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  #151  
Old 26 Oct 2012
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Good you could get caught up by watching TV.

It would be fun to hear the artists explain their thougts about those murals.

Nice helicoil job.

Not the CBR, I have to short shift to give those motards a chance when I'm on that thing. The 750 Commando is just right. A bit more power but more weight too, so up to about 70 it's got nothing on those singles. So Little T is a good match up but Boquet is faster, more speed, and the Norton has the advantage there. That bike makes me look good; guys go "How do you go so fast on that relic? on those skinny tires?" Every time I get on it I catch myself downshifting when I mean to be upshifting . . . . and depending on who it is that I'm riding with . . . . it can make a difference.
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Doctors and Preachers

Broken legs and such will be postponed indefinably. All through Mexico was Catholic mixed in varying ways with indigenous beliefs. I found english speaking Belize to offer rivals. Belize was founded by english pirates that would raid spanish ships loaded down with gold headed back to europe. Because of winds and currents the spanish had to come up along the coast. Easy pickins for a long time. Belize City has the best natural harbor to be had. Later they became honest businessmen and shipped lumber all over the world. Not many trees near the river anymore.
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Before Guatamala

I am sure that Salvador Dali has some input on cloud formation in on the Yucatan. Mrs Lee of The Akito Hotel in Orange Walk, Belize feeding her dogs. She has the very best low rent place in town. This guy has a surprising range of product for sale. The storied Belize City Harbor.
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Broken legs and such will be postponed indefinably.
Did I miss something? Was there an accident?
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All is well!!!

No problem at all..... but the very sight of the doctors office is all the motive I need for a profound resolve that there will not problem either. Thanks for your concern though. It is surprising just how 'different' those drums sound ,with their quick paced, intricate, elaborate rhythm, when i am actually standing in the jungle. It is all marching band equipment, but they do a good job of turning rhythm into melody. Sometimes they do some dope and play all night. It was all part of the 'Day of the Dead' parade, as is the guy with the snake. It is a brand of ancestor worship. They spend the day thinking about and preying or bonding with loved ones that are gone. Had breakfast with these folks. She is a well traveled independent business woman and he is a Harley guy expat. I had the bike washed. Honest!
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Into Gualemala

More of these guys, but now with a pistol grip pump shotgun. Plenty of ammo and 'tude. None of these guys want their face in the picture. I was just swooping along marveling at how nice the roads are in the far north of Guatemala and then..... I was on a straight dirt road. Kinda nice ,easy dirt but no more swooping. Then stopped for the worst meal of the trip,so far. Warn beef jerky and hard beans for Q20 ($2.66US). I then came upon a large lake. I asked a german hippie, artist woman where to go and wound up at Mon Ami, a french place that had classic blues and or jazz playing in the back ground. My thatched roof bungalow and the matching restaurant. Q100 ($13.25us) Was up late several times talking with other travelers.
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Tikal

These are the big ones. 100,000 Mayans lived here a little over a thousand years ago. They were one if three Mayan factions that took turns ruling. There are no paved roads north, east or west of here. Within Guatemala that is. Walk off the trail and you very well might go for 20, 50 or 100 miles of jungle before finding someone that does not speak english,etc. I've never seen a sign like this before. It means be careful of the 200 pound cats wandering around here. As I stood there, I heard a loud rustling in the brush. A big noise! I was relived to see the tree tops sway and deduce the it was monkeys swinging from branch to branch and not something way too big... This is the first view of the back of the first temple and then around to the front and a courtyard of sorts. Then a view through the jungle of the big temple (IV) and then on top of it (as far as allowed) looking back at the first temple. It was quite a city.
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Just great. I always wanted to visit those ancient pyramids.

Went to the SoCal Norton OC ride at Hansen Dam Sunday, maybe 500 people and 2 or 300 bikes.
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Well, well, well...I've got lots of reading to do to catch up with all the writing you've been doing! Sorry it took me so long to find you.

Think about you often...and turn green with jealousy !! Glad you're safe!
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Need a name

Mike,
What is the name of the guy in Gadsden that does transmission work.?
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Safe travels

Hey in Guatemala keep an eye out for my friend Deb on a yellow 650 BMW!!
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The yellow cat signs

....the yellow cat signs you refer to above mean, "Beware of the Jaguars"....the jungle in Belize is one of their few remaining strongholds.........!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Moto Cafe in Antigua

hey Mike,

Good to meet you in our shop today. We'll see you Saturday morning bright and early for the ride, looking forward to it!

Any luck with Dave on that seal?

see you soon,
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bmw repairs and bugs

I'm glad to report that this thing has no wings. Years ago I had a phobia about bugs ,spiders and such. Careful research has revealed that I have a weight and reach advantage as well as I can resort to tools not available these guys. Chemical warfare is considered moral in desperate cases like this. Turns out this guy went away with prompting. Johnveazey1952: The guy is Rick Jones and he does nothing but the best work. Motorrad Elektric 205-442-8886 motoelekt@aol.com. If you go there, check out his 'war wagon scooter'. Has a certain charm.
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That is one big bug! If he were any bigger it would have to be two bugs! I don't think I could have just sent him on his way, he might come back!!! Good to hear from you and that you are doing fine. It is cold and rainny here in Kyrgyzstan.

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