Oregon to Ushuaia on an XR650L

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

  1. Ed Zachtamundo

    Ed Zachtamundo Adventurer

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    That would be rad. They're going to send me to Tacoma on Thursday for surgery on my pelvis fracture, so I should be back in town by the weekend. Sounds like my ice skating career is over, but I should be up and walking around in about 3 months (and riding!)
  2. Spud Rider

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    Hang in there, Zach. I will continue to remember you in my prayers.

    Spud :beer
  3. alvincullumyork

    alvincullumyork I wish I was cool

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    Holy poop on a popsicle that's AWESOME! Glad it will be fairly quick for you.
  4. mathews42

    mathews42 Been here awhile

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    Merry Christmas Bryce. Saw your mom briefly day before Last. Heading back down this weekend hopefully will get to visit with her more.

    Justin, I'm just north of Tacoma for the next few days. Hit me up if you need anything.
    Jeff
  5. purpledrake

    purpledrake No Pretensions

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    Ditto the sentiments. If the nurses will allow deliveries of alcohol, send me a message. Tacoma is close enough when surgery is involved.
  6. Ulyses

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    Thanks a lot man! Thanks for tuning in!
  7. Ulyses

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    Epic! Looks like you are raising your son right!
  8. Ulyses

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    Nice to hear from a fellow Oregonian! And one from Bend to boot. Back in highschool we used to play Bend and Mountain View in Wrestling and Football.

    Thanks for reading along! We're going to have to get all of the PNF XRL owners together for a ride sometime!
  9. Ulyses

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    Thanks! It's great to see that I'm not the only Harley owner around here!
  10. Ulyses

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    Yikes! Man, well, at least it's only going to take three months to recover rather than a whole year.
  11. alison's wanderland

    alison's wanderland Been here awhile

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    Damn! You impress me that you have kept in such good spirits. Merry Christmas and heal quick! xo
  12. Ulyses

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    Day 71 and 72
    Medellin, Colombia
    Day's Ride: 0 Miles

    Well, it's official. Medellin has me. It feels like those lines from the second Hangover flick. There's nothing you can do, Bangkok has him. Except it's Medellin. Every time I get ready to leave something comes up and I end up staying here just one more day.

    This was my second Christmas in a row spent far away from home with a stomach bug. Last year it was in the giant sandbox. All in all, Christmas was pretty low key. I slept in till about 10:00 AM then walked down to the coffee shop (which was probably the only business open in Medellin) and got a traditional deep fried Colombian breakfast:

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    I can literally feel my arteries starting to clog when I eat this stuff; but it's so good I just can't stop! While I was eating I met a couple of fellow overlanders who had driven their Toyota Fourrunner down here from Austin, Texas.

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    They've been on the road for 11 months! They ended up getting married in Guatemala. What a honeymoon! They have a pretty sweet setup in the Toyota. They usually just park in front of a Hostel, pirate the wifi, pay for a shower, and sleep in the back of their rig. For the life of me I can't remember their names; they're probably going to be angry with me when they read this as I gave them the address for the ride report.....

    After I left the Texans, I found this hilarious sign above a nearby drive way:

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    I suppose these kinds of signs are necessary when you live next to a bunch of Hostels and bars.

    I spent the rest of the day lazing around and napping. Bubbletron, Dilan, the two Texans, and I all went out later that evening for a traditional Christmas meal of Colombian Tex-Mex. It tasted nothing like tex-mex. I wanted a refund but was too tired to care. Fortunately I got to see this awesome Vespa hack which totally made up for the mediocre meal:

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    This morning I was actually somewhat productive. Yesterday I had become acquainted with James, a New Hampshire native who lives in Colombia six months out of the year and works for Motolombia. He took bubbletron, Dilan, and myself downtown to moto centro: an entire street of wall to wall moto shops:

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    Bubbletron, Dilan, and James all went off looking for parts while I stepped into a custom sticker shop to see about getting a Colombian flag sticker for my panniers. I told the kid behind the counter what I wanted and he got right to work making a custom Colombian flag sticker for me, out of reflective material. As he was working, I perused his merch and found the sticker that everyone who visits Medellin should have:

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    Pablito! I'm really regretting not buying this sticker now. As the kid was finishing up the Colombian flag, I had the bright idea to get a larger North/South America silhouette sticker for my panniers. I already have a small one that I picked up at the HU meeting that I put on my left pannier. I trace my route on it in red sharpie and use it as an aid to explain to people what I'm doing, where I'm coming from, and where I'm going. Unfortunately, it's a little small for my taste and I wanted something a little larger, a little more in-your-face, a little more, well.....more American!

    The kid told me that it couldn't be done. So I hoped on his computer, fired up Goggle Images, downloaded a North/South America school map, and showed him what I wanted. After that the lights kicked on and he went to work with Adobe. A few minutes later I had a 30 x 20 cm white silhouette sticker.

