South America and back on a 250 Super Sherpa Minimalist Adventure

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  1. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Mi amigo, Juan. care of Cmnthead.

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  2. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Tilting the Horizon

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    Somehow I missed this whole ride report while it was going one and I have spent the last 3 days reading it, on and off.

    Wow! What an amazing journey! I have learned a lot and you have inspired me. My dreams don't lie in South America but they do lie in exploring areas far from home. Focusing on getting my health in order and then I'm off to make those dreams come true, Thank you!
  3. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hey Cmnthead,

    That's a cool place you've got on the beach. I really had fun hanging with you, the other Phil and your son. Thanks for forwarding the nice pic amigo.

    Saludos,
    Juan Azuero
  4. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Jimmy the Heater,

    Love that name. Get well soon and hit the road.

    Best luck wherever your travels take you.

    Regards,
    Lukewarm Juan
  5. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Clem Kevin,

    You and me both. I encouraged it because I don't think Kary would post a ride report. He hadn't in the past few months when I met him in Medellin. I have absolutely no problem with anybody posting anything they deem appropriate on this ride report. Especially now that I'm taking a break earning some dough for more South America riding. And those pics of their Sherpas in Colombia were awesome.

    It's a dang shame he got chased away. Oh well. Them's the breaks.

    Juan Triste
  6. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    I just found this party! Damn, always a dollar short and a day late.

    Thanks John.
  7. FoolishADV

    FoolishADV Adventurer

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    I hope you're enjoying AJ. I made it back to the forum after spending the last week+ moving into a new house in the north valley.

    My schedule is flexible and I can ride out to AJ pretty much anytime. Takes about an hour and 20 minutes from here, but any excuse to get on the bike works for me.

    t

  8. theturtleshead

    theturtleshead Tits on a fish

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    When do I get my Nebraska fix???
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  9. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi FoolishADV,

    I'm in Casa Grande at the moment stuccoing Trevorheaths cement block fence. Should be back in Apache Junction by Sunday or sooner. I'll PM you the address when I get there. Look forward to meeting you amigo.

    Kindest regards,
    Juan Stucco
  10. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Al,

    The more important question is when do I get my Medellin fix???

    The weather in Nebraska has been shite. I will head there next week I imagine.

    Look forward to seeing you next fall amigo. Thanks for everything.

    Best,
    Johnny Colombia
  11. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Ridingagin dropped down for a visit this evening. He flew in for a conference in Phoenix and dropped down to Casa Grande to take me out for dinner and talk of motorcycles, travel, and all things of great importance.

    Really nice meeting Dennis. I forgot to take my camera so no pics. Really great guy. As are all the ADVriders I've met in the last six months. I'll have to sign his name on the tank when I get back to Medellin, as he gave a generous donation to the South America Sherpa fund. I've only been back a short while and the ride fund is growing. It's only a matter of time before I'm back ride reporting like a banshee.

    Best,
    Juan Banshee
  12. roaming_art

    roaming_art In transit...

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    JDowns,

    I read your first ride report back in 2010 and was so impressed by your outlook on life and your minimalist traveling style that I almost purchased a used Sherpa I found at a dealer for $1500. The Ukrainian in me even haggled the stealer down a bit lower. Still wish I would have picked it up, they never sold here in CA, but the functionalist inside talked me out of a 2nd bike. I couldn’t part with my trusty KLR! That said, your last ride report completely invigorated my desire to get on the road less traveled and take my time. I don’t know if I’ll ever make it down to South America, there’s still so much that I haven’t seen here in the States! Central America alone seems like a place where you can spend years traveling through and only scratch the surface of its people and culture. I’m 25 years young and I just wanted you to know that you are an inspiration to me and I wish more of my generation had values that coincided with yours, I’ve always thought that I was born a couple generations too late. Here’s to you Juan and may you have many more adventures to come!

    -Art
  13. Tomaso

    Tomaso Adventurer

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    I must be the world's slowest reader; it's taken me about 2 weeks to get through Minimalist Adventure. And now I feel like starting over . . . sort like Lord of the Rings, ya gotta read it twice to fully savor it.

