Radioman Rides the World.......

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

  1. Radioman

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    Short Post on Belize, Since I just rode down to Hopkins and then headed for the border of Guatemala the next day.

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    It rained heavy the night..... so everything was wet. But I packed up in the Morning and Sam and I had breakfast.

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    I tried the "fry Jack" which was tasty.

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    Was thinking I was done with " Topes" when I left Mexico.... But No. In Belize they call them Bumps.

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    It was weird being in Belize and having people speak English instead of the last couple months of Spanish. But it was British so most people speak english.

    Shook hands with Sam, wishing him safe and interesting travels.....

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    Then I was off!

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    got to the border around noon, ready for my third border crossing. Each one is different and you need to figure out where to go to Check yourself out of the current country, then get the bike checked out..... then over the border into the new country and check yourself and your bike in. Being rested, calm, and focused is important. As it has been hot and humid so far.

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    Walked into Belize Customs, they signed me out and I needed to pay 30 Belize ($15 USD) as a departure tax. Then the bike was stamped out. Then over to Guatemala.

    First I get sent to have my bike sprayed down. Had to pay 12 Quetzales

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    Then to another building to check myself into the country. Fortunately this was all in one spot. Snapped thsi photo and my flash went off. They guy gave me a bad look, but I told him I was just taking a photo of the sign.

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    Oh, this was the wash down for vehicles coming into Guatemala. The directed me to ride down the sideway to the Manual station or I would go through the wash :lol3

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    Had to get copies of my driver license, title, registration, passport etc. So i walk to the copy shop and got them done, but when I got back I realized that I had copies in my folder for everything he needed :lol3..... filled out the forms and then he told me his computer was down it would be 30-45 minutes.... So I waited by my bike. but in about 15 minutes he waved me back, and got my paperwork down.

    Paperwork done. I am on my way with my official sticker.

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    over a secondary bridge since the main was was under serious construction. Just a short 65 KM to E Remake which is the town on the way to Tikal.

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    There was reportedly bad section of road that got very muddy with a steep uphill climb. Turns out there was a couple two miles stretches of rough road, that would be muddy but it was dry. The steep hill was paved..... It was a quick ride down to my hotel.

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    Got to my Hotel and relaxed. It was $32 USD but had air conditioning and really nice people running this. I was going to be up at 5Am to catch a bus up to Tikal to see the ruins so it was worth it!

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    Had a great dinner of grilled fish (complete fish), Not sure what kind as it is a local fish, but it was tasty.

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  2. Radioman

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    Got Up at 5am to catch the early morning tour before most people arrive as well as the heat.

    When seeing tourist sites.... the costs go up. Just a fact but they are certainly worth doing. Had to pay another $150 Quetzales at the park entrance. ($2.42 USD) + I paid for a tour from my Hotel about the same. But I am here and am looking forward to seeing them.

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    As we drove into the park there were great road signs along the way. Made you smile.

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    Spotted this little guy on our start into the park.

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    Our Guide, Boris (he is a local guide) giving us the plan for the next 4 hours....

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    We start by heading on a walk into some of the smaller ruins.

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    This majestic archaeological gem comprises 222 square miles of jungle all around the ceremonial center.

    Then a bit of a jungle walk around to some of the temples.

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    We get to the first Temple that we will see. Lots of fog still all around, hard to get good photos.

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    To one side he points out the stairs..... He says it's closed to go up..........

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    But then he says..... Hey it's early ..... you can go up if you want, I'll wait down here :huh

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    The group of tourist from all over the world...... headed right up.

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    Not much to view from the top as the fog was thick. Boris told us it would certainly clear by the time we got to the main temples.

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    But a long way up. I think he said 187 feet up. Yea, no rails or safety stuff here!

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    Back down and more jungle want. Big giant ant hills.

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    They are biters as our guide showed us.

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    Next Temple .....

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    From the top you get a bit of perspectives as to the height...

