Oregon to Ushuaia on an XR650L

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Ulyses, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. alvincullumyork

    alvincullumyork I wish I was cool

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    Man you suck at riding a motorcycle. :D
  2. Ulyses

    Ulyses Long timer

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    Maybe, but last I checked, I have thousands of dollars and I'm riding through Central America while you are cooling your heels in college. Have fun being broke and doing homework! Hahaha!
  3. Ulyses

    Ulyses Long timer

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    We woke up this morning and still hadn’t decided where to go, so we flipped a coin and ended up heading for Honduras and the Copan Ruins.

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    We stopped at a gas station and we encountered a normal looking dude carrying two pistols in his belt. One of the odd things I&#8217;ve notice in Guatemala is the amount of dudes carrying around pistols. It&#8217;s quite common; I suppose it&#8217;s kind of like the wild west down here and you have to defend yourself. Still, it makes me wish I had one of mine with me. This guy was packing a glock and two mags while riding his Honda XL200 down the road:
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    And this gentleman was dual wielding with what appeared to be a pair of Browning Hi Powers:
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    I&#8217;ve been kind of surreptitious in trying to photograph the armed folk down here; don&#8217;t really want to offend anyone who is packing heat&#8230;.

    We were riding down the road when I saw these kids in the back of a truck. Everytime I raised my camera to take a picture, they would laugh and duck down in the back like it was some kind of "Don't let the gringo take a picture" game....

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    We made it to the border and immediately anticipated another crazy episode. Fortunately, everything was relatively low key and efficient. I got stamped out of Guatemala without a hassle and went to watch the bikes while Ed Zachtamundo had his turn.
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    Sure enough, Ed and one of the customs officials were soon walking back to Justin&#8217;s bike in order to fix a problem with his paper work. After a lot of hand motions and broken Spanish, we deduced that the guy wanted another copy of Ed&#8217;s title and passport. Funny how Ed just keeps getting the shaft from the customs official&#8230;.

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    We then proceeded to the Honduran side and experienced a relatively hassle free crossing. All of the fees were posted on signs in the immigration office, so they couldn&#8217;t scam us. All of the Hondurans were supper friendly and we were in and out in under an hour.

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    Immediately across the border we stopped in the town of Copan Ruinas and had lunch at a BBQ joint. We decided to try the &#8220;Pork Spike&#8221;, which ended up being a pork shish kabob. We also saw a cute little puppy:

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    We then headed to the ruins. The Copan ruins were nice. All of the other ruins that we&#8217;ve seen so far have been totally restored. The Copan ruins were different. Some of the buildings and edifices were totally restored; however, the majority were un-restored or only half restored. I like that; it&#8217;s kind of disheartening to realize that the pyramid that you are looking at may look like it did back in the day, or it may look like some archeologists fantasy. In any event, the Copan Ruins were pretty cool.

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    It was cool to see the immense tree roots growing out of the ruins....

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    And then we found the ballgame court. Ed Zachtamundo decided that he wanted to represent Team America....until I told him that the losing team was typically the victim of a ritual sacrifice.....

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    As we were finishing up at Copan, it started to rain. We decided to ride a little further and test the weather and road conditions. After a few miles it was apparent that the road surface was very similar to the road that I had crashed on yesterday. Slick as bacon grease.

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    We crawled down the road; at several points the pavement disappeared and we spun our tires through slick red mud. After about 60 klicks we reached the town of La Entrada and decided to stop for the night and avoid another session of pavement surfing.

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    We ended up finding the nicest hotel in town. Hotel y Resturante El San Carlos. This place is de-luxe. Hot water, working internet, soft beds, and a parking garage! All for 390 Lempira ($19.70). Tomorrow we wake up early and beat cheeks for El Salvador where hopefully we can meet up with elsalvadorklr and check out his bar. He's promised us a free round of beers if we buy some pallea.....
  4. mathews42

    mathews42 Been here awhile

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    Pallea?


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  5. purpledrake

    purpledrake No Pretensions

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    Paella.
  6. NotAllWhoWanderRLost

    NotAllWhoWanderRLost Lost

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    There is nothing quite like the love between two brothers! :rofl

    I'm still enjoying your amazing adventure, thanks for taking the time to share the photos and stories. You are definitely having the time of your life. :deal

    I hope you can find some more fun roads to burn all that cash on fuel, beer and memories. Enjoy! :beer
  7. alvincullumyork

    alvincullumyork I wish I was cool

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    zing.:rofl

    It looks like mom and dad will be all alone for Christmas. I got an internship in the North Dakota oil fields over winter break! Maybe I can earn some money and not be so broke.:freaky:clap
  8. Ulyses

    Ulyses Long timer

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    Ed Zachtamundo (Justin) and I crossed into El Salvador yesterday and were on our way to see elsalvadorklr and his bar. As we were passing through an intersection, Justin was hit by truck. We got him to a hospital and paid off the cops to keep him from getting in trouble.

    He has a serious compound fracture in his right leg; it is broken in several places and the bone is protruding from the skin. An ortopeadic surgeon from San Salvador is en route to perform surgery in a few hours.

    I'm currently staying at the Hospital with him. We are in the town of Ahuachapan at the private hospital. It's called "centro medico de ahuachapan". GPS coordinates as follows:

    N 13* 55' 21.4"
    W 089* 50' 38.0"

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    Justin does not have medevac insurance (i.e. Medjet Assist) and we are unsure if he is still covered by his Health Insurance in the states. I will be trying to set up a paypal link to his account if people would be interested in donating to a fellow rider who is in serious trouble.

    Prayers and support are appreciated. Thanks to everyone in advance!

    Bryce
  9. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    terrible news. He is lucky to be alive.
  10. Mossy-Back

    Mossy-Back Brown Falcon

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    Holy crap! That looks bad...

    I hope he can get patched up quick! I'll keep him in our prayers.
  11. macrae85

    macrae85 Been here awhile

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    Great information.......thanks!
  12. macrae85

    macrae85 Been here awhile

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    Just got to the end of this.......ouch!
    I know nothing of of flights back to the States,but is it not better waiting where you are
    until he's a bit better,and get a flight out of San Salvador and try and get his bike in secure
    storage?
    Everyone nightmare,hope you get sorted out OK,and he recovers quickly!
  13. coldgames

    coldgames n00b

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    Bryce, I am a friend of Justin's, my name is John. Let me know at all if there is something I can do to help out. I talked to his Father, sounds like he'll be down there in a couple of days. Thank you for all you are doing to help him out, PM me if you need my contact information for any reason at all... Not sure what I'll be able to do, and not quite sure what else to say, usually I can think of all kinds of smart-ass things, but I'm at a loss. Thank you again, PLEASE don't hesitate if you need help in any way.
  14. purpledrake

    purpledrake No Pretensions

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    Oh no! That is terrible news. Yes, we will pray for his recovery (physical, financial, etc.)
  15. WSobchak

    WSobchak MoTard

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    Prayers sent. Keep us up to date on the medical insurance/payment issues.
  16. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    Oh no. So sorry to hear of this latest development. Keep us updated on his condition.
  17. mathews42

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    Glad he is ok.


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    Great RR, I hope Ed will be ok, and thanks for your service.
  19. 96ssportsp

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    Prayers sent.


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  20. Neversurfaced

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    good thoughts sent your way...