No Fumar Español: South from San Diego

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by crashmaster, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. erockmapquest

    erockmapquest Adventurer

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    I just finished the RR. After reading this and Misery Goat's RR I have decided that I will be doing something similar very soon. I just need to find a bike first! I'm definitely leaning towards a KTM 990 ADV for sure.
  2. Flyingavanti

    Flyingavanti With the Redhead on Back!

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    Hey Crashmaster........

    You stated..... "Thanks for all the kind words. At times I go back and read my RR and it makes me homesick for life on the road, if that makes any sense. Although its only been a matter of some months since I finished my travels, it feels like it was a lifetime ago. "

    I have some VERY bad news........ that homesick for the road feeling does not disappear! I, seriously, have been mildly depressed since our adventure.

    Honestly!

    It becomes a lifestyle. When you return to the states, the lifestyle, surprises, and adventures end. Tried some trips around the states, BUT, it is not the same, in this land of Wal-Marts, Shell Stations....etc, etc, etc.

    In our report, I wrote that every nite was like Christmas, waiting to see what the next day had in store. I miss that excitement in life! :hung

    Now.... It is Obama's crap, corrupt city's, corrupt states, etc, etc,etc......

    I read ride report of people that take 12 week trips to the tip of South America, and feel badly for what they missed, by not slowing down!

    Anybody out there need a guide for a long adventure in South America?






  3. drrags

    drrags Dorkus Malorkus

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    I have to agree. It's been well over a year for me, and my ride wasn't as extensive as Crashmaster's and not even close to yours, but I've not been the same since I've been back, either. Traveling around in the States has no appeal to me now. Well... exploring the backroads here in Nevada is excellent though. But it's too safe here, too regulated, too many signs, too many cops, too expensive, too predictable, too sanitary, too convenient.

    Yeah, I miss the road and the unknown. :deal
  4. Flyingavanti

    Flyingavanti With the Redhead on Back!

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    Drrags and Crashmaster.............

    I thought I was the only one that felt like this, seriously......

    I spoke with Striking Viking and Worldrider, and that did not have the same feeling........

    Maybe WE need a support group, and a 12 step program to get rid of the blues...........:muutt:
  5. Comrade Art

    Comrade Art Working stiff

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    You're spot on! After riding through Vietnam, I feel like we are an over-regulated nation :cry
  6. O'B

    O'B Long timer

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    No hot ass latinas behind the counter at the smoothie shop:wink:
  7. Supergringo

    Supergringo Hablar, bla bla bla.

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    I've gone from living my dream on a 6 1/2 month motorcycle tour of S.A., with each day bringing me something new, to working 12 hour days as an investment banker.

    Some days I wonder if I really made a big time wrong turn.
  8. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    same thing for me. lived in mexico for a year now back in the US.
    this feels like a foreign country at times. too many rules and a muted joy for life.
  9. slowpoke69

    slowpoke69 Been here awhile

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    Truer words were never spoken. Thanks for taking us along for the ride! Stay safe, oh, and warm.:D

    I gotta admit, the bike does look damn good for the HELL you put her through!
  10. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Thanks amigo. Well the bike is a little rough when you look at it up close, but it runs better than ever and is still as reliable as a Swiss watch. I was lusting after one of the new R models but can't bring myself to sell this bike with only 60,000 miles in it, and I'm kind of attached to it as well. :freaky
  11. motoro

    motoro Adventurer

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    WOW you even went to the free tolerance zone in Bogota, where you on the 990 in that part of the city?
  12. DirtBikeGirlRider

    DirtBikeGirlRider n00b

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    Hey Crashmaster - you probably get a zillion of these messages,but here's another one anyhow - was inspired by your ride report, so donnh and I are getting on our bikes January 1, and heading through central and south america for a 4 month ride - not epic, but fun nontheless - an as part of our planning, we are re-reading your ride report - it seems to be a what not to do as well as a what to do - besides making me laugh out loud, you have great photo's and an interesting writing style. Here is a pohot of my ride prep - this is on the way to the chinese wall in Idaho.

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  13. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Thanks! Its going to be the trip of a lifetime.

    Buen viaje! :freaky
  14. DaytonaMike

    DaytonaMike Adventurer

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    I have been a lurker for a long time and for some reason I have never read this ride report. I don't think the title jumped out at me for some reason. Yeah I know it ended a LONG time ago. However I just spent the last 2 days (at work) reading the 140 pages. Like MANY have already said in so many words, WOW! Which is still a huge understatement. Vinny you tell an incredible story and your photos and videos are spectacular. This site never fails to disappoint. It is truly an incredible representation of the heart and soul of the motorcycle community. Reading the last few posts about the disappointment of being home off the road from so many riders is understandable but you and so many like you that share these reports have to remember just how many lives you have touched with your ride reports. Sharing these stories of trips and experiences that many of us will never get to experience in our lives is huge. So suck it up, stop all the depressed talk and plan that next ride. We have lives to live vicariously through you all.
  15. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Thanks amigo, and great advice. :D I was bitching and whining like a 3 year old for a while there. Totally out of character for me, but it was a bit of a bummer when it all ended and I was decompressing publicly in a not so becoming way.

