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Old 03-16-2012, 10:10 AM   #181
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Columbia looks amazing! Still wishing I was there! Pretty sweet that you met up with Nic again and it's good to see the bikes are still running strong.

Went sledding last week an blew my knee out. Torn MCL. Hobbling around. Figure it might have ruined the test of the sledding and boarding season. Time to heal up for the CDT this summer!

Keep up with the report and pictures! Thoroughly enjoying it.
Sorry to hear about your MCL, I've blown that one too. Heal quick brother, Thanks for still following me, talk with you soon.
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:25 AM   #182
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Thumb Cali football match!!

DAY-129-131
3/12,13,14/2012
Had to quickly scramble around fixing a shipping screw up, they never emailed me to tell me they did not have one of my parts I needed so I canceled the order. I called the direct machinist for a doohickey and riser links, and then ordered spring and chain set from another website. After sitting around on a rainy day I decided to order a pressure suit, a few crowbar lenses, and solid raingear. Everything shipped quickly and should be in Florida ready to ship to me cheaply by Friday morning, except my order from Happy-Trails which is taking forever and I am not impressed with them. I went through my luggage and organized and got rid of everything I didn’t need. I met up with a friend Dave from OZ, we ran around the city a little bit together. I have just been taking it easy doing research for everything I need to do for a carnet and trying to change my travel insurance.
The 14th was a pretty relaxing day ran around with Dave, I woke up from a nap around 7pm or so just in time to meet Marc and his friend from Brazil who were headed out to a huge rival football match between Cali A team and Cali’s B team (America “Red Devils”) The taxi driver was not willing to take us right to the stadium to dangerous he said…ugh what did you just say? Okay... he then went on to give us detail directions on what to do and where to sit and so on so we wouldn’t get our asses kicked…. Ugh maybe this is not the best idea... haha We then got out of the cab and headed for the madness; there were cops and riot police everywhere. We bought some fake tickets off of the street for 13 bucks each and headed for the “Red Devils” side. We had to wait in line for 10 minutes while everyone got patted down; I was worried about my camera second thought on that one. As I got into get patted he gave a horrible not comforting pat down and told me to give up my belt! Oh well it’s just a belt sucks that I have had this Volcom belt for 8 years but I can always get another one. I walked into the stadium heart pounding not knowing what to expect. We were all nervous getting out of the taxi, tickets, line up, pat down, but all relaxed and started getting into the mood once we grabbed our seats.
We were on the second level; behind each of the goals sat all of the fans. I mean they were packed into three levels thousands of them all in Red or Green, they are so loud and crazy they separate them with the length of the field. They sung and battled back and forth the whole game singing louder and louder, dropping huge flags and so on. The first half to be honest was sloppy and crappy football. The second half was faster pace and the Red Devils scored a beauty of a header. The crowd went mad so loud and amazing. With ten minutes to go in the game and looking like the Red Devils had won it was time to get the hell out of there. We had been instructed by locals to leave ten minutes early safer and get in a cab and get out of there. I also realize we are the only gringos in these tens of thousands of fans. As we leave tons of locals who do not want any trouble are running out of the stadium and down the streets. We get to the streets and there are cops and riot patrol everywhere. We quickly find a cab and get going, there are mass amount of people strolling around getting rowdier and rowdier as we leave the area.
It was truly an awesome experience to have, the atmosphere and vibe at and around the game was tremendous. I am so stoked that I went and that we had no problems. Such a great night, got back had a few beers with the Brazilians and talked about riding around Brazil… (Hmmm maybe I should take an extra month and ride though Brazil at least the south).

GOT TICKETS NOW GET IN LINE AND WAIT

AMERICA "RED DEVILS"FAN SIDE.. CALI'S B-TEAM THATS WHAT SIDE WERE SITTING ON.. YEAH LETS GO RED DEVILS..PLEASE DON'T STAB ME.. HAHA

CALI'S A TEAM FANS, RIVAL MATCH!!!!

YEAH LET'S GO RED DEVILS!!!

STADIUM SHOT WITH MY NEW FRIENDS FROM BRAZIL

DAVE FROM OZZIE LAND

NO BEER SERVED HERE.. I SEE WHY NOW..

STADIUM SHOT

CARTING A PLAYER OFF, NOT THAT THEY ARE WEARING HELMETS.. HAHA

THE FLAG CAME OUT OF NOWHERE AND DRAPS OVER THE CROWD FOR 30 SECONDS THEN VANISHES

LEAVING THE STADIUM TEN MINUTES EARLY

NOTE THE TRANSFORMER IN PLASTIC FULL RIOT GEAR GETTING READY.. THERE WERE HUINDREDS ON THE TRANSFORMERS.. HAHA
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:08 PM   #183
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Wicked Hanging out in cali, colombia and lots of pictures from the zoo

