Around the World in 800 Days

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  1. flyingdutchman177

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    Taking the plunge at Hotel Gloria in Coroico

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  2. flyingdutchman177

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    Here is the sign at the start of the Death Road.
    It tells you to drive with your lights on and to drive on the left side of the road (like in England)
    I am not sure why but I got confused on one occasion and almost went head-on with a car coming the other way.
    Fortunately, I got the hang of it because two cars surprised me around blind corners and I was riding on the left side. But if I wasn't, there would have been no way I could have stopped on time to avoid a collision


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    Kathe was not afraid at all riding on the back of my motorcycle riding on the most dangerous road in the world.
    To be honest with you, Jungas Road was not all that scary. The reason for that is the REAL Most Dangerous Road in the World is not Jungas Road. It is actually driving thru downtown La Paz Bolivia.
    Those people just don't know how to drive and don't give a shit about you. And there are so many mini buses and people on the road, it is enough to drive you crazy.
    I had 2 scary moments in La Paz
    Once when I car pulled out in front of me. The guy never even looked. I saw his eyes the whole time. It was like he was trying to kill me.
    The other time was when a taxi van swerved to the shoulder to pick someone up and he never looked because I was right there. It was really close. In fact, the lady that the taxi driver was going to picked up screamed because she thought Kathe and I were going to get hit and run over. As I made my way around the front of the van, I kicked in the passenger side door with my boot. I could feel the door cave in as my foot made contact with the door
    Yes, I was mad!
    I asked Kathe later if that scared her.
    She said "no"
    And then she told me the truth......she said she was actually ASLEEP!!!!
    And me kicking the door of the van woke her up.
    Her flight in to La Paz was a red eye so she was very tired. She also told me that she slept part of the way down the road of death.
    And I never knew
    true story
    When she was awake, she took this video from the back of my motorcycle

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    Chasing a mountain biker down Jungas Road
    Road of Death

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    On the way back to La Paz, we took the new (mostly) paved road.
    It was much safer but just as scenic.
    It went from 3500 feet to over 15,000 in just a matter of a few miles.
    Stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    If you watch only one video of mine,,,,,,,,this is the one.
    It is my favorite road so far on my trip.
    It is Pato Canyon in Peru.
    I gaurantee you that after you watch it, you will want to ride it.
    And this is only a small sample.
    Best road in the world!!!!

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    I had some good internet speed the other day and I was able to upload some video from the past couple of months.

    This is the ride I did up to that 14,000 foot lake in Peru. I was all alone the entire way. And it was rainy.

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    This is the road out of Huatachina to Ica Peru around the sand dunes.
    Kathe was riding on the back. The extra weigh back there makes the front in feel light

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    Swing bridge ride VIDEO

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    ONE MORE ROAD OF DEATH VIDEO
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    ........"Last one down buys the beers"

    :freaky

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    Chick sleeps on the back of a motorcycle on the road of death - I like her style.
  12. flyingdutchman177

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    Bolivia
    One moment I am loving the the place
    The next moment, I want to get the hell out.
    My first day in Copacabana was great.
    Place on the beach for $14 a night.
    Cheap eats
    Amazing scenary
    Then up in to the mountains.....good roads, great scenary
    Lake Titicaca
    Road of Death
    etc

    But the flip side is:
    Horrible traffic and drivers in La Paz
    Most of Bolivia is a shit hole
    Crappy food
    It's kind of like Africa in South America.

    And I think this picture pretty well sums it up.
    When you see how the food is prepared here, it was only a matter of time before I got sick. And this had been going on the whole time I was there. I am taking some Cipro to hopefully get myself back on track.
    Sorry, if this grosses you out. But it is realty.......my reality

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    The not so fun part of travel..Unlike Mexico, the paper goes in the toilet.

    Hopefully the cipro will say "Adios amoebas"
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    lqgsrider Been here awhile

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    Ed,

    Still reading along keep up the good RR

    What are your plans when you get down to the tip of SA?

    How is the GSA running? How many total miles on your trip so far?

    Keep the rubber side down,

    Mark
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    Riding south of La Paz, I ran in to trouble.
    The miners in Bolivia were going on strike. And when there is a labor protest in South America, that means road blocks. The people actually stand in the middle of the street and keep vehicles from passing. They put rocks, branches, cars and broken glass in the road to stop cars from going thru. Sometimes they even throw rocks at cars if they come to close. Cars and trucks are forced to wait or figure out their way around these human road blocks.
    I rolled up on to 4 of them along my way to Uyuni.
    Each time I asked if I could pass, they said "no". But I just stayed there until it got uncomfortable for them and I became a nuissance. And then they told me that I could continue.
    They didn't want to hurt me or stop me, they were just making their point the best and only way they could.

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    I stopped and bought some chololate and chips at this little store in the middle of nowhere. I was trying to eat only package stuff because the "fresh" stuff was making me sick in Bolivia.
    Notice the name......Barrio! Very fitting!

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    On all the roads in Latin America, you will see crosses and shines along side the road. This is where someone or someones dies in a car accident.
    You will almost always see them along side the road in a dangerous corner. As I was traveling south of La Paz, I noticed a lot for crosses than normal. I was passing about 3 or more accident sites per mile. And this was on mostly straight roads.
    I was thinking......are Bolivian drivers really that bad?
    Are their cars really that unsafe
    And did this many people really die out here on the highway.
    It was really quite scary.
    There were so many deaths.
    It seemed like driving was a form of population control in Bolivia.
    Sometimes you had no idea how or what happened
    And sometimes there would be the remenants of the accident still there
    In any case, becareful when driving in Bolivia

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    Again, I don't do much research about where I am going. I usually get the road conditions along the way. And half the time the info in incorrect anyway.
    I was told the raod was paved all the way in to Uyuni.
    I was wrong.
    I had over 100 miles of dirt, sand, silt and water crossing along the way to Uyuni.
    And that was just getting to Uyuni. I had 300 more miles once I got there

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    Sand riding scared the hell out of me on such a big heavy bike.
    But after riding thru Bolivia, I really got the hang of it.......just stay on the gas!!!

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    As always a good report,the toilet is the good with the bad,I wondered how you were doing with all the great cooked food you were eating,now we all know,keep wandering and looks like you and the bike are holding up well.
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