    One question, John: do you think it's possible to rent, for a decent price, a 250 or so cc in Medellin? I've seen a number of SA motorcycle rental agencies on the web and they all charge over 100 bucks a day for big bore bikes! That's a lot of money added up over a month of riding. I now believe I could be quite content on something smaller, cheaper, minimal-er.

    I'd love to ride my wee-strom from Long Island across the USA, down thru Mexico and Central America, over the Darien Gap and all over South America, but that's not practical at this point in my life. What could work would be a month in Colombia and Ecuador on a cheap rental.

    Anyone with any thoughts on the matter?

    Cannot wait for your return in the fall to your sweet Sherpa, John. I'll be donating to the cause next time! Though quite possibly I'll be looking for you on those southern roads, if I manage to save enough to make the trip in the fall.

    I've enjoyed every moment of your ride report and all of the intelligence, wit and soul you brought to it.
  14. RidingAgin

    RidingAgin Been here awhile

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    Hey Juan Banshee,
    Good to have an eye to eye and discuss travels and tips.

    I forgot to get a photo also as I had my iPhone. I guess it was a long day, but I will have to figure out another time to meet again. Maybe at the Shamrock. Take car Amigo. :D

    Dennis
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  15. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hey thanks Art. CA has plenty of great riding on back country roads. I still dream of Hwy 36 through the coast range, the gravel roads overlooking Big Sur, cranking through the Trinity National Forest, as well as all the minor passes through the Sierra.

    You have a lifetime of great riding ahead of you. ADVriding is a state of mind. No need to ride to South America to have a great time on the roads less traveled.

    A Sherpa for under 1500 bucks? Art???? What were you thinking passing that up? Just kidding.

    Best luck,
    Juan Abuelo
  16. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Tomaso,

    The DRZ boys were looking for any bike to rent in Medellin when their friend flew in for the week and they struck out. It's a tough business. Anything over a 125cc is super expensive in Colombia and the bikes get thrashed so a lot of rental companies come and go. There is nobody in Medellin at the moment.

    As far as I know, there is only Mike at Motolombia in Cali who is reliable and rents decent bikes. But yes they are expensive. Maybe email Mike and see if he has a 250 for rent that isn't on his internet list.

    You can't take rentals across borders usually. I seem to remember someone in Ecuador that rented 250 Hondas. So 2 weeks in Colombia and 2 week rental in Ecuador.

    Compared to flying your bike to Colombia and back, 100 bucks a day is not the end of the world. If I had the money and limited vacation time I'd do it. I met a dentist from Canada up in the Colombian mountains who flew down and rented an F800GS from Motolombia and he was having plenty of fun. There is no cheap way to get a bike to South America.

    Best luck amigo.
  17. FoolishADV

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    I saw the pics. Now that's some serious ADV karma!

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  18. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Music is the rhythm of life. I was listening to a classic rock station this morning. I remember this song going through my head down in the Darien after my bike got smashed on the docks. Cue it up on your iPod next time
    you ride into the ditch and the situation looks dire. It might lift your spirits and bring a smile to your face. It sure did for me. The intro even sounds like metal parts getting smashed:

    <iframe width="480" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/X6x_bbuSc_4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>


    When life is too much, roll with it, baby
    Don't stop and lose your touch, oh no, baby
    Hard times knocking on your door
    I'll tell them you ain't there no more
    Get on through it, roll with it, baby
    Luck'll come and then slip away,Yu've gotta move, bring it back to stay.

    You just roll with it, baby
    Come on and just roll with it, baby
    You and me (your bike), roll with it, baby
    Hang on and just roll with it, baby

    Kindest regards,
    Juan Música
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    396 low-post lurker

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    I just wasted 2 days of my employer's time catching up on this. You truly have a gift for story telling...
    I think a how-to book on minimalist touring might be a good project for you. I'd sure be interested. I always would pack a ton of stuff just for a weekend, but then again I was packing a wife also.
    Chapters on gear, clothing, bike choice, stealth camping, money management, eating cheap, roadside maintenance & repair, getting along with strangers & local cops, & whatever tips & tricks you can share. Maybe not specific to any country, just good general info.
    Can't wait for the return trip. Thanks for sharing.
    Ray
  20. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    Already been done. In a way.
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    Read the "SURVIVE!" section.
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