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Old 19 Dec 2012
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Sunday at, and on the way to, the races...

Some sport bike guys from Guatemala City that I latched on to the tail end of while lost and looking for the...


MX races and only 20 miles away!!!


CATours was well repesented with Chris and Frenchie doing hot laps on their duel sports that they rode there. Frenchie gets the late braking and broken spokes award. This is not a foto of either.


There was a lot of plastic at stake....
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a couple of guys

John D and has 250 kawa. He has been in these parts before and has some understanding of area. Provided excellent sounding board, feed back. Travels even cheaper than me and at times, can be groucher. Bike is fully loaded and ready to go.

I bought lunch and signed the gas tank. Thanks for your ear.


Frenchie, one of the tour guides at CATours, rides with big hearted effort. I am told he is a fisherman.
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All of us here at CATours, sending RatBikeMike off in style:

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Proud parents...

There are a lot of civic events that mean a lot to the people. On this day, locals dress their kids up in traditional attire and fuss over them a lot.


Bashful cutie in classic Guatemalan bright colors


Classic enthusiastic mom (with pricey camera)
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Into Guatemala City

Found another combatant in the 125 sales contests. I saw a number of Chinese bikes with a very similar side cover, sight glass etc.


The 'freeway' into the city. I found maximum corner speeds to be about 50-60 mph...


Part of the big parts hunt adventure.


At the forth stop in my search for a 6mm Heli-coil the parts guy handed me this spring as he explained that his spring did not have the square edge....
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What people buy, sometimes

A 200cc cop bike made in China or is it Korea?


A latte at MickeyD's, Antigua, Guatemala


On the showroom floor. Cheaper than any car and it's 'classy'. I want one for about 15 minutes.... just to see what it is.... Honda has one in the same market. Their's can be had as a 6 speed...
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Sunday in the park.

I have no idea, other than it is another pagan thing, that is now a part of the Church. The devils all have blond hair.


Not many people watching but these guys took their performance seriously.


I got noticed and later got tagged for a donation.
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Also in the park...

These models are taller than most all Guatemalans. Not sure about the scarfs...


Composed...


and above it all...


untill hi-heels meet the cobble stones. They become human again.
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Into the city again...

Had a great ride with these BMW guys, up the freeway and around the lake and...


I was left at the mall


where moms fling there kids in the air...


and this guy led me here when I asked for 'campnaro' bed. (foam mat)
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A Sunday morning crash.

Alex, my navigator, translator, friend got it wrong over a speed bump and...


got a plate and 13 screws to hold it in place.


Somebody gave all these kids a noise makers and then blocked the exits with them...
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Well . . . . . Merry Christmas, Mike!

Keep those pictures coming, enjoy them all.
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To Copan for the end of an era...

Leaving Antigua, I made a wrong turn in Guatemala city and stopped for an excellent and cheapish meal. Got good, simple directions and was on my way...


I had a brief, but excellent ride...


...rode right passed the trucks and it all went very well at the border and onward to Copan.


Doing a hotel search, I found free camping with these, nice enough, guys, stoned and throwing firecrackers. I found a room for $30us(three night min) so.... I cruised down the road anbout 15 miles and got a room for $15us
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Copan Ruinas (city)

He's not my friend , he's my husler. This guy lead me to a hotel and I bought him a nice lunch. He tried for more work ...


Can you see the thin coating of wet clay? It is easier to drop your bike in Copan than anywhere I've ever been. Really. Parking , tired , stones missing. etc. I grunted loudly but did not drop my tall top heavy, overloaded bike. A few people commented on my brute strength.


I have no idea... wow


Also in the park...
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The Ruinas

I thought I had seen plenty of old rocks, thank you, but when I got here, the place worked some sort of magic on me. It was and I became, serene and calm. And the scale, it has large pieces and plenty of them. Note person in background.


Do be careful about your footing...


From atop one to see the other.


A walkway...
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Holidays Lost

I have been remiss.(and lost in Honduras with out wifi). Happy Holidays to everyone! Enjoy the new year! ratbikemike

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