New Color, New Dimension, New Value

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Eclecticmale, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. Eclecticmale

    Eclecticmale Adventurer

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    I entered Mexico with an open mind, and knowing very little Spanish. I was truly amazed with the awesome beauty, and kind nature of the Mexican people. The people of Mexico have their own rich history and diverse culture, which is very intoxicating. Mexico exceeded my expectations with the kindness and giving nature of its people. Every time I need assistance there was always someone there to help, I will never forget Mexico. Mexico is very similar the US in many ways, they are also caught up in consumerism. They love Levis, Coca Cola, and going out to dinner with their families. As far as being a black man in Mexico, I got a lot of looks from people ages 8 to 80. It was like I was from Mars, nothing offensive, but just more curiosity. I was probably the first black man they have ever seen in real life. I kind of enjoyed being the odd man, but I would always look them in the eye and say hola and smile…that would really catch them off guard. My motto was to kill them with kindness…and it worked every time. I truly recommend Mexico for everyone, it is a great country.
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  2. Lambo

    Lambo Been here awhile

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    Thanks for bringing us along, really enjoying the report and photos. BTW, good job of packing the bike, nice and tidy


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  3. Eclecticmale

    Eclecticmale Adventurer

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    Headed out early from my $8 US hotel on 6OCT12, and had great ride through the mountains. I could not have asked for a more perfect day to ride, blue sunny skies, cool temperature, and those crazy Guatemalan buses. Those bus drivers have to be the craziest drivers in the world. They were passing me every chance they got, and I truly believe they were trying to race me. I followed the signs to Antigua, and finally arrived at 11: 00 AM. I rode around and found a smoothie shop, while at the shop I ran into an American restaurant/art gallery owner named Alexander Ferrar. Alexander’s restaurant/art gallery is called Sobremesa (which is great). He and I quickly began discussing the city, and became good friends. Alexander also helped me find a great hotel (Hotel Volcanos) in the central part of the city that offered a decent price of $40 US. Antigua is a colonial city very similar to San Cristabol, Mexico. I liked this city so much, I decided to stay until 13OCT12 to take a week long Spanish class. I am in class Monday – Friday from 8AM to 12PM, and I feel it will very beneficial for the remainder of my journey. After class, I usually walk the city and take pictures. Antigua is a tourist town, full of Americans who seem afraid to say hello to me…go figure! Right now, 10OCT12 it is 8:30 PM, and I am in the Rainbow Café eating soup, and enjoying a live local band. My plan on Saturday is to ride across the border to El Salvador.

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  4. VxZeroKnots

    VxZeroKnots Long timer

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    Holy Cow. :eek1

    Your images are exceptional! Way to use a broad variety of light conditions, the whole ride is art.
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  5. RecycledRS

    RecycledRS Along for the ride

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    Man, you can take a pic!
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  6. OldPete

    OldPete Be aware

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    It is the people's response to you that is touching in the pictures you take of them Raymond. In a word... palpable.


    Thanks for taking us along.


    John
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  7. Eclecticmale

    Eclecticmale Adventurer

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    Antigua is such a great place to be, I actually did not want to leave. I had become like a local celebrity (being the only black guy in town), almost every shop owner knew who I was. I had a great time, and took photos of my last day and night there.

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  8. Eclecticmale

    Eclecticmale Adventurer

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    Loaded up the bike this morning 14OCT2012, and headed out of Antigua to La Libertad, El Salvador. I got an early start at 9:00 AM, traveling toward the Guatemalan coast, which meant I got to the border at 12 Noon. I ran into the helper named George, he seemed like a good guy, and we agreed on a $10 US fee for his services. The border was not as smooth as previous border, but it was not that bad. Two hours later, I was on my way into El Salvador. The ride was great, it was sunny and no traffic whatsoever. I stopped a seaside restaurant to grab a bite, which was about 20 miles outside of La Libertad. It had a great view of the ocean, and the grilled shrimp was not that bad either. I made it into La Libertad, and checked into the Hotel Pacific Sunrise, which charged $50 US per night. I decided to stay two nights…it’s the beach! I managed to take some pictures while the sun was setting. I plan to look for an unlocked cell phone in the morning…my cell has stopped working.