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    More archeology happening.

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    Symbol for Rain god.

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    Bright red spot is a wood pecker.

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    Climbed another temple... still a bit foggy but we can now see the biggest Temples that we will be headed to.

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    Some serious stairs to hike up to the top of this one.

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    On to the main square. Getting a glimpse of Temple V.

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    It is huge.... cannot climb it though...

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    Yup I was here.....

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    The ruins go on and on.

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    And tons of photos don't capture it.

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    By 1PM I am tired out. Catch my bus back to the hotel to relax. Met up with Cheyenne and His lovely wife Nohmie from LA.

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    We decided to go into the town of Flores find a bank, and have dinner. Kelsie who is the owners daughter who helps run the place decided to go with us! She takes us to a friends Restaurant.

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    Food was great. Had a good evening talking about life and travel! :wave Thanks Cheyenne,Nohmie and Kelsie!

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    Another great day seeing an amazing set of ruins. And then topping it off with meeting some interesting new people!!:freaky:clap
  3. Radioman

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    Here is the owner, Wife and Daughter (Kelsie) of La Casa Don de David. really great people that have been running hotel here for many years. Would definitely recommend a stay with them if you are going to Tikal.

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    Switched countries and Guatemala uses Gallons again. More Math :D

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    Guess I am not through with speed bumps. Now they call them Tumulos.and many are not marked:deal

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    So strange to now see various gas station signs as in Mexico it is State run Pemex.

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    Bridge was washed out on the way to Coban. No real signage to tell me to go down aways and take the dirt road to cross this river.

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    Then the main road ends..... Ferry needed to cross. No cost just need a ferry instead of a bridge.

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    The shuttles offloading people to the ferry, and merchants selling stuff while you wait.

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    Yea. My bike looks huge compared to the local guys.

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    Oh and one part of the offramp is missing....

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    People also take these long boats up to see some local ruins.

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    As I continued south along the flat lands, I saw many Stuffed "Diablos" around. Today is some kind of "burn the Devil" festival but noone could tell me more.

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    If you need more reminders as to not ride at night....

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    Pretty Typical homes in this area...

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    Starting to reach the mountain area near Coban....

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    Pigs in the road....

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    Then I reached a spot where they were doing road construction..... No one knew how long. One guy said two hours another said 15 minutes. It was about 30 minute wait.

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    It was raining in Coban and I almost stopped with my delay at the construction. But Coban was not a real welcoming place, so I road one past my 3PM stopping point. The views winding out to Lanquin were fantastic.

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    Then the turn off to Lanquin turned to rough road/gravel. for 11 KM. down into the valley.

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    Fortunately there was a hotel just before town. So i stopped before it got dark.

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    Just after I got my gear off the bike and the cover on it started to dump rain..... and I was glad that I had stopped. Had dinner and was told they would be having a "burning of the Diablo" in town at 6PM.....So I walked the 1/4 mile to check it out.

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    Then this guy moved him into the street and they started the fireworks...

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    Up he went in flames, with fireworks shooting out of him.

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    The streets were crowded with locals and a few tourists.

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    Was up early to go check out Semuc Champey. It had poured rain all night long and it was a muddy/steep/rocky road to the park. I opted to catch a ride up to see it to save myself any issues. Glad I did.

    it was a cool 6 mile ride into the park and I got there before 9am.

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    it was winding road with a couple spots that had cement for traction.

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    got to the park at the very end of this road, and had to pay 50 Quetzales to get in.

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    I hiked in to the highest viewing point. very steep and rugged trail to the top. Sam you would not have like this one :lol3

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    but the views were amazing. And I was the only one in the park at this point.

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    It is a unique geology, that the water enters above.

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    Then underground for the entire length of these teal colored pools... and comes out raging down below.

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    This was a very interesting place. You can swim in the pools and explore some caves around the edges.

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    In the rain forest.....

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    Then back out....

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    Headed back out.

