Two Moto Kiwis Arctic To Antarctic May 2012...

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Two Moto Kiwis, May 8, 2012.

  1. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Xela, The Weekend No Two

    Sabado (Saturday) a leisurely start, breaky and the usuals.

    Game plan was to catch up with Dan and Elaine in San Pedro at Lake Atitlan.

    Setting off from Xela we fueled up and looked down the road, the entire main road out of town for (as it turned out) 10 km was closed for a cycle race coming into town. :huh

    Hmmmm, needed a game plan to get out cos we had no other way of getting out of town, seeing another big bike with lights on and camera gear ...hmmm ...saweeet.

    We rode across the road, passed the Police and some organiser looking types with day glo jackets and proceeded to head out of town at around 40 km per hour staying close to the crowd who seemed to assume we were crowd control.

    I switched on the LED lights, Ellen had her camera out so we carried on with thousands of people lining the streets and us looking like official crowd controllers staying in the right lane!!!

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    So we carried on looking as official as we could pushing the crowd back who respected our authority and we carried on all the way out of town, 3/4 the way out we had a Police vehicle come up behind us then beside us .... they waved at us and acknowledged the great crowd control job we were doing and carried on....too easy, these guys even have a welcome sign :rofl

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    It was really surreal seeing thousands of people lining the streets and we having the entire road to ourselves, the racing bikes had already headed passed us in the opposite direction so we knew we were not causing trouble and turns out unwittingly helping out, Ellen waved to the crowd and they waved back so we just ran with it. :clap:clap

    So back down to earth from ten minutes of respect and royalty we carried on our merry way .... Mrs.Garmin was having a siesta and sent us AWOL, we found ourselves taking an incredible little shortcut which turned into a very steep and rutted dirt road, down to first gear and making our way up I was hoping it was not going to get much steeper as I was running out of skill very quickly.

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    We popped up and out onto the main road and literally had the bike length to stop in on the shoulder and given I was still up it she was all hands on deck to stop with big suspension compression and full anchors.

    I headed straight across the road only to find we where heading the wrong way, Mrs.Garmin then got her shit together recognising we were on a main drag and told us to turn around .... in 6 km!!!!

    We stopped, looked around, with no-one watching I lined up a plastic bottle on the curb using it as a ramped and we jumped the center island and back on track.

    The rest of the trip was normal so that was easier and with the day being stunning we had epic views 3000 metres above stress level seeing for mile each side.

    I missed our turnoff, was gonna do another stuntman maneuver but we had Feds watching us and given our earlier game we decided to play it safe and take the next turn off in which we rode through villages etc so quite a cool wee side tour.

    Carrying on the road to San Pedro we crested the hill which overlooked Lake Atitlan, coupled with the clear day and our elevation we were wowed.

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    With potholes, shingle, fine powder etc we finally made it to San Pedro, fluffing around we tried to find a cafe with Wifi so we could contact Dan and Elaine so we rode up the street ..... well their she was on her way back from a tramp so we pulled up beside her and said “where do you think you are going?”

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    Being a non petrolhead and tired she didn’t even recognize us until we stopped so it was funny.

    San Pedro is a cool wee place, very gringo but nice, this is the alleyway leading to our hotel which was 50 Q so about $6.45.

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    For some reason which are to find out yet some old waterfront building are in the water and half submerged.

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    Wifi .... yeap :evil

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    This place the basement is totally under!!

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    The "ex" waterfront still makes for great photos.

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    There is some really groovy painted shops there too with incredible colours.

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    The cab drivers seem to be having some sort of hotrod competition dressing their taxis with all sorts

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    On Sunday morning we walked up the hill behind the town and watched soccer game, these guys were good with some real expert footwork.

    See the ball, 1/4 of a second after I took that pic the ball slammed the fence straight in front of our noses .... that is 300mm away :eek1 ... I shit myself :D

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    Leaving San Pedro the streets wee busy with markets and we found a sign, no need to say anything more :eek1

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    On our return home at 3200 meters the fog came in so thick we were down to first gear in places and the temperature dropped to 8 deg C

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  2. SkycamNZ

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    Getting a nod from the local constabulary for your 'official' crowd control duties.... :rofl:rofl Love it!!
  3. SkycamNZ

    SkycamNZ Adventurer

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    The "ex" waterfront still makes for great photos.

