Belly of the Beast... 3 MN amigos to ride KLR's through Central America

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  1. Ringobus

    Ringobus Been here awhile

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    Leaving Belmopan we encountered some roads under construction due to rain wasing then out during their rainy season and were thankful to be on KLR’s since the pot holes were huge and the locals could barely get around them with trucks and cars.
    We continued on into San ignacio to gas the bikes for the ride into Guatemala.
    We had a blue bird sky’s all day up to this point but a thunderstorm was brewing just north of us so we continued south as it started to sprinkle. We stayed ahead of and no rain gear was needed.
    We drove to the boarder town (can’t remember the name) and took the hand crank bridge across to one set of Mayan ruins. This was an unbelievable feat of engineering. I can’t wai to see Tikal.
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  2. Ringobus

    Ringobus Been here awhile

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  3. Ringobus

    Ringobus Been here awhile

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    BF5C5B74-033E-4490-AE7D-91343331A7AF.jpeg It was surprising to me how effortless it was for the bridge attendant to crank us across the river. The gear was super fast and it took no time to cross.
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  4. Ringobus

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    We continued through the town for about a 15 minute drive to the Belize Guatemala boarder and it was hot. I mean hot and sultry and sweat just poured off of us at a fevered pitch.
    There was plenty of fixers and pushy money changers in our face and we just ignored them proceeding as if this was old hat to us but hadn’t a clue what to do.
    My research told me there were kids there that spoke English and helped travelers get through true lengthy process. We found 3 that were very helpful.
    They got us through with little effort and we cruised through after some paperwork shuffle
    and immigration payment.
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  5. Ringobus

    Ringobus Been here awhile

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    Ringobus Been here awhile

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    9BE1013E-79C3-4D2A-8A97-D41733641800.jpeg DA45F5EE-A10E-4B43-BF37-5DD99A17A2D8.jpeg 8DF7A62E-563E-43C2-80F1-6F63F3241448.jpeg E4CE64A8-B8EB-44B0-9AB4-F339A6E45330.jpeg All in all we were only about 220 miles and most of it was between 55 and 65 throughout the entire day. After crossing the Guatemalan border I continued on to El Ramayana for the night only 20 miles from Tikal.
    We picked a room with a triple bed configuration, secured the bikes and headed out for food and beers to recap our most excellent day. Wow are we having a great time. No fighting or arguments, the weather perfect and riding second to none. It just keeps getting better and better as we go.
    These bikes are perfect for this kind of ride. Easy for long days in the saddle, fuel efficient and plenty of suspension and power to over take slower drivers. Ringo likey!
    Best trip ever so far. The people here are so warm and inviting. Big smiles when they see us and it is so fun to interact with them. Out very limited Spanish speaking abilities makes it a challenge but we manage. We have seen some poor areas but the locals are always dressed up nice and we smell laundry soap as we drive though these small towns.
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    rodrigzj Been here awhile

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    Wow a a great RR. Keep it coming.
    It’s great your having a good ride!
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    This right here. You naysayers clearly underestimate the stubbornness and can-do spirit of a Minnesotan.
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    But, but, but...that’s not the way I would do it, so...
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    Rock on, 3 days across Mexico.
    I think that has be a ADV record.
    Of course there are eye rolls because alot was missed but it's fun to watch.
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    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    Exactly. And suggesting to them to slow down and enjoy it more is hardly being a “naysayer”.
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    They cant slow down they only have 19 days total. I am enjoying the report because it is so different, its all about the ride:D
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    As they say...beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    It’s nice to see this style of report where there isn’t the latest, greatest bikes and equipment. I can appreciate what they are doing and the means of how they are accomplishing it.

    I’m sure a few extra days here and there would be nice, but like most of us who have work obligations you have to work with what you have.

    Thanks for the updates.
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    Great report! I, for one am enjoying it! Ride safe.
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    I am enjoying your ride report. Ride on !!
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  16. Ringobus

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    So... wide-awake at 4 AM this morning hearing the roosters and the dogs barking nonstop so I wrote all my threads that you read before this at that time.

    Now onto today.
    We got rolling fairly early this morning after some bike maintenance which was overdue. Norm’s and my KLR are sucking on some oil right now at the tune of half a quart a day.
    Usual I think and hammered the chain with tons of lube on all 3 bikes.

    We headed up to Tikal for the morning and loved it. 14000 waking steps to see it and so worth the hike. We all needed the walk and the howler monkeys were really making noise but they were too high in the tree canopy to see them.
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    Ringobus Been here awhile

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    They have incredible roads and the ride through Guatemala was epic with tons of twisties and to half an hour rain showers to try out our wet weather gear.
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    Stay on top of the oil issue or it’ll lead to an unwanted ride delay.

    Ride on!
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  20. Davidprej

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    In an earlier post, I believe you mentioned that you had Weestroms for an earlier trip. Maybe at the end, if you do a wrap-up post, you could give us your opinion of KLR vs. WeeSTrom on a trip like this. I have a Wee and was thinking IT would be the perfect bike for the trip you are doing.

    Enjoying the write-up! Godspeed for the rest of the trip.
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