DAY 132-137
3/15-20/2012
I spent this past week catching up with family on Skype, working out better and cheaper insurance (thank you HCC), Spanish, and working on Carnet. I also realized that someone nicked one of my bags off of my bike as I was organizing my stuff. I don’t think they were too happy when they realized it was just long underwear, but it sucks for me no more warm clothes. So I quickly called my brother in-law who is in the snowboard business and saved the day again for me. (Thanks Skinner) He sent me a Ninja suit under layer, a top/ bottom under layer, two warm socks, and glove liners. I walked all over Cali this week a few times. Nic came back to Cali this week and we have been hanging out figuring out fun routes down south. Nothing to crazy this past week, just waiting for packages and then it’s on like donkey Kong.
We went to the Cali Zoo today.
We caught a cheap taxi across town and paid a 6 dollar gate charge to get in. We walked around the 9 Hectare zoo. It was pretty rad some really cool animals, although I am pretty sure that 90% of the animals will die in the next year all very unhealthy. After a few hours we caught a taxi to another part of town for lunch. We went to a casino on a whim and I won 12 bucks on roulette. We walked back to hostel, stopping in a sticker shop for Nic he is making sticker for his website. I got a new Red bull sticker and Colombian flag.

THE ZOO!!!

THEY GOT STEEZE CHILLING OUT ON ONE LEG!

BIG OL KOI FISH

DON'T MESS WITH ME!!!!

FLAMINGO'S EVERYWHERE

WHATS UP BUDDY, WANNA GET A BEER

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT SUCKA, WANNA GO

THIS GUY WAS JUST STANDING ON A ROCK SHAKING HIS HEAD BACK AND FORTH

SHE WAS PACING AROUND, ANGRY MOTHER

TOOK A PIC RIGHT BEFOER HE STARTED TO MASTURBATE, HAHA FUCKING GROSS..

ARRRRRGGGGGGHHHH!

ANT EATER ALL STYLED OUT

HUGE HAWK

HAHA ITS A BC ADVENTURE RIDER.. HAHA NIC CRACKING ME UP

ONE PACKAGE SHOULD BE HERE TOMORROW, THE LAST ONE ON FRIDAY... FINGERS CROSSED
START TEARING THE BIKE DOWN AND BEEFING HER UP TOMORROW.
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:44 PM   #184
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awesome as ever Fletch.
we're heading back to Colo end of this month for the summer and see where it goes from there. I know i'll miss south of the border livin' for sure...but we'll be back.

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Old 03-26-2012, 08:55 PM   #185
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Wicked First episode of many to come

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9ySW...=youtube_gdata

ENJOY, MORE EPISODES TO COME!
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:48 PM   #186
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Awesome dude!

David and I are in the vid! haha. I also saw Nic's bike.

Keep it coming! I am seriously drawn to the reports, but get so bummed reading them wishing i could be still heading south. Should have sold my house and just left. It's depressing being back spending all this money with little reward. So much better down there when a 10$ tank of gas can take you to crazy places and meet great people and eat wicked food.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:01 PM   #187
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Wicked Almost ready... Come on last package!!

DAY 138-145
3/21-28/2012

A lot of waiting around, worked on my website, making a movie, working with Photoshop, and of course working on the bike as parts come in. It was nice to have Nick around all week; we worked on his bike changing the sprockets and chain. I got my doohickey in and took it over to the Kawasaki shop, he replaced my Doohickey and adjusted my valves (although he said my Valves looked brand new), and I did not have the doohickey tool so I needed him to change it for me. I got the bike back did a lap around the block and the bike was backfiring some, I noticed this when I arrived in Cali a few weeks ago, after looking over it I decided it was a exhaust leak near the header. I ordered a gasket and they got it here with in 24hrs, I replaced it myself in less than 20minutes and now she is purring like a kitten. We got flag stickers made for our bikes for cheap like 2 bucks for 14 flags.
A few new bikers have passed through making their way South and North, I am starting to get very over of waiting, and I must plan this much better next time. I just received my cold weather gear from Kyle, thanks bub. My package was sent the day before Nicks via same company, but he got his yesterday and mine is now stuck in customs! Once I get my Coil, sprockets, and chain, I will slap them on and rage for Ecuador. My fingers are crossed for package today, slap them on, and rage tomorrow Thursday. I have been learning a lot about myself and what this trip means to me, these weeks have been very interesting to say the least. Well fingers crossed and I shall be raging soon.
Nick left today and we will meet up again in Ecuador. Right after we said goodbye he started his bike and started to back off the sidewalk, when all of a sudden a taxi freaking hauling down the road locked up his brakes and went sliding past us. Nope no chance he smashed into a van running a stop sign, it was like the movies with the van going up on two wheels for a second and spinning a 180. I thought the van was flipping but it didn’t, the crash was loud and was all but 5-10ft from us; so crazy. A guy from the hostel who was about to ride up to a mechanic shop went back inside grabbed his boots and jacket and then made his way to get his bike worked on. Nick headed out shaking his head very happy he hadn’t left 35 seconds earlier.

COUNTRIES I HAVE VISITED THUS FAR, MANY MORE TO COME!!!!

CRAZY BC BIKER, HEADED FOR TDF, ARGENTINA!! GNAR GNAR

OUR OWN PERSONAL WORK AREA

CHANGING THE EXHAUST GASKET

MY WORN OUT EXHAUST GASKET

TORONTO NICK, KLR 650

GOOD OL BC NICK ON HIS DR 650, SEE YA SOON BUDDY PERU HERE WE GO!!

