Around the World in 800 Days

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  1. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    South of Pasto, near the border with Ecuador, the road goes through that deep canyon with tons of waterfalls

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    Today is an exciting day for me. I made it to Ecuador. Don't ask me why, but I never felt far from home until I made it here. Prohdoe Bay is probably further, but everyone does Alaska. Right now, I am about 20 miles from the Equator. And that is pretty cool. And speaking of cool, I didn't realize that it would be this cold here. Being on the equator, one would think it would be really hot. But the Pan American Hwy goes thru the Andes thru Ecuador, The elevation ranges from 5000 to over 10,000 feet. And being up this high, even taking a shit leaves you gasping for air.
    For the first time since Alaska, I put on my Gore-tex and rain suit. It rained the whole day here. It's the rainy season.
    I am sure you know more about some of these countries than I do if you are reading other people's blogs. I am discovering some stuff for myself that would have been useful before hand.
    For example, before I left Colombia, I filled up my 8.7 gallon gas tank. Gas in Colombia is about $5 a gallon. I found out today, gas in Ecuador is $1.50 a gallon. And diesel is about a buck a gallon.
    I thnk I am going to really like Ecuador. The roads are amazing. Unlike Colombia, motorcycles have to pay the tools but it is only 20 cents. And the signage is good. There are lots of eco things to do here. It kind of reminds me of Costa Rica. But it better stop raining so I can enjoy this beautiful country

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    I met a large group of riders at the border from Venezuela,
    They were heading to Lima and then back thru Brazil. Sounds like a fun trip. I passed them on the highway. with a large group, they are only as fast as their slowest rider.
    The border crossing was the best so far. No money left my pocket other than making the usually copies of my paperwork and my insurance for 30 days (it costs only $3).
    I didn't buy insurance in Colombia even though it was required. I had to buy it for the whole year at a cost of $200. I said screw that. I took the risk if I got pulled over, they could impound my bike. And I did get pulled over twice at route check points. First time they asked for my Seguro (insurance) and I pretended like I didn't know what they were asking for. Then I distracted them with my route map, my GPS and other stuff on my motorcycle. They eventually sent the dumb Gringo on his way.
    The other time was yesterday. The guy pulled me over and walked up to me and shook my hand. He asked where I was going and where I was coming from. And when I told him, he shook my hand again and said......Welcome to Colombia , and then sent me on my way.



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    I stopped at this little Indian Village about an hour north of Quito. There was a cool hostel in town but no one there to answer the door, so I left. Crossing the old train track rails was tricky in the wet. I almost dumped the bike there.

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    When I stay in town, I always find a place with secure parking for my bike behind a locked gate. Here is where I am staying tonight

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    Here I am in downtown Otavalo Ecuador.
    I think I really stood out in my shorts, waterproof Klim jacket and Rev'it motorcycle boots.
    I got a filet mignon dinner for $8 with all the fixings

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    Here's my room for $11.50 a night.
    And the room stinks. Because of my boots and wet clothes

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    CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO WATCH THE VIDEO
    It me riding thru that cool canyon just north of the border in Colombia

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    Thanks for keeping the updates fresh... Hope the weather warms up soon.
    It's been a long time since I've seen $1.50 gas.:eek1
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    AT86 Been here awhile

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    And you guys talk about gallon while $ 1.50 is our price per liter :confused:
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    Yep, gonna burn more gas in this country for sure
    Put the pedal to the metal or whatever the motorcycle equivalent is.
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    Loving your report. Living vicariously thru you from my desk in cube hell....keep it up!
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    DrSmooth I am third

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    Me too! Still enjoying the reports!
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    Its Derek again. That same think happened to us. We opted to not purchase insurance and at the last stop before leaving Colombia they asked for the insurance. Melissa distracted one of them with questions about his motorcycle and i ask the other about directions and showed him my gps. Worked like a charm.

    We are a few day ahead of you in Banos, Ecuador. Think we are going to have to pick up the pace as i may have found a guy to purchase my bike in early May. Ill check back in on you when we get to Argentina. Might see a couple riding 2up on a fully loaded 2001 KLR.
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    Johnnydarock Been here awhile

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    hey lalo, this is the first time I have commented on your blog. and I will have to say I am fascinated with your adventure and hope you continue with the ride report and be safe. I have a question ,when you bought your bmw did you consider the Yamaha super tenere and if you did what maid you go with the bmw. I am stuck between the super tenere and the new ktm 1190R adventure, what is your thoughts. I feel the bmw is to heavy and I cant get past the look of the boxer engine all though I feel it is very reliable. thanks a bunch and stay safe.:ear
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    I considered all 3 plus the Triumph Tiger 1200 or 800.
    The three things that The BMW has that the others don't are
    1) tubeless rims - I guess I could have added them to the others
    2) Big gas tank. The BMW is 8.7 gallons. The others aren't even close.
    At the time, the other bikes were new and the aftermarket had not made a big tank for the others.
    3) Shaft drive. The KTM has a chain.
    Plus the BMW is proven after 30 years of development.

    I rode my friends KTM 990. is was great. It was more my style.
    But the BMW is more comfy for 90% of the riding I do. So why buy a bike for just that 10%
    And I agree with you. I don't like how the cyliders stick out in the wind. The KTM has an awesome engine. The Triumph too. I don't like paralel twins. Just my preference.
    So even though I am not a BMW guy, there is still no better bike for what I am doing.
    If the transmission didn't clunk like a 60 year old bike and it weighed less, then it would be better
    The best bike would be a combo of them all.
    KTM motor and weight
    BMW engineering
    Yahama reliability.
    And the character of the Tiger
    Sign me up for that bike
    Who is listening?
    make that bike Honda!!!!!
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    What an awesome view to wake up to, beautiful!
    Wyv
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