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Old 09-26-2012, 11:01 PM   #3616
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wow, loved that last bunch of pics!!! Adventure Rider Thank you!
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:31 PM   #3617
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Oh my... i am .... current!

thanks for the several day distraction!

Radioman, you sir are very dangerous! planting seeds of my own undoing you are!

The first time I met Grant Johnson who owns Horizons Unlimited, instead of saying hi I said "you just cost me my job" and without missing a beat he smiled and said "yeah, I hear that a lot"
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:56 AM   #3618
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Man you just do a great job posting and updating. I have been following for a long time and I hope all this posting and updating is therapeutic for you because we all enjoy it.

THANKS!!!
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:27 AM   #3619
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Being a baker, I'm curious what this local bread is. Got any pictures?
Not sure, but they are a roll that is warmed for Breakfast with Butter and Jam.

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Old 09-27-2012, 12:10 PM   #3620
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Huaraz, Then onto Lima, Peru

Got to Huaraz on Saturday morning as it is only an hour from Caraz. Stayed a hostal called Joe's Place with a small spot for two bike. was 30 Soles (11.76 USD) for a single room.



Met up with a couple of English folks. Cress is riding her bicycle in south America and doing some trekking for over a year down here. Tom is checking out the trekking for a travel service based in Spain. Always great to meet other travelers!

We had a great dinner here.




Just 5 hours from Lima, and know that I need to get some things done while there including a Brazil Visa which can take a week. So I ride on to Lima Monday Morning.

Huaraz is at 3,000 Meters (9,842 feet). and the mountains are showing rain/Snow this week. I ride off down the "valley"

The air is cool and crisp!



Some Beautiful mountains in the distances, but mostly covered in clouds.



As I ride, I see that I am climbing to 4,051 Meters (13290 feet)



Wide open spaces. Loving the ride. It is great!





Wishing the mountains be clear ..... They are awesome to look at!

Stop to take a photo when I see a bit of clearing.....







Then I continue on knowing that I will be dropping down to the Panamerica coast road .....



As I descend down the switchback and into the lower valleys, I see crops growing and then lots of corn and peppers drying in the sun.



Once on the Panamerican Hwy, I come across my first "protest".



As I asked what was happening one of the truckers said that the Professors where Protesting.... They do this by piling up rocks and brush and burning to stop the traffic. I waited about 1/2 hour while the policia show up and clear the road.....



On down the Hwy to Lima.



As you ride into big cities, Lima is about 9 million or so.... it is always difficult as the traffic increases, I had heard the drivers where a bit crazy..... and finding the locations can be difficult. My first stop is to the BMW dealer to have a service done on my bike.

Miles from Lima the traffic starts to build....

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But I had studied my maps, and was ride to the dealer fairly easily!

I arrive at the BMW motorad is part of the Mini auto dealer. They were expecting me, as I emailed ahead to Eduardo!! Who is the head of the service department and speaks english!!



I off load my gear and they call a driver to deliver to the hotel....

I found this hostal which was very nice .... But more expensive. 111 Soles ($43.5 USD) but I know that I need a good nights rest and I will need to get to the Brazilian Consulate in the morning to start the Visa process.




Traveling solo has had my expenses go up. So far I am averaging about $62.00 day with room and fuel and food. Just part of the travel. I have heard it from many others who trvel south that it is more expensive that Mexico, or central..... So I am prepared for this.
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:46 PM   #3621
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Mark, I am following along during layover on my trip back north. (Some of us have to work! ) My bike and gear are now staged in Cuenca and I can't wait to get back down south and get rolling again. I am loving your photos!
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:35 PM   #3622
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Mark, certain parts of that last update of yours sound like they're written by a non-English speaker!

You sure you're not assimilating into the Spanish speaking culture?!?

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Old 09-27-2012, 02:35 PM   #3623
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Not sure, but they are a roll that is warmed for Breakfast with Butter and Jam.

