RTW on a thumper... Round the World ADVenturization

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by rtwpaul, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. higworld

    higworld Bring Me Meat!

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    Yea, it's the music that get's the ban from Youtube. Automatically deciphers it.
  2. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    when i get a decent internet connection i'll make a silent movie!!!! that one took 14 hours to down load via imovie and you tube, probably cause of the HD as well...for all the European readers hold tight :D
  3. Ruan

    Ruan Adventurer to be

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    Thank you Paul. Sent you a PM with my mail.
  4. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i have sent you an email link, let me know if this worked or not, as i am heading to El Cocuy national park (columbia) here's a link to show you why there will be no wifi..in a few days and will be out of wifi range for at least a week or so, zoom the map out, a long way to see the nearest towns!!!
  5. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    leaving Merida behind in the valley we head of into the Andes

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    great mountain roads with minimal traffic and amazing views, but it was strange to feel very cold for the first time in months

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    this was in avery small town in the middle of nowhere...

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    over time the road climbs and the sky cleared, the air got thinner, and the cold...well it got colder :wink:

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    most of the roads we were riding were like this heading up and down, we stuck to paved roads due to heavy rain over the last few days, and paved roads means about 80% paved in these areas

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    and in GPS world it looked like this...

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    finally reaching the summit at around 12,000 feet just as the sun was dropping below the peaks of the mountain behind us, i have kind of lost track how many times i have crossed the Andes over the last two years, i think its in double figures for sure and each crossing is different and an amazing sight

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  6. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    heading thru small rose farms that lined the hillsides and back down into the valley where political slogans lined walls

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    we ended up in a small town called la grita which on my map and GPS had two streets, a little bigger when we got there, four main squares running up a hill side, we ended up finding a secure hotel with parking for $6 a night :clap

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    and then decided to stay a couple of days and relax and wander around and do some people watching

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    and of course there are dogs...

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  7. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    the town felt safe and secure with a large military presence who were very friendly and smiled and said hello on whole

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    if you have a sweet tooth do they have snacks for you for pennies

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    as always main squares here seem to have a church and palms trees

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    and now christmas was done they had it locked away, guess you will have to come here next year to find out who wears this as we missed it...:rofl:rofl:rofl

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  8. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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  9. Bigtankguy

    Bigtankguy n00b

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    Paul, I've been a lurker on advrider for years but your ride report is so damn good I had to use my first post to say thank you. Your pictures,comments and videos are awesome! Song choices in video were perfect. Makes me wanna buy a Tenere and ride :clap
  10. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    thanks man i appreciate that, glad i was the one that got you out into the open...:clap:clap
  11. CarlosDBG

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    Great photos from amazing places through a extraordinary rides!

    Respect! Very inspiring for me :thumb
  12. PDX Alamo

    PDX Alamo Been here awhile

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    Incredible !!!! That's absolutley top notch and you've got the magic eye for photography. Love the elusive Tenere just wish they would sell it here
  13. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    leaving la grita Ryan got knocked off his bike in a gas station - no photos - he is sitting off to one side when a big ford truck with a fat guy driving and a fat women in the passenger seat are next inline for the pump after us, he has NO WHERE to go but starts his truck and drives about one foot forward for no reason, his bumper hits ryan panniers and knocks him over...he then says he didn't do it!!!

    a guy comes out and screams a bunch of spanish at him and he drives off...i got the translation from the guy (gas station owner i think) i told to get the fuck out of here, he complained that he had been in line for over an hour,

    the response "you are a fat fucking Chavez loving mother fucking bastard and you will never buy gas here again for the rest of your life!!!"

    we got an apology from everyone in the gas station and got our gas all 18 cents of it to fill up both the bikes and rode off...not a good start to the day but it got better in minutes

    the ride out to San Cristobel thru the mountains is spectacular

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    loads of little farms dotting the hillsides, mainly growing roses

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    the day ended in this biker owned hotel just a short distance for a run to the border in the morning

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  14. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    leaving the hotel in the morning there was a good selection of bikes, cruisers, tourers, small bikes and big bikes

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    first order of business get some gas - easy right? wrong!

    the closer you get to the border the gas is regulated, you cannot just pull and fill your bike, the country/ state issues a sticker that is read at the pump so it won't turn on if there's nothing to read...screwed, right? wrong!

    there is always a away, gas on the west side of the country is even cheaper, never thought it was possible, but its around 6 cents a liter, YES 6 CENTS A LITER....so what you do is wait for a car to pull up, there sticker activates the pump, he fills his car and then the attendent pull the nossle out of the car, gas still pouring out all over the floor and drags it over to you bike and then fills your bike, oh and covers whatever is in the way with gas!!!

    no photos of this but it is funny to that gas has no value at all really and the guy who's sticker i used paid for my gas and his and all the gas all over the floor and smiled and shook my hand and wished me farewell...:clap:clap:clap:clap

    onto the border to columbia, you need 90 VZ bolivars ($6) to leave the country, easy, then head over the bridge....no photos here either so picture this

    the bridge is four lanes wide, traffic standing still in both directions, bikes alternating directions in the middle playing chicken with each other for the 300 yards or so to cross the bridge, absolute chaos!!!

