going south, see you in five months

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by johnsonal, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. twisted-hog

    twisted-hog Been here awhile

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    Keep up the great RR, loving it you booze hounds, now we just need you to add some chick pics :evil.

    That's great you met John Downs, I've been following his RR from the very beginning also.
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  2. johnsonal

    johnsonal avenger of all evil

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    Thanks man. I'll make it a point to start taking photos of all the beautiful women in Medellin. And trust me there are ALOT of them!
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  3. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hey Al,

    Tio Juanito here. Two more Sherpas showed up here this evening. It's Saturday night bro! We're going out for pizza. It's on me if you get down here to the Shamrock. That is, if you're in Medellin this evening.

    Hope to see you guys again.

    Saludos,
    Tio Juanito
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  4. johnsonal

    johnsonal avenger of all evil

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    Damn, would have loved to come hang out but we went to a soccer match. Soccer sucks. I would have much rather hung out and shot the shit. I'll be around for a few more days so I will come down soon and find you. Thanks for the invite
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  5. johnsonal

    johnsonal avenger of all evil

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    days seventy three through eighty seven, 3-28-13 to 4-11


    I don't know what to say it's been a while since my last RR. I feel like that is what people say when they enter a confessional booth at a catholic church but really that is what I should be doing. I have been in Medellin Colombia for the last two weeks so.... My friend robert showed up from Oregon, we rented an apartment and I have basically been partying. We did meet back up with Joe, Aileen, and Lea from the boat trip and Marnix and Lison stopped by along with a few other people along the way.

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    Went to a brewery and partied:
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    Rode out to Guatepe:
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    And took some photos around town:
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    Then today we finally got the fuck out with our lives still questionably in tact. Rode to Buga where we found a nice hostel
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  6. benwiggin2

    benwiggin2 Long timer

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    dude, awesome. Simply awesome.

    :eek1 :raabia :lurk :beer :yum :tb
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  7. twisted-hog

    twisted-hog Been here awhile

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    Not to try and put a downer on you but you must be nearing the half way point of your trip.
    You better pick up the pace and party harder :freaky
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  8. GRinCR

    GRinCR Oppressed Nomad

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    Fan :happayf*kin' :happaytastic!
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  9. johnsonal

    johnsonal avenger of all evil

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    days eighty eight through ninety one, 4-12-13 to 4-15-13

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    woke up in our hostel in buga and had our sights set on Ipiales on the border. an ambitious ride but very doable. the ride was amazing. winding through the Andes past deep gorges and beautiful scenery.

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    When we finially arrived in Ipiales we found a hotel called the gran hotel for 30 bucks and set out to find food. we found a place around the block that had giant plate of chicken rice, the best beans I have ever had, soup, salad, and juice all for 3 dollars. went back to the hotel and there was a note under our door from a lady that lived downstairs and taught english. the note said they never get people from the US in town and asked if we could stop in to her class in the morning. we met up with her and agreed on 8:30 and met her the next morning.

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    After about an hour of fielding questions from the students we went back to the hotel, packed our shit and set out toward a church I found on the internet a few miles away. it was fucking awesome.

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    they had llamas
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    After a little hike down to the check out the churck we set off toward the border of Ecuador and our further goal of Octavalo where marnix and lison had told us a place to camp. the ride was once again breathtaking.

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    more to come on this unfinished post, the internet is complete shit here!
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  10. Bonesaw

    Bonesaw Adventurer

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    Hey Alex, sometimes I get a bit tired of the way people use the word "Awesome" to describe every little thing that happens...but that church...if that doesn't deserve that word, nothing does. That picture of the side is one helluva shot. Did you guys get to go inside? Thanks for taking the time to take those pictures.
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  11. johnsonal

    johnsonal avenger of all evil

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    we both have a head set and usually for some reason "awesome" is the word that is the last before the headset is turned off. kind of like "over and out". we click it and say "hey did you see that shit"... and the other says "awesome"... we use it too much but it has become part of our lingo for the trip. but yes that church was, at the most literal term, awesome! thanks for chiming in!
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  12. johnsonal

    johnsonal avenger of all evil

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    check out the spotwalla. we are nowa movin!
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  13. johnsonal

    johnsonal avenger of all evil

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    you have been there from the beginning ben. thanks for the encouragement!
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  14. johnsonal

    johnsonal avenger of all evil

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    thanks man! jdowns had great things to say about his time with you and I do to. thanks again for your hospitality and I hope when you come on an oregon ride you can stay with me. talk to you soon!
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  15. johnsonal

    johnsonal avenger of all evil

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    continued....

    finally found some internet so I will finish the last post.

    ok, so we rode to Otavalla and to our surprise Marnix and Lison were still there waiting for us!

