South America and back on a 250 Super Sherpa Minimalist Adventure

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by JDowns, Oct 2, 2012.

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  1. junglemototours

    junglemototours trailplug

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    we can make this happen.....
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    Saludos amigo, let me buy you a beer :freaky
  2. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    lol. Uhhhhh.....
  3. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hey junglemototours,

    Made me laugh. You stud. That's ADVriding at it's finest right there. I bet your buddy said, "what could possibly go wrong? I swear to god this clothesline will hold it bro."

    Just dangle your KTM under the basket. Oh yeah! That's the kind of river crossing I love to see.

    Saludos,
    Tio Juancito
  4. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hey sleddog,

    I only live 20 miles from South Dakota. It's the people in the northern plains that keep me coming back. Solid, honest, hard working folks. It's hard to explain to city people just how nice it is to not have to worry about things when you are away from home. People in Bassett look out for each other. It's not like down here in Latin America. Bars on the windows in the big cities, lots of locked gates and such. I can't even begin to explain the difference to folks around here. Back home, I don't have to lock my house. Anyone can borrow tools from my garage. The keys are in my truck. You just don't take things that don't belong to you without returning them back where I come from. That would just be wrong. People don't do it.

    ADVriders are welcome at my house anytime, whether I'm there or not. If my overprotective neighbour locked the house the keys are on top of the electric meter outside the back door. 312 Augusta St., Bassett Nebraska. Mi casa es su casa. I've hosted many ADVriders in the past and hope to host more when I eventually get home. Believe me, I have some serious paying it forward to do when it comes to ADVriders.

    I wouldn't live anywhere else. Well okay, I saw it was -20C this morning in Bassett. Have no idea what that makes it in Nebraska degrees. Probably need your insulated Carhart overalls this morning. When it comes to living in the Sandhills of Nebraska, either you like it or you don't.

    I love it.

    Your ADV pal,
    Nebraska John
  5. Sleddog

    Sleddog Ridin, again:)

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    Juanito,

    I agree.....100%. I live in the country on 13 acres,right smack in the middle of a section ,1/2 mile driveway to boot!
    There is no "automatic" yard light 'cause we like to see the stars:norton
    ADV Peeps are the best. We're on the Tent Space thread & get 4-5 stay overs during the summer. Never had anyone pitch a tent yet, they've all been invited in, to a good meal, Cold Beer & a comfy bed.

    Hiway 12 across Nebraska is a must ride for me, at least a couple times during the season, I love the Sandhills AND Carhenge!!:rofl

    But, you have to agree, a person does have to be a bit stubborn & delusional to put up with winters like we've had this year! Although it's only -5 here this morning.:eek1

    Keep doin what yer doin....
    tu amigo in SoDak!
  6. George 99

    George 99 Been here awhile

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    *-4F, John (32-(1.8x20)=-4) :D
  7. fasttortoise

    fasttortoise Adventurer

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    Hola Juanito,

    I don't have too much to add which hasn't already been said but but I'll add my voice to the chorus that is telling you to keep going. I've been following your report in real time since well before your summer break and I'm loving every minute. I check in multiple times per day.

    I live in Denver Colorado and needless to say you have a warm bed here any time.

    Thanks for bringing me along for the ride!

    Tyler
  8. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Tyler,

    It's my pleasure. Been out riding yesterday and today all over the place. More pictures and stories to follow as slow wifi allows.

    Saludos,
    Tio Juan
  9. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Headed south along the coast of Ecuador a couple days ago looking for good weather. It was gray and drizzly:

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    Tried to head down minor backroads along the beach and kept running into dead end overlooks:

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    and gates:

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    headed down through the port city of Manta with ships out at sea:

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    Stopped for lunch. This gal from Colombia has been living in Manta for 10 years and boy can she cook. Really nice family:

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    Kept riding down backroads. These kids all wanted to sign my gas tank. I couldn’t say no. In cases like this where cops or strangers want to sign my tank, I have them do it where my knees rub. That way my knees erase the white space and clear it for the next batch. I bought them all little helado treats. I think they cost 10/$1.00.

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    Out in the middle of nowhere I stopped for a soda and met Levi from South Dakota and his lovely wife and adopted son. Levi grew up near Gregory which is only a stones throw from where I live. Heck, my grandmother and great aunt got married in Gregory. He is a Seventh Day Adventist who came down here on a mission 10 years ago and never left.

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    Never did find clear skies. Stopped in Salango but it was too touristy. Found the MontaƱita surf camp mentioned in Hektoglider’s ride report, which seemed nice, but they were full and didn’t offer tent camping. Hmmmmm. It got dark and I finally ended up pulling into an abandoned palapa on the beach and sleeping next to the bike:

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    My hacienda for the night. It was about midnight by the time I pulled in and I just lay down next to the bike and the next thing I knew it was first light:

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    Got up early yesterday with the fishermen and headed south to Guayaquil looking for some sunshine. The weather got nice out in the banana plantations. It’s kind of a swampy area with miles and miles of rice paddies as well. I was pounding down this exceptionally rough road out in the middle of nowhere when I heard a rattle. Turned out to be my exhaust shield. Stopped to tighten it down. Not far later my front brake caliper fell off and was dangling against the spokes. Hmmmmm. Can’t say I’ve ever had that happen before. The mounting bolts had backed out. Wow! That’s a first. The bottom bolt was still in the caliper but the top bolt was missing. So I tied the dangling caliper to the fork with some dental floss I had handy and retraced my path. Alas, the potholes were all full of water and the top bolt could have been anywhere.

