South America and back on a 250 Super Sherpa Minimalist Adventure

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  1. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    Glad those boots are getting put to good use:thumb

    You waiting for the seas to get real rough or something:lol3

    Looks like you are getting caught up pretty well in CA.
  2. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hola Julio,

    Thanks so much for the great recommendation! I had a total blast today getting lost in the jungle and sliding around on the wet clay. It's what puts the ADV in ADVriding!

    And yes, I hope to meet you and Luisa. It sounds like you'll be home for Christmas. That's only a couple three weeks away. I should still be in Guatemala. I'll make sure to drop by and thank you personally. Anyway I really need a Guaterider firme on my gas tank. Once you have relaxed in Oaxaca and hit the beaches on the coast it isn't far home.

    Muchas gracias amigo,
    Juanito Burrito
  3. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi TM,

    If people would stop donating money I would start riding faster like you told me to. Honest. I'll be posting ride reports from Colombia and Venezuela soon enough.

    And yes, those boots you gave me are the bomb. Thank you so much. They are my only shoes. I will be hiking to El Mirador in them. I will bronze them and mail them back to you when I'm done with them.

    Saludos,
    Juanbota
  4. bESS

    bESS Been here awhile

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    John:

    thank you for taking us to places which we may never see with our own eyes. I like the way the ADVrider community can pull through for you with their expert advice to these out of the way places we know nothing about, and you are doing it with your fine, slowish style with detailed commentary and photos.

    Seeing the Clay road would have made me turn back. I don't think my bike could make it but I am glad you managed to do it safely.

    I am learning so much from your stonemason experience. I also liked the before and after restoration photos

    ride safe, for us, the winter is just starting

    bob
  5. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Power has been out since last night so no internet. I was wondering why the ceiling fan was off this morning. I didn't remember turning it off. I went down to wander around outside. These boys were taking out the concrete slab next door with a 5 lb. sledge, chisel and prybar. I made the motion of a jackhammer and he smiled and said, "no hay":

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    It was Rolando and his brother Ramon next door building the church. They were putting the finishing touches on a low retaining wall. Nice work. Here is the church they are building.

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    Notice how the church architect didn't take into consideration the property lines when designing the flying wedge moderne angel wing on the right side. I asked what religio this was for since it didn't look Catholique. He said Nazarenas. I'll have to look that one up.

    I went inside the hotel restaurant and had a hamburguesa con papas y coca:

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    20 quetzals plus 6 for the drink. Food is much cheaper in the countryside. Yesterday I had a meal just as filling for 10 quetzals and 5 for the coca. 4 empanadas for 5. I had two platefuls. She cooked them up as I waited. So it is better to fill up while you are riding through the rural areas.

    After I finished my hamburger, I check on the boys outside. They had finished busting up the concrete and were tossing it in the 4wd Toyota to take somewhere. Hard workers.

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    I decided to get a long sleeved shirt for keeping the mosquitos at bay while hiking to El Mirador, so went shopping down the street for ropa (clothes). Specifically a camisa (shirt). Found a light green Banana Republic large long sleeve for 10 quetzals (1.30) from this place:

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    Was looking at the 100 quetzal shoe pile on the off chance they had a size 10. No way. Anything above an 8 or 9 is bigfoot in this country. Oh well, BMW motorcycle boots through the jungle for 40 or 50 miles it is then:

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    The hotel had no electricity, wifi, or water so I packed up and headed out. I went to get the Sherpa out of the parking down the street and they had blocked it off and were digging a 6 foot deep trench. I ended up riding under the backhoe arm to get out:

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    I rode over to the Los Amigos hostel and their electricity was out as well. Many of the backpackers had bailed and the place was really quiet. I talked to Carlos and he said there were 2 others interested and maybe 2 more. Hmmmm. I think that is Guatemalan for you will be waiting a few days my friend. If he doesn't come through by tomorrow, I'll ride up to Carmelita and camp at the trailhead and get up to El Mirador one way or another.

