RTW on a thumper... Round the World ADVenturization

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

  1. Patrol

    Patrol VALE 46!

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    Supremely awesome RR! Killer photos. Loving the temples. Been there and my pics aren't half that good!
  2. GhostRiderFC

    GhostRiderFC Just a guy who rides

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    I hate your guts.

    Love,
    Everyone who isn't on this amazing ride with you.
  3. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    so what you're trying to say that i feel kinda like :wings witha little bit of :rayof and you are sitting there like...:drif

    OK!!!

    then you'll really hate the next post later...

    but good to hear from you all the same...hows it back in real life?
  4. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i kind of left crooked tree lodge this morning wondering if i was doing the right thing, talk about a relaxing place that just made you feel at home, really like one of the family - sometimes you need that when you are on the road


    i sent an email last night to a place in Hopkins, a tiny little village on the sea about 150 miles south, all i was thinking was it seemed like a good distance and it gets me closer to the Guatemala border

    i rode thru some of the remaining flat lands and swamp/ marsh/ lagoon areas

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    passing an unusual statue at a roundabout just outside of Belmopan, but to much traffic to stop and investigate

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    onto the Hummingbird Highway, a real nice ride going up in elevation slightly to about 1000 feet + and thru the rain forest, huge palms everywhere, some unususal trees and very small bridges that a few semi's that passed must have had to breath in to get over

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    Hopkins is about 6 miles down this road that 50 yards in turned to a mix of paving from decades ago and big potholes

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    my destination was Tipple Tee Beya, a small four room place according to the website (http://www.tippletree.com/), and on the beach front, that would be correct and this is my view from my room, 20 yards from the Caribbean Sea

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    i read this and it seemed like a good reason to make a visit...Today Hopkins is a small but vibrant community of approximately 1,000 villagers. The people live mostly by farming and fishing, and more recently many have found work in the growing tourist industry. The residents are known for their friendliness and genuine hospitality, and welcome visitors to their village. Hopkins has a selection of gift shops, restaurants and small bars. Hopkins was recently voted "The Friendliest Village in Belize" by Belize First Magazine.

    ...and everybody does say hello and wave as you ride by

    so after a swim in the warm water, i am writing this sitting in my hammock - sorry CJ :lol3

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  5. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    just heard a loud thud outside...:eek1 just coconuts falling from the palms, so i went and borrowed a machete...

    not this

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    or this...but she would be useful for lots of reasons, and i wouldn't need to do spanish lessons

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    this kind...

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    they're everywhere here...so i now have a snack in the fridge...this adventurer lifestyle is tough

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  6. GhostRiderFC

    GhostRiderFC Just a guy who rides

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    Oh, yeah... rub it in, why don't you!?!? :2guns

    Seriously, it looks great. :dizave


    Meanwhile, life goes on. I got in a few short local rides. Nothing special. Looking for a job so I can replenish my bank account. So, while I'm doing this: :vardy You keep doing this: :kat And I'll keep following for no apparent reason other than research and jealousy! :lol3

    Ride on, buddy! :ricky
  7. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    I was walking along some beach trails in Costa Rica a number of years ago and heard a thump! right behind me. Looked around and saw nothing, looked down and saw the biggest coco I had ever seen. A second earlier and I wouldn't be here. Don't know if it's true or not, but someone once told me falling cocos kill more than do poisonous snakes in Central America...prolly not true.
  8. Kedgi

    Kedgi Banned

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    Hi Paul

    Looks Awesome!

    Departure day has finally come for me. I will be leaving Shediac, NB later this morning, as soon as it warms up a bit. 3C this early morning:eek1. Thanks for the advice you gave me. I hope to see you, down the road

    Kedgi

    (Dwight)

    I've started a ride report. Here's a link

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=832336
  9. booniebasher

    booniebasher Been here awhile

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    this is a cover shot for sure
  10. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    funny you should say that, when i lived in the Bahamas and got my car insurance i was asked if i wanted coconut insurance? i laughed but the guy explained that more damage was done to cars than other by cars, then he said you can get personal coconut insurance but you have to go somewhere else for that as i don't sell it here...so it maybe true :huh
  11. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    aw shucks... :thumb
  12. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    just to a few shots to make you wonder why you are sitting in your office and not riding in exotic locations that only cost a few bucks a day...

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    more food just arrives hourly :D

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    so its back to the hammock for me and maybe a few :slurp and then some :jkam
  13. GISdood

    GISdood Been here awhile

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    Arrrgh! :baldy

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    Ok... I feel better now. More pics please! :D
  14. davesupreme

    davesupreme grand poobah

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    this is all very cruel......:cry
  15. syntec4

    syntec4 Long timer

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    Great pictures. I see the bike is from Chorley yamaha! Small world.

    Stay safe.
  16. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    thats too funny Kelly :rofl
  17. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    Bike is but i'm not...i'm a London boy
  18. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    :wings :wave :rayof :poser
  19. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    just checked my bank account and the Mexican fees/ deposits have been returned, so i was charged :deal

    $400 for importing the bike (deposit)
    $50.45 import paperwork fee for the TVIP
    $22.96 visa fee me me

    i know some of you always inquire on fees and there you are, its for my reference for later date too, obviously the figures may change a little for others dependent on the current exchange rate
  20. ratbikemike

    ratbikemike Adventurer

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    I been following you and hey,!! I wanta go to Belize too!! And I am in Chetumal , Mexico. So, I got up this morning, found the Kawasaki dealer, such as it was, paid $190 ($14.25us ) for a fram oil filter, smiled at the counter help, got some lunch and headed for the gate. I was not in the best humor. I had been thinking about my deposit and wondering how that would work out. I was asked for $300 ($22.50us) for an exit tax. I declined their offer without quotable offence and went back to town. The rest of the day did go really well. But I gotta know: Is that right? And there was a guy being way to friendly. He said ' Don't be scared' , which I hear as a warning. Anyway. What should I expect? If you could help out I would be very grateful. It helps me a lot, to kinda know what to expect. I do have 4 more months on may Mexican Visa etc, so this is not a real crisis. ratbikemike