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    Truck in front of us got stuck for awhile....

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    Very cool area to come to. But remote.

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    and why did the chicken cross the road? To almost get run over....

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    even out here some have satellites.

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    Back to town, ready to pack up and ride to Antigua.

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    Road the 6 miles of muddy/steep/gravel road to the main road.

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    Some parts were very slick with all the rain.

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    Then through some small villages on Market day. Have video of this :)

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    It started to rain again. But you can see the locals head filling the pick ups to get where they need to go.

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  4. Cuttle

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    Mark,

    As much I enjoy reading your reports, your main mission is to travel and enjoy the ride. So, don't worry about us poor little worker-ants behind the computer... as long as you get to it one day :lol3

    Ride on!
  5. GoinPostal

    GoinPostal Been here awhile

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    I'll second that.....enjoy enjoy enjoy



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  6. Radioman

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    Well..... Sometimes things do not go as planned. As I road out of Semuc Champey and out on 12 Km of muddy, rocky, grave road. All was going well. But it had rained all night long and lots of water.

    As I road the twisty roads toward Coban, Guatemala, with the goal of reaching Antigua late in the day.

    I am running the K60 Heindenau Tires that were a bit squirrely in the wet pavement yesterday as I was told they were in wet pavement.

    Well I was in a down hill curve and the rear was really squirrely, and broke loose to the outside. It took me into a deep ditch. Unfortunately just ahead was a large rock..... :eek1 :muutt :becca

    I have run through the moments a thousand times already. If the rock was not there I could have stayed up and been ok. But it was there.

    I was up on a mountain road with lots of fog, and the road felt like ice in this corner....

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    First, I am OK. Buen. Getting a bit stiff this afternoon...... Swollen Left knee, and I have a sore right foot but not much swelling. Think it hit the rock hard. My left need has a bit of swelling but will be OK.

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    Hepco Becker bags both came off but are all ok, other than a bit of road rash. At first I just thought I had blown my front tire, as it was flat.

    You can see my scrapes as I tried to hug the top and get by the rock.

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    Front tire has a gash, and flat. Rim actually looks Ok, but have not pulled it yet to see.

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    But as I was taking a look at everything.....

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    Then :eek1 :becca I look down and see an oil slick, and then oil pouring out the right side of the of teh lower case.

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    My head fills with so many thought. I this the end of the trip.... How do I get my bike to Coban the nearest town.... A few trucks drove by, then a small pick up stopped. In my small amount of spanish I was able to communicate that the bike was broken and I needed to get to town. Moises and Hermelindo helped me load the bike into the bike of the pick up and off we go.

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    We get to the first bigger town with a moto shop. They point and say here? I say No I need to be me and the bike to Coban and a Hotel so I can get help getting my bike to Guatemala City and a BMW dealer. Moises, saws that he cannot drive there because of the police, and he does not have permission. ? not really sure but maybe it was not licensed. He stops and saw 1 minute..... I see some money change hands .... He comes back and says for 200 Quetzales (about $28 bucks). I say "si - mucho Gracias" and off we go.

    They had a hard time finding the Hotel that I got out of Lonely Planet Guide. But finally they did and helped me unload the bike. Thanks Moises and Hermelindo. I gave them $300 Quetzales ($42 dollars) was grateful that they helped me out!!

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    Looks like the case is cracked :eek1:eek1 Not again :(

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    But Frank from Guatemala has contacted me early on to say if I needed anything while in Guatemala he could help.
    So I sent him a message and then called his cell phone from the hotel. He was AWESOME!!! :deal He called the BMW dealer, and called me back to give me Jose's Number, the BMW dealer GM. I called him right back and he is sending a truck to get me and the bike tomorrow, and we will then figure out what this will take to fix.

    Frank asked "is this the end of the trip?", do you think it is an expensive fix?" or "are you going to buy another bike?"
    All these thoughts are swirling through my head. But I told him I wanted to get the bike to Guatemala city and see what happens.

