Around the World in 800 Days

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  1. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Edventurer

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    CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO WATCH THE VIDEO
    It was from a few day ago when I hiked around Laguna Quilotoa

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  2. Spaggy

    Spaggy Long timer

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    South America looks amazing. Thanks so much for sharing your adventure.
  3. vintagespeed

    vintagespeed fNg

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    i thought maybe you were packing one of those little people in your panniers for picture taking!

    how come it's tradition to dress like Groucho Marx?? did he spend alot of time down there?? :huh

    great ride man! enjoying the updates. :D
  4. Erik500

    Erik500 Been here awhile

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    It took me some very well spend time over the last week or so to finally catch up on this great RR.
    You could become a parttime writer for a lonely-planet type of guidebook !

    Keep posting away and thanks for sharing the ride with us out here.

    Cheers,

    Erik.
  5. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Edventurer

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    Well, it finally happened.........I got robbed
    I was camped on the beach in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador. I had not camped in my tent in a while. It was a beautiful night. Full moon. I was really looking forward to sleeping on the beach.
    when I got in to my tent, this little dog that was hanging out with me curled up next to my tent and went to sleep. I wasn't tired so I was listening to some music on my phone in my tent.
    Just after midnight, the dog woke up suddenly and started barking. I was half asleep at that point. I looked outside my tent to see what was going on. And I saw three figures walking toward my tent. My first reaction was they were coming over to check out my bike.
    It was dark outside but I instantly noticed that they had their faces covered.
    I knew that it was not good.
    This all happened in about a ten second period so everything happened so fast.
    I sat up in my tent. I noticed that two guys had knives and the other guy was pointing something at me that looked like a gun. They were shouting stuff in Spanish and I had no idea what they were saying.
    One guy put the knife up to the tent and pushed the knife thru the mesh at me,
    I yelled......don't cut my tent in a stern voice and I tried to unzip my tent so he would stop.
    Half a second later, he slashed a big hole in the side of my tent and grabbed my phone. The three took off running in different directions.
    I was pissed.
    Half a second later, I tore thru the hole in my tent and made my way after them. One guy darted up the river. The other two ran down the beach toward the central area of town. I was following the guy with what I thought was the phone. I could see a light in his hands. He left the beach and ran down the main street in town. I was hot on his heals and closing. Just as I got up to him, he threw down the phone. I grabbed it and ran all the way back to my tent. We must have ran a half mile. All that hiking put me in better shape to out run that punk ass kid
    I wanted to get back to my tent asap because I was afraid that one of the other guys was going to double back and take my wallet and everything else that I left behind. Oh, did I mention that I was only wearing my underwear when I was chasing them thru town.
    I am happy that I got my $200 phone back but they ruined my $400 tent in the process.
    Lesson learned............find a more secure place to camp next time
    I thought I was in a secure place. I was on the beach in town.
    It was in front of several hotels and restaurants. I never thought anyone would be so bold.
    But they never thought anyone would be so bold and chase them down.
    Maybe next time they will leave the motorcycle dude alone
  6. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Edventurer

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    It's 4:30 in the morning.
    I have all my stuff packed up and I am waiting for the sun to come up.
    Needless to say, I can't sleep.
    My tent has a big hole in it.
    And I am thinking those guys are coming back.
    I have my switchblade ready if they do.
    I dont want to be surprised this time.
    I went to the police station here in town but it is closed.
    I thought no wonder people are getting robbed. All the cops are sleeping.
    And riding thru town at this hour, there are a fair number of people on the street. They are drinking and probably planning their next heist.

