South America and Beyond on Another Minimalist Adventure

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  1. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Hello Jawn! Awfully nice to see you on the road again! Looking forward to reading the story of how you filtered into Brazil! You're an inspiration!
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  2. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hola :jkam ,

    I look forward to putting a 10th anniversary Homeless Hoedown sticker on the Sherpa down in Uruguay. I am saving one for posterity and putting the other one on the tool tube.:

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    I will think of you and smile whenever I look at this classic. Glad to have you as a friend.

    Su hermano de aventura,
    Tio Juan
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  3. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    My advice is to go where the weather is nice and the people are friendly. Flexibility is the key to happiness when wandering around the world on a motorcycle. I like to check accuweather.com to see what the weather is like when riding around South America. They have good maps with nice satelite views that make it easy to see what is ahead. And you can change the temps from ºC to ºF with a click to see what the numbers are in the unitedstatesian language that my brain is used to.

    Because the seasons are reversed in the southern hemisphere I am pretty sure it helps to understand the weather down there if you are dyslexic. Just kidding.

    But even I can see that southern Argentina is still a bit chilly for my tastes at this time of year:

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    Think I’ll stick to the north for a few more weeks where the sun is shining and the living is easy. (that is, if I make it out of Uruguay with my bike).
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  4. Cal

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    Yahoo John!
    I took my CPP Canada Pension Plan at 60, we lose 5% for each year before 65....life carries no guarantees, so I took it ! Its not enough to live on but it helps. My bikes in a storage locker in Phoenix for this winters ride south.
    I'll be following along on your ride! Buena Suerte Juan Freeman
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  5. TrashCan

    TrashCan Scary Jerry

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    Great to see your post again, JD.

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  6. ratbikemike

    ratbikemike Adventurer

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    JOHN.... Great to find that you are going again ! As for myself, I am recovering from a broken wrist that is the result of highsiding a GoldWing. I did not know I could do that! Got a plate and 10 screws that will come out the first of the year. That and some serious dental work have slowed my progress. The local dental school, University of Alabama, was only a little more than latin options and I am at home among friends as things go poorly. But I am already close to needed resources ....again. I was thinking India and Far East , but SA is cheap again ?? Woot woot! Glad your riding and living well again. Ratbikemike
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  7. RACINGTHESUN

    RACINGTHESUN Been here awhile

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    Hey John! Glad to see you back on here with another RR to South America. Have a great time and keep the good stories coming my friend. Also, would really love to host you if you ever make it to Pueblo West, Colorado. Lots of excellent riding around here I would like to show you.
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  8. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi RACINGTHESUN,

    Pueblo West is right on the way from Arizona to Nebraska. When I get back I will make a point of dropping by for a visit. I post pretty much every day when I'm on the road, so you may have to remind me when I am in your area next year.

    Cheers,
    John
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  9. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Miguel de la moto-del-raton!!!!

    So good to hear from you amigo! Guatemala was a lifetime ago. South America is relatively cheap this year. The strong dollar means you could fly down and buy a ratbike cheap. High siding a Goldwing is no easy feat. I am impressed that you only broke the wrist. You must bounce well amigo.

    So my advice is: teeth are nice to chew with so finish the dental work, get the cast off and look into cheap flights on Spirit Airlines to Bogota. I just checked and Fort Lauderdale to Bogota one-way is 101.00 on January 27th midweek when the fares are lowest. It is insanely cheap to fly to northern South America these days. Buy a ratlike and enjoy some fun winter riding.

    There is no better physical therapy for a broken wrist than twisting a throttle or operating a clutch lever furiously on tight switchbacks in the Colombian mountains.

    If I don't see you this winter then it will have to be Laos or India after I get finished with South America. Plenty of ratbikes in either location but the airfare is a lot more half way around the world. Or I'll see you in Alabama if you turn into a couch potato.

