Michnus & Elsebie Piki-Piki Around the World.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by michnus, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Costa Rica is a wonderful country to travel and even stay. I can easily go park off on a beach there for old age.

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    Critters in the places we stayed. I don't trust no greenfrog :D

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  2. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    " Environment. Costa Rica accounts for only 0.03 percentof the earth's surface (has only 51.100km2). However it contains nearly 6 percent of the world's biodiversity. Its natural wealth, both in species and ecosystems, is partly explained by its geographical position."

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    I am so tired I need to sleep a bit more :lol3

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    Old bastard with lots of battle scars, even the tail was part missing.

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  3. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Was time to move we had a boat to catch to Colombia
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    dano619 Been here awhile

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    That monkey sleeping......what a great pic.....front page!!
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    GRinCR Oppressed Nomad

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    Keep it coming!
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  6. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    There were a few of the small ones taking a nap. Must have been a wild party :D

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  7. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Panama turned out to be a different planet compared to the rest of Central America. No more swarms of small bikes buzzing around. No more of the noise and buzz in the other Central American countries. It is as if all the exuberance and life has been stolen from them. And I say that in a very loose generalized way. Not sure if it is from historical effects or that it is always hell hot and they don't have enough cold beers on tap.

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    How vehicle papers work at the Panama border is like this. You hand them your vehicle papers and they capture the information on a computer and then print a TIP with all the info on it and that you keep with you..... That easy.... Except it takes them on average 30min on one vehicle. Okay, it is fucking hot in Panama so give them the benefit of the doubt that it will boil brains and have people in a permanent lethargic state.
    So having to ship to Colombia we had to make sure our papers are correct to the dot. We receive our papers back and my passport number missing one digit. Normally it's not an issue but shipping by container we need to have everything CORRECT. It is too easy to have an official decline your papers due to incorrect info.
    We hand them back asking to correct it. 45min later we get the paper back.....no the Passport is correct but there are 4 digits wrong on the VIN number!!
    Hand the papers back....30min later....more digits are wrong.....fucking again!! Hand them back and the lady say, it is not her fault it is our papers that is wrong!! For the love of god, you just have to copy info, nothing more. We get the supervisor involved. Embarrassment is written all over his face. 20min later all done properly.

    All I can think is that heat and humidity is affecting people's ability to do basic transfer of info. If they were allowed to drink cold beer on the job this kind of basic shit won't happen. :lol3

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    '50$ for a coconut and water. Good stuff!
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  8. Grynch

    Grynch Long timer

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    How is Ecuador?
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  9. GRinCR

    GRinCR Oppressed Nomad

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    I've been pitching beer=increased productivity for years. They'd need to rotate like every two hours for a nap because I sure wouldn't want to get the guy going on hour number 7 of his drinking in the heat shift.
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  10. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Man Ecuador is as cool as fuck! It is a power pack of adventure. Only thing is because they use Dollars and they have oil their prices are quite high compared to the other countries. Also their import duties are insane, a GS1200 LC cost 43000us here!!!!!
    But for adventure and coolness they score high:super
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  11. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Exactly why don't teach this at MBA level? All we get from MBA grads are stupid ideas :super:lol3
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    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Panama is a strange country, the people is not like the rest of Central America. Although friendly they are more reserved and does not have the colourful noisy culture of the rest of Central America and Colombia, their neighbours. I mean they are not bad or anything, just not as sociable for some reason. It is difficult to describe and obviously I am generalising.

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    Dude made himself a train horn setup with these fire canisters. The fucking thing blows your ears off your head when he lets rip with it. Did not had a chance to ask if it is due to their shitty drivers that he needs it. :D

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    As things go life in Panama is pretty chill. Things out side of Panama city is way less hectic.

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    Walking around a small village people have Toucan's in cages, not sure if it is legal, sure as hell does not like it. Those birds need space and seeing htem in cages for pets is a sad thing. In any case this little girl did her best pose after she showed me her Toucan :)
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  13. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    We did not have much time left. We were two bikes and two cars that had a date with the shipping company. It is going to be a 40ft container and the four vehicles.

    For every overlander crossing the Bridge of the Americas is a bit of an emotional thing. Going either way it's the end of one epic adventure and the start of a new one. It is the point for us where North and South America says adios to each other.