RIGHT AS NICK WAS LEAVING TAXI T-BONED A VAN RIGHT NEXT TO US FUCKN SKETCH
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:11 PM   #188
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Yo Fletch...Epic Adventure you are on amigo!,

I have been following since you left Crusty Butt. I used to live just over the hill from you, in a little town called Assspen. I was a ski bum, and a lift mechanic at Snowmass for a while, 2009, 2010. I couldnt stand Aspen, but four sick ass hills to choose from made it hard to leave. I also rode my RMZ450 over Pearl Pass and around Taylor Res. every wk end in the summer. I have a built up Cherokee, and went over to Vista every chance to go rock crawling.

Any way looks like youre having a nice stay at Mike's CasaBlanca Hostal. I just sold my faithful KLR650, and am in the process of building up DR650 for a Southbound adventure to Argentina...TBA, hopefully in August.

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Old 03-30-2012, 07:51 PM   #189
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Wicked The wait is finally over its on!

A DR-650...NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! HAHAHA I say that mainly joking with Nick, because we just spent the last two weeks giving each other shit about each others bikes.

DAY- 148-149
3/29-30/2012
I had to stick close to the hostel the last few days waiting for the package so I could sign for it. I was pretty bummed when Nick got his package so quick and it left after mine. I have come to the realization that someone or something is trying to tell me to SLOW DOWN AND STOP TRYING TO PLAN AND RUSH THROUGH. So with that said I have decided to play and slow roll my way to Bolivia, where I will hopefully be taking 2 weeks to learn a new hobby that has something to do with flying like a bird! I now know for sure I will not be making it to TDF Argentina before winter, so I will pick up some staging/ volunteer work when I get to Argentina or somewhere in between and wait out the winter before finishing up SA and heading to South Africa. No reason to rush my trip of a lifetime!
So after waiting for five extra days from when my package was supposed to arrive I had lost hope. I was sitting outside with a British couple who is riding a F800GS, who was also waiting on a package. They got theirs around 4:30pm Friday, 5pm came and went and I was straight bummed. I walked up stairs pretty sad for the first time of this whole trip. Right when I had lost hope, I hear what I think is someone butchering my name. I peak over the railing, yup there is a delivery guy holding my last package. Yup you guessed it; to his surprise I ran up and gave him a hug we all started to laugh. I signed for it and was off running down the street praying the moto shop was still open. The owner knew I had been waiting for this package so he let me in and I started working on my bike as they cleaned up, he assigned one of his mechanics to help me out. We changed the chain and sprockets, riser links on the suspension, and a 500lb coil spring. The coil spring they didn’t have anything that would fit over to decompress to change it. So they ran it to a friend and had him change it for us. We got her back together, without the help of the mechanic I would have been there double the time. They only charged me for the other shops work on the suspension, so I tipped out the mechanic who saved my day. Oh yeah the shop that lets you work in and use their tools is closing for a week starting tomorrow. Yup lucked out!
So after hanging out in Cali, Colombia for three weeks I am ready to go, it was a mixture of reasons. From companies being slow to send things or not telling me they didn’t have them to ship, custom taking packages, and just flukes/ bad luck.
I am living on a high right now, going to crack a beer and go get my pelican cases back on and have her all ready to shred tomorrow morning. ITS ON LIKE DONKEY KONG, ECUADOR HERE I COME!!!
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:50 AM   #190
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Cry One to many bumps

ONE TO MANY BUMPS, NETBOOK SHIT THE BED. Updates to come soon, but I did make it to Bano Ecuador!
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:33 AM   #191
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Laugh Cali colombia to ecuador amazon!!!

DAY-150
3/31/2012
Alirght its finally go time, wake up 6:20am, head for he parque grab my bike, and park it on the sidewalk in front of hostel to load up. I finish loading get my picture taking for the motorcycle wall of fame at the hostel, say my goodbyes and I am off into the wild. Or about a block when horrible noses came periodictly from the chain area. What the hell, turn around go back to hostel try to figure out what it would be, it worked great with out my duffle on it, so whats the problem. Dave joined in and we decided my chain might barely be loose, we a grasping at straws. We fix it qucik test ride with out bagge, great sweet, load up the bike and head off this time with an English couple, oh the noise is way worse. I flip around say goodbye to them and go back, we push the bike and at speed with it in nuetral you can hear it, GOT IT! What an idiot it’s the tire rubbing on the chain guard which is rubbing on the chain combine together it makes the bike make a horribel noise off and on, and shake. We pushed the bike no more than a half a block away from the hostel. We are gone only 3 minutes and there were people smoking on the patio 4 feet away from my jacket, gloves, compression suit, and Daves tools. Dave gets back first and realizes right away all of his tools are gone. People are right there how could someone have the balls to walk up onto the hostel property grab the toosl and walk away. I go ahead and tackle my problem, I set my roll of tools right next the bike. David is 3 feet away and he watches a homless guy with a box walk right up to the bike grab the tool roll toss them in the box and walk away. He confrotns them and steals them back out of the box as I am walking back outside with gatorades.. what the hell is going On! Okay its all over, holy crap they are sneaky. I feel pretty crappy that davids tools got stolen, super lame. By the time my bike was ready to go it was already to late to make the gap from Cali to Pasto, you have to do the whol gapping no stopping before 5pm. So I stayed one more damn night in Cali and will head out tomorrow.
Today I got a first for me; I was asked if I was in the UFC, because I am big and have a beard…haha serious question too.

