Around South America and beyond

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by cejnys, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. cejnys

    cejnys Been here awhile

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    Using US plans would be very expensive.
    Getting Indian SIM card is way to go. First you pay $4 for the sim and 2GB of data and then $15 for every 20GB. So far we had no problem to find 3/4G signal with pretty impressive speed; even when traveling through remote areas.
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  2. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Wow! We need a plan like that back home!!
  3. cejnys

    cejnys Been here awhile

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    Three nights back it was another good by evening with Ed so we got some beers and watched sunset from our guest house roof. The view was just excellent.
    We were pretty lucky that we found this guest house. From outside it looked like some kind of abandoned place. When we were checking the rooms all of us were not excited about sleeping arrangements but we totally loved the patio and roof area. Also the price helped, 600 rupees for double bed was not bad at all.

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    After Ed left we wanted to take Honda and go for a little trip to a fort which is visible from everywhere in Udaipur. Google map was showing 8km to get there. Just before we were leaving we got a message from Ed that the fort sucks and that we should not go. We parked the bike and went for a walk around the old city. The weather was just perfect; during the day the temperatures were around 26 celsius and during the night it dropped somewhere close to 15 celsius which was great for sleeping.

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    Yesterday we had our last breakfast at this cool Udaipur guest house; I mounted the front mudguard back to the bike and we were ready to sett off north.

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    First 30 miles we stayed on a motorway, then we took a right turn towards mountains and using small local roads we made it to Khumbalgarh Fort located in the western range of Aravalli Hills. From outside it looked pretty impressive. There were some money invested into a renovation which cannot be said about other Indian heritage sites. Nearly on daily basis it is pretty annoying to see that foreigners are charged for an entrance fee 10 times more than locals. Anyway we were not interested to see this fort from inside (we want to see other forts) so we took few photos around and went for a tea

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    Lauren makes new friends everywhere she goes, the dog was following her all the time while we were walking around

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    Until visiting India Lauren was not a big fun of tea. After trying few cups of traditional masala tea she totally loves it. I am more expresso drinker; unfortunately, in India expresso is available in only touristy places and is overpriced. So while we are traveling around India we are enjoying local masala tea which is made from ginger, black tea, sugar, water and milk....and the best one is easy to get in small shacks on a side of the road for 7 rupees; and they make it fresh right in front of you

    Well after our cup of tea we jumped back on our bikes and rode to Jodhpur. The roads we nearly empty so it was nice and enjoyable afternoon.

    Somebody recommended a cheap and good accommodation in old Jodhpur so we put the address into my phone and found the hotel. All the information we knew about this hotel were correct except one, the cheapest room was around 2500 rupees which was way above our budget. Then I walked around the street and found this cosy roof top room for 400 rupees, and the bikes are parked inside of a garage.

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    this is a view from our patio; I am pretty sure that the guys paying 2500 for room don't have this kind of view

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  4. cejnys

    cejnys Been here awhile

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    Last two days were pretty shitty; after the first night in Jodhpur I woke up and felt like I have done an Ironman race during the night. My body was just hurting and I felt spaced. No sore throat, no stomach pain just little bit high fever and serious tiredness.
    Lauren was very nice and looked me after the whole day; we did not do much, we just chilled on our patio and rested.

    Then it all started; Lauren received a message from home. One of her family member was hospitalized in an ICU. She immediately started making phone calls to home. From what she was hearing the situation was not looking good. It was sleepless night for her and this morning she bought a plane ticket and left. I dropped her to the airport.

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    Everything happened so fast; one moment she was here and now she is gone. Before leaving she asked me to keep riding as planned. It will be hard without her; I would not mind waiting but nobody knows for how long she has to stay at home.
    I had to make some arrangements for her bike; the hotel owner agreed to keep it in his garage until we pick it up.
    My plan is to ride up north and then go back to Delhi where I park my bike and take a train to Jodhpur to collect her bike and bring it to Delhi. During the next couple of weeks we will see wether this was a good plan.

