From Madol-Duuwa to around the world

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Dylan.S, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    It wasn't without fear that I crossed the border into Ecuador yesterday. Six months ago when I left Bruce in Bogota meant Bruce has been an illegal alien in Colombia. When I last entered Colombia, the requirement was that I take the motorcycle out of the country upon my departure. But I didn't stick to that plan. The insurance policy for the bike covered it only during the 90 days of my previous arrival. So this time I was up to dodgy business. Riding more than 900km without being legal on the road required extra attention. In an event of getting involved in an road accident is as good as throwing everything out of the window. But getting pulled up by the police at a random check points could be overcome by dubious means. Since the renewal of the insurance wasn't possible without proper papers, I decided to extend it myself using the printer at home. (Photo) The original dates mentioned on the certificate were from 2013. 05. 12 till 2013. 08. 12
    In my office at home I managed to extend it till 2014. 03. 12 It's amazing what you can do with simple printers nowadays!
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  3. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    The local farmers transported the harvest to the main road, blocked half of it by placing big rocks leaving only one lane for traffic from both direction...

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    ... so they produced a sand and dust free surface to separate the chaff from the grain.

    (Farmers working in North Ecuador)


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    North Ecuador


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    The streets of Quito reminded me of San Francisco with it's steep inclines but the culture and the history of the two cities are world apart.



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    Built in the year 1600 La Compañía is a magnificent piece of architecture. Unfortunately, this is the only photo I managed before they told me that I wasn't supposed to photograph. Quito.

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    I climbed from 400m altitude to 3400m within an hour taking the unpaved rugged road. The beauty is never ending.

    Riding lonely roads of Ecuador.


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    The young doctor was in trouble at the top of a pass on a deserted and unpaved road. She didn't know how to change the spare wheel. I guess her guardian angel must have ordered me to take the same road.


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    Heading down south into Peru I took the wrong road but landed in this pretty little town. Everybody was enjoying themselves and it was carnival atmosphere. One part of me said I should look for a hostel and stay and enter the new year with celebration of firecrackers...


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    ... but I decided against it. I wanted to ride a little more further closer to Peru border. But I didn't know what I was getting myself into. After about 20 minutes of riding, the heavens opened. I had climbed back up to 3400 meters above sea level and it was pouring with rain. But I continued hoping that the rain would stop soon. But it persisted for a long time until I had climbed back to 1000 meters level. As soon as I spotted the dry ground realizing that it hadn't been raining there, I kept my eyes open for a suitable place to spend the night. So I spent my new years eve under the stars alone surrounded by steep mountains in south Ecuador.

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    When I woke up I couldn't believe my eyes how arid the area was. There were hardly any plants compared to the previous day of riding. Withing a few kilometers the landscape had changed completely...

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    ... apart from cactus and a few bushes, there was no other vegetation to be found here. This at 1000 meters above sea? No wonder why I couldn't drive any pegs into the ground to fix my tent. It was all rocky!

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    Arid landscape but pretty. South Ecuador


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    I met these two bikers of Ecuador at the border crossing into Peru. They were riding towards Bolivia to see Paris Dakar rally. Unlike many other nights, I didn't have to spend time in solitude. We had a great night. Went out to eat in a good restaurant and then booked ourselves into a hostel and slept in comfort for a change. I thought I was in a hurry doing my South American trip. But they were travelling even faster. Next day I woke up early to say goodbye to them. But we were hoping to catch up later somewhere down the road.


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    The deeper you entered Peru the straighter it became. The roads stretched as far as your eye could see. Lush green vegetation you saw in the north slowly thinned out and the sand, rocks and desolate landscape filled the picture.

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    I rode a painful 600km on this day. I shot this photo as things were still bearable. The side wind grew ever stronger and my riding style became that of a stuntman leaning against the wind by at least 30 degrees and sand finding it's way up every opening. Four long hours of agony in a sandstorm!

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    I was glad when the "zona de dunas" were behind me. The wind was still persistent but sand free!

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    A green patch of north coast of Peru. I never knew Peru had rice paddies.
  4. enceladus

    enceladus I want off this rock

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    Glad to see your update. Just a small request, when you get to the end of your journey in South America, don't try to sail Bruce to Africa. hahaha
    Ron
  5. Theshantha

    Theshantha Adventurer

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    Hi Dylan, this is amazing.. I'm proud of you as a Sri Lankan. one of my dream is going BAM road tour. (like walter) when you back to SL give a call brother. 0777 318805.

    Deyange pihitai... - Theshan
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  7. guyfawkes

    guyfawkes Move along, nothing to see here

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    this report is full of win...and i only made to page 5 so far :thumb
  8. TOTim

    TOTim Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the update Dylan. Fantastic photos, as usual.
  9. Big-O

    Big-O Been here awhile

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    Mas! Por favor.
  10. Junyah

    Junyah @ the speed of plaid

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    sí, por favor, ¿cómo estás?
  11. enceladus

    enceladus I want off this rock

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    Oh where oh where is Bruce, oh where can he be. He must be somewhere. Maybe he made the transition to another demension. (I spelled that like I wanted to, not the way its supposed to be). hehehe
    Give us an update when you feel like it.

    Ron
  12. 2wrider

    2wrider Biker

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    Dylan,

    I just read through your trip report. I haven't posted much here, but I wanted to let you know how very much I enjoyed reading about your journey. Your seafaring adventures were amazing, what an adventure!

    Thanks for posting!

    Marty
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    Big-O Been here awhile

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    Has this ride report pooped out? Hey Dylan,give us a heads up and let us know that you are okay....at least. We really do care about you! -G
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  15. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Sorry guys! I haven't been able to contribute much here. I've been extremely busy with a job and writing my book. Sometimes I felt like, it's much easier to turn a bike into a raft and sail the heavy sea than doing what I've been doing in the past months. But the hard work is all done and I have printed a book. Unfortunately it's in German and it's called "Am Ende der Strasse". But I am at translating it into English and hoping to get it printed before the end of the summer. Thank you all for your posts and thinking of me. Hoping to get into another adventure soon after I'm done with all this writing stuff :D
  16. TropicalDale

    TropicalDale Lonely Rider

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    Dylan,
    Glad to hear you are doing well.
    Good luck on the book.
    I would love to get a copy when you get it translated.
    Best wishes.
  17. Earth

    Earth I Break Fixed Stuff

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    Meh, I'll wait for the movie.
    ;-)

  18. Tgiby3

    Tgiby3 Triumph Street RAT

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    This is such a priceless picture.
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    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    I'm getting in here very late, so back to page 2. Thanks Dylan for this
    most wonderful report. I look forward to your next..................

    Robert
  20. Dylan.S

    Dylan.S Been here awhile

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    Hi TropicalDale, thanks :-) I'll let you know when the book is done.