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    So we set up our tent and headed into town to find some whiskey

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    then we drank it all

    the next day we rode with marnix and lison to banos, a little town with some waterfalls and hotsprings and markets and stuff. we got pretty lost in Quito as no one had a working GPS and the road through Quito is a little difficult to follow. we were originally planning to go to some crater lake that Marnix knew of, but changed plans after getting lost. We stayed in banos for two nights as it was a farewell to the dutch. we would most likely not cross paths again. a very sad day but worth a celebration!

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  16. johnsonal

    johnsonal avenger of all evil

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    days ninety two, ninety three and ninety four, 4-16 to 4-18-13

    we hit the road early as we had a long ride and no map. our goal was a little town called Vilcabamba close to the border of ecuador and peru. we read somewhere that it was an all dirt border crossing for about 150 miles. we rode the amazon road and didn't regret not taking the pan am. for the first few hours it was pouring down rain. but i guess that is why they call it the rain forrest right... then the road turned into an awesome twistie mess. And then we crossed the andes on what should be called the road of 100 waterfalls. it was a great ride!

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    we arrived pretty late and had a long ride down a dirt road with a border crossing the next morning so we stayed pretty mello.

    the next morning we woke up to free breakfast and coffee then set off down the road toward peru. it was awesome. after about 20 miles it started raining and then the road turned to mud.

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    we even got a few water crossings

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    then the sun came out and the roads dried up.

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    we crossed the border into Peru after a little internet trouble while trying to fill out paperwork. we were in the middle of nowhere 70 miles down a dirt road so the fact they had internet at all was a miracle.

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    we rode another 20 miles to the town of San Ignacio and found a place to stay.

    the next day we woke up early and hit the road. another 30 miles of dirt then back to asphalt. we stopped for a break and found a few butterflies.

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    we had no idea where we were going but figured we hadn't seen the pacific ocean since Nicaragua so we headed west. Northern peru is quite the dump. litter-ally (for you kev). there is garbage everywhere. and it looks very third world. so all day I was riding wishing I was back in ecuador where the gas is 2 dollars a gallon (6 in peru) and the food was about 3 bucks for a giant plate. and things are nice! oh well ecuador is now north and i only go south so... we rode down to the trujillo area where we found a nice beach town called haunchaco beach where we will post up for a few days and figure out where to go toward next.

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  17. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    It was great seeing you at the Suzuki shop in Medellin !
    Have a great ride ( how can you not?)
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  18. johnsonal

    johnsonal avenger of all evil

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    yeah very nice to meet you. I tried to come find you guys at the shamrock but you were already out on the town. anyways keep in touch if you have any questions about anywhere I have been. enjoy the road, -alex
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  19. johnsonal

    johnsonal avenger of all evil

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    Days ninety five and ninety six, 4-19 and 4-20-13


    so we stayed in Huanchaco for two nights where I gorged myself on some of the best and cheapest ceveche I have ever eaten.

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    the next morning I slept in for once and then walked around town a bit. not much going on here but alot of surfing it seems. did a bunch of internet stuff and relaxed most of the day. then went back for more ceveche.

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    the next morning we woke up early to head east, over the Andies to a town called Caraz. Porkandcorn advised us that a road we wanted to take was closed so we took another route he suggested. That is after heading south down the boring old Pan Am for 100 miles.

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    it was a beautiful ride after that. another 100 miles of one lane road winding up to 14000 feet along steep cliffs and amazing scenery. at one point we rode for almost an hour on switchbacks and only moved about a mile closer (as the bird flies) toward our destination. at one point it got very cold and I had to stop and put my winter gloves on. I began to worry a little when the fog got so heavy I could no longer ride with my face shield closed and felt my face freezing in the "where the fuck am I" position. and then the warmth hit me as I crested the peak and began to descend down the eastern slope. once again on switchbacks down 8000 feet into Caraz. There we stopped at a few places to check prices and wound up in a hostel right by the main plaza. the people here were very friendly. we went out for chicken and rice and hit the hay.

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  20. benwiggin2

    benwiggin2 Long timer

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    still incredible man!
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