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102 comments:

  1. What? No comments yet? Ok, I'll be #1. :)
    Dave, I am getting so excited for you! A lot of my friends are asking me questions and are just amazed! Hey! There is a chance that Horace and I will be able to go see you in Panama! I need to look at your route! How fun!!!!!!
    We're praying for you Dave!
    Love you!!
    Aunt Sharon

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  2. Good jerb Deeve! Weey to geeuu!!

    Luve,
    Steeevee

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  3. Davy Wavy,

    I still need the dates of your graduation so I can make sure I can get the days off and make it up there. I know its a little soon but I got the link for your journal just now (sorry, dont check my facebook much)and it came up.
    Oh and acouple of your links dont work

    chau

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  4. Hey Dave,

    It was great meeting you on Saturday. Thanks again for the coffee and best of luck on your adventure! :)

    Heather and Jack

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  5. Be careful!! And have fun of course....

    This is such a DAVE adventure... although this time it's a little more intense (even more intense than scaling Bishop's in the dead of night without ropes - we did have lights though :) )

    Good luck!!

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  6. Godspeed sir! try to get a sampling of the local foods as well....can learn a great deal about the culture of an area through their cuisine..or lack thereof..LOL.. Goodluck Mister Dave...it's a wonderful cause and I can only imagine how personally rewarding it will be. Bon Voyage...

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  7. Wishing you the best on the trip. In regards to your recent knee surgery, I had some orthoscopic done on my knee in mid-May to clean up a torn meniscus and trim away some excess. All is well - the cycling makes it feel even better.

    I look forward to following your posts.

    mark g
    Central Coast of CA

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  8. You may enjoy this short video of our tour down the coast of Oregon. The campgrounds on the Oregon were very nice! All had bike/hike sites
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcLmaSIXaUM

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  9. Hello young man, Stumbled onto Zambikes while reading BBC. I am honoured to have a chance to email you. Hope you are recuperating in a speedy manner. If you are anywhere near Whittier, Ca on your way south, please feel free to contact me for some homecooked meals with my family and to rest at su_matsuno@yahoo.com. Good luck and Godspeed.

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  10. Post some mo' inspired musings senor gayve! love your secret admirer

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  11. Congrats! This will be the ride ofyour life and you won't ever forget it! We are a family of four (mom, dad, 11-year.old twin boys) who are doing the exact same trek. Right now we have been on the road for 13 months and are in Panama getting ready to cross the Gap into Colombia. Wave to us as you blast by in a couple months!

    Nancy
    www.familyonbikes.org

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  12. | You are one awesome guy !

    Wonderful getting involved in your journey. Anything I can do, I'll do. I will be in touch.

    J

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  13. Daaaave! Are you there yet?

    -Sophia

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  14. Dave,
    I was so glad to see the article in the Trib. I have been traveling ever since I've turned 19....nearly 30 years ago. You're right, you will learn sooooooooo much. When I'm in Panama I always meet people (other than Americans) who are doing that trek on their bike, except no one starts from all the way in Alaska! I imagine you're quite evolved for your age, but will emerge from the trip VERY educated--- a thousand fold what your college education has brought you. Looking forward to reading of your adventures! Jamie

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  15. Hey Dave awesome you started your bike ride already! We hope your custom Portable Solar Power System works perfectly for you as it did for us along your amazing bike joruney.

    When will you have your Spot GPS hooked up so we can see your location? We are wanting to see how your location as time passes.

    Sincerely,
    The Powerenz.com Team

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  16. Hey Dave! How do I get a hold of you? is this best? but I live in Bellingham...right over the Canadian border...it is SOOO beautiful here. Please stay with me!!!
    Katie Fawell
    (760) 473-2675

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  17. Hi Dave,
    We were just told of your adventure from Jane and Bill Robertson in the San Diego area. We have a home 60 miles north of Puerto Villarta, Mexico in a small fishing village called Chacala. Let us know when you will be in the area as we would love to have you spend the night....Stay well...I'm sure you can sense His protection and love.
    Elaine Newkirk
    ejnewkirk@yahoo.com

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  18. Go David!!! Woooooooo
    Michael Gray

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  19. Commenting as I have promised! I need an update! Where are you? Have you made that Sophie mix yet? Thinking of you Dave!

