An idiot riding with Murphy, Cali to BA to California

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  1. spqr

    spqr Been here awhile

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    In the beginning there was a plan,:deal The rider looked upon the plan and declared it good. Then on the first day the Great Cosmos spoke: “Murphy thou shalt go forth and do your work, for you are the blood sworn enemy of The Plan”
    Murphy arose from his work of vibrating important bits from motor bikes and set his gaze on the plan. Had he but known this the rider would have shuddered in his SIDI Combat touring boots. In his ignorance the rider believed in the Plan and went forth with Joy in his heart. Much like fools every where.:ricky
    The plan was simple in concept, I would ship the bike to Buenos Aires, fly down to meet it, and together as boon companions we would ride home. On my way to BA I learned that the shipping agent had excecuted a massive fail. So epic in proportions that even Murphy chose to go and take a day or two off.
    You all may have noted how well all your vehicles and plans worked in early March, you are welcome. You see the shipper :asshat seemed to think the most efficient way to get a bike to Colombia is to send it to Singapore. The problem is they failed to communicate this to me. So I am arriving in BA and the bike is in Singapore.:baldy
    Much confusion, phone calls emails, and general angst happen under the amused eye of Sandra and Javier at Dakar Motos. I become a cautionary tail for all riders to avoid using surface freight.
    The solution appears in the form of a bottle of scotch and a random rider who suggests I just go get a bike in Colombia and ride it to BA sell it and ride the F800 home.
    It would appear that while Murphy slept the god of Irony took an interest in me. I had written somewhere that riding a brand new moto through Latin America was sub-optimal and that really the KLR 650 (pre redesign) was the thing to do. :amazon Well I would now eat my words, without mustard.
    A couple of days and no real trouble with a plane flight to Cali, I am in possession of an 06 KLR. It will add a month of travel to my trip. and will get to compare the KLR 650, the mule of the motorcycle world, to the BMW F800GS, the mustang.
    SO 30 days to get to BA and meet my BMW. I can do this. If I wanted a trouble free trip I would have taken a cruise.
    I know you all want photos, They may be forth coming, as will links to any albums.

    Let us begin this story where it becomes fun. Cali, Colombia a name that brings forth images of cartels and moto assassins. A lawless wild west of crime, revolution and corrupt government. NOT!!
    It is a great place to start or end a trip.
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  3. GB

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    the link in post 2 leads back to this thread.... so... what did you do? It's an adventure before you even got on the bike!! :lol3

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    Your motorcycle shipping experience sounds so exactly like mine :lol3 Let's see what happens next.
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    Mate! What a shocker!

    Here's hoping that your new plan will provide you with a whole load of extra adventure as compensation :).

    Hoping to catch you coming up as we head down. :beer
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    Will follow this, sounds great!!!, any plan on coming to Paraguay, let me know:freaky
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    Hey, where are you now?

    How's the trip going?
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  8. spqr

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    I got a little behind, and who could blame me?

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    Saying goodbye to Owen and Hanah, a pair of riders out of Australia, I mounted up on my new steed and turned on the tunes. To the sounds of Buckcherry's 'Lit up'. With the joy of a trip just begun I whacked the problem, stood on the pegs and rode off to the horizon.

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    I rode north. Then found out I was heading north and turned around to head west. 10 miles later I found out I was heading west and headed south. I blame my southern latitude. That is my story and I am sticking to it.



    A day to Popayan and then another to Pasto. A few friendly (very friendly) encounters with the local army. (note the pictures of soldiers in clown costumes) brought me to the border. I had a mission, 30 days to Buenos Aires. The Colmbian customs was a breeze. I even managed to reprogram my currency converter and convince the money changers that their exchange rate was wrong. Hey if it appears on a computer screen it must have come from god.... right?

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    South into Ecuador. Another passport stamp, a four hour wait, and some photos to get over the border.

    Next time... Ecuador and the four lovely ladies.
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    A bit late, but lets catch up

    The road from Popayan to Past is gorgeous, and mostly protected by a skilled and professional Colombian military. With some small experience with evaluating soldiers I was impressed with everything I saw. They even have the best camouflage pattern I have seen in a long time.

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    I have a thing for cathedrals after reading 'Pillars of the Earth'

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    After yelling at me for some.... 'interesting' riding technique they wanted to pose for a picture. Who am I to argue? The KLR is quite the little rock star.

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    This is not a good place to park, but the photo was worth it, if the camera had worked when I took the picture from the other direction.

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    Ever wonder where all the uniforms the US Army is getting rid of went? Try Ecuador's border patrol... poor guys.

