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Feb 7th 2016, 12:36 AM   #16
 
  Feb 2016
  The Dalles, OR

Still planning on land route for Darien Gap?
Feb 7th 2016, 05:18 AM   #17
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  Jan 2016
  The Dalles

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Still planning on land route for Darien Gap?
We were originally planning to machete our way through but we have an ADV goddess that needs 5 star hotels. I normally like to journey on my own but on a trip this long we needed a team. I came into this completely flexible.
Feb 7th 2016, 05:52 AM   #18
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  Jan 2016
  The Dalles

Nicaragua border crossing, 4 hours. This is the fastest we ever cleared a boarder. These crossings are the worst part of the trip. You will be attacked by beggars, fixers, pickpockets and general scum. All the crossings are shit holes and the staff have no clue. Hate, hate, hate. The Guatemala/Honduras border took us 6 hours.

Feb 7th 2016, 06:40 PM   #19
 
  Feb 2016
  The Dalles, OR

ADV goddess? How is that possible?
Feb 8th 2016, 07:50 PM   #20
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  Jan 2016
  The Dalles

We made Costa Rica today after a hellish 5 hour crossing. We have met many Americans that have flow into the central American countries for leisure as there are many resorts. They all love being here. Riding the entire route lets you see the entire country and gives you a realistic view. My impression is much different that that of the tourist. I wish this trip was all fun but it's not.
Feb 9th 2016, 01:43 PM   #21
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  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

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Have you spent more time at the border than actually riding across any of the countries?
Feb 9th 2016, 03:20 PM   #22
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  Jan 2016
  The Dalles

Here's my location.

Findmespot.com
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Feb 9th 2016, 04:25 PM   #23
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  Feb 2016
  Washington

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Here's my location.

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Cool, Ron. I love maps, and it's great to see how you are progressing!
Feb 9th 2016, 06:28 PM   #24
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  Jan 2016
  The Dalles

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Have you spent more time at the border than actually riding across any of the countries?
We spend as little time as possible at the borders. Things will generally improve when you get a few miles out but not always. We have spent a great deal of time exploring and visiting places where tourist generally don't go. We just had an impromptu tour of a cigar factory in Nicaragua. We were the only visitors they had in years. I'll post pictures as soon as I can.
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Feb 10th 2016, 06:14 PM   #25
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  Jan 2016
  The Dalles

I'm not taking many photos on this trip. Instead I always have my helmet cam on and record when things get interesting. I plan on doing a 2-3 hour video (2 or 3 part) when I get home. My technology skills totally suck so this has been a challange. I'm using a Garmin Virb, iPad, Passport wireless HD and Micro Start power pack to do this. The Micro Start not only charges your usb electronics but will also start your car/bike.



Feb 14th 2016, 12:11 AM   #26
 
  Feb 2016
  The Dalles, OR

What, if anything, would you have done differently traveling through Mexico and Central America, and will you be able to implement those changes (if any) when you are in South America? Have you been adequately prepared thus far?
Feb 14th 2016, 06:53 PM   #27
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  Jan 2016
  The Dalles

[QUOTE=Zancudos;5776]What, if anything, would you have done differently traveling through Mexico and Central America, and will you be able to implement those changes (if any) when you are in South America? Have you been adequately prepared thus far?[/QUOTE

If I were to do it again I would avoid Mexico and Centeral America altogether and ship the bike directly to Columbia or Brazil. As far as being prepared I think I did a great job but I must say that my wife was a big help in getting packed. Only thing I should have taken was some of those ankle socks for hot weather.
Feb 14th 2016, 08:14 PM   #28
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  Jan 2016
  Arlington

  A '13 ZX-14R(Mjölnir) and an '08 ZX-10R (The Son of a Bitch)
This is a great write-up.

Thanks for taking the time, and have fun on the rest of your journey!
Feb 15th 2016, 10:57 AM   #29
 
  Feb 2016
  The Dalles, OR

The overworked/cliched phrase about your having had the experience, no one can take that from you (or words to that effect), in your estimation are you looking forward more to the South America ride vs looking back on the ride through Mexico and Central America? That is, if you had shipped your bike and flown to SA and shortened overall length of trip, do you think that would have significantly diminished overall value of the trip? Were the scenery, historic and cultural sites, the ride itself, (plus those lengthy border crossings) through Mexico & CA so incomparable not to have been missed? Zancudos
Feb 15th 2016, 12:00 PM   #30
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  Jan 2016
  Bonney Lake, WA

  2011 Multistrada S // 2006 DRZ-400SM
Stay safe. Always wanted to do one of those rides.
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