A Short Sojourn in South America

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  1. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    That's great news to hear - it must have taken a lot of protest and effort to get it changed. I've crossed Mexico three times and it was always so frustrating whenever I had to go on the toll roads to even have to pay :deal let alone pay the same as something with four wheels.
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  2. TheReaper!

    TheReaper! Been here awhile

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    Sure we'll get a little place in the country and raise some kids , cows and chickens . How does that sound ? :puke1

    Or we could just skip all that , and become motorcycle Gypsies and travel the world . :getiton

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  3. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    That's probably the closest thing I've ever had to a proposal :lol3

    The place in the country I've got, but I have a chainsaw instead of chickens and cows; and as far as raising anything, I just about cope with my tomato plants...
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  4. Tiffany

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    Our last day of riding continued without mishap, we crossed the border together and lined up for a final picture with the bikes.

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    We got to the hotel, I unloaded all my stuff off the bike, I had quite a bit to carry. I looked at the distance from reception to the rooms and decided I would walk it once and only once, so, loaded down like a packhorse off I set through the hotel grounds

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    What felt like hours later, I was still looking for my room

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    Having reached the sanctuary of my room the call went out that all the bikes needed to be taken to a rendezvous with a lorry at a truck stop.
    We gathered at the front entrance and checked our paperwork, whoops:huh someone had "lost" their registration documents, it was decided that the offending document must be at the Customs office. He, who will remain nameless and I set off re-tracing our steps to the border. With me doing the translating, whilst masquerading as his wife (sometimes it makes life easier) we searched and asked at every office at the border post but all in vain.

    We then had to find the others and rode off across town in search of the truckstop. We arrived to find all the bikes were loaded, and had to rush to get our bikes on, this being South America, there was no formal loading ramp, just a sandy bank which the lorry had reversed up to. Our final few minutes on the bikes involved some fun in the sand.


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    With the bikes on the lorry, we squeezed into taxis, heading to our hotel, and more importantly the hotel bar

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    Straight to the Bar, do not pass Go

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    The weariness was there, but celebrations over mojitos and martinis brought a smile to faces

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    The moon had risen, glimpsed between the canvas tarps above our heads

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    and we were still sharing riding stories

    Until the call went out, the final bike had to be loaded onto the pick up truck, so several of us trooped outside and got to grips

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    Attempting to be careful after a few beers

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    Almost there

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    A cigar to finish off with and a flamethrower disguised as a Peruvian lighter to light it!

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    And there you have it folks, My short sojourn in South America with a great group of riders.
    Early the next morning I waved them off, we were in the town of Arica, Surf Capital of Chile and I had arranged to stay on for an extra day...
    unfortunately the camera with the photos from my surf escapades is in the cupboard at GlobeBusters HQ, so you'll have to take my word for it.

    I hope you've enjoyed this RR, I had a lot of fun riding it. I'll finish with a picture from one of my favourite days of riding

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  5. _anatic

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    This was great, always enjoy your reports!
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    Oh, an I'll marry you based on just this picture alone. Be forewarned you're probably about to get a lot of these.:lol3
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  7. Oldone

    Oldone One day at a time!

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  8. lukeman

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    Hey Tiff,

    Nice report. Lots of great pics. I have to get up on two wheels in South America at some point. What's next for you? More tours? Solo? Themla? :D
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  9. Tiffany

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    Hi Luke
    always good to hear from you.

    And yes, OF COURSE I have something else in the pipeline...
    Already well on the way with planning my next trip and actually setting off next month:eek1.
    The South America trip was a paid stint and not my own travels. Also due to other work commitments, I have been back for a while and it took me some time to get this blog uploaded, so I've had more than a chance to catch my breath and cast my eye over my world atlas!

    Slimbo (he who once dumped a pair of tyres and a desert suit in the middle of the Sahara for me!) is doing a scoop on my next travels on his UK radio show, tomorrow evening
    Thursday 7pm to 8pm UK time he is interviewing me and will be revealing live on air where I'm next headed
    http://www.bikerfm.co.uk/

    So, if you're curious, tune in online, and listen. You can also send in your own questions. Just keep them clean as my Mum might be listening!

    Giant Loop are also involved so keep your ears open.:ear
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  10. rockydog

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    Thanks much, Tiffany, for sharing your bop-d-bop in S. America, enjoyed tagging along with you
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  11. Blader54

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    Great report, Tiffany. A story from a tour leader adds a different dimension to the category and reminds us that we don't have to take our own bikes or have to go it alone to have a great time and make a lot of new friends. Good stuff. Will try to tune in on Thurs to hear your announcement.
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  12. Tiffany

    Tiffany Airhead Adventuress

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    For all those who were following this RR, thank you. You may be interested to see what I'm up to next, no group with me this time, just some solo travel.
    Yep, I'm away again once more and my destination is Madagascar, the RR is

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=921029

    Enjoy it.
    And Reaper, just wait until you see some of the food health and safety pictures that will be coming up...this is Africa at its best!
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  13. TheReaper!

    TheReaper! Been here awhile

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    Well you should be in your element there as a vegetarian , supposedly the fruits and vegetables are among the best in the world . Have you tried the burnt rice drink yet , or are you sticking to bottled water ?

    You should have one hell of a sight seeing trip , with all the national parks and shore line . I'm curious as to the buying a bike there situation , what do you do when you leave and how long are you staying ?

    XOXO :evil
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