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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    bikes are rolling into panama, the figure looks like 13 bikes heading south, but a few seem to be leaving it a little late for the boarding which starts at 9 am tomorrow morning

    have heard from the girls, deb or alison and their blogs haven't been updated for about a week so hopefully they are in town at another hostal...the biggest distance with the shortest time to get here is Dwight aka inmate "kedgi" his RR , he emailed me last night and told me where he was, after a quick calculation he looks like he is 770KM from Panama City and also has to do the CR/ PAN border crossing too, he left at around 6am, he looses one hour at the border (time change) then add 90 KM

    so doing a quick bit of math, he has 860 KM's to do minimum and a border crossing, with 26 hours to do it all in, if the border goes well at two hours then he has 24 hours which is a 35kph average, doable for sure but he will be one tired puppy when he gets here :deal

    one rider has been here for a while and is getting all the overland riders he meets to sign his luggage instead of getting stickers

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    so had a quick walk around to see if any other bikes were riding around looking lost as panama city traffic is like a zoo and the chicken buses here drive just like they do out in the small towns

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    the skyline here is pretty unique from lots of different angle, but it is difficult not to get the same buildings in more than once

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    found a little shop selling tiny moped with the perfet name for driving in this city

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    when its not raining here it is just real hot and humid and even the guard dogs can't be bothered to lift their heads never mind bark at you

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    so no new riders showed so it was time to go back and pack for the morning ride out and to head out to sea on the stahlratte, and see how many cops we can salute to :fyyff on our way out of the city





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  2. GhostRiderFC

    GhostRiderFC Just a guy who rides

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    No, not yet. I'm tapped out right now, trying to rebuild my bank balance. It'll happen soon enough!
  3. Mr&MrsErnbo

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    Wow, great ride report and thanks for your posts, comments, and great pics. Sucks about all that rain. About those pesky Panamanian cops.......... do you need a Police Badge?........ Just sayin'. If you sort of represent yourself as a Gringo Cop on a ride down south....
  4. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    we'll have to arrange a ride when i get back in the states next year before i head off back to the southern hemisphere again
  5. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Hola Pablo!! Nice info. I rodw over the bridge last year on my way south. Think I have video. Things are always changing!

    Just taking a bit of time to check up on you!!! Enjoy the trip over to Colombia! Glad your keeping up with your great RR!! :clap
  6. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    honestly i don't think they would really care, most of the time if you are not doing something crazy wrong they just want to talk about the bike...


    there's no such thing as bad weather...it only matters if you are wearing the wrong clothes!!!
  7. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i'll say hello to Lulu for you...gotta go Carti is calling
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    Merlin III Mean SOB

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    Boy, some architect sure put himself-herself out there. I would love to see the inside of that building.
  9. TwoWheeldTerror

    TwoWheeldTerror Adventurer

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    I know that feeling all to well! Love the ride report, thanks for taking us along.
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    Natnewt Been here awhile

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    Onthe hit list... keeping track of your progress. Thanks for the awesome pics
  11. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    just arrived in Cartagena, will post some Stahlratte crossing photos soon
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    jimmex Guero con moto

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  13. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    Left the hostel early to try and beat traffic, got out of the city without to many problems and we were due to be at the Carti dock at the requested time of 9am…right up to the point when we came across backed up traffic about 1km before the turn to Carti.

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    There was a demonstration and the road was blocked due to flooding a few years ago and the government not paying to help the locals and some major damage to house, which all related back to a company who owns and runs the dams, the locals felt they need to pay

    The irony was they press arrived and the TV cameras, the cameras went straight to the demonstration, the press came straight to us asking how we were involved, once they realized we had nothing to do with it they went to the demonstration.

    even during demonstrations there is some tail wandering thru the crowds :huh

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    About a 45 minute delay and then the road opened and we headed to Carti, there is a barrier across the road about half way to the dock, and there is a toll, $6 for locals and $9 for international visitors.
    this is 3 of the riders, Ryan, Dylan and phil

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    there was rebuilding work being done to one of the docks and it seemed everyone was involved

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    Once at the dock we loaded, pretty straight forward, remove your luggage and get winched aboard…there were 13 bikes to load aboard

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    and headed off to the island of Carti Sugdub for the night.

