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Old 10-28-2005, 04:35 PM   #1
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Smile The bike is prepped, I'm all packed, Panama here I come!



I can't believe departure day is almost here. Most of you won't remember, but a few months ago I was kicked out of my duplex because the owner decided to tear it down and rebuild (http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ghlight=duplex). Then my house was robbed while I was moving out (http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ghlight=robbed) and I lost everything I had of value except my computer. I decided then and there to get the hell out of this country for awhile.

Well, I bought an XR650R, spent the last few months prepping it for the trip and now I'm almost ready to leave on Sunday. I'm nervous, excited and anxious to finally get underway. My storage unit is paid until March, I have $3,500 in the bank, and as much time away from work as I want. I even have a backup job lined up at my buddy's motorcycle shop in case I get fired while I'm away. In short, there's nothing holding me back and I'm not turning around until I see the Panama Canal!

I'll leave early Sunday and try to make Big Bend in time to camp for the night. I might do a little exploring on their forrest roads on Monday to try and get a feel for the weighted bike offroad. Then it's off to the border in Presidio. Hopefully, the crossing goes hassle free and if so, it's a short jaunt to Ciudad Chihuahua and then into the Copper Canyon. I have no idea how long it will take to ride through the Canyons but I will be heading towards Las Mochis and the ferry to Baja. I have some friends who have access to a vacation home south of La Paz and I will be staying with them for about 10 days. There it will be a week and a half of paradise. Snorkeling, scuba diving, sunbathing, a dunebuggy, good friends, delicious food, more Pacifico than I can imagine, and of course my XR unleashed in Baja. They leave on Nov 15th and then I'm heading 500 miles north to Ensenada for the start of the Baja 1000. After seeing "Dust to Glory" 3 times back to back, I can't believe the timing is perfect for me to see the actual race in person. If that doesn't sound like enough adventure, that's only the beginning. After Baja I turn south and I won't look back until I reach Panama.

I have no idea how long it will take. It's about 3,500 miles down there, not including the 1,000 miles I'm going out of my way to see the race. I figure I can live pretty well on $25/day and since my XR gets 50 mpg, I estimate I'll use about $750 of my budget for gas. Conservatively, I think I can stay away for at least 100 days. But who knows really?

I know nothing about webdesign so be gentle when you critique my efforts, but I put together a website to chronicle my adventure:

http://tardypizza.com

I will do my best to keep the weblog current by using the internet cafes down there. If you guys are interested, I'll bump this thread whenever I make an update to the weblog. Hell, even if you aren't interested, I'll bump this thread.

CN's: Got kicked out of house, got robbed, got disgusted with humankind, don't have to pay rent, bought a bike, going on an epic journey to the Panama Canal to find myself and learn to love the human race again.
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Old 10-28-2005, 04:37 PM   #2
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Stay safe out there.
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Old 10-28-2005, 04:39 PM   #3
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Ever take it off any sweet jumps?
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Old 10-28-2005, 04:39 PM   #4
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that is completely awesome. i want to go with you.
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Old 10-28-2005, 04:40 PM   #5
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Ever take it off any sweet jumps?
Not yet....mhuhahahahaha. I'll let you know if that changes when I get to Baja.
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Old 10-28-2005, 04:40 PM   #6
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(OT style question) What type of gun are you taking with you?


and, good luck.
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Old 10-28-2005, 04:41 PM   #7
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That sounds awesome. Good luck, man
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Old 10-28-2005, 04:42 PM   #8
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you need a more exciting pose. good luck!
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Old 10-28-2005, 04:43 PM   #9
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Holy ****, I need to do something like this!
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Old 10-28-2005, 04:43 PM   #10
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you need a more exciting pose. good luck!
Dude, where's your JDM pose?
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Old 10-28-2005, 04:44 PM   #11
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i'm jealous, have fun and stay safe

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Old 10-28-2005, 04:44 PM   #12
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got a change of panties?


you're gonna stink.
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Old 10-28-2005, 04:44 PM   #13
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Envious as a

Someday, someday I hope to do exactly what you are setting out to do.

GOOD LUCK mang!! Keep us posted and have fun!!

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Old 10-28-2005, 04:46 PM   #14
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Holy ****, this sounds like an awesome trip! Have fun!
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Old 10-28-2005, 04:47 PM   #15
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you need a more exciting pose. good luck!
I know, my ugly mug is not photogenic at all. Until I figure out a way to take my own picture while I'm wheelying in 3rd gear it's going to be set the timer, run run run, and try extremely hard to look cool. From now on I think I'll leave my helmet on, lest my ugly face breaks my brand spankin new Rebel XT!
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Old 10-28-2005, 04:47 PM   #16
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Although all the **** that happened to you totally sucks, at least this trip will make it worth it. You will see so many sights and have so many good experiences. Have a safe trip and hope all goes well for you.
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Old 10-28-2005, 04:50 PM   #17
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I seriously am happy for you, I wish I could take the time off, and do somehting life changing like this.

Enjoy your trip, I will be frequenting yrou blog and site, so when you see Omahasomething post on there you will know I am keeping tabs on ya
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Old 10-28-2005, 05:01 PM   #18
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Although all the **** that happened to you totally sucks, at least this trip will make it worth it. You will see so many sights and have so many good experiences. Have a safe trip and hope all goes well for you.
Good thing you bought that camera, the cops down there love em!

Seriously, good luck, and be safe. I'm really jealous. I hope to do something similar, by bicycle though. Take lots of pics and post up!
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Old 10-28-2005, 05:05 PM   #19
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Good luck! Definately keep us updated. I would love to go on a trip like that. Maybe when I finally graduate...
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Old 10-28-2005, 05:05 PM   #20
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Dude that is awesome.

Good luck and keep posting.
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Old 10-28-2005, 05:09 PM   #21
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Is it safe to ride around on a motorcycle down there? What about border crossings, hpw easy is it to get across Latin America?
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Old 10-28-2005, 05:12 PM   #22
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Is it safe to ride around on a motorcycle down there? What about border crossings, hpw easy is it to get across Latin America?
you would be VERY suprised how easy it is to get around latin america.

especially with a little money.
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Old 10-28-2005, 05:12 PM   #23
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Good luck, brotha. I will be waiting for updates.
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Old 10-28-2005, 05:15 PM   #24
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Wow, have fun! I think you're about to live the dream of several million of us.
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Old 10-28-2005, 05:17 PM   #25
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Enjoy your trip, be safe, and if you can, take tons of pics, and write a journal. Who knows you might be the next Che.
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