DAY-151
4/1/2012
Woke up this morning around 4am, due to a couple of people waking to catch a bus. Couldn’t really go back to sleep, to excited and nervous to finally get to ride again….as long as it goes better than yesterday. I loaded up the bike dropped her off the center stand held my breath and headed down the road. She was feeling pretty good, occasional noise coming from the chain protector. I headed out of town, stopping to get a little direction and air for the tires. I was making great time, although the bike was feeling weird. I stopped outside of Popayan to get gas, I checked the chain again looked okay, but when I was sitting on it, it seemed way too tight. So I had my lunch break ate my dinner from last night as breakfast/ lunch and adjusted my chain. The bike felt great a little rattles here and there but over all felt and acted awesome especially with the 14 tooth up front instead of the stock 15. I was hauling toward Pasto with the plan of if I make it in good time I will push for the border and sleep at the famous church--------. I came onto some construction and caught up with a Colombian adventure rider on a Vstrom, we talked for a little bit then played tag back and forth for the next 100k or so. We rode into a huge back up and made our way to the front, parked the bikes and walked up toward an ambulance. There was a semi with some scratches on its side, a twisted up motorcycle, two helmets, and a guy laying there lifeless, getting CPR, unfourtantly to no avail, he was dead. I had never stood next a dead body a very eerie feeling let me tell you. We were waiting when I saw that one of my exhaust bolts had back its self out. I was warned by the guy who I had been riding along side with that we were in a very dangerous area this kind of wrecks happen a lot, big crazy turns with people traveling to fast and passing blind turns. We met a couple on a Honda Transalp, headed for Quito from Colombia.
The road was amazing UNFOURTANTELY very tight no pull offs for pictures, but it was incredible. A thousand foot drop off to the right down to a river surround by mountains and green hill tops everywhere. The road just cut through the side dancing along the cliffs and through some tunnels. It was incredible ride, very crappy road very bumpy but so much fun and incredible views. We split up in Pasto and without getting lost I got back on the highway toward Ecuador, I made good time and did the 12hr trip in a little over 9hrs. I tried to find a hotel but they were all too expensive, then I got waved down by a rad English couple from the hostel a few days ago on a f800gs. They pointed me into a cheap $12 hotel with garage parking. So I then headed down to the church took some rad pictures, watched the last of the church service for Palm Sunday. I grabbed some food, broke my diet, I was tired and needed food, unfortunately When I was walking back to take a nap I saw where I had just eaten a lady walking out with a dead rat right past the food. Ugh oh..
Well I met back up with the English couple had a few beers, saw the church all lit up, and made plans to cross the border together in the morning.

CHURCH OF IPALES

MADE IT BEFORE DARK A NICE 10HR RIDE OR SO

4 CANDLES LIT, FOR MY FRIENDS, FAMILY, OTHER MOTO ADVENTURERS, AND MY OWN ADVENTURE

TIME 4 BEER AND FOOD
DAY-152
4/2/2012
We planned on taking off not until 9am so I got up packed my gear and grab a cup of coffee and yogurt. We loaded up our bikes and were on our way by 9:30am made it to the border 10:30am. Walked into the DIAN building he smiled stamped out permits out said thanks and showed us the door literally 30 seconds, didn’t check the vin or anything. We walked over and waited in a quick line to get our passports stamped out, a Canadian Bicyclist came up and said hi. We had met a week ago in Cali and he had just gotten to the border. We then got on our bikes headed for Ecuador boarder, the line was massive like well over an hour wait. We got in and got our passport stamped right away, and headed back outside to get our permits. We walked into the office handed them copies of our passport, title, and registration. They walked outside took pictures of our VIN and within five minutes we had our permits in hand and ready to go. There was a group of five bikers and they wanted pictures with me and my bike, and then random walker Byers wanted pictures with us, men, women, and children.
We got on the road by 1:30pm. I RODE THE HANDS DOWN GREATEST PAVED ROAD I HAVE EVERY BEEN ON THE HOLD TIME I WISH I WAS RIDING MY CBR 1000RR. (Was thinking of my buddies Chris and the Jason’s on this road, they would have been in heaven) I flew down mountain sides, huge 180 degree turns, beautiful windy road so fluent and fast. I just flew down it passing everything in sight, as I got to the bottom to wait for my friends I just sat there laughing so pumped on life. The road all day was like glass so smooth and fast, we had a blast just ripping through the turns all day long. We found a hostel with safe parking for the bikes, a little expensive 12bucks a night, no dorms just private rooms. We had a nice organic dinner and a beer and headed back to sleep, I stopped off and made a few photocopies of their maps.

