Latin America!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by bananaman, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. LaOutbackTrail

    LaOutbackTrail Certified Smartass

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    Here's a map. dont get lost! :lol3

    I missed it, why are you putting yourself through this?
  2. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    Hi Laoutbacktrail. U R FNY.

    I am doing this not just on a lark, not just as the ultimate act of ironic riding, not as an expedition to the magic kingdom, but for something even more ironic, more desperate.

    I have a job.

    I've come up with a way to use the pig- this wonderful embodiment of freedom is enslaved temporarily. I as part of the machine am now part of the machine.

    But first, a word on Latin America. I'm there, baby! At a definite point crossing through Atlanta suddenly I realized untold unused words randomly associated ultimately coagulated into Latin America! Now as proof I offer the inability to drive sanely coupled with extreme anger and the most wonderfully expressive use of one's middle finger. All this in the dark from Atlanta to somewhere north of Orlando. (Not so dark. The new PIAA is percents brighter.)

    Also being in Florida now I'm aware of an extra openess in political expression. Never in all my travels have I seen the desire to not have a certain multi-racial version of a man elected president of an imperfect union. Although I disagree with the message, I must- although I disagree with the message, I am forcing myself to swallow and say that creativity is vital.

    I will offer later or over the next few days this sad wonderful example of how to make money riding a motorcycle the length of two continents. Also hopefully there will be photos of women on motorcycles.

    Yum.
  3. LaOutbackTrail

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  4. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    I'll get one or several of them girls-on-bikes photos. This is what this looks like right now.

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  5. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    Departing soon from Orlando to Madison. It's sunny and warm here, but by tonight I'll be somewhere ccccolder. Temps in Madison will be 25-45 by the time I get there. I'm not going to be breaking any land-speed records if I'm going to be stopping regularly to warm up. If you see a man in a white helmet doing 100 yard dashes at waysides it'll be me.
  6. LaOutbackTrail

    LaOutbackTrail Certified Smartass

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    Sounds like a weiner to me....











    i better shut up now.....
















    Be safe.
  7. simondippenhall

    simondippenhall Simondippenhall

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    Bananaman


    Thanks for a great ride report. Really enjoyed the narrative...and the photos even if I did not track down the photo of a bikini-clad Barb that was trailed 10-20 pages back:D

    regards

    Simon
  8. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    Safe in Madison, Wisconsin. Big shout-out to FizzBizz, who gave me some encouragement somewhere yesterday before I got too froze. Luckily for him, he knows too-well what it's like to ride in that cccold.

    There are gas stations with decent fuel every 2-20 miles the entire length of the US interstate system from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to Lake Michigan. From there to Madison, Wisconsin, gas stations and places of comfort are widely available. Fuel prices were in the $1.99-$2.50/gallon for regular (87 octane), and about 10% more for extra (89 octane) and another 10% more for premim (91-93 octane). The pig likes the 93. Makes it zippy.

    From Orlando to Chatanooga the weather was good, and the roads were good, except for one car that was upside down. Nobody died.

    From Chatanooga to Madison the weather was cold and rainy, with temps in the high-30s down to the low 30s. Sometimes the rain was mixed with sleet. The roads were good except for once when a semi was on fire. Traffic was backwards for about 10 miles. I rode the shoulder because I could not creep at 0-5mph. One semi tried to block me. I explained that I had an air-cooled motor and a dry clutch. He was unimpressed. Screw you! I said with a vibrant salute. Catch me if you can! I said and off I went. I was at the front of the line when the fire was out and they let us pass with a highway patrol escort.

    From Indianapolis to Chicago the traffic was heavy, and the night was dark.

    On the toll road around Chicago a toll worker told me I was nuttier than a fruit cake.

    I do not recomend riding the construction-toll roads from Chicago north-west to Rockford. It is very narrow. Nobody goes 45 mph.

    Home safe at 10 PM. Very shivery. It was very painful when the circulation returned to my feet.

    I was very tired today. Knackered. I have done nothing.

    Pics later. Including the one of Barb in a bikini...
  9. LaOutbackTrail

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  10. bananaman

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    Thanks Simon! As for Barb's bikini-

    So this girl is off to Baja on Friday. No fair! cries I. All I get to do is ride to Orlando and kind-of-almost break a rib on a stupid (ok, actually pretty cool) "The Mummy" ride at Universal Studios, and Barb gets to ride Baja. Like if she hasn't had enough riding this year.

    (Regarding the ride report to Disney World, I'll spare you all (I just got back from Florida where they say things like "you all) the big RR but as for Universal Studios, I can say that 1) the beer at the Hard Rock Cafe is expensive, and 2) The Simpsons Ride is AMAZING.)