    I was sitting out in the street watching women walk by on the cobblestone street in 6 inch stiletto heels and finally figured out how they do it. They walk on their tiptoes like ballerinas. The heels barely touch the ground. No wonder their calf muscles are so buff:

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    Since there hasn't been any power all day, all the banks, gas stations and cajero automaticos (ATMs) are closed. So I rode down the way through the Peten until I came to a town that had electricity. I think it's called Santa Ana. Anyway, went to a Cajero and withdrew 2000 quetzals to add to what I have for paying the hiking guides, got gas and dropped by this internet cafe to upload today's lesson.

    You might not hear from me for a while. Time will tell. With me, no news is good news.

    Saludos,
    Juanito
  6. GuateRider

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    Hola Juanito ,
    you might have a better chance waiting in Carmelita; remember every group hiking up to El Mirador has to come through Carmelita, but not everybody has to go through Los Amigos.

    Another nice ride and great archeological site is Dos Pilas . If you go from Flores to Sayaxche, you take the ferry and keep on going towards Coban and maybe 20 KM after Sayaxche you get off the highway and turn right . It's not more then one hour, mostly easy gravel road and the jungle and Mayan site are spectacular . Hopefully there will be no crazy hippies around there:D:D:D
  7. Cal

    Cal Been here awhile

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    Maybe they are looking for Don Juan and a Yaqui way of knowledge:huh
  8. Cal

    Cal Been here awhile

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    Juanito
    If you want to check out the power generating plant it is only 2 kms south of Santa Elena, if I remember correctly it is 2 old desiel locamotives on cement pads. Then just 1 more km is Grutas Actun Can which is a pretty neat set of caves! I walked from Flores for a little excercise.
    I look forward to your daily installments!
  9. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    hola Julio,

    I won't pass up your excellent suggestions. Am heading to Carmelita tomorrow if Carlos doesn't come through. I will check out Dos Pilas as well. Sounds fun. I'll report back what I find. Look forward to seeing you down the road.

    Saludos,
    Juanito
  10. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Cal,

    The power and internet just came back on after 18 hours here in Flores. The policemen that were out directing traffic while the streetlights were out are all gone. I'll check out Grutas Actun Can if I don't hear back from Carlos.

    I'm used to being a stranger in a strange land. Whether it's out in the sticks in the Peten or hanging with the dreadlock crowd here at the hostel in Flores. Makes for interesting people watching.

    Muchas Gracias amigo,
    Juanito
  11. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Bob,

    It is my pleasure to report back on the roads less traveled down here.

    It's important to know when to say when. I would have turned back on that wet clay road on a bigger dualie that was a handful to lift for sure. I saw the crater marks that some unfortunate biker left after the fishtail marks with narrow tires from a 125. Never did see a guy covered in mud laying in the ditch so I guess he made it. I was frankly expecting to dump the bike on that road. It was just luck that I didn't.

    And I learned that a lotta mud is mucho lodo in Spanish after the guards saw my bike when I returned. So I am learning more Spanish as well.

    Best,
    Juan
  12. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    I was just reading Ulysses ride report and see that Edzactamundo got hit by a truck yesterday on his KTM and is in the hospital over in El Salvador.

    I was helpless to help out the Kiwis last month when one of them went down. Just too far away. But tonight I think I will take my hiking money and head to El Salvador tomorrow and give it to Justin.

    I've been in a tough spot south of the border before and know what it's like. You guys have been so generous donating money so I can ride around and it would be cool to head out to the ruins at El Mirador and all. But it's only a days ride to Ahuachapan, El Salvador. So I think I'll head out at first light and jet down there.

    I'm sure Justin could use a crazy Tio Juanito to cheer him up. As well as some money.

    I spent some time at Throttlemeister's place and know how much these things cost.

    Anyway this feels like the right thing to do. There but for the grace of God go I.

    I spent 206 quetzals today or $26.78.

    Tomorrow I'll be buying gas all day. I'll let you know how it goes. It sounds like the Canadian boys I met a few days ago here are heading over as well. It's time to make lemonade.

