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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Two Moto Kiwis, May 8, 2012.
website is up, www.motomundoantigua.com
Great site too!!!
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Ok, pologies for the late update ladies and gent, Wifi VERY sporadic here is Xela so I am doing a Cafe hop to find the best Wifi to meet your needs
Ok, El Chol To Antigua
First things first we had to get Maya out of the market that had set up earlier in the morning, luckily it wasnt tight and they all thought it was pretty funny.
The road started out as dirt and we had sporadic tar seal of race track quality here and there mainly in towns then back to dirt and with the occasional bordred bridge thrown in.
The entire road was being revamped with heaps of work being done, the entire side of a main town street blocked of with concrete formwork, concrete trucks, workers, screeds etc so they were paving a huge section of the road.
There were newly constructed bridges and detours everywhere which made for interesting riding, this didnt stop us from getting lost and having a grande tour of a small town through streets no wider than a small car.... it was great fun.
At one stage we were stopped completely by a big digger hacking up the road and were mobbed by little bikes....when the truck left and the road cleared it was like a MotoGp start with bikes fizzing off everywhere trying to get out front ... it was hilarious to watch so we calmly took off giving them all the lead until they reached top speed then we blazed on by like they were standing still ... the look on their faces was funny.
That is Valentino getting the right line out on the right
Carrying on down the hill the road was that of a freshly laid supermoto circuit and beautifully finished.
Arriving in Antigua we set too trying to find economic accommodation but first I went and found Taz @ Moto Mundo which I did, for those wanting to find him easily the GPS coords are in the above post.
Taz is a great guy and seriously helpful, he took us to a hotel that was reasonably priced and had solid Wifi.
We could not park Maya in there so Taz said no prob leave it at his shop .... easy.
We got settled in and had a walk around town splashing out of a MEGA frappe, it was beautiful.
Tea that night was spent with Dan and Elaine some travellers we had met at Utopia lodge in Semuc Champey... they trustingly lent us $100 Q as we had left our money behind, the restaurant is called Por Que No and the food was excellent.
The climbing rope to get into the loft
Next morning I went back to Tazs workshop to spoon off the stuffed MT21 and spoon on a shiny new one.
Also on my list to do was place a fine mesh in front of the radiator to stop fine mud clogging the radiator fins, Kiwi fix will do .
That evening we meet up with Dan and Elaine, Dave and Jana at their hostel for happy hour drinks and a Dave Burger, good times, good chats.
Not going to write much as the pictures do more of the explaining, the first photo is one I should have put in the last post of our HUGE Frappes so when we hit Antigua again these are on the list
Antigua is a fairly "gringo" town with many foreigners there, felt kinda funny but to be honest I really like it.
It is a very nice place with the old town typically tidied up and revamped.
The church in centro
There small emblems cast into the footpath for moto parking, something we hadn't seen before.
Very old building having suffered major damage, not sure if it is old age or if the civil war took its tool
A very typical street in old town, makes for interesting riding especially when they get wet :eek1
Local markets selling all sorts
Locals selling their goodies
The place is alive with brightly coloured buildings, this is very typical here at least in old town
We are looking forward to going back to Antigua to have a better look around and meet up with Julio and go on some local rides, also we "should" understand a lot more Spanish which we are really looking forward to using to get in the depth of the Spanish speaking countries rather than just getting by.
An uneventful ride once we got out of Antigua, we had a local who decide he wanted to fit in where we were behind a truck and he literally pushed us out of the way, I tooted our spastic horn then blew passed him leaving him stuck behind the trucks in a cloud of diesel. CC beats arrogance!
We did have a wee moment on a corner when we hit heavy rain with a greasy patch and coupled with our shiny new rubber was a bad combo, only 1 km down the road a car had lost it and tried to jump the centre island too..... the island won BIG time :eek1
The road was absolutely mint condition and winding around hills and valleys so a nice ride
The road just before Xela took us up to 3031 meters or 9944 ft for you imperialist, this of course took us well into the fog zone and thus cold, at one stage we slowed right down to about 30 km/hr as we could not see a thing.
Xela was nice and cool on arrival... 20 degrees!!!!! .... cool .... listen to me I must be getting acclimatized and I have to admit during the rain it dropped down to 13 degrees so I turned on the heated grips as I was wearing my summer gloves.... gettin soft.
We found our escuela (school) and found out where our host family is, they have courtyard so Maya is safe which is essential.
