Oregon to Ushuaia on an XR650L

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

  1. Ulyses

    Ulyses Long timer

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    I’m going to Flashback to thanksgiving dinner for a minute…..

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    We decided to go to an expat owned restaurant in San Pedro for Thanksgiving Dinner. We showed up, grabbed a table and waited for the food to be served up. Before long, the owners had laid out a huge table with turkey, stuffing, potatoes, salad, and all the trimmings.
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    I got in line right away and ended up behind some British guy. We were chatting when the servers asked him what kind of gravy he wanted. I swear to god, I thought he said: &#8220;I&#8217;ll have the spicy gravy!&#8221; I found out later that that&#8217;s not what he said. But with the British accent, I totally misunderstood him.
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    I was all about getting some spicy gravy, so I had the server pour a liberal dose all over my turkey and potatoes. I went back to the table, cleaned my plate, and then went back for seconds like a good gluttonous American. For round two, I poured even more of the &#8220;spicy gravy&#8221; all over my food.

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    After slamming two huge plates of food, I was done! In addition to the meal, I had also consumed a liter of weak Guatemalan beer, a glass of wine, and a sip of mescal. So now I was stuffed; my stomach felt like it was going to explode.

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    After my epic food binge, I was sitting around the table with the group that I&#8217;ve been travelling with when they started commenting on the &#8220;Space Gravy&#8221; and how strong it was. <o:p></o:p>

    &#8220;Wait a tic! What&#8217;s Space Gravy?!&#8221;

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    &#8220;It&#8217;s gravy made with Marijauna.&#8221;<o:p></o:p>

    &#8220;Ohhhh sh****t!&#8221;

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    And that&#8217;s when I realized that the Brit in front of me hadn&#8217;t been asking for &#8220;Spicy Gravy&#8221;; he&#8217;d been asking for &#8220;Space Gravy&#8221;!

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    I&#8217;ve been a pretty straight laced guy my entire life. I&#8217;ve never had any kind of drug. Ever. So I now realized that I had consumed an unknown if fairly sizable amount of marijuana on top of a significant amount of alcohol.

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    We left the restaurant soon after, and I don&#8217;t remember much from there on out. I know I got a tuk-tuk back to my hotel. I know that I freaked out a little bit and woke up a few of the people that I was travelling with to ask them what the hell was happening to me. I know that Allison, one of the people that I was riding with, walked me around the streets of San Pedro for a while to calm me down.
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    I&#8217;m a little jumpy around explosions that I&#8217;m not expecting. I wasn&#8217;t in a lot of combat in Afghanistan, but I had RPG&#8217;s land within 20 feet of my truck one time, and I had machine gun bullets bouncing off the side and whizzing overhead a few times. However, the real kicker was that every day I would hear the sound of IED&#8217;s going off and immediately have to get on the radio and try and find out if any of our Marines had been hit. Eventually, I just got a little jumpy. Most of my Marines and peers had it much worse. But it still left an impression on me. Definitely some interesting memories. The sound of a distant explosion or the smell of burning trash immediately takes my mind back to Afghanistan.

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    The entire time we had been in San Pedro, kids were randomly setting off firecrackers. So now I&#8217;m walking down the street, high as a kite, and loud explosions start going off. The first few made me jump and cuss. But when another went off I immediately remembered when two of our Marines had been hit by an IED. We had them in the LZ waiting for the medevac bird, but they weren&#8217;t breathing and they didn&#8217;t have a pulse. After the bird picked them up we got a call back that one had died en route to Camp Leatherneck and the other was a alive but would probably be dead soon. I shed a few tears over that when it happened in real life. But after that firecracker went off, I was a bawling wreck.

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    I don&#8217;t remember much else after that. I know at one point I was sitting on a bench crying my eyes out when I realized that there was a Guatemalan lady standing in front of me asking if I was okay. At some point Allison took me back to my room and I fell asleep on my bed.
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    I woke up the next morning still high and with some serious pain in my chest. I pretty much felt like crap all day and didn&#8217;t really come down until that evening. I&#8217;ve still got some pain in my chest. I went to see a doctor yesterday and he said that my blood pressure was really high (150/100) due to all of the Marijuana in my system and that it would dissipate after a few days.
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    So, all in all, this was a rather scary episode for me. Unknowingly ingesting a serious quantity of Marijuana, having a pretty serious panic attack, and then dealing with what feels like the onset of a heart attack for the last few days.

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    I think I hate San Pedro now. I was hit by a rouge boat and almost killed, my computer decided to throw itself of a table and die, and my gravy was laced up with more weed than a Rastafarian garden. Ugh&#8230;.I need a vacation from my vacation.

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    Anyways, back to the present.

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    We left San Pedro this morning and blasted up a really knarly road back to the Guatemalan Autopista....

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    Saw lots of Motorcycles&#8230;.

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    And had a really fun time utilizing the passing lane&#8230;&#8230;.

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    And now I&#8217;m in Antigua. Don&#8217;t really know where I&#8217;m going to go tomorrow. Thinking about heading up to Semuc Chempey.
  2. ShardPhoenix

    ShardPhoenix Наглый ублюдок

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    Really enjoying this RR. Subscribed.

