New Color, New Dimension, New Value

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

  1. clax

    clax Been here awhile

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    Thanx for posting and Wonderful pics. I'm just wondering what your plan is now? Are you headed back to the states or are you just wing'in it?

    Take care,
    Clay D
  2. Eclecticmale

    Eclecticmale Adventurer

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    I made my way out of Managua, and spent the night in Choluteca, Honduras. On my way down to Panama, I avoided stopping in Honduras, but I decided to spend a night in Honduras on this occasion. I was pleasantly surprised how nice and accommodating the people of Honduras treated me. I had heard from other travelers that Honduras was a bad place, but in the city of Choluteca, everyone was very friendly.

    The following morning I headed out for La Libertad, El Salvador, and for some crazy reason, customs only allowed my bike to stay in the country for 24 hours…they explained something to me that I did not comprehend. So, I spent one night there, and got an early start for Antigua, Guatemala. The border crossing was easy, and only took one hour to exit El Salvador and enter Guatemala. I arrive in Antigua around 3PM, and found a nice $20 hostel.

    My plan going forward is to stay in Antigua for the next 85 days, and then make my way up to Belize, then onto the Yucatan in Mexico. This should take about 7 or 8 months, and then I will make my way to the Pacific coast of Mexico. I will head back to the USA when the money runs out. I will be posting photos very soon.
  3. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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    Hey Raymond
    Good to heard from you, we were a bit concern :eek1
    All good now, be safe and keep the RR rolling.
    If you getting close to Baja let me know will meet up with you for Taco and Beers :freaky
  4. PiffleMaster

    PiffleMaster Long timer

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    Ditto on that! Be close in a few weeks...
    Cheers, Brian
  5. ROAD DAMAGE

    ROAD DAMAGE Long timer

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    Hi Raymond,

    Good to hear from you again.

    Looks like some folks were concerned about you when you were incommunicado. Okay, I admit, I was hoping all was well too. I just assumed that you were all shacked up with some mamasitas con nalgitas bonitas! :lol3 And hopefully ........... you were!

    You are missing nothing up here in the states. It was in the -30s last night where I live here in Colorado. :huh Wanna swap? Yeah, I didn't think so.

    Looking forward to the continuation of your ride report. I'll be following along. I'll get in touch when you are heading northward again. I've spent a lot of time in Quintana Roo, Yucatan, and Campeche. We'll have to compare notes.

    Send some warm weather up this way please! Oh yeah, and more surfer gal pics too.

    Ride safe, Rob
  6. Eclecticmale

    Eclecticmale Adventurer

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    I found a great place to stay for $300.00 per month in Antigua, and I moved in 18 JAN 13, so I am now settled. My plan is to stay here for the next 3 months or so, and learn more Spanish and Salsa.

    I have made some contacts (bartenders and bar patrons) who have guided me in the right direction to accomplish my aforementioned tasks. I will also take some day trips on the bike to explore more of Guatemala during my stay here, but mostly I will just take one day at a time and enjoy. Below are pics of my new casa and various pic of Antigua.

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  7. iyaoyas98

    iyaoyas98 Bored Silly

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  8. PiffleMaster

    PiffleMaster Long timer

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    Good on you! :clap

    Great to see something like this happen to you.
    Karma exists! (Maybe... :deal)
  9. ROAD DAMAGE

    ROAD DAMAGE Long timer

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    You're killing me dude! :lol3 You're killing me!

    I'm so over winter ........ and I've still got a few months left to go! :huh Nice pics and great looking apartment! All for $300 a month, huh?

    Raymond, what are the shallow vats and fountain used for in the picture with the cloisters or breezeway? Is it an old public bath, or some kind of textile dyeing facility?

    Glad all is going well for you!

    Rob
  10. Eclecticmale

    Eclecticmale Adventurer

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    ROAD DAMAGE

    To answer your question:

    What are the shallow vats and fountain used for in the picture with the cloisters or breezeway? Is it an old public bath, or some kind of textile dyeing facility?

