From Madol-Duuwa to around the world

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Dylan.S, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. WarLlama

    WarLlama belligerent cameloid

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    They are hard to find, but there are a few.

    That is Tony Stark aka Ironman, he likes building his own hardware too. :wink:

    See? ^ You are not the first, but maybe the second attempt at building a boatercycle to bypass the Darien Gap. Still a prestigious and prodigious attempt. :thumb

    And another one in Arizona.

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  2. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    At the moment of this posting, He was in Bogota yesterday but it is not clear if he is still in Bogota right now? He was on his way to dentist office when he posted on his facebook and mobile was showing Bogota.
  3. Moss

    Moss Adventurer

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    Greetings Dylan, I have just finished reading your ride report, over the space of a few days during my spare time. I am not a great reader of books (Spanish or English), but I do make the effort some times, when something takes my interest. And ride reports, I've read a few. But no ride report or story has captivated my interest and emotion as much yours.

    Your writing and videos are inspiring. I for one, have learned from your personality. On behalf of the world, thank you a thousand times for sharing your fantastic adventure with us.

    You are a fine human being and may the Gods continue to look down up-on you as I'm sure they have throughout your adventure.

    It's been a pleasure to meet you via this www machine.

    Let me know if you need a fluent Spanish speaker for your next adventure? I'll get my bike ready in a jiffy.:lol3

    Best wishes.
  4. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Thanks Throttlemeister!
    I really enjoyed that route out of Buenaventura! Especially having been on the ocean for six weeks, riding on wheels made me feel great!
  5. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Thanks Moss! You are extremely kind with those words! We'll catch on the road someday.
  6. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Cracked oil level sight-glass. This is not what you want to see when you are sailing the ocean on a Boatercycle. I thought I could smear some two component glue along the crack and seal it. When I sprayed some contact cleaner on the glass to remove the oil, the glass simply crumbled to pieces. But the luck was on my side. I had carried many bits and pieces which (you might have thought unnecessary) could come handy one day. Among them was a valve adjusting shim of a car engine. It fitted the open gaping hole perfectly. I pushed it in the hole and wedged it with an O-ring I found in my MacGyver box. However, it still leaked tiny bit of oil under pressure. But I was able to sail far enough to find a safe bay where I could land my raft.
  8. WHYNOWTHEN

    WHYNOWTHEN where are the pedals?

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    Hooray!
    dylan is still alive and riding
  9. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    Holy moly what can u build woth zip ties and duct tape?
  10. Big-O

    Big-O Been here awhile

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    Hi Dylan, great adventure and thanks for sharing. What you are doing is what I would love to do, maybe someday. It's amazing that after riding all day, being as tired as you must be, still having the time and energy to post all this and videos to boot! This thread, so far has been great read , thank you. Just fired you a few $ so keep your trip going. Finish this trip, good luck!
  11. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Once I got Bruce back on the road in Buenaventura, I travelled to Cali and spent a couple of days there. After that I decided to head towards the reputedly beautiful city called Medellin. But I wanted to take things easy. So without going straight to Medellin I made a stopover in a small city called Pereira.

    The main form of accommodation on this tour for me has been wild camping. Although it has been very effective in many countries, I heard from people that wild camping in Colombia is a risky business. Listening to what people had to say hasn’t been my strength. I usually went by my gut feelings. However, knowing Colombian history of kidnappings for ransom and it being an unfamiliar territory that I was yet to get accustomed to, I refrained from camping in the wild until this point. But in Pereira I was optimistic about finding someone who would offer me the backyard to set up my tent. Being a large town, there were plenty of people around to ask for help. I rode along the busy streets until dusk and kept my eyes open to find a suitable person who could help me. At a junction my eyes caught the presence of a large group of people. There was a red brick building across the road with wide open large doors. I saw people entering the building and the big sign above the large door read “………. Iglesias” in other words a church. It was a free evangelical church, usually a place full of pious and God fearing people.
    I stopped my bike right in front of the main door. There were a few smartly dressed men waiting at the door. Even before I got off the bike to talk to the men, one of them walked up to me and started talking to me. He asked me where I was coming from and what I do in Pereira and so on. Then he invited me to come inside the church. I told him that I don’t have the time since I had to find a place to stay for the night. But the man was very persistent. He urged me to step inside the churchfor a few minutes. So I did. There must have been at least 300 people. They sang beautiful hymns and said lengthy prayers. Whilst the man who invited me into the church translated, I listened to a 40 minutes sermon. And then there was a time to give testimonies. People stood up and spoke about what God had done in their lives, into a microphone. But my thoughts were somewhere far away. I was worrying about finding a place to stay that night. Whenever I mentioned about it to my pious friend, he told me that it will not take too long and things will be ok. At the end of the church service my religious friend laid hands on my head and started paying for me for several minutes. And he urged me to become a Christian and he was worried about me losing my soul to the devil and me having to spend the eternity burning in hellfire. Once everything was over, I asked the man if he could help me find a place to stay that night to set up my tent. He kindly told me to go and stay in a hotel. Not only that, he even prayed that the Lord may help me find the best hotel in town so that I may recover from hard travellings. And then they closed the doors of the empty church and waved me goodbye.

