From Madol-Duuwa to around the world

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

  1. doc_ricketts

    doc_ricketts Thumper jockey

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    Dylan, you have a great trip and report going. I am still trying to figure out how you get Bruce on his feets so easily, but I guess practice makes perfect.:D Thanks for sharing.
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  2. ata

    ata expat in the jungle

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    priceless

    must be in here

    ride safe

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  3. mantan

    mantan Been here awhile

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    Your ride is right up with the best ones I have seen here :clap

    BTW, Samarwickrama more accurately means the one with prowess to battle on, certainly something you have!
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  4. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Thanks for that encouragement mantan! It certainly helps me to continue sharing my stories.
    I don't know in which language you searched the meaning to Samarawickrama. But in my mother tongue, Samara= celebrate or commemorate., Wickrama= adventure. But I guess the same words can have many different meanings in many languages.
    Thanks again for your words!
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  5. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    3rd January morning

    I should have got going early today. But the sun sea and the soft sand made me hang around till now. It's already 1p.m. The elderly Canadian couple who are on their vacation on a camper trailer were very nice. They gave me a coffee in the morning and a breakfast too. Just before I leave here Rick wanted to exchange addresses. as I was writing down my name I mentioned that I got a difficult name. His reply was "oh don't worry, my name is also a very difficult one".
    He watched me over my shoulder as I wrote my name. When I reached the halfway mark of my surname he muttered seriously.. "oh, it's worse than mine"
    I just love these little stories.
    Ok. Now I better hit the road!


    Evening. 3rd January

    stuck on a beach in Tecoman. Got off the road into the sand & my rear wheel just disappeared under the sand. Oh well, perfect excuse for camping right there. The sunset was amazing (like every other day) and the curtains opened up for the stars to dazzle. Whole day no rain but the sun. I think I'm even getting a little tan :-D


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    Late evening.

    Enjoying the stars and a small snack with a chai. The beach was visited by quite a few people when I arrived here. But now everybody is gone back to wherever they came from except for one. A dog remained here to keep me company. He dug himself a hole right next to my tent. I'm sharing my sandwich & other goodies with him & as a reward, he looks at me with a thank you. Two seconds later he wipes his mouth with the tongue as much as saying, now I'm ready for the next piece. So our game continues. But I take a break from enjoying the food because I see white misty kind of condition spreading from the horizon high up into the sky. Is that the milky way? May be some of you can enlighten me on that! I take my camera and walk behind the tent so that I can capture the moment for later. When I accidently take a photo with the flash, my eyes divert the attention to the tent for there seem to be some wet patches. I take a closer a look. Darn dogs! They have already began to mark the unidentified object in their territory. I look around for the dog that have been feeding all evening. I see him disappear into the darkness a couple of hundred feet away. Thanks buddy! I yell at him and mutter the words, wait till I get hold of you next time!
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  6. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Thanks Doc!

    To be honest, I have no idea how I do it. Know that the techniques they use by lifting the bike by keeping your back against the bike doesn't work. It works when it's not loaded up. I guess it's a mind thing. I have never ever doubted that I couldn't do it. I'm only 168cm small and weigh 65kg on a good day.
    The mind is an amazing thing really!
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  7. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    my GPS tells me that I'm in N17.78028 W101.72307 & it's an awesom number :-) White sand, blue sea & beautiful surrounding. Camping on the beach again. Today I even had time to go for a swim. Heavy military presence on the way. I've been very lucky so far with police & army. They never checked me till now. Only a brief question or two before letting me go. Couple of times I was even fooling around with them. When they asked me "are you carrying drugs" in Spanish, I answer in English "only one packet" but I shake my head with No sign. Then the next question in spanish "are you carrying a gun" I answer "only a shot gun" with same shaking head as "no". They let me go and I laugh at my own joke.