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  20. have your picture by the computer to remind us to pray for dave and the adventures ahead.
    you are so loved!
    OXO
    the leopold family

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  21. Robert sends his love and best wishes. He wishes he could be flying with you. You're an inspiration to us all, we're praying for your comfort and safety along your great adventure.

    If you have bike problems remember-

    "It could be one of two things.. either the framing's outa wack or could be something interior."
    -Chris Malloy, Loose Change

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  22. Haha loose change quote nice! Yeah the only bike mechanic advice you'll ever need. Jord

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  23. "Dave the Brave" says it all.
    Book suggestions:
    A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
    You would enjoy anything written by Patrick McManus
    Hatchet by Gary Paulsen if you didn't read it when you were a kid. Even if you DID read it when you were a kid.
    We are Following every detail with great interest. You're a great writer. Next best thing to being there. Diane

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  24. From Carmen and family ... we LOVE YOU DAVID and we are so very proud of you !!

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  25. DAVE!!
    I am so proud of you!! Thinking about you and missing you!!! You are really earning your title of Dave the Brave! Hope you liked my music choices for your trip!
    Love Victoria......

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  26. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVE!!!
    We love you!
    OXOX The Leopold's

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  27. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVE!!
    WE LUUUUUV YUUUUUU!!

    THE BELIZE CREW
    XOXOXO

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  28. Happy Birthday Dave! I was just thinking about you as I just got home from a little "adventure trip" similar to the trip that you and Matt and I did 4 years ago (except that the skydiving on this trip was of the indoor variety). Wow, how your adventures have grown! Hope you are well. I look forward to connecting somewhere along your journey.

    --Rob

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  29. hey dave dont know if you read this but hope you do good and the best for you. take care and we'll be in touch. matias obregon for san diego

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  30. Thinking of you and praying for you too. Enjoying your writing so much. Can't wait for the next posting in your journal!

    Kim Grant
    (Dani's mom and friend of your mom's)

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  31. From the Introduction of the book, The World Famous Alaska Highway:
    Winding in and winding out, Fills my mind with serious doubt, As to whether the lout who planned this route, Was going to hell or coming out! Diane Spethmann

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  32. Dave you are STRONG, as in beyond energy, as in having grappled with and overcome weakness. Of course you already knew that. Keep busting out the journals! I dig em. love, Jord

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  33. Hi dude!

    I hope it wasn't too hard, that day in the rain, after I saw you go away while I was sitting in the cafe at 70 Mile House, reading a book about the history of Latin America and enjoying the shelter for like 4 hours!
    After that I pretty much went the same way as you, as the road I wanted to take was closed because of the fires. Then I had pretty bad times with the rain, I guess you did as well. I heard about your flat tire from Beth in Cache Creek, such a bad luck!

    I have not had time to know get to know you much, but you seem to be a good guy. Good luck, safe travels and maybe I'll see you somewhere down south!

    bye!
    Bat the knotty cyclist

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  34. You're in the US already??? :O
    Did you attach a rocket to the bike???
    Seriously, well done mate. Maybe I'll catch up and see you in Mexico sometime.
    Dave (The English cyclist)
    www.davestravelpages.com

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  35. You are so close by... we're vacationing on Whidbey Island right now (just out of Seattle) and I've been keeping an eye out for you and your loaded down bike all day just in case you decided to travel down the island. You see, you're really not alone at all.

