Lobsters to Llamas, Maritimes to Argentina

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Kedgi, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. Kedgi

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    My little spill in Hidroelectrica did more damage than I initially thought.

    Last March just before I did my Florida trip I was shoveling heavy wet snow at home. I woke up the next morning and I could not move. Angele had to help me get out of bed and I made it the few steps to the bathroom door and I locked onto the doorframe and I could not move. I waited about 20 minutes hoping the shooting pain up the rightside of my ribcage would go away but it wouldn't. Angele called an Ambulance and they took me to the Moncton Hospital like I was a six foot log. Did it ever hurt! The ambulance attendant told me, while I was still locked to the door frame, "I have good news and bad news" He said "The good news is were going to take you to hospital and get you some help, that bad news is it's really going to hurt, so i advise you to scream a lot and scream really loud because it makes it more fun for your neighbours" He got me laughing and it hurt even worse. I followed his advice.

    Flash forward from that day last March, until yesterday, I walked around Cusco yesterday, enjoying this beautiful city, but feeling a little sluggish from the elevation after a couple days down lower. I sat in the magnificent square and really enjoyed a performance by the Police band in the park, and I enjoyed people watching, I drank a couple litres of water trying to acclimatize again.

    Then after a good day i came back to the hostal, laid down for a hour and when i woke up, I was surprised to find out my ribs on my right side have locked up again and I can hardly friggen move. So, i know the drill, I've been through it before, i have to do some of the physio I was taught the last time to get my ribs muscles to relax. I'm sure i injured them reefing on the handlebars in an attempt to keep the bike upright instead of just letting it fall.

    I have everything I need here. I can eat well, I can see the Superbowl, my bike is secure, I like my hosts and they like me. I plan to stay until Monday and I can still meet up with my German friends in time for mine and Jana's combined birthday party as planned, so it really doesn't cramp my schedule or plans at all to take some extra rest. The RR will slow down but not stop and in a few days I'll get this show back on the road. It's all good. Except that it hurts to move or breathe today.

    Kedgi
  2. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    I suppose the best I can suggest is to enjoy your inevitable downtime now. The lesson to let it go once it reaches a certain point is a lesson most of us learn if we ride long enough. I know I have. Good to hear that you are reasonably well set for your break time.

    EMT's in Canada sound like a merry bunch too.
  3. Kedgi

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    I can think of worse places to be laid up.

    You know I likely would have let it go a lot sooner but I was so far back in the middle of nowhere I really couldn't count on any help. I just lucked in when the Hydro truck came along.

    That EMT guy was really funny, too funny at the time, he was killin' me.

    Kedgi
  4. BKMLWR

    BKMLWR Wondering around...

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    glad to hear you know the drill to get going again
    for some reason we all seem to try to save a tall bike when it goes and we can't do anything about it....:norton
    did a little riding up around Elgin, Alma, ST Martins a couple yrs ago and dropped the KLR on a washed out snowmobile trail....no place to put the feet down...
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    slide A nation in despair

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    If you haven't yet, then you also need to experience the 'pull over'. You lift your overloaded bike too enthusiastically off the side stand. This puts it over center leaning to the right. Then the overloaded bike falls onto the right side pulling you down on top of it.

    Right undignified!
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    I almost did that pull over trick at a gas station in Deer Lake NL on my first Trans Labrador trip. The extra 50 pounds or so of gas I had just added nearly pulled me right over when I brought the bike off the kick stand.
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    On the way back from Machu Picchu I stopped to lube my chain after all the wet dirt riding and my shift lever was a bit loose so I thought I'd tighten that too. I lubed the chain and then looked for my tools. Gone! They had been in my locked left side bag all along, where were they? Gone!

    The only thing I can think is I set them on the floor at the shop in Lima when I was searching for my spare brake pads. When the boys were finished with the bike they rolled the bike out front of the shop. I'll bet I never put the bag of tools back and they never noticed until after I was gone. Rats! Anyway the bike has a tool kit. I've never used it before but I'm glad it does. It had what I needed and will suffice for the rest of the trip. I didn't have a lot of tools, maybe $150 worth but I'll miss my nice little multitool.

    You are going to lose things on a trip of this length. So far I lost a Camel back and replaced it, sunglasses and replaced them, now tools and I have replacements. The thing is that absolutely everything you carry is essential and it hurts to lose something because you need it.
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    Yup it sucks KLR's are so high to start with, a lttle slope or a big rock can really make you vulnerable to a tip over.
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    I'm happy to report that my ribs are feeling better. It's a miracle what a Tylenol 3 can do. I know that just helps with the pain and I still need to take it easy for a few days but I sure feel better. I can move and breathe again

    I've had better luck meeting people too.

    I went for a nice chicken sandwich and a beer at Norton's yesterday and met Chris a student from Boston who is here studying Peruvian history, culture, and Spanish. Very interesting smart guy. I sure enjoyed his company.


    Chris and me on the balcony at Norton's

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    I went back to my hostal got some rest and went back to Norton's at Happy Hour. It seems to be the best place to meet someone who speaks English. I was lucky enough to meet the owner, Jeff. What a great guy. When he heard I was a long distance rider he sat right down and we talked for a couple hours about bikes, trips, business, Peru, families, everything. It was great to meet such a nice and entertaining guy. He rode from Arizona to the south Tip on a Norton, way back in 1986, ended up in Peru on his return and will likely never leave. He has built a great business in Norton's and is in the process of building a hotel in Northern Peru.

