Lobsters to Llamas, Maritimes to Argentina

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  1. Kedgi

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    I gotta tell ya Cal, you said it all in one paragraph.

    You can only suck in so much diesel climbing hills at high elevation, you can only kick your butt so much for not knowing some Spanish, riding down here can be taxing and it's not just the riding it's the day to day interaction we all have to go through.

    My best friend, Tom. Who is a real stand up smart guy I have known since I was a kid emailed me tonight and said, he would have "Pulled the plug on the trip long ago" I can't tell you how much that means to me, nor can i tell you how much the company of my German backpacker friends has meant to me throughout this trip. I have been so down I was thinking they had moved on. What a dumbass I am. I should have known better.

    I have changed my plan to go to Chile at the absolute last minute because I just heard from Jana and Malene. I had emailed and said i am skipping Bolivia so I guess it's good bye for now. They both just emailed and said we just arrived in Cusco after 21 hours on the bus, knowing you would be wondering where we are. Please don't leave for Chile, we have a birthday to celebrate......Boy do I feel better. Now I can do some stuff here with friends instead of just twiddling my thumbs.

    To all you readers...Thanks so much for your kind words, support and interaction with me as I find my way through SA, you won't know how much it means until YOU come down here solo.

    Poolman, you're extraordinary, Thanks so much! ...have I got a picture for you!

    Kedgi
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    Thanks FA

    They always say...write about what you know, I know what it's like to ride solo in SA. I know the reward of meeting really good people. I didn't have to come here to discover that, I've known it for many years. I have a sixth sense about people, just ask Angele, she will tell you.

    If you are dreaming about a trip like this, or anything else, you are halfway there. Start taking concrete steps to make it happen.

    I, like you, love reading ride reports that talk about life, love haappiness, and what all of those things involve. I encouage any reader of mine to read Radioman's report. If you don't learn something about what's important in life, or what it takes to be a truly good person, I'll be surprised. It's easy to find here on ADV, he's has over a million hits, I have had one tenth of that.

    Also read John Down's report. Extrodinary! His insite into life, culture, travel and economics can teach us all something.

    I just write what I know, and feel, and struggle with, and love and I'm glad you all enjoy it.

    Kedgi
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    Stan Dalone Gotta get me somma dat

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    I call that "keepin it real!". :clap
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    I am Cesar Garcia.
    Sorry my English is very bad :shog:shog .

    I live in Medellin Colombia :thumb:thumb:thumb.

    I was in the desert between Piura and Chiclayo without fuel :baldy:baldy:baldy:baldy:baldy. then watch kedgi going on a motorcycle KLR650.

    Thank thank thank you I will be eternally grateful for your help.

    You know you have a friend in Medellin Colombia for more when you come :dutch:dutch:dutch:dutch :freaky:freaky:freaky:freaky.

    Here is the video when we are desert


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLkmpkydUnc

    Bon voyage my friend :thumb:thumb:thumb[/QUOTE]


    Cesar

    Mucho Gusto!

    It was my pleasure to meet you and make a friend in the desert

    That was a bad day in the desert, windy, sand blowing, getting darker. Thanks so much for providing the excellent video link. It is one thing for me to talk about what it can be like to ride across the desert. It's great for my readers to be able to see it.

    I certainly enjoyed our evening in Chiclayo. I will be sure to contact you if I make another trip to Colombia. You have a friend in Canada

    Dwight


    Kedgi
  5. Kedgi

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    After finally hearing from Jana and Malene last night I realize we had our wires crossed. It may have been a language thing, you have to remember these two extremely bright ladies communicate to me through their third and fourth languages. They are outstanding people and so are Lawrence and Niko. I just have the email addresses for the two young ladies and communicate to the group through them.

    I left Lima a day before them. I told them I would email where I was when I stopped because there were several options, within 100 kms of each other. I ended up in Paracas. I emailed. Malene emailed and said they would catch the noon bus out of Lima to meet me. When they never showed up and the last bus was empty I was really quite worried. I emailed and said so. I emailed and said I was worried and I said if your headed to Cusco I wont' wait here any more I'll see you in Cusco. Bad wording I guess!!!

    Malene said in an email I was very relieved to get, that they couldn't make the bus connection to Paracas but they were fine in Ica and would see me in Cusco. She thought I meant I wouldn't wait for them any longer. I didn't understand their intention was to backtrack to Paracas the next day. I was assuming that since they had passed Paracas they would just continue south. We passed each other opposite direction, the next day, them wondering what had made me so impatient and me wondering, a couple days later, if I had unintentionally done something to offend them. Travel and travel arrangements can be tough, especially in different languages. I guess I will have to learn Danish and German as well as Spanish. I've really got my work cut out for me.

