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Old 08-30-2006, 10:27 PM   #31
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BRAVO !! ... What a place !!!

Thanks for sharing those pics ..

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Old 09-01-2006, 10:03 AM   #32
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I hope the GPS coords were useful...... we were only on the road 10 months, but this place was an ABSOLUTE HIGHLIGHT.... why... your photos say it all... two up on our R1200GS we dropped 8 times through this stretch, the sand, the mud on what was meant to be a salt flat, the temperature, the altitude, and complete exhaustion. We spent Xmas eve 2005 on the dirt floor of a railway shed in Rio Grande, about 40 miles from Uyuni, trapped by mud.

So many don't go this way, and those that do take away a reward that others can only imagine. We lived it and can share this with you completely. Whenever I see a photo of a bike next to the Arbor de Piedra my mind instantly says RESPECT.

Heading into Peru..... this was our favorite Peruvian ride..... and walk.... a must do, check out.....

We are in China now , contemplating the next move.

Brad and Melissa. (our unfinished website.....)

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Old 09-01-2006, 11:36 AM   #33
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Wow, great ride... the best pics I've seen so far... i was just wondering... How did you manage or calculate how much gas it would take for such a trip? I guess running out of gas there literally could kill you.

Again thanks for the pics!!!

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Old 09-01-2006, 02:22 PM   #34
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B E A U tiful.

Lucky buggars, we have some scenery down here. But not like that.....................just gobsmacked

Well done.

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Old 09-01-2006, 03:29 PM   #35
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A superlative trip...thanks for sharing it with us!
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Old 09-01-2006, 07:00 PM   #36
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Seeing those pics brought back SV's recounting of his travels through the Altiplano in TWTT.

Stunning work.
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Old 09-02-2006, 08:09 PM   #37
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Having just stumbled on this thread, WOW! This is fantastic stuff. It's on my list of 100 Things to do before...

Many thanks.
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Old 09-03-2006, 08:57 PM   #38
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A world of white...the Solar de Uyuni

Thanks for the kind words guys...

Our route through the Altiplano was to take us through to the Solar de Uyuni, the worlds largest salt flat. Again 'surreal' just falls short when trying to desribe it.

We'd ridden from San Juan after finally finding fuel. We have no idea what the octane level was and it felt strangley familiar to see fuel in plastic containers after our Africa experience.

With an early start from San Juan we'd ridden past active volcanoes and made it to the Solar by early afternoon. An expance of eye burning white, I'm not ashamed to admit that the first few 100 metres of riding onto the Solar were pretty intimidating. With no tracks we were placing a 100% faith in the GPS to get us to Isla de Pescada which, apparentley was some 60 miles into the Solar. The small knot of excitement in our stomach's was already growing.

With the Isla reached by around 2pm we'd grabbed a few photos and set about trying to see where we could camp. Any available space seemed to be taken up by the huge and ancient local cacti, besides we'd dreamt for years of actually camping out on the Solar itself, hah, that was'nt going to happen.

By early evening the wind was already getting up and an hour and a half later we'd resigned ourselves to giving up the idea of getting the tent up. The salt surface was like concrete. Even with nail spikes there was no way we were going to make any progress.

As we desperately battled to put the tent away the evening light show began. We did managed to get some nice photos of the sunset, bikes and the Solar.

...and my favourite...

Eventually we managed to get the kind permission from one of the staff on the Isla to sleep in one of the new about relieved!!!

We managed to get a few morning photos before heading to Uyuni town to find a cheap and warm hotel.

AlexR, in answer to your fuel question...the answer's simpler than you'd imagine. With the help of the GPS we had a rough idea of distances to pueblos and the possibilty of fuel but in reality it's always a gamble. Lisa has 3 fuel tanks on her F650GS and can carry 39 litres of gas and I've got 41 litres on the R1100, there's not much point trying to carry extra as we figure if we can't get to where we need to with 80 litres of fuel, then carrying anothert 5-10 litres probably isn't going to make any difference. Besides if you get stuck you'll often find a passing 4X4 to flag down. If the worse comes to the worse we'd set up camp, get ourselves warm and hope to find another passing vehicle.

Right now we're in Peru staying with friends after visiting Lago Titicakca in Boliva. Ahhh, to warm again.

We've just built a new gallery on our website and uploaded it. Here's our site just click on the gallery link and have a browse...hope you enjoy it, there's six galleries to check out.

Right I'm knackered and off to bed, night, night and thanks again.

Simon T

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Old 09-03-2006, 09:13 PM   #39
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Great stuff.

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Old 09-03-2006, 11:21 PM   #40
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Old 03-10-2008, 03:16 PM   #41
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Riding into the sky...part two


Lisa and I are just prepping some photos for a magazine article here in the USA and thought I'd share them here.

These were taken during our ride through the Altiplano(approx' 16,500 feet alt.) in Bolivia but we'd simply not got around to looking at them let alone posting them anywhere.

Right now we're in the States trying to sort out shipping ourselves and the bikes to Japan and then onto Eastern Russia and Mongolia.

Hope you enjoyed.
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Old 03-10-2008, 03:25 PM   #42
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Hello my friends

Outstanding pictures! Japan? Was hoping to see you back this way fairly soon. Hope that you make it back before you leave the US! I have some cool news for you.
Glad to hear or read you are still alive and well.
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Old 03-10-2008, 03:28 PM   #43
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hi Springs,

worry ye' not..We're trying to sort out shipping generally and it'll take a bit of doing but long before we head in that direction we'll be heading back up through the States and heading for Alaska in June 08'.

We've also arranged for a few more presentations with USA dealers...Sanata Rosa BMW, Salt Lake City BMW, BMW of Northern Colorado, Happy Trails, Gina's BMW, BMW of Milwaukee and then BMW of Michigan. what's you news??? C'mon you know you wnat to tell

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Old 03-10-2008, 03:59 PM   #44
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Amazing pictures. What camera is that?
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Old 03-10-2008, 04:04 PM   #45
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Hi themattreid,

the camera I was using was a Nikon D70s. Great camera with enough extra's to be useful and not enough to scare me

Still using it now but would love to upgarde to the newer high res' Nikons.

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