    Jeff

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    So yesterday was the kind of day I dreamed of when starting this trip. I love meeting new people, and having wonderful conversations, it was great.

    I saw this tequila, I've never seen before, Sauza Hacienda, had to try a shot. Yum! This will stop your ribs from bothering you.

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    Here's the Police Band I saw in the square

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    A Transito. These traffic police are everywhere trying to keep the traffic moving. what a concept, in North America we slow the traffic, here they speed it up.

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    This is where Trusty has been resting until we're ready to go again

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    Turns out Batman has given up any hope of a Hollywood comeback and has opened a succesful tour company in Cusco, Peru. Who knew?

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    I went for a walk this morning and saw these two nice rental bikes from MotoPeru. A brand new Transalp and a brand new 660 Tenere. Nice bikes for rentals! Nice Bikes!

    The two riders were Spanish speaking, I tried to talk to them briefly. The one rider told me he had done an Alaska trip in the past. I didn't want to hold them up, a Transito was giving them the eye for where they were parked.

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    Thanks Poolman

    That's an excellent photo of the way the road is just carved into the side of the mountain and the sharp hairpin turns where you can't see the opposite direction traffic. Crazy road!

    I met a guy here at the hostal this morning who is a Machu Picchu guide. he has made over 300 trips to MP. He was booking a Chilean couple seats on the train right from Cusco. he thinks people that book trips in the mini vans through that Santa Maria to Hidroelectrica road are crazy. I can only imagine what he thought of me when i told him I rode my moto there. His eyes got pretty wide.

    Kedgi
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    casey sohc Been here awhile

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    these are great pictures,hope that you are feeling better....a few days bumbling around will recharge your batteries,a friend of mine raises Alpacas in Sussex nb i am going to forward the Lama pictures if you don't mind...thats awesome picture of you chilaxin with a llama.too bad about your tools,the bad thing is you don't have them, the good thing is you didn't need them.being a mechanic i now have a lot more respect of the "Trusty"KLR...safe trip keep us in the loop! Cheers JJ
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    I really needed a rest. I feel very comfortable in Cusco now. I saw Jeff again yesterday for a few minutes. It's amazing how just knowing someone in town makes me feel better. I met two nice NY guys, Evan and Jordan, and they plan to watch the Superbowl with Jeff and me, so it should be fun.

    My ribs are feeling a lot better

    The girls Malene and Jana have been in touch and will be in La Paz for the birthday party, so that's good. I should be able to make it there. They were pretty worried about me when they heard I hurt myself and offered to do anything they could. I'm sure if I had been badly hurt they would have come back to Cusco to help me. Nice to have good friends nearby when you are so far from home

    Now if I can just get a coffee this morning everything will be good. I've already been for a walk and nothing is open, Sunday morning. I meant to buy more instant coffee yesterday and I forgot.
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    Thanks JJ

    By all means,please feel free to forward the Lllama pictures.

    I can't say enough good about my KLR. It has brought me to Peru, as well as twice across the Trans Lab, and from Miami to home via Key West and Talladega. I never had a bike I rode so much

    It was stupid about the tools but in the end I didn't have to have them. It would have been a pain to replace them down here. It's not like you can walk over to Canadian Tire.

    Kedgi
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    I've been saying how violent the river is that runs from Agua Caliente to Hidroelectrica. I shot this bit of video from my hotel. Check it out. No wonder Peru is making power with this river.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGXR9tJhb1A
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    This is a long video and it took a long while to download to Youtube. But today I'm just waiting for the Superbowl, so I finally got it done.

    This is video i shot of my ride into, through and out of Medellin, Colombia on a Saturday morning,

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    Well, after waiting all morning, only the first four minutes of the video downloaded. WAPITA

    In any case you can see the beginning of the descent into Medellin with a view of the city below

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2OkGVGidW0&feature=youtube_gdata

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    I think I have it now********

    Video of my ride through downtown Medellin Colombia on a Saturday morning.

    http://youtu.be/GCcbTkmM93M


    Kedgi
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    Kedgi,

    Enjoyed you last couple of video's, does a very good job of showing us you adventure.

    I'm no master in video editing or posting by any means, but try to keep your video under 3 minutes long. Two minutes are better.
    This way your not sucking up all the band width at your disposal, and if somebody else jumps in on the same connection it may not drop you out.

    If you have a long video to post, try breaking it up into several short video's. This will make it much easier to upload and if it fails to upload you'll know it sooner. You may have wifi but that doesn't mean it fast enough.

    Safe travels,
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    It's a lot of work to do videos. I'm learning as i go. That's good advice to keep them short.

    Thanks

    Kedgi
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    I'm leaving Cusco today headed toward the Bolivian border. I had a great time last night at Norton Rat's Pub watching the Superbowl with Jeff, the Pub's owner. He's a biker too and he and I hit it right off. I would encourage any of you who ride down here to stop in to Norton Rats. It's on the main square in Cusco, near the Cathedral.
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    :clap I believe I was there about 10 years ago. But without a bike. Is ist north of the Cathedral, in the direction of Sexywoman (I mean "Saqsaywaman)? Had a great time there though.