South America and back on a 250 Super Sherpa Minimalist Adventure

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  1. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi snare,

    You know I'll be by to visit next time I'm in Ashville. Sherpa owners have to stick together. And yes, uncertainty is my middle name. Which is why I don't really know when I'll be by. Probably next year though. The last time I was in the Smokies in October with the beautiful fall foliage and winding roads, I said to myself:
    "You've got to get back here more often."

    Saludos,
    Juan Sherpa
  2. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    I think there are many exceptions. I continually witness people searching for the balance between the comfort of wealth and possessions vs. the freedom and mobility of the hobo.

    When at either extreme, some of the other starts to look good. Third corollary to the "greener grass syndrome" theorem.

    Yes, there is a balance point for everyone, at any specific point in time. However, a lot of time seems to be spent seeking equilibrium, as with a perturbed non-damped spring.

    FWIW

    Blessings, OnO
  3. Dracula

    Dracula Dilettante

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    Interesting concept.. in theory. In human terms, to my mind too, it is somewhat a moving target just as you say OnAndOff. I have seen many people that seem rather resigned to their way of life than content or balanced. Not that they may not have aspirations, but just that they won't or can't get out of their comfort zone to pursue them and either postpone or never do it. And so these remain just dreams. For some would be too much of a sacrifice and understandable not possible. So they choose next best compromise. Worse, none at all. If it comes down to just finances, it is possible to work out a plan. But it will not be perfect or forever lasting to throw it all out and travel the world although I considered it. It's just a matter how many years of life I can buy as such. From my readings, I learned of few travelers that have managed to stay on the road for several years. Each had their own circumstances and none were same as others. After several years on the road, I reckon most would go on forever if funds were no issue. In fact it may be a whole new life which can completely change a person depending what or whom they encounter so talking about it in advance trying to see what to expect defeats the purpose of adventure. The way John has thought this out seems a balanced way, come to think of it would be for me too time wise. Travel part of the year then find a way to recharge. And this is where it becomes the point where one has to decide to accept uncertainty and reap the rewards of freedom however long it lasts.

    Cheers,
    Vic
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  5. woodly1069

    woodly1069 Long timer

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    Hey JD, really into your ride report, your take things is very interesting to say the least. I was wondering about all these folks thru Central America that are apparently not from the areas they are living in. It seems that some head out to the beach and just stay. Some have carved out little businesses and left life in the 1st world behind. Is this perception of mine actual reality or am I missing something? What happens when you travel through these little countries at the borders? Do they ask you how long you plan to stay or does anyone care? Just wondering as I haven't seen anyone ask about this angle? Thanks for any input and travel safely! :clap
  6. Burro driver

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  7. snare

    snare sittin and breathin

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    I appreciate what you are saying Vic.
    These words have also resonated with me :

    “…relax gradually and wholeheartedly into the ordinary and obvious truth of change. [When we do this] we begin to understand that we’re not the only one who can’t keep it all together. We no longer believe that there are people who have managed to avoid uncertainty.”
    –Pema Chodron
  8. Dracula

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    In reading between the lines I felt almost sure John must have meant more with above... threw a money wrench in the mix as it hit a hot spot am sure for many. It worked and I think he is slowly converting his readers into minimalists of some sort or another..with or without Sherpa's. Everything is relative, one man's minimalism may be another's luxury or vice versa, but if one starts to move towards that goal the mission is half accomplished and that sweet spot of balance between work and play may be in sight me thinks.

    Best,
    Vic
  9. Wotnext

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    Hello John,

    I know that its a little strange calling you by your first name. After all I have never even met you but I feel as if we are long time companions. Odd how this forum can develop something like that:eek1. I have followed you from the start of your trip and have been enchanted, informed and inspired. For me, "your job is done":clap. On the 30th March 2014 I fly into the USA for a 2 year "Americas" trip on a minamalist budget. Trying to keep things at about $1200 per month. Seems that after motorcycle related costs big ticket items are accomodation, booze (not in your case), then food, with big ticket items like crossing the Darien Gap thrown into the mix. I have been surprised on more than one occassion at the generosity and willingness of the ADV community in suporting riders. I plan to stealth camp, carry cooking stuff and also try to keep a daily account on ADV Rider to help guide my ride to those special places that make for memories.