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    This would get us through to my first border crossing.
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    On the Ecuador side of the border we have the required little border town. This is where I learned the lesson of pushing a few hours down the road. I really don't like border towns. Laying out a map I pick the next day's destination. Using a complicated formula I choose the town of Riobamba because the name sounds cool and rolls off the tongue. If I had a better map I would have chosen Banos because then I could have asked directions to it for the whole day.

    The ride south dropped into a desert like environment.

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    Not my favorite but not bad. Then the road just sort of merges into Quito. All I can say is F*&# QUITO! I did things to get through that town that would get me arrested in any civilized city. With no Road signs I simple pulled up to a car or motorcycle, popped my flip face up and asked “Donde es Riobamba?” I kept getting the 'just keep going this way' hand gestures.

    Diving through traffic, grateful for not having panniers I rolled like ferret in a room full of hungry lions. Aggression, speed and violence of action, if you don't like how I ride then stay off the sidewalk. The giant Danish flag on the front of the KLR ensures that I don't lower locals opinion of the US (if that can happen) but if there is a war between Ecuador and Denmark you all know who to blame.

    An hour and a half of the most dangerous and aggressive riding I have ever attempted later I stopped at a road side stand for lunch. The lady was so cool I chatted with her for a few minutes. Of course the mental comparison of her to a hobbit would effect the next two days of riding.


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    Still catching up. Ecuador is lovely, at least the highlands are.

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    After meeting the little South American Leprechaun I saw where she had her pot of gold.

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    In Cuenca I managed to get adopted for a few days by these ladies. A good thing too because my cooking is banned by the Geneva Conventions.
    From L to R: Trueheart, Marianne, Ginger and Lorena. An article about them will be on my examiner page.

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    Eventually I made it to the last military check point before Peru. Note I am standing in a two foot hole.

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    Next update will be from Peru.
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    Peru, the border crossing was.... interesting, the brand new four lane highway is NOT the border crossing. The border crossing is in the middle of a market in the town.

    If you run down the big highway you end up here, without Ecuador exit stamps.

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    After a few wrong turns and a couple of hours of stamping paperwork I was finally in Peru.

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    After that things got... less interesting:

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    Except the cute traffic cops

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    This is one of the more interesting sections of this road:

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    So I really did not take a bunch of photos... until Nazca:

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    Then the road got really fun, my advice, take the mountains, coastal Peru has all the joy of Southern California, without the charm.
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    Nazca is, well, a person should see it but I was not impressed... lines in the ground:

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    That you see from a tower with overpriced souvenirs sold at the bottom:

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    The road to Cuzco on the other hand... More fun than a tree full of monkeys on Nitrous Oxide! It has all the straight lines of a tape worm and views that cause are heart stopping:

    (this is the more straight part)

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    Remember to get your boots shined in every Plaza. If the kid thinks he is doing regular boots then sees your SIDI Combat Touring Boots, he looks at you like this:

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    Further along are sights that would make one think of Scotland, except they have Llamas here.

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    Pretty soon it drops into the valley floor, a series of long sweepers with each turn revealing more spectacular views.

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    It was shortly after this that I realized my wallet was gone. But that is for the next post.



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  16. spqr

    spqr Been here awhile

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    The following was caught on tape and posted to youtube

    My lessons learned from riding thus far.

    Justin's Rules for Adventure Riding

    1.Keep the rubber side down. Some say to keep the shiny side up but most adventure bikes do not have a shiny side, after the first week.
    2.Don't Panic. Panic only makes things worse.
    3. Don't Ride at Night.
    4.Stay Flexible. Things change, plans fail, role with the punches.
    5.Remember you are a Rock Star! No one likes the hotel room trashing arrogant kind, everyone one likes the 'Awe shucks I just got lucky.' kind. Whatever you do you will be seen and stand out.
    6. First the horse, then the saddle, then the rider. It works for the cavalry and the cowboys it will work for the rider.
    7. You can never have too much fuel.
    8. The best tool kit is duct tape, wire, zip ties and a multi-tool. (These can also be used as a first aid kit)
    9. Keep moving.
    10. GPS is of limited use when you do not know where you are going UPP works if tried often enough. (UPP Un Perguta Porfavor? Donde es? [Can you check that spelling])
    11. The smaller the group the faster the decisions.
    12. Never try to out drink a Canadian. Even winning is dangerous.
    13. The smaller the country the nicer the travelers. Take Sweden for example.
    14. Good stories come from breaking the rules.
    15. There are very few problems that can not be solved by the application of a good pair of boots. Including corrupt cops and wine bottles.
    16. The more people watching the more likely you will screw up. This goes double for video cameras.
    17.Never wear the wrong team Jersey to a football game. Better yet don't go to a football game.
    18.It can always get worse.

