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Old 06-30-2013, 04:40 AM   #16
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Talking Zorro

Almost forget El Zorro...the fox that we saw at the geysers



At high altitude when there's nothing green, I really wonder what these animals live on.



Discussing routes, whilst eating crisps.



My meat-eating customers had no problems with tucking into llama kebabs






No, it's NOT a sign for a brothel but one that indicates the location of the nearest Ladies' Loo.

Negotiating with Customs


Keeping an eye on the customers whilst having a break from riding



the ghost town of Humberstone, first settled in the 1860's then abandoned virtually overnight 100 years later, the place is spooky to walk around, but fascinating.


The new Word of BMW Support Vehicle



Vicuna- wild cousins of the llama and alpaca and rarely seen.



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Old 06-30-2013, 08:15 AM   #17
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What's the story here? Are they repaving (cobblestone) the road?

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Old 06-30-2013, 08:27 AM   #18
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Ha! There's a chance that I passed by you guys one morning while going to work here in Antofagasta. I ride on a blue KLR 650 with a hi viz jacket. I remember riding alongside those BMWs with that paint scheme one morning.
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Old 07-01-2013, 05:16 AM   #19
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Glad you're back on the road Tiffany.
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:30 AM   #20
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Ha! There's a chance that I passed by you guys one morning while going to work here in Antofagasta. I ride on a blue KLR 650 with a hi viz jacket. I remember riding alongside those BMWs with that paint scheme one morning.
Yep, I remember seeing you!!
I was quite impressed with the bikes that we saw in Antofagasta- a lot more big bikes than the last time I was here.
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:33 AM   #21
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What's the story here? Are they repaving (cobblestone) the road?

No idea what the plan was regards the road and the randomness of the obstacles we came across
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:49 AM   #22
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Talking Chile

Fuel for bikes and people



Oceanside shanty towns, the fog made me feel at home


The road north was undergoing construction and the bikes managed to get to the front of the queue of vehicles waiting to pass, a clear ride through for us without having to overtake lorries in the dust




Having left the plateau behind, we started climbing



At the higher altitudes we saw llama flocks alongside the road



Usually guarded by dogs




It seems that the dogs are not always as vicious as they might be, this one looked like he'd come straight off the set of a Disney film



He had guts though as he stood his ground in the middle of the road barking at us on our bikes.

Another peril on the roads - you don't need to be fluent in Spanish to understand what's in this tanker




One of many great meals we had

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Old 07-04-2013, 03:17 AM   #23
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Talking Peru

More dry and desolate landscapes, with small settlements of shacks like this one, no sign of any source of water





The sign reads "Slow, Dangerous Bends"



This guy obviously hadn't paid it any attention




It looked fairly recent, so I'd stopped to check there was no one who needed help, one of my group stopped as well

More hot springs, but no time to stop for a dip, we've got quite a distance to go today.


My entry in the competition to find a picture of the prettiest alpaca award




We reached Lake Titicaca



The town of Puno on the lakeside



And the beautiful view from my window as the sun set.

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Old 07-04-2013, 10:36 AM   #24
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:15 PM   #25
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Makes my whole day better,thanks for sharing Tiffany!!
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:44 AM   #26
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A day off the bikes, we're at high altitude, 4500m (nearly 15,000ft) some time to acclimatise and to take in our surroundings.The group head out to the Uros islands - incredible floating reed islands on Lake Titicaca, legend has it that the tribes on them chose to move to islands that float so that they could escape from their war-like neighbours hundreds of years ago.

I wave them off from the bank



Houses, furniture and boats are all made of reeds



As for the group, well they're up to no good on the islands...



Then back on the road across the Altiplano, we left town as a group and as I look over my shoulder, this is my view of them riding behind me



Ahead, the traffic is light including this guy who is perilously weaving around with a bicycle on the back of his scooter



He was esasier to overtake than these guys, four trucks in convoy. all with giant tyres on them



As she rides behind me, Simona takes a pic- it's one of those photos that goes in the category of "Don't tell my Mum" as I'm riding one handed taking the photos



We're well and truly in the Andean Highlands, where people are in traditional clothing and llamas are everywhere, even harrassing motorbikes.



I preferred the look of this little one


Some people get closer to them than others




A short break for an empanada - South America's answer to the pasty



At the garage as I was getting petrol, these two came over for a closer look at the bike



with the shorter one asking if he could sit on it



To my relief he was unable to get it off the side-stand. And then they left, without asking for a single bribe- my first ever encounter with Peruvian police where no money was demanded.

at this point we caught up with THOSE lorries again, no chance of getting past as they managed to gridlock a whole town whilst each lorry negotiated its way through the narrow streets.



Our destination for the day - Cusco, party central for South America and an amazing town in itself, my home from home in this part of the world.

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Old 07-06-2013, 07:21 AM   #27
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Lovely report, Tiffany. Thanks for letting us catch a lift with you.
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:59 AM   #28
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Awesome! Great stuff Tiffany.
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:54 AM   #29
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Very unique....

This is one that I'm gonna have to turn right around and go back to the beginning again! The photos are very unique and most are ones that I've never seen before. Really a cool RR......

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Old 07-06-2013, 09:27 AM   #30
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This is one that I'm gonna have to turn right around and go back to the beginning again! The photos are very unique and most are ones that I've never seen before. Really a cool RR......

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Tiffany's stuff is always very good,Im jazzed to find new trip reports from her.
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