33 1/3 N C S + Cuba

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Throttlemeister, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer Super Supporter

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    Check your PMs again Mark. Yep I heard the cows are drinking cold water again. I actually missed feeding cattle for some strange reason:cry I will survive thou and they are in good hands.

    I'm always into something down here:wink:
  2. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer Super Supporter

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    Dec08 and on...

    Earlier the choice was made to stay with the boat and not import the bike until I come back to Colombia to save time and hassle, the bike was wrapped up tight like a present and gear was stowed and off we go into the sea once more:clap
    We would be 10 souls for this part taking to the sea on the great white ship.

    More photos do do the talking for now mainly

    My favorite ship in port, the SteelRat swinging at the hook in the distance:
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    They are always looking for me:
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    Dependable as ever:lol3
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    The mightly Colombian sail training Bark vessel "Gloria" ?? This ship is really supposed to ask us the old girl SteelRat for permission to leave the harbour, she didn't even thou we had seniority on her:lol3
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    Big ass colors flying off back:deal

    Dingy going:
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    Dingy coming back with supplies, lots of beer in the bottom of that pile:1drink
    Tanya, Rollie, and Guillelmo bringing back the goods:
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    Josh and GeeJay pulling the hook up from the muddy bottom harbour:
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    Heading out to the cut and the open Caribbean:
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    Me and Capitan LuLu, I still don't think he likes me too much:lol3I'm working on that...
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    One of my usual hangouts at times:
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    I wasn't scared at all because Jesus was on board with us and I felt safe:lol3
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    Right after first raising the sails that night running along the coast up to Santa Marta. I think Lulu might have thought we just hit a freak lighting storm when I got this shot raising the main for the first time, no one expects a picture is needed except me:rofl
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    That utility winch saves a bunch of heaving and hoeing:deal

    Our position early on after leaving Cartagena:
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    Nice first moring out for me, some of the 10 where near death from the ocean's motion:eek1 I shared one of the first early morning watches and I tried to catch some of the rise:
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    Very little boat traffic for the first part of the voyage, some freighters here and there. I remeber having an interesting watch with two others watching a blinking yellow marker bouy that we couldn't figure out for a while, little exciting wondering what the hell it was for a while in the darkness of the night.
    Usual kind of traffic:
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    Feet try to get better, the right ankle is still not up to 100% think I might have really gotten something in there, I'll rest and see:
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    New morning drink to me, something from down South that I forgot the name of: check check: yerba mate "companion in lonely times" gift of the sharmans of the Southern world:
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    And we sailed less the square sail, and it was good:
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    Well heeled:
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    We ate good beans that didn't look so pretty:
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    We made some progress:
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    Alright but past 12kts has been recorded:
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    Nice work area/movie theater:wink:
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    More filling food to be had, with good beer:
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    Fish where caught and fish jumped on board too:
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    Daniel aka Jesus and I posing with the specimen:
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    Always moving never stopping in constant production of Nautical Miles made:
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    Ran between high 2s to mid 7s if IIRC

    I miss my real ride and look forward to the day we ride again:raabia:
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    Easiest when they just fly aboard, tender little morsels:wink:
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    Bigger fish found our lines, Jack and something I think:
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    No major sail trouble other than a broken/missing banton in the main near bottom and a little unstiching of a reinforment area around said banton spot. Changed a air purge fitting on raw water cooling postive displacement pump and one spring on same pump and that was about the extend of minor troubles that I remeber. Someone said the sea stainer of something on the small gennie needed a little cleaning or something along the way too.
    Notice small spot on main trailing edge here:
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    Lots of this going on, most of the sick crew began to come around after a couple days at sea and started to enjoy a little more like I could:
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    My favorites:
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    Who would have thought you could have bought a souvenir on the boat from German/Italian:huh Nice but still cheaper in Nicaragua, its the labour:
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    I keep working on my life's best tan:lol3
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    Lots of smokers on board, hard to believe with pleasant little pictures like these to remind you. It really is an addiction that's tough to deal with.
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    I used to would've :drifthe one on the right:lol3
    I joined the 50/50 bunch mainly, its too easy to stop for me, I hope the rest have little trouble or enjoy what they have coming from my medical background of knowing a little too much:deal

