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New RumBum.com article Up! (Argentinian Shakedown)

Posted by on Jul 14, 2010 in Argentina, Motorcycle Vagabonding, Press, RumBum.com Articles, South America | Comments Off on New RumBum.com article Up! (Argentinian Shakedown)

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Argentinian Police (BUSTED!!!)

Posted by on Jul 13, 2010 in Argentina, Motorcycle Vagabonding, South America | 1 comment

May 9, 2010 Breakfast! (Included in the spendy room rate) Get this: the waitress comes by and asks if I want coffee. of course! (Although I never exactly know the country’s customs with regards to coffee–it’s always an experience the first few days  figuring out how to achieve strong, yummy coffee. Home run on the first Argentinian morning…the waitress has a pot of steaming black coffee in one hand, and a pot of steaming hot milk in the other. Hot Milk? I think I like Argentina! OK, so I am basically just passing through Argentina…I consider whether to take 2 days and ride up to Iguazu Falls…and because I am having some irregular email correspondence With Sandra at Dakar Motos (who is supposedly going to help me ship my bike back to the USA), I decide to be safer...

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Welcome to Argentina!!

Posted by on Jul 12, 2010 in Argentina, Motorcycle Vagabonding, South America | Comments Off on Welcome to Argentina!!

May 8, 2010 Believe me, I was eager to get everything all set and get out of Posadas (Paraguay) after being robbed.  Big Bridge separating the two countries. One of the MANY things I enjoy abut traveling on a motorbike is all the, er, liberties you can take. Take this line, for instance…loooooooooooooooooooooooooong. With a motorbike? PASS THEM ALL! Ha! Shaved an hour off my border crossing, and at that point I was just feeling ornery enough to not give a hoot… Well, here’s a darned civilized way to cross a border…nice orderly lines (except those crazy motorbikes that pass everyone), everyone waiting their turn rather than cleverly cutting each other in line, etc. Welcome to Argentina! Welcome to order. Welcome to a funny accent that takes a bit to train your ears to.  Welcome to high prices! Welcome...

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New RumBum.com article Up! (The Kindness of Strangers)

Posted by on Jul 12, 2010 in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Press, RumBum.com Articles, South America | 1 comment

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Robbed!!!

Posted by on Jul 11, 2010 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Paraguay, South America | Comments Off on Robbed!!!

May 6, 2010 I’d spent about 4 hours on the internet last night, then finished off a cheesy novel in my room reading until the wee hours. Next morning I went to breakfast a little on the late side, wrote some emails over coffee, then went out to my bike. It was something like out of a bad movie…all my panniers were open, and I just stood there staring at it for a few moments…how could my panniers be open when I had not been out to the bike yet… then it hit me: I WAS ROBBED! I ran back into the hotel and told the front desk guy to call the police. he didn’t rather he followed me out to the bike, which I’d parked in the hotel parking lot, where the owner was just pulling in. SHE...

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First Flat Tire of the Trip

Posted by on Jul 10, 2010 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Paraguay, South America | Comments Off on First Flat Tire of the Trip

May 4, 2010 Well, it’s never a good time to get a flat tire, but at least I knew what to do when it happened. Check out this bolt I picked up about 40 miles after leaving Tebicuary… That bolt was 4″ long, and the entire thing was embedded in my tire. The rear tube was absolute toast, and so I got to use the spare I’d carried for about 19,000 miles! In hindsight I wish I had more pictures…I rolled the bike off the road and started to work…only to realize I’d set up shop in the sand and the bike was sinking…and I had no way of breaking the bead of the rear tire since I oul not get enough leverage off my center stand with it in the sand… …along came a very nice gentleman on...

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