From Madol-Duuwa to around the world

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

  1. davesupreme

    davesupreme grand poobah

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    great report, maybe the best here!... your spirit is not to be denied!... but....

    the ocean is a very cruel mistress!... without a doubt....

    stuff breaks on land, you just swear... and start walking...

    you break/sink outta the sight of land?..... that ain't adventure, it's suicide..... really....

    doesn't sound like you've been on the water much.....

    yer' talking about doing something much more dangerous than riding a motorcycle....

    cubans/haitians die on rafts trying to get to florida all the time... which is basically what you're trying to do.....

    i'm saying you better think again....
  2. NCK

    NCK Been here awhile

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    Incredible.
  3. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Thanks for that my friend! I understand your concerns and I appreciate your words. But isn't adventure always connected with risks? I rode 150'000km so far on this tour and believe me, I had many close calls. Get on the road and you are at the mercy of thousands of other road users! You can only hope that it isn't your day that some idiot ramming you from behind (I experienced this scenario last night in Panama city. Fortunately the car that hit me slowed down enough not to cause injuries)
    All you can do is, take precautionary measures and be vigilant. As far as my sea adventure is concerns, I will be taking great care not to make this to a suicidal mission. But having said that, every mission to space is a suicidal mission. Every flight you take to go on your vacation is involved with risks. May be my boat will sink and I may able to get on that life raft and survive... or I may even die. When that happens someone will earn a few millions by making a film of my story :-)
    But do you know what is the best thing is? I died living my dream unlike those who live 200 years dreaming about living them!

    Thanks for appreciating my RR. It makes me happy to share my experiences with you!
  4. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Panama City by night. Sipping a coffee enjoying the lights and the stars before finding a place to crash.
  5. davesupreme

    davesupreme grand poobah

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    i really ain't tryin' to argue w/you, i find your attitude and optimism really of the finest kind!..

    i just think you're gonna get in way over 'yer head(hahaha...) in this catamaran contraption that 'yer thinkin' about.... and i don't know if you know it or not, but there's no such thing as an atheist on a sinking boat.... and lemme tell you, i've been scared a couple of times..... all i'm saying, is don't even think about any open water crossings on that crazy thing.....

    via condios!...
  6. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    How about some practical help... like.... a case of beer :D
  7. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    davesupreme, I know you mean well but if we look at the map, I think that it may be possible to make a boat and ride it along the coast of Panama/Colombia before making it to Colombia? It seems doable! Not like trying to ride from Cuba to FL. I think some bicycle riders/backpacker have purchased a kayak and paddle all the way over to Colombia before leaving it behind to ride bicycle down to S. America? Just saying..
  8. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Hey, good luck on your trip!
  9. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Last night I was out in the bay area enjoying Panama City by night. There I randomly meet this Swiss family who invite me to their home to stay. Lately it hasn't been too many roughing it out like I'm used to and I'm happy to be able to have a decent sleep and to have good breakfast before going to work on The Courage of Bridget.
  10. davesupreme

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    a case is comin' 'yer way, by 'paypal', of course!... hope they can keep it cold.... sorry it's not more, i'm broke $$$$...

    just don't use it for any nutz and boltz for yer' crazy catamaran.... :1drink
  11. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Is it okay to buy a patch repair kit for my life-raft with it :-)

    Thanks pal! Have a great day!
  12. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Cutting a barrel to give a cone shape to the front of the boat.


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    Panamanians are the best to work with when you want a solid job done. They are lazy and deliver a poor workmanship and they are rude. They seem to enjoy sleeping a lot though! Here is a worker having a nap during the work hours.




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    The kind of the Pacific. I'm not a grumpy king. I want everyone to be happy.
  13. rgon

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    Dylan your breed is class AAA+++! I admire your ingenuity.:clap
    I am following your adventure from Indonesia jungles where I work right now.
    I hope somebody out there will make a film about the adventures of Dylan.
    Prayers for your safe passage thru the rough seas.

    Goodluck and Mabuhay (Long Live)!



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  14. trevhead

    trevhead Adventurer

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    I've been following and am looking forward to the journey continuing. Best wishes for the seafaring, you are a nutter in the very best sense.:clap:freaky
  15. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    You're too kind Rgon. Thank you very much! Hope you're enjoying the jungles and I hope you got your wheels with you. I'm looking forward to be back in Indonesia once again.

    Cheers buddy!
  16. Dylan.S

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    Thanks a bunch trevhead! I enjoy every word of my fan club! :-)

    Take care!
  17. BluNozr

    BluNozr Been here awhile

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    Reading about your adventures in the Americas has been fantastic. I'm looking forward to the days ahead and your stories from the past two years.

    Travel well.
  18. Dylan.S

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    Here’s another photo I dug out from the bottom of the box.
    I was on my way from south Ethiopia to the north. Somewhere in a rural set up, where farmers worked the land, I get the urgency to stop and have a pee. I kept on riding until I found a place to relieve myself undisturbed. For miles, there were people around and about, mostly farmers. But as it reached the maximum pressure point before my bladder exploded, I found a quiet spot on the side of the road. I slam the brakes and parked the bike on the side stand and run down the slope about three meters below the road. I open up the zip and not only started peeing, I was thoroughly enjoying it. But then I heard a noise behind me. When I turned around and looked, I was horrified to see my bike falling on to the side and rolling down the hill. I jumped out of the way and wet myself in the process but still manage to count how many times it flipped over. Well, it did four flips and I was in a shock. So many things went through my head and I knew I was in big trouble. I have had quite a few crashes until this point. But this was the biggest. There was nothing I could do but stare at the bike and to felt really sorry for myself. There must be so many broken parts on this bike now, and I won’t be riding for a few weeks, were my thought, and I didn’t even go near the bike, scared to see the damages. From the distance I took couple of photos and just waited with my hands on the head. Then the local farmers who were walking by stopped, one by one. I could not communicate with them because we had no common language. When there were about ten men, they picked up the bike and started pushing it up the steep slope and brought it onto the road. I picked the scattered luggage and examined Bruce. There were traces of a leakage. The impact had caused the banjo bolt at the clutch lever to come loose. I searched for more damages. Apart from a few minor scratches, there were no more damages and I couldn’t believe my luck. It took me ten minutes to bleed the clutch and get ready for the road. Man, I told myself, “You are one lucky fellow”.
  19. woodsman149

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    You certainly are living life, I applaud you for that. Most of us don't really wring out the full essence of our time on this planet and going to sea with some oil barrels and a shaft drive bike is really living. Hate to admit it scares me to death just reading about it!!!

    By the way noticed you had a couple of fans mounted in front of you oil cooler. How effective did you find this in keeping the engine cool in hot climates, traffic etc.. Any thoughts on the fans blocking normal airflow to the cooler? Do you have the fans hooked to a switch or via the thermostat?

    Loving your thread and your images.... Happy trails and Bon voyage.
  20. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Hello Woodsman,

    Thanks for the message. We'll see how it will all turn out in the end. I know this much about the end. It's gonna be alright! :-)


    I made those fans with cheap computer ventilators. I bought them in Thailand almost a year ago. I turn them on by flicking a manual switch on my dashboard when I see the temperature is getting high. When there's a traffic jam, I turn them on anyways. Until I made these fans, riding in traffic congestion was a real hassle. Also when you are stuck in sand and don't have much speed, they help a lot and I never had any overheating issues.