BIKE PARKING


EVENING MARKET

RUPERT AND LIZ AT DINNER
DAY-153
4/3/2012
Walked around town finding a small place for coffee and breakfast. I said my goodbye to the English couple Liz and Rupert; they were going to have an easy day due to Rupert being a little under the weather. I headed off thinking it was going to be a long day, I was having a blast flying down the road just as free as I possibly could be. I made it to the Equator and was able to ride in making a circle around stopping on the line. There was a young man there who informed me for about 10 minutes on everything I would want to know about the Equator and his organization. I gave a small donation and he gave me a cool map. I took my tourist picture claim to fame of making it to the equator. I took the detour around Quito and headed for the Amazon, but first I had to climb my highest pass thus far. The past was just over 4k Meters, the bike did great never losing noticeable power. It was very cloudy and rainy. Making it to the top unfortunately no picture ops due to rain and clouds. I make my way back down the pass and grab some gas, $1.48 a GALLON!!!!! FINALLY CHEAP GAS, FIRST TIME ALL TRIP!!!
I road through mountains, to Volcanoes, to finally dumping out into the lush green Amazon Basin. So much change today, unfortunately most of the day was spent in thick dense Fog, I couldn’t see farther than 7ft at times through the day. I got to Tena and found a bed for 8 bucks a night with safe parking. I was starving so I headed up the street to a small Pizza spot and ate a nice lunch and walked around sweating in the sticky heat. I headed back to the hostel to plan my route, crap I am a lot farther than I thought, like 18hrs from the border.
I headed out for some local street food, salad, chicken, rice, for 2.50 perfect. I had met a guy named Steve from California who wanted to go find beer. We headed out and found a little beer garden, it was nice we sat and talked with a Danish and a German Girl from our hostel for a couple of hours. Everyone was on such a different adventure and with such different backgrounds; we had a teacher, doctor, engineer, and a cook. We headed back to the hostel and I got ready for bed trying to figure out what my plan is for tomorrow. Okay think why are you rushing, Okay yeah you want to meet up with your friend from CO who is coming into Peru and bringing you a new Camera, but he can leave it at the hostel and you can meet up with him after he gets back from his 5 day horse trek. Okay so now what.. Got it head for Bano, touristy but supposed to be rad, hiking, hot pools, in the mountains, cool road to get there, and a rad small town; ; done I am in.

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FELT SO SO GOOD!!

YEAH!!!!!

SO CHEAP!!!

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DAY-154/155
4/4-5/2012
4/5/2012- been away riding my bike and smiling for 5 months!!!

I had a nice slow morning drinking coffee and eating breakfast at a nice little café. I made my why South not sure at the moment if I was going to head to Bano's or make a fast break for the border to Peru. I got to the split and had to make my decision quickly, it was nice and not raining. I hooked right and headed for Bano, the road was nice and twisty. Right away the rain came and came hard. I kept using my gopro helmet cam, because even though it was amazing rising into the mountains tunnel after tunnel I passed through. I was soaked but my gear kept me dry but cold. I came into town looking for a place to stay near the bath houses. I came upon the Plantas Blanca hostel and checked to see if they had any dorm beds and parking. I was delighted to find out they had both.
They let me keep my bike in safe parking in another hotel they owned. I walked around town and down to the river, think of Bano’s as one side slammed up against a mountain and the other side is built into cliffs overlooking the river; the city cannot get any larger. I went to dinner with a nice girl from Canada who just graduated from High School and came down to Ecuador to WWOOF. The city was nice but it defiantly was a tourist destination, buggies, dirt bikes, jeeps all for rent, tours offered on every corner, but I still enjoyed it very much so. I met a crazy French guy while I was on the terrace using the internet. He was playing the guitar (very very loud and bad) but he was having fun. I stepped onto the patio and he came out asking if I wanted to hear a song, he asked what kind of music I like. I laughed and told him Metal, he got excited and played ACDC Highway to Hell while dancing around playing it he butchered a classic. He was an engineer that gave it all up to follow his music career and go to South America to do so. He had his right hand wrapped in cloth, he told me he wears it because he likes to punch walls and loves to fight. The way he talked and acted a screw was loose but I am the last to ever judge about sanity...haha
I woke up and decided to Hike the ridge behind the hostel from the Cross to the top and back down to the Virgin Mary Statue it took all of 2 hours such great views once the rain and clouds stopped. I walked all over town just enjoying the day trying to make my mind of to go for Peru of slow down and play in Ecuador. I grabbed a quick bite for dinner and headed back to the hostel, I had a new roommate who was a 50+ lady from Montana who works as a contract nurse 6 months and travels 6 months. She was a hoot cracking me up. I headed to bed early after writing Nick to see where he was in Ecuador. I woke to loud noises all night (not like me I sleep through anything) I walked outside around 6am to find the streets full of thousands of people sleeping everywhere. They had done a 60km walk the day and night before for Easter Sunday. I walked around with thousands of others just getting up and walking. My neck has been locking up so I got a cheap massage, bad choice wasn’t any good and made it worse.

