From Estonia with love (Round the World)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by tsiklonaut, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. tsiklonaut

    tsiklonaut the (in)famous boxer perv

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    Well spotted David, and it's already a 2nd one :thumb

    Send our regards to Francine and it was a super time we spent together in the great NYC!

    Margus & Kariina
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  2. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    I have to say it again: amazing photography!
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  3. Ted Bell

    Ted Bell I want that one!

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    Amazing report -- keep the updates coming!
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  4. reed523

    reed523 To pedal or not to pedal

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    "gifts" is not a term i heard used much. We spend a rainy summer day at Paldiski and the image of the locals(mostly Russian) living in hopeless conditions in the soviet "concrete boxes" is forever etched in my mind. I guess that image will be with me forever as my definition of communism.

    Beautiful photography. Thanks.
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  5. 6-Fiddy Hooligan

    6-Fiddy Hooligan E Pluribus Hooligan

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    Absolutely amazing photography & adventure!! Get some rest and give yourself some time to recover. Looking forward to Peru and points beyond. Thanks again for taking us along for the ride!
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  6. tsiklonaut

    tsiklonaut the (in)famous boxer perv

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    That is precisely why I refer them as "gifts" in "..." terms.


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    One abandoned Soviet-time farm seen in INFRA-RED light.
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  7. tsiklonaut

    tsiklonaut the (in)famous boxer perv

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    Here's a video we filmed and composed in Southern-Bolvia, which, by landscape, is like another planet IMHO:

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    Skip the first minute where I talk in Estonian about the first signs of my altitude sickness (which ended up with disaster few hours after this :cry ), the movie starts up after that.
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  8. IdeaWife

    IdeaWife Been here awhile

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    Awesome pics and ride report! :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap Thanks for sharing..... and keep it coming!

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  9. picoda

    picoda Dalmatia

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    Thousand times :bow for the photos and this amazing ride report.
    Can't wait for more.
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  10. tsiklonaut

    tsiklonaut the (in)famous boxer perv

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    And a movie from Bolivian people, faces and life. Background tune is a big hit in Bolivia currently, you can hear it everywhere in Bolivia - restaurants, passing cars, radios on the streets etc:

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  11. jerdog53

    jerdog53 Crop Dusting Everywhere

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    :lurk


    :thumb
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  12. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    Ranks as one of the best reports on here:clap
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  13. tsiklonaut

    tsiklonaut the (in)famous boxer perv

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    Bordercrossing from Bolivia to Peru cost us 5 USD. Here's the story: On the Peruvian side, the customs official asked if we had bike insurance. "Of course," we said, and presented him with the card issued by an Argentinian insurance company (which we actually knew was only good for Argentina, but we decided to try our luck). The guy inspected it carefully and said it is not valid in Peru and that the law does not allow to enter without a valid insurance. "So, what shall we do," he asked, probably hoping for a bribe, but we never offered it to him. So he called his boss and together they decided, that since it was Sunday and all the insurance companies were closed, they would "make an exception" and let us in without the insurance. How lovely! The younger official really seemed very helpful and even gave us hints on what to do if the police should stop us and ask for the insurance, so we really started to think that he was on our side. Everything was very positive until the moment when he reminded us that it was a big exception that they were making and that his boss would appreciate some "money for the coffee" for his signature on our papers, which in his opinion was some 10-20 USD. We took out the smallest banknote that we had from the wallet and gave it to him saying that that's all we have.
    We were glad we got off with 5 USD, but what is remarkable about all this, is that they really put on a great show, and actually got us by surprise. One would think that a greedy officer would try to threaten and to make you nervous, but here they did exactly the opposite, so we didn't have a clue how it would end. A good lesson about emotional intelligence, that's for sure!

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    Once we crossed into Peru we first started to see huge amounts of 3-wheelers:



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    And people running around with pigs:
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    And headed for Cuzco, which is a decent city, massive boring churches built by conquerors using rocks from defeated Incas' very original buildings (very sad):

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    Inca wall.



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    Steep streets.


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    Panorama (click to enlarge)


    And people on the streets:
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    Says "hygienic services", or a public sauna if you like.



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    One of the Peruvian saints.



    The real Peru started after Cuzco for us - most of North-Peru is built up for tourism and is very boring. We skipped Machu Picchu because of outrageous prices and because of being filled with farting fat tourists. Popular, overhyped and noisy stuff ain't the thing for us.


