LoneStar's Adventure to South America

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by LoneStar, Sep 7, 2017.

  1. Parcero

    Parcero Mundial

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    The Praying for Pavement stage—I know it well! The scenery sure was nice!
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  2. dano619

    dano619 Been here awhile

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    ADVENTURE!!
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  3. ONandOFF

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    To adapt a familiar saying to this situation, it is better to have gone, and dealt with problems, than to never have gone at all.

    Anybody who attempts it earns their adventure badge, so to speak. It's not things going wrong which earn it. Shit happens which can't be predicted; it's the willingness to go despite the myriad possibilities which earn it.

    That truly is one of the most beautiful places on earth to experience, in my opinion. It's breathtaking.

    Oh yeah, you forgot to add "panting" to the list above. ;)

    Sometimes people talk about checking the weather radar before deciding when and where to roll.

    I also seem to recall reading about several cases where the BMWs lost the rear shock damping in South America, and the difficulties involved with securing a replacement. That was over the years so hopefully it's less of a problem these days.

    So, where are you, and what's the plan now?
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  4. Hootowl

    Hootowl Long timer

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    WOW! Fantastic! Beautiful! Captivating!
    I can't find the words to describe the emotional impact this image has on me.
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  5. marcomatose

    marcomatose Adventurer

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    Hey Lonestar, when I went to peru in 2015 I found this info on M.P. First off you cannot just roll up and visit M.P. You MUST get your tickets in advance. I used Eric Adventures as I rented a bike from him. He is located in Cusco, the gateway to M.P. Call up and talk to the young lady running the office. They get the tickets from the ministry of tourism. After securing the tickets you may then purchase a train ticket with proof of entrance to M.P. You get a reservation on the train leaving Ollontaytambo. Again let Eric adventures do this for you or whomever you chose. Pick up your tickets in Cusco then ride to Ollontaytambo. I stayed at the Intitambo hotel, 4 blocks up on the high side of town. If you go, ask for the top floor corner room. It has a 250 degree view of town which in itself is very historic. A place to secure your trusty steed and, the best breakfast we had in awhile. At the time it was the newest place in town, very affordable and I got a great history lesson from a employee. Hope this helps you in your visit. P.S. look for the crazy B&B on the cliff face on the right side close to O town, see if you can figure out how they get up there.
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  6. Buckee

    Buckee Ah, Grasshopper...

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    LoneStar, might help warm you up to hear I read your Christmas Story to my mom, wife, & daughter last night. Had 'em all cryin' their eyes out - tears of happiness for you and the poor & disadvantaged folks back in Cuenca.

    Stay safe my friend!
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  7. Kegler

    Kegler Been here awhile

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    Thanks so much for providing your ride report, pictures, and video of places I know I will never have time to visit in the way you are.
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  8. ONandOFF

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    Get ready for your bank account to take a hit if you're going to Machu Picchu the easy tourist way. There are ways to go and save big but they take work and research. Something like a back way in and a fair hike, maybe a hidroeléctrica involved? I don't recall the details of that because it's not on my list. But it's obviously amazing and a must see for most tourist types.

    Add: there's some info here from Patrick:
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...illy-to-ushuaia.1078852/page-30#post-28763363
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  9. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    Thanks to all and you Buckee. I wish the choice of rain or not was available :D, but at the altitude it's just what it is. Been a lot of rain in the area.
    Made it to Lima and finally a bit of rest. Realized I've been riding almost 9-10 hrs a day for the last 7 days and it's been in a lot of bad weather. From San Luis to Barranca was a very long day, the last several hours in 40 degrees rain and high winds across a 13500 highland area then down through thick fog in dark to lowlands. Made it into Lima the next day.

    Peru is amazing in that you're in stinging Andes sleet and 3 hours later you're riding through the Sahara in wind, sand and massive dunes.

    If I had one week for a major adventure, the road from Chimbote to Yungay, then across to San Luis and back to Carhuaz, then to Lima along the coast and the desert would be perfect. Canyon, Alpine dirt pass, indigenous village, blacktop amazing pass, Saharan desert all in 4 days
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  11. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    Thanks my friend!
  12. Parcero

    Parcero Mundial

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    Just curious if you recorded the audio narrative live or dubbed in in later. Pretty amazing videos that really tell it like it sometimes is.
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    On the fly
  14. SoosCreek

    SoosCreek Angle of Repose...

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    Been following all along and with the Alaska trip. Great photos as always and I love the new video. Shows what this is really all about.
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  15. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    Hey Parcero - the Sena 10C headset/cam records whatever the mic picks up - voice and/or music if it's playing through the headset. Generally gets my pervert style heavy breathing - amplified by so little oxygen at those elevations :lol3
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  16. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    Just left the bike at the TouraTech compound so they can pull the rear shock and see what's up. Ivan there is really great and hospitable. They have a well stocked place that's first class and a lot of riding jackets and gear.

    The rear shock was set up for my weight, luggage, a passenger and a bit extra, so am surprised it blew at about 15,000 miles. I said 9k in the video but had forgotten about a few months in Mexico. The front is feeling soft now as well so I'm not sure if it has tanked also. The parking lot bounce test he did looked like a wallowing whale.

    BTW, a Lima taxi ride makes NYC taxis look like a children's park merry-go-round.
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    Sounds quite promising!
  18. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    The "Seafood Adventure Loop"

    A. Chimbote - ceviche for lunch

    3N thru Cañon del Pato to...

    B. Yungay - pollo for dinner

    Road 106 over pass to...

    C. San Luis - cuy for dinner

    Road 107 over pass to...

    D. Carhuaz - trucha for lunch

    3N over pass to...

    E. Barranca - pescado frito for dinner

    Then enjoy the wind, sand, sea views and sand dunes heading for Lima.


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  19. tragerbon

    tragerbon Been here awhile

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    As someone else has already mentioned, this a an amazing photograph, I saved it yesterday as my background. It almost looks like a painting, the colors and contrast pull me into it, like a stamp in time !
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  20. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    Thanks Trager and @Hootowl That shot was fast and furious. These ladies aren't into photos or strangers for sure. I'm absolutely fascinated by their dress and faces. The hats and colors are beautiful, and seeing them along the roads and fields, carrying huge bundles or herding sheep or cattle is like seeing multicolor flowers in a muted landscape. They avoid you and hide faces when a camera is out, but they are confident in themselves and will look hard at you to read your soul.
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