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Old 03-30-2013, 02:10 PM   #316
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Cheers Tex76. I used to only remember my travels through photos, they are what brings it all back for me. Glad you like them.
I'm the same way, That's why I document so carefully. One picture can bring back a flood of memories and feelings. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:46 PM   #317
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Carnival has taken over the whole of Bolivia, it seems to open up the hearts of the local people who are generally shy and reserved. As I ride down towards the town of Uyuni I pass a parade of people I the middle of an empty open road. Slowing down to a crawl, I inch my way through the crowds. The people stop me to shake my hand and fill my pockets with Coca leaves.

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coming down over the hills I get my first glimpse of the Salar from the road giving me just a taste of things to come.
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Finding the hotel where I meet Alison is a task, but finally I find the place in the late evening and we plan our next move.

The morning brings sunshine and while working on the bikes in the courtyard of the hotel, the townsfolk pour in the garage gate, heralded by a fanfare of brass bands. Dancers swirl around the cars and the bikes.

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We are greeted with streamers wrapped in blessing around our necks, around our bikes, and in the perpetually drought stricken town, around the water taps.

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My hand is taken by a stranger, and I am whisked away by the dancers, out the gate and down the street, dancing and blessing the townsfolk as we go.

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people hanging out the windows as we walked by

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Each place we stopped the ground was blessed by pouring of alcohol for 'Pachamumma" and for good luck and prosperity.

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I was lucky to have the discrete go pro in my hand to record the event. One of the only times I had felt really welcomed in Bolivia.

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Old 04-23-2013, 06:22 AM   #318
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The Salar is calling, one of the places I had been longing to go in Bolivia was now in flood. My plans of riding over the white flat salt plains and down through the moonscapes to the langunas was slightly thwarted by the fact that the Salar lay under a sheet of water. Still beautiful I had heard, I wanted to head out there for sunset to see the world reflected in the glassy flats.

Heading off with Alison and some other riders from the hotel, I lead the way through the dusty town, riding the ruts of the unpaved streets. Ahead I see a puddle, “it is in town” I think, “how bad can it be?” I stand up on my pegs and head straight into the brown murky water that spans the “urban road”. My bike drops and disappears down the lip of the hole in the road. My feet no longer have pegs to stand on and I fall forward on the bike. I hear a crack as I fall with my bike into the man-eating pool of water. My nose bursting with pain. Blood streams all around me. The muddy pools turning a bright rusty red. My face awash with blood. The others run to me and pick up the bike and my strewn possessions littering the grimy ground. Everything I have is covered in mud, it seeps into the empty painners, it washes my first aid kit in a pool of brown grime. I wash the blood from my face with muddy water. Gingerly touching my nose, which thankfully is not broken, merely sliced along the lips of my nostrils. My face shield was open, but lucky for me my chin bar was down, blocking the ferocity of the fall. My windscreen is once again lying broken on the ground. It seems windscreen and I are not having a good luck these days….

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Gingerly putting my bike back together and storing the broken parts of my bike, I get back on, and ride the gravel road towards the Salar. The ruts are huge and my confidence is down. Alison and I are left in a pool of dust by the others, and we slowly head toward the wonders of the salt flats.
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The views are incredible, but as we get closer and I stop for photos my bike decides to pack it in and not start again. It seems there is something wrong with the stater button but I can fix it out here. I get a push start to get closer to the water, but refrain from taking the bike in.
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After the beautiful sunset the stars come out and we look to go back to the hotel. Alison’s bike decides it don’t want to start either so we push start them both and head off into the darkness, back to the hotel to give the bikes a wash down.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:26 AM   #319
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love the new pics!!!
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:47 AM   #320
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:08 AM   #321
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Oh Hewby:

my heart sagged as I read your words and saw your bloodied nose.

You are so brave . . . take care

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Old 04-24-2013, 11:07 AM   #322
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Ouch! I pretty much did the same thing in Mongolia when I went wide on a switchback-splattered blood under the visor of my MX helmet. I was able to laugh by the end of the day hahaha.

Good on ya for keeping on
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:58 PM   #323
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Thanks for the thought Tom and I am taking the admiration as a compliment. But am I right in thinking this comes from your nervousness of the solo trip your are planning to commence. Do it. Solo travel is amazing. The world opens up, and the fear of leaving alone melts away. I remember the first few weeks where I just couldn't leave. 'Tomorrow' was always the word said after it became ' too late (again) to leave today'. Enjoy your planning and the freedom that ensues as you let your heart go, load the bike, point south and turn the throttle!
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:59 PM   #324
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. Solo travel is amazing.
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:01 PM   #325
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Thanks for the thought Tom and I am taking the admiration as a compliment. But am I right in thinking this comes from your nervousness of the solo trip your are planning to commence. Do it. Solo travel is amazing. The world opens up, and the fear of leaving alone melts away. I remember the first few weeks where I just couldn't leave. 'Tomorrow' was always the word said after it became ' too late (again) to leave today'. Enjoy your planning and the freedom that ensues as you let your heart go, load the bike, point south and turn the throttle!
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:02 PM   #326
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Oh Hewby:

my heart sagged as I read your words and saw your bloodied nose.

You are so brave . . . take care

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Thanks Bob. That bike and I had some adventures. But in the end we got through it all together in one piece.
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Ouch! I pretty much did the same thing in Mongolia when I went wide on a switchback-splattered blood under the visor of my MX helmet. I was able to laugh by the end of the day hahaha.

Good on ya for keeping on
Yeah. It's a lot harder to laugh when the blood is still flowing!
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I hear you there, this was a couple of hours later
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I have been to the gobi desert with some herders for a bit and through Mongolia but that was before I was into motorbikes. Looks like a right crack to your nose there.
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I have been to the gobi desert with some herders for a bit and through Mongolia but that was before I was into motorbikes. Looks like a right crack to your nose there.
Sounds like you need to revisit Mongolia, maybe on a motorcycle this time
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