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    The Bridge of the Americas (Spanish: Puente de las Américas; originally known as the Thatcher Ferry Bridge) is a road bridge in Panama, which spans the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. Completed in 1962, at a cost of US$20 million, it was the only non-swinging bridge (there are two other bridges, one at the Miraflores locks and one at the Gatun locks) connecting the north and south American land masses until the opening of the Centennial Bridge in 2004.

    The new locks next to this one now allows the mega super duper ships to pass.
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  14. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    The things roll like this in Panama, you can take the Stahlratte the old ship and the most popular option to get bikes from Panama to Colombia. Thing is it cost around 1200us per bike and person. That's a whopping 2400us for us both. Which is a fucking bucket load of money. In fact that's more than a months worth of travel to have the romantic idea of having your bike on a boat and do some Island hopping.

    Also we reckoned we can go do Island hopping when we are old and ugly and sit butt naked on a beach in the Caribbean. But for now spending that much money is just too much. So we opted to share a container for 1100us for us both and flights.

    We had to get the bikes in Colon and then load them and then sit for 4 days in Panama doing sweet blue fuck all. Which was okay as there was some stuff to do.

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    It is so strange how humankind differ in thinking around the world. In Egypt you are not allowed close the Suez-canal. Well, cuz bombs and you can steal it, and paranoia and other bullshit stories and you are not allowed to take photos of the Suez. In many African countries and especially Uganda you can't take photos of bridges, cause... whatever unknown fucking reason. In Addis Ababa walking near the UN offices with anything looking like a camera will get you in shit, again, cuz who de hell knows what thread that can be. Back home in good ol' South Africa after 9/11 our harbours were made off limits for all the old fisherman that used the piers and entrance to the harbour for fishing. Cause.....yes...Africa does things different:lol3

    In Egypt we met a Swiss couple in a van that just came out of police holding cells as they were arrested for allegedly taking photos of the Suez at a look out point. Which they did not. But they were hauled to a police station where they sat for 24hours in their car and had to get their embassy involved. LUckily being Swiss helps. At one stage out of sheer frustration they showed the Egyptian police their laptop and opened Google earth and show them no one today needs to take photos of the Suez any more to bomb, break it or steal it. It's all on Google earth already. Big shit again!! Asked how they got the spy wear on the laptop and for who are they spying. :baldy

    At the Panama canal where mega size ships with mega price tags and mega cruise ships pass you can sit on the grass banks of the canal and have a picnic and wave at the passing ships. It is a laid back affair and super cool to be this close to all the insanely huge peaces of steel. We took the road that hugs the canal and the old railway line to Colon.

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    We stayed the night before we had to load the bikes in Portobello a town on the Caribbean side. It's a heavy influence from African Caribbean people. They have such a big hearted talk loud personality and a blast to chat to them.

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    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Iguana for lunch.

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    Travelling is brutally hard work. Sometimes nearly had to drink my own piss to survive. But then as I get close to deaths door Elsebie pitch up with a beer :lol3

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    Local dogs decided he needs a friend to play with

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    Thanks for the update!
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    damn, finally caught up. i must have clicked "Like" over a dozen times. you guys deserved it, great pictures and love the commentaries, raw facts.
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    michnus Lucky bastard

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    thanks duuude! :D
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    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Like the Guatemala busses the Panama busses are also a pimpers dream. The graphics and art work are much more modern in design than the Guata busses.

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    Loading day! This is Nikos and Georgia a Greek couple we met on the road doing the slow go thing in their van going around the world. First get the car onto a lowbed then reverse it into the container which is on a dolly that will be towed to the harbour.
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    Mark a Canadian with a 800us Honda mommies taxi pimped with a bed and cooler box was also shipping with us. He explained to the shippers what will happen if they damage his 800us oiler :lol3
    They were cool dudes, dad and sun run this operation for years and do mostly for overlanders.

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    Ready to rock and roll
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    michnus Lucky bastard

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    We cut it close. In the 40ft container with the two longwheel base cars we had just about 1meter space left to pack our bikes. The shipping agent wanted at 20cm space between the rear of the container wall, each car and each bike. Chop chop we convinced them there is no such luxury we will maybe 5cm distance between them otherwise we will not fit all 4 vehicles into the container.

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    On thing about Panama it is fucking hot! Humid hot! I am a profuse sweater and how de hell people work outside in this heat beats me. Not sure what de hell they do in Dubai and those places! Beer must be for free for me to go live there :lol3

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