Radioman Rides the World.......

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Radioman, May 19, 2011.

  1. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    At some point Mark earned the "Pro Adventurer" status. He has become the type of person your motorcycle dealer has come in to do seminars and talk about there adventures (and hopefully pays him). It works well for filling the shop with people who are prospective ADV bike buyers, and or riders who have ADV Gear (or better bike) requirements.

    I know the local BMW dealer does this several times per year.

    Radioman PA (Pro Adventurer)
  2. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Just a quick update as I am packed up and ready to ride to Banos today.

    Was a long flight back to Quito via Atl. Left at 6:30 am and arrived Quito at 10:30 PM....

    Flights we uneventful and was glad to get back to South America.

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    Of course in Atlanta had a chance to charge up and connect witgh last minute calls and emails. Phone is now shut off again :D So I can only connect via email, FB, ADVrider and Skype :lol3

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    It was 11:30 or so after making it through Customs and immigration easily with no taxes on all the stuff I brought with me!
    As I walked through the door, I get a hearty "Hello Mark, you made it" :clap Larry is from BC and just bought a bike from Mike in Medellin, Colombia and is riding south. He has been following my ride report :clap Very Cool Welcome back. Sat and talked for a couple hours.

    Then up in the am to get things started. He had chain replaced and I needed to go get my Motorcycle!

    Cheers to fellow riders

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    Antonio came and picked me up and drove me back to his home outside Quito where I stored my bike. Paid him $20 per month. Was a bit worried how it would be getting the bike running after 4.5 months... But I connected the battery back up, and she started right up :thumb

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    Stopped over to Freedom Bike Rentals to see Court and Sylvan. Had brought new TKC-80 tires with me, so I wanted t put them on. Court was really great and rode over to the tire guys who have a balancer and I got them both put on for the next part of my ride. Thanks Court!! Great guys if you want to fly and rent in Ecuador!

    http://freedombikerental.com

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    New tires on.....ready to ride.

    Had a bunch of repacking and sorting to do...... But working on it now and then Larry and I will ride to Banos today!

    :ricky Back on the road!
  3. Jibby

    Jibby Adventurer

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    Yeah!

    Glad you're back on the road.

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  4. petefromberkeley

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    Welcome home!

    Hey that ride from Quito to Banos rocks! When you get to Banos, you can take a day trip to a town in the jungle. It's worth going. There is a waterfall along the way with an Indiana Jones style footbridge over a steep canyon. It was a bit of a walk to get to and it's hot and humid, but I still recommend it.

    Go man go! :clap
  5. malibu_dan

    malibu_dan Adventuring Mystic

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    Hadn't checked in for months, and then today I see.... :lurk WE'RE ON! Be safe, Mark!
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  6. coolsen

    coolsen Enjoying the Ride

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    Been following your adventure....most entertaining! Best wishes to you on the remainder of your ride through SA. May you be safe and enjoy your adventures. :norton
  7. Vinz Clortho

    Vinz Clortho Keymaster of Gozer

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    This is what I look like right now.

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  8. MoBill

    MoBill Smiles when says dat

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    Best Wishes Mark....I've been waiting for you to get back into this leg to say I thoroughly enjoyed our side excursion :D

    Good luck, be thinking of you and your ability to make time AND stop and smell the roses.
  9. EKIN

    EKIN Just Do It

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    I am sure the 800 was happy to see you.:clap
  10. SavannahCapt

    SavannahCapt Been here awhile

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    :wings Be Safe. Thanks for taking us along again.
  11. CourtRand

    CourtRand Been here awhile

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    We were glad to see you Mark and thanks again for the big bag of beef jerky! We hope you find the road to the Quilotoa Lake on the way to Banos. Have a great ride!
  12. Mike_drz

    Mike_drz Banned

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  13. Mike_drz

    Mike_drz Banned

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    bunch of over aged :rofl:lol3
  14. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    point that front wheel south and enjoy every second...i know you will
  15. Mr. Vintage

    Mr. Vintage Family Dude

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  16. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    OK kids....here's the deal...

    these decals are now available, and come in 2 different sizes.

    PM me for details and contact info. :deal
  17. Chapstick

    Chapstick Iron Butt rider

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    any chance of patches?
  18. ARun4Your$

    ARun4Your$ Adventurer

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    Good to see you back on the road, Doc. :clap:clap:clap
  19. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    I kin sure look into that for yas!! :deal
  20. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    As I reenter my adventure on the road, it is taking a bit of time to get sorted back out again. Have some extra gear I brought down for Young James, Hector and Sherri Jo, so my bike feels loaded down. I also returned with extra stuff that I though I needed. In the process of wedding out everything that is truly "extra" and getting rid of it.

    So I rode out of Quito headed south to Banos with Larry from BC (atadold on ADV). It took me awhile to get my bike loaded so we left around noon (yikes) ..... It was only a 4 hour ride direct as we decided it was too late to ride the road into Quilotoa Lake.

    But first a quick stop to Say Hola to Guido at Los Choris. Be sure to stop by and see him if in Quito. His restaurant is across the street from Hotel Quito.

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    We headed out the tunnel through the bypass... Goodbye Quito Had a great time here !!

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    It has been very dry here the last couple months so there are lots of fires even right up to the city.

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    We arrived in Banos at about 4 and stayed at this great Hostel recommended by many people.
    Hotel Cheminee $8.5 per person double. Just a block from main Hot Springs and close to town. Great parking and Carlos the owner is great!!

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    We took a walk around town and saw this bike. Would have loved to talk to the rider......

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    Real adventurer

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    Loved the spoke signs.....

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    Dinner the first night at Cafe Hood. Good food. You see these masks in Ecuador and they are all different and very interesting.

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    Back in South America again. Got to remember the rules. As a gringo it takes some getting used to.

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    Great view of a waterfall from the breakfast cafe at the hotel.

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    Good look over town as well. Bit cloudy today.

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    I always like the signs that I see. Item 5, just made me laugh.

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    Right near the hot springs..... Place to do Laundry

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    and also the Springs of the Virgin Mary. beautiful setting to relax.

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    Banos is a noted tourist area, with Hot springs, spa's and all kinds of outdoor adventures, biking, 4 wheel dune buggies, rafting, climbing, hiking, etc. Place you could spend some time doing these things.

    Next day we took a ride down the Canyon toward Puyo which is in the Amazon Jungle. Always interesting to see the street vendors. Lots of full pigs prepared for a meal.

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    We stopped and took a 10 minute walk down to see a waterfall... It was huge and fun to be in the mist. But the hike back up took 30 minutes as it was a steep climb.

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    Down the valley there were many water falls.

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    You could Zip line over to this one. :eek1

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    Then we rode up into the mountain toward the Volcano. But we could not see it :cry

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    Fun exploring! Lots of greenhouses growing fruits, vegetables !

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    After exploring around and a great dinner at the Swiss Bistro we signed up for a Steam Bath in a box at the hotel. Might as well try out some of the local attractions.

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    it was a 45 mile experience of Hot steam in the box, and then torturous cold water treatments :lol3 But it felt great!

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    Was great to be back on the road, but I am feeling the pull to continue south as I had spent a fair amount of time in Ecuador, I need to get my bike serviced in Lima. So I only stayed a couple night in Banos. Larry stayed on to explore and I would leave on Saturday morning to ride to Cuenca.