    /signed

    Jealous dude sitting under the stupid clouds in Grants Pass.
  3. Mossy-Back

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    Wow... learn something new about gravy all the time!
  4. Ulyses

    Ulyses Long timer

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    Thanks man! How long have you lived in Grants Pass?
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    ShardPhoenix Наглый ублюдок

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    Lived in Grants Pass for about two years now, and prior to that spent two years living outside of *shudder* Cave Junction.

    Been in Southern Oregon since I got out of the Navy in 2008.
  6. Ulyses

    Ulyses Long timer

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    Excellent! I passed through Cave Junction on my first day.

    What did you do in the Navy?
  7. Ulyses

    Ulyses Long timer

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    Yeah, I don't think I'll ever eat gravy again. Hell, I might not ever eat thanksgiving dinner again.
  8. Mossy-Back

    Mossy-Back Brown Falcon

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    Gave us Marines a ride, of course! MARINE just stands for "My Ass Rides In Navy Equipment". Just like ARMY stands for "Ain't Ready for the Marines Yet". :freaky

    I don't think I could ever give up gravy. I'll just stay away from "space gravy". I've never heard of that stuff. Heard of putting weed in a LOT of other things, but never gravy.
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    ShardPhoenix Наглый ублюдок

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    Spent a little time as an electronics dweeb, then switched over to Military Police (Master At Arms). During my stint as an MP I was with a security unit that was (poorly) modeled after USMC FAST Co's. Was with MOBSECRON 2 in Portsmouth, VA

    Can't say I've ever met a Marine that I didn't like. Every time I was trained by or did training with Marines, it was a good experience.:devildog

    (can't say the same for some of my fellow Squids)
  10. GypsyWriter

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    I'll keep away from the space gravy. :thumb
  11. Catours

    Catours Guatemala Tourer

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    If you're still here in Antigua, come by Moto Cafe and share some stories with fellow motorcyclists, join us for a ride, or just have a beer! I can give you a nice route up to Semuc too, if you're looking for more dirt.

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    Chris
  12. alvincullumyork

    alvincullumyork I wish I was cool

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    I found a way to truck your Harley back to Corvallis!

    On another note I'm pretty sure when I power slide your Harley around a corner Chuck Norris gives me a thumbs up. Or at least that's what it feels like.

    :wink:
  13. purpledrake

    purpledrake No Pretensions

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    Hey, Ulyses

    We are really, really enjoying your adventures.

    It sounds like you made a good decision to leave San Pedro. Some day, when you are much older, you will return and discover that you don't hate the place. In the meantime, forget about it and move on. You have many great experiences ahead of you, I am sure.

    Now, on that power sliding HD of yours, we will all be VERY interested in what happens to it. This thread is building into a novel, with many interesting sub-plots (kindly Guatemalan women/tuk-tuk drivers/shop owners, protagonist with a good heart but who can't weld to save his life, evil brother who mods the HD in the protagonist's absence, girlfriend waiting at the airport in Peru...). So far you have sucked in a couple dozen readers, I think.

    PD

    Disclaimer to Mr. ACY: The above character description bears no resemblance to any real person.
  14. alvincullumyork

    alvincullumyork I wish I was cool

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    You should turn your tracks on.

    And don't forget to stop by klrelsalvadors place.
  15. RexBuck

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    Hey Ulyses, great ride report. Loved the Tuk Tuk stories. It's probably just as well you didn't have a good experience with the Space Gravy or you'd be trying to find some hair to braid and be sitting on the sidewalk making bracelets. :evil

    I'm chillin in a little Nica surf/beach/tourist town. Time to catch up on necessities like ride reports.


    Keep up the good work.

    Rex :gerg
  16. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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    Just got caught up on your ride report. Sounds like a great trip, space gravy excluded!
    A friend of mine spends one, sometimes two months a year, January & February, in San Pedro. He plays a Paraguayan Harp.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraguayan_harp

    He plays in a few restaurants down there for his food and a little pocket change. He has met some really cool musicians from all over the world in San Pedro!
    I believe he told me two years ago, after everything was said and done, his total expenses were basically the round trip plane ticket. I've got to get down there to see the place, expats excluded, hopefully on a bike! :lol3
    Thanks for taking us along on your journey and safe travels! :clap
  17. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    Thanks for a great ride report so far. I'm definitely subscribed!

    Hopefully one day I'll be able to make a trip down to South America. For now though, I can live vicariously through others!
  18. donniemac

    donniemac Adventurer

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    I am just a head of you! I did the same route. I am now in Antigua, Guatemala for two more weeks taking Spanish lessons. My email is: donniemackenzie@gmail.com and my blog borderblender.tumblr.com. Let's try and hook up!

    Ride safe...Donnie
  19. soldierguy

    soldierguy Been here awhile

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    Loving this! I'm retiring from the Army in a few months, and doing some planning for my own little adventure ride before I get another job. Not sure where I'm going, what I'll be riding, or how long I'll take, but I gotta go somewhere!

    Best of luck to ya!

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  20. adventurebound9517

    adventurebound9517 Been here awhile

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    That's the spirit. Best of luck and a big THANK YOU for serving. :clap:clap