Riding the TAT to Costa Rica ...

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

  1. Geezerguy

    Geezerguy In the shadows

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    Nope. Likely 1200GS, newer with RH exhaust. Just my guess.
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  2. JRWooden

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    Yes - that's our man Mike - holder of the FIRST Ural motorcycle dealership in the USA, and one HELL of a nice guy!
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    Hey Jon!
    Thanks for your help!
    I have my new (probably overpriced but WHAT the hell) Zumo 595 mounted and have found a track-color + map-theme combination that seems to work well.

    Running short of time now .... maid is tapping her foot for me to get the hell out of the room .... so more updates later!
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    Where's Wooden?

    Yeah ... so lack of internet access has hampered my attempts to keep up the blog,
    not sure when I'll have another window of opportunity :-/ I'm trying to keep notes so I don't forget TOO much.....
    We are heading out in just a few minutes from Morrilton AK,
    will head by the TAT-Shack and then into the Ozark Mountains ... which are supposed to be quite spectacular! :-)
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  5. JRWooden

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    Brief status update then the maid will kick my ass.............

    OK .... So Allan has exited stage-left. Some silly explanation that he had a major product launch to manage at the company where he is one of the principles ...
    He was our fearless GPS-Track Manager, so alas I have been battle-field promoted into that job.
    While there is some additional concentration required it does mean you don't eat much of any trail dust, so that's a plus!
    :rayof:drink
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  6. JRWooden

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    Ok ok ...
    I've got internet .... :clap
    I promise "drama-light" ;-)

    So let me finish the story from SUNDAY .... that was Day Seven.
    Sunday afternoon - need a damn inner tube.
    Mike's shop is dark and empty ... well dark and empty except you can tell it is FREAKING overflowing with "Character" :

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    I punch in the coordinates to Mike's House .... hoping he doesn't have a shotgun and an itchy finger ....
    With a shop that looks like this I'm thinking I'm probably safe but who knows?

    I'm directed up Mike's driveway by his son-in-law and here's a FEW shots of of what greets me as my chin repeatedly bounces off the tank of my motorcycle....
    I only got pictures of a small fraction of the stuff:

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    Mike (not surprisingly) turns out to be a prince of a guy....
    We shoot the breeze about everything from our first bikes ( Honda CT70 to the several frankenstien bikes he's working on :ricky )
    Then he hops on one of his (running :rofl) bikes and we blast back into town and his shop.
    The road from Mike's house to work is not unlike the tail of the dragon ....
    If the road from my house in Charlotte was anything similar I might not have quit my job ....
    No wait... strike that ..............

    Anyway we get to his shop we find a "good-enough" size match I throw mike $25 and fire that mother up ....
    Errrrrrrrrrrr my bike that is ...
    And blast back to the scene of the (latest) crime.
    By the time I get there it's freaking dark....
    I'm really not so excited about doing water crossings in the damn dark but .... ok here we go .................
    I make it across fine only to run into some :baldy:baldy:beccarock ledge I didn't see on the other side ...
    the bike comes to an IMMEDIATE halt and I am tossed off ....
    No harm done other than my pride.
    It was a low speed get-off and I was wearing my air-vest ...
    When I part company with the bike the vest blows up and makes me look like the Michelin Man
    I probably didn't NEED the air vest but ...
    For the cost of a $15 replacement CO2 cylinder ... I'm a sport ....
    (Shameless plug for the vest - highly recommended for old men like me at least: www.safermoto.com discount offered to ADVRider inmates)

    Recovering my dignity I find we have all been invited to stay with a couple and their three precious young girls for the night....

    There were a couple pictures from their homestead above....

    Here's a few more (pay close attention now THIS IS THE "ADVENTURE" PART):

    Here's the shower:
    three sided "modesty" panels - open view to the stream.
    A solar pump stores water in a tank up hill, and to get a hot shower (and you can have it as hot as you like....)
    You simply open the valve on the propane tank ... light the burner on the "flame thrower" aka weed burner which is wrapped in copper pipe....
    Turn on the water and get things adjusted to your liking ....

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  8. JRWooden

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    I've added a "tips" section to the anchor post for this thread.
    As/if my feeble brain thinks of really incredibly clever things :photogthat i wish I had thought of sooner in my trip,
    I'll log them in Post #1 so they will all be in one place ....
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  9. chudzikb

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    That shower is pure Merican ingenuity. Priceless!
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    If you bathed in the creek with your bike, how come you needed a shower?
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    I didn't crash till I was on the high ground on the other side ... :raindance
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    Reaver How Did I Get Here?

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    OK ... so yeah..............
    All my camping gear is now aired-out and dried off and in a box to be sent home tomorrow.
    The Consensus advice i've received goes something like: Hotels are cheap south of the border, camping is not so common and adds a lot of overhead to the trip and an element of risk....
    So why bother?

    let's see if Jim can catch up eh?

    So Sunday evening & monday morning with our impromptu hosts was an AMAZING experience ....
    I don't want to "blow their cover" but they were an amazing family.
    The dad has been a stuntman for the Indiana Jones series, and is a world class card trick artist.
    The mom home schools the three girls and has a multitude of other talents.
    When we (finally) got our act together Monday afternoon (after an amazing breakfast and lunch) mom and the three girls sung us the "God's blessing" song as we left.

    What's up with adventure motorcycle travel ... . ?

    Meeting Mike of Mike's cycle shop, and this family living by chance on the side of the TAT are two "world class" examples of the "easter eggs" you get to unwrap when you do what we do :rayof
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    We blasted off with hurricane Irma hot on our trail....
    We decided to hold up in Memphis and let it blow past us ...
    We ate some great BBQ

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    Of course we had to visit the famous Beale Street famous for "Walking in Memphis" blues....

    We picked the cream-of-the-cream and headed to BB Kings ....
    A $3 cover charge but what the hell this is BB King's place damnit
    The band's first set was good stuff, most of it original and they were hawking their CD but real blues...
    They said they'd take a short break and be back to wow us....
    After 45 minutes or so they came back and played a bunch of 1970's Michael Jackson and related lame crap...

    <I think that faint whiring sound I heard was BB King spinning in his grave>

    We tossed the bouncer another $3 so he would no impede our exit and ran the hell away gagging as we desperately tried to hail an Uber back to the hotel ...........
    I've got a picture of BB King's neon somewhere, but you'll have to forgive me for not posting it ... :drink
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    We blasted off with hurricane Irma hot on our trail....
    We decided to hold up in Memphis and let it blow past us ...
    We ate some great BBQ

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    Of course we had to visit the famous Beale Street famous for "Walking in Memphis" blues....

    We picked the cream-of-the-cream and headed to BB Kings ....
    A $3 cover charge but what the hell this is BB King's place damnit
    The band's first set was good stuff, most of it original and they were hawking their CD but real blues...
    They said they'd take a short break and be back to wow us....
    After 45 minutes or so they came back and played a bunch of 1970's Michael Jackson and related lame crap...

    <I think that faint whiring sound I heard was BB King spinning in his grave>

    We tossed the bouncer another $3 so he would no impede our exit and ran the hell away...........
    I've got a picture of BB King's neon somewhere, but you'll have to forgive me for not posting it ... :drink
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    I'm in Taos NM now ... and the internet connection is NOT doing me any justice....
    I'll try to continue this in the morning :drink
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    New Mexico? Where are you crossing into Mexico?
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    Not sure where I'll be crossing into Mexico ....
    Will start studying that over the next few days...
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