Radioman Rides the World.......

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Radioman, May 19, 2011.

  1. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    Hi Mark,

    Good job keeping the RR going! It's a nice easy read with good pix.

    Trice and I finally got our CA tickets punched with a brief foray into Guatemala. Lake Atitlan, Antigua and Tikal before exiting for Palenque
    and the ride home. Best 2 week ride of my life. Looking forward to doing
    a greatly extended version in a few years. Ojala que si!

    JD
  2. Loud Al

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    How is the knee? It looks like you are having a great time.
  3. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Hey JD,

    Sounds like you hit the best parts of Guatemala!! :ricky :thumb
  4. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    The knee is back to Normal. Did a 5.5 mile hike while in Barichara and had no pain or issues! Just need to do some more execises to strengthen the muscles so I limit the problems in the future!

    Thanks for asking!
  5. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    I am reviewing my costs to date and will try to give a better breakdown of the TOTAL costs. If you consider Insurance, bike transporting, Bike repairs, bike set up, etc the per day goes up. But one needs to seriously consider all the costs for this type of travel. My first 3 months were in the US and Canada and were well over $100 per day including bike maintenance, tires, gas, hotels, camping, ferry rides etc. Put on 24K miles in 3 months.
  6. Loud Al

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    That is good news
  7. Graniteone

    Graniteone 3,2,1...Beer me!

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    Great ride report! Thanks for taking us along. Keep on, keeping on!

    This ride report to me helps exemplify that folks are good natured most everywhere you go if you greet them with a smile and a good attitude.

    S~
  8. SS in Vzla.

    SS in Vzla. Totally Normal? I'm not!

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    $40 per day with fuel included might HAVE been possible, but the US Dollar has also suffered devaluation...

    Some math is easy to do: if you have a bike that will give you aprox 40-45 MPG and you ride 200 miles in one day, at $4,00 per gallon (which is really more like $5 or more in most South American countries) you will be spending AT LEAST $20 on fuel.... That leaves you $20 for lodging and food... You might be able to score some cheap accommodations a couple of nights, but it is highly unlikely you'll be able to do it every day...
    I live in South America and travel overland plenty either on the bike or in my truck with the family... $65 a day would be more realistic (IF you are willing to be on a tight budget) or probably something closer to $100 per day if you wish to eat better and stay in nicer places like Radioman is doing (and I'm not talking 5 star hotels either... or 4)... YMMV, just my 2 cents.
  9. GhostRiderFC

    GhostRiderFC Just a guy who rides

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    Well, whether it's $40 or $100, getting info like this is certainly worth more than we're paying for it as readers of the thread. It's invaluable in planning and will certainly enable more and more riders to ensure they experience as much of the world as possible without surprise or sticker shock. Thanks to everyone who contributes.

    And Mark, I'm also thoroughly enjoying your RR and your photos.

    Party on.
    CJ
  10. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Great comment. I have spent a little time in the past few days figuring how much I am spending including all the expenses, Food, Lodging, Gas, bike repairs (yea, mine have been a bit higher do to a few issues,but it is also part of travel to do maintenance or repairs), insurance, transport, border fees, etc. Depending on which part of my trip I review and calculate.... it changes. I feel very good about $100 /Day for the larger total, including everything. 9USA/CAN was closer to $130, Mexico was about $50, Central America once I reached Costa Rica/Panama was $65 Colombia has been about $65 but I was in Medellin for 3 weeks or so, which was more as I was eating 3 meals a day!

    I will exclude the trip to Antarctica as that is a very expensive part of the trip, but one that I am going to do once I reach Ushaia.

    Know it is helpful if I share this kind of information, as I researched a great deal while I was planning my trip. Glad it is helpful! Know that some can whittle down and not eat out, find cheaper places to stay, and not pay for any extra sights or eat out of Grocery stores, but for me I am not doing that very often.

    Wil keep track and update this thread later in my travels by country.
  11. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    All I know is, I am spending more that $100 per day by staying home. :cry



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  12. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    YUP! :deal
  13. Serbchaser

    Serbchaser Chasin' the Serb

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    And that is the point...the cost is obviously a factor, but the experience is priceless. RM - how would you rate the trip so far relative to your expectations when you set out - about what you expected or off the charts (all things considered)?:wings:wings:wings

    Awesome report BTW.