    immigration is on the right as you cross the bridge on the road to Cucuta, you could ride straight thru no one tried to stop me at all, no barriers, guards...nothing...:huh

    as soon as i get off the bike a VZ guy comes up and starts talking in English to us, first thought, FIXER, nope just a fellow bike rider, he points out where we need to go and the line has about 1000 people in it, we park the bikes while he went back to the line, as we walk back he is inline with his girlfriend near the back, we join them, he asks people all around if they mind, he tells them we are friends and shows people photos of his bike as proof. :deal

    we stand in line for about one hour and when we get to the front one of the immigration guys comes out and tells us to go to the back of the line, we argue and refuse, he shouts at me in spanish, i shout at him in English, (what for he doesn't understand, but it felt good) then one person inline realizes i know he is saying we pushed in line, and they speak good English, he said let me translate and starts screaming at the immigration guy that we had been inline for at least one hour and tourists should not be treated like this they are here to spend money in our country...with that every person in the line starts shouting at this one guy to stamp our passports, about 1000 people shouting at the top of there voices, can you picture that???

    it was outrageously loud and two minutes later he had to back down as people were now refusing to get there columbian passports stamped so the whole place was at a stand still, once he agreed to stamp us in everyone started cheering and wanted to shake our hands, even him the little fat immigration guy...:lol3:lol3:lol3 mob justice prevails

    so when we leave the columbian welcome sign appeared almost too soon for me to photo...welcome to Columbia and what a welcome is was, craziest border i have ever done, and according to lots of people this is a quiet border on most days.

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    so is it different once you cross?

    no they still have big packages on the bikes, crossing from country to country and back, depends on who has the cheapest price!!!

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    we got away from the border and the border town of Cucuta, coming up a hill BBQ smells filled the air and we stopped for pork ribs, all of them that the guy had on his fire, he was very happy, and so were we...but he was so happy he wanted a photo of his baby on my bike to show his friends that two gringos just rode up and bought him out!!!

    the baby seemed very happy about it too :lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3

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    so after being at the border and eating it was already afternoon we rode some more mountain roads and saw a town called Pamplona, like the running of the bulls town in Spain, we headed there

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    it had a good vibe so we decided to stay here for new years...everyone seems very friendly the dogs pose for photos as well what more could you need to end the year...we'll find out

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    i was a little late grabbing the camera here...super hot chick with a poodle between her legs on a moped, life is certainly different here

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    they hide my bike with the laundry

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    some people should know they make scary shadows at night...kids were running and she couldn't work out why! :eek1

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    the next morning for breakfast we head to the local pasterie shop and see this, mood cakes

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    translated into English and ADV

    carino - affection - :drif


    delicia - delight - :clap


    emocion - emotion - :cry


    felicidad - happiness - :D


    tentacion - temptation - :lobby


    pureza - purity - :fyyff


    sensacion - sensation - :csm


    imaginaciĆ³n - immagination - :killen





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  15. Hevy Kevy

    Hevy Kevy ADDRider

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    Happy New Year!!!:1drink
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    GRinCR Oppressed Nomad

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    Happy New Year :freaky
  17. OldPete

    OldPete Be aware

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    The Cucuta crossing gave me my evening laugh. Mob justice indeed. :lol3

    Hell of a great RR rtwpaul. :clap

    Happy New Year! Mine will be spent at home online.



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  18. yellowknife

    yellowknife Is In Canada

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    Really enjoy the regular updates on your RR. Have been subscribed for a long time. Regarding the fat guy that the attendant screamed at - He missed the word LAZY FF. Just saying. :D

    Have a great day. YK.

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    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Gidday Paul, safe travels and thanks for taking the time to share


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  20. SS in Vzla.

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

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    Happy New Year amigo!

    Interesting to see familiar stomping ground through a different eye (and your great photo-skills!). Sad to see you missed a lot of good dirt roads due to the rains. Hopefully you managed to ride from Pamplona to the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy NP and through the park itself as they are great roads with beautiful views.

    The asshole immigration officer was on the Venezuelan side or the Colombian side? (the first I would expect, the second would be a first for me).

    That border is a free transit area, you can get a Venezuelan vehicle up to Pamplona without any need of papers (passport or TVIP) on the Venezuelan side, Colombian vehicles can circulate around San Antonio del Tachira without problems.

    It is normally a very straight forward border crossing, about 45 minutes to 1 hour for everything. Traffic is never light, but you where there in peak season. The thing is that a LOT (a LOT) of Colombians work in Venezuela and go back home in the holidays, so during Christmas, Easter and Carnival holidays it is packed and will take a lot longer. The border crossing in La Guajira (the one you entered Venezuela through) is waaaaaaay worse.

    Glad your buddie's tip-over was just that and no harm was really done... I'll take a hundred of those and trade them for my off any time :lol3

    Buen viaje!