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Honduran Recycling Note

Posted by on Jan 22, 2010 in Honduras, Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding | 1 comment

I updated my original post, as George corrected me. The bales that get spat out from the metal machine (wasn’t that cool???) are 300 lbs. The copper bales weigh 4000 lbs [edited: ]and are worth $12,000. My mistake. But while riding today I remembered another thing George told me: ever wonder why so many storm drains and such are missing in Central America…um, unethical recyclers (NOT INVEMA!!!). People will steal storm drains covers, metal anything, and turn them in for a few cents. George told me a not-so-funny story about a power tower that fell over because people had stolen the bolts (presumably for recycling) that held it together. Over the years INVEMA has had to institute several rules about stuff they will NOT take… But people will try anything, even putting nails in the plastic bottles so they’ll...

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The Honduras Gringos don’t usually get to see

Posted by on Jan 21, 2010 in Honduras, Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding | Comments Off on The Honduras Gringos don’t usually get to see

Anyone that has visited Central America knows that trash is a REAL problem…indigenous peoples have not been taught the difference between throwing a banana peel in the forest from throwing a coke bottle…many countries lack the find / resources / facilities for organized trash collection…many people are starving or just barely surviving…why should they care about trash? It’s shocking to Westerners to see beautiful mountain vistas littered with trash…and a shame. It often bothers me, too. George, my host in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, decided to do something about it. Told me how he started his business, INVEMA….he was attending school in the US, and his friends gave him some crap about his not recycling…he didn’t think much of it at the time, but when he returned to his home country, Honduras, and thought of opening a business, he...

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Honduras

Posted by on Jan 20, 2010 in Honduras, Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding | 2 comments

Thursday January 7, 2010 I spent the night in the COLD! mountain town of La Palma…just shy of the El Salvador / Honduran Border. The plan was to spend the night close to the border, cross over super early, and go see the Copan ruins on the way to San Pedro Sula. The nice fellow at the KTM shop in San Salvador, where I got my new chain, had contacted a motorcyclist friend of his, George, who told me that they have a motorcycle gathering every Thursday…and I wanted to be there for that. Well, the border officials had a different idea for my day. They thought I would be MUCH happier spending 7 1/2 hours there with them, and missing the ruins, and riding after dark to San Pedro Sula. !!! By the time I got to San...

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Seldom Seen Places in El Salvador

Posted by on Jan 19, 2010 in El Salvador, Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding | Comments Off on Seldom Seen Places in El Salvador

January 5, 2010 I got really lucky and Mario had some time to go riding with me…I absolutely love dropping the luggage off the bike and going offroad. Mario said we’d ride into the mountains, an visit a former guerilla stronghold, where now the people were practicing eco-tourism and teaching people to farm. Sounded cool to...

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El Salvador

Posted by on Jan 19, 2010 in El Salvador, Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding | 2 comments

December 31, 2009 I had been in touch with another motorcyclist, Carlos, from el Salvador, and he had given me a lot of travel / route advice via email. He also invited me to spend the New Year holiday with his family, as it is a bad time to be on the road. I left Antigua Guatemala early and rode to the Guatemala / El Salvador Border. Carlos and two friends rode there to meet me, and Carlos helped me do all the paperwork on both sides –leaving Guatemala and entering El Salvador. Following Carlos from Guatemala Aduana (customs) to El Salvador side My escorts After 1. 5 hours — I am legal to drive in El Salvador and I have the paperwork to prove it!!! oops, though we were through with the BS…I get stopped one last time...

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Antigua, Guatemala

Posted by on Jan 19, 2010 in Guatemala, Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding | Comments Off on Antigua, Guatemala

I spent 4 days in Antigua and met some wonderful people, including Maggie, who is on a similar spiritual path as I.  We went for a long hike together one day (1ok!), and then she got me invited to a private Mayan ceremony that was just incredible. They were celebrating the New Year as well as the anniversary of the signing of the peace accords ending the civil war in Guatemala in 1996. And here’s a video that will give you an idea of the beauty of this ceremony. Please follow and like...

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