Radioman Rides the World.......

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

  1. Ben Carufel

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    Mark, certain parts of that last update of yours sound like they're written by a non-English speaker!

    You sure you're not assimilating into the Spanish speaking culture?!?

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  2. JoDawg

    JoDawg Been here awhile

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    Mark, those buns are all shell with nothing inside. You get tired of them pretty fast, trust me! LOL
  3. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    Today was a good day to pick up the old book(thread) and see what Mark is up to. Good stuff. :thumb
  4. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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  5. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Had a great room at El Patio Hostel. My own outdoor seating area, and large comfortable bed!

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    Tuesday Am was up early with my paperwork filled out online for my Brazil visa. Walked the 14 blocks to the Embassy so I would be there when they opened.

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    I speak to a man at the counter, hand over my passport, Printed application from online and think I am ready to go. NOT.

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    He tells me I need a couple of my credit card as well. :huh which I did not bring with me. So back I go to get the CC and make a copy. :deal Thinking this will get my application into the process. no problem.

    He also gives me the bank slip that I need to pay $160 USD as part of the visa process. Yikes. I am sure the US must do this to Brazil visitors as well. So I stop at their bank and deposit the $ as well and bring the full receipt. OK ready again to get it turned in.

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    I get back and a different guy is at the counter :huh He takes all my paperwork, asks me to wait, then goes in the back. He waves me back up, and then says I need 3 months of Bank statements to go with my application :eek1 what why did the other guy not tell me....... Smile and head back to my computer to get the paperwork for bank statement, and then printed them out....... Back to Embassy for third time in less than 3 hours...... smiling after 90 blocks of walking :D

    Ok third time has to be a charm.

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    OK Brazil Visa turned in...... Have a few other items to get done while I am in a big city. Lima has lots of American restaurants and businesses. Always strange. two doors down from my hostel....

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    I change Hostels to the Flying Dog Hostel that is right on the square as mine did not have the room available for my time in Lima. So I moved. it was cheaper also. 81 Soles per night ($31.76 USD) it is right on Parque Kennedy so it is easy to just walk out and have stuff all around to do.

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    Miraflores is a really nice area of Lima.

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    Thanks to ADV I met up with GordoJordo and his girlfriend Anne. We took a bus around Miraflores to get a little look at the city. Was fun meeting up with them and hearing their stories as they have been in Paraguay for a couple years in the peace corp, and then bought a KLR and are traveling for 6-8 months before returning to the PNW! :clap :clap

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    Inca ruins right in the city

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    And a few other buildings in town that are interesting!

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    Then the bus took us down to look near the ocean and large parks along the ocean as well as a coast road that reminds me of the PCH in California.

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    Parque Del Amore

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    and the coastline. The weather is cloudy here .... 60's like PNW :)

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    Had to go to dinner and have Cerviche

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    and scallops with Parmesan cheese. Yummy!

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    I am always draw to different aspects of the countries and places that I visit. In Lima many stop lights and crossing lights have timers on them....

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    Now I am just waiting in Lima for my Brail visa, and Bike to be completed with Maintenance. :norton But getting some things done for down the line in my trip. Place arranged for Cusco, research on Antartica boats and deals, some other issues as well. Always lots of things to work out ahead of time ......


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  6. Idahosam

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    OK Mark :huh Now I'm confused, as I have no understanding on why you need to provide your bank statement for a friffin tourist Visa???

    Other than that looks like your having a Good time :thumb. So! where's Mr young James and Posse?




    Oh one more thing.................................................. :drif:dizave
  7. SS in Vzla.

    SS in Vzla. Totally Normal? I'm not!

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    It's probably so they can verify you actually have the funds to cover your stay while in country.
    The US asks for the bank statements also when some foreigner is applying for a visa and a letter from your employer and your tax returns and papers stating any properties you might own and your credit card statements and your marriage certificate and your children's birth certificates and...and... and... :lol3

    Nice to see Radioman on the road again!
  8. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    We Americans are a bit sheltered from what others need to do entering our country. :thumb!
  9. Radioman

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  10. Smithee

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    A friendly from Redmond, WA travels to brazil 2-3 times a year for business. I recall him telling a story similar to yours about difficulties getting a visa to enter the country. Hope the visa comes through for you soon.

