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Old 09-21-2012, 08:44 PM   #3586
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Would be interesting to post a map once in a while so we could look at a glance and see exactly where you are,
Bob. Here I over the last 4 days

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Old 09-21-2012, 08:44 PM   #3587
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:46 PM   #3588
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:48 PM   #3589
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don't see too much arabic tourists here


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Old 09-21-2012, 09:40 PM   #3590
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And a great sunset. Welcome to Peru!!


Hola Mark , good to see that you made it out of Ecuador without any problems .
I keep on enjoying your home state, today I rode over McKenzie Pass like you told me ...I loved it

Ride safe ,

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Old 09-22-2012, 04:46 AM   #3591
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Wait... there's not more??? I'm caught up??? Damn it man... I've been reading this for a month now... Hmmm

Mark, I've honestly enjoyed all of it... and I'm on the next phase of Chapter 3... it's really interesting... Took a job doing something I loved to do many years ago... being fairly stable in retirement and wanting more... the opportunity for this job came up... it pays fairly well... but most importantly it's something I love to do...

Point is I go to work with people that are there for the pay check and haven't got a clue while I'm smiling... Life is about more then the check... it's about the People around you, doing something you love... being happy to wake up and be productive... The only down side is that the jerks want you to actually show up EVERY day and stuff you've allowed in your life annually gets put on hold cause you don't have banked "Time Off".... hmmm ( I should have negotiated better )


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Old 09-22-2012, 09:47 PM   #3592
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Life is good again

I shaved my mustache off a few years ago when I met my best friend and married her. I grew it back again last year and saw my daughter in Minnesota after being away for a while. She said that mustache looks good and life is good again.

Seeing Mark on the road again in South America and reading his daily toils, I must say the same "Life is good again"

Go get em Radioman. Enjoy life and keep baiting us with your adventures.

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Old 09-23-2012, 10:15 AM   #3593
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Old 09-23-2012, 12:41 PM   #3594
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Seeing Mark on the road again in South America and reading his daily toils, I must say the same "Life is good again"

Go get em Radioman. Enjoy life and keep baiting us with your adventures.

Thanks Skip
:Hola Skip and Cathy! Thanks for the post! Enjoyed the time I spent with you both!
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Old 09-23-2012, 12:42 PM   #3595
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:07 PM   #3596
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Huanchaco to Caraz - Canon Del Pato

Just keep riding south

Decided to just keep riding to spots of interest instead of riding shorter days and stopping in towns that are not much to see. Riding Solo this is easier to do, and for me more enjoyable! Knew this day would be a bit longer in the saddle as I would be riding some gravel roads for about 60-70 miles through the Canon Del Pato.

But first down the coast toward Chimbote.



Always amazed at how much can be overloaded on the trucks.



Lots more dunes to ride through on the way.



I get to Santa (just north of Chimbote) at about 10:30 am, road to Chimbote and got gas, then back tracked to find the place to start riding out to the mountains and Canon Del Pato. It was sort of hard to find the way. But finally I stopped and asked a few time and headed out of Santa toward Huallanca which is the only sign I could see in the direction. Was not sure if I was actually on the right roads to get to Canon Del Pato. GPS did no good, maps were not too helpful, asked many people on the way and got only slightly better feel that I might be going in the right place.

Finally I was out of the plains and headed to the mountains...



Right after Chuquicara the road turns to gravel and continues up into the mountain. I hope this is the right road, as I am only one on it for couple hours.....

Here is a map. Leaving Santa you have to look for signs to Huallanca, then you will see signs for Chuquicara







But there are tunnels like I have seen on others rides in the canyon.....





Definitely amazing scenery as the rock walls climb up, and the road continues along the Rio Santa.



More and more..... GPS shows no roads or towns, just my track.





At some point I cross the river and start heading up to a town called Yuramarca. Then my GPS picks up a route to Caraz.

It is still out there where there are no too many vehicles...





Just about another mile down the road...... I get a flat was a bit hard to tell in the gravel but I stopped to check



Yup Flat alright



Picked up a nail..... First Flat of my trip so far. Fortunately I have been carrying all the gear for the situation!! Love it when I use what I bring!



Jump to it. Remove the rear wheel..... And the large nail.



Not much around, and it was warm at 80 degrees F



All spread out in the dirt and dust!



about a half hour and I am putting it all back on and ready to ride in 40 minutes. Feels good being prepared and able to just carry on!








Come to a small town, and Electrical Power Plant. Canon Del Pato it is!!



Then up the hill about 40 KM to the town of Caraz!



Little road work, and grading. Nice soft dirt with rocks to make the uphill a challenge!



30 tunnels or so up the hill. Some with sort of blind corners....



Light at the end of the tunnel or a vehicle?




Great ride today. Arrived in Caraz, found the hotel San Marco got my old tube patched at a shop for $1.85 USd and found some dinner!

Will post photos of this, but internet is acting up again...
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:58 PM   #3597
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Great action Mark. Looks like you're having a blast.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:16 PM   #3598
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This road looks like a lot of fun...... Wish I were there! OH yea I am vicariously.... Still, not the same.

Well that really sucked.




Just Wait a cotton pickin minute.............. Don't you have tubeless tires there (fixed) Mi Amigo.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:31 PM   #3599
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Tubeless..............

[QUOTE=Idahosam;19664Don't you have tubeless tires they Mi Amigo.[/QUOTE] The GS800 does not come with tubeless rims I wish they are like the 1200.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:34 PM   #3600
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Go Mark go.....

Glad to know you are back on the road............Ride safe
Thanks for sharinglooking forward to your RR and pictures.
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