Josh Goes to Venezuela

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by ScootersNotBombs, Feb 14, 2016.

  1. ScootersNotBombs

    ScootersNotBombs Been here awhile

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    whoops. And as you can see, the internet works great!
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    ScootersNotBombs Been here awhile

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    What exactly do these Red lights do? You know, the ones that hang over intersections??
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    I believe that traffic lights and signs are for assigning blame after an accident happens.
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    ScootersNotBombs Been here awhile

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    haha!
    That would require the cops to put down their phones!
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  5. EvrythingAwesom

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    Thanks for sharing. Good wishes!
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    This reminds of spending a day in an Asian capitol city, just to buy: Dental floss, CR123A camera batteries, emergency lights.
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    ScootersNotBombs Been here awhile

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    fun times for healthy teeth!!!
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    ScootersNotBombs Been here awhile

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    Finally got out of the city on my bike.
    Ended up riding about 120 miles from Puerto la Cruz to a town called Cumana. The road was great until it started raining! Slick as snake shit! I hit puddles so big that it was had for me to downshift, ha! Also had my first run in with the law. They tried to shake me down for a bribe at a checkpoint. Wasting their time, being clueless, polite, consistent, and asking for a receipt seem to be the best ticket to avoid a bribe!
    How the heck do i post pics? I should already know this...

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    ScootersNotBombs Been here awhile

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    derp
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    ScootersNotBombs Been here awhile

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    Still alive. I even saw people buying toilet paper!!!
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    I just spent a month in the Colombian border town of Cucuta and really enjoyed it. I'd spend my afternoons helping out some Venezuelan friends sell water and sodas to other Venezuelans who come over for the day to buy tires, tp, rice, masa and sugar. It's sad hearing the stories of the Vz people. I met one family who bussed from Caracas (16hrs each way) to fill their suitcases with rice and sugar. They said it's still cheaper than buying it at their local supermarket, if it's even available.
    I did cross over to San Cristobal Vz, but only for a few days (and without the moto) as I went illegally without a visa or going through the aduana. What's the general consensus regarding Maduro? Did his joke about people going hungry piss everyone off? Are there any protests in your city? I didn't meet a single person who had a good thing to say about Maduro, and everyone talks about giving up and trying to get to Ecuador, Panama, USA. A damn shame.
    Enjoy the riding!! Put up some more pictures
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    ScootersNotBombs Been here awhile

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    Everyone here hates Maduro.
    Things are tough, but they seem to be getting better.
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    So green over there. No Toilet Paper Tree around? Not a joke. Saw a tree that had leaves or flowers that looked like toilet paper, many years ago.
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    Seems that there should be a lot of limes, lemons, pomelos, breadfruit, and Brazil nuts growing freely over there.

    What's the story on small fruit farms and fishing for your dinner?
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    Lots of limes and other fruit. The leaves do not fit easily on the roll, haha. Lots of fish. The problem is the disparity between rich and poor.
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    ScootersNotBombs Been here awhile

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    Finally found the cigar factories i was looking for, but they were closed. DERP. I "found" them on google earth, and exported the L&L to my garmin, but of course they were wrong. HAHA! Ill post the waypoints up for anyone else that is interested.

    Pretty good ride. Puerto La Cruz -> Cumana. Same day trip as last time, but my passenger and I explored more of the city. It helps to have a Spanish speaker as a passenger!!! The ride up was nice and clear, but the ride back was prob 75% in the rain and CRAZY lightning.

    Only stopped at one National Guard checkpoint, where I immediately dropped the KLR. DERP!!!!

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    The next morning was spent repairing my friend's serpentine belt. Look at that happy Socialist and his sexy
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    ScootersNotBombs Been here awhile

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    2013 KLR still seems to be tough as nails. Shakes horribly, doesn't like to stop, apparently hates anything over 55mph, but keeps on tickin. It is most defiantly the most common "Big" bike around here, so parts should be available. Tooooooons of options on the local eBay, "Mercado Libre" http://www.mercadolibre.com.ve/

    After leaving the bike parked in a plaza for a little walk, i defiantly want a secure luggage solution. My top box is kind of flimsy, but holds a good amount. Big panniers will make it difficult to get around traffic, which is something i have come to LOVE!!

    On my return from Christmas break, ill bring a bag full of consumable parts (clutch cable, pads, filters, bearings, plugs, etc)
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  18. EvrythingAwesom

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    So, is it not true then, that the villages are happier, because they've got all the food available from nature? Seems like a green paradise from your photos.

    Drill down, and tell me what village life is like, over there.

    Read a book on Cuba, which the American author wrote that the villagers are happier than the typical American.
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    ScootersNotBombs Been here awhile

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    Not really sure what you are asking
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    ScootersNotBombs Been here awhile

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    Yes there is food in "Nature" but most folks don't go out picking fruit and digging up roots around the countryside. I live in Puerto La Cruz. Not particularly rural. There is fishing, and a little agriculture, but is it is not subsistence farming. Up in the mountains may be a different story.
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