    Since we are whimps we are catching an airplane to San Diego tomorrow afternoon.
    Safe travels,
    Kim & Jim (Dani's parents)

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  36. Great reading about your travels and happy you've made it to the states already. Was down in Del Mar and thought of you. Safe travels
    Annie

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  37. you are covered in prayer daily! welcome to the good ol' u s of a!
    OXOX

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  38. According to my cousin, who is native to Seattle, Volunteer Park Cafe and Stumptown Coffee are the best places to go for coffee.
    -Nicole

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  39. Hi Dave
    Your journal is great. well written and very interesting. I can't wait to see more entries.apparently my first comment to you was not received--don't knjow why. Look forward to seeing you in a few weeks. Love, Donpa.

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  40. Dave, I am commenting as promised! I love reading your journals and hearing about your great adventure. I tell people often about what you're doing and they are amazed! Missing you and thinking of you!

    -soph....YEAH!!!

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  41. hi dave!
    its mom and meg saying hi! just wanted to say we are so proud of you and we love you and miss you!
    xoxo
    mom and meg
    p.s. we just watched the new office and have fun at the noonans and give speedy a hug for us

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  42. Hi Dave,
    Just a quick hello to tell you how amazed we are as we read about your journey. Also, I must commend you on your writings--superb. Definitely a book there someday. Stay safe, keep writing & see you very soon. (Your speed is also amazing!) Donpa & I send our love. G. Jan

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  43. Hey Dave, I don't know what way you are going through the bay area, but we live in pleasanton and if you need anything at all we would be happy to meet you somewhere on your route! you are more than welcome to stay with us, but i don't think you are coming this way. my # is 707-616-8936. call if you need anything!
    -Moogie

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  44. David, I really enjoyed looking at all the photos and videos you posted. I am praying for your safe journey and look forward to riding a little ways with you on October 5th and then meeting your family.
    Elyse (Jessica C's mom)

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  45. It was nice to meet you near Laytonville a week or so ago. Hope the potato salad kept you fueled for a couple miles. ;->

    We wish you continued great success!

    Tim from Seattle and Cindy from Spokane

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  46. Hey Dave, When we see you in Encinitas on Oct 5, is 10:30AM too late to have apple pie for breakfast? Diane Spethmann

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  47. Thanks for sharing your adventure and pictures. I'm from Alaska and have driven the route a couple of times so it was nice to see you document it by biking. This got me anxious to start a biking tour. Good luck through South America!

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  48. I will follow your journey with breathlessness. You are awesome. I wish I could have met you as you went through SLO. We are in Paso Robles.

    Blessings.

    Djinn Ruffner

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  49. Fantastic pictures and a trip of a lifetime! Good luck on your journey!

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  50. You are an inspiration! Good luck and be safe.

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  51. The Daily Family is so very proud of you, David!

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  52. DAVE!!! Welcome home! I hope that you are finding out more about life, the world, and yourself on this journey! So excited for you and all the adventures you've had and will have! Remember that you are loved and prayed for daily!!!

    Love,
    Kendall and Brandon Moyles

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  53. Donde estan los journals? I'm in thailand now but I did not bike here. miss you broder, Jord

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  54. we've prayed for you since the beginning, Dave. Way to go! Aunt Jackie :)

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  55. This is great Dave, I would love to be there and ride along. I just had some German friends 'Hannah & Mathias' leaving here from Encinitas on there way to Argentina, They are doing it in a van. there website is http://panamericanroad.wordpress.com/
    maybe you meet up somewhere.

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  56. Hey there Dave.
    I love keeping tabs on your location everyday!
    Horace and I really looking forward to seeing you in Panama. Horace wants to go see you in Guat. too so ya never know where we'll pop up!! hehe
    We think about you and pray for you every day Dave.
    You have a lot of folks here in Belize asking me about you and your adventure. You're awesome!
    We love you!! XOXOXO
    H & S

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  57. Hola David. Que tal? Hace unos dias lei de un huracan acercandose a B.C. Ya no es mas que un tempestad tropical. Espero que te quedes seco o, por los menos, que no estes muy mojado. Tenemos que celebrar cuando regresas a EE.UU

    Te queremos mucho, Donpa

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  58. Hope all is well with you David, am still praying for you! Met your parents at the Acirfa banquet last night and they are so nice! More money was raised in your honor there too! Keep the faith...

