Nicaragua: Riding into the unknown

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  1. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    The first time in the history of Nicaragua that a motorcyclist circumnavigates Nicaragua

    RIDE REPORT STARTS ON PAGE 5 POST #69


    ADV INVITATION
    THE ROUTE
    THE VIDEO
    THE BIKE
    TOOLS
    SAFETY KIT

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    he road to Puerto Cabeza
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    One of several river crossings. this one is in Alamikamba
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    My blood after the accident
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    Bad dirt track close to Makantaka - going down was easy...
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    The Quintanilla family in Kansas City, Nicaragua
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    16 hour boat ride up the river San Juan
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    Lake Nicaragua as seen from San Carlos
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  2. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    The departure date has been postpone for two weeks until I recover from this.

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  3. GB

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    :yikes yikes!! hope you heal fast and get back on the road. :thumb

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    bananaman transcontimental

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    What happened!
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  5. joenuclear

    joenuclear Ride to eat, eat to ride... all roads lead to pie!

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    That's gonna leave a mark! Heal soon we will wait on you.
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  6. sandiegoland

    sandiegoland Adventure Boy®

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    Ride "around" as in all over? or circumnavigate? How would that be possible along the east coast?

    Can't wait to see your map. Should be a fantastic report!! :eek1
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  7. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    as in Circumnavigate :D

    This is one of the bigger challanges. I got two maps. One shows that there are some trails that you might be able to ride and my other map that is more detail doesn't show them.

    The maps are from different sources. One is ITBM (1:775,000 scale) and the other ones are from Ineter the Nicaragua Institute of Terrestrial Studies (1:250,000 scale). The ITBM map is the one that shows a possible route with trails.

    Google maps have very little about the East/Atlantic Coast in Nicaragua.

    The section where there is a big unknown is the from Makantaka to El Rama on the East coast..


    Thank you!

    I'll try to update the RR along the way. It will be interesting to find out where I can find internet connections.
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  8. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    The bike I'll be using is a two stroke 2008 Yamaha 175 cc. With a full tank you can ride 150 Km so I'll need to take extra gasoline.

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  9. E-man

    E-man 4-4-09, 12-6-09, 1-13-10

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    Have a good and productive trip Salcar
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  10. dragoon

    dragoon I'm the REAL Dingo Joe

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    What kind of time & distance do you think it will be?:ear
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  11. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    I'm estimating 12-15 days and approximately 1,300 km.

    Then it will depend on:

    Road conditions - Once you enter the Atlantic they are all bad dirt roads

    Protests: Currently going on in Puerto Cabeza. Couple of weeks ago they closed all the roads in and out of the city.

    Rain: The rainy season starts in May and we already got a couple heavy rains at night. Rain can play a major role on this trips due to river crossing and muddy roads.

    Riders: depending on who ends up going and their time availability I would like to extend the days to do some extra loops in certain regions.
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  12. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    I got a call from my buddy from high school asking me if I wanted to play flag football with the Harley Davidson Team. So I joined the team to get some extra exercise in before the trip.

    The playing field had very little space between it and the fence. I was playing as a receiver and in a long pass while running and focused on catching the ball I ran into the rusted fence.

    One of the wires just cut in and up on one of my knee's. At that point i went to the most modern hospital, Vivian Pellas, in Nicaragua that very few people can afford. (The only reason I went there was because I never been there.)

    No one was waiting in the emergency room, the hospital is brand new with air conditioning the service was excellent. They cleaned really well the cut, put spray anesthetic, injection anesthetic, 3 stitches and a tetanus shot for $74. Yes, prices are in dollars.
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  13. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    Get well soon Salcar and show up some pics of nicaragua. I hope the media coverage would be really good for your business :thumb
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  14. out rider

    out rider You Go First

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    "No one was waiting in the emergency room, the hospital is brand new with air conditioning the service was excellent. They cleaned really well the cut, put spray anesthetic, injection anesthetic, 3 stitches and a tetanus shot for $74. Yes, prices are in dollars."

    Bring them to the states, at those prices they'll have a line around the block.
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  15. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    Thank You GB!!! :D

    Thank you!

    The cut is not too deep... it kind of went in and up making a nice slice :baldy this morning is hurting. i think i bent my leg while as sleep!

    Thank you! I'm already in contact with a couple NGO that are providing healthcare services in rural communities so I hope to visit them once i'm finally on the road. Also, have a preliminary TV interview on Monday. So it will be more than just riding :deal

    What I'm trying to do right now is to bring the patients to Nicaragua :evil This year two riders from Canada came down while it was freezing up north, went for a ride, got their dental work done and went to the beach to recover. They spent less than half the price they would have spent in Canada.. and at the end of the trip they spent less with airfare, bike rental, hotels and Nica dentist than just going to the dentist in Canada. Of course not all diseases can be treated here but we have many medical doctors that got their degrees in the US and Europe.
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  16. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    For those that are no familiar with the geography of Nicaragua Sandiegoland send me this link to this free map
    http://www.cityofnanaimo.com/CAmeric...icaraguaRd.pdf

    I review it and it is pretty good. it is not 100% accurate in particular labeling the roads pave or not pave but it beats the maps in the guide books. You can make a donation to the organization that puts it out if you end up using it.
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  17. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    The Blue line is the tentative route.

    The Red line is the BIG unknown. If there is not trail then I'll take a boat shown in brown.

    The Brown lines are the sections that have to be done by boat.

    One of my goals is to reach the points of the "triangle" that Nicaragua forms.
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  18. LaOutbackTrail

    LaOutbackTrail Certified Smartass

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    Sal,

    When you go to the North East corner of Nica, can you try to confirm if I would be able to bring my motorcycle across the border from Honduras and the route down to Puerto Cabezas? Gracias.

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  19. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    Yup I'll look into it.

    You'll be arriving during the hurricane season starts (June-October). This year they predict 15 tropical storms and 4 hurricanes :eek1 It should one of the worst/wetest years. So keep an eye on the weather reports if you decide to go through that route. Sometime you can't travel on the road from Puerto Cabeza to Managua because of bad conditions and river crossings.
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  20. salcar

    salcar Riding 4 Health

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    Here is the list of tools and spare parts that i'm taking. Consider the bike is 2008 and it has 7,000 km. I'm planning to be on the road a couple of weeks.

    what other tools do you think i should pack?



    - 19 mm wrench rear tire
    - 14 & 12 mm
    - Adjustable wrenchto adjust crash guards
    - Hex key
    - Duck tape
    - WD40
    - zipties
    - Spare tube - front and back
    - Patch kit
    - Foot pump
    - Local cellphone
    - Small water proof duffle bag
    - Bike manual
    - Spark plug
    - Extra bulb for front lamp
    - Screw drivers – flat & philips
    - Pliers
    - Spark plug remover
    - Bottle for extra gasoline
    - Bungee cords

















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