South America and back on a 250 Super Sherpa Minimalist Adventure

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  1. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    6 pages in and he hasnt left home yet. :lol3

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    Be careful in Oklahoma. Word on the street is that there is broken legged crazy MF'er living there. :rofl If you stop in and hang out with Oklahoma John youre going to need a couple rest days after laughing so hard. One funny dude that Throttlemeister. :freaky
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  2. TheMule

    TheMule Been here awhile

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    Lookin' forward to this one....
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  3. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    You're right Crash. Should have waited to start this ride report until I actually left next week. Ah well, its my job to entertain you this winter while you save up for your next fun trip.

    Actually, I look forward to dropping down through eastern Oklahoma and visiting Señor Throttlemeister . Its a beautiful area of the country. And the southeast part of the state down through the Ouachita national forest area into the foothills of the Ozarks is purty country. Most people picture Oklahoma as flat with oilwells. Same as me when I first went to Baja and expected to see a flat desert with rusty cars sticking out of the brush. Boy was I surprised to see how beautiful and mountainous it was.

    I'm already gone in spirit. Will be posting from the road soon.

    Best,
    John Downs
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  4. greygeezer

    greygeezer Adventurer

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    Great... love the long distance, small bike trip reports !!!:wings
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  5. Merlin III

    Merlin III Mean SOB

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    Looking forward to John's story. I can already tell form his posts in this thread that he is an excellent writer. Now I have to find his last Ride Report that so many of the ADV Hall of Famers have mentioned and read that.
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  6. top_dog

    top_dog ADVrider wannabe

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    Hey JDowns,


    Will you come to Brazil? If not, you don't know what you are missing :norton

    Come to Brazil, i live in a city near Sao Paulo, and i have a nice free couch aroud here :1drink

    I can show you some nice things also.

    I have just finished a 4000km and 7 states riding across the country and thinking about a ride report...

    If you come here, send me a PM and I send you my email and phone.
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  7. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Olá cão superior,

    Thanks for the kind offer! I would like nothing better than to visit Brazil and learn how to samba, attend a football match and celebrate Carnival. Not sure if my money will hold out that long. If not this year then later for sure.

    Look forward to your future ride reports and pictures from belo Brazil.

    I learned a little Portagee in Hawaii when I lived there. Mostly swear words though. Brazil looks inviting from what I have seen on the internet:

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    Obrigado,
    Juan
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  8. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Carry on JD.
    At 18 I had a Honda 350 that I mostly rode around the surrounding counties with no real thought to how far I 'could' go.
    Then one day I went with my Dad to store/welding shop and there was a guy there changing ther oil in his FLH 1200. He had the rack piled high with gear including a 3 burner Coleman stove. He was a big fellow , so I guess he liked to have big meals.
    We were in Kentucky but, the plates were from the far off land of California. He told me of his travels, he'd ridden to his uncle's place in New York the year before and now was on his way back to California.
    I mentioned I owned a bike , a little 350. He said that was enough to go anywhere, so why not go ?

    The next year i took my first out of state trip on that 350 and really haven't stopped since.It's still one of the best ways I can think of to spend my time .
    So thanks Harley guy from Ca. for planting the seed. It's still growing .
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  9. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi triple b,

    My first bike was a beater Honda 350 twin as well! Hard to imagine its been over 40 years ago. Time flies when you're having fun.

    ADVriding is good for the soul.

    Best,
    John Downs
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  10. lualca

    lualca motero

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    Reading and wishing :clap
    someday I will figure out how to take my DR350 or the KLR out of this island (hispaniola)
    Thanks for your previous report John, this one will be eagerly expected .
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  11. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Lualca,

    Maybe I'll get to the Dominican Republic one day. Was reading Cavebiker's ride report from down there and it looked like some nice riding in the mountains.

    In the mean time, glad to have you along for the ride!

    Well okay, I'm not doing much riding yet. Although I did ride up to the courthouse yesterday and traded in my expired Oregon plates and got a fresh Nebraska title and license plate for the Sherpa.

