Radioman Rides the World.......

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

  1. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    One of the places that I was really looking forward to riding is the Salar. Wahoo..... 16 months down the road I am here.

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    Riding 20KM north of Uyuni is the main entrance to the Salar. It is a rough washboard road that you are glad to be done riding.... The anticipation builds as you ride through the town of Colchani to the salt flats.

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    The Salar de Uyuni is the largest Salt flats in the world. WIKI says this....

    "Salar de Uyuni (or Salar de Tunupa) is the world's largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi) and is at an elevation of 3,656 meters (11,995 ft) above mean sea level"

    As we enter the Salar they are taking salt out. Maybe it ends up on your table?

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    It is am amazing feeling as you ride out onto the white expanse of the Salt flats. We followed the "road" out to the Salt hostel, then it is wide open to ride in any direction...... We ended up riding 180 miles just on the salt flats.!:deal

    First stop.

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    Radioman sticker added to the building! :D

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    Inside the Salt hotel....

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    Then out across the salt for about 50 miles to the first island. But on the way we had to stop and take the crazy perspective photos!!

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    The surface is hard with crystal structures....

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    Once you get miles out..... it s fun to stop and enjoy the crazy environment.

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    Trying to get just the right perspective.....

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    Looks funny .....

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    But the end result.....

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    And as we messed around..... More funny photos

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    and a few classics.........


    Had to get a Radioman Jump in as well! Jill was a great photographer on my jump! :clap

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    Jill thought we were nuts.... But here is one for the ADV community from the SALAR! You might have to squint a bit ..... for affect!:clap :clap Cheers to the ADV'r round the world! Thanks for joining my ride! Thanks Mike for making this happen.:clap

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    There are islands out in the middle. It is surreal. Catus.

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    At the island is a map of the place

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    We continued out to another island about 20 miles further.... and set up camp!

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    With all the white Salt it was really warm. We set up camp on the edge of the island, then did some exploring.

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    Even a few flowers in this harsh environment!

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    Off course Hello Kitty was happy to finally reach the Salar!

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    We set up cooking dinner in the protection of the island. Warm food camping tastes really great!

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    Sun finally setting! The wind picked to a real blow. but few hours later slowed down. Glad we had warm cloths!

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    Beautiful Sunset

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    Another Jump to celebrate being on the Salar

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    Nightime. No extra lights and no sounds..... far from anything else!

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    Awesome stars overhead, and a full moon.

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    Then a nice sunrise...... Cold morning but what a place.

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    we rode back to the island and had coffee in the restaurant before riding off the Salar.

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    You can see how easy it is to get turned around. You start riding and there are tracks going each way..... thankfully we had GPS for the start and the island.

    Salar Entrance

    S20 18.977 W66 58.892

    Island S20 14.400 W67 37.469

    As we rode back into Uyuni, the road was still rough :lol3 But had a bunch of Llama cross the road.

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    Once back in town we found a place to have the bikes washed for 30 Bolivianos.

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    Had a snack in town and then headed out for Potosi

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    Stopped again for Gas, and there were still big lines as you can see.

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    Mike asked if we could get in line since we only needed 10-12 liters of fuel vs the hundreds the jeeps are loading. The gas attendant was different than last time at the same spot. He said he did not have to fill us up :huh but finally let us cut in line and fill up. Crazy.

    Out of Uyuni we went! Happy to be out of town with full tanks. :ricky

    It is a beautifully paved road to Potosi, although they did charge us a toll of 5 Bolivianos each at the toll booth a first for us in Bolivia.

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    Loved this photos. Llama in the Llama crossing :lol3

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    We arrive in Potosi in the afternoon, and Mikes bike was running rough. Air fllter is a problem. So mike set to work fixing it for there ride to Cochabamba. It is very plugged up.

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    Mike did surgery on the filter as I looked on :D

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    Potosi is a mining city at 4,000 meters (around 14,000 feet) claiming one of the highest cities in the world. The life of the miners is a hard and dangerous one. Many mine tours but they are said to be very rough and possibly dangerous. I watched a film the other night about a young miner which give a little picture into their world. If you can find it watch it.

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  2. SS in Vzla.

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

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    That first picture of your jump with the flags on the salar is worth framing!

    How much time did you have to rest afterwards ? :lol3
  3. longwaytim

    longwaytim Been here awhile

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    Best ride report EVER!!:clap
  4. csustewy

    csustewy Motojero

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    Hey Mark -

    It was fantastic touring Bolivia with you! We look forward to following your progress further south, as we´ll be just a few weeks behind you. And shoot, maybe we´ll run into you again down the road somwhere...

    All our best,
    Mike & Jill

  5. Idahosam

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    Excellent, absolutely Excellent. I loved the Kitty and sunset shot. Way to go.
  6. Patrick46

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    WOW....what an awesome Ride Report!!! :clap


    as for the salt flats photos....must be something that we all have to do sometime!!

