Two Moto Kiwis Arctic To Antarctic May 2012...

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

  1. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Just replied your PM, we left Cartagena this morning for the mud volcano and now in Santa Marta .... fookin hot up here too!

    Sorry to miss you, try and catch up south of here.
  2. TeeVee

    TeeVee His mudda was a mudda!

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    andi, your photobucket linkie doesn't work
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    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Thanks for pointing that out, didn't know, should be fixed now, lemme know.

    Fookin hot here mate, will fry an egg on my speedo!! :eek1, today was 40 deg c in town too hot for a white boy.:rofl

    Cheers man

    Andi
  4. hyperboarder

    hyperboarder Potato Farmer

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    About a week after starting this thread I'm finally caught up. Random small world moment, this past Saturday I sold a Ural to an inmate here, Toby, who just moved to Seattle from Alaska. He happens to have your stock DR650 gas tanks from a year and change ago :D. The locking caps are problematic but I trust he'll deal with them when he needs to use the tanks. Carry on!
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    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Classic ... small world eh.

    Yeah the DR community in Alaska did well from our giveaways after we set up our bikes, all good karma we hope.

    The locking caps?, we sent Alaska Cycle center our info and permission to give the key codes etc to him so they should be perfect.

    Thanks for following, hope to keep you entertained along the way.

    Cheers Andi
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    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    After the buzz of the canal the next morning was off to the Stahlratte at Carti, San Blass so in reality it was only getting better.

    Start with a quick dunny stop ... and some wall glory :D

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    The ride out of Panama was easy enough going around lots of roadworks and a small shower.

    We turned of the main drag heading toward Carti when Oliver and Heather disappeared from our mirrors, I turned around and went back and only a minute down the road Oliver was pushing their bike with a blowout on the rear.

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    Also Olivers front guard has come off its mount and was merrily trying to burn its way to nothing ... it wasn't his day.

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    We set to and removed the dead tube which was totally stuffed, we had a spare 21 inch tube so we tucked that back in only to have that blow another 5 km up the road so at that point we left them there to alert Ludwig to the issue and organise a ute to pick them up.

    Although I am not doing much here I did muck and help spoon it on.

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    The road out to San Blass was interesting and steepish in some places and beautiful rain forest

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    Arriving at Carti we were greeted by the other riders.

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    Out of riding gear and time to strip Maya of house and contents to load her onto the Stahlratte.

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    The dreaded moment arrives when Maya is suspended by string :eek1

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    Away she goes

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    Into her bunkroom where she lives for the next 5 days, I will add at this point she was double wrapped by the crew and extremely well covered .... you guys rock!! :clap

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    Next installment day one .......
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    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    We were all loaded safe and onboard, it was some time later when Oilver and Heather arrived after the hard day.

    Maya was in her bunkroom with her roommates

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    A pic left out from before, all the girls lined up ready to be lifted into their bunkroom

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    That night we were staying on an island where the local Kuna people live, it was an interesting experience, for some reason our host family decided to talk to 3.40 am and pretty much there are no walls, several attempts to be pleasant to ask for quite failed then I got loud with a bang on the door.... I got 2 hours sleep

    Our chatty host

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    Rain brewing behind the boat

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    Finally Heather and Oliver made it :clap

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    The local people milling around

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    The storm didn't quite make it to us, we only got a few drops

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    Our room with a sand floor and a local cat

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    Yes those are outhouses so your #2s drop straight into the oceon, the fish eat it all up

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    Our accommodation ... cool places :clap

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    Some local Kuna out on their boat

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    Lunch on the Stahratte, fud was second to none!!!

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    The window of fame aboard the Stahlratte, stuck with the famous people now :rofl

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    The Stahlratte started off great and only got better, these guys know how to make a great trip of it :clap
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    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Well what can a man say, on a boat, stinkin hot, sunny, with moto, with wife, with new amigos.

    Not a lot to be honest, will let the pics speak for us.