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  59. I have been trying to follow your progress but am giving up. You are a gifted writer and I enjoyed your journal entries but you have failed to keep me informed of your travels. Twitter entries don't count. Too bad, you could have gained a large following and parlayed it into something big.

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  60. Dave....I miss you. you are such a talented writer. So impressive!
    -Victoria Van Vliet

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  61. good to hear from you again. we so like reading your journal. met your friend Dave at your home--nice guy, nice evening. hope you got the paypal stuff from us. take care. hope your ride is going well now and you enjoyed Mexico. keep us posted.
    love, G. Jan and Donpa

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  62. Dave. Good to have met you on the road a couple of days ago (between Caletas and Playa Azul). I see from your tracker thingy you made it to Zihuatanejo. I'll be keeping an eye on your progress. There's some great photographs you've taken. You will love South America.

    I'm taking a day off in Manzanillo to enjoy coffee, Coca Cola and MacDonalds (you mentioned these and we agreed they were essentials for all cycle tourists). The only addition I would make is cold beer at the end of the day.

    (Another) Dave

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  63. No Square? Come on now. The Zocolo in Acapulco is very famous and with the Cathedrol is right downtown. You must have ridden right past it.

    And pimps and drug dealers? Get real. Maybe you are not the person to be representing any cause.

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  64. Hey, I thought about you the other day and made a note to check your blog to see your progress... I can´t believe you are already through Mexico. Any predictions on when you will be traveling through Panama? Give me some notice if you can and I will try to meet up with you. I might even be able to help you find places to stay if you dont feel like camping. Keep in touch! Ride safe!

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  65. it's interesting that david is out in full force and effect and some seem content to hide behind an anonymous moniker and sucker punch. If you feel it is your place to assess and condemn david at least have the courage to identify yourself and your true source of grievance.
    what exactly is he doing wrong? missing the zocolo? not contributing enough energy to others entertainment?

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  66. davie, just discovered this little section...it's rather entertaining.

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  67. Hola; Hice un pagamento a Epay hace dos o tres semanas. Lo recibiste? Ojala que gozes una buena comida o una noche en un buen hotel. Vedo de tu mapa que estas acercandote a la frontera entre Mexico y Guatemala. Estoy seguro que vas a ser feliz de entrar a otro pais.
    Buen viaje! Donpa.

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  68. Dave! looks like you've made some amigos...should i write in espanol tambien? Espero que todavia estes bien y saludable. Regresa muy pronto!! Lordy..it's been awhile since I've spoken Spanish..hope it made sense. Love ya Dave!

    soph

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  69. Hey Dave,
    Horace and I are really excited to see you tomorrow in Guat. I can't believe you are already here.
    Yeah! We get to kidnap you and go have some fun.
    Love you Dave!!!
    The Belize Crew
    XOXO

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  70. Glad you had a good and different experience with your aunt Sharon. Nice change. Wondering where you will be for Thanksgiving or if you are even aware of the date. Anyhow, you will be missed and we will be thinking of you at dinner here. Take care.
    Love, G. Jan and Donpa

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  71. Happy Thanksgiving Dave!!
    Love you!

