RTW on a thumper... Round the World ADVenturization

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by rtwpaul, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    so i read this and thought mike is bringing this back to a civilized level but then maybe you are not talking about the tire...:evil
  2. Merlin III

    Merlin III Mean SOB

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    It is all a matter architecture. The design of the old Spanish influenced buildings and churches is very interesting and pleasing to the eye, but that last piece of architecture, and I think most of the male gnarly adventures would agree, takes the prize for design, beauty, and functionality. Just sayin..............:1drink
  3. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i'll try and seek out more unique pieces, i need to keep the reading audience happy
  4. SS in Vzla.

    SS in Vzla. Totally Normal? I'm not!

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    Now THAT's funny :lol3:lol3:lol3
  5. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i had a walk around Campeche in the early morning, there was a street level art show by Javir Marin and the pieces were HUGE!!!

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    Campeche is a beautiful walled city with some great old house on the narrow cobbled streets, well worth a visit

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    the rest of the day i took a quick 200 k ride to Merida to meet Silviu (aka ss in vzla) we had a few :freaky and had a few :lol3 and then we looked at my route for Venezuela :deal

    had a great time thanks for hosting me and look forward to seeing you again in VZ or back in Mexico next year
  6. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    Just got an email from Matt at Revzilla and they have issued a 100% refund against the price of the tire...now thats honesty and integrity and to all you overlander adventure riders make note of that, most companies would have just said no you're not in the country, not our problem - tough!

    lets hear it for www.revzilla.com :clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap
  7. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    out of Merida in the morning heading to Chetumel on the Belize border, riding across the Yucatan is not to interesting, flat land, tree lined roads blocking your view of everything and small towns dotted along the way...on the way back i'm going to do the Mayan ruins tours before any of you comment on that

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    Yucatan traffic lights :lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3

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    if all this beer was poured in a swimming pool i would have jumped in, it was a hot one today

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    and then on schedule the afternoon rains arrived at 3 pm precisely

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  8. SS in Vzla.

    SS in Vzla. Totally Normal? I'm not!

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    Nice meeting you too.
    Hope we can meet again when I'm back in Venezuela, maybe take a ride together.

    Great pics of Campeche...

    And a big :clap to Revzilla
  9. docsherlock

    docsherlock Been here awhile

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    I like that.

    They'll be gettin' my business.
  10. Patrol

    Patrol VALE 46!

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    I'm ordering a new rear today. Revzilla gets my order based on this. Nice work
  11. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i'll be singing their praises from now on for sure as well
  12. Merlin III

    Merlin III Mean SOB

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    Revzilla-yea. I have never heard anything negative about them. Their web site and videos highlighting the equipment are by far the best out there.
  13. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i have just finished writing a Central America Border Crossing Guide.. "A step by step guide for crossing the notoriously difficult Central America borders, showing pictures of buildings, paperwork, fees, tips...with this book you find your way south a breeze".

    Hardback, softback and PDF version HERE

    ebook for all Apple products ibooks ipad format HERE



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    first of all i apologize up front about the quality of today's photos, it was heavy rain off and on all day and i was doing a border crossing so i was just snapping shots as i was riding

    CENRUT maps for Garmin here are kind of OK, not too accurate but they send you in the right direction, my route was off by about 20 yards

    OK the differences since crossing the border

    i lived in the Bahamas for a number of years and also traveled around numerous caribbean islands as well, straight away you get a feeling like you are on an island in the caribbean. Houses on short stilts because of high water issues, tin roofs, small low level stuff, some Mayan huts as well, a few unfinished Mexican style houses too - someone correct me on this if i'm wrong, i remember traveling in Spain years ago and i was told that if a house isn't 100% finished then no taxes are due, i was told it the same in Mexico, thats why they always look like the second floor or roof is waiting to be put on

    also more pastel shades as well for exterior paint

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    KM's are gone you're back in MPH

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    topes are gone now they are...

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    very few were painted and blended in with the road very well, but same rules as Mexico applies, most of the time there are some on the way in and on the way out of a town

    animals look healthier

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    when they say its rainy season they mean it

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    women ride bicycles in the rain with umbrellas!!!

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    places are signposted pretty well, my destination for today was the Crooked Tree Lodge, up this dirt road for 4 miles, there was a "toll" to enter the village but i just rode by, its $4, i didn't have any change anyway

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    i get to the lodge and i'm the only one here, its rainy season!!! but its very cool i'll take some photos and add them in the next post or two, the owner is an ex british military guy called Mick, and already he has invited me to a pig roast tomorrow at some friends of his...might stay here a while, well 19 days at the most
  14. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    just did a quick total up :deal for 11 days riding south bound thru mexico as i know some of you want to now cash figures so you can workout your budgets

    so, hotels every night, most thanks to Sjeord Bakkers budget mexico hotel book, and i picked good ones except one night, breakfast, lunch and dinner most days a few toll roads that couldn't be avoided due to wrong turns and also getting away from the texas/ mexico border and trying to get to Campeche before dark and this includes gas and i did about 70/30 magna/ premium mix due to a few bad lots of gas along the way, probably due to the heavy rain in some places getting into their holding tanks

    all came out to $428 or about $39 a day - this doesn't include a new tire and two new inner tubes, if i took out the tolls it would drop to $380 or $35 a day, i could have wild camped a few days if the rain wasn't so imminent and i could have had it down to less than $30 a day...so what are you waiting for? get out for ride south bound :ricky
  15. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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    Awesome report on border crossing. I am currently D minus 10. More or less......

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  16. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i hope thats hours or days...not weeks, months or years :huh

    if its one of the first two you'll catch me along the road for sure...starting to slow down dramatically now
  17. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Hey rtwpaul,

    From 1 paul to another...I'm really enjoying your report. I did the same crossing into Belice a shade over two years ago and enjoyed the change of cultures. Love the sound of Belician Enlgish.

    Ride well.
  18. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    its time for a few days to stop and not ride...feels good. I'm at the crooked tree lodge www.crookedtreelodgebelize.com

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    nobody else here than me so i can unwind from the stress of having to ride my bike around the world :lol3

    this is my cabana

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    and some views around the place

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    late afternoon and into the very early hours Mick (the owner) and i went into Belize city to a pig roast to meet some of his friends, Belize has a avery eclectic of ex pats from the UK, South Africa, US and various eastern block and arab counties.

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    *************i was talking to one guy and he was telling me that the border from Belize to Guatemala maybe closed, there was a shooting by the Belize border control of a Guatemalan farmer and tensions were running high, he felt that as a non Belizian it shouldn't be an issue but he did what to make me aware of it just the same...stay tuned on that one
  19. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    just read thru your ride report, some good stuff in there, looked like you guys had a blast...i'm still in Belize, the accent reminds me of Jamaican Patwa accent, but in English, very cool
  20. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    as i am just down the road from Lamanai Mayan temples i took a ride to day to have a look around...its renowned for being one of the quieter sites and i only saw 14 other people there

    information from Wiki...

    Lamanai was occupied as early as the 16th century BC. The site became a prominent centre in the Pre-Classic Period, from the 4th century BC through the 1st century CE. In 625 CE, "Stele 9" was erected there in the Yucatec language of the Maya. Lamanai continued to be occupied up to the 17th century AD. During the Spanish conquest of Yucat√°n Spanish friars established two Roman Catholic churches here, but a Maya revolt drove the Spanish out. The site was subsequently incorporated by the British in British Honduras, passing with that colony's independence to Belize.


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    then it was on to the temples

    this is the jaguar temple

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    view from the top

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    it was a steep climb

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    onto the mask temple

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