    Bit of snorkeling

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    Two tree island

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    SOS

    Scoota On Stahlratte :eek1 :clap

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    Lost

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    Rope swing

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    Me on the rope swing ....seriously cool fun

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    Awful ... just awful :rofl

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    No enjoyment being had ... just trying to keep our heads above water....trying times :huh :D

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    The camera started playing up again, I was focusing on the wood steps ....

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    Our boss Ludwig ... not sure what else to say :D

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    Looking up the main mast, Oliver is in the crows nest

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    Stowaway up front in the ropes

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    TeeVee His mudda was a mudda!

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    good god man! those are horrible pictures! i've seen people shot for way less...especially ludwig's porn pose :rofl

    keep on mate.

    p.s. bucket link is up and running.
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    TwoUpTourer Been here awhile

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    Major achievement guys!!!
    I've been following for a year also, and greatly enjoy and appreciate the effort you put into this RR.

    A friend of mine has sailed in a 45' yacht through the Canal 3 times, enroute to Brisbane, and on one occasion we could view it through a webcam set up on one of the administration buildings. Definitely one of those bucket list items. Like seeing geography in action.

    And crossing the Darien Gap, one of those things that you can look back at one day and say "We did that". Sensational beach photos. Sure they are not photo-shopped with some unnattainable mythical location as a backdrop??? (just kidding - cold, raining and cold here in Oz, and I feel sure such places really don't exist)
    Well done!
    John
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    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Cool....Temporarily in port for repairs and I can see the pics. Darn...should be working.:lol3

    Eh....looks like you are where??? Santa Marta??? If so please show the sceneries:evil could remind me of my youth.:D

    The sceneries:evilfrom Cartagena or Baranquilla would also do.:clap
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    Hi TMK's, have just caught up on your RR and accolades to you for having such grit. Loved the Panama Canal story, I can appreciate the engineering fascination.

    Ellen, what an amazing woman you are! It's just fantastic what you have achieved so far and how you have stood up to injury and trials. Hold your head high.

    Looking forward to SA.
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    Sorry bout the pics :rofl .... can't do much bout Ludwig either cos he is the boss :D
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    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Heya John, yeap loved the canal, would be cool to experience it on a boat too.

    Photoshop ... busted yeah we are home in New Zealand at -5 deg downloading photos and chopping them up :rofl:rofl

    Some days we worship the cold when we are trying to sleep in 35 deg plus heat which aint a happening thing.
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    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Heya Pierre, yeap just passed Santa Marta in Taganga, small town.

    Much more to come mate, will post in sequence or I will get stuffed up ... happens at my age :D
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    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Heya Balanda, seriously cool words man and really appreciated, it is not all beer and skittles but pretty close :D

    Yes the drawcard like Panama Canal we love but the bigger unknowns with beautiful places and cool vistas etc really make your day, trick is to have no expectations or plans so it always works well.

    Ellen is a soldier, we have both been through some hard times but from a womans perspective it may be harder at times with blokes always being a bit more gruff.

    More to come with South America. :clap

    Cheers Andi
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    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Yet again my typing will get lost so only a brief description of what was happening

    Rain on the horizon with a local Kuna boat

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    An island under a spotlight of sun amidst a cover of rain clouds

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    People up the crows nest

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    A cool firey sunset

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    Last of the sun going down

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    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Ok. last day on the Stahlratte, a selection of photos from early morning to night, today was a sailing day only.

    This is my stunned mullet 5.30 am I need my coffee look :rofl

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    Sails up we are off!!!

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    Would you trust this man knowing he has only had one coffee :huh :eek1
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    The Stahlratte heart beating away .... she runs sweet

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    Camera starting playing up again :D

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    Twice ... must get that fixed :eek1

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    Things are looking up :D

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    Our final sunset on the Stahlratte, no disappointment either

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    Cartagena here we come, f i n a l l y we make it to South America, long time coming after bike trouble, Ellens accident, then my accident, thank you to the gods of motorcycling and travel to get us too here plus or minus in one piece.:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap

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    oh man i need to be there. Those were fantastic pictures. Thanks
    you seen to be gaining ballast and losing freeboard though. Too much easy living.
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    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Yer we have had a few nice feeds........plus a few rums :D

    Alcohol is the worst for the waist :cry