    May you ride safely and far and just maybe I might get to meet you in person, somewhere "down the road":thumb.
  10. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Wotnext,

    Congratulations! It really is just a matter of setting a date, saving as much money as possible, packing up your bike and twisting your right wrist. You have taken the first step.

    It is helpful if you don't have family trying to talk you out of travel. Also the less material possessions that need looking after while you are gone the easier it is to travel.

    Simplifying my life was what has allowed me to be gone for long periods of time. This isn't possible for everyone.

    Forty dollars a day is a minimalist budget. It is possible to camp every night in the U.S. if you contact people on the tentspace list and use sites like freecampsites.net. That will save you a ton. Late March is still quite cold in the Northern tier states and Canada, so you may want to start out in the Southern states.

    Should be a fun trip. I look forward to reading your ride report. Hope to see you down the road.

    Kindest regards,
    John
  11. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    What a difference a day makes. Yesterday morning I was finishing up remodeling a house in Tulsa Oklahoma:

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    And by evening was heading back through the Nebraska Sandhills ranch country with cattle grazing at sunset:

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    I didn't expect my lawn to revert to tall grass prairie in the two months since I last mowed it:

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    I may have to rethink the lawn mowing program while I head out to Oregon for the next few weeks. While I was gone for six months last winter the lawn didn't need mowing. Hmmmm. I think I need a summer lawn service.

    Things are going well on the South America travel fund raising front. I have had good luck working, selling motorcycle parts and remodeling for paypal donations. It seems to be a winning combination so far. Still on track to head back to Medellin in October.


    Best,
    Juan Jardiner
  12. Hawk62cj5

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    If its a small yard and you dont mind dirt you could spray Pramitol on it or put it down in granular form .It advertizes about a 6 month to year kill but in reality it will kill every thing for about 3 months . I normally spray it with Glyphosphate (roundup) 2-4-D (buturac) for a full over the top kill and the pramitol gives it new growth suppression. I normally do this twice a year in spots I dont want green , once in april then again in july or so .


    I used to be a cotton/peanut farmer and later a chem salesman .
  13. tallguy-09

    tallguy-09 Smile 4 Miles

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    Agree, even if you're not poor this is a fantastic read, don't move or change anything, keep going and building your brand.
  14. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    John,

    If you don't mind me asking- What requirement did it take for you to be able to leave your bike in Colombia while you take a short break from the trip to recoup some $? I'm kinda curious what the process was. Sorry if it was already mentioned and I missed that.

    By the way, fantastic job with remodeling rooms!

    Thanks!
    -Ken
  15. Burro driver

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    Maybe you could leave your gate open and the neighbors cows will mow it for you!
  16. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Ken,

    My 90 day TVIP will be well expired by the time I get back to Colombia in the fall. There are always creative ways around these things. I'll let you know what I come up with. As you may have figured out by now, I make it up as I go along. I also seem to have a problem with authority. Worst case scenario I'll pay a fine or get the bike confiscated. It keeps life interesting. It's why having a small cheap expendable bike means less to worry about.

    Saludos,
    Juanito Bandito
  17. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Hawk62cj5,

    Thanks for the tips. I'll probably spray the area where I park and around the garage. I've never been away this long in the summer, so this is something I didn't anticipate. I try to keep my overhead as low as possible while off traveling by shutting off my utilities, but I still have to figure out the summer lawn thing.

    Best,
    Johnny Roundup
  18. Scootard

    Scootard Scraggle McSquarely

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    Hola Tio:
    Sorry to hijack or lojack your thread...Wotnext needs to add his ride report link to his reply so we can follow his hijinks or lojinks.....tile on...or ride on :ricky
  19. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi tallguy,

    Glad you are enjoying this story. I'll keep it up although I'm not much into branding. The only thing that gets branded around here are cattle. Although now that I think about it I could see searing a branding iron into my side covers. Maybe a Rocking Sherpa or a Lazy J.

    I'm just an old guy riding around the world on a little bike trying to figure out how to do it on the cheap and stay out as long as I can and pass along any creative ideas I come up with.

    Best,
    Juanito Brando (Marlon's slow nephew)
  20. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Scootard,

    You can always jack this thread high or low. Especially while I'm out cleaning up my yard. Although Wotnext isn't leaving until next year, he is welcome to post a link to his upcoming ride report here when he takes off. I look forward to reading about his future minimalist adventures. It's the biggest reason I keep up this ride report on a regular basis. To give people ideas on how to hit the long road to far off places.

    Saludos,
    Tio Juan
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