Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. SS in Vzla.

    SS in Vzla. Totally Normal? I'm not!

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    Great Update.
    Looking forward to your Bolivian Adventure...
    Buen viaje!
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  2. decodent

    decodent CyberGypsy

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    Wow ... your adventure just keeps going! Did you know that 4863 meters = 15,954 feet? (checked it). That's HIGH. The bikes are running okay at that elevation?

    Also, can't remember ... have you been to Uruguay yet? If so, how'd you like it? My partner and I are considering visiting there.

    Anyway ... am loving your ongoing pics and commentary.
  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Really hoping things will settle down in Venezuela so we can head there from Brazil next year! Sara
  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Yes it is high and no except briefly on the way to the Salar when we got some bad gas. Other than that we have had no issues. There is less power but better fuel economy at altitude.

    We are going to Uruguay in November when we head back to Buenos Aires. We pan to ride there with our friends from BA who have family with a ranch there. Then head to the falls.
  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Leaving Copacabana we headed the 143 km to La Paz.



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    The views of Lake Titicaca and the snow-covered peaks of the Andes were awesome.



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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The first step was to go 30 km to Tiquina where you need to get a launch to the other side of the lake at this narrows. It is about 2.50$ per bike.



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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We then head east on the RN 2. We did not see much evidence of the first 2 spots that the road was blocked, just a few rocks on the road. Arriving on the outskirts of the city there was about 10 spots over a 10 km stretch where the road was blocked by rocks and crowds of people. A truck blocked the worst area. We were able to get thru the crowds easily. The burning tires were everywhere. At one spot they had a rope across the road, but at about our chest level. One of the protestors told us to go back and ride around….the guy next to him smiled and lifted the rope up for us.



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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The one benefit to the blockade was that there was zero traffic getting into the city. Arriving at the tollbooth we saw the army forces gathering and getting ready to break up the blockade. The view of the city in its “bowl” is incredible.



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  9. VietHorse

    VietHorse Long timer

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    Hardly see a tree in this picture. A really interesting view of human world. Thank you.

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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We went of a bit of a walk thru the old city and the Iglesias of San Francisco.



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  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    You can climb to the roof thru this very narrow stairway.



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  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    In the large cities in Bolivia they have these Zebra crossing guards to keep people following the traffic rules.



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    The main square of the city is quite small and over run with pigeons.



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  14. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The big event for today is the famous DEATH road or Yungas road of Bolivia. This is a 69 km road to Coroico from the RN 3 about 56 km from La Paz. Leaving La Paz the RN 3 ascends to 4650 m (15,260 ft) at la Cumbre Pass and then descends to 1200 m (3,900 ft) at Coroico.



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  15. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The road is largely 1 lane (3.2 m or 10 ft wide) with few guardrails and cliffs up t 600 m or 2000 ft. The downhill driver must stay to the left to get a better view. There is little uphill traffic now unlike in the past when the road earned its name. The most dangerous thing on the road now is the mountain bikers. About 1 a year has died since 1998.



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  16. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    You enter the death road off of the RN 3 and head down hill all the way.


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    There are some cool waterfalls that you drive thru.



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  17. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We met another couple from BC on their way up. They had started early and were almost at the top or otherwise they would be constantly running into moutain bikers taking over the road.


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  18. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    You have to pay a tourist tax at the bottom of the road, but this fee does supposedly pay for road maintenance, signs, and ambulance service. It is 25 Bolivianos each (about 4$).



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    Then there is about another 20 km of dirt and water crossings to join back to the asphalt to head back the 100 km to La Paz.



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  19. mopulga

    mopulga Been here awhile

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    Bea u tiful. :clap
  20. VietHorse

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