Seattle to TDF and back on an airhead

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Airhead Wrangler, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    Well, this RR is coming a bit late as I'm already in Costa Rica as I write this, but here it goes anyway. I'm loosely traveling with 6 other guys. We split up and rejoin constantly. 4 of us are from Seattle, one's French but living in Canada, one's German, one's British. 3 of us are riding airhead GSs, 2 of us are on DR650s and the two Euros are riding XT600s. This first post will be pic heavy / text light as there's no way I can catch up on all the minor stories thus far. Enjoy the ride. Here we go.

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    GUAGTAHONDURAGUARICAMA:

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    ...More coming shortly
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  2. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Promise?! Glad to see that ST doing what it was born to do. Subscribed...
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  3. tinytdog

    tinytdog Adventurer

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    Sweet pics! Looks like a great ride so far. Looking forward to more updates. I think I admired your bike at Ride West once. I got a thing for big, round headlights :evil.
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  4. bereahorn

    bereahorn Long timer

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  5. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    Subscribed!!:clap

    After lurking in the build thread, it's really great to see this trip well under way. Fantastic pics, too.:bow
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  6. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    Wow! Awesome adventure and great pics :thumb

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  7. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    I was quite taken with Tikal when I was there, friggin' jacarandi stole my damn lunch, and I was lucky enough to see a black panther at 5am on the road. Magical place. Glad you got to see it.
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  8. Watercat

    Watercat . . . gravity sucks

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    Nice pix
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  9. reBARman

    reBARman Been here awhile

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    My God! :eek1

    subscribed!
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  10. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    I'm jealous AW. Will be watching.
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  11. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    heck yeah!

    Okay, you gotta tell the story of why that red-headed guy was getting his hands bandaged. Oh, and why you were shooting a rifle with bayonet in a motorcycle jacket.

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    and where's the river crossing? I'm assuming they're related

    um...I think that about does it. If you need any help from the states drop me a PM. I'm 6 miles from Boxerworks and I can probably get you anything you need. If he doesn't have it I can pull it off my bike. Good luck!
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  12. Pedro Navaja

    Pedro Navaja Long timer

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  13. stickerbush

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    Damn Wrangler, no words necessary--those photos say it all. Amazing! This one sure looks a lot like the Eastern Washington.

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  14. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Great stuff!
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  15. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Dang! One post and we go from Seattle to CR!! The next one will summarize CR to TDF! :wink:

    Where ya' at in CR?

    BTW: amazing river / canyon picture!
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  16. Mr. Average

    Mr. Average Adventurer

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    Fantastic! Made my day. Thanks for posting.
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  17. DisTech

    DisTech Been here awhile

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    Awesome RR, can't wait for more! :lurk

    PS: I snapped up that Buckley DR350S!
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  18. RAGBrian

    RAGBrian jonesing for a ride

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    Subscribed! Oh and taking notes, too. One of these days, I'm outta here and headin' south.

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  19. srad600

    srad600 Been here awhile

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    Great shots, I spent a few weeks in Zipolite y Mazunte....some of your beach pic's totally took me back. :D

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  20. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    TEXT ONLY UPDATE:

    We just hopped a sailboat from Puerto Lindo Panama to Turbo, Colombia. Photos will be coming as soon as we find a good internet connection, probably in Medellin or Bogota. So far, Colombia hasn´t shown itself to be the ¨the wretched hive of scum and villainy¨that many of the doomsayers claim it to be, in fact quite the opposite - lots of very helpful, friendly people who are really interested in what we´re doing, much more so than in any other place we´ve been so far. The scenery is also pretty breathtaking. Tomorrow we´ll hit some mountains, so I expect that to only get better. More later, including photos.
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