    And I found the link... BTW check out the rest of theses guys videos.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/flyvardagen


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  17. theawesomeswede

    theawesomeswede Swede

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    If you can´t deal with rule #4 you´re fucked. Justin of all people should know that, and get a medal for waiting for his bike.

    Had a good time in BA. Will post a report somewhere around here someday. Maybe with some pictures... ;)

    Edit: Actually the direct link to the video is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Atp6YSckAs
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  18. spqr

    spqr Been here awhile

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    150km from Cusco, just enough cash for gas, and no wallet. Things could be worse.


    Then it started getting dark. Honestly things could be worse.





    Then it the nice smooth pavement turned into dirt. I am certain things could be worse.








    Then a thunder storm rolled over the mountains, drenching my gear and turning the road to intermittent mud puddles. The streams began to swell where they crossed the road.

    Then came the road construction. Sudden 3-4 foot drops into mud filled dirt road. Blasts of rain that became freezing as I climbed began to climb the last ridge before Cusco.

    The temperature dropped as I climbed the mountain. Keeping focused on the road, watching the edges of my light. Tour bouses filled with zonked out tourists charge the toward me intent on being the first one to reach Lima.

    Cargo trucks at the end of a long day lumber slowly toward Cusco, some with their backup lights on.


    Each turn seems like the peak, but only reveals increasingly cold upward leading road.

    Then it tops out, in the snow. Snow on the ground and the lights of a town up ahead, too small to be my destination, but a welcome landmark.

    I pull over in that little town at a roadside stand selling some hot liquid. It could have been Llama piss for all I cared, as long as it was hot.

    The grandmotherly lady poured me a cup then put my gloves next to here propane burner. They steamed, I sipped my cup.

    I paid and turned to go, and she stopped me, offering a second cup.

    I drank two more on the house as my limited Spanish explained my trip to the gathering locals.

    The warm feeling in my gloves and stomach lasted for fifteen minutes, the warm memory is still with me today.

    Down into Cusco I followed a mini-bus. Using it as a blocker and riding in its tracks through the snow. Then two hours on rain soaked cobble stone streets before finally settling in a rather dodgey hostel a block off the Plaza.

    It took me three hours huddled under the blankets to get warm enough to sleep.

    The next day I would set off to look for Motoadventuregal, holed up nearby in what was probably a nicer place.
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  19. spqr

    spqr Been here awhile

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    In Cusco I linked up with MotoAdventureGal, who had done a little damage to her hand. Actually she had broken her finger. I pulled out my not inconsiderable first aid kit and helped her out. Then we found the Western Union, so I could get enough cash to make it to where I would have my replacement cards mailed.

    That night at Norton's Rat Pub (Between the churches in the Plaza de Armas) we me Jeffery, the owner. He has a motorcycle guest book and sat and talked with us for hours. Happy hour there is long and happy. I staggered across the plaza to mine hole in the wall (I liked it but Alisa said it was bit shady, but seeing as she was staying at a convent/hostel I can understand)

    The next morning, after treating hangovers, I did a little doctoring of the hand. Kindly note the skill and finesse in the duct tape and zip ties used to brace her finger. I seriously thought of using a small wrench as a brace.

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    So we rode south...


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    And stopped for some shopping

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    Alisa tries on funny hats:

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    And we rode some more:

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    Just short of Puno, my battery died. We spent the evening in a nice hotel with the advantage of being a few blocks from the dead bike. I spent a day trying to charge the old battery or find a proper new one. :baldy Nothing worked. So I started looking outside the box... that would be outside the battery box.

    Duct tape, Para cord and zip ties holding the new battery in place, and six feet of cable to wire it in. I was ready to ride to La Paz. Note: it only took me 4 hours to diagnose a toasted battery...:stupid With help from the garage section.

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    This 250cc cargo trike arrived as we were leaving:

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    The fix worked except that I did not have a headlight. Strangely when I picked up the right battery in La Paz the head light worked again... I have no idea why.

    More road pics:

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    La Paz is a cute little city that gave me just the stuff I needed. So after a repair day I headed off to ride the "Road of Death" and then continue on to Santa Cruz where my new credit cards and SPOT would meet me.

    More on that next time.
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  20. the darth peach

    the darth peach eats crackers in bed

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    :lurk
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