    Isn’t it amazing to see people who are so worried about someone’s soul rather than someone’s simple needs?
  12. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    I went for breakfast this morning. Walked into the market building where there are dozens of small restaurants. Since I couldn&#8217;t understand the menu I just pointed my finger to the picture which I thought the tastiest. Then I get this huge meal. Almost one third of a chicken, some salad, mashed potato roasted, avocado and rice. All that is for just 2.50 US dollars. ..



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    I was only able to eat half of the meal. When I put my cutlery aside, this street vendor walked up to me and asked if he could start where I finished. He ate some of it and packed the rest. Probably that&#8217;s going to be his lunch.


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    I found this cool dog with rasta hair on a street in Banos. I&#8217;m keen to visit the same street in the evening so that I can take a photo of the dog smoking a joint. Oh by the way, if you think it's a wig you are mistaken. This is his real hair!
  13. 10Cup

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    Dylan,
    Have really enjoyed your trip report! What a trip it is too. Wish you the best and yes it is interesting that someone would worry about your soul but not your simple tent space request. Takes all kinds I guess.

    Take care!
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    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    We both sat on the short wall facing the sea. The damp air didn’t bother either of us as the wind blew the light drizzle in our direction. I was captured by his voice and the details he revealed about the girl he loved. I heard his voice falter now and then but he kept on talking as if he wanted to dig out everything he remembered. I guess it must be hard for a man to have a decent conversation with his fellow soldiers. Not a serious one in any case. Most of the time they were joking around or kicking each other’s butts.
    Silvestre put his paws on Vincent’s lap as if he wanted to let him know that he was enjoying the cuddle. It seems that Vincent didn’t even realize that he was stroking the dog as he was talking to me. I guess it was kind of automatic reaction as he remembered “Karo” his girlfriend. He remembered what a great Salsa dancer she was. He told me about her beautiful eyes and what a sweet personality she had. Every night was a hard night ever since he joined the army to do the compulsory duty for two years. Most of the time the soldiers were stationed in remote areas where there are no telephone connection or any other contact to the outside world. “Sleeping on a hammock every night wasn’t the hardest thing to do. The mosquito bites and other hardships you endure being in the jungle can’t be compared with the pain you suffer as two separated souls”, Vincent went on.

    Then he reached for his machine gun and hands it to me.
    “Look how many times I have scratched her name on my gun!” He shows me the evidence as he wants to prove that he’s not lying. I see the black paint has been scribbled in many places with the letters KARO.
    I see his eyes turn red and they begin to moist.

    “So you don’t know why she died?” I asked him.

    “I don’t know. One day my mom called me and said Karo was found dead. I couldn’t even go to her funeral…
  15. Ruan

    Ruan Adventurer to be

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    Awesome RR. Hey is that Dog Marley? :lol3
  16. mr.joke

    mr.joke Adventurer

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    awesome report & photos !! keep going for land, sea and maybe air some day ?

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    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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  18. Big-O

    Big-O Been here awhile

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    Hey Dylan, where the heck did you go too? Hope the jungle monkeys didn't eat you! Ya better post a reply, we're wondering and getting concerned.
  19. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Dylan stored his bike in Colombia and went back to Europe for odd job to recoup some $$ before resuming his trip. I think he left in June. It's unclear when he will resume the trip but he will be back eventually!
  20. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Very unique report! Love the brief interludes that Jump Cut over to another location. Sounds like you've got a few books in making. Shame you don't have a film crew following you ... now THAT would be a good project. :clap

    I'd love to hear an update on how your BMW GS did after all the Salt Water exposure. Can't be good! :eek1

    Next time I'd just rent a big Launcha, fill it up with fuel and go for it! All that calm weather would have helped doing a crossing in a big Launcha, no?

    But we all loved your choice and your cool home made raft. Super creative!
    Well done!