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    There are 365 islands in the San Blas chain with 48 having inhabitants, so we stayed with a local family and slept in hammocks and took time to wander around the small island village

    The sad part that you notice is the amount plastic garbage laying everywhere…it was a good experience to stay there for an afternoon and night but it really was enough…outdoor toilets dropping straight into the Caribbean Sea where we had been swimming about a mile away just 1 hour earlier!!!!

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    lots more island shots to come...





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  14. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    Hey Paul,

    Orvar, from Sweden, should be crossing into Mexico tomorrow on his way to TDF. I heard there was a freighter taking bikes from Panama to Colombia but have no info to give him. Have you heard about this? StahlRat is booked during his trip so he'll have to air ship or try this freighter.

    Thanks,

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  15. wdeTA

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    Not sure about any freighter, but if you are thinking of the ferry, it's still wishful thinking.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=780701&page=26&highlight=panama+colombia+ferry
  16. rtwpaul

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    i met an English guy about a week back who caught a freighter from Turbo (Col) to Colon (Pan), he said the captain had no problems carrying bikes but had nothing to do with the clearing at either end, it was $320 inclusive and south to north it was ten days, and north to south it would be at least 20 days...the guy said he found out about it on a thread, so i'm guessing its buried somewhere in HU's 60,000 thread pages

    he did say that there were plenty of ships in the port that when questioned seemed OK to carry a bike but not many to also allowing you on as a passenger


    one thing that people might want to know is the Stahlratte will not be around forever, the foundation that owns it is considering a move, they were very open about talking about the subject of the move, so i guess they will make an official announcement about it when the decision is made, but that would mean no more motorcycles as the 150 people in the foundation struggle to get on the Rat right now and they want to sail to new places
  17. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    so as the readers of my ride report seem to like photos and NOT comment too much, only a select few seem to do that for some reason - then here is the mother load of photos for you...after 110,000 views to this point there are just that select few that have dared to come out of the darkness...lets see if this lot will lure the lurkers to make their first scary post and be known to the world :ear:ear:ear:ear:ear:ear:ear




    the Kuna ladies wear very tiny beads around their legs, and it appears it keeps them slim, not unlike the bound feet of latter year Chinese

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    so we headed into the island for an unknown night of what????


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    well it was simply walking around the very small island that sits maybe 8 - 10 inches above sea level, talking with the locals and taking in the sights, like the following

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    SavannahCapt Been here awhile

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    rtwpaul out riding...

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    Day 2 was back on the Stahlratte and off to a smaller island in Carti for a BBQ and some chilling out for the rest of the day

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    Day 3 a sea day, it was slow going with swells ranging from 10 to 20 feet, the Stahlratte was getting thrown all over the place, people were getting very sick, the Captain FiFi, (LULU is on vacation) said it was the worst he can remember...lucky us :puke1

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    Day 4 the sea was still very rough, but to make things worse the engine failed, it burned up an exhaust valve when we were 60 miles from Cartagena, I was called over and asked if it would be possible for me to weld up the problem, I did this the first time but the pressure from the motor blew another hole in the valve, two hours later I re-welded the valve and this time the engine could build enough pressure to run but only at about 50% power so we sailed very slowly towards Cartagena and arrived one day late, (new engine parts were ordered once we reached the dock) and of course just late enough to miss customs for clearance, so an extra day is now scheduled in Cartagena
  20. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    Long day starting at 5.15 am to get up and be at the dock by 6 am…it was unloading day from the Stahlratte

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    photo below is not me...but you get the idea

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    this also means sitting in Columbian Aduana almost the whole day whilst they clear all the paperwork and get you thru

    I’m not sure if the process from the Columbian authorities is more difficult when you arrive by boat compared to arriving by land or air but if time is the judge and having personally done all the other options it must be very difficult because once the bikes were at the Aduana building at 8 am sharp as requested it wasn’t until 4.30pm when we were all cleared and officially entered into Columbia, including the insurance as well

    With a full day like that I finished it off with a tire at the hostal surrounded by 17 other bikes (that i'd been carrying since Antigua) chain and sprocket change and basically was done for the day

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    the next day was spent walking the streets of old Cartagena

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