    So we headed to search for something more decent and less hyped. Peruvian mountaneous landscapes off the beaten track fit like a glove:

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    City below (pic taken over 4000 meters over sea-level)



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    And of course - llama sheperds


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    And llamas.




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    Decent greenish valleys...



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    And people living over 4500 meters! (click to enlarge)



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    And people living on extremely steep mountainsides.




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    Zoom in, see the buildings and land being taken care of.



    And it gets from fresh greenish to a burnt deserted nature the closer you get to the Pacific.

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    This is the highest known sand dune in the World - Cerro Blanco - 2287 meters (click to enlarge)


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    More original Peruvian deserts (click to enlarge)



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    Cacti.



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    Their size.



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    Which brings us to the flora & fauna living in Peru's deserts:

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    Flowers...



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    Crystal rocks.



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    Camouflaged hopper.



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    A big and fast running bug.



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    Camouflaged lizard (click to enlarge).



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    And a falcon making circles in the air above it all...



    Peruvian landscape panoramas (click to enlarge each one in new window, and then click again to see them in full size, then scroll the horizontal scroller - makes you feel like you're looking around there yourself):
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    Twisty road.


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    Sunset at 4500m.



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    Our wild camp site in the morning at 3850 meters - freezing night it was!



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    Just 100 meters away from there.



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    Other green valleys and mountains...



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    Till it all got more deserted...


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    Close to the Pacific ocean lie the amazing Nazca lines. We took a boxer engined airplane to see them in their real beauty:
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    Some landscapes before the lines:
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    And till the lines appeared:
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    Condor.



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    Whale.



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    Monkey.



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    Heron.



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    Dog.



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    Spider.



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    Parrot.



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    Tree and hands.



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    Back in Nazca (the village) we had a decent lunch and while eating a big parrot flew inside the restaurant, jumped up on waiters call and got rewarded with fruits for such an act:
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    After that, it was fast riding on smooth tarmac to North - on the infamous Panamericana road.


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    Just a straight road, a relaxed all day ride at 80mph.



    Riding through capital Lima was relatively painless, some traffic jams, few times we got lost into gettho, but what really dissapointed us was the rubbish that was everywhere, and the rotting smells. Lima really is a nasty place:

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    Lima's like a junk yard - with burning plastic on some corners etc.



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    And Lima's planning and architecture isn't among the best...



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    And everywhere we were stared at like some wonder-bike.



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    Want to buy rubbish? Lima's the best place!



    What a relief it was to get through Lima. Shortly after we escaped from the infamous corrupt police north of Lima, who always mess with foreign bikers asking money, we landed on a safe krishna site aside the ocean - Asia in South-America:
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    Krishna cones - sacred place.


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    Some pictures from the Pacific ocean side in the morning:
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    Poor people collecing and sorting the best out of rubbish left over from the last night's beach party.



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    Northern Peru's panoramas (click to enlarge each one):
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    Pacific.



    Peru kind of sucked for us, if to say it in American English. So far, Peru has been the only country in South-America where we felt and were treated like a moving $$$-wallet. Nowhere else in South-America we've felt it so intensely. Bolivia is poorer country than Peru, but it was much better in the latter field, people aren't that "hungry" for money from gringo-tourists. While Peru had some super-nice landscapes and nature in the South, Lima and the North with it's rubbish layer till horizons and it's "hungry" people eliminated Peru from our favourite countries list, and rather put it in the end of the list. I really hope others experience it better, because for us, Peru did in fact suck big time in the overall picture.


    Good night, Margus
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  14. tsiklonaut

    tsiklonaut the (in)famous boxer perv

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    Glad you like it mate :thumb
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    tsiklonaut the (in)famous boxer perv

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    Here's a video I cut together from Peru. "HQ" button beneath the video window plays it in better picture quality.
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  16. Ted Bell

    Ted Bell I want that one!

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    Thanks for another great installment!
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  17. driftwood

    driftwood ...if anybody would...

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    Not to spoil any of the drama of the ride, but of course, that's what I'm doing...but the infamous Estonians are through Fairbanks on their way north! They were well taken care of, the least of which was their first sauna since leaving home :wings and a wee stout and porter tasting :slurp!
    Hope to see them on their way back through!


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    (the sun was bright, ok? And yea, yea,....I haven't taken the flag off my truck since 2 July.)




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  18. GB

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    You shoulda posted a Spoiler alert!!

    We like to think they are posting as they go along...

    outstanding adventure

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  19. CAVOK

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    One of the best RR !

    Come back to read for more update everyday. Ride safe !
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  20. Sinan

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    Great report!:clap waiting for the rest.