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    Here's a better shot of what it looks like on my pannier:

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    It turned out really well. So well that Dylan and bubbletron decided to buy one as well. After sticker time, James and I went hunting for some other parts for one of the Motolombia BMW's. I saw this machine shop with computer controlled plasma cutting:

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    I'm really impressed by Medellin. I feel like you can get anything here. It's got tons of bike shops, legit mechanics, and some real top notch welders! If anyone that is reading this blog is planning a trip down south or currently engaged in one, Medellin is the place to go to get parts, service, and help.

    Just after passing the machine shop, I found another Unicorn:

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    I love this place! This is actually the third XRL out of four that I've seen in Medellin now. Surprisingly, I hadn't seen any until I reached here.

    This afternoon I went for a little workout in the local free outdoor gym just down the block (another reason to love Medellin). As I was walking back into the Shamrock, Blanca, the cleaning lady told me that some random guy Juan David had stopped by and was looking for me. I was a little confused as I didn't know any Juan Davids. All of a sudden some guy behind me starts yelling, "Hey Ulyses, is that you?".

    I turned around and was a little dumbfounded to find a Colombian guy approaching me and telling me that he had been reading my post on ADV rider and knew Federico at Moto Shop who had told him that I was staying at the Shamrock. His name was Juan David and he rode an XR650R and was a member of a group of Honda XR riders who met every Thursday in Medellin. He invited me to come to the meeting and ride with them tomorrow night.

    I had been planning on leaving tomorrow, but after hearing that, I knew that I had to stay just one more night! Medellin has me. I talked with Juan David for a minute before he had to split and was about to head up to my room for a shower and some water when I was stopped yet again by a Dutch guy named Mike who had overheard my conversation and a little about my trip and wanted to buy me a drink. Here's mike:

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    I couldn't turn down a free drink. A whiskey on the rocks is the perfect recovery drink after a nice hard workout.

    Just as I was finishing up talking to Mike, another guy rolls into the bar, takes a look at me, and asks me if I'm Ulyses from advrider.

    And that's how I met the other Mike:

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    Mike is from the states but has been living down here with his dad for a few months. He was a contractor in Afghanistan for the last few years. He had been reading my ride report as well apparently. Awesome guy! It was a little trippy being tracked down by two total strangers; I'm going to have to be careful that I don't start attracting paparazzi.

    This evening Dylan, bubbletron, James, and I got some groceries and cooked up a nice traditional Italian meal for Boxing Day. It's good to be around fellow riders again.

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    That's all for today. I thought I was going to leave tomorrow and give you all something better to read about than my new life in Medellin. However, I can't turn down a ride with the "Honda XR Antioquia" MC. I may also try and get on one of the Pablo Escobar tours tomorrow. Salud!
  13. Whiskytoast

    Whiskytoast Been here awhile

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    nice rr. I was just gonna post my xrl 'Molly" in the flea market. You saved her.....=me. Thanks, and gods speed.
  14. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    :lol3 :lol3 :lol3 :lol3 :lol3

    :freaky

    Well, just sayin'..........:rofl

    Dont forget to splurge and go to "Good Fukin Ribs" Well worth it.
  15. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    While you're there go out at night and see the "alumbrados" (christmas lights) along the river. You can do that while riding the metro. If you want I'll send a couple guys looking for you to be the tour guides. And do me a favor, drink some aguardiente too. I'm sure crashmaster, trottlemeister, rtwpaul and all the other fine riders that came across Medellin know what I'm talking about. Best place to have it is Parque Lleras, two blocks away from the Shamrock. Beautiful girls all over.
  16. purpledrake

    purpledrake No Pretensions

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    Ulyses, what gives?? First Guatemala hates you, and now Columbia loves you. Next thing we know you will get a police escort wherever you ride.

    You haven't been passing yourself off as a rock star, have you??
  17. Ulyses

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    Okay, I just found out what "Paisa" means today. And I also went and rode the "Vuelta a Oriente"! Wow, great ride!

    .....and I'm going to see the "alumbrados" tonight. And I"m getting some aguardiente as well! Thanks for all of the recomendations!
  18. Gale B.T.

    Gale B.T. Long timer

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    HOw does a kid from Oregon know about 'Boxing Day"??? YOu keep impressing me!! Were you at HU in Nakusp?

    Best to you and this trip, lots of us totally with you!
    gale
  19. ! Danimal !

    ! Danimal ! --Dan--

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    No, out in 2003 after Iraq ...went to school, work and ride now...enjoying the ride report, keep it coming and stay safe. LMK if you ever need anything.
  20. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    You are learning fast:lol3 Next up Calinas:wink: Damn if I didn't forget what the Bogota ones are called, the cold weather ones- Edit the Rolas.

    You my as well stay for the weekend, those ribs are worth it alone along with the Paisas.

    If you really want to get wild take a trip to the Big Apple:evil