South America and back on a 250 Super Sherpa Minimalist Adventure

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

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  1. sdwebb

    sdwebb **--**

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    Hola John,

    Thanks for this great RR. I really appreciate the detail you are putting into it. Like other riders in the thread, I hope to follow in your tracks some day (once the kids are a bit older).

    I've been looking forward to the results from your Darien crossing. My personal vote (not that it matters) was for the cheap-boat method (that seems to have selected you) - it fits well with attempting to do the trip as frugally as possible and has lots of adventure attached to it. Best wishes on making it safely and with a minimal amount of vomit.

    GRinCR said it well:

    Many people get frustrated when the journey (or their life) doesn't match up to their expectations; however, the secret is in putting those expectations aside and living the moment that is at hand. Enjoy the Darien crossing and the rest of the trip - however fate serves it up to you.

    Cheers,
    Scott

    P.S. I sent a few bucks your way to cover the cost of any barf bags you may need. :rofl
  2. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    I concur! :thumb
    Keep on keeping on!
    Eyes UP, safe going ... have fun most of all.
  3. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Maybe John found his Sherpa love boat? :lol3

    :lurk
  4. Super Tenere

    Super Tenere Voyager

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    Finally caught up and all I can say is wow John, very informative, great pictures and just my kind of style.
    Keep it going and I will follow you along from the bitter cold north.
    Excited to find out if you got the boat ride.
    Jeff
  5. Hawk62cj5

    Hawk62cj5 2 Cheap 4 a KLR

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    Well its been a couple of days so I hope his next post is from the far side of the darian .
  6. VooDooDaddy

    VooDooDaddy Been here awhile

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    Like the rest of you, I been lookin' several times a day to get my latest Super-Sherpa fix to no avail. Sometimes, as they say, no news is good news. Seems pretty clear to me that JD is making his way 'cross the Darien, or has been kidnapped by the FARC.

    I'm hoping for my first guess...! :D
  7. Clem Kevin

    Clem Kevin Nude With Boots

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    Hey John, shot you a donation last week, still catching up though after finding your thread a couple weeks ago. I'm planning the same trip and your thread has been a complete asset to my planning, I really appreciate it. A couple things I need to say though...

    -You make it seem as if street food is inferior to that of what might be offered abroad. What you don't know is that this is the food of the gods, especially on a student budget.

    -I have zero experience in construction or masonry, but I really value an ability to work for one's self and I really want to thank you for all the fun info, tidbits, and opinions on all the work you seem to find yourself attracted to on your trip.

    -It's awesome that you don't drink, because I don't and never have. It makes me happy to see someone have such a great time on their trip without getting smashed, but also going in with the mindset that drinking is just another useless expense.

    -Do me a favor, instead of writing my name on your gas tank, next time you stuff your face with incredible food from wherever you're at, write my name on the plate and take a photo.

    All in all, I suggest you eat more street food, it builds the spirit.
  8. GRinCR

    GRinCR Oppressed Nomad

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    This being the case, Juanito would somehow have them cutting a path through the jungle, taking pictures on the sherpa and wishing him a feliz viaje on the other side. :lol3
  9. yokesman

    yokesman Been here awhile

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    and signing his tank
  10. jonesy792

    jonesy792 n00b

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    It took me a solid week of reading to get to this point and of course I get caught up right in the middle of the darien blackout :ddog

    Loving the 250 minimalist adventure. I started riding on a ninja 250 a couple years ago and loved that bike, took it everywhere even offroad camping 2-up but ultimately caved in and upgraded to the big litre v-strom that I have now. Methinks it's time to scour craigslist for a little dualsport :evil

    I topped off your paypal acct for a couple more days of riding, can't wait to read some south american adventures!
  11. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Hi John,

    Finally got caught up with your RR after few weeks of being occupied by life. You know how that is! Sold my KLR and that took care of few loan/credit/bills. As stated in page 19, post # 281 your chief financial advisor will be making a nice donate to your trip now that you are in South America which I am certain you could use some extra fund on top of what other ADVRider has contributed. A little more than what you need won't hurt as you never know when you or other 'down' ADV rider like Justin might need it! :D

    In my strong opinion, I think that individuals traveling frugally attempting to cross the Darien Gap is all about "luck". Some will manage to hit the jackpot finding a ship (sailboat or cargo) and cross the gap within 24-48 hours while others will have to play a searching-n-waiting game. At least you can offer some info but what would have been nice is that if you saved a track on your GPS then upload a map of where you have rode on and export it into image then offer it on here? I don't know if you can obtain central america road map or whatever? It was just a thought but probably too late to do that. It is ok if that can't be done.. no sweat!

    Now I got one interesting and challenging question for you!! How many pizza have you had in the whole trip up to this point?? And did you had beer with your pizza every time you are eating a pizza? Perhaps that make sense to add a price of pizza/beer meal to your donating page and start doing a pizza/beer review?? :deal hehe I don't think there is a single adv rider who dislike pizza? :lol3

    Currently working on a sportster converting project and should make an interesting trip when I follow your trail.. And keep a lookout on my donation in couple of weeks. I'll send you PM when it is sent. Bon Voyage!!
  12. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    JDowns does not drink beer, but like Ninja Turtle eats plenty of pizza!
  13. bESS

    bESS Been here awhile

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    John:

    No news must be good news. can't wait for you to Pop up "on the other side"

    bob
  14. ex_MGB

    ex_MGB Been here awhile

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    Well, it's been a week. Hope John downloaded "Two Years Before the Mast" for reading material. Here's the return trip rounding the Horn:

  15. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    I can hear the puking from here. Smooth sailing my friend.
  16. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    No puking. He's in a hammock at the San Blas Islands surrounded by young Swedish women in swimwear, all listening to his tales of wonder in awe of this magnificent man. :puke1
  17. mario33

    mario33 Howling around...

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    Lol :D

    Looking at his previous tales that might be actually true :)

    Give us a sign, JD, over a zip of mojito (non-alco, sure thing). :thumbup:
  18. Chip Seal

    Chip Seal Long timer

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    John is a pretty amazing guy. You can believe what he tells you. :D
  19. GRinCR

    GRinCR Oppressed Nomad

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  20. Dracula

    Dracula Deus ex machina

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    Total radio silence...:norton John is probably on some sunny beach on a small island spending quality time with the natives awaiting next canoe to main land.
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