    Your ADVpal,
    Tio Juan
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  10. sasho

    sasho Dual Personality

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    Woohoo!!! This is gonna be good :clap
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  11. RamblingIrishHippie

    RamblingIrishHippie Been here awhile

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    Great info as always, some preparation is handy (wouldn't want to be too anal about planning, would take away from the adventure a bit imo.)
    Agree about Chile being ridiculous value atm, was checking bike prices(am hoping to get down there next year hopefully) as shipping a bike from Ireland aswell as flying out is hideously expensive.
    Late model small cc bikes are running around $1100-$1500 things like a yamaha ybr 125, (proven reliable bike) so that's what I'll be looking at meself.

    Anyways, enough of me prattling on, looking forward to the continuing adventure!
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  12. black top bob

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    Good on ya, and way to go John. Glad you're back. I'm in again. Keep us posted on the SS thing. I went at 62 and for the last four years have been trying to stretch it.
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  13. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Señor Heepy,

    Love Ireland. Visited a few years back and I will return. My great-great grandparents bailed out of there back in the 1840's and headed to the new world or I would probably still be there. I can see you on a YBR125 traveling around South America. That is a great bike. Fuel injected so it won't be wheezing in the Andes.

    Make it happen! Glad to have you along for the ride in the mean time.

    Your long lost Irish relative,
    Ian McSherpa
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  14. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Black top bob,

    Good to hear from you! We'll see how it works traveling on social security. I am going to try to be better about reporting back what stuff costs in South America. I find that info very useful. Also will be reporting back GPS waypoints of cheap or free places to camp as well for those that come down in the future.

    Your ADVpal,
    John
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  15. MonkeySlayer

    MonkeySlayer Been here awhile

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    John -

    Stoked for you. I bought a bike and after 6 months of riding did my first trip...a 2 week Baja trip. It was incredible. Made me long for a further trip.

    I also have a tiny bike. Yamaha XT 225. Thoughts on taking that long-term through South America regarding speed and such. The buys I did the Baja trip with were constantly waiting on me I felt. Maybe they moved too fast though.
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  16. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi MonkeySlayer,

    An XT225 is a great bike to travel Central and South America on. Check out my pal Matt with his surfboard in Colombia:

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    He rode down from British Colombia and continued on to Chile catching waves along the way. And let me tell you he wasn’t kind to his little XT:
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    he goes by afewsketchymoments here on ADV and has a ride report but alas the picture links are in need of updating since this site changed format in July. Here is his last XT225 ride report:

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/a-couple-of-xt225s-on-the-long-haul.892684/

    Last I checked he was touring Nepal on a mountain bike. His website is:

    afewsketchymoments.com

    Americans with a two week vacation tend to ride like hell in Baja. And on bigger bikes they will leave you in the dust. The thing is, with a small bike you have to either ride by yourself or find folks to ride with that ride your pace. It takes a few weeks before most 9 to 5 folks slow down to Latin time.

    Hope to see you out there.
    Saludos,
    Tio Juan
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  17. yamalama

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    nice. another minimalist adventure!
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  18. MonkeySlayer

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    Thanks John. Ya I have backpacked and traveled around the world a lot so was quite used to the slow pace travel. My counterparts were not and it was frustrating a bit. Good to hear that my bike seems like a good option. I've followed Matts reports before. Dudes a legend.

    Really tempting to quit my job this upcoming summer and do this.

    Justin
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  19. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Justin sounds like a millennial name. If you are in your 20's between school and career you owe it to yourself to take off NOW. People think they have time. NO!!!! These are the golden years when young folks have the opportunity to take off for a few months and see the world before work and family responsibilities take hold. Nobody imagines they will get married and have a mortgage when they are young.

    Save your money, get on that little XT and ride the wheels off of it.

    That's what I did when I was your age. Never regretted it. Couch surf, eat ramen, if funds are limited, but do it.

    Just some friendly advice.
    From your ADVuncle,
    John
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  20. MonkeySlayer

    MonkeySlayer Been here awhile

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    Oh ya. Don't have to preach to me. When I was 25 I quit and traveled Asia for 10 months on a low budget. I've been back working now for 3 years and am itching to do it again.
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