    It's all sorted. I am sooooooo looking forward to seeing them later today!:clap

    Now I can have the break I needed and spend some quality time with quality friends

    Kedgi
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    With the unbelievable help of Poolman, I was able to go back to Norton's Pub and find and sign the Rider's guest book.

    ADVrider is an amazing resource. It's hard to believe a guy in the Washington DC area can tell a guy, he's never met, who's from Shediac, NB, what to look for in a book in a bar in Cusco Peru in almost real time. How cool is that? Thanks Poolman.

    Can you tell I was happy to find the book? Oh and by the way, poolman, I had the Cusquena for you:1drink

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    Kedgi
  7. Reaver

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    Rock on Dwight!!!! :clap A fortunate turn of events.

    It's so cold here I still haven't installed my Christmas farkles on the bike! The Great White North.

    Thanks again for the inspiration.
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    It is indeed fortuneate not to have left before they got here. I am trying to meet up with them in the next few minutes to play some chess with Niko while the girls walk around and shop.

    It's about 15C here right now, not exactly warm but a lot better than Winter

    Kedgi
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    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    Awesome Kedgi, I'm glad things are taking a turn for the better! I can almost taste that ice cold Cusquena :freaky
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    Long time lurker, or longish anyway.
    I have to say that I appreciate your honesty with your report, the good and the less good.
    I am glad you are feeling better about this epic trip you have embarked on. It something I would love to do but I don't think my "plumbing" could handle the food so well.
    Anyway, I just wanted to say that there are probably a ton of people like me riding your report, imagining or wishing that they are with you.
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    Hi Dwight
    The smile on your face says it all ! I am glad your friends have arrived and you will be able to hang out for a few days and take a well needed break. Hope you recharge and enjoy the time with friends so that you can carry on feeling like a new guy! When you are all alone in a strange place and everything is out of sorts it can be a very lonely place ! But even one friend can make all the difference in the world. And knowing you as I do, you will have hundreds of new friends before you finish your journey. With you every mile along your way,
    Jim
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    Thanks Jim

    I can't tell you how nice it was to see Jana, Niko, Lawrence and Malene. We had a nice day together. Niko and I played Chess, we all played darts. We discovered we are all lousy dart players, so we have that in common. Then we all took a break back at our hostals and met at 7pm for dinner. great to have friends around. Awesome.
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    Jana and i had hoped to celebrate our birthdays toghter. Mine is on February 6th and hers is on the 7th. She wants to have a party, that starts on my birthday and ends on hers. I like the way she thinks but sadly I don't think it will happen. It looks like tomorrow is the last day we will spend together. They are going on a four day hike to Macchu Picchu. That's something I won't be doing. 50 steps at this elevation is enough for me. I felt quite sick this morning. This altitude stuff sucks. Jana is quite stuffed up and feeling sick too and she may have to cancel the hike. I guess we'll know better tomorrow.

    My bike is a parking that is locked up on Sunday so they leave on their hike on Sunday and I will just chill here until Monday then leave for Puno. There are a couple other guys I met in Cartagena who will likely be there too. Then I think my plan is to ride around Bolivia via Chile. Then head for Buenos Aries. I have about 3700 kms to go, not counting detours to see things. I can see the end approaching.

    By the time my Birthday comes I will likely be in Argentina and Jana and co. only plan to be in La Paz. They say thats a 10 hour bus ride from here, I haven't checked my maps, but if that's the case I can't see hanging around here for another several days or even doing Punos and trying to kill time to make the party happen. I don't want to disappoint Jana but I need a plan.

    Kedgi
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    I'm really glad to have you following along. The food kills me. Again tonight, another restarant another less than appetizing meal. I went where the kids wanted to go, they seem to tolerate it. Malene says she loves the food. I don't get it. She had spinach soup. I had a chicken breast, cooked to death, french fries that looked like the spuds had an issue and they were stone cold. Oh my.

    When Niko and I played chess today we were at Norton's pub. We ordered their burgers. YUM! It was really good. Real ground beef, cooked, hot, on a nice bun. Wonderful! I'll have another one of them before I leave Cusco. OMG it was so nice to have something good to eat.

    Speaking of plumbing, hostals down here in many cases don't provide toilet paper. many don't have toilet seats for that matter. Lawrence was saying his hostal is the same as mine, no TP. The stores all sell it so you have to bring your own. I say build it in you price. I find that very strange but that's the way it is. BTW you can't flush any paper. It goes in a little trash bin beside the flush.