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    I heard so many people say that the Mexican police is so corrupt. However, I have so far made very good experiences except once. That occasion was when a gangster/thief tried to get close to my backpack in Mexico city, I went to complain to the first cop I found who was only a couple of dozens meters away. But unfortunately I discovered that the policeman was covering up the bad guy. From my encounters, there are lot more good guys than the bad. You just have to behave and you'll be left alone!
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  8. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    I'm in a place called Tizupan and taking the first break of the day. This stretch is about 300km long, windy and slow going. When I inquired the police at three different places, they all said that the route is risky due to robbers and criminal activities. I was told to do as less stops as possible but it's proving to be difficult. The blue ocean and the white sand down below not only makes you stop, but it also stops your heart. But on the negative side, the temperature is rising by every kilometer. People don't seem to be friendly either. Since the villages scattered so far apart, that doesn't bother me at all. I should be in Lazaro Cardenas within the next 3 hours and you should hear from me by then. If not call the CIA, kGB, IRA and the whole lot. Don’t worry, everything will be OK in the end. If it's not OK, it's not yet the end.

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  9. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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  10. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Bruce was stuck in deep sand yesterday and my efforts to get out of there were in vain and I knew toiling for long wouldn't do me or the bike any good. So I plotted my escape in a different style and enjoyed the evening resting. I could have also asked people to help me but I didn't. When I encounter these kind of problems, I want to solve it by myself. Because, problem solving keeps your mind healthy and I stay exercised to deal with similar situation when I'm alone.
    My idea was to wake up in the early morning and use the morning dew as an aid. Well, it worked! When the sand is wet the beach becomes compact and relatively hard and I rode the bike out of the danger zone with a minimum effort.
    Remember, when you're in trouble, keep your head cool and think right! It'll help you in most situations and you'll be able to help yourself which will make you proud of what you are!


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  11. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    *The Death Trap*

    The ride to Oaxaca was fantastically curvy and slow. On the previous night before I shot this picture, I was attempting to ride through the night. But I stopped and camped in a football ground at the edge of a village about an hour after passing Ometapec. Hindsight, I’m glad that I made that decision. The next day, just below ten thousand curves later I took the bend, which you see in the first photo, at about 60kmh. Only after entering the bridge I realized that it’s a deathtrap. There is no way a man can handle a motorcycle on metal pipes this big, without falling. And the inevitable happened but I managed to bring the speed down considerably before falling down. Had I been riding in poor light or in the night, I wouldn’t have had a chance of escaping this without injury. I was lucky again!
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  12. 0theories

    0theories Enthusiastically Skeptical

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    Hey Dylan. Glad to see you made it through the night, and even more glad to see you stopped! It was a crazy plan. Anyway, good to meet you the night of your suicidal plan. :eek1

    Maybe see you further south for some more beers. :freaky
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  13. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    WOW! What an adventure!:eek2

    I'm in :lurk
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  15. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Hey pal!

    Nice to read you here. Yes, it was indeed a crazy idea of me and I'm full of shit in the head :-)
    But I've been lucky so far and no risk no fun = nothing to talk about.

    Hope you're enjoying the journey. Watch out for that bloody bridge!

    Safe travells!
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  16. fajuga

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    You take some amazing photos Dylan!! Very entertaining ride report. Thanks for taking the time to share.
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  17. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    *Drama, Action and Comady*

    After another beautiful beach camping I'm moving southbound. In Zihuatanejo, a relatively busy city, two guys run out of a shop with pistols in their hands & get in a waiting car and speed away wheels spinning and with blue smoke. A few hundred yards later an old lady crying beside the road. Her dog's been run over. Then withing minutes, a guy lost his corrugated iron sheets on the road from the back of his pick-up truck and he's collecting them. Then he realizes that his truck rolling down the hill and runs after it like Usain Botlz, get's into the truck through the window and stops a tragedy with his legs sticking out.
    I just started my day and wonder what kind of excitement waiting for me in which corner.
    Welcome to Mexico! I just love it!
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  18. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Morning of 8th Janyary

    I opened up the facebook and read the latest. The sun is out and there is the blue sky. The music in the radio plays songs of happiness and rhythms to dance to. Then I read in the facebook status window asking me a question: How are you feeling Dylan?
    Do you really want to know? It has become one of the saddest days of my life and I'm not going to talk about it.
    Wish everyone a beautiful day! Now I gotta lot of riding to do today!