RIGHT NEAR THE HOSTEL COMING DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAINS OVER LOOKING TOWN

HIKING AROUND

BANO

BANO

VIRGIN MARY OVER LOOKING TOWN

NICE LITTLE SPAN GETTING YOU OUT OF TOWN

TOWNS BUILT RIGHT TO THE CLIFFS
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Wicked To latacunga and beyond!!!

DAY 156-157
4/6-7/2012
I got on the road around 11am and weaved through traffic for 3 hours until I arrived in Latacunga where I got crushed with rain, I found a nice hostel and got a bed. I had been waiting to hear from Nick to see if we were near each other and could meet up to shred some dirt, nothing yet. I walked around town for awhile, met a couple of people from Austria and Germany who were nice and had dinner with. Everything was shut down in town for Easter weekend, only places we could find were two pizza joints. I decided I was going to head for the Andes and do a loop. At last minute I checked and Nick had written he was still in Quito but was headed for Cotopaxi in the morning but wasn’t interested in doing the loop right away.
I got up and headed for the parquet where my bike was, well for the past two months my lock had been giving me a little trouble not too big of a deal. After an hour of trying to get it unlocked I gave up grabbed a saw and cut the lock in half. Bully Locks don’t last!!! I was so back and forth on what to do go find Nick (would be nice to ride with someone for a week or so) or stick with my plan. I stuck with my plan and headed for the Andes, Traffic was the worst I have seen so far on my trip. I got super lost and stuck in traffic; I gave up and headed for Cotopaxi to meet Nick instead. I got through relatively quickly and got the bad news!! NO MOTORCYCLES ALLOWED IN THE PARK!!!! Okay well let’s head for the hills, I took a few back roads and got onto the road I needed to be on. I headed up the pass that I thought I needed but it was awesome almost all dirt lots of construction and twisting higher and higher (I say this because I was told it was a perfectly boring paved road). Screw it lets see where it takes me, I dumped right into the town Zumbahua that I was looking for. I found the next road and headed up up up to a 4000 meter town on top of a crater lake called “Laguna Quilotoa”. I pulled into the park paid two dollars and looked for a hostel. Found one Pachamama for 10 bucks including dinner and breakfast not too bad, still a little pricey for Ecuador. I waited till the rain to die off and headed out to the rim of the crater. The clouds parted and I had the greatest views the pictures do not do it justice. I will hike down tomorrow and head out for the next town.

DAY-158
4/8/12
WHAT MORE CAN I SAY THAN EPIC EPIC EPIC!! ONE OF MY TOP DAYS SO FAR!!!
I was hoping to catch the sunrise, I was up around 6am but it was all cloudy and fogged in. I went for a walk on top of the rim of the crater. I walked for about 30 minutes or so and it was still cloudy and no visibility. I turned around and started walking back to the hostel planning on leaving today. I look up as the clouds disappeared and the lake came into view, then the whole crater, and then Cotopaxi pops into view through a hole in the clouds. All I could do was just sit and watch, I was blown away I live in an amazing place in Colorado and this place just crushed it. I felt like I did the first time I found Crested Butte, Co and all of its beauty. This place is incredible; I would walk for a few meters then sit and watch. I must have taken over a hundred photos of the SAME THING!!! HAHA. At that point I decided I would stay one more night here and take everything in.
I got back to the hostel in time for my free breakfast and grabbed my jacket and water, and then I made my way to the trail leading down to the lake 1300ft below. It was a steep and a fast walk down, or at least I thought I was going fast until kids would race by running alongside horses/ donkeys. I got down to the lake and sat in a few places taking pictures and just taking everything in. I decided to head back up and what a climb it was. I huffed and puffed as people on horses passed me with kids running in front leading the horses straight up this trail to the top. It started to rain hard and unfortunately I gambled and only brought my down sweater. I got soaked and decided to throw my good beanie on to my dismay it had fallen out of my pocket somewhere on the trail and at this point I was almost to the top. I waited in the rain for the next group and asked but they had not seen it, I hope it went to someone who needed it. Luckily for me I have two so it was not a big deal, still a bummer. The pictures do not do this place justice, just unreal. Another traveler showed up and was pretty disappointed at how small and dead this place was; he wasn’t too impressed with the views. Well that is until I took him over to the rim where you can overlook the lake and all over the surrounding mountains…yup that’ll shut um up… haha His mouth dropped and he was glad he came.

STUPID BULLY LOCKS

STORMS A COM'N

SUCH EPIC VIEWS WHILE RIDING TODAY

FIRST LOOK AT THE LAKE AS NIGHT FALLS

CLIMBED A FEW STAIRS TO GET HER IN

COTOPAXI SHOWING HERSELF THROUGH THE CLOUDS

SO PUMPED

TO EARLY FOR HER TO GET UP

PICTURES DO NOT DO JUSTICE!!!!

