So we are now back in Central America. I guess we have a lot of catching up to do on our website but rather than one long rambling account of the last 2 weeks we’ll put everything in the form of a flight itinerary (we’ve seen a few of these lately!).
Passengers: Marie and Brian
From: Moncton, New-Brunswick
To: Montréal, Québec
Departs: Once you get the minivan loaded up with your sponsor’s gear
Arrives: The following morning
Carrier: A sweet minivan with enough buttons to keep you busy for the entire 12 hour ride
Special note: That white stuff you see on the road is just as dangerous as that nice red mud you get in Guatemala. Remember Guatemala? that nasty little road? the leg under the bike? That’s it, slow down big fella.
From: Your friend’s apartment in Montreal
To: The motorcycle show in Montreal
Departs: Every morning at 8:30 sharp (see special note)
Arrives: (see special note)
Carrier: The Montreal Subway system
Special note: This is called discipline. Some people also call it responsibility. It means that contrary to your new “lifestyle” of carefree riding and such stuff you now need to get with the program. Besides, you aren’t in Central America anymore. This is Canada and here we do things differently (Oh, don’t give me that look. The minute you stepped off that plane I could tell you were craving some order in your life. Be careful what you wish for because you now belong to the “system”. Remember the system? That nine to five thing you did for the past seven years? No? Well just turn on the TV and it will all come back to you. What to buy, what to think, who to look up to, who to vote for. That’s it….Just stare at the moving images for a while… Yes.. Everything will be OK…..NOW GET TO WORK!)
22Feb08 to 24Feb08
From: One corner of your Sponsor’s booth
To: The other corner of your Sponsor’s booth
Departs: When you get tired of standing in the same spot
Arrives: Within seconds (it’s not a big booth)
Carrier: Your legs (see special note)
Special note: These would be the two things that dangle on either side of your motorcycle on this supposedly arduous world tour. No? Ok, I say Guatemala, you say??? Alright, think muddy road again… Yes… You have it now. Your legs are those things that tend to get in the way when you take a spill.
From: Montréal, Canada
To: New York, USA
Carrier: Delta Airlines, flight #5381
Special note: Please arrive at the airport 2 hours prior to departure so that employment may be created for thousands of security personnel who will ensure that you do not try and blow up the plane with shampoo.
From: New York, USA
To: Guatemala city, Guatemala
Carrier: a brand new 737 (sweet!!! You get to choose your own movie!)
From: Guatemala City, Guatemala
To: Copan Ruinas, Honduras
Carrier: A 1993 toyota minibus without a suspension (you get to choose where to throw up!)
Special note: For your added comfort we recommend that you keep your eyes closed at all times and please ignore religious symbols adorning the vehicle. You are in good hands.
From: Copan Ruinas, Honduras
To: San Salvador, El Salvador
Departs: You get to chose
Arrives: Depends on the border officials
Carrier: BMW 1100GS with an oil leak (see special note)
Special note: Before you arrive at your destination the leak will start gushing. Please ignore this as there is nothing you can do about it other than try to imagine being stranded one the side of the road in the middle of El Salvador.
From: San Salvador, El Salvador
To: Chinandega, Nicaragua
Departs: 1 hour later than when you should have left
Arrives: In the dark, not fun.
Carrier: BMW 1100GS (oil leak free!!!)
Special note: Complementary vehicle exhaust, sweat, potholes the size of an archeological dig, money changing scam artists, stamp crazy border officials and road obstacles will be served.
Have a pleasant journey and thank you for choosing a minivan, your legs, the subway, a couple of planes, a minibus and your beloved motorcycle as your means of transport.