Mark, those buns are all shell with nothing inside. You get tired of them pretty fast, trust me! LOL
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:42 PM   #3624
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Today was a good day to pick up the old book(thread) and see what Mark is up to. Good stuff.
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Old 09-27-2012, 03:46 PM   #3625
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You sure you're not assimilating into the Spanish speaking culture?!?

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Old 09-27-2012, 04:16 PM   #3626
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Lima

Had a great room at El Patio Hostel. My own outdoor seating area, and large comfortable bed!



Tuesday Am was up early with my paperwork filled out online for my Brazil visa. Walked the 14 blocks to the Embassy so I would be there when they opened.



I speak to a man at the counter, hand over my passport, Printed application from online and think I am ready to go. NOT.



He tells me I need a couple of my credit card as well. which I did not bring with me. So back I go to get the CC and make a copy. Thinking this will get my application into the process. no problem.

He also gives me the bank slip that I need to pay $160 USD as part of the visa process. Yikes. I am sure the US must do this to Brazil visitors as well. So I stop at their bank and deposit the $ as well and bring the full receipt. OK ready again to get it turned in.



I get back and a different guy is at the counter He takes all my paperwork, asks me to wait, then goes in the back. He waves me back up, and then says I need 3 months of Bank statements to go with my application what why did the other guy not tell me....... Smile and head back to my computer to get the paperwork for bank statement, and then printed them out....... Back to Embassy for third time in less than 3 hours...... smiling after 90 blocks of walking

Ok third time has to be a charm.



OK Brazil Visa turned in...... Have a few other items to get done while I am in a big city. Lima has lots of American restaurants and businesses. Always strange. two doors down from my hostel....



I change Hostels to the Flying Dog Hostel that is right on the square as mine did not have the room available for my time in Lima. So I moved. it was cheaper also. 81 Soles per night ($31.76 USD) it is right on Parque Kennedy so it is easy to just walk out and have stuff all around to do.



Miraflores is a really nice area of Lima.





Thanks to ADV I met up with GordoJordo and his girlfriend Anne. We took a bus around Miraflores to get a little look at the city. Was fun meeting up with them and hearing their stories as they have been in Paraguay for a couple years in the peace corp, and then bought a KLR and are traveling for 6-8 months before returning to the PNW!



Inca ruins right in the city





And a few other buildings in town that are interesting!





Then the bus took us down to look near the ocean and large parks along the ocean as well as a coast road that reminds me of the PCH in California.



Parque Del Amore



and the coastline. The weather is cloudy here .... 60's like PNW :)





Had to go to dinner and have Cerviche



and scallops with Parmesan cheese. Yummy!



I am always draw to different aspects of the countries and places that I visit. In Lima many stop lights and crossing lights have timers on them....






Now I am just waiting in Lima for my Brail visa, and Bike to be completed with Maintenance. But getting some things done for down the line in my trip. Place arranged for Cusco, research on Antartica boats and deals, some other issues as well. Always lots of things to work out ahead of time ......


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Old 09-27-2012, 07:50 PM   #3627
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OK Mark Now I'm confused, as I have no understanding on why you need to provide your bank statement for a friffin tourist Visa???

Other than that looks like your having a Good time . So! where's Mr young James and Posse?




Oh one more thing............................................. .....
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:09 PM   #3628
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OK Mark Now I'm confused, as I have no understanding on why you need to provide your bank statement for a friffin tourist Visa???
It's probably so they can verify you actually have the funds to cover your stay while in country.
The US asks for the bank statements also when some foreigner is applying for a visa and a letter from your employer and your tax returns and papers stating any properties you might own and your credit card statements and your marriage certificate and your children's birth certificates and...and... and...

Nice to see Radioman on the road again!
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:25 PM   #3629
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It's probably so they can verify you actually have the funds to cover your stay while in country.
The US asks for the bank statements also when some foreigner is applying for a visa and a letter from your employer and your tax returns and papers stating any properties you might own and your credit card statements and your marriage certificate and your children's birth certificates and...and... and...

Nice to see Radioman on the road again!
We Americans are a bit sheltered from what others need to do entering our country. !
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:26 PM   #3630
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