South America and back on a 250 Super Sherpa Minimalist Adventure

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  1. Harry94025

    Harry94025 Been here awhile

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    Hi John,

    Yes, I was wondering about this; the thread title is "South America and back on a 250 Super Sherpa..." :D

    Regards,
    Harry
  2. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Harry,

    Exactly. It might take a while though.

    Saludos,
    Juan Viajero
  3. BeachGuy

    BeachGuy Lost in paradise!

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    Saw big sign in the window of the department store, reminded me of John's title "and back".

    "Big Sale, Starts Tomorrow" does tomorrow ever come?
  4. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    Still have time to go to La pintada o Matasanos or go southeast via Santa Elena. I'm not writing you off yet Juanito:evil
  5. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Ricardo,

    I'm checking maps.google.com right now.

    Although this evening I've had to go down to get internet access since the wifi is out at the Shamrock. I was sitting in my room and was listening to the roar of the neighborhood as Venezuela is playing Colombia in a tight football match. My windows were open to let in fresh air, and I can't tell you how loud the neighborhood is whenever someone makes a great play. It's incredible! The Shamrock is packed with football fans watching the game on the big screen. The announcers are great. GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!

    Unfortunately that was Venezuela. 1-0. But it's still early.

    Reminds me of when I was watching the World Cup in Bangkok years ago. Soccer is such a big sport around the world. And believe me, Colombianos love their home team!

    Saludos,
    Juan Amante del Futbol
  6. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF ¿to post or to ride?

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    Matasanos? :patch

    A lo mejor una metáfora para jugadores de fútbol....
  7. Dracula

    Dracula Deus ex machina

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    Hi John,

    As am watching a movie about Indian guru's I cant help but think about you.
    The interesting part is that the movie portrays a self appointed guru who is a person that really only wants to find out what this followers are finding so addictive about real guru's. Which according to him are very few if any at all. Yet it all works and makes people feel good, a sense of reason in life. I believe you have allot more to share from your travel wisdom but for some reason are selective in doing so with us your minimalist wannabe disciples. It's not just a ride report where pictures are the main reason. You must write that book :D

    Best,
    Vic
  8. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    So I went down the street for a stroll to see what the big deal was with Colombia futbol.

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    Everywhere I went around the neighborhood people were cheering on the Colombian home team. Let me tell you. Colombians are out in the streets cheering their national team on. It's pretty awesome. These people are passionate.

    Saludos,
    Juan Futbol
  9. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Vic,

    This is the book. I'll look into other options when I get home. An ongoing live ride report is better than most books I've read about motorcycle travel. I will definitely look into making some Sultan of South America T-shirts for next fall.

    Saludos,
    Juan Sultana
  10. Dracula

    Dracula Deus ex machina

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    Dear John,

    Indeed it's great to have the live report. It's like a book that talks back to you as you write it. Can't have enough of your stories though, the first hand knowledge about travelling in Central and South Amerca which when I will be doing my RTW ride I'd appreciate to draw advice from. Things that may seem trivial to you now are great advice for a newbie travelling to South America.

    Much appreciated,
    Vic
  11. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    I went riding tonight. Headed straight up into the hills. A 250 Yamaha passed me in the corners. Holy cow! I chased that little booger for 30 clicks until he turned off; That boy could ride. Effing knee dragger. I was on his tail the whole time. Pretty fun actually. Although I hate myself sometimes for riding like a hooligan. I pulled over and took a shot of the night lights:

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    Headed back to town and learned that Colombia lost to Venezuela. Alas. And the U.S. tied Mexico 0-0.

    I look forward to the World Cup in Brazil next year. Along with the Dakar. 2014 should be a great year to be in South America.

    Saludos,
    Juan Deportes
  12. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Just like to thank sunday rider, ex_mgb, and Dave Jardine for sponsoring this week's riding. I have no idea how they figured out how to donate to paypal, but I am indebted forever to you guys. Thanks so much!

    Saludos,
    Juan Endeudado
  13. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF ¿to post or to ride?

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    I have to agree. This ride report beats any book, in my opinion. And that's just the reading. If you factor in the interactive component, it's off the charts.
  14. drifter dave

    drifter dave Been here awhile

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    Hey John,

    I'm not caught up yet, but figured I would post here since you did on my RR. Thanks for the great RR and keep it up Amigo!!

    Dorian (aka Drifter Dave)
  15. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF ¿to post or to ride?

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    At least you weren't running from anyone!
  16. Hawk62cj5

    Hawk62cj5 2 Cheap 4 a KLR

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    Dont know why I was wondering about your sherpa down in south America.


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    Servicing the forks in 40ish weather .
  17. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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  18. Hawk62cj5

    Hawk62cj5 2 Cheap 4 a KLR

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    Thanks , Im just trying to stop mine from nose diving to bottom when I brake hard or go down a steep hill . Im installing the progressive springs for a KLR 250 and flushing the factory oil out and refilling with 15 wt to see if that helps a bit . Im not a small guy , I like pizza too so Im about as heavy as the bike is . The tusk hand guards were a must , the lolipop turn signals I hate to no end so they had to go . plus I had to use the outer part of one to fix one of the rear lolipops back in the fall when I fell , which the tusk hand guards saved my right hand from damage .

    After so many miles on the sherpa this year are you planning on changing any thing next year when you return ?
  19. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    By John on a Budget. That's something I'd pay to have on ebook. Camping spots, hostels, wifi, food, gear, girls reviews, etc. Info reported by you and collected from other ride reports. Info from the very notes you take and from your gifted memory. It's the perspective of a world traveler what brings us here.. I'll help you with some useful phrases in spanish: señor policía, cómo podemos arreglar esta multa entre nosotros? :ear. Or explaining to the Mexican mechanic about the blown fork seals: Topes de Mierda! :ruskie.
  20. ratbikemike

    ratbikemike Adventurer

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    John,
    I'm headed home myself. I did have a container for $300 and could have done a boat myself for about $150, but I am pretty close to broke and the klr650 has serious issues. Maybe a dr350 and a more direct route next time. Or my old airhead loaded lightly !! Thanks for your counsel and maybe I'll get some of those airhead bits from you when I'm working again. ratbikemike
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