    On a lighter note, look who joined me at our roof top apartment today

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    :waysad
    Prayers out to Lauren and her family. May she return promptly with all settled and continue the voyage.
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    Cuzen Been here awhile

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    Prayers to Lauren and loved ones.
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    cejnys Been here awhile

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    The latest news from Lauren; after nearly 24 hours of travel she made it safely to Houston.

    Today I spent the day riding her Honda around Jodhpur. I just wanted to have a last run before I park it in a garage for some time. This bike always brings a huge smile to my face. How easy it is to ride it around the city; plus the sound which makes...just perfect.

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    When I got back I quickly checked my bike which is waiting for me in the guest house garage. Everything looked fine and ready for tomorrow ride to a desert.

    Lately I have been checking the rear tire a bit more often than normally. I really want to see how many kilometers I can put on it. I am waiting for the top rubber to be totally worned out before I install the new tire. I have been carrying it for very long. I thought that Iran would be done with a new rubber; how wrong I was.

    Can you guess how many kilometers has this tire already done?

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  8. DunkingBird

    DunkingBird Adventurer

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    Hey Rad
    The Mitas E-07 is my prefered tyre for my Africa Twin (RD 03) and I guesstimate 16'000 km.
    By the way I really like following your enjoyable ride report and I'm really impressed by all your skills.

    Travel save,
    Peter
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    Hope things work out OK for her and her family.

    Marc
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    Ten thousand kilometers?

    That was a long flight to Houston!
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    dwj - Donnie Long timer

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    24,000 KMs!
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    cejnys Been here awhile

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    Thanks Mark, we all hope things get better!
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    cejnys Been here awhile

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    Hey Peter, we are glad you are enjoying the report.

    The current tire was put on the bike in Italy when I had 61500km on the clock. Right now the odometer reads 97000. Do the math yourself...I think that's pretty unbelievable.
    I hope I can keep it on until I reach Himalayas.
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    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    If my math is right that's about 21,000 miles :ricky

    That has to be some kind of record...
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    22.2 amazing. Don't know how you do that, Rad.
    Must be riding super-gingerly!!
    1.5 is the most a knobby has lasted on my 650, and that's knobs worn to the carcass.
  16. cejnys

    cejnys Been here awhile

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    Yeah now over 35000 km is pretty impressive. I did not expect that at all!
    I don't think that I'm riding extra gently....when I need to go I go fast. When I want to have fun off-road I go. On this tire was less off-roading than the previous ones but still it was quite a bit.
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  17. cejnys

    cejnys Been here awhile

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    I'm sorry for not posting anything last few days.
    Since Lauren left it was hard. I miss her and it is not the same.
    I constantly have to think about her and her family what they are going through right now. Of course I would love to have her here but she has to be home to support her family.

    Well last few days I have been traveling with Ed, so if you want to see what we seen and done check out his rr.

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...-venn-ture-the-next-800-days.1000417/page-396
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    I hope you feel better Rad. I know it's a bummer but it's out of your control and we're praying for her and her family. I see Ed's stuff and despite the goofyness it's nice to see what you've been up to. Of course we will want to read about it from your level headed perspective when you feel up to it. Just be careful not to get too risky with that military stuff, if what he wrote about that is accurate, it could get ugly and fast. Pretty much always a safer bet to be forthright with authorities whether home or abroad. Peace be with you, and stay careful!
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    cejnys Been here awhile

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    There is not much to update regarding Lauren; she is spending most of her time in a hospital to support her family. The news coming from her are good and bad. She is very strong person and she keeps everybody from her family in good fighting spirit. One of her messages that she sent to me: "I am free camping in a waiting room. I am not sure why we never thought of crushing hospital waiting rooms".


    On a different note....
    I believe that Ed described our experience with Indian army and police quite well. I would not be able to do it better myself. While he was showing his special photos I was busy to take videos/photos. They should give you a good idea about the whole situation

    This was the first time we got nearly arrested. The guy did not like that I was filming him.

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    This was the second time when the guy went directly to my camera. I managed to switch it off before he could see that I was filming the whole scene

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    Still praying for Lauren and family, that things turn around and she can return to keep you safe from bad influences. ;)
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