RTW on a thumper... Round the World ADVenturization

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

  1. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    Oh HELL yeah....I'm weak to temptation what can I say? :shog

    It occurs to me that for current pricing, we could just check with President Obama's Secret Service and get a breakdown by country..... :rofl

    On a serious note, I just want to say; thank you for explaining the ins and outs of the border crossings, that kind of info is extremely helpful. In fact, it seems to me that we should start a sub forum just for that subject, with people posting what they did - that way we could keep it up to date and save from digging through the site for hours.
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  2. 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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    I know Mick at Crooked Tree Lodge has space and there is ALWAYS someone there him or his wife Angie, don't stay in Orangewalk its a hole and BElize city isn't much better, where i am right now will be too far, but as a second stop it will be good, email the owner to see if she has space, mention my name and she may do a deal for you, she did for me, her email is tricia@tippletreebelize.com, her name is Tricia, she's English

    Hope this helps...now catch up so we can have some beers!!! :lol3
  3. 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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  4. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    just realised if i posted what you need to get it may make things easier for others too...


    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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  5. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    off to Guatemala in the AM, all i keep hearing is watch out for the dangerous curves, they are a lot different than Belize...

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  6. ratbikemike

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    Well, maybe I got it right. It was the woman in the small white building on the right that asked for my passport, visa and $300. I don't know if she had a uniform but I thought her to be an official. I could not remember that being any part of what I've read, so I declined her offer. I have now checked with someone that knows how this thing works and will try again later. Thank you Paul, for helping me know what is expected. Hey, this noob was right! woohoo! ratbikemike
  7. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i use my UK passport for central america not my US one so it maybe slightly different, but there was a guy standing next to the booth, very well dressed, if he approaches you he is a scam artist watch out, women in the hut, all good...if in doubt ask to see the stamp now you know what it looks like :deal
  8. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    Jesus Christ. :eek1

    I would lose my fortune pretty quickly there I think....... :nomystery
  9. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    Dude....you ROCK for doing this! :freaky

    I'm going to keep an eye out for the info - Thanks so much for doing this. :clap
  10. rtwpaul

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    I have a simple philosophy on a border crossing day, only plan for one thing, the border crossing itself, don’t look for a long day in the saddle just pick a location that is far enough from the border that you are happy with and find a hotel.

    So I left the line of hammocks on the beach in Belize

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    and headed west to the border with Guatemala (see next post for full details), it was a relatively easy border, nice and quiet and headed off to Flores. Got a cheap hotel with secure parking for the bike for 100 Q’s ($12.75)

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    I have a walk around and take in the sights…damn!!!

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    Next I see a motorcycle shop with a few hundred tires hanging outside, I go inside and he has maybe a 1000 more…on the road south of the border if its in front of you buy it is a good rule to live by, I ask for a 17x140 or a 17x130…no senor!

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    Moral of ‘this’ story if you have the opportunity to have 16, 18, 19 or 21 inch wheel on you bike get them, they had every size in stock for those wheels in this little town …and ‘cause 17’s are a bitch to find here and expensive too.

    So Flores and the surrounding area brings me into tuktuk land, ladies carrying things on their heads and cobbled streets. Very cool, but humidity not cool!

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    The cops ride around in pick up trucks and their bikes are now amusement rides for kids

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  11. 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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  12. rtwpaul

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    Left Flores in the morning, good roads, nothing too special until I reached a ferry crossing for 5 Q’s just before Sayaxche,

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    from there back on a small paved roads heading south thru lots of small towns. As it was Saturday there was a lot of people just walking around, a few towns had markets going on and as they are on the main streets you ride thru the middle of them…

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    Then into the hills in the rain forest, the paved road just ended heading towards Coban, not sure if I was on the right road or not I just kept riding.

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    I had to take a photo of this house perched on an outcropping and question WHY? When there is so much space and huts and house were everywhere, why would you balance yourself with a 1000 foot drop under your floorboards

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    My destination for the day was Lanquin, a small town in the mountains just a few K’s from Samuc Champey (plans for it the next day)

    The dirt road was good most of the time until it got high in the mountains then lots of areas were washed out, and one area had just had a landslide I was told later, but the views were spectacular all the same.

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    Coming down around a steep curve I ended up in a small town with a full-scale market going down the main street. I was waved forward by the locals, I was the only motorized transport on the road, but still I was waved on until the market vendors were having to move baskets of goods out of my way for me to get thru…because of trying to get out of the way quickly I forgot to take photos!!!

    Right in the middle of the market was an army patrol and I stopped to ask if I was heading out on the right road (the soldier in perfect English) I was told keep going straight until the road splits in 7 km’s then take the left the Lanquin. The information was exactly what my GPS showed…he reached out to shake my hand and wished me a great ride!!! Very cool.

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    I got to Lanquin and got a cabana for 120 Q’s on the river…good place to stop La Retiro

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  13. pdedse

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    I'm not sure why, but I really like this photo...I like the corn coming right down to the road's edge...and then the road itself looks so inviting. Enjoying the photos!

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  14. richsuz

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    I am from Guatemala and you went through the process with flying colors. I did the same crossing in August. The only cost for us was the exit fee, as my wife is American but rides on a Guate plated bike.

    The bridge is FREE, period. If you get waved, don't stop. No one will come after you anyway.

    The military checkpoint is not there always. They move around, and will usually not stop bikers. They are not a problem at all, not corrupt, and I think are more afraid of bikers than the other way around.

    BEWARE of fixers. A friend that went through the La Mesilla/Ciudad Quactemoc border on the CHIAPAS/HUEHETENANGO border was hustle out of USD$160, by a MEXICAN fixer. He found out later he was suposed to pay Q160....:kboom:kboom:kboom
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    JMforPres Been here awhile

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  16. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    thats a good point to know, as i said i wasn't going to ask at the bridge...i was in customs with a customs agent clearing 7 semis, and he spoke perfect English, he told me the trucks have to pay so he tried to calculate against his cost what my cost would be ( a small percentage) he didn't know it was just a guess and the boss of the area didn't know either...thanks for adding that
  17. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    Stunning photography.
  18. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    thanks for coming along

    thank you, much appriciated
  19. SS in Vzla.

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

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    Nice updates Paul, nice to see you are enjoying the trip :clap
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    it was time to be a tourist...i was staying the El Retiro, a recommendation from Chris at CA Tours in Antigua, its a hostel in Lanquin right on the river with beds from 45 Q's, and cabanas from 85 Q's

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    its the perfect location to head off to Samuc Champey. they had a tour and i am really weary about arranged tours, basically restriced time due to numbers etc. the tour had openings for 20 people, minimum was 5, it left at 9 am, at 8.50 it had 4 people so i added my name and took with a gude and four young Israeli guys.

    the road up there only 9 km's took nearly an hours, in the rain trhu the mud and very steep climbs and declines

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    we had a guide who took us thru the underground caves, you couldn't do this without a guide no photos as some of it is underwater and lots of swimming, and all done by candle light (swimming with one arm trying not to get your candle wet!!!)

    then a little tubing down this river

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    next was a guided hike thru the rainforest to the lookout point

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    then a hike back down a different way to get in that water and cool off

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    then a hike back out past some local families trying to make a few quetzals selling fresh picked from and handmade local chocolate

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    the girl in the red had a serious 50 yard stare if you didn't buy anything

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    then back along the same road that seemed worse heading in the opposite direction

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    turned out to be a good day to be a tourist :D