RTW on a thumper... Round the World ADVenturization

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

  1. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    ...and you came back to the states because why?????????

    not married so i can walk around with my head twisting around until it snaps off my neck :evil

    i have some good photos coming up, went to chichicastenango market yesterday, just need to catch up before i add them in a few days
  2. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    since i got to Antigua this is the only view of the complete volcano i have had in a week

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    ...and some more street views

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    this is how the volcano has looked the rest of the week

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  3. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    some of the walls make great backdrops just waiting for the right person to walk by

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  4. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    Cuba's good but not that good:wink: it's a small prison for a motorbiker and I think I might have overstayed my welcome last time:lol3

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    that was the suckiest part but the sponge baths in Venezuela hospital weren't so bad:deal

    I predict you will have wild good time:freaky Looking forward to seeing how your experience goes:lurk

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    Don't forget to take care of that other head ;)
  5. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i have a matching xray just like that (not on this computer) but my right leg, so i know how that one feels exactly, screws and all, looks like your was a lot cleaner than mine was, mine was shattered into about 50 pieces, plus a snapped ankle at the same time...

    hope you got her to wash your bike once she was finished with her other chores :evil
  6. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    a few select people of antigua, week one

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  7. Lee C

    Lee C Long timer

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    :clapShe's playing Pocket pool and the Ref is a Prick :1drink
  8. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i'm leaving that one alone!!!
  9. Merlin III

    Merlin III Lone Wolf-No Club

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    Nice pics! People's faces tell us so much.
  10. RobBD

    RobBD Been here awhile

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    Great photos - what camera/ lens do you use.
    Thanks for the report
    Cheers Rob
  11. GhostRiderFC

    GhostRiderFC Just a guy who rides

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    Looks like you're having a good time! In honor of your spanish language classes, I broke open the Rosetta Stone. Let's see how much progress I make without a sleeping dictionary. :evil
  12. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i have a point and shoot around my neck on a lanyard for riding when i'm riding its a samsung MV800, reason for that one was , easy to use, i take a lot of shots when i'm riding with my left hand, also it takes panoramic shots both vertically and horizontally, and has a folding screen for self portraits which is also good for video....got an amazing price on it on eBays daily deals $110

    the other camera i use is a DSLR Canon 550 with a 18-200 lens...i use a graduated filter on most shots which makes a big difference on colors, it makes them a lot richer and truer, if i do anything after the fact its crop and adjust maybe brightness, using Picasa, and if need be i hit the 'feeling lucky' button - unless i am looking for a dramatic effect or B&W or sepia of course. I also do some post production work with Photomatix if i have a shot that i want to spend some time on for HDR effects
  13. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i found to late but you have loads of time, you may want to look into doing some lessons on skype, my school (www.spanishtraveling.com) does them for $10 an hour, at least that way you can get some interaction and correction that the CD can't give you...but you live in New Mexico i guess you could just go to the supermarket and do the same thing :rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl
  14. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    more views from around Antigua...

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    you may want to read this to realize how lucky you have it...

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    i had a walk around the Santa Domingo Hotel, Antiguas most expensive at about $400 - $500 a night and up. it was built on the grounds of an ld convent and they have let a lot of the original areas stay which makes it an interesting places to look around

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    under some of the hotel they found some burial plots and left them in place...

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    da bells...

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    i don't know why this looked like a set up for a Ku Klux Klan meeting to me

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  15. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    on sunday i went to the market at Chichicastenango...to describe the place??? It is a visual overload for the eyes, the colors are intense, the crowd is pure chaos, and the vibe is bedlam, and add to this and the smell of incense burning from the steps of San Tomas church...if you come to Guatemala this is a MUST SEE location it is on twice a week, thursday and sunday but the sunday market is the best

    this is part one...

    i found parking in a house from a local and his son told me he was security and NOTHING would happen to the bikes...this is him

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    then he told me if there is a problem his sisters would help him out!!!!

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    it was just a good vibe so we left the bikes - nothing happened to them BTW

    crossing the street and turned a corner into the market and this was the first view

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    this is the main Church, San Tomas, this where the flower sellers are and standing on the top steps you get a good view of the market...there are 18 steps to relate to the 18 months of the Mayan calender

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    more to come...
  16. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    the following photo is a story all in itself...

    i am standing looking up at the church and i see this old Mayan lady looking off to the side, i have a perfect profile shot of her, i lift my camera and right as i press the shutter she turns and looks me dead in the eye down my lens!!! She is sitting on the bottom step of 18 that relate to the Mayan calendars 18 months

    she starts screaming at me about stealing her spirit and then grabs a handfull of petals that she is selling for locals to go inside and pray with and throws them at me very aggressively, still shouting. I apologize but she won't have any of it so i walk away...i go to take another random photo and my SD card is full...i grab another card and put it in the camera, i check to see it is loaded and look how many shots i have on the card?

    the number is 666 :eek2


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  17. PhiSig1071

    PhiSig1071 What's ******width?

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    Amazing RR. Great read. It took me about three days to read it in bits and pieces.

    I don't know what your return route is, but if you happen to come through Tucson AZ you're welcome to my spare bedroom and you can stick the bike in the garage.
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    Merlin III Lone Wolf-No Club

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    Paul, does "Stealing my spirit" mean, you need to pay me a modeling fee?:deal I was told once that that was what it was really about.
  19. Chiriqui Charlie

    Chiriqui Charlie Been here awhile

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    I am really jealous! Guess I have to put Antigua on my bucket list.
  20. MikeMike

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    Mayan drama queens are so early 2000's. She might have thrown the petals at you because you told her she looked like Debbie Harry. Those Mayan phrase books are tricky that way!