Riding the TAT to Costa Rica ...

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  1. JRWooden

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    I didn't get to go as a "youth" ... lived too far away.
    Going as a leader with my son was totally awesome
    We had a GREAT time... fine weather, fine company, no bears, just outstanding all the way around!

    Oh ... and did I mention no electronics for two weeks?
    No cell phones, no laptops, no smartphones, no radios, no TVs....etc...........

    When I came back to the "real world" I quit my job ... I knew I'd just burn up on re-entry otherwise... :photog
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  2. JRWooden

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    In short ... this ride while there have been a few topes (speed bumps) in the ride...
    It has been and hopefully will continue to deserve a thread in the "Epic Rides" section...
    The fun is just beginning. :clap
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    adventurebound9517 Been here awhile

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    JR, you keep postin and we'll keep readin. :deal
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  4. JRWooden

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    Ok ... so where was I....
    Oh yeah, I made it out of Oklahoma and into New Mexico without the need for a full frontal lobotomy ...
    Settling instead (as the old joke goes) for a bottle in front of me.... :freaky

    Being so close to Philmont Scout ranch gave me the idea of capturing a great photo ...
    So I pointed the bike towards Cimarron, NM and as the the old Bob Seger song goes...
    I rolled that throttle on ...

    I made good time getting to Cimarron but once there ... my new Garmin insisted that Philmont Scout ranch was at the end of a dusty road that was marked .... Private - No Tresspassing - This is NOT Philmont..... sheezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Not Philmont.JPG

    I road back into town ... stopped the first guy I saw. He was walking back from Philmont having been part of that day's closing ceremony. ... My luck is taking a turn for the better ... following his directions :pynd
    I find that my Garmin-delay-of-game has worked to my advantage and the main gates of Philmont are quiet and deserted as it's near supertime....

    I am able to capture a picture that is likely a pretty rare shot.
    The bike and I under the grand arch at Philmont ... :jkam
    (tradition dictates that scouts coming off a trek are allowed to toss their (well-worn) hiking boots over the arch.
    Kinda like tossing your graduation cap in the air.... ya know?
    Philmont BMW arch_comp.JPG
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  5. JRWooden

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    So with that awesome (legend in my own mind again... sorry)
    picture tucked neatly in my belt and the darkness starting to leak out from the corners of the forest ...
    I conclude there's only one place to stay.... and luckily it's just a few miles away on the way back into Cimarron:

    Queue the famous St. James Hotel - http://exstjames.com/

    A vintage place, well preserved.
    Back in "the day" it gave room and board to Wyatt Earp, Jessie James, Wild Bill, and a host of other wild west legends....




    St James (1).JPG St James (2).JPG
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    Knowing that the ghost of Wyatt Earp watch watching over me ....
    I got a great night's sleep.....

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  7. JRWooden

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    but wait ... there's one more thing.... on Oklahoma ...............
    Before I kick the entire state to the curb and call for a street sweeper
    (except for Jesus, and abandoned farms...)
    I must say there are a things I admire about the place....

    Take their policies in terms of truth in advertising for example:

    Small towns more up front.JPG
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    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 300 Ft.

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    And you bought the place?
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    I think there's potential in that business.....
    but ... no, I passed ... the town was too small....
    and the next towns over not within driving distance of someone that had been ugly-fixed :photog
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    Jim,

    Enjoy reading your thread. Let me know if you ever make it back to Charlotte. I will buy you a beer or two or three.......


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    You are on Jon!
    I have you flagged on my "list of stuff to get to when I return" ;-)
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    Ok ok ... this comment is not in chronological order but tough luck on that :photog


    This is turning into a trip far BETTER than I had imagined and … well I have a pretty vivid imagination (which I try to hold a bay ... sometimes without much luck)
    Here goes:

    I woke up in the middle of the night last night with a thought bouncing around in my head…

    It’s often said that some people survive only as the result of the kindness of strangers…
    For me, on this trip…
    I am not only surviving, but THRIVING as a result of the kindness of strangers…

    I'm honestly amazed at how many "kind strangers" now fast-friends the world has gifted me with on this trip. :-):-):-)

    Thank you all! :clap:clap:clap
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    chudzikb Been here awhile

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    Holy hell, this has all gone warm and fuzzy now. It's Friday night, should you not be drinking? Or have you already had enough?
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    It is friday ... and yes ... :drink
    but only a couple.... :rofl:1drink
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    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 300 Ft.

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    Now there's a classic! "I only had a cupla beers."

    The reality of Mexico sounds great!
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    Sorry ladies and gents ...
    I got enrolled in a pretty intense Spanish Lang. class here in SMA
    and started late .... so I'm playing catch-up

    Hopefully this class will help address the main frustration I feel here in Mexico....
    Not being able to understand complex topics in Spanish ....
    like how to cross a border or directions to the Tequila waterfall............

    I'll catch up here ... after I catch up there ;-) :pynd
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    ¿Que?
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    Que
    Por Que
    Porque
    Que Tiene
    Tiene Que
    Ayeeeeeeeeeeeeee my cabesa
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    That would be "cabeza..."


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    Ouch............. me cabeza....

    I just found out why I got lost the other day looking for a waterfall - cascada ....

    Derecha means turn right
    Derech0 means go straight.....

    I didn't quite catch that nuance when I looked up "left" and "right" in the dictionary ....... :baldy
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