    Over in what used to be Outer Darkness but is now subidvided and boringly called Latin America there's always a thread about how dangerous Baja is. Well, I have news for a few willy-nillys. A girl in a green bikini (I think it's green?) on a red KLR (I think it's red?), and a boy on another KLR (I haven't actually seen it, so maybe it doesn't have a color?) are off to Baja. If you ever wanted to see Baja, go tomorow, because after Friday, it's not going to be the same.

    Here's me and Barb.

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  11. GSdiablo

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    Home safe at 10 PM. Very shivery. It was very painful when the circulation returned to my feet.


    Good to here you made it back safe with out any Deer events.
  12. bananaman

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    The Duck said I had to add a little more color to the Florida/Disney portion of the RR on account of it being so dangerous.

    I don't exactly know how to put it.

    I rode a motorcycle from Wisconsin to Seattle, then north to Alaska, and back to Wisconsin, with zero injury. About 9,500 miles.

    I rode a motorcycle from Wisconsin to Ushuaia, with nothing worse and a couple of scrapes. The list of ADVers who were hurt and medevaced is very long. About 15,000 miles.

    I rode a motorcycle from Wisconsin to Orlando, with zero injury. About 1,300 miles.

    I put the bike on its center stand at a trade show, with zero injury.

    I took the bike off the center stand, and rode to Universal Studios. I rode "The Mummy." It's a roller coaster. I cracked a rib.

    I rode a motorcycle from Orlando to Wisconsin, with zero injury. About 1,300 miles.

    It hurts now if someone presses on my chest. It doesn't hurt where they press, instead, it hurts under my arm, where I cracked it. I only cracked one. I raised my arms above my head the way everyone is supposed to to show how brave you are. The rollercoastercar zigged right my body got thrown left and my rib cracked against the side. I felt a sharp CRACK! and an incredibly sharp pain. It should get better in a few more weeks.
  13. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Too bad for that! But at least there's no road rash to go along with it and you don't have to do spend hundreds of dollars on bike repairs.
  14. GSdiablo

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    I was t-boned by a teenager driving a turbo toyota once, broke afew ribs and poked a hole in my lung, fricken fun 3 months. Don't sneeze, laugh, pound any nails and you should be fine by spring.:eek1 take it easy
  15. bananaman

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    As if 1) the pig could be damaged. Have you seen my bike? It's not a bike, it's a tank. As long as it's going more than 5 mph, if it tips over, it rights itself. It's already covered in duct tape, so nothing can get scratched; 2) if the pig actually was damaged, I don't think I'd do any repairs. I'd just ride it.

    Thanks, Mr. Diablo. But mine isn't as bad as yours. This time I only cracked one little rib. I can sneeze, laugh, and pound nails. The most pain comes if I'm on my back and a girl puts her weight on my chest. Luckily, that never happens, but I do have a boundy labrador retriever who thinks he's supposed to wake me up by jumping on me.
  16. bananaman

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    I didn't know where else to post this, and I'm seeking some closure. The next photos help.

    Last year I went to a pharmacy and bought a paper notebook. I took it to Panama Bikers. TC (aka Toti) pirated an ADV sticker. Since then, a few riders have stopped by and made notes, including a few famous ones from here, like Sgt. Marti and Dave G. When I put my first note in it, I was also promising myself that I'd make it to Ushuaia, then come back to Panama and log it into the book.

    Here's the book:
    (edit- there were some invisible photos here. They were visible to me but due to a smugmug problem of some sort, they didn't upload properly, or something, who knows? To spare you the task of having to look at blank squares, I've deleted them and re-posted them in the last link.)

    And a few notes:

    On account of this ride report not being exclusively viewed by adv'ers, my sister recently found this photo. It really helps finish this ride report. Me, my brother, and my sister, in either Guatemala or Honduras, in 1972, on our way from Wisconsin to Panama.

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  17. ahoraquemister

    ahoraquemister Been here awhile

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  18. daveg

    daveg no longer homeless

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    Hey Bananama.. I'm not seeing any photos of "The Adv Book". You posted a link on my RR thread and I didn't see anything there either.

    dg - in chile shipping home on Monday!
  19. crosscountry

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  20. bananaman

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    Hi Dave. I'll try to fix this. It seems to be a smugmug problem of some sort. When I right-click on the invisible box, I can open the photos in a new window. And then when I come back to advrider, the photos are visible again. I'll try a few tricks here, then I'll try to repair any damage to your thread.

    Right- I'm working on it. Here they are again:

    (This is where the invisible photos were while I was trying to fix them. I've since deleted the invisible photos. The links were good, but smugmug wasn't allowing them to be visble.)

    edit: this is f'd up- something with smugmug. I'm working on it.

    Bear with me:

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    It was a smugmug problem. I re-uploaded them to a different folder and now they seem to be visible. Someone let me know if they're not.