WALKING TO GET HIS DONKEY IN THE MORNING

NICE MORNING TO HEAD OUT

NINJAS ARE EVERYWHERE!!!!
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Wicked To vilcabamaba i go

DAY-159
4/9/2012
Woke up today ready to hit the road and ride further into the Andes, but first I need to back track 8 miles for gas. I rode back down the valley got gas and sat there for about 10 minutes arguing with myself on where to go, keep with the plan or say screw it blast for the south toward Peru. I decided on Peru and headed south about 4 miles into it I flipped a Uie and headed back into the mountains. All of a sudden another change in mind alright last one I flipped around then sat trying to make up my mind, where do you really want to be. Yup got it and I headed south after riding in circles for 20 miles. I was making good time and blasted down to Cuenca before dark about 500kms. The road there was amazing for pavement, so fast and twisty. The scenery went from Mountains to wide open planes with mountains in the background, and then back into the mountains. I pulled into Cuenca with just a horrible small lonely planet map. I asked a cop how to get to the center after a lot of dancing and hand motions I figured out my way. I got into the center and it was all traffic everywhere, I jumped on and off sidewalks and made my way. I found a nice place for the night, but no parking so I tried a parquet. They told me ten bucks; more than my hostel, I bargained with them and we got it down to five bucks still a lot but better. I walked around, got cheap dinner and found a place that had detailed road maps for Peru, Bolivia, and Chile; I was super surprised and stoked.

DAY-160
4/10/2012
Vilcabamba here I come! I rode pretty hard through the mountains ripped my way down in elevation, the scenery kept changing every turn so much fun and amazing views. I made it to Loja pretty quickly and only got turned around in Loja (missed my turn) for 5 minutes or so. The road was nice and straight forward making it to Vilcabamba, I stopped and had lunch. Took a quick walk around town and realized it was all English speaking hippies and Ex-pats. I headed out of town to a hostel I was told was amazing. Was a little pricy 10 bucks a night but amazing views of the town and mountains, with free huge breakfast. Awesome people, good food, and a very relaxed setting. After I had unloaded the bike I gave it a good check over and too my surprise since I had recently checked it out and the oil level. This time though the oil level was very very low (below the suggested lowest level) Very unsettling but nothing I can do other than learn from it. I must check the oil level throughout the day. I have been riding very wide open and fast the past two days. So I topped it off and it still purrs like a lawnmower…. Haha

DAY-161/162/163
4/11-13/2012
I woke up with new bunkmates who came in late last night, Will from Colorado and Tim from Australia. (Everybody thought we were traveling together, because we were all rocking AWESOME BEARDS!!!) Will is just finishing up a 10+ month around the world trip and Tim is just starting around the world trip. We decided to meet up in town and go for a hike. We hiked the ridge trail above town which was a nice 3 hour hike. There wasn’t a truly marked tail just animal trails, bush whacking through farms, angry dogs, and friendly farmers. Took it very mellow had dinner with a nice big group of traveler from all over. I thought I was exhausted but ended up staying up late chatting about my travels with a nice lady from NYC.
We wanted to do another hike this time a little bigger and tougher. We decided on a huge mountain to ridge and back hike but were told that it was very unsafe and we needed a guide. So we forked out a few dollars each and got a guide and headed up. The first stint was straight up with a few switch backs, not going to lie I was dying for a little bit. We made it up to the top and then we headed higher to another cross way higher with amazing views and to catch our breath. When we were going to go back he tried to take us the same way down and we all stopped. We wanted to do the full hike not just up and back, which was another 2+hrs along a ridge, through a stream, and down a mountains side. He said no it had been all washed out and started heading down. We then asked if we could just hike the ridge, with a gruff we turned around and started hiking out the ridge. Well the ridge was fine and it was all crap he was saying he just didn’t want to do the full hike. We ended up doing the full hike and it was excellent amazing views and conversations. We played pool and ping pong with some beers. Was going to leave today but decided one more day. I have found out that my best friend Mikey B may be meeting me in Bolivia to hang out and do a flying course. So that would be rad! I got my tax return back and immediately starting looking for a deal online for a new sleeping bag mine is way too big and warm. I found a great deal off of REI that is a 25 degree bag that shrinks down to 6x6 inch stuff sack.


ONE WAY STREET TRAFFIC EVERYWHERE!!! TIME TO RIDE SOME SIDEWALKS.. HAHA

MADE IT TO VILCABAMBA..(SPELLING)