Xela Week One
Starting at escuela (school) is a whole new experience after not being there since 20 years young ... now at 46 years young here I am again...dont think I will get the cane this time tho.
I was introduced to my teacher Dayma, she was very fluent in English to the tune of 0, luckily her Espanol is fantastic.
So with deafening silence we started ...... ummm ....... yeah.... my name is Andi and I am a moto bikeaholic
OK, we did get going after a slow start, luckily with spending 4 months in Mexico and 3 weeks in Cuba I had a basic knowledge so I could pick up the ball and run with it which was our saving grace.
At first I thought it was a complete disaster with her not talking english then when I thought about it I was there to learn Spanish so sink or swim here I come, luckily I could swim albeit a little but it was enough to understand her and start making ground.
Me wif my skool book ... just like a mug shot in jail
With the first day finished I am surprised I got home cos my head was not on my shoulders and thankfully autopilot took me home to a good feed waiting for me.
To be fair I had mixed emotions, one of accomplishment, one of stepping outside my comfort zone, one of total torment and misunderstandings so apparently I had a very successful day.
Another student who had been there for 5 weeks said if you go home feeling you know it all you have stuffed up, these words are very very true.
Fast forward to Friday to the end of the first week that went faster than my first date with a hot chick I feel in my mind that I have actually achieved a huge amount, not knowing it all and coming home every day with a saw head and having to focus hard to answer simple questions I know I am going forward.
Ellens teacher Kartie
Action shot with my teacher Dayma
There is also the aspect that we are living with our Guatemalan host family who speak 100% Spanish only so the Kiwis have been teaching them Chanish and Spinglish (known as Spanish to the educated people) coupled with smiles and larfs which go a long way.
All in all a very successful week so obviously I have no clue what is going on.
hey Andi " Never Design your life around work" I found this humorus I worked all my life in order to play.. not because I loved working, I did like my work but I like adventures more!!
That is a perfect analogy and pretty much somes up "our" life.
We are seriously lucky .... well in part but no, we worked seriously hard to get here, no silver spoons or lotto wins.
This sums it up perfectly Toddy.
I wasn't going to say piss off as I was trying to be polite not wanting to offend anyone which I already managed to do .
Sorry VooDooDaddy but I think you need to grow a skin and if you are unhappy with your choices only you have the power to change them.
If that means schooling up for a higher paid job to meet your expectations rather than bring ours down then you should look at this.
Enough said on this now and great to fling the dirty laundry round for a while, now back to Spanish School for me to enrich my experience within Spanish speaking countries, four hours each day that not only do I NOT get paid for but I actually pay for......my choice.
Please read the posted rules, you have an issue or take offence to something use PM.. I let the Voodoo crap stand as Andi had a reply.. but then the dogpile started... it's all been pruned... Next time, vacations will be issued.
Thank you Andi and Ellen for bringing us along with you on this most amazing trip of yours.
Yes it did but legitimately too however I don't want our thread turning into a battle of someone else's unhappy choices or life so happy the laundry was aired.
You are welcome ... just not much exciting stuff while we study unless we go to retaurantes and write on lights
Hey slackers. Great fun following your adventures and to see you still safe and sound. Maybe i should sell the kids and join you. Good luck with the Spanglish, admire your effort (my attempts at French were abysmal).
Ok, see you soon
We will be in Spanish speaking countries now for 99% of our trip so have to make the most it it which we are trying to do
Enjoy your time in Xela. Spent a couple months there learning Spanish as well and really enjoyed it, except for freezing my arse off every night, but it was December - February. Weekend trips to Atitlan helped to shake the chill.
At the end of every school day my head hurt and I was exhausted, but it was totally worth doing. It will give you a great base to learn more as you head south. Some days you wont feel like you learned a thing, but you did and it will pay off big time as you venture further south and learn more each day.
Great ride you two, and say hello to Julio and Luisa for me when you return to Antigua.
04-23-2013, 12:12 PM #611
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Interesting ..... must have been the last straw!!!
Yeah man everyday my head hurts ... sometimes in different places
Thus far 1.5 weeks in VERY well worth while, not sure 4 weeks will be enough so will probably do some more in Colombia.
The main thing is looking forward to being able to speak to people with some sorts of sense rather than ordering a wheelbarrow with my biscuit and coffee.
Will catch up with Julio and Luisa in about 2.5 weeks, he has been kind enough to take delivery of a bunch of parts for Maya so outstanding to say the least.
Good excuse for vino or beers
Wasn't there also some german lessons that you took in xela ?
¿Fue después de mucho ron?