Donnie and Modesta 2018 - Mexico, Central America and Beyond

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by dwj - Donnie, Dec 24, 2017.

  1. vector6

    vector6 slipstream

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    exactly... living life to the fullest RIP
  2. Grynch

    Grynch Long timer

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    IMG_20171007_105232.jpg October 2017 Twin Peaks, San Francisco.
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  3. RW66

    RW66 Been here awhile

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    They are not here with us any longer but I can also say they are not forgotten. I miss them a LOT.
    In Iguala where they called home, we would visit them every chance we got. We loved going out to the lake to a little restaurant and eating together. This one time there was a band playing so my wife and I got up and danced. Donnie told me that I got him into trouble with Modesta so we didn’t dance any more. I have very fond memories of lunch at this place and will miss them terrible the next time we go back.
    Picture that Modesta took.
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  4. StanBo

    StanBo Been here awhile Supporter

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    I was directed to this ride report while dreaming of long rides on Africa Twins.

    I never met Donnie or Modesta but I will backtrack over his reports.

    Rest In Peace.

    They are still inspiring.
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  5. RW66

    RW66 Been here awhile

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    Talking about African Twins.....after Donnie had ridden his for a while I asked him how he liked it. He told me it was the best bike of this type he has owned. He had told me about a lot of bikes he has owned including a BMW GS and KTM. So I think the AT must be a nice bike.


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  6. JimVonBaden

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    I only knew Donnie in the G-spot, but him and I conversed many times back then. RIP, you seemed like a good man! :cry
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  7. seezer

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    I met Donnie on a group trip to Batapilas. We did two mexico trips together and one to Louisiana. He loved riding. No issues. I made a wrong turn in Sinforosa canyon and he told me. No worries. I'll follow you. I'll be back here with a smile on my face. I've never been here before. There is a place in my heart that can not be filled . It hurts. I have never met another biker in my life to go on a ride with and just enjoy the ride and not have any thoughts other than....we are on this ride....let's enjoy it. To me it is mindfulness, zen, a complete gestalt. God bless Donnie, Sheryl, Modesta and Donnies family. I am blessed to have been touched by the lives of people that I previously did not know existed.
  8. silvergoose

    silvergoose Been here awhile

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    My wife and I met Donnie soon after his first wife had died. He was a very pleasant and knowledgeable traveler. We had ridden to home in MS. and spent the night with him. We talked until the wee hours about work, travel, and motorcycles. Donnie had worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Mexico where. he learned the language and truly loved the country and the people.

    Donnie and I talked about Mexico motorcycle travel together, but the timing never worked out.
    We talked many times and I enjoyed his many adventures into the Mexico/ Central Americas.

    He was a giving, loving, approachable person. May he rest in peace.

    Larry
  9. R-W

    R-W Been here awhile

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    One year ago, we lost our friend and Mississippi neighbor Donnie and his beautiful wife Modesta. We in our house still have drying tears from a year ago. Still cannot believe in a blink how fast life can be taken away.

    Donnie, your old GS is sitting in a place of honor in our garage. It is lovingly patted at least once a day.

    Rest in peace to both of you.
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  10. RW66

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    Yes.......too soon......
    Hardly a day goes by without thinking about them. My wife and I remember them and talk about our memories of them often.
    We hope to get back to Iguala later this year and see the grandson they never got the chance to hold. Soon to be one year old.
    May they Rest In Peace
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  11. Drybones

    Drybones Fish bones are on my truck seat cover, too

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    My very first PM message on this site was with Donnie almost 11 years ago when he was having trouble posting his first pics. He caught on quickly. He was a great guy.
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  12. seezer

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    Donnie, I did make it back down to Mexico. So sad you were not there to share it with me. salud my friend.
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  13. SkizzMan

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    In a very real sense Donnie was with us on our ride.

    Mexico has blessed me with a number of close friendships. Staying with two of them at the moment.
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  14. swimmer

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    Thanks for bumping. I was actually thinking about this thread and Donnie, whom I never met, a couple of days ago. Just thinking about regular guys who just seemed to love riding their motorcycle. No pretensions in his postings. Just him talking about his bike and riding it. I always liked that. I didn't know him from anyone but it was a terrible feeling when his passing became known. Sorry again for the loss of your friends.
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  15. seezer

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    I agree JD. We talked about Donnie and how we missed out friend. I did three long rides with him with no worries, just enjoying the ride !
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  16. RW66

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    Many of you know that Modesta’s daughter was pregnant and Donnie and her were going to make a trip through Central America and then come back and help with the birth..........I just thought some that followed his report would like to see a picture of their big healthy grandson that they never got to hold.
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    Thanks for posting that :thumbup
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  18. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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    Nice post
  19. Pete Pilot

    Pete Pilot Been here awhile

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    Bump. Did not know this husband and wife. From reading these last few pages it’s clear that both where far more than average. This site makes us all one very large family of people doing something we all greatly love. Sometimes when I’m getting myself back into the body armour that I wear while riding dirt bikes I get a bit of teasing from a stranger walking by. My usual reply as to why all the plastic and padding is, ( ITS NOT GOLF, ANYBODY CAN DO THAT). We all that ride motos are special people. From what Donnie’s friends are saying here, he’s just a bunch more special. Take Care Donnie and Modesta. Merlin
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  20. Grynch

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    Gone but not forgotten.... RIP Donnie & Modesta.
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