    I hate this town and it has put a damper on my feelings toward Ecuador.
    I am going to need a good nights rest after this. And there better be some hot Ecuadorian chicks throwing themselves on me to regain my most favored nation status
  7. nickgindy

    nickgindy Doing it Wrong

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    Dang. Shitty about the tent but better they didn't try to come after you. Props for choosing the fight side of flight or fight. Showed those pussies.
  8. wimj

    wimj Wannabee adventurer

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    Man, sorry to hear of this misadventure. I hope this will not give you some sort of trauma. Fortunately you didn't get physicially hurt. Wishing you all the best!
  9. nameless

    nameless 100% recyclable

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    That's a bummer, but don't let that ruin your trip, and remember, heroes die faster...you've got a knife, the guy might have a gun. The you might see yourself in one of these :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anEuw8F8cpE

    anyway, you were bound to run into guys like that sooner or later, it's good it was in such an uneventful way, i mean, you could easily been harmed and see all your stuff vanish instead of only a phone :)


  10. AT86

    AT86 Been here awhile

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    Sorry to hear about your nightmare adventure. I would have expected stuff like that more in Colombia then down there.
    Take care and be good to your body.
  11. Sckill

    Sckill Been here awhile

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    I've been following this thread for a while and I'm sorry to see this happen to you. Your trip through the Americas has been both amazing and inspirational. Getting robbed sucks, but you've accomplished a lot already and don't let this speed bump ruin the rest of your trip. Be well!
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    aww man, that sucks. :( the tent can be stitched up & sealed though, much easier & cheaper than you can.
  13. 2rock

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    :eek1

    Glad your OK.... thank goodness you don't sleep "commando" style!!!
  14. Pete_Tallahassee

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    Glad your OK Lalo. Don't let three low life punks ruin your trip for more than just that night. Get the tent patched up and move on.:dllama
  15. hankgs

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    Thiefs are in every country... I just had all my food, beer and campstove stolen out of my campsite @ Plaskett Creek on HWY 1 above Cambria... I KNOW who took it and they had bailed their camp @ '0-Dark-30...
    I was never so pissed off!
    Anyway, at least they didn't fuck with you or your bike; It could have been much worse...
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    Take care of yourself, man.
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    flyingdutchman177 Edventurer

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    I left Banos a few days ago.
    I pulled over to zip in mt Gore-tex liners because it was starting to rain. I car pulled over. This was normal. Any time I pulled over, someone would stop and ask me questions about my motorcycle and where I was going. I had just passed a line of cars and I tried to cut in because a blind corner was coming up. Some jerk did not give me enough room to let me in and crowded the car in front of him so I was riding on the center line around the corner. I soon passed the rest of the cars and had a clear road ahead of me for a while. And that's when it started to rain and I pulled over. And I thought it was that jerk that didn't let me in. But instead it was a guy from the town of Ambato. He told me that he did a ride on a KTM 525 dirt bike from Alaska to Tierra de Fuego. And he asked if I wanted to spend the night in Ambato. I took his card and told him that I would call if I could. That night I was not headed that way. But as it turned out, the next day I was in his area by chance.
    His family welcomed me in to thier nice house. They even fed me a nice breakfast. Julio told me stories about his trip and how it changed his life. He is looking forward to seeing more of the world soon. We were so much alike. He is my brother who lives in Ecuador. I am so glad that he stopped on the highway that evening and I got a chance to meet him

    It is hard to imagine riding a dirt bike around the world. It would have been fun in the dirt though

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    Here he is with his father who owns a local radio station in the area

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    Just south of Quito, there is a nice highway that heads to the coast. I called it the road with a hundred waterfalls. It seemed around every corner, there were waterfalls spilling off the canyon walls down next to the road. It was one of my favorite rides in Ecuador

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    It took me pretty much the whole day to ride from Ambato to the coast. I was planning to go stay in Manta that night. But there was a little town on the coast on my map that was closer. In the Lonely Planet travel guide, it didn't mention anything about this town called Crucita. Manta was a bigger town and I wasn't particularly interested in staying there. When I got to the junction, I headed for Crucita and took a chance that it would be nice and there would be somewhere to stay. It was just what I was looking for. And I was glad, because Manta was not what I wanted!

    Here's the view from my hotel room. It cost me $11.20 a night. And I was the only person staying there in all the 72 rooms

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    The room was nothing special. It had lots of bugs but I am getting used to them now. They don't bother me as much when I feel them crawling on my body or buzzing in my ear in the middle of the night. I still don't like the itching in the morning though

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