Spanking in Haiti

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by mehigh, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. mehigh

    mehigh bum

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    the sea side of Pestel

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    the only proof i got we went by bike

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  2. mehigh

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    the racist restaurant was closed :rofl, well actually almost every thing was closed in town, so a lady decided to cook for us and welcomed us into her home.

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    sorry for the bad quality of the pic...
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  3. ssmschulz

    ssmschulz Sherpa Rider

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    Nice pics and good ride reports.

    Here in India, I can not find anything close to a dual sport. everything is a small 100-200 CC street bike so you are lucky to have those bikes. But on the other hand, here everyone dual sports on the street bikes anyway with 2 to 3 people on them.

    Keep the pics coming.
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  4. davidbrundage

    davidbrundage Been here awhile

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    you've got the enfield bullets! the original dual sports!
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  5. davidbrundage

    davidbrundage Been here awhile

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    was pestel effected by the earthquake?
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  6. mehigh

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    these aren't dual sports... they are just 200cc Chinese bikes with some dirt rubber on them...

    You can get a new spanker on alibaba for 400$ if you buy a dozen or so!
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  7. mehigh

    mehigh bum

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    the area where I'm in wasn't affected by the quake. Things where just closed cuz it was sunday. Apparently Pestel is pretty lively during market days. I just happen to work all other days except sunday, so i'll always find the towns a bit deserted when I visit them
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  8. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    Mehigh,

    Your pictures are really nice, thank you for posting. I have ridden the other side of the island (Dominican Republic) but never crossed into Haiti.

    Thanks,
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  9. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Yeah them Dugouts, we spent a lot of time anchored way off P-a-P ,and they would come up with loads of carvings to sell us. Looks like it would be pretty hard keeping a true course with that one.:eek1

    I had a feeling you'd have a hard time taking pics of the people.....Voodoo !!!:wink:
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  10. mehigh

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    I kinda fixed the videos in my previous post. The upload speed at home is to slow and youtube is blocked at work so i have to upload to my google+ but it doesn't seem to want to embed the videos in here, so you'll have to deal with links!
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  11. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    Nice pics and videos! Were you able to restart with no problems after your water crossing in the video?

    Assume since you're from Quebec you're able to communicate somewhat?
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  12. rpmmike

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    looks much nicer than I expected. Are the people nice that you meet , or are you worried about slowing down for fear of being robbed/killed?:evil
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  13. mehigh

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    haha, when i got to the other side, i really wanted to take off my spark plug to see if any water got in the engine, but the stupid chingineered tool kit that came with bike had the wrong size for the spark plug tool. So i just waited a bit and the bike started right up no problem.

    I came to the conclusion that the bike staled on it's own and not because of the water level. It's really poorly adjusted and I don't have tools to fix it!

    Communications isn't so bad, a lot of people speak straight up french.
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  14. mehigh

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    where i live in Jeremy i don't feel really comfortable. I don't walk any where, always by bike or car. I think it's cuz of what i represent over there. Every body knows what I work on and what I do. Mostly every body on the project feels the same hostility from the people in Jeremy.

    On the other hand, when i go to other towns and villages, i don't get this feeling. I wouldn't say I'm 100% comfortable like in many places i went in latin america, but it's a lot better. for example I went to Les Cayes for Carnival and we where about 5 white people surrounded by thousands of Haitians and i felt better then in Jeremy. In really small towns people are curious and friendly, but it gets really annoying when they end up asking for money.
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  15. Backmarker61

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    Wow, so beautiful and interesting! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Just love the colors they paint their buildings, really special and unique!
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  16. H96669

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    I tried....single vote doesn't seem to count just yet!:wink:

    Come on you guys....clickety click, rate this thread, worth a few stars that one.:clap
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  17. Chip Seal

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    Great videos. I would imagine the trails and "roads" are impassable during and after a heavy rain.
    You indicated that your project involves road construction. Are you on a foreign aid grant to improve roads? I was curious why you are in Haiti.
    People I encounter usually go there for missionary or disaster work.

    The towns look incrediby impoverished. Delete the covered vehicles and tin roofs and you could be in the 19th century. Familiar with the country's history. I have never been there. Not many ride reports focus on Haiti. Therefore your pictures are an insight. We in the USA only see and hear about tragedy there.

    Thanks for posting.
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  18. WT100

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    Making me home sick. Haiti is were i learned to ride as a kid.

    We still make Haitian rice and beans regularly.

    Keep the story coming.
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  19. gjl

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    I was in Haiti last November for work. We landed at the airport and drove through Port Au Prince en route to Leogane. Interesting place. I have been told that I will be visiting there again this November. Stay safe.
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  20. mehigh

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    I'll try to see if I can cross my bike over for a week or so to ride across the DR, but i hear there is a lot of places where you can rent bikes there... so I don't know if it's worth the trouble.
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