my past post? Hope so.<o:p></o:p>
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    Woke up around 6:30am got ready and headed out the door for the clinic. I walked in had to pay 6bucks for my two blood tests, showed the receipt and sat and waited for about 5 minutes. My name was called I walked into a small office sat down, was asked which arm I chose left (bad call). She put searched for the vein poked in and missed, instead of pulling out and trying again she just twisted the needle around a few times trying to get blood, no luck. She pulled the needle out and put a band-aid on it, got a new needle out opened it up and prepped my right arm. One shot and she hit the vein in the right arm lots of blood for her. She filled up a little capsule and put a band-aid on it. Okay come back tomorrow morning at 7am for your results. Clay wanted to go to the mall look for maps for South America; I was down for a ride. We headed out I was ahead the road split into downtown I took it, didn’t see Clay I stopped and waited. A guy in a pickup waved at me and told me Clay was waiting behind me weird but okay. I headed back just in time to see Clay had flipped a U-turn, I was almost right next to him different side of the median hitting my horn nope he slammed brakes and flipped another U turn. I flipped around, didn’t see him and headed off on my won adventure riding through town. I stopped and walked into the fish market, SPLAT!!! Yup got shat on by a bird, on my shoulder, arm, and inside my helmet… SWEET!!! Haha I just laughed cleaned it up and headed back to the bike. I made it back to the hostel without getting lost; sweet the good luck has begun. Did some research of where I want to go once in South America looking for some epic dirt roads I am tired of Pavement. (Any suggestions would be rad) I hooked back up with clay and we walked to a fish market to get Cerviche (not that good, so pumped for Cerviche in Peru). We had a bunch of beers and made dinner at the hostel for a dollar each. Fell asleep and got eaten alive by mosquitoes second night in a row. <o:p></o:p>
    Woke up headed right to the clinic at 7am…. Yup doctor not in till tomorrow… what? Crap we wanted to head out toward the Atlantic coast today. I talked the receptionist to ask the doctor on duty if my levels were high he said no then walked away.. haha I didn’t know if I need to stay to talk with the doctor, after a while of contemplating I decided to stay there was no reason not to leave we were just going to find free camping somewhere near the port. I got back and told Clay to head out without me and I would catch up with him soon. He said he wasn’t in a rush no big deal. So we then jumped on our bikes and headed out to look for a different mall to look for maps. No luck, we headed back toward the hostel I went home and Clay headed back out to buy a few things from a moto shop.<o:p></o:p>
    We walked all around picking up last minute things for the boat ride.. Peanut butter, rum, crackers, and sunscreen lotion. I tore apart my bike and repacked everything. Checked over the bike made sure she was looking good, topped off oil. We both messed around online and with books picking out and finding new routes. The gnarlier the better, I CANNOT WAIT TO RIDE SOME SOUTH AMERICA DIRT!!!! We made dinner again tonight this time for 75cents each.. not bad getting better and we were both full. I walked around town for awhile; saw a group who is staying at the hostel playing music. I have met 4 different cars/ vans doing the South American stretch all parked outside our hostel waiting for a container. <o:p></o:p>
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    Well thanks for riding along with me.. <o:p></o:p>
  15. crestedbutte-rtw

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    Anyone got doctor friends or really smart friends?
    So here is my deal I went to the doctor 3 days ago got my blood drawn and now the doctor has not been there for the past 2 days to tell me what to do. I have to leave Panama City to go to the Atlantic to catch a Boat to Colombia.

    Here is my problem; It started with sensitive shins a little swelling, then to my feet where...
    they started to ache in the morning, then they swelled up big. They have only swelled up huge once. But they ache everytime I wake up or sit for a long time with out moving them, like really bad arthritice. My blood test came back as cholesterol 131 and my uric acid 6.5. Since on the trip I eat very cheap unhealthy street food, do not exscercise (sit on moto for past 3 months) and drink way to much.
    I know the obvious, change your diet and start running, but was hoping for some type of diagnosis..