    So this morning Lawrence has to go. There is no TP, he doesn't have any, he goes to the front desk, they sell it, 1 Sole, like 30 cents. It just so happened he didn't have one sole on him at the time. He begged for credit, they relented.

    I'm just thinking maybe I should have separated the dinner description and the TP post but, What the hell.
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    Altitude = more water. Less booze. Might make you feel a bit better up there.
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    I have learned to take it very easy on the beer and I'm drinking water as I write this. It's very good advice for anyone that comes to these high elevations. The hostal even sells a compressed gas can like a big can hairspray used to come in, sort of, called an oxishot. You can give yourself a blast of Oxygen if you need it. I didn't drink at all tonight and I have been on the water but I felt sick to my stomach for a while this morning and have that heartburn feeling you get at altitude or at least I get at altitude. I'm fine but I'm aware of the feeling and I'm very tired and calling it a night at 11pm. I found today that i got a headache playing chess. malene said that your bloodflow really slows down and that's likely why. It's funny, elevation didn't seem to effect her, Lawrence or Niko at all, Myself and Jana are a different story, both not feeling well. I said to them I would love to go out with you guys tonight but I just don't feel that well.

    Tomorrow they have things to do to get ready for the hike and I need a haircut again, have to do some route planning etc, so were going to get together after lunch. I am having one of those great burgers or KFC while I have the chance.

    Good Night

    Kedgi
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    Sounds like a good description on why the Broncos played the Ravens so darn poorly. Brain cells die at altitude.
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    hi kedgi...

    i really enjoy read your rr... about the altitude you can try the coca tea, 'Te de coca' in spanish, i was in Cusco in few years ago and the tea worked very well for me...

    in Bolivia the food is worst, when i was in there i just eat pizza, but when you arrives in argentina and chile the level of food will increase a lot... in argentina you can try the beef of chorizo...is one of the better meat in SA...

    i'll be on de road to cusco in march and after i'll go down to san pedro de atacama on chile... who knows we meet our paths...and if you came to Brazil...we'll be with the doors open for you here and will be a pleasure help you on your pass through this country...

    i hope you continue enjoying your travel and don't be sad because the more interesting in this type of journey is the differences between the people and culture.....

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    One of the riders that crossed on the Stahratte trip I was supposed to have been on is here in Cusco. He had some issues with his bike earlier this month that delayed him quite a while in Cali, Colombia.

    Now he's had a crash while riding in the sacred valley near here. he's OK, some scrapes and bruises is all, but when he tried to restart the bike, the engine has issues. He may have to truck it to BMW Lima.

    I have offered assistance, such as I can offer. I told him about Alex Luna at Peru Moto Tours, that I happen to know about thanks to Poolman's excellent advice.

    Fred has another contact, Jefferson through Norton's. People Fred knows in Cali. they say he can find Jefferson at Norton's and that Jefferson is a good guy that should be able to help.

    I have offered to buy Fred a coffee at Starbucks this morning and I've offered to meet him and introduce him to my backpacker friends at Nortons this afternoon. We are all getting together there at 2pm

    I have plans to leave here Monday for Lake Titicaca. I have figured out where I can ride and spend a few days and still meet Jana in La Paz for our birthdays. What I can't figure out is how to make my birthday my 19th like hers.

    I am beginning to acclimatize to the elevation. I had a pretty good sleep last night and feel much better. Not 100% but much better. This high elevation can really kick your butt.

    I have some picture to post asap

    Kedgi
  20. SparkyL

    SparkyL Been here awhile

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    Hey Dwight,
    I have to confess that I stopped following your RR back in October when you posted about your troubles with your GPS and I-84 with trucks whizzing by and your bike conking out, etc. I told myself there is no frickin' way this guy is gonna make it to Texas, never mind SA.
    I checked back in a few weeks ago, where I left off, and holy crap! You're doing great! I'm all caught up now and I'm loving your RR. Your honesty and candor is refreshing. Please keep going and reporting. I'm with you for the duration. If you ride through this area on your way home, let me know. Burgers or steak (and beer) on me.
    I think it was Eddyturn that brought up a point that I've been wondering about: are you drinking enough water or juice on this trip? I'm not a doctor, but I believe loss of appetite is one of the symptoms of dehydration. This brings up one of the four main obstacles to a trip like this for me; I consume a lot of water and I would worry about availability of pure water in some of the countries you have been through. The other three are $, time, and No Habla Espanol.
    I have to say that you have a big set of brass _____ doing what you're doing. Ride safe and keep up the good work!
    Thanks. :clap:clap:clap

    Dave