    Chris
  14. raceu2

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    WOW $100 a day your shattering my dreams,3000 a month,+ maintaing the home front. maybe I need to buy a adventure bicycle:rofl, does KTM make one? I have another question what did you bring that you didn't need and what do you wish you had brought? I know I need a tent and a bag of rice.:freaky
  15. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Chris,

    The trip has been great! I had traveled around the world 25 years ago, so I kind of had a feel for what to expect. It is an adventure, so it does not go according to how you expect :D But that is one of the great things about this type of travel.

    As i was riding yesterday, I was thinking how much I love being on my bike!! :clap:clap But the adventure is much more than this. The people you connect with, sights you see, and all the other moments on the road are amazing. As I have said before long term travel is not for everyone. :deal
  16. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    The costs are the costs. You can do it for less depending on your bike, and how much rice you bring:lol3

    I am continually going through my gear and have got rid of some odds and ends, but feel good about the things I brought.

    1) I do have an extra chain which probably did not need to carry, but never found a small section of chain to bring with links instead.

    2) Carried a tire through Mexico and that was a waste of energy packing and unpacking it (just ask Sam if I complained :lol3).

    3) I did not bring a tent or stove through the Mexico/Central America and was glad I did not. Might need one further south. (but I do have a sleeping bag for emergency camping, but have not used it once)

    4) do have an extra 2 Gal gas can .... But have not needed it yet. Expect I will in Bolivia/maybe Peru or Argentina.

    Specific Moto parts can be hard to get on the road, but many other things you can improvise and buy along the way. Packing lighter is a good thing.:deal
  17. lm248

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    Glad to hear it's still part of your plans.
    I know it's supposed to be about the "journey" and not the destination,,,:norton
    But,,,,,,, I'm really looking forward to Antarctica.
    Thanks for taking us along.
    Les
  18. Radioman

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    Had a relaxing time in Villa de Leyva. Nice food here!

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    Met this guy who was riding his bike back to Argentina!!

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    explored a bit of town, and also spent some time on the internet researching some future plans.

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    Lots of wool ponchos appearing on the locals.

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    Time for some people watching....

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    Welcome to my office :D

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    Later in the day ..... Wow. The skies opened up. Fortunately the woman who ran the hotel had thoughtfully covered our bikes up.

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    The water was really coming down. Making rivers in the street....and the main plaza.

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    Glad we were not riding in this :huh Just relaxing in town.

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    James messing around in the ice cream shop. The wooden Indian would not share his ice cream cone!

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    The next morning. The 8th. The sun was out...

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    As we were packing up Travis (I think) had a Iron Horse BMW hat. He is from Arizona and has been riding his bike in Russia, South Korea, and into northern Africa before he could not get some visa's he needed. So he flew to Columbia to check it out!

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    Leaving town.

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    Leaving Villa de Leyva we decided to check out some of the local tourist sights... There maps and directions left a good deal to be desired, so we finally headed the 70 miles to Zipaquira to check out the Salt Cathedral.

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    We road but a large Parque that had a small ceremony going on.....

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    Arrived at the Salt mine at around 1:30 and had heard that it was interesting.

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    Heading into the salt mine to check it out.

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    They like their lights here!

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    The Salt Cathedral is a series of Crosses dug out of the salt mine. there are 13 of them and then the Cathedral. They are all lighted and change colors...

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    They are huge. Cannot tell by the stand alone photos.

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    Hey my knee is better. This is really cool!

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    This is way down in the mine overlooking the main cathedral. It holds 8500 People on Sundays.

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    Another chamber. See how small I am.

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    Huge columns in the main Cathedral.

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    Side room.

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    was a very cool thing to see.

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    There were also some cool carvings that they were working on.

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    we decided to stay in Zipaquira which is a small town. Had a good hotel, but not much going on in town except Clothes and shoe shops.

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    fresh Mango stands that sell you Mango pieces ....

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    They also have Cel phone rentals. The phones all have long chains so you do not run off!

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    They also had tons of Cel phone covers of every shape and size!!

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    Stayed here.

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    Main square.

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    out back in the hotel was an old bike and a Harley Fairing. Interesting

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    James cannot pass up some ice cream!!

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    Local police bike.....

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  19. larryboy

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    Good stuff, Mark!!

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    I've missed these shots!