    I'm really enjoying your updates and photos.
  11. JoDawg

    JoDawg Been here awhile

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    Hey Mark, when we were just there we were based in Miraflores, very nice area. We were staying about a 10 min. walk from the Parque Del Amore. That walk along the coast is spectacular as you found out. We were told is is usually overcast with that mist all the time due to the Pacific and the altitude combination. That pic of the resturant out on the breakwall in the ocean, I wondered how many times it has had to be rebuilt after the storms. Keep on enjoying Lima as you have much to experience yet in Peru.

    Cheers, Jody
  12. matloik

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    Hey, Mark, just in case--I for one, and I presumably there are others, am very much interested in the various travel logistics and other details--border crossings, lodgings, prices, etc.--things that make traveling and living/visiting there different than home. I think those are just as much a part of the travel experience as the scenery and food, e.g.. Don't ever not elaborate on those things because you think you might bore us with such details. Cheers.
  13. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Thanks. I try to include these details and the experiences because they are certainly a big part of riding in foreign countries. Sometimes they are easy and sometimes they just take time.

    I have started working on trying to figure out about boats to Antarctica, routes, last minute boats booking etc. It takes time to search the web, find helpful and informative people etc. :deal But as I work at it and find the resources, I will share them for sure.

    Also talk about money and costs so that others have an idea what to expect!

    Thanks for the encouragement!
  14. AndréBigTrailRider

    AndréBigTrailRider VIAJAR É PRECISO...!

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    Good afternoon Radioman, his prediction of arrival to Brazil?
  15. AndréBigTrailRider

    AndréBigTrailRider VIAJAR É PRECISO...!

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    Which city will pass through Brazil? We already have idea?
  16. Radioman

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    Do not really know yet. Making my way through Peru and then need to decide! Will let you know but always interested in advise,

    My plan is to arrive in Ushuaia in December ish. But no real plan yet. Might go down thought Bolivia, Chile into Argentina and then back into Brazil..... Stay tuned!
  17. Radioman

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    Lima is a large city, and I have had stuff to do, like my Brazil Visa, BMW service, Laundry etc. It is one of the stops on the way that you feel like just relaxing and not rushing about trying to see things. So much of the journey is seeing things outside of the big city at least for me.

    At breakfast this was the placemat......... Like it!

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    But I did do a tour on the double decker to see a bit of the city, with Jordan and Anne which was fun. Then last night we took a cab to the "Magic Fountains" in central Lima.

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    Here they are in the "tunnel of water" Very cool colors and was fun to walk through the large park.

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    And more fountains before we reach the main attraction.

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    Saw several young girls dressed up for photos, and posing by the fountains. Assume it was Quinceanera

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    Then the main fountain with a laser show...

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    This morning I was just taking a walk down by the ocean, Parque Amour.

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    Your high above the ocean looking out to the west. Has been cloudy since I got here. Getting anxious to ride on.

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    Nice views.

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    Lots of surfers taking advantage of the breakers.

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    Then at the appointed time, I walked back to the Brazilian Embassy. Hoping that they would have my visa done otherwise I would have a whole 5 more days as next week as a holiday Monday and Tuesday. Was anxious, But It was ready!:clap :clap OK. Ready to depart Lima in the AM!! Great!!

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  18. SS in Vzla.

    SS in Vzla. Totally Normal? I'm not!

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    WOW! 5 days... that's great!!!
    Throttlemeister was told it would take 15 working days in the Brazil Embassy in Caracas, he then went to the Brazil Embassy in Bogota and they did it in 10 working days...

    Hey! maybe as you move south, it takes less time? Maybe in Tierra del Fuego they give the visa on the spot? :lol3

    Great to see you didn't have to wait that long and you can continue on your ride.

    Buen viaje!
  19. Radioman

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    Gracias!! :clap it was actually just 4 days as I got my paperwork in on Tuesday Am! (or maybe it is just John that they had a problem with :lol3 )
  20. Radioman

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    Looking forward to being on the road again after 5 days off the bike. Lima has been, in a word. Grey.

    But had a great time with Jordan and Anne who are from the PNW!! Riding their KLR around SA for 6 months.:clap

    We have been getting together for Lunch or Dinner and a bit of sightseeing! Has been fun :wave Safe travel to you both! See you down the road or up in Seattle!!

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    We also ran into Nick who also has a KLR. He is hanging around Lima as his money has run dry :deal

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    He is at this Hostel which seemed to be a cool place to want to hang out. Just a few blocks from Parque Kennedy.

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    At dinner I finally tried the local drink...... Tastes like bubble gum. was fun to try but certainly not to my tastes.

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    Off I go for a ride down the coast!! (will end up in Huacachina- a desert Oasis) :ricky