    I will wait until I get to Colombia to go to another doctor..

    Any help would be great
    Fletch
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    RDT953 Been here awhile

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    http://arthritis.webmd.com/tc/gout-symptoms

    I suffered a brief attack like that some years ago after I had been at sea fishing, eating a poor diet and drinking to much and not being able to walk around much on a small boat.
  17. crestedbutte-rtw

    crestedbutte-rtw PRO SHORTBUS RIDER

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    Thank you
    Yeah that was my guess as well, but I am told my Uric acid is not high enough to be gout.. I don't know..
    FLETCH
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    Grabbed a cup of coffee and headed over to the doctor’s office to talk about my results and figure out what to do…. Yup you guessed it the doctor called in sick she was not there, they told me Manana Manana. Oh well nothing I can do, headed up to the hardware store grabbed a cheap tarp and walked back to the hostel. Met up with Clay and started packing up my bike, guess I have to deal with it when I get to Colombia. <o:p></o:p>
    We packed up the bikes relatively quickly and headed out of town. We decided to take the most direct route not thinking they would be expensive. We got to the first toll Ninety cents; we rode pretty fast nice roads not a lot to see. We were making solid time came up to the next tool boot, $2.50 each man that’s kind of steep oh well that’s the last one; she told us that for 2.50 we would skip the next one. Fifteen kilometers down the road another one, I showed our receipt she nodded her headed waved us through green light lifted up the gate, Clay went no problem I go to and I get yelled at. I stop she says something I cannot understand and then waves me through (I think) I head on and she starts to yell and hits a siren thingy LOUD NOISES!!! Haha A cop starts to walk toward me I cut over to the side of the road and wait with Clay. The cop talks to us saying we have to pay, “but she waved us through” “No she didn’t”, “you have to pay forty cents”. Another worker walks out wanting us to pay, “Okay, here is forty cents” he just looks at me like I’m crazy he says no $4.50, “each!” “No no” I pay $4.50 the guy collecting looks at me shakes his head says something to the cop, “Ten more cents”. They walk away, crap that just cost us almost 6 bucks each to ride 50km, weak sauce. We take a turn off for Portobello, we go straight into a town all the old guys on the stoops are yelling we missed our turn; we get turned around and are making our way down the coast. We get stuck behind a herd of bulls, with big ol horns no passing for now. We pull into Portobello I grab a sandwich and strike up a conversation with a lady from Wisconsin. She and her two kids were driving with her now ex-boyfriend from the states to Brazil to move there with him. She decided she didn’t like him anymore and decided to stay in Panama for now. She was a doctor and I told her about my feet problem, she told me to go to the clinic there that they were awesome. <o:p></o:p>
    I walk into the clinic take me about five minutes to find someone to help me. He claimed he was a doctor no name or anything stating doctor just a pair of blue scrubs. I lay down pull off my boots even after explain my situation and my results and telling him I only have pain in the mornings. He squeezes my feet asking if it hurts, nope. He has I sit in his office, writes a prescription starts to hand it to me saying it’s a pain killers, I look at him like he’s an idiot??? What?? No I don’t need pain meds, oh okay he writes another prescription for itching cream, what?? No I don’t need that either, oh okay he just stares at me. I finally can show him my results, he looks all surprised saying my uric acid levels are way high even though I know they are not. The average is 3-7 mine is at a 6.5 High average, High is 9 and over. He writes a prescription tells me to take it twice a day 12 hrs apart. He tells me two bucks and pockets it, then takes me to the pharmacy. I get give a packet of 60 Vitamin C tablets to suck on twice a day and that’s it, $1.90. I go back to the “Doctor” Really all I need to do is take Vitamin C? “Yes and no more red meat, take it easy on beans, and not too many beers”. UGH Okay I get on my bike and head to Puerto Lindo. <o:p></o:p>
