Fin and MechanicO: Last Boat To Cuba

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by FinTec, Feb 27, 2021.

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  1. mpusms

    mpusms Been here awhile Supporter

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    Gotta chime in and thank you for an awesome RR.

    Having left Cuba at age 4 and growing up hearing all about it from family and friends you’ve clarified so much that I’ve wondered about. You and Jaime have given me so much inspiration that I’m most definitely considering a similar trip if/when possible.

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the hell out of this RR, thx again.
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    FinTec said:
    Dave, small world indeed! That was a great advanced clinic in Ouray. If anyone is interested in some great moto training with these bigger bikes check out West38Moto.

    Yes, small world. Awesome report Fin! Love the interviews. And thanks for the plug--the best part of our training may just be the people we get to meet. (Riding, food, beer, whiskey....also not so bad) Thanks for taking us along.
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    interview skills and format are golden.
    you gotta get out more often FinTec!
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    That was a wonderful interview. Go Jamie.
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    awesome

    thx
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  7. FinTec

    FinTec Been here awhile Supporter

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    Wow, nice catch mazembe! I am going to repost this on JamiesZ thread as it is ongoing and a bigger audience. Thanks for sharing!
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  8. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a drifter rode into town... Supporter

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  9. spuh

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    Naming a ship "the mountain" doesn't exactly inspire confidence in its seaworthiness either.

    I wonder if Captain Ludwig is aboard?
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    I saw the Captain Lulu along with Eter another German (who married Lulu’s ex wife who’s name I forget) who I also saw on board the Atlantic crossing who all three were involved members on the ship’s last commune group of the SteelRat.

    Probably some bad juju going on, sure there will be a lot of German spoken lol. Interesting crossing...
  11. FinTec

    FinTec Been here awhile Supporter

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    Yep, Captain Ludwig seems to be running this voyage. Or at least he is on it. See this screen capture below:

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    And correct Throttlemeister, that is Eter to his right. However, Ludwig did mention he might be involved with the new owner as a "consultant" for the first few sails to show then them ropes.

    All speculation I suppose. And apparently word is they are stopping in Cuba on route. Hmmm, maybe to see how well they are doing with little to no capitalism?
  12. spuh

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    Maybe like MechanicO, the Stahlratte is a sentient being. I wonder how he feels about this strange turn of events? In his life, he's gone fishing (capitalism), then been a hippie commune, then acted as a ferry for motorcyclists (capitalism) and now he's running anti-capitalist revolutionaries across the Atlantic. What are the Zapatistas up to? At least they didn't change the Stahlratte's name to the Granma.
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    Agreed. A Trans-Atlantic crossing is no joke :(
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    Animo Been n00b awhile

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    I’m surprised @FinTec didn’t take his bike on the Atlantic crossing to Europe.

    He so loved that boat. It’s only 5wks at sea.
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    Thanks for investing your time, excellent report.

    Couch adventurer's like myself will spend many hours reading this report wondering why you haven't started a new adventure yet.:dirtdog:lol3

    Well done :clap
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    Renaming a ship is bad luck.””
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    The STAHLRATTE is already on its fourth or fifth different name after starting off as the Scheveningen 419, alias Johanna Maria.
  18. Jamie Z

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    Fin, I was kind of wondering aloud in my own ride report, wondering how you're feeling now that you're back home.

    Have you had a chance to share your Cuba trip with your friends or family at home? Have people been curious about your experience? Do you feel any different? Are you ready to get back on a boat?
  19. FinTec

    FinTec Been here awhile Supporter

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    Ha, my bad Jamie, haven't gotten an alert for a response here so have not checked it lately.

    I would say that I had two stages after returning:

    Stage one was a mild case of depression. More like just feeling blue. I know others who have done far longer trips than this have had the same to report. It is the same feeling you get when you come out of a movie theater after seeing a really good movie and as you are walking to your car you kinda feel bummed it ended and now you go back to your "non-movie based" life. The adventure is over. But instead of lasting a few minutes it lasts a few days.

    Stage two was a little bit of frustration trying to tell people about the trip. The vast majority of people who ask "how was your trip?", just want to hear it went well, I did not get hurt, and a few quick stories....if time allows. A few of my motorcycle buddies where interested in some of the details. But at the end of the day, it is my trip and only I (and the other guys who where there) understand the surreal experience of riding in Cuba, on a motorcycle, in the middle of a pandemic lockdown.

    Honestly, writing the report was the best thing I did to remember this. I highly suggest to anyone doing a long trip to write such a report. If you can get past the time and energy needed while on the road, it is worth it. You can read it again, like a journal, and say "oh yea, that trip really did happen".

    I still plan to go over the video I took while there and make some sort of "Best Of" video. Don't need to show 20 minutes from my helmet cam, riding along the country side. Boring.

    Look forward to seeing you Jamie when you come though Colorado. If you could please ride in under the cover of night on your Honda, my BMW and KTM friends don't need to know ;)

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    codebot Long time lurker, n00b poster

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    Wow. That right there is the truth. Cuba had to be an amazing experience. I've had similar feelings after long trip to very different countries. It takes a minute to detox.