    (my son's bike out on the Bonneville Salt)...

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    Be careful out there, and have a great trip.

    GodSpeed!! :norton
  7. capeklr

    capeklr Been here awhile

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    What an awesome update. I think just about every photo in that last post belongs on the front page. :clap
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    yellowknife Is In Canada

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    ADV pose... :clap:clap:clap

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  9. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    Love the photos Mark... :clap

    It reminds me of my trip with HB to the Salt flats here in the US...

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  10. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Thanks for sharing. Been on Bonneville salt flats myself. The only thing I can say is that the Salar is huge! Crazy riding for 60 miles in any direction.
  11. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    I bet...It does look huge...:eek1
    We stumbled on it during Speed week to boot.. We had a blast ...

    Just as you are having a blast!!! Keep it up..
  12. Radioman

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    Stayed at the Koala Den in Potosi. The bike parking was a bit fun if I can get the video uploaded!

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    After a great 10 days riding through Bolivia together, we would be heading our separate ways. Mike and Jill would be riding to Sucre with me, then heading to Cochabamba where they will be spending a month at a NGO. It is always interesting to me as a solo traveler how you meet people and quickly connect while riding together. Then you our off on your own again.

    It is always with a mix of sadness the time together is over, and also a bit of trepidation on being on your own again. The little things on the road while finding places to stay are easier while traveling with others. Someone to talk it over with, watch bikes while you check the hostel or just figuring out where you need to go. Just a few thoughts from the road.

    That Said. I really appreciated traveling with Mike and Jill in Bolivia. Certainly made my ride better in many ways!!

    As we headed out of Potosi it was a normal crazy city exit, as nothing is signed..... but we made it out of town heading toward Sucre. Nice peaceful ride. With some good roads.

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    Sucre is at around 9,000 feet so we worked our way through the mountains and valleys to get there. just a couple hour ride!

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    Just another note. I had read about issues getting gas in Bolivia and we were turned down a couple times, but it seems that at these stations somehow we always were able to get gas. Not sure if they are Nationally run stations or ?

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    When we reached the outskirts of Sucre, we stopped to fill up gas.... And say our goodbye! Adois Amigos!

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    Jill was stocking up on water and snacks!

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    I ride into the whitewashed Colonial town of Sucre. Everyone I talked to like this town.

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    Found the great little Hostel my buddy Hector recommended. Great place to hang out for some days!

    S19 02.561 W65 15.359 there are a few one way streets you need to navigate.

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    But I got to ride right up to my room in the nice courtyard.

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    Have hung out here for 3 days! Relaxed and rested up. Met some other great travelers from all over the world. Somehow I did not get photos though :cry We hung out, eat some meals together and shared our travel stories!! These are times that really make travel fun!! :clap :clap

    :wave to Jeremy and Avi (france) :wave Jamie (New Zealand) :wave Ian :wave Matu & manu (switzerland)

    It is a fun place to walk around.

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    it is a city of 200,000 but the core town is upscale compared to the rest of Bolivia. Was the Capital of Bolivia before it moved to La Paz.

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    Lots of little squares and churches to see.

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    Made some new traveling friends here in Sucre..... and also ran into Buddy who I met in Ecuador ..... Seems like a small world as you head south and run into other travelers!

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    My time in Bolivia is winding down as I will be riding south toward Argentina. Will take a couple days to get to a new country. Even with lots of time..... You must keep moving as I have to be in Ushuaia the second week of December.....

    Off I go!
  13. AceRph

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    Great updates as always, Mark.

    I think about you & your adventure a lot. Ride safe, buddy. :ricky
  14. fbritt5

    fbritt5 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for your wonderful report. Its just great to see all that pretty and rugged country and to hear of your exploits and experiences. Thanks for sharing. Keep safe.

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  15. porkandcorn

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    hey mark,

    thanks for the detail in your trip report, especially about hostels w/ bike parking, good restaurants, etc. i'm taking notes here in portland, oregon. about to start my 4-month south america adventure on jan. 5 in santiago. putting the triumph into a shipping container on the 24th of this month, then spending december on final trip prep. i have a feeling we are going to cross paths somewhere down there.

    ride safe and see you soon.
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    Mark Thanks for the addresses and locations of hotels and accommodations. I am heading into Panama tomorrow, and planning on flying Blondy across the Gap. Great report, as usual..
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  18. mint julep

    mint julep Been here awhile

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    Great RR!
    Super pics Radioman! :clap

    I'm hooked, ride safe brotha.:freaky

    Cheers.
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  19. Radioman

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    :wave Roger Thx!!
  20. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    I will be in Ushuaia Dec 22-Jan 4th. Rented a house with a few other motorcycle riders!! :deal