    We pull into town and head to the hostel where we made one night reservations (first ones of the trip). Go and check in saying we are here and would love to meet the captain of the boat. She tells us that the hostel is full and I ask again if she had talked to the captain about us sleeping on the boat. We had heard others had to load their bike s day before you depart and you get to stay on the boat to stay with your bikes. When I told her this she just laughed and called the boat captain. Than standing in front of us she made fun of us for wanting to squeeze a free night out of the boat while talking on the phone to the captain. Very mean old Austrian woman, I talked to the captain we arranged a time the next day to meet in the morning and load the bikes. We asked if we could camp in the open yard, nope she doesn’t want the place to look trashy “ugh have you looked at his place” haha. We head out check out another hostel, a 12 year old kid is running it, and it is gnarly but we could camp in his yard for 5 bucks but no safe parking sketchy area. I head back to the hostel to make sure she wasn’t holding us our reservation and had forgotten, clay headed off to find camping. I talked to the husband who was very nice, there had been a miss communication she thought we wanted the next night and they were full because the seas were too rough and two boat loads of kids had to wait an extra day. Then they offered for us to camp?? I took it because I needed to unbolt my panniers and go through them. It was a safe enclosed area. Clay had talked to the marina and paid them two bucks to sleep in the yard. <o:p></o:p>
    We ran around town getting dinner supplies, made cheap cup of noodles for dinner and used the internet and went to bed.<o:p></o:p>
    Woke up this morning and headed down to Meet our captain Jebi from France to load our bikes. We waited at the docks for a little while then a guy all tatted out showed up in a rubber dingy and introduced himself. He explained that if we didn’t want to leave our bikes on the boat out of site over night that we can load them Saturday morning because we are not leaving now until Saturday afternoon. There are a bunch of passengers stuck up north due to the road closures. (Protestors shut down the highway) We found out that the Boat is over booked by 4 people. There are 12 beds and 16 paying passengers, although he said we can sleep on the ground with a mattress. He claims he has taken bikes but had no idea about our permits and getting those stamped out of Panama.. So we will see. We also had to give him our passports and he holds onto them until they get stamped into Colombia; he is a surfer guy with just board shorts on taking everyone’s passports.. Sketchy? Not at all.. Just another adventure. The boat trip is going to be hilarious I think. To get our bikes onto the boat we have to load one at a time onto a small dingy, motor out to the boat and hoist them onto the boat with some type of rigging system. We shall see, I am excited and nervous all at once. We walked around town picking up a few supplies for the trip and I did some research on line trying to figure out what to do about my legs. <o:p></o:p>
  19. crestedbutte-rtw

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    About thirty minutes ago around 7pm I had to make the hardest decision of the trip…. I felt worse than I have been feeling for the past month today and yesterday. After consulting with a lot of people from friends, nurses from home who talked with their doctors, two doctors, and my Global Rescue Doctor. They all basically called me an idiot for thinking about getting on a boat tomorrow and being in the middle of the Atlantic for the next 5 days nowhere near help. Due to the fact they think there is a good chance I might have a blood clot. And a blood clot is not a joking matter so I am told. Luckily I get my deposit back and passport back from the captain and will be leaving Clay and heading back to Panama to go get an Ultra Sound and a physical to figure out what the hell is going on with me. I did not want to throw in the towel we worked so hard to figure out a way to Columbia and I am so close. But at the end of the day obviously the RISKS are not worth it. I will figure out a different way to Columbia, although I was just told that if I can figure this all out another boat with space for a bike is leaving on the 10<SUP>th</SUP>. I am going to cut this short and go make some dinner and go to bed, feeling pretty crappy at the moment. Will update tomorrow after Hospital visit.
    I will be healthy and riding again soon!!!
    Fletch <o:p></o:p>

    Thanks for riding along with me.
  20. heffe

    heffe #$%^&U*&^%$#@

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    good call to see the doc. .....be well.