South America and Beyond on Another Minimalist Adventure

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  1. RamblingIrishHippie

    RamblingIrishHippie Been here awhile

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    Ah, the 1840's were a dark time indeed for Ireland, no doubt your ancestors left due to the famine or perhaps they left before it got truly bad. The "coffin ships" were certainly no joke.
    But every cloud has a silver lining and you, the descendent are here to keep us entertained with your travels.

    Hopefully we'll meet on in the trail S. America this time next year (when I get funds, I'll be following in your footsteps)

    Was wondering all the same, now you have the ss coming in monthly, will you be on the road continuously or still returning north for the few months In summer to boost the kitty so to speak.

    Either way, can't wait for the adventure to resume!

    Ride safe, ride free amigo.

    Sean.
  2. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    I’ll be heading to the airport in 28 hours to catch a 2AM redeye tomorrow night that will take me from Arizona:

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    Stay tuned…..
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  3. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Sean,

    I like working for ADVriders remodeling their houses. It's what I do in my summers. It is a lot of fun as long as I stay out of jail. Well okay, that was interesting as well.

    The thing is, after 6 or 9 months when I start feeling like a real hobo, I really enjoy coming back to the U.S. and doing neighborhood beautification like:

    flagstone patio in Tucson:
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    Or stone staircase in Oregon:

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    or even just a simple kitchen or bathroom makeover. It's what I do. Not even really like work when you are doing it for fellow ADVriders. Some people have sponsors and get free motorcycles and gear. I prefer my method. Ride your brains out and come home and goof off working for cool people until you have enough money to take off again.

    It's what I've been doing for years. Social security won't change that much. I may be able to stay in nicer guest houses and not camp so much is all.

    And yes, my Irish ancestors were tough as shoe leather from what I understand. 12 catholics in a tarpaper shack on a homestead in the northern plains during winter? It makes my life look like cake.

    Cheers,
    John
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  4. Cro59

    Cro59 Been here awhile

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    John, are you still in the Tucson area? Would love to meet up for coffee or something before you head out.
  5. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Cro59,

    I was in Tucson 2 days ago where I visited the Saguaro National Park and fellow ADVrider Jkam. I'll be back through next year in all likelihood and will make a point of dropping by for coffee if you're still in the area.

    But right now I am 100 miles north and have a couple folks who are heading to South America on Vstroms coming here to Apache Junction for the night. So I will be entertaining them until I leave for South America tomorrow night. They should be here any minute. I look forward to seeing them. Should be fun!

    Best,
    John
  6. RamblingIrishHippie

    RamblingIrishHippie Been here awhile

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    Understandable, nothing like working with your hands, making something nothing and the satisfaction of finishing off a project well done. Getting paid is certainly a motivation but not the only reward.

    You seem like the type of guy that'll never really retire so long as your health is with you and with skills like yours, you'll never be idle I'm sure. That staircase is mighty impressive!

    Anyways your on the move, roll on Argentina!!
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  7. monkeywrenchcycles

    monkeywrenchcycles Been here awhile

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    Just found this thread and although i didnt get the chance to follow your last adventure i plan on following this one. I too am on a smaller bike, an XR400 and am leaving for a 3-4 week jaunt to Central America next month. Any tips on exchanging money in CA? I know El Salvador uses US dollar which makes it nice but with traveling Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala i feel like it will be hectic with money since i dont plan to spend alot of time in any one county except for El Salvador or possibly Guatemala if the violence hasnt dampened a bit in El Salvador.

    Most of my time has been spent flying from US to El Salvador and i havent needed any adapter plugs for outlets. Is it generally this way in CA or is it country by country? I really appreciate the length of time you spend explaining the small details. Some of those things i have not even thought of. This will be my first trip by motorcycle out of the country and actually my first time in Mexico!!
  8. gmiles

    gmiles Ancient Adventurer

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    Good luck John, I'm real happy for you and can't wait for this winters Sherpa entertainment ! I've read all your blogs several times and I'm ready for the next chapters.

    George
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  9. Cro59

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    Sounds good. Or if all goes well I may meet you down south somewhere. Tell your Vstrom buddies to let me know if they need anything in Tucson or they want to ride some trails here. Look forward to your RR.
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  10. ratbikemike

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  11. ratbikemike

    ratbikemike Adventurer

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    John,
    Can't go just yet. The plate and screws will come out of rhe wrist in jan or maybe feb and then there is recovery time...... again. I did crack a bunch of bones but they took no effort to repair. Been going to da gym these days and did 10 miles in 44 minutes on a recumbent bike this evening. Doing that every other day with weights on the other days. I get there 5 or 6 times a week.
    In other news...... I now own a tt250 yamaha with a tag lights etc. On the prior trip I was afraid, that is had the good sense to avoid breaking my leg on a mud road in Honduras. I went way out of my way to stay on paved roads. I resolved to learn a bit about this dirt bike thing. I will be doing some duel sport stuff, etc, and may or may not ride it south next year. When i first thiught about India, it cost about $2500 to cross the Darin Gap and return. A visa is Or was $300 for Brazil and the cost of living was pretty high as you go futher south. Now the Gap is under $200 one way if I remenber right and you report the the living costs are lots better. Woot.
    But you can fly to india, buy a used bike, get a room, a great meal and still have spent way less than $1500. Found tickets at Cheapo Air..... NY to Mumbai $463 ....Birmingham al to NY for $164 or Birmingham to Mumbia $826. A 125 is even more commonly used than Latin America. I understand $300 to $500, used or maybe $1000ish for a new small bike.
    AND if you have an income, like a ss check, they want you to stay as long as you like in Thailand. You can eat Thai food every day for the price of a can of chilli. Heath insurance is about $40 a month and if you like, a gym membership is about $30. If , important stuff here, ....if you don't spend it all on beer and/ or woman, you can live/travel well in the far east.
    Next year in rhe fall is my target date. ⏳. Don't quite know where I am going. Ratbikemike
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  12. DKW1200

    DKW1200 Been here awhile

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    Hey John,
    I pick up my bike from storage in Montevideo on Jan 4th. Like you, I can't wait to get back out there and continue the adventure. Heading north to watch the Dakar around Belen before starting the ride back to San Diego. Hope we cross paths. I'll be following your blog. Salud
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  13. bigdon

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    Happy Travels from Weaver ,John !
    Pansy hopes that Johnson County did not get ALL her money and you have some left for fun stuff !

    Woo Hoo
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    Junyah @ the speed of plaid

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    I hope you have a quiet and uneventful flight back mi amigo, and best of luck on the great escape from Uruguay!


    The Keed
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  17. SparkyL

    SparkyL Been here awhile

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    Subscribed again John. Can't wait for your updates to carry me through the winter.
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  18. RideN

    RideN Been here awhile

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    A couple of the really good ride reports I am reading are stuck in transition. Earth's End Riding DR650's are off line while they ride through the Democratic Republic of Congo; My Ticket to Ride the World is stuck in the States while their bikes are in Columbia; and Long Way for a Wave is going through China and posts are sporadic. I was just thinking, "I really need to find another epic report to get into because these reports I'm reading are slow and in transitions" and I clicked on the link and Bam, there you are. Your minimalist adventure is one of the first (and best) epic reports I've read and I can't wait for you to get started on this chapter.
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    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Good stuff for sure. BTW, My Ticket should be back rolling soon.
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    "And on the road again
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    We're the best of friends
    Insisting that the world be runnin' our way" with a special thanks to Willie for the inspiration.

    Long Live JD! Or as they say in Texas............YYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEHHHHaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwww!!!
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