    Have fun and enjoy what you like, its all like drugs:1drink

    We have proper deserts before dinner:clap Here peach cobbler made by the captain with somekind of special latte:
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    The galley where the magic happens:
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    I love the little brace rods for cooking in heavy weather and the oh so important waste hole.

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    Amazing what gets created here and how well one can eat on a boat. I really have to watch myself and get back on the road soon.

    Sunrises and sunsets where special times for me aboard, I really love to see them at sea:
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    Self made:
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    Nothing like riding and drinking on the Rat:
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    this is not so bad at all:deal

    New fruits where had, Josh introducing them to me here:
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    like old style hand grenades as I imagined them:
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    Hard shelled suckers and with interesting and tasty seedy fruit inside for your pleasure:
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    One of the craziest beer like drinks I've tried this trip, strange to say the least:
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    This I liked a lot, caught off the ship makes it more special:
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    Add this yummy stuff from Belize and its perfect dinner:
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    Crazy pretty sunrise from the clouds that I can't do justice but is amazing after a night of watch, the sun always cometh, like a religious experience:
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    Good fruit selection dwindling on the balconey out back, one of my favorite places to rest and relax.:
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    Daniel and I partaking of the bounty:
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    Daniel sans fruit:
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    Land at last and with it brings trouble of a new sort:
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    The mightly Jamaican Coast Guard got us in it's sights, I think after finding out they we left a Colombian port bound for a Jamaican one. It was discussed on the radio that they intended to board us and refused to wait until we where in port. It was an interesting conversation on the radio which had been lacking mostly throughout this trip so far. They sent there high powered diesel RIB over and wanted us to stop, the engine idled and the prob feathered and we carried on under only sail as they readied to board with guns and we where constantly flanked on the other side with 50 cal deck guns just in case:eek1
    The boarding party came aboard seeming more like a training episode for the young crew wanting to muster the crew on deck and go through the ship for a deligent search of the vessel for near half hour or so before satisfying their requirements and allowing us to enter the main cabin to escape the light rain. An interesting conversation with one of the guards on deck watching the crew as he said something along the lines "why you guys look so nervous" as I replied "your the man with the automatic weapon it kinda makes you that way":lol3
    No real harm done other than taking some of our daylight for harbour maneuvers that where completed in the early evening hours. Good training for them and at least they didn't find any drugs to speak of:eek1
    Was nice to be back in English speaking land to know what was going on:deal

    I got some shots of them as the took off in their fast lauch RIB out the kitchen porthole being all sneaky like:
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    This boat is badass!

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    No more guns onboard anymore as they headed back to their mothership, looked like the kind where they just jam the RIB up on the back deck of their cutter-like ship. Seemed like an awesome late model high dollar setup to me:

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    Funny how they missed these little bits on the kitchen table, I think it was really all practice and looking for that 1000+ kilo bust:lol3

    Anyway we where all free once again to head around the East side and make way into Port Antonio in the early darkness of the day. Coming into the cut for the anchorage:
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    The eveing of Dec12 we reached land again and the good Swedish pasta was had on top deck after tying off for the night:
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    We are here, I am going the wrong way, oh well a little detour is always nice:
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    The good rum was broke out and some people didn't treat it right:
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    It was emptied quickly needless to say:


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    The bar happened to have a pool and as I like to seek out water, I stripped down to the shorts for a good cleaneing:

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    Had a good party with some of the crew that came along:
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    I eat too good on that damn boat, too many good cooks aboard I suppose and I hate to waste good food and feed the fish, I think some of the crew knows this and abuses me with extra servings.