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    So I backtracked to the last pueblo slowly and asked the mechanico if he had anything to fix my problema con mi mordassa (caliper problem). No, but there was a guy 10 kilometers away who maybe could. Still no go at the second place, he suggested El Gato Longcin Motos 30 kilometers back when you hit the paved road. So I limped to the pavement and slowly made my way to The Cat. And sure enough he had the caliper off and the bracket mounted solidly to the caliper in no time. Bolted it back up and I was good to go. Total cost 5 dollars.

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    I was thinking of heading over to Cuenca but the skies looked mean to the east, so I headed south until sunset. Pulled into Naranjal and am currently staying at a fairly nice place with secure parking, A/C, cable, internet and pretty clean called the Hotel Palmitas for 14.00.

    You meet some pretty friendly folks out in the sticks in Ecuador:

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    Woke up at 6 this morning and it is raining. I think I’ll stay another day and do some laundry and check all the bolts on the bike.

    Saludos,
    Juan Ecuador
  10. woodly1069

    woodly1069 Long timer

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    Great pics man! Sure glad to have this RR to read during this long cold northern winter. Always puts a smile on my face when I see that I get to read the update over a cup of coffee...keep it up!
  11. OldPete

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    Another RR said rain will be on-going. Hope it is not so.

    Really enjoy the people pics you snap Juanito. It proves that folks respond to treatment and you represent very well Sir. :thumb

    I remember North of The Gap when the guys loading the Sherpa onto that small boat recognized the locals' signatures on the tank. :ricky
  12. adventurebound9517

    adventurebound9517 Been here awhile

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    So John
    You have stooped reporting your daily cost, will you continue this practice for us wanna be's? Since your not camping as much it would be good to see how your costs have changed,

    Phillip
  13. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Phillip,

    I was reporting my financials last year in more detail. In Ecuador on a small bike you can ride all day for under 5 bucks in gas. Last night was 14 for lodging the night before was free crashing at the beach. Meals are 2-3 dollars for breakfast lunch and dinner if you eat in the roadside stalls. I usually eat twice a day. Breakfast and dinner. Fill in with sodas, fruit and snacks at the tiendas along the road. Plus you have incidental expenses like 5 bucks to bolt your damn front calliper back on, that sort of thing. Probably 30 bucks a day. Less if you're just hanging out at the beach. A thousand to fifteen hundred a month should cover you for basic traveling expenses depending on how much you spend on incidentals, tires, bike repairs that sort of thing.

    Saludos,
    Tio Juan
  14. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi OldPete,

    It's rainy season in the Andes right now. Bolivia and Peru are getting soaked. I may just jet down through the Peruvian desert and hit Patagonia for a while until this area dries out. The weather is beautiful in Argentina and Chile right now. The killer roads in the northern Andes aren't going anywhere. They'll still be here later.

    I'm not a real fan of riding in freezing fog and drizzle over high mountain passes imagining what the beautiful vistas would look like on a clear crisp day. I will continue to go where the weather is fine and the living is easy and report back so you'll know what to expect when you get down here in the future.

    Saludos,
    OldJuan
  15. AdamFL

    AdamFL Been here awhile

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    Jdowns

    I just picked up a Sherpa to add to the stable. Sweet little bike. I also have an Airstream trailer and would like to head into Mexico and take rides on the Sherpa. Seems light to toss in truck and looks like a bulletproof easy keeper.
  16. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Adam,

    An Airstream and a Sherpa. Now that sounds like a fun combination to me. You're well on your way to a Sherpa hobo lifestyle. Better sell the house in Florida. You probably won't be going back. Just kidding.

    Saludos,
    Juan Corriente de Aire
  17. AdamFL

    AdamFL Been here awhile

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    Just rent here..need to find another for my wife. No kids, some cash and the aluminum house could make an interesting adventure..plus wife is a Spanish tutor..guess I get free lessons.
  18. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF Road, or off?

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    I wish I could still be in Ecuador now while you are there to be able to meet you. But if you're interested in staying a night with family in Guayaquil, let me know. Better make it a PM. It's not really as much of a "rainy season" in the sierra now as it is in the coastal area. If you head out to Salitre or Junquillal, you might get to see the flooded plains. We have a farm in the family out that way. You're welcome to stop in and visit nuestra gente there, too.
  19. Sourjon

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    Morning John. I've just got caught up and am extremely jealous as I sit here looking out at 5 inches of fresh snow. Come on spring!

    John
  20. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    I woke up in the middle of the night here in Naranjal Ecuador to pounding rain, flashes of lightning and roaring thunder. The lights aren’t working, it is totally dark, the air conditioning quit and the router is down. Which can only mean the power got taken out. Hmmmmm. I take this as a sign from the heavens that it’s time to saddle up and head south to sunnier climes.

    I’ve made an executive decision to head to Chile. It’s only 2500 kilometers through the Peruvian desert .I’ll swing back up to the northern Andes when the weather is nicer.

    Long ago I remember needing to get back to work by Monday and I was in southern Baja at a little oasis called San Ignacio on Saturday morning. It was the same distance to Oregon. Took 36 yours of almost non-stop riding. It might take a little longer on a Sherpa than a fast BMW.

    The power just came back on so I’ll post this on my way out the door.

    I would like my upbeat theme song for today to be "Singin' in the Rain" but alas, this is what is floating through my mind this morning:

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