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    In Nebraska the first two digits of the plate are the county number. I live in Rock county number 81. Only 1600 people and two small towns in the county. Mine is the seventh moto registered this year. So 81-7 plate. Easy to remember for a simple minded fellow like me.

    People often wonder how to keep their soft saddlebags from melting on the high exhaust of a dirt bike. My solution was to go down to the thrift store and pick up a silver relish tray and screw it through the back of the right saddlebag into a short piece of 1x2 pine. It's held up through thick and thin. Although when I flip up the bag you can see it has taken a beating:

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    Believe me, I learned about melted panniers the hard way. Here's hoping this will help someone out there avoid smelling burnt cordura while they're riding down the trail.

    Kindest regards,
    John Downs
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  12. twisted-hog

    twisted-hog Been here awhile

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    I'm in, looking forward to reading a great RR to help me procrastinate all those boring chores my wife will want me to do this winter. Holy crap it's working already.
    I've wasted a 1/2 hour catching up and you're still at home?

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  13. lualca

    lualca motero

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    Sure there are many routes down here, you , and all advriders inmates , will be welcome by our small group of dual rides in the Dominican Rep.:deal
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  14. sin031

    sin031 n00b

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    尼玛啊,这也太爽了吧
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  15. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    I don't speak Chinese, so had to put this into translate.google.com to find out it says:

    This is so cool!

    谢谢!Thanks! sin031

    Right back atcha. Kinda cool that folks around the world can waste time reading ride reports these days.

    Which reminds me. I have been really learning a lot of Spanish on translate.google.com

    I enter in something like:

    May I camp on your land for the night?

    And not only does it come up with:

    ¿Puedo acampar en su terreno para la noche?

    But if you click the speaker button in the lower right corner of the answer window it will speak the sentence for you. Quite handy for figuring out proper pronunciation.

    It's the only Spanish lessons I can afford at the moment. Although I hear it is well worth while if you have the money to spend some time at immersion schools during your Latin travels. It really does help if you can speak some Spanish. Although you can get along fine with sign language if you must.

    Kindest regards,
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  16. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    So I dug out my tattered Mexico and Central America maps and laid them out to tape them back together before I leave in a few days:

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    went to the post office and a package came from my friends Jim and Ann. They had heard I was heading to South America and sent me this:

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    Wow! What a nice thing to do for a fellow traveller! It looks so nice, especially in my construction adhesive covered hand.

    Anyway, who needs sponsors when you have friends like that! So I went out to the Sherpa and signed their names in permanent marker on the gas tank for good luck:

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    Thanks you guys. You're the best! Should be fun watching your names get covered in bugs and mud on the way south.

    Best,
    John Downs
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  17. Misery Goat

    Misery Goat Positating the negative Super Moderator

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    If you make your way through Phoenix I can load you up any CA and SA maps you don't have. They're exceptional for getting the user lost. :lol3
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  18. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Thanks for the kind offer MG,

    It's still rainy season in Central America so why not head west to Arizona? But realistically I won't be hitting Phoenix until the return leg who knows when. I have to stop in Apache Junction and drive my sister's old truck that she is selling me back to Nebraska whenever I return.

    My current idea is to head straight south to visit Throttlemeister in Oklahoma and other ADVriders in Texas.

    The way I use a GPS is to get a lat. and long. reading and look at my paper map when I get lost and guestimate where I am. Never had a mapping one before.

    Muchas gracias,
    Juan
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  19. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Most of the South America maps are outstanding for getting yourself so freaking lost that you have a great time. When you add the maps and the GPS together and neither one remotely resembles what you are seeing on the ground, its an added bonus. :lol3

    As I'm sure you learned in Central America, you get pretty good at smelling your way through big disorganized cities. :freaky For some reason when I was lost in a big city, I would always wind up finding my way to the zona de las putarias. :lol3
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  20. Pedro Navaja

    Pedro Navaja Long timer

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    The ADV gods are here! MG and Crashy.
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