She's got this crazy idea- exploring the 3 America's solo, for better or for worse...

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Hewby, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. AnjinSan

    AnjinSan Been here awhile

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    Yey Debm welcome to Ecuador. I wish you will have good weather in order to properly enjoy all the volcanos there.

    Safe riding!
  2. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    Back in the Southern Hemisphere Deb. Woo Hoo!
  3. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    Hi from Guate! we are still here. We will head up to Semuc Champey about Jan 15 then over to Rio Dulce then south to El Salvador. How are Marcin's plans?? We met with Julio in Antigua. He may come riding with us too. Miss your cooking!!

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  4. theturtleshead

    theturtleshead Tits on a fish

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    Sorry I missed you Deb!
    Drive safe
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  5. huzar

    huzar Pastor of Muppets

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    I'm getting on a plane to Arequipa in a little more than 24 hours... renting a KLR650 for 17 days, and will spend that time riding with Deb. Wish I could have shipped the Husky down and stayed for two months, but I'm glad to at least get these 2.5 weeks :clap
  6. Hewby

    Hewby Been here awhile

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    Not long now! So very excited! :clap
  7. Hewby

    Hewby Been here awhile

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    Thanks Guys, saw some of them through drifting clouds yesterday on my way to Quito. But will keep my fingers crossed!
  8. Hewby

    Hewby Been here awhile

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    Sorry not to say goodbye Al, when I finally got the fan on the bike I just had to go. Hope you had a good ride into the hills.
  9. Hewby

    Hewby Been here awhile

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    Thanks Tom, I hadn't actually registered that 'till you said! Crossed the equator yesterday- though seemed to have missed the sign. I am crap at those things...
  10. Hewby

    Hewby Been here awhile

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    Thanks Sara and Dan, Excited you met Julio! I need to finally meet him one day! But if Julio is riding with you, I hear you wont miss my cooking! Enjoy the lovely Guate! Someone asked me what my favourite country has been, and coming out of the glow of the Wonderful Colombia I said Colombia first but Guate is defiantly a close runner up!
    And as you saw Marcin is on his way!
    Hugs to you both!
  11. ride4321

    ride4321 Long timer

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    Just spent the last day reading your wonderful RR Hewby. Love your writing style and honesty. You've really been dealing with the bike troubles like a champ. Hope you're feeling better and enjoy your next couple of weeks with Marcin. You're doing an excellent job with this report.
  12. huzar

    huzar Pastor of Muppets

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    The airline managed to lose my bag with ALL of my moto gear, so instead of heading out tomorrow to meet Hewby, I have to stay in Arequipa until they find my gear or they stop looking :baldy

    Not the start to my Peru trip that I was hoping for. :bluduh
  13. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    As I think I said to Deb back in September, If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. :wink:

    Suerte.
  14. blesk

    blesk Been here awhile

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    When I flew to Idaho a few years ago I WORE my moto gear and carried my helmet. The rental car people had some questions when I set my helmet on their counter.
  15. operaflute

    operaflute Starving Artist

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    I've done that exact same thing. Airline attendants/pilots quite amused!
  16. Hewby

    Hewby Been here awhile

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    Thanks. So behind again on the report as been focused on making quick miles south and catching up with Huzar. Will catch up again sometime. But if you want a different and much more up to date perspective on our ride in Peru he is posting a RR here...http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=856404
  17. Hewby

    Hewby Been here awhile

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    Ok back on track. I am now travelling alone again, and will just update a little of Columbia and Ecuador and Northern Peru, before I start to make my way into Bolivia, or wherever i am going.
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    DustyRags Idiot

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    I have a godfather in Bolivia. I hear it's quite the place :)
  19. Hewby

    Hewby Been here awhile

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    Plans change. I wake up and am feeling awful. My time in Medellin starts to pass passes through fits of sleep, rolls of tissues, head colds and to make things worse stomach cramps. 2 days passes and I don’t know where they went. Friday I call BMW to check on the status of the fan: they still don’t have it. Friday night I talk to a lovely Romanian couple on a KTM and a 650GS who convince me that after their day of on the cheap bike repairs I should be able to find a cheap fan and doctor something to fit. I am still feeling sketchy and I am a little unconvinced I have enough mechanical skills or Spanish skills to pull this off. Then Al tells me that Monday is another holiday and if I don’t get the bike tomorrow I will be waiting till at least next Tuesday to ride south. My time is ticking by, Huzar flies into southern Peru in seven days from now, and I was hoping to meet him in Nazca a few thousand km from here. I am feeling the pressure.

    I go to BMW early Saturday, missing out on a ride with the Romanians and Al to the highland lakes. I sit and persuade the BMW people to do something. If the new fan is not in, as they say it isn’t, fix the old fan or give me a fan from another bike. Then they tell me that they close today not at 5pm but at 12.50pm; in an hour. My options are not good but each day is another day lost and a more dangerous ride south, so they reluctantly go to install a second hand fan, though stating they have to charge me the full $380 price for it! Was that BMW/ Bring my wallet? I feel sick.

    At 12.30 they suddenly come through the door bearing a new fan they ‘just found’. They install it and thankfully I am on my way. After checking out of the pub I am on the road by 3 winding my way through the mountains. I hope to reach Salento which I have been told is beautiful, but time is against me. I wind my way through the lovely hills.

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    The third lane is for motorcycles
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    But it takes longer than I thought and as it gets dark I decide to pull into my first ’24 hour love hotel’. Much to the surprise of the young lady that ran it; It was just me and the bike. She told me the prices: 4000C an hour, four hours for 15,000 or we could have until the morning for 25,000 but she looked at us again. Ok 20,000 . A man comes over from the next door pool complex and watches as I negotiate the bike into the room, and invites us both back to the pool to eat Mango and have some drinks. The hotel lady is young and has a 6 year old child that lives with her family. She asks questions of my relationship status and my travels. Her eyes widen and she tells me she is looking for a good man, but would like to travel as I do. Another bike pulls up and two men get off brining beer, and Rum. One of them becomes deeply engaged with the hotel lady, and the other rides off in the darkness after a few drinks to ‘get his girlfriend from the local village’. The Pool man starts to complement my poor Spanish and I decide its time to leave the party, and make use of the fact that my bike is securely stored in my room, beside my bed of all things, cook some dinner, and get to work on sorting out my bike.

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  20. Hewby

    Hewby Been here awhile

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    Yes I have heard that, excited!