    He said great, and called me later to say he booked me a hotel near the dealer that he gets a good rate on!!:clap:clap


    So My trip has taken a new direction and we will see how things evolve ....... Looks like I might get more Language School in Antigua :)


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  7. mike54

    mike54 You don't get me

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    Oh Nooo! Glad you're OK Mark.
    I'll be waiting to see where this fork in the road takes you.
    Plans :rofl
  8. SoosCreek

    SoosCreek Angle of Repose...

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    Too bad that rock was there, the rest of the road looks to be ok. Bad Break. Glad you had a contact in country.

    Surprised the engine might have cracked, you have the crash bars....Maybe it was the angle of the road hitting the bike.

    Will be following along, hoping for the best....Glad you are not hurt.
  9. GoinPostal

    GoinPostal Been here awhile

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    So sorry to hear about your mishap. First off, I hope you are ok, knee, foot etc. As for your bike, a little JB Weld may do wonders! A little down time in Guatemala will be good for you language training as you indicated. A positive attitude and friends will see you through
  10. Tall Mike

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    Oh Man...! :eek1:becca Glad you are (reasonably)safe...in good hands anyway...
    The bike doesn't look TOO bad (you caught it early) :wink:...

    kick your feet up, ice the knee while you're waiting (Cerveza Senor?), and language lessons?

    Best wishes for quick fixes and a speedy recovery! :evil
  11. MoBill

    MoBill Smiles when says dat

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    Geez Mark, just told Heidi--if you need anything sent, wired or whatever, please let us know. I know you have contacts...but we're here.

    Best wishes for your anti-inflammatories to work well, fast etc---and for the instant replay in your brain to fade quickly.

    We're thinking of you.
  12. Radioman

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    It is where the Engine guard connected to the case..... It is a bit hard to actually see what was damaged until it is apart. I was not in a place to do this myself, and the dealer was really helpful and will get me tomorrow.
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    Looks like a job for JB Weld and Gorilla Tape. :D

    Glad nothing is hurt too bad on you Mark.
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    I hear purple springs make you a little goosy in the rear.....





















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  15. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free! Administrator

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    Doggoneit, Mark. What crumby luck!

    Waiting to hear what the BMW guy can do. Hope you're feeling better.

    Thinkin' about you, man.
  16. Radioman

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    The suspension has been great!!! :ricky. Thanks Jay.

    This was operator error...... The K60's are noted for being a bit squirrely in wet road conditions. And in the 8,000 I have on them I have not had any :lol3 I have not been down on the road since I was 16 Years Old...... So it happened.

    I'm Ok so that is all that really matters. Might be a welding Job in Guatemala city.... We will see.
  17. Radioman

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    :wave Thanks. Not really luck issue..... It was my fault, and while riding stuff happens....It was a good road, just slick with these tires, and I did not slow down enough. Enough Said!

    Part of my journey. Will things fixed, and get on the road. In the mean time...... Lots to do in Guatemala.

    The kindness of Strangers has once again impacted me. The two guys to helped me get my bike to Coban, not sure what there day involved but it too 2 hours or more of their time. Then having Frank in Guatemala City help me right away!:clap:clap

    Just need to be Thankful. The rest is life.
  18. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    Mark we ride in wet all the time on K60's maybe it was something else? Never lost traction like you...just wondering if there was something on the road...hope you heal in more ways than one...I bet they can fix your bike...but rest for now and take it easy on that knee. Glad you are OK...in a way.
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    I suppose that would work, but what should he do about the bike?

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    Hope you're feeling better, Mark.
  20. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    I only have another 1,000 miles left...and maybe there was something on the road, I did not walk back up and check....

    I'm fine. Expect tomorrow I will be a bit more sore. But I have great Motoport riding gear. So I so not have any scratches etc. The bike can get fixed, just a fact. I can tell already that Jose at BMW Guatemala will take good care of me!