    Adios amigos,
    Viejo Tio Juanito
  13. Cal

    Cal Been here awhile

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    Que Bueno Tio. Un buen idea.
  14. Habibi Rocks

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    Hi ,nice of you to drop by Ahuachapan to check on a bro. And if you are going to be in El Salvador. There is the Ruins of San Andreas. (practically on the Pan am).
    no hawkers, no hords of tourists. Just old ruins . Provecho !!!!!!!!!!!!!!




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    Also, Cihuatan.. Tazumal - Apenaca.

    You can zigzag from San Andreas to Cihauatan to Chaletenango drop south and ride the old school ferry across the lake to Suchitoto. Roberto El Gringo of El Gringo Hostel can hook you up with lodging.
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    Free Radical High speed drifter

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    Please pass along our thoughts and prayers to a fellow motero, don Juanito, y gracias por hacer el tiempo para apoyarle. I'm sure he'll appreciate it.
  16. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Habibi rocks,

    Love that name. I checked google maps and there is plenty of nice riding around Ahuachapan. El Salvador is a great country. I enjoyed riding there. I'll be back to Guatemala after a short break to help a fellow rider.

    And of course I could be in Panama in 3 days if I needed to. No need yet to ride like a Guatemalan bus driver in a hurry to get off his shift and head over to la cama de su cara querida.

    Muchas gracias amigo,
    Juanito
  17. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Free Radical,

    Will do. I know I'd appreciate it if someone dropped by a hospital in a foreign country and cracked some bad jokes and laid a few bills on me. It's what ADVrider is all about.

    Can't ignore a rider down in the neighborhood. I know there are people reading this who have bailed my ass out in similar situations.

    Saludos,
    Juanito
  18. Gun Smoke

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    Hey John I've enjoyed the report. I admire the fortitude of your posterior. I know it has to be painful at times. Has your ride become more comfortable as the miles rack up? You and I have similar riding styles in one regard. The amount of gear we carry. I'm ashamedly more of a luxury tourer. I like hot showers every night but when I was a younger man (17) I spent a broke summer, town to town, odd job to odd job trip on my XR650L from NC to New Foundland. Now after 70,000 plus miles in every state, Canada, and N & S.America I can fit everything I need in the factory panniers; simply because I always stay in hotels. I'm addicted to showering, steak, bars and sex with whatever girl I can find in that bar in that order lol. Last year I rode NC to Alaska and back with just a top box on my Multistrada 1200. I think it was you, sorry if I'm wrong; that said you walked the AT. I did it back when I was 18, 18 years ago. I never carried over 20#'s the whole way by using the shelters. I saw so many people carrying 60+#'s. Those that started off that way dropped out as do 90% of those who attempt the AT; I think the main reason I finished was because I didn't have anywhere else to go so I walked. Those that finished typically did it with around 20 pounds and light shoes. I did the last 500 or so miles in a pair of Tevas. I too did that hike broke as hell. I started with around 100$ and a quarter pound of weed to barter with. So about 600$ bucks is what I spent doing the AT. It was tough. Towards the end my body was demanding about 3500 calories a day. I was constantly hungry. Good luck and godspeed brother. I'm going to pop you over a little donation later this evening. I'm to much of an asshole for anyone to donate to me for a vacation but I certainly don't begrudge you're doing so. I'd ike to see you keep trekking. I'm curious though if I could be a little nosey. How much have you managed to generate through your paypal donation site. How much do people donate. Do people send like 3 bucks or 300 bucks. Peace out.
  19. nightflyer

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    Good on you mate!
    Looking at the truck that hit him I'd say he is still lucky with just a broken leg (although it looks pretty bad...)
    Be careful out there guys...
  20. OldPete

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    I will be hitting Ulysses donate button on his blog later this morning... Gotta have coffee first. :*sip*

    Since you are somewhat detached from this shunt, you will be the calmer head on site Juanito.
    Best of luck and we expect a full report in this thread, please. :ricky
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