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  72. Happy Thanksgiving!
    Wishing you a blessed day.
    Love, the Cattaneos

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  73. I know where your old impression of roosters came from. it's from Rockadoodle. Love, Jordi

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  74. One other comment after reading your latest journal:
    Your experience with the Thumping-bass party across the lake is a dead-ringer for Me and Kirsten's experience in the remote interior of Catalina. After hiking all day, 2 10-seater vans came rumbling down the dirt track to unload a couple dozen twentysomethings next to us who stayed up until 2 am celebrating alcohol, and caroling to MGMT and Rianna. I promise that I felt no more kinship with them than you did with your lakeside neighbors. love Jord

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  75. hey david.
    great pictures of your trip. I wish we could have met up on the Oregon Coast...I recognize the places you were.
    If you need friends in Lima on your way through Peru, let me know.
    godspeed.
    brian nally

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  76. Dave, If you are still in Panama city I have some contacts for you who could probably put you up for a couple of nights in a real neat, old part of the city. It sounds as if you could use a couple of "regenerating" kind of days. Please let me know and I'd be glad to connect you. If you are just looking for a hostel.....Hopedaje Casco Viejo is a good one and tell Ricardo Garces the owner I said Hi. good luck Dave. I wish you the best! Jamie of SLO,CA

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  77. Hey Dave, the Lord brought you to my mind today to pray for you, so I am! I hope all is going well with your journey and you are keeping your spirits up. Take good care, Carolyn Castle

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  78. Hi Dave. I'm enjoying tracking your progress as always.

    You've probably escaped the brutal heat and humidity of the Caribbean by now but currently have to contend with the even more brutal hills. Once you get to Quito if you continue through the Andes then they are just as bad I am afraid, if not worse, all the way to the border with Peru. I found Ecuador just about as tough as you can get. As an alternative you could descend to the coast and take the easier route. Don't know if it will be very scenic though or what the temperatures will be like.

    Keep going. South America is awesome and the views will just get better and better.

    (Another) Dave

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  80. Just thinking of you and sending up a prayer! Stay safe.

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  81. Always wonderful and so interesting to read your current comments. However, we worry about you when you are not feeling up to par so do hope you are feeling better and that the wind has become less of an issue. You are so amazingly tough and strong and determined. Take care. Looking forward to your being safely home. Love, G. Jan and Donpa

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  82. Hey Dave,
    We all have been thinking of you a lot lately. Everyone keeps asking me where you are.
    I really hope you are feeling better.
    We love you!!
    The Crazy Belizeans :-)

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  83. DAVE I hope you got your tires! You're so close!!

    - Kendra

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  84. Hi Dave,
    We have been following your route. I can't believe you have come so far! Stay strong and keep your eyes open to all God's creation! Marc and Marsha

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  85. Hello Dave!

    As usual, I'm so amazed at how far you've traveled. It seems like you were crossing into Peru just the other day. Is the coffee still good? Have you tried the green tea mate' yet? It's the new super food/beverage that will surely keep you at your best. So they claim. ;-)

    Stay safe!

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  86. Yeeeeeeaaaaaaa Daaaave, almost done! well, relatively. If you cry, just push-push it some more. love, tu hermano Yordi

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  87. do you measure in weeks days or revolutions? It would have been really quite sad had you died in say, mexico. but now it would be a big disappointment for all of us. so dont. thanks
    much love,
    bean

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  88. You are an inspiration! Still praying for you. Love the pictures!

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  89. so what now dave? congratulations
    bean

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  90. Congratulations!!!
    What an achievement.
    Amazing!
    Patty and Lou

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  91. WOW doesn't even start to cover it! Congratulations!

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  92. David that is sweet. Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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  93. Hi young man,
    What an astounding accomplishment! Congratulations! Too bad I was not privileged to meet you as you you made your way through Los Angeles. Again congratulations! Su

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  94. Excellent adventure! enjoyed following along when i had the time to grab a look at the blog. The road is a wonderful education. Stray well,
    Joe Metal Cowboy Kurmaskie
    www.metalcowboy.com

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  95. I am considering a tour to Loreto, Baja Mexico. Likely starting in my town, Portland OR. Would you have any recommendations on where to find maps and simple places ot stay/eat on the way?

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  96. Amazing! I wish you the best of luck on your next adventure. Love the pictures!

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  97. Fred, you are good.

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