Riding the TAT to Costa Rica ...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by JRWooden, Sep 3, 2017.

  1. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 300 Ft.

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    He's gone. Gone native.
  2. chudzikb

    chudzikb Been here awhile

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    I figured would have heard of his demise, as it had to be spectacular?
  3. FredRydr

    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 300 Ft.

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    Oh, it's not a demise. It's likely more of an enlightenment, and he's on his way to a higher plane. If not that, perhaps just a high plain.
  4. JRWooden

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    As I once said to a boss that did an extraordinarily great job of pissing me off:

    I may not be much remembered for what I do while I'm here, but you can bet your ass I'll be remembered for what I do just before I LEAVE .... :photog

    Yeah so anyway ... I fell off the map for a bit....
    three weeks or so of Spanish lessons at the Warren Hardy school here in SMA ... (highly recommended for "mature" learners I might add)
    Pretty intense and I started late so it sucked up a lot of hours ....

    Then there was the Dia de los Muertos celebrations.
    One of the other Spanish students invited myself, @Coconut Cowboy , and @MGMW and a couple other nutjobs over to her house help celebrate.
    She has an amazing house with great view of the city and a great time was had by all!

    Then I flew back to the states for the wedding of the daughter of one of my best friends. I have literately known the young lady since the day she was born.
    It was a lot of work to make it happen but I wouldn't have missed it for the world.....
    Well... wait ... hold up just a second....
    Had I know what was going to happen on the return trip ... I MIGHT have reconsidered bailing .....


    <RANT START>
    As I was getting on the flight from Raleigh to Dallas Fort Worth they made me check my carry-on bag
    (which was holding 90% of all the worldly possessions that I am carrying for this trip).
    Why?
    Because we were going to run out of luggage space on the plane
    Ok, I say ... I have a tight connection in DFW to get to Mexico, can I pick it up at the gangway in DFW?
    No - we'll transfer it to the outbound flight - nothing to worry about.... (color me skeptical ... but ...)
    Well WTF am I supposed to do at this point - I hand them my duffle bag and board.
    They push back from the gangway with about 15 empty seats, and ... (I shit you not ... ) at LEAST five completely empty overhead bins,
    and another five or six that were only part-full............
    Right.................................. :bash

    Anyway we pushed off from the gangway and the captain got on the radio and said they had finished the pre-flight checklist and discovered there was not enough fuel on the plane to make it to DFW.
    Ummmmmmmmmmm sure ... AND................... the "independent" refueling crew was running way behind...........
    So we sat on the runway for perhaps 45 minutes then took off (I only had an hour on the ground to make the connection to BJX)
    I started pummeling the stewardess with questions (politely of course ... not her fault she's employed by :fpalm ... nevermind)
    The stewardess assured me that my bag would be on the plane to San Miguel if I made the plane --
    because since it was an international flight they had to pair luggage to passengers,
    AND the baggage moves faster outside the terminal than the passengers move INSIDE the terminal... OK ... sure ....

    We get to DFW and the pilot has made up a bit of time putting the pedal to the metal... (balls to the wall)
    We land and he informs us that ALL of the gates at DFW are full ... we need to hang out on the runway for a bit.... REALLY ....
    Fine ... finally we get assigned to a gate... I LEAP off the plane.... and run the entire length of the the A-concourse to make my connection

    I am the last person allowed to board ... then then shut the door....
    I ask at that gate where's my bag ... did my damn CARRY-ON bag make it???
    I'm sweating like a pig.... they laughed and said sure the bag is moves faster than you do ... and doesn't break a sweat either.....
    You know what's comming ....

    Yeah so I got to BJX last night - of course my bag wasn't there.
    I talk to one of the handlers, she takes me to the office and pulls up the bag tracker app....
    Which shows that .... For some :kboom:topesreason they had actually loaded the bag on the plane but then ...................removed it again - WTF???

    So the plan had been for me to get back to SMA, load most of the bike last night,
    finish this AM and then make a run for the southern border to meet @Coconut Cowboy
    so we can continue our travels to CR.

    Yeah ... NO....
    I'm still waiting here in SMA for my stuff to catch up.........
    With luck I'll be able to head out tomorrow....

    tonight ... a "coupla" beers and some blog updates? :lol3

    <RANT STOP>
  5. JRWooden

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    Fred:

    I"m going to "go native" .... or is the expression "go medieval" ??? on someone shortly....


    The automated call-in number for AA-baggage says it's out for delivery, but there is no way to get to a live person.
    It says for more detailed information go to the American Airlines website.
    The AA Website tracker says they have not yet located the bag....
    Funny... maybe the bag out for delivery will be full of $100 bills lightly dusted with coke ?

    I got the phone number for the contracted delivery courier - is not sure WTF is going on and is trying to find out and call me back shortly :pynd

    Seniorita?
    otro mass cerveza por favor ................ :baldy
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  6. JRWooden

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    ok ... the crisis is over ....
    The frigg'n bag finally showed up.... :happay

    We now return you to your regularly scheduled rodeo ... already in progress............
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  7. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    So ... I'm gleaning border crossing tips from the R/R threads of two riders that are just a bit ahead of @Coconut Cowboy and myself:

    @LoneStar and @CanuckCharlie - "all y'all" should be reading their threads ...