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    Global warming, rising sea level. You have the photos to prove it MUST be true! :evil
  4. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Yes officer :rofl

    That would be "Lake" level officer :D
  5. richsuz

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    Lake Atitlan goes through cycles of filling up and draining. Decades in between, but we Guatemalans have short memory....and build down there in the low swing. We are in the up cycle since Hurricane Stan. If I am not wrong, the lake has gained 8 mts since.
  6. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Sweet, been on our list to Goooooooogle but kept forgetting.
  7. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Buenas dias de Guatemala

    Good morning from Guatemala

    Today is our one year anniversary having been 365 days on the road, we left New Zealand on 3rd May 2012.

    We celebrate our day in Xela at our Spanish School with our other inmates over dinner and drinks

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  8. MTKNZ

    MTKNZ Touring Kiwi

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    CONGRATULATIONS!!!:D Felicitaciones y buenos días de Texas, ¿cómo estás?
    Since it is your 1 year anniversary on the road I thought you might like to share with us 'vicarious life-stylers' a few reflections on how you think this trip has altered your views on life, the universe and everything?
    I know every one of my trips has left lasting changes on my psyche, but none were as long or as 'eventful' as yours has been so far, so....
    TMK Guru's of the saddle-sore...... whaddayareckon?
    :ear:ear:ear
  9. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Absolutely mate, we will have our one year take on life and The Heart Speaks, as you know we don't sugar coat stuff and fluff it up beautifully, we tell it exactly as we see it ... sometimes to our detriment but that is REAL life.

    RTWing is hard on your relationship which takes WAY more effort to deal with ... add to that rainy days, accidents, rip-offs etc you have to be come stronger or you will fail.

    Next few days will post up how we see it :clap
  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Congratulations you two. Its June 22 that we left Vancouver for Inuvik. We just put the bikes in storage in Panama City until the end of September. Have to get home to work a bit. Can't wait for us to finally meet in SA. We glimpsed you on the road on the way to Dawson City, but we have not crossed paths since.


    Sara
  11. TOTim

    TOTim Been here awhile

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    I have been following you since day one. I can't believe it's one year already. Thanks for the entertaining season one.
  12. HackyMoto

    HackyMoto TEAMUSAGSTROPHY2012

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    :wave :clap

  13. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    WEH HEH it is fiesta tonight :clap:clap

    Yeap didn't even know it was you guys till way later but never mind.

    Boo going back to that four letter word :evil and yeap SA rock on.

    We are crossing 14 June then doing what we do :clap

    Have fun back up home and we look forward to catching up.
  14. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Thank you for coming along with us, our real part of our trip is just around the corner now and this is where our true interests lay.

    Hoping the camera will capture some of the offerings.:clap

    Cheers

    Andi & Ellen
  15. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Few words from a great man, great you clocked in Chad and well done on the riding front.

    We never caught up with what you did with your bike post the shaft "issue":eek1, assume you have a new ride?
  16. Katoom119

    Katoom119 Mmmm....Orange Kool-aid

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    Congrats on the one year milestone :thumb

    Loving the pictures as always.
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    Congratulations ! :clap:freaky:deal:eek1
    What an epic journey and great RR.
    Your tell it like you see it is refreshing.
    Your ability carry on and overcome lifes challenges is inspirational.
    The love and respect you each have for the other comes thru in your words and deeds.
    It was a privilege to meet and spend a few days with you and wish you safe travels.
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    Congratulations on 1 year. Time flies when you fook off around the world :D:freaky:clap
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    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    That is for real mate ..... as you WELL know :clap
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    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Cheers Doug, it would be a pleasure for us if you took a wrong turn and ended up in New Zealand, our Casa is your Casa!!!:clap