    I compared heads with a brother from another mother:
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    Me with a pretty German girl named Nadine:
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    And Daniel aka Jesus made the scene in another of the cool and interesting shirts from England:
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    It was nice to have a break and be back on land.

    Disco man
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    Must be like Tron I guess.


    The following morning while on the land based toliet I swore I was back at sea!

    Posted from still cold Port Antonio 1 1/2 hours to departure to islands to the North.

    Its not so bad here even if its cold, looking forward to the bike again but will be a long while before I come back.

    Happy Holidays and NYE drink one for me and I'll do the same!!!
    I'll miss some eggnog I bet...
  3. SmilinJoe

    SmilinJoe Been here awhile

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    Great RR Im BR (boat report)!:roflHell your an ADVsailor now!:roflSounds like the frickin Village People!!:lol3 Scaring the hell out of me John!:poserThe Hoola hoop girl was nice!:drif Too bad you used your only rubber for a flotation device for the bike!:(: Looks like your having an amazing time! Your not on the bike but WTF! Your not here!:evil Sailboat? Caribbean Ocean? Need I say more?:jkam Water, fishing, riding and alcohol! Four of your favorite things and your somewhere out there! Right on buddy!:bow We all wish we could be in your shoes!! Have yourself a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! Oh ya the pics with the stickers is really cool! Like where's Wally!!!
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    F'n awesome :clap
  5. Mud Missile

    Mud Missile Aventurero

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    I finally caught with your adventures. Middle Age Missile told me you spent some time at his house before departing. I wanted to let you know that if you decided to enter into Venezuela from Colombia to let me know so I could try to hook you up with some of my family there. I am glad you have found some great people and make me proud to be from down there. Some of the stuff you have encountered I have experienced my self. I have a huge smile on my face knowing you are having a blast. Can't wait to read more of your RR. Good luck and ride on.:clap
  6. SmilinJoe

    SmilinJoe Been here awhile

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    Hey John. Hope all is well and you have a great and unforgettable Christmas! Hope all is what you expected it to be! Hope your taking lots of pics and making lots of notes. Cant wait to hear this story on this part of your journey. :evil Take care of yourself and enjoy the holidays!!!
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    PSYCLOPS Diduseedasizeofdatchickin

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    Merry Christmas dude!

    You're frigin' awesome!

    I wanna be just like you when I grow up.

    :thumb
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    Hope everything is going good. Waiting for more!
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  10. Mud Missile

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    Jamaica must have kicked your butt since we haven't heard from you since your arrival. Hope everything is okay with you. Let us know if you need anything. I spent some time telling friends and relatives about your adventures and they could not freaking believe it. They were visiting from Mexico to get away from the caos and killings down there. Take care.
  11. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer Super Supporter

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    Still alive and kicking in this special place and I've been riding like a fool and living like a savage, except for last night when I checked into an all inclusive resort and attempted to drink 80 bucks worth of rum and beer:wink:


    Good for me I don't speak Spanish or just might not be able to leave, the women here are amazing and I'd mentioned before about adventure riding in another country is like being a quasi rock star, well here in this place I get just as much attention as a visiting leader of a small coutry, it's almost scary. Crazy place that has a lot of adventure to offer the moto.

    I have got lots to show and tell about this special place but it has very limited internet access, go figure:deal

    Will have to wait till I get back to Jamaica to do a full update sometime next week I think depends on how much more island riding I get to have thou.

    Few more days of fun on this special island, going to the far East and then do a site visit to 'our' special place here:lol3 and then back to the luxury of the SteelRat once again.