    Evening of 8th January

    Made it only to Huatulco today though I planned to get much further than that. But things are getting better & the people I meet make a big difference. I managed to find a proper camping spot right on the beach with all the facilities. My neighbours for tonight are a large family (16 of them) from the capital, Mexico City. They were very nice to me from the moment I got there. May be a bit too nice! I wanted to have a good rest tonight, but they dragged me into the city in a van to enjoy the evening. I made enough excuses but they didn't take "NO" for an answer. Now I'm drinking Tequila, and listening to them karaoke singing loud and grossly out of tune. But it's a happy maker. It’s just what I need right now. I wonder how far I'll get tomorrow?

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    When girls sang, at least there was something to look at. But the men made dogs howl.
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  19. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Having the first break and it's Tacos for breakfast. The evening I spent with the Mexican family was fun. But when it reached 1a.m. I was not in a good mood to listen to their awefull kareoke singing. Even the Tequila didn't help numb my ears and it was torture. The few hours I slept was golden. Though I could have slept for a few more hours, I didn't quite feel comfortable in the tent as the the morning sun made it to a baking oven. I needed to go anyway. This time, I'm going to skip San Cristobal even if everyone was urging me to go there. I'm heading directly to Guatemala. Yesterday I was sad enough because of one issue. But my sadness was upgraded to a higher level when I checked my bank account. There is no way I could bring this tour to an end without me having to go back to work. So I am compelled to rush down through Central America so that at least I can bring my boat adventure to an end.


    Don't think I'm on a suicidal mission here. But I'm attempting to sail the Caribbean sea with Bruce on a self-made pontoon boat. I want to cross over from Panama to Columbia this way. Why? Because there is no road connecting these two countries and I don't want a piggy-back ride on another boat like all other people do. The ride will be about 350km and you'll be sailing in deep sea. I'm excited and I'll be content if I had to quit my journey after that adventure, for a little while, till I earn enough money to continue.

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  20. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Did I say that I’m skipping San Cristobal today? Well, that was my intention anyway. But when I reached the place where the road split, one going towards Guatemala and the other going to San Cristobal, I gave it a second thought, paused for a few minutes and did some calculations. The difference skipping San Cristobal would have been only around 200km. That’s a small enough number, if that city comes under “must be seen” category. But I wasn’t convinced. So I did it for the second time on this tour, tossing a coin to decide my route. Last time when I did such thing, I was in Uganda. At that time it was a decision between Kenya or Tanzania and Kenya won.
    This time the coin fell in favour of San Cristobal. Within minutes after taking the road to San Cristobal, I knew that it was the right choice. That choice wasn’t so much because of the landscape, it was because the road into interior led over the hills and mountains thus the temperature become not only bearable, it was simply great! The quality of riding also became ever more interesting than the straight costal roads.

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    About 50km before San Cristobal I met another biker at a traffic light in the fair size city called Tuxtla Gutierrez. He too was riding to San Cristobal and he had just returned to Mexico from a trip to South America now on his way home to Mexico City. His name is Guillermo. Psychiatrist by profession, he is a very outgoing and a friendly man. We hit it off straight away. When we reached San Cristobal he took me out for a beer and dinner before doing some sightseeing. While we were enjoying a chit chat in a nice cozy restaurant, there stood a man next to us and inquired whose motorcycle it was with the Swiss number plate. Of course he was a motorcycle enthusiast and not only that, he was the owner of a beautiful hostel in the city where we happened to be. After a standard set of questions and a couple of beers, he was offered us a nice room and safe parking for our bikes. For free of course! I’m happy to be in a warm bed after a nice hot shower.
    It is worth tossing a coin from time to time!

    By the way, Sac Cristobal is a beautiful place to visit!
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