    When I re-read those posts now I think, "who is this dipshit that is bitching and moaning after experiencing the ride of his life? What a whiner!" :lol3 All you guys cut me a lot of slack on that bitching, and I appreciate it.

    I am very thankful and very lucky for what I was able to see and experience in those years. The journey was the best thing that I have ever done in my life, hands down, and I will do it all over again in a heartbeat if I can pull it off.

    Normal life again seems normal to me and I am quite enjoying this "normal" life. Life is indeed being very good to me. Its amazing how well we can adapt to just about anything. Another big ride is in my future, but still not sure exactly where or when.

    But on that note, I have to get my ass out the door and off to work hauling all that shit over here from China that everyone buys for the holidays. Thanks for your business. :rofl

    Thanks again for your post and the reminder of how truly blessed I am to have been able to experience it all. :freaky Its a fitting reminder for the thanksgiving holiday.

    Salud, Vin
  16. Ed Zachtamundo

    Ed Zachtamundo Adventurer

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    Thanks again for the advice and most of all, the inspiration.

    Happy belated Thanksgiving from San Pedro, Guatemala.

    Justin
  17. holiday

    holiday DL650K7

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    A long time ago, as I followed along from the beginning, I read this comment of yours. It was so powerful I saved it in my documents. It applied to everything we do in life, You're not a "bitcher"

    "If you bitch and complain a lot normally, you will really bitch and complain when you are on the road. Some people step out of their box and figure out that they are not really cut out for it, or they just don't like it. That's fine, everyone is different. Don't let one person's account turn you off to an entire continent. South America is freaking amazing. Once I jumped the gap to the southlands I was blown away. South America is worthy of years of exploration on a moto, so if you have a limited amount of time, like one year or less, I would focus completely on South America."
  18. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Thanks amigo, that is good for me to see. I guess that I'm fully entrenched in what we call "normal" life now. Wake up, work, eat, sleep, repeat, ad nauseum.

    I must say that living in Alaska and flying has been pretty good to me for the last year and half. Shit, has it only been that long? It seems like eons ago that I crossed back into the states.

    I have been through quite a few changes in life since then. Still single though. No woman will have much to do with me. :lol3 Had a stint with the Colombian girl Agueda (the one that was a dead heat in a Zeppelin race) but after coming to Alaska this past summer, she went home to Colombia and disappeared. Guess rain and cold didnt work for her, but hell, she was from the Santander mountains. :rofl

    I'll post up some "year and a half after" pictures, just to show what its like in normal life after 2 years on a bike. :lol3 :lol3 :lol3

    Actually, not so bad. Not a real normal life I have, but a bit redundant, a ground hog day kind of thing.

    I just re-read my ride report today. Did I really do all that stuff, or was it a dream? Dont know if its real anymore. Isnt that strange?

    Maybe that means that I need to get back out on the road?

    Come off a hard day of thinkin', just thought I'd do a little drinkin'. :1drink

    Ride while you can and if there is something you always wanted to do, make it happen, now. Life is way too short!

    Merry Christmas and happy new year to everyone!



    ¡Saludos!
  19. japako

    japako Been here awhile

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    Hello Vincent and Happy Holidays.
    I have read your RR many times and would love to hear a continuation of your life after the Ride.

    You have a talent for story telling, and perhaps writing could be in your future.
    I'm sure the stories would be read by many.

    If you do another epic ride, count me in..

    Whatever you do Vincent, make sure it is what you want. You only get one go around in this life. Enjoy it..

    Ride Safe,
    Jim
  20. elron

    elron Still Standing

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    Vinnie,
    Glad to hear you're doing well, as well as a groundhog can do that is. Your trek will always be with you, even if it sometimes feels like a different lifetime. You had a unique opportunity re available time last go around and you made the best of it for yourself and provided inspiration and enjoyment for others like myself thru your RR. I also appreciated our exchanges of pm's a little while back as I sought your advice on some upgrades for my new 990R.

    No doubt you shall head out again in the future and we will follow you here on ADVRider.

    Would love to see some current pics. Still have the same dependable Katoom or have you updated?

    Happy New Year, :freaky
    Ron