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/lonestars-adventure-to-south-america.1254521/page-14

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/1-year-on-2-wheels.1252604/page-6#post-33601441


    Here's a recent post from Lonestar that sums up how I feel about this trip of mine ... (I'm betting he's not an engineer... his prose is far better than mine ;-)
    ~~
    The clear night sky was filled with stars and a bright moon as we sat on the rooftop looking out over the skyline of Panama City. In between stories, my new German friend pulled deeply on his cigar in thoughts, and I as well. In his 70's and riding his motorcycle to the tip of South America, having spent much time traveling the world as the former director of Interpol and Europol, his stories and information on the current state of affairs were fascinating. Next to him sat my friend Charlie, a Chinese born Canadian citizen working in the U.S. as an automotive engineer. Beside him were Adrian and Andrea, a young German couple traveling by motorcycle from the US and Canada to Chile. Benjamin, a rider from France, sat at the end of the table, he too riding south and speaking mainly French, which was a joy to Jules and Christine, my French Canadian friends sitting beside me. Downstairs, my compadres Paul and Maryna, an Australian couple riding the world, were resting from the day.

    I couldn't help but smile inside to think of how blessed my life has become by making the choice to live outside the box. Many of my friends here are from my travels and my life has been enriched deeply by their friendships. There is something universal in the spirit of other travelers that energizes your own. It is the common desire to learn and explore other cultures, to appreciate life and what I call the garden that was made for us.

    Life really comes down to just two words, each offering distinctly differing worlds. Those two words are "yes" and "no". Sometimes, changing your life can be as simple as saying yes instead of no.
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  8. chudzikb

    chudzikb Been here awhile

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    Other than the airline screwing you, how are you doing? The BMW holding up well? Health improved? Rock on sir!
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  9. FredRydr

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    A bit of envy creeps in. :ricky
  10. JRWooden

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    Ok just a short update ... hopefully a more in-depth update this evening.
    My health is recovered!
    My bike is (knock on wood) fine!
    I recovered from the American Airlines luggage fiasco (blessings counted ... it could have been worse)
    Yesterday morning I left SMA and made it past Puebla to a little town called Orizaba
    I figured finding a hotel room would be no issue as their downtown was fairly lively sporting 10 or so hotels with "brand names"
    On the edge of town I hit 3 hotels that offered 3-hours for $160 pesos.... ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh we'll move along....
    Downtown there were more "choices" all of them full ;-)
    I sweet-talked a clerk into giving me the suite of a no-show for a bit more than the price of a single room ... so all good.
    Today I head to Comitan de Dominguez to meet @Coconut Cowboy and we will hop the border into Guatemala tomorrow (Monday) AM!

    InReach tracker was on yesterday and will be on for a while now ... till we get to Costa Rica!
  11. JRWooden

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    Short story:

    @Coconut Cowboy and I made it safely to
    "playa El Tunco" which is a seaside resort town in El Salvador.

    The day's journey was "interesting" but I will have to wait until a later date to make more extensive updates to the blog.

    I was able to connect my iPhone without issue to the hotel wifi network last night and it still connected but this morning, butwhen I tried to connect my laptop this AM for a massive blog update it's a no go -
    it won't accept the Wi-Fi password ???

    I Connected fine at the last hotel we stayed in and I don't think windows has blessed me with any new updates so I don't know what the problem is :-(

    I'll try again after breakfast
  12. Reaver

    Reaver How Did I Get Here?

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    I'm starting to regret inviting you here. No wait, I'm actually just continuing the regrets. It's been what, 2 years? Still, I'm not sure which I prefer, MIL and FIL arriving Tuesday or Jimmy and his curse sometime later.

    Let there be beer and spirits aplenty.
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  13. chudzikb

    chudzikb Been here awhile

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    You might just need that beer to kill the pain!
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  14. Reaver

    Reaver How Did I Get Here?

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    Something something organizing a Cluster F!

    That's the Jimmy I know...
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    Hi, We're just a bit ahead of you, crossing into Costa Rica today. This is just a wild guess on computer, my Surface will stop connecting to networks after it installs one of the Windows security updates. If I uninstall the latest update it goes back to normal, until it installs it again, automatically. Good luck. Catch up to us for a beer somewhere.
  17. JRWooden

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    Ok.........................
    So "Adventure Touring" has been a very "immersive" experience for me so far.....
    Tons of great people and lots of crappy or non-existant internet connnections have made keeping up the thread .... difficult... :photog

    BUT I have drafts of updates to make for the thread which will probably get done MONDAY which is when
    @Coconut Cowboy and I plan to reach his house in .... <drum roll please> Costa Rica.....
    Today, with luck, we will hop the border from Nicaragua to Costa Rica and make our way to Tamarindo on the west coast.
    Monday we ride in, I'll make a few Molatof cocktails and try them out on @Reaver place very soon ... unless he has :drink which might distract me ....

    Stay tuned?
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    Will you be surfing? Fantastic surf there.
  19. FredRydr

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    Congratulations. You made it!
  20. Reaver

    Reaver How Did I Get Here?

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    Yo Jimmy!

    I know you're as organized as a thousand piece puzzle in a hurricane but we need to know when you'll be here so we can make your reservation. Been packed a long while. Oh and Bec's parents are here and my Ma gets here tomorrow.

    Your fork seals are waiting also.

    Enjoy....
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