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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by PJ Bren, Oct 5, 2017.
Video 7: Guatemala is now available.
What a fantastic RR, just finished all the video. As a filmmaker I appreciate the time put into this. Outstanding, ride safe.
Also of note, for some reason Central America is in GMT -6 time zone(think Western USA). We've been feeling like we were in a time warp since southern Mexico but only now figured out why it has been getting dark around 5:30PM and light around 5:30AM when it's the end of October.
Just getting some internet on Ometepe in Nicaragua; we had to take shelter from the rain.
I wanted to make a note of a few roads in Honduras and Nicaragua. When we left Ceiba and headed towards Nicaragua we went on a dirt road between Armenia and Limones. This road goes up into the mountains and is awesome. There are some landslides at the moment and lots of washboard conditions, but the scenery is fantastic and if you aren't afraid of a little mud it is well worth it. I've tried to show a map of this route. I hope it goes through.
In Nicaragua we left Somoto and instead of going through Esteli we went further east through some more dirt roads that were in relatively good condition that again climb into the mountains for some excellent views and fun riding in rural Nicaragua.
Video 8 : Honduras is now available
We definitely aren't making anything special, but its nice to have something to share. Glad you enjoy.
Some notes on our route through Costa Rica. After a botched attempt to go to Rincon Viaja Park we decided to spend our time traveling the Pacific Coast. We camped in Samara, Cabuya, Dominical, and Puerto Jimenez. The direct route between Samara and Cabuya is exciting right now - several river crossings (at least 6), some as deep as 2 feet when we traveled through. Of the four I'd say Puerto Jimenez is the nicest and least developed beach. Good times.
North of Managua
Some Beach - Costa Rica
Episode 9 is now available. The thumbnail for it is below. If anyone knows how to make the thumbnail the link without having it blowup the image when it is clicked, let me know.
Love the photos. Thanks.
Thank you for taking the time to shoot, and share the comments and videos. I think the videos are very well done, and I'm looking forward to more travels.
Episode 10 : Costa Rica is now available for your viewing pleasure.
Thanks for the encouraging comments - I'll add more photos soon.
great stuff. really enjoying your report.
Panama Swimming Hole
Cartagena from Stahlratte
A note for anyone taking the Stahlratte into Colombia. The obligatory insurance situation seems to be in constant flux from tour to tour. On our tour we were told that insurance would be available but for an undetermined amount. Upon further inquiry a quote of $75 USD for 3 months was delivered with the opportunity to opt out. Only 4 on the crew opted out.
It was implied that it might be difficult to find insurance without the assistance of an agent, but we found this to not be the case. We stopped at a SURA agency (I have the GPS coordinates if anyone is interested - there are many offices in Cartagena) and with only a passport and vehicle import papers were able to purchase insurance. The rate was about $32 USD for 3 months coverage and took about 10 minutes to complete for 2 bikes. The only inconveniences in the transaction were the flooded streets outside of the building and the frigid AC inside.
For anyone willing to take a bit of initiative this is a good way to save money (in our case $90 USD) with very little effort.
looks like it is very difficult to understand the situation so i try to explain this:
the insurance thing is not changing from tour to tour: the national insurance company SURA is in trouble with colombian government (i am not explaining this as you can read this in colombian press) they did not sell insurances for motorcycles for a week ....like a strike! now they only want to sell insurances for min 3 month.
now some lessons in whats legal and whats illegal:
if you steel an apple and run away fast and you dont get caught that does not mean it is legal! if you drive a vehicle without insurance in colombia and probably most of the countries it is ILLEGAL
now i repeat what the boss of the importation department of colombian customs in cartagena (DIAN) is saying:
"all vehicles unloaded from ships in cartagena must have insurance coverage"
if the custom inspertor of the DIAN does not check this and proceeds issuing the temprary importation for the vehicles...that is fine but it is not legal and his boss does not know!
without a temporary importation paper it is not possible to get an insurance...only possible for agencies, not for the bike owners!
every year since 6 years the bike transports between panama and colombia has been stopped at least once every year because of customs and port authoritie found out that bikes were unloaded ILLEGAL without authorities knowledge and without having insurance. there is a few threads where you can find this informations in ADV forum.
what we do: we try to be as close as possible to do everything AS LEGAL AS POSSIBLE and also this is the reason that stahlratte is the ONLY ship that carries motorcycles between panama and colombia with knowledge of authorities!
i would love to say: we dont care and please get your insurances by yourself and don't have any trouble with this! BUT THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE because then i would do exactly what other boat captains do and also stahlratte would have to operate ILLEAGALY or we probably will be stopped to do this at all. so please people try to understand that we will not leave the insurance thing and recommend to you to do illegal things! we will go on recommending the most legal way possible and you will have to accept paying more for the insurance service or you will be out of our recommendation and act illegal.
by the way there were 4 bikers doing the insurance on their own risk but there were 17 bikers that had insurance coverage
i am afraid of the first biker that rides without insurance coverage from unloading spot to the customs area and crashes into a car......for sure this trouble will be expensive and change things for all of us because authorities will not accept what we are doing anymore.
thanks for your time reading this:) hopefully see you on stahlratte again......ludwig
Excellent information from the Captain himself; as always the situation is more complex than it seems.
Thanks Ludwig for an excellent trip.
Episode 11 - Panama is now available. Enjoy - it might be a while until we put up another video!