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  9. 805gregg

    805gregg Long timer

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    I think this is the first ride report $50 rooms, lets see some of these high priced digs, you can do a lot better on room prices and remember in Latin America you can negotiate prices. Keep up the great images.
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  10. Eclecticmale

    Eclecticmale Adventurer

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    I got an 8:00 AM start leaving La Libertad and decided to cross through both Honduros borders in the same day. I arrived at the El Salvador and Honduras border at 12:00 PM, and ran into the usual two helpers that try to rip every motorcycle traveler off. I discussed with them a price of $10 US for their services. I also stated that I knew them from the internet, knew the true cost to cross the border, and that they had a bad reputation via the internet. Their tone change quickly, and I had no further trouble out of them for the border crossing. While at the border, Honduras did not look like a very safe place. My gut was telling me to not stop/sleep in this country. Trash was everywhere, and the roads were full of potholes, so I decided to press on to the Nicaraguan border before the sunset. I made through the Nicaraguan border, and stayed in the border town of Somotillo for the night. Stayed at an $8 US hotel, and it served its purpose, but sleep did not come easy. I got another 8:00 AM start, and made my way toward Granada through Managua. I arrived in Managua at noon, and had to ask directions to Granada, which everyone I asked was very helpful. By 1:30 PM, I arrived in Granada and ten minutes later it started to pour down with sheets of rain. I took refuge at an ice cream shop, and waited for the rain to stop. Managed to find a hotel…$20 US, I will stay for two nights, it is OK and I have no complaints. Granada looks to be a laid back city, and everyone seems to be very nice. My plan is to cross into Costa Rica once I leave Granada.

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  11. ROAD DAMAGE

    ROAD DAMAGE Long timer

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    Hey Raymond,

    Where the heck are you?

    What the heck are you doing?

    How's the "throttle therapy" going?

    Hope all is well and that your travels are still going great!

    Rob
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  12. Nookie

    Nookie Adventurer

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    Wow Ray! everyone has said it and I will again. The images you're capturing really are telling the a story. Photos you'll enjoy for a life time. Good luck on the rest of your journey Brother.
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  13. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

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    Great RR so far. Subscribed. Safe travels.

    JG
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  14. sk8rdi16

    sk8rdi16 Adventurer

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    I love Antigua AND Granada! Both very enchanting cities!

    Have fun, great RR!
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  15. Vamartha

    Vamartha Lost in ADVRider

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    Amazing pictures!

    Thanks for sharing with us!
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  16. Eagletalon

    Eagletalon Been here awhile

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    Hello,

    Liking your journey and your attitude of moving on and doing in a very different way that many would. Like your attention to detail on your photography. What kind of mileage are you getting of the DL and what mileage have you traveled so far?

    Later
    John
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  17. airdale7

    airdale7 Been here awhile

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    GREAT RR ELECTRICMALE. I WILL SUBSCRIBE. BTW, DID YOU LIKE THE CHICAS AT THE RODEO...THOUGHT SO. ME TOO!:evil
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  18. Eclecticmale

    Eclecticmale Adventurer

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    John,

    I have not been keeping track of mileage, but I estimate with my 100lb luggage any my 200lb self...I am getting about 45 MPG. I estimate I have traveled about 3,500 mile so far.

    Thanks everyone for the photo kudos...it really means a great deal to me. I am trying to improve my photo skills with every photo i take.

    Thanks,
    Raymond
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  19. Eclecticmale

    Eclecticmale Adventurer

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    First of all, I would like to apologize for not updating my travels in a timely manner. Right now I am in San Jose, Costa Rica, and plan to travel to David, Panama tomorrow. I entered into Costa Rica about 6 days ago, in a town called Liberia. I stayed one day in Liberia for one night and had a good time, my first taste of Costa Rica. Costa Rica is the most advance country in Latin America, and the most expensive. After leaving Liberia, I headed to the beach town of Tamarindo, and found the Hotel Villa Amarilla. The owners TJ and Cindy were great hosts, and I befriended a group of British travels, who turned out to be great group of people. I guess having a great time in Tamarindo, caused me to neglect my travel updates. I stayed in Tamarindo for4 nights, and headed to San Jose on the 5th day. It rained the entire travel day to San Jose, but I arrive safely. San Jose seems like a great capital city, but I am just not in the mood to explore (I am getting a little lazy), but I think it is the rainy cold weather that is making me lazy. I just don’t feel like getting wet anymore. I plan on taking the costal route to David, Panama versus the Pan American highway via the mountains…getting sick of the mountains. I will have updates soon after I arrive in David.

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    Me and the British posse!

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    More of the British posse
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  20. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    Raymond,

    Your photography is outstanding! I enjoyed the opportunity to ride some of the same areas in March/April this year and had a wonderful trip.

    From your last post it seems you are ready to head into Panama. If you are not constrained by time I highly suggest exploring the Arenal volcano, the Arenal lake, and then crossing the new bridge across the Gulf of Nicoya, enjoying the Nicoya Penninsula to rejoin the mainland from the ferry to Punteranas. The scenery, along with beach riding, is difficult to surpass.

    Cheers,
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