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Old 19 Apr 2011
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Hi folks:

My name is David Parkinson, and I'm 27, and headed to South America for one year from Seattle, WA, leaving this August.

Would definitely like to meet up with people for the Mexico / Latin America / remote parts of South America and potentially a travel mate for my year trip.

Looking to do adventure on and off the bike: surfing, kite surfing, trekking, cooking classes, learning tango, etc.

Planning on camping, hostelling, and hotels.

I have a '05 V-Strom 650 that I'm getting geared up right now.

I have a basic command of Spanish but I'm improving it. Also pretty good camping/outdoors skills having climbed Mt. Rainier last year.
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Hey man

A buddy and I are planning on leaving the Seattle area around Aug. or so to head down to MX. We are both from the east coast.

If we stay in contact maybe we can plan to ride together. We don't have an exact date nailed down yet. I'm doing the TAT and he has to graduate in Aug. and make it from DC to Seattle first. haha.
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Hi folks:

My name is David Parkinson, and I'm 27, and headed to South America for one year from Seattle, WA, leaving this August.

Would definitely like to meet up with people for the Mexico / Latin America / remote parts of South America and potentially a travel mate for my year trip.

Looking to do adventure on and off the bike: surfing, kite surfing, trekking, cooking classes, learning tango, etc.

Planning on camping, hostelling, and hotels.

I have a '05 V-Strom 650 that I'm getting geared up right now.

I have a basic command of Spanish but I'm improving it. Also pretty good camping/outdoors skills having climbed Mt. Rainier last year.
hey David,

If you end up coming through Antigua (Guatemala), feel free to stop by Moto Cafe and hang with your fellow motorcyclists for a or coffee. Local advice freely shared.

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6a Calle Oriente #14
Antigua, Guatemala

Safe riding!

Chris and Dave from CATours.
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How are you getting your moto to SA?
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Hey there, name's Noah, im from florida and biking from here to LA in September then onto mexico/central am/ south am. as well. I hear its best to start mexico in winter to avoid the wet season and impassable roads flooded rivers/bridges etc., Might be seeing you along the way if ya get to mexico around the beginning of october. feel free to email me when you get closer to leaving
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hey David,

If you end up coming through Antigua (Guatemala), feel free to stop by Moto Cafe and hang with your fellow motorcyclists for a or coffee. Local advice freely shared.

Moto Cafe
6a Calle Oriente #14
Antigua, Guatemala

Safe riding!

Chris and Dave from CATours.
I'll be there !!! See you in a few months!
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How are you getting your moto to SA?
Planning on taking a boat by the end of November to Cartagena. The rainy/hurricane season starts in December so I don't want to be late. Don't really feel like hanging out in Panama for two months.
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Hey David,

I'm planning to travel from Texas to S.A. in September on a Suzuki DR650. Let's keep in touch and we'll see if we can meet up. I travel, camp and speak Spanish. Don't have an itenerary except for a few notible sites and festivals I want to see.

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Hi David (and others on thread)

I also live in Seattle and planning to head south for a year. I'm also planning another year on the other side of Earth. My current plans are to Leave August 25th-ish so that I can do Burning Man on the Way South. I just checked out your Facebook page and realized that we're both friends with Arne Svendsen (small world). Talk to you soon!


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Might meet up in South America

Hi David,
We might catch up in South America. Will be arriving from Australia in Chile mid October. We plan to be in Tierra del Fuego for Christmas. We will be meeting up with Bernd and Heidi on their KTM's who are on the road heading across Russia right now. We are starting a RTW tour this time (did London to Melbourne in 03-04). Bernd and Heid are old friends we met in Iran and and travelled with at various times, then put them up when they came to our part of the world. I'm a bit old for the surfing/kite flying thing (being over twice your age!) but enjoy good company and fellow world bike travellers. We are on a red '08 1200GSA. Hope to see you on the road late '11 or eary '12 as we head North.

Brian & Shirl
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Hey amigo

My friend Tom and I left home (Lake Stevens/Everett), this past April, and are now currently in Nicaragua.

I too happen to be a 6´6´´ eagle scout, who is no longer aspiring, but now, doing!

Keep it real man, and feel free to contact me here via the hubb or whatnot.

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My trip will be starting exactly when yours is ending. I'll tell you what, when I'm heading south I'll wave when I go past you

I wish I was going this year as well and I hope you have an excellent trip!!!!!
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Behind yah.

I'll be leaving Wisconsin a little later then you October/November and heading south towards SA.
Perhaps we will cross paths!


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Hey, I just finished riding My KLR650 Across the US from NYC and am in Seattle trying to decide if I should head south or home. I just texted you to see if you felt like meeting up for a drink to discuss your plans as I'm not allowed to pm...
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help?

Hey,

Just finished riding most every road within Peru (over 5,000 km) and can give you any up to date info you might want....

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