    :astaamgios
  12. Mud Missile

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    This is great news. I'll keep checking for updates regularly. Have a few punches on our behalf.
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    Hola Amigo!!! Holy crap your alive and not in prison! :clap Glad to hear you are good my friend! Hope you got photos of these hot chicks!:evil Cant wait to read your RR and see the photos. So how did the 80 bucks of drinks turn out?:puke1 Hope to hear from you soon.
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    Throttlemeister Long timer Super Supporter

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    Back in port at Antonio, Jamaica after a quick sail from a special place. It was an amazing story more coming after I rest up a bit. Dosen't look like it will be worth the rtouble to import the bike into Jamaica, since we are not in Kingston where it seems those are the only people who seem to know a damn thing about how to bring a bike into the country. Oh well I've had enough of an adventure on the bike for a while and need to take in a little R&R and do a little refitting of the bike and get back on the big lands and get going again:ricky

    It was well worth the trip:wink:
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    Very awesome....I would be nervous as heck with some sailors pointing 50 cal guns in your direction! Sounds like you kept your cool. Looking forward to hearing more!
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    Riding in special places?! :clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap
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    Hope your sailing like Jimmy Buffett and not Christopher Cross!!:lol3 Hopefully its a little warmer in Jamaica than here. It is 11 degrees and snow on the ground this morning!:vardy Maybe Tom is out breaking ice for the cows?:roflSounds like the side trip to the special place was awesome. Cant wait to hear about it.:earSo have the got the engine room in the boat retrofitted and squared away? Rest up and get then busy on this RR! There are a lot of people back here in the states waiting to here about the kick ass adventure! Be safe John.
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    I hope that you brought back some hand rolled cigars from the special place. :nono

    They could help you finance a few extra months on the road.
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    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Screw the cigars (sorry Monica) did he bring back some RON!!!!!?????
  20. Throttlemeister

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    Thanks Steve, I've been missing the Tuesday Pub Crawl with my comrades:freaky

    We'll have a big blowout party, 2015 is looking to be a very good year:deal

    You showed me the way dude, thanks for your help and support Philip:thumb


    I had a good Christmas and New Years and getting back into some writing mood again here in this warm place being bikeless for a little while longer it looks like, got a lead on a ride but don't know if it will happen yet No Problem Man, its Jamaica Red Stripe land:1drink


    All I can say is Ross you would feel right at home I'm thinking, this is a good time:deal
    Hope that leg deal is alright by now:ear

    Thanks for the support and I'll look up your Vnzl friends, I will be in touch...
    The special place stuff trumps Mexico by a long shot, it was scary crazy fun if that's possible, a book might just have to be in the works after this last go round:rofl

    I was sure I was going there for a little while, all I can say is that "

    I'm Huge in a Special Place":roflAt is wasn't so bad as it seemed at the time.

    It seems I see lots of guns these days:lol3, I don't no if I'm some kinda problem or what:huh

    I went to a whole other level of riding there and it was good:deal

    You should be getting ready for you next big go around:ear
    Time for a new RR...


    I might just become a partner on a new project:wink:, I like the sailing life too much I think, I just have to take my moto along for when we stop for a bit, still haven't gotten turned loose on the engine room yet but I think we may pop the heads on two cylinder and do a little PM on the old tough girl.
    Heard things are getting done without me well enough so far so maybe I can swing this for some more time in the lands to the South, still needing that Spanish skillset but my taco bell spanish skills still work well enough with the ladies and such:deal

    I'll be working deligently here if I remain bikeless. Tell the gang I said hello:wave

    I won't say how perfect the weather here is or anything like that:wink:

    You know how it works well, international trade skills are being used, you always need to bring your wood into the desert as my good friend Josh says:rofl
    Self consumpution may be more important, things are good.


    You speaking or Ron Z:ear

    I raided the Havana Club stores like a crazd pirate:freaky

    You and I need to make a pac to meet I'm thinking. Heard you are headed North and Home:huh I've got you a present from a special place that I can hold for a time:wink:

    I want to meet a master Jedi, the force in you is strong I since:deal
    I haven't been back on the net long enough, but I've seen things in your RR that bring a very big smile to my face, thanks for keeping up the good work, we all enjoy what you do:clap