South America and Beyond on Another Minimalist Adventure

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  1. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    It’s time to head back to South America and pick up my travels where I left off when I ran out of money last time. There is no better feeling in the world than having a plane ticket to a far off land where a motorcycle is waiting patiently. Next week it’s time for another long ride in South America and beyond. All I can say is:



    YEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAWWWWW!!!!!!



    The excitement is building. Blastoff on November 11th. I feel about like the Argentina fans of AC/DC at their last concert in Buenos Aires:







    Here is my bike waiting patiently for me in a carport on a hog farm at Ramón’s brother’s house in Uruguay:



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    I never know where these ride reports will lead. The last one ended when I was arrested and thrown in jail. OOOOOPS!!!!! That ride report is locked but you can go back and check out my sordid history at the link in my sig line.


    more later......
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  2. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    That bike looks awfully lonely...good to know that it'll have good company soon.
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  3. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    As with all long road trips you never know who you are going to meet or where you are going to find hidden roads and amazing places.

    Travel memories last a lifetime. Whether it is dragging your bike across a landslide in the Colombian mountains;



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    Or cruising the coastal backroads of Ecuador:



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    The canyons of Peru:



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    Chilean sunsets:



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    I have only scratched the surface of South America. So much more to see. I am getting old and slow. I turned 62 and applied for Social Security. Who knew it would be around when I got old? It's like a rich uncle deposits money in my checking account every month and all I have to do is go to an ATM in the 3rd world and get foreign currency out. It's magic I'm telling ya. Certainly something to look forward to for you younger folks.

    I am doing the research and development for you. Seeing how long I can travel on social security before I run out of money and have to head back to the states.

    Should be interesting.....


    more later……
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  4. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    John,

    All the best for an amazing continuation to your journey! You've certainly been through a lot since you stored your bike, and I am just one of many who have been thinking of you.

    Yahoo!

    Pat
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  5. Wezitar

    Wezitar Adventurer

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    So excited to see this trip continuing!!!!
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    joenuclear Long timer

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  7. adventurebound9517

    adventurebound9517 Been here awhile

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    :rillaI can't dance but this guy said he would show you my excitement. :happayAnd this one too.
    Phillip
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  8. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    As well as great riding there are so many fun people in South America. You get a chance to meet fellow travelers and ADVriders along the way. Especially if you post up a regular ride report. And let me tell you I am a ride reporting pitbull. It's my job to keep you folks entertained this winter with tales from the roads less traveled.

    I hope to interview fellow travelers and meet as many folks along the way as I can. It's the people I remember long after the bike is parked and I am back at work reading ride reports like everyone else. I can still remember that ADVrider Christmas party we threw in Medellin Colombia:

    up front Gene tells me is:
    Nadia and Marc (GSABest) from El Güero y su Morenita en Latino America!

    and at the far end of the table on the right are the two fun guys from Alberta on KTMs that I can't remember the names of. Those guys were a hoot.
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    I'll fill in the names of all the ADVriders as they come back to me. The amazing cook from Canada who was riding his GS with his lovely wife:

    update thanks to Gene:
    René and Liliane from The Motorcycle Chronicles of Jackie & Valentino... The Southern Episode


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    Dan Ford of advford ride report fame in the center:

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    Andy from the UK on the left riding an F650GS

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    Gene and Neda on the barstools of Quit our Jobs, Sold Our Home, Gone Riding ride report fame:

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    It seems like just yesterday.
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  9. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hola amigo!

    Yes, my lonely Sherpa does look a bit forlorn. We are going to have an exciting time getting out of Uruguay. Alas, I have overstayed my temporary import permit and must take the backdoor route out of the country like I did when I overstayed in Colombia the last time. It should be interesting. I have been doing my online research and see that the only way out is through Brazil, so will be getting a Brazil visa and heading to the most porous section of the border over on the tranquilo costa atlantico.

    Stay tuned.....
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  10. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hey Pat,

    So good to have you along for the ride! Getting arrested for drunk driving was a blessing in disguise. And let me tell you, ADVriders came through in spades this summer while I served my 3 months in the Johnson Co. Texas jail. I got so many nice letters from many countries. People who haven’t sent a letter in decades. Newsy letters about what people were doing day to day. From friends and family as well as ADVriders who have been reading my stories on the internet and took the time to send fun letters.

    Plus I look at county jail as the PWTBFCFNA (Poor White Trash Betty Ford Clinic For Nicotine Addiction) as I no longer smoke or drink and have way more money to spend on gas, food, and lodging.

    Your ADVpal,
    Tio Juan
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  11. advmoto66

    advmoto66 Ride On!

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    Great news..... JDowns looking forward to your continuing travels and trevails. No more cigs and alcohol is big! More pocket change for gas and travels. I will be following along for sure. Safe travels.
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  12. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hey advmoto66,

    I checked out your Grand Canyon ride report.
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...un-3-days-riding-dirt-roads-and-such.1061492/

    Looks like you folks had some fun! Glad to have you along.
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  13. NAVIGATOR

    NAVIGATOR Wanderer

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    :clapWaiting for this trip to resume, good luck:clap
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  14. motopoet

    motopoet The Moto Poet

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    Nice just found this thanks to mister Junyah's RR.... I'm in, glad ur back on the road!

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    ~Ride on, Blink Slow~
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  15. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hola motopoet,

    Mutants are welcome on this ride. I checked out your wordpress blog. I see you left Bogota when you were 12ish. I'm flying into Bogota next week as it turns out. Look for pics and stories from Bogota while I spend a couple days waiting for a flight to Buenos Aires.

    Glad to have you along. Being a stranger in a strange land is nothing new to either of us I imagine.

    Su amigo de aventura,
    Tio Juan
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  16. Max Wedge

    Max Wedge ADVenture mowing

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    YEEEHAAAAWW !!! I'm excited to have this to get me through winter.
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  17. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Glad to have you along MW. Love the avatar pic of you power sliding your riding mower. I am imagining a good winter project in Michigan would be a nitro hayabusa motor powering a snowblower perhaps with flames coming out of the straight pipes capable of blowing snow record distances? Just a thought.

    Your ADVpal,
    Tio Juan
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  18. No. 99

    No. 99 Out there

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    " It's like a rich uncle deposits money in my checking account every month and all I have to do is go to an ATM in the 3rd world and get foreign currency out. It's magic I'm telling ya. "

    You paid for it (pay roll taxes) you earned it! Enjoy!
    Look forward to your RR!
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  19. Max Wedge

    Max Wedge ADVenture mowing

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    A good thought, but I'm spending my winter time (I don't winterize, I try to ride as much as possible in the winter-some years I'm more successful than others) to apply what I have learned here and trying to get to a minimal existence and passing along the truly important things to my kids until I can spend the bulk of my time exploring/traveling.* Thanks for your previous inspirational RR's.

    *3,447 days until retirement.

    ~Máximo Cuña
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  20. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Wise words. Your kids are lucky to have you. You will be out exploring before you know it. If I can do it anyone can.
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