HIKING THE RIDGE

TIM AND WILL

BUSHWHACKING

TIM

WILL


MY CAMERAS DYEING BUT STILL RAD SHOT

HIKING ACROSS THE RIDGE

HEADING BACK TO THE HOSTEL
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DAY-164
4/14/2012
I woke up planning on a quick morning and get on the road, although during breakfast I changed my mind. I decided not to rush and get a few things done online, I ordered my new sleeping bag. I said my goodbyes to my new friends and got a few last minute favorites from Will where he had been in the past 4 months. I packed up the bike and checked out.
I headed for Peru border via a 200km+ road that was all dirt, very bumpy and muddy. I laughed the whole way even when I lost the animal in the mud and down we went nice and slow. I was able to get her back up with out to much sweat. I was heading down the road when a huge tractor trailer pulling a flat bed had one of his ramps fall down, I honked and let him know. He waved me down to help as well as 2 other guys, it took all 4 of us to live the steel ramp. I was making really good time, it went from dry and bumpy to huge mud holes and bumpy. I made it to Zumba by 3:15 the 6hr bus ride down the dirt took me under 4hrs. I decided to shoot for the border, I bounced down the 40km road toward the border, where it was a pretty quick and painless run around. Ecuador was on one side of the river and Peru the other. I had received the other day an email from a fellow advrider telling me he and his buddy just got through Peru and to watch out for the cops they were horrible, so I kept that in the back of my mind and made my way. I passed through a town made it to a construction road block where they told me the road was closed until 6pm. I was tired and begged them to let me through she didn’t want to let me but then I went anyways. I made it 1km until I realized the reason it was closed, they were tearing up the side of the wall and the road was covered in 5ft of dirt. I turned around and headed back to the town to find a cheap hotel. I checked on place but it was expensive walked across the road and got another room for 8 bucks. I threw my stuff inside and headed to find food. After eating I realized I was missing something out of my pocket…..MY PASSPORT AND ALL OF MY PAPERS!!!!! SHIT!!!! I ran around like a lunatic, checking hotel, reception, back to restaurant. Then I ran back to the other hotel I first checked and the reception/ store was closed, I rang the bell and a lady came out. I asked if she had my Plastico bag with all my stuff, she did. I was relieved we walked into the store and she tried to sell me plastic, she didn’t have the bag. I was devastated, I tried to explain what I needed. I was about to leave when I walked into the store a little farther and there it WAS SITTING ON THE COUNTER. So so lucky, so so stupid, I have never done anything like that, usually so careful. SO SO SO STUPID AND TIRED. Will learn from this mistake and never forget.

DAY-165
4/15/2011
I woke up at 6am and got packed and headed off by 6:30am, I was making good time but the mud was much different. It was a clay so it would cover the tires turn them into slicks and make it hell of time going through the muddy sections, felt like ice. There was stretches through small towns that I was going slow, slepping, and sliding everywhere barely keeping it upright. I rode for about 100km on dirt then it turned into the smoothest newest road ever taking me to Jaen, Peru. I got cash and headed back the way I came to a cutoff and a shortcut, it didn’t workout and I ended up back in Jaen. After that I decided not to go to the Amazon and was ready to go for the coast. I headed for the 300km stretch and was about 30km when I ran into my first police checkpoint. I headed into it and there were four of them standing around two cars. One cop walked out and stopped me, waved me over to the side with a stick he was waving around. He asked for my papers and while he was looking at them one of the other cops told him to watch out helmet cam. (I knew at that point I was in trouble) He shook his headed said the permit was out of date!! ( I just got it yesterday!!) He got me to move my bike over to the other side where his cars were parked and told me to take off my helmet and leave it on the bike. He gave my paper to another cop and he said the same thing I was illegal. He then told me that I was going to have to deal with Immigration and would be arrested unless I wanted just to pay them and they would let it go say 300 sols basically 120 bucks. Although the other guy said it would be 800 Sol 400 bucks, then he started asking for passport, insurance, international permit. I wanted to get it over with before it was too late. I didn’t think I had anything in my wallet so I offered 200so 71bucks, one guy said fine the other didn’t like it so I showed my wallet, which I had forgotten had a 50 and 20sol the cop grabbed my wallet took the 50 and gave me the wallet back with the permit and license. The other guy grabbed the permit and license from me asking still about my passport, no thanks I grabbed the stuff back said thanks and headed for the bike. He walked back with me grabbed my helmet and tried to put it on my head, I grabbed it and threw it on. He told me what a beautiful day it was and ride safe..(prick)
I got out of there and after ten minutes decided not to dwell on it, nothing I could do now and not to let it ruin my day. I was then paranoid about the rest of the Police checks. I got it down to stick with other cars through them and when needed hide next to big trucks or vans while passing them. I was 5 minutes from Chiclayo city when 15 cops were in the road and were pulling everyone over. I got pulled by the last cop, he came over I was polite asked how he was doing and his day. He shook my hand asked for papers I gave, then passport, and license. I never give these out I have copies but not much choice with him. So I did and he just nodded said thanks and handed them back when another cop came up before he could look at them I put them away safely. The new cop asked where I was from and headed, just curious about my adventure. Very nice, and that proved that my permit was fine and the other cops were full of it just looking for cash. Tomorrow will be another day, fingers crossed. I skyped with my bro and sis, and now time for bed..

ALWASY BETTER ON DIRT

RADTASTIC DAY!!!

WHAT MY GOGGLES SEE

MORE GOGGLE SHOTS

MILITARY CHECK POINT...GOODBYE ECUADOR IT HAS BEEN RADTASTICEPICLYAWESOME!!!

HELLO PERU

THUMBS UP PERU

IF MY GOGGLES COULD ONLY TALK

RIGHT BEFORE I MET MY FIRST COPS.......

HELLO PERU COAST!!!

AIN'T DANG OL NUTTIN CAN RUIN THIS GUYS DAY!!!!!!

SPEECHLESS!!!
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