    It is like a public laundry, people come and wash their clothes, but I mostly see young couples making out there, when I walk by everyday.

    Yes, and I agree winter is overrated...that is why I am headed to the beach this weekend.

    Thanks
  11. hackrat

    hackrat Chief Geek

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    "I found a great place to stay for $300.00 per month in Antigua"

    Why in the hell am I still working? I could live off my military retirement down there and ride the KLR all the time.
  12. G-Wing

    G-Wing Been here awhile

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    ADV invention steps in: Hi :wave my name is G-Wing and I'm addicted to the coolness of this thread... :jack Really Raymond, I serendipitously found this thread and eight pages in it is the start of a grand tale :thumb. I'll stay tuned for stories and photos of life and riding in Guatemala and the surrounds; please keep posting Amigo! :beer
  13. Eclecticmale

    Eclecticmale Adventurer

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    I decided to take a weekend trip to the beach in Guatemala. It was fantastic and relaxing (as if I don’t enough relaxation. Right now I know Old Man Winter is kicking butt in parts of the USA, so please take a look at my 60 second video and photo of my weekend. Just a little inspiration for you all!

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  14. johnsonal

    johnsonal avenger of all evil

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    Good to meet you Raymond. Here's andy sitting on what we thought was your bike the other night.
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    who knows whos bike that really is... see you at the ocelot
  15. Eclecticmale

    Eclecticmale Adventurer

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    Johnsonal,

    You guys are crazy...I will see you at Ocelot tomorrow...happy hour is on me!!!
  16. Eclecticmale

    Eclecticmale Adventurer

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    I have been on the road for approximately 7 months now, and people have asked what do I do while I am in Central America? So, I decided to give a photo essay of my day to day activities. Most of the time it is nothing special, like shopping for groceries or getting my laundry washed. What usually happens during my activities, I meet the most amazing people along the way, and develop true friendships. Once I become a regular at a certain place, people tend to become more comfortable with me, but when I first arrive, I tend to get the “man from mars” treatment.

    Certain parts of Central America are not used to seeing a black man come into their establishment. Overtime everyone warms up to me, and we start to get to know one another better. The one thing that always works, is that I respect everyone I meet, I treat that person the way I would like to be treated. So far, I have met some very great people, and I look forward to meeting many more.

    My days starts with breakfast M-F prepared by the house maid named Loki, and then my Spanish teacher named Aracellie arrives at the house for 2 hour classes Tuesday – Thursday. I usually drop my laundry off around the corner to my laundry girl named Andina. Last week, some friends and I decided to take a bus to Pastores, a small town 10 minutes outside of Antigua that specializes in making boots and shoes. You there arrive with a picture of the boots you want, and Carlos sizes you up and make a crude drawing…a week later your boots are ready.

    My boots will be ready on 5 March 12, and I will post photos of the finished product later. I have also developed a friendship with a local tattoo artist named David, who does great work. On some days I just go to the central park and take photos, and on certain nights I visit my favorite bar called Lava for happy hour…mixed drinks are about $1.50 US.

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    Lava bartenders Ali and Dupree

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  17. airdale7

    airdale7 Been here awhile

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    Great essay, thanks:wink:
  18. Squidbrah

    Squidbrah Been here awhile

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    It's sad that so many of these rides start with something bad or tragic as a catalyst. Great RR though, I'll be tagging along vicariously :freaky
  19. airdale7

    airdale7 Been here awhile

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    Seriously, I could lease my home out and live off the rent income.

    But there are the day to day expenses. Maybe Ray can give us an idea of what expenses are incurred daily like food, visit the doctor, clothing, movies...

    Great RR Raymond. :wink:
  20. Pongo

    Pongo Been here awhile

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    Raymond,
    thanks for the great ride report, as most everyone has said, your eye for a photo is the most "make you feel there" of any RR I have seen on these boards.