The Wife takes on Chlamydia. A South American Retrospective

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by ChrisUK, Mar 6, 2017.

  1. istanbul bisiklet

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  2. steved57

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    More ChrisUK more !!
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  3. ChrisUK

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    You didn't write anything!


    Gracias!
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    Colca Canyon

    Along with Arequipa I had also not visited the Colca Canyon on my last trip. I'd heard great things about it and it didn't disappoint. A superb place to visit and, dare I say it, I didn't see too many gringos as on the bike, I was able to dodge the tour buses. Bonus!



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    Leaving Arequipa. The Misti volcanos overlooking the city.



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    The same recipe for the past 600 or so years... ;-)



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    Yanque is a pleasant little town and a good base to explore from. A lot less touristy than Chivay



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    This is wrong in so many ways :-)



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    The Ampato volcano bubbling along nicely



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    A more pleasant depiction of rural Peruvian life



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    The walk home from work



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    Smithing pots and pans in the street



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    The Colca Canyon is famous for the Andean condor. They kept their distance and with only an 18 to 105mm lens they weren't so easy to capture on film



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    How high? How far? The turn off down to the canyon bottom. 800m horizontal distance to my right, 2000m drop in altitude and 29km to ride!



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    Some hardcore civil engineering



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    Pleasant views



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    A leisurely ride down begins



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    More turns



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    Taking a rest, mindful of rockfalls



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    Reached the river. Now the only way is up again!
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  5. ChrisUK

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    Just a quick update should anyone be interested. Been out of touch in terms of RR updates for a little while.

    In early June I had a great time watching the TT on the Isle of Man. I want to find the time to post a few pics here.

    Last week following and accident in my house I was operated on my back and have some nice new pins there to set off airport metal detectors. Hope to make a close to full recovery, but no bike riding for me this year :-(

    As you've also seen by the image place holders above, the fcuker from Photobucket are partaking in some very sharp business practices. There's a thread at http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...ed-to-charge-for-third-party-posting.1236862/

    So I'll have to spend many hours sorting this situation to make the images reappear on this RR and my other RRs. Won't be giving those sh!ts any money. I won't be held to ransom!

    So, wishing everyone a fun summer! And beware of gravity!

    Chris
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  6. joenuclear

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    Godspeed on the healing Chris.
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  7. ChrisUK

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    Thanks buddy!
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  8. ChrisUK

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    Just an update. After a little birdy whispered me a workaround to the extortion attempts of the fcukers at the image hosting "service" Photobucket, I think I've got the images to display again.

    I'm on a Windows 7 PC running Chrome. They also appear on my Samsung cell phone (Android and Chrome). If you can't see them (i.e. only see placeholders demanding money...), please let me know.

    The workaround in adding ~original immediately after the .jpg in the IMG code.

    I've downloaded all my images from photofcukem and will self-host all digital content in future.
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  9. BikeBrother

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    Hi Chris,

    I hope you will fully recover and get back on your bike.
    We are going to South America this november for 3 months on our DRZ400's. (it's been exactly 20 years ago when we did our first SA trip)
    ohh yeah, if you don't remember us, we met in mongolia in 2012.
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  10. ChrisUK

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    Hey guys
    Good to hear from you! Of course I remember you 2 and the fun time in Almaty and Ulaan Bataar.

    Any tips/info you need on South America, drop me a line.

    I'll be off a bike until early 2018, but I'm very lucky to be walking and talking, so I'm not complaining. Boredom is the biggest problem as I have to wear a full torso brace for the next many weeks, except to sleep where I have to lay on my back only. So can't really do much of anything. Then there'll be a lot of physiotherapy needed. No pain, no gain. Ouch!

    I have a DRZ too. I hope I'll be able to ride it again off-road, but a full recovery is needed first.

    I'll have the chance to work on my ride report a lot more in the next months though, so this monster will get done.

    Best wishes!
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  11. Steve T

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    Sorry to hear,get well Chris.
    Enjoyed your ride
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    Thanks Steve!
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    Going to get this RR going again after a longer break. It needs to be done and will serve another purpose to take up some of the many hours of boredom I have every day where I’m just sitting around whittling my life away.

    The summary so far: Between October 2015 and July 2016 I rode a shagged out Gen 1 Kawasaki KLR650 20 thousand miles around South America. From Sao Paulo in Brazil, via Foz to Iguassu, to northeast Argentina to Bolivia, to N Chile via the Altiplano, southern Peru to Lago Titicaca, where the RR has gotten to so far.

    What follows will be more fooling around Bolivia and a New Year on a Brazilian beach with a Brazilian with a Brazilian. Then, following the 2016 Dakar race from Uyuni all the way to the podium at Rosario, it’s down the Ruta 3 to Ushuaia and an Antarctic cruise.

    After that the minor case of a ride all the way to Santa Marta in Colombia.

    I rode around this magnificent continent on an airhead GS around the Millennium, so will continue to mention my views/ thoughts/ pictures of then and now.

    Feel free to comment. It’s a bit boring to just post stuff and hear nothing from anyone.

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    Out of hospital, but sporting a starship trooper brace


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    Michael Dunlop on his way to winning the 2017 Isle of Man TT Senior race
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  14. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way...

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    Well let me chime right in then. Sorry to see you're sidelined for a spell. Chin up my friend, you'll be back in the saddle again - that's the good news.

    I have been following and enjoying your RR here. Keep up the good work, most of us know what a task it is to try to put this stuff down in pics and words. Thanks for sharing!
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    Great read! I've spent time travelling and working in S. America and can't wait to do my big ride down late next year.
    Get well soon!
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    Looking forward to your further posts, Thanks!
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  17. ChrisUK

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    Many thanks for your kind words guys!
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    There's now the opportunity to play cat and mouse with disappearing and reappearing images, all based on the fact that Photobucket is messing people around with their extortion attempt. Rather than placeholders demanding a ransom, it's a case of regular placeholders that signify that no image of that name exists in that server location.

    Then following a hard refresh (Crtl + F5 in Windows), different images disappear and others "reappear"... I'm running this RR on 3 different forums and different images are visible/ not visible at any particular point in time, all on the same laptop. Also different on my Android phone. Go figure.

    I started trying to link to images on my own webserver, but it's a huge faff editing all the IMG codes and reloading everything. Having said that, this option may well become inevitable in the near future.

    If everything goes t!ts up, please let me know!
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    The ride to Lago Titicaca

    Kicking off this RR again. I spent a night in Colca town before heading towards Lago Titicaca and the border back into Bolivia.

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    Allegedly the highest Irish pub in the world. No Guinness served. Nor Jameson. Just one other obnoxious tourist in there. The barman was sh!te too, so didn’t think it appropriate to share my money with this establishment



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    Christmas coming up, so nativity plays need practising



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    Wonder what this lorry is transporting….



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    Views en route



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    Never say you weren’t warned!



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    Hippies were all around South America. In 2000/1 and in 2015/6. Harmless enough and still drugged up and broke. At traffic lights lots of squeegee merchants and “jugglers”. A lot of them from Argentina. And why not? Their own country is utterly bankrupt. Still can’t play a decent guitar though.



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    Catching up at the end of the day



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    In 2015. However many times you visit it, it’s still mystical.


    In 2001:

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    Then (in 2001), traditional dress

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    And now, replica football shirt. Fuel still comes out of a drum and dispensed with a funnel…

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    What a view



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    Same ferry service to the mainland as in 2001



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  20. Zubb

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    Good to see and hear more again. Thank you for sharing with us.
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