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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    Volcan de Fuego burped a couple of times and threatened then went back to sleep

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    photo courtesy of Dan and Lisa on there 1987 Transalp...i couldn't see it from my place - their blog is www.heyivegotanidea.wordpress.com
  2. AltRoute

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  3. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    apples are for kids :wink:
  4. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    have you ever smelt something before you heard it or saw it...i did yesterday, it was incense burning and very strong incense at that

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    i came outside my Hostel to see this coming down the road

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    and the procession that accompanied it

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    i was an amazing sight with the deep bass drums pounding and the incense burning, and then the women came into view carrying this massive piece of religious art ( i have no idea of the name like a human carried float) . there were 50 women on each side and men at the front and rear directing/ steering it. it carried on down the street in a swaying motion, a very awe inspiring sight...it had to be 100 feet long

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    notice the lady in middle carrying her baby as well

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    the band following behind

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    i got around the procession and got a shot as the sun went down with the volcano in the background

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    as it got dark the people carrying swapped quite often from women to men...the procession went on for hours, it went past my place at 5.30 and it was still going around the town at 9.30pm

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  5. Merlin III

    Merlin III Long timer

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    Those pictures give "girl power" a whole new meaning!
  6. Meatn'taters

    Meatn'taters Not any more

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    Great stuff - thank you for taking us along. :freaky
  7. aviatorbdm

    aviatorbdm Been here awhile

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    Wow, some really great pictures... I wish I had taken more when I was there.
  8. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    plenty of room for passengers on this trip :lol3
  9. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i forgot i took a video of this...so now you can see girl power in action :eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1

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  10. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Hola Paul,

    Just checking in. Looks like antigua is treating you well! I am in Argentina heading south. Will make it to Ushuaia in December! then?

    Ride safe, study hard!
  11. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    antigua was good upto yesterday then i had to go to a dentist for and sit in a chair for four hours and get a root canal and a crown...PAIN!!! :bluduh:bluduh

    school has been great still have another week and then i head down to Montericco for a week...

    farthest i will head south this time is Venezuela and then i get back on the Stahlratte and go to Cuba, no Ushuaia this time for me...i will head back into states in April then i'm going to Australia as Africa is FUBAR'd right now

    enjoying your trip, loved the salar photos...the 'V' in ADV looked a little cosy though :rofl:rofl:lol3:lol3:rofl:rofl

    i was just looking at your thread when i got your message...spooky!
  12. aDave

    aDave Lovin' Life!

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    I'm loving your story & pics. So nice of you to bring us along:clap

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    GhostRiderFC Just a guy who rides

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  14. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i was walking in the main square with my Spanish teacher and all the people came running out of the buildings, they shook pretty good but no structural damage here to speak of but all the lights were swinging side to side in the streets...kind of spooky as the volcano tried to go off last week as well...but hey it is an adventure, right????? :thumb


  15. Catours

    Catours Guatemala Tourer

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    Paul - here's the brewery place I was telling you about in Honduras. Worth checking out if you ask me:

    http://www.ddbrewery.com/
  16. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    good to have you along for the ride :clap:clap
  17. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i have a room booked - Hotel in a brewery, its like DIsneyland for grown ups :freaky:freaky:freaky:freaky:freaky:freaky:freaky
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    BTBW 01 BTBW 01

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    Thanks for sharing your Adventure.
    Enjoying it very much.
    Pm me when in the land Downunder.
  19. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    My teacher, after looking at some of my photos took me a school that was having a photography exhibit for one day as he thought i would appriciate it for the art and also it would show me a side of Gautemala in his words "i hope you will never see"




    photos are VERY GRAPHIC so if you are easily offended wait for my next post which will be a lot lighter...






    these are NOT my photos, i took them secretly so other can see...i expect to see things as i travel that blow me away, but from someone else's photos is not an emotion i expected today









    he explained to me that his father worked in the sugar cane fields for 30 years and it was a very hard way to make a living, you just exisited...the pay right now today is 20 Quetzales per ton, in dollars at todays exchage rate thats $2.55!!

    he showed me a couple of photos and told me that this is how he remembered his father looking at the end of the day

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    next was some photos of the garbage dump area outside of Guatemala City where a river flows thru and because of this the heavier objects (metallic objects, steel, tin, aluminum cans etc) end up at the bottom, this is collected and if they are lucky on a very, very good day then maybe a tiny amount of gold may be there too

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    Drugs have been a large part of central american culture and certain areas of certain cities are controlled by gangs, this is the only photo that i think needs to be posted...others were way to graphic, ganglands ritual murders etc...i'm sure you can use your immagination for that

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    this is the bad photo and purposefully i have put it on here small and at the end so as not to see all the details, but what is being shown here is a that a family cannot afford to pay the 80 Q's a year or just 0.02 cents a day to keep their family member buried in the cemetery

    so the body has been exhumed and is propped against a wall, standing up, until it is taken away with others that are about to exhumed for "cremation"and to disappear for ever...and if you read the earlier post about Nov 1st Day of the dead you will understand how horrific this is for a family and culture who have the utmost respect for the deceased

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  20. HCurrier

    HCurrier Freedom Rider

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    Thx for sharing all of your experiences, including the sights & impressions typically unseen while traveling abroad.