This is gonna be a photo heavy thread with contributions by other inmates (I hope) that went with me on this trip. First a little background: I did a trip in May of 08 on the North East side of the island and already had an idea of how much fun a trip like this could be. Tour guide Ed and co-owner of MotoCaribe planted the seed when I was there that he planned to do a tour to the other side of the island in the future. Before Christmas he let me know that a 'Virgin Tour' was in the works and I should think about coming down there again. So I got permission from the Mrs. and from my employer and I was on my way. This report is about a 7 day group tour of the South West side of the Dominican Republic and Haitian border. I am just one of their happy customers that wants to share my experience with fellow V-Strom/adventure enthusiasts. (The Dominican deal of a lifetime) Ride report Map of the Dominican Republic Second a little about me: I am the kind of rider who likes to soak up the surroundings and see and meet the locals. I am not one of those mileage monsters who ride 500+ miles a day. For me the ride becomes work and the only thing I remember from the ride is that white line going by and how tired/sore I am. I also bought a new camera to capture some of the scenery I knew I would be coming across. I kept the small camera in my jacket pocket for snap shots and the big Nikon D80 in a soft case in my huge tank bag. Third a little about my riding buddy: A hobo I know that has been in semi-retirement for a while and when I mentioned that I was going he sounded a little put out so I told him if he had any money he should not miss this. So it was me and (Mark) Berserker1 again. I put him on notice that he was not going to be angry and there would be no whining, and if he wasn't careful he was gonna have a blast. Come to find out his woman told him the same thing. Airfare was much better this time and I found a round trip deal for under $600. We flew from PDX (Portland OR)to Dallas to Tampa(a day before the super bowl) to Miami to Santiago DR. About 4500 miles. One long day of travel. While getting up and delivering me to the airport @ 4AM in the freezing cold my lovely wife informed me that this, what she was doing that morning, was truly love! The MotoCaribe crew welcoming us to Santiago DR. Wegster sat next to me on the flight from Miami...he had done the North East tour after I did. About 10PM local time Tired and hungry we stopped at a food place near the airport (Plaza Nunez) and had some Pollo (chicken), rice, chivo (goat) and Presidente (beer). He seems to look at home with a drink in a paper bag don't you think? Hobo is as hobo does! Mark's first icy cold Presidente...there would be others! We stayed at the Gran Jimenoa hotel at Jarabocoa in the Dominican alps. I had stayed here on the last tour and was pleased to see that they had added on and remodeled parts of it. After sleeping like a medium sized rock we got up and went to help Ed out at camp moto. We 3 had all come a day early because of messy connecting flights that wouldn't have worked the next day. It was a good idea because we got to get used to the time change and rest a little before the tour started. By request I got to ride #11 the same bike I rode on my last tour here. #11 sounded a little impersonal after spending the week together so I named her 'Juanita'. The black Colombian wee on the right. We ran errands and rode all the bikes to the gas station to fill them up for the next day's tour start. Ed (motococoloco here on ADV) rewarded us by taking us out to lunch for some 'Cuban' sandwiches and a ride through the rice patties. Even though it's raining it's still about 75 degrees out. Wegster is glad to be back and is back in the Dominican groove as fast as I am. This is gonna be fun!!! *The Cast Wegster, He can talk geek and motorcycles with the best of them. Levi, He likes to take pictures of crap. Ask him about that hot beemer he has. Fun guy and twisted too. Doug, People keep getting us confused. He's East coast...me West. I think he has less gray hair. Port, The senior member of the group and veteran world traveler. Mawgirl, An Aussie and a real kick in the pants. Don't call her pincess! DeStrom, Just as fun as Mawgirl but in German flavor. Berserker1, aka Mark, I have ridden a lot with this dude the last couple of years. (He hates to follow me) Me, I am the hillbilly with the camera. The Crew Alida, The native. The Dominican fixer. Small in stature, big on getting it done. Robert, Aka scooter 'El Jeffe de caribe' here. He is the taxi driver. Good source for history, politics and culture. Ed, 'Motococoloco' here Tour leader, goofball. You'll want to go riding with him.