Cycle South 2019 la segunda parte. From Ohio to Ushuaia (now in Cuenca Ecuador)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Ohio_Danimal, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    You’re quite welcome Ed. Thanks for taking the time to follow along! Much more to come.
    In fact I was invited to go for an off road ride tomorrow with my host. That should be fun
  2. RedHawk47

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    You have the right idea about traveling - slow, and make friends with the locals.
    However -- "Winter should be wrapping up" -- in the northern hemisphere. It will be fall in the southern half of the world. Good luck!
    Perhaps a quicker trip to Ushuaia for Christmas and then slower headed back north?

    Dan
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  3. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    I’m pretty sure it’s Winter there.
    From the Interwebs:


    The best Season for visiting Ushuaia is in Summer(December,January,February).



    If you go in Winter(June-Aug) then you are limiting your sightseeing with the cold weather.

    September and October is Spring there
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    RedHawk47 Adventurer Supporter

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    You are correct. It had seemed to me that your plan was slower.
    Dan
  5. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    Mmm, you don't need Basecamp at all to transfer OSM maps to a Garmin unit.

    gmapsupp.img is the supplemental map file from an OSM download
    http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/

    This file can be manually copied to your memory in your GPS or on the sd card in the GPS.

    You can even have two different base maps with this file name on your unit if you have it in both locations - GPS memory and sd card memory.

    Say you purchase a Garmin City Nav basemap and download OSM maps.
    Both are gmapsupp.img files. I have this on mine.

    What you of course can't have is two of the same files in the same place.

    So what I'm saying is when you need new osm maps just download that file from the .nl website and cut and paste it to either your GPS or SD card. Basecamp is not needed. Turn back on your GPS and voila it's available to be displayed.

    Both the GPS internal memory and the sd card have or need to have a folder called Garmin. This gmapsupp.img file needs to be copied into here.

    Rename or take out an old file by that name if you need to.

    Not saying your friend's method is wrong, this method is just easier.

    ... hopefully you guys selected osm map tiles (squares of map) all the way down to the end of SA so you don't need to do this again for this part of your ride.

    PS and bummer hard lessoned learned with Garmin Basemaps. Most everyone I know with a Garmin has ditched Garmin maps (Navtech maps) and use free OSM maps. Didn't RTW Paul go over that with you?

    If you load https://osmand.net/
    On your phone, those are the same exact osm maps on your Garmin and you download maps offline too. You thus have a backup of maps just in case.

    Also download sections of Google Maps offline in the app for the city you are in. Helps with detail w/o using a data plan.
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  6. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    Thanks for the detailed info. Saved for later use.
    And the Garmin South America maps I pad for (which for some reason excluded Ecuador) seem to be pretty darn detailed elsewhere.
    To be honest I’ve been using Maps.me and offline Google maps downloaded a LOT on the journey, with my iPhone7 in a ram grip. Have had no issues whatsoever but felt guilty for mainly using the Zumo 595 for a Spotify interface with my phone for music selection.
    The OSM Ecuador map I now have on the Garmin looks great.
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  7. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    I reconnected yesterday with the French Rider Caro Botique, who arrived in Quito a few days ago, also feeling under the weather, so perhaps there’s a bug going around and it wasn’t the yellow fever shot that knocked me for a loop those three days.
    Caro has a few bad spills riding off-road in Colombia, and her Honda XRE300 needs some work, so it’s in the shop at Moto Hell getting the exhaust hanger repaired (her exhaust was hanging on a zip-tie system), her crash cage removed and straightened, both fork seals replaced and a few other smaller things (having heated grips installed for one)
    It was good to see her again. Certainly am glad she wasn’t hurt in the spill.
    I’m not sure yet what her next destination is, so not sure if we’ll travel together again.
    Me, I’m headed a little North and then West to the Ecuadorian coast, stopping first in Esmereldas and then heading South along the coast a few days or more towards Montanita, a well known laid back hippie/backpacker hangout. Sounds perfect for a few days. It’ll be nice to be down to sea level again in warmer climes, although my week in Quito so far has been pleasant weather. I just couldn’t enjoy it the first few days with how I felt.
    I think tomorrow I’ll take a taxi to Independence Square, right in the middle of “Old Quito” and check out some of the older colonial buildings/churches/statues and culture. That should be good for some nice photos.
    Right now I went back to La Pradera, a large covered food court area surrounded by small restaurants built into old steel shipping containers. One has a nice selection of local craft beers, and am drinking an Iguana IPA. It’s pretty damn good!
    Also pictured is a Royal Enfield Dealer I walked past on the way here. That explains why suddenly in Quito I started seeing RE Himalayans. I almost bought one a few years ago. Nice basic sturdy bike. 30388122-6B6B-4AC6-B12A-299D478801D9.jpeg A5194909-3184-4B44-9CC7-87FFC9089361.jpeg
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  8. Jay_In_Milpitas

    Jay_In_Milpitas Zero to sixty in February

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    Not owning a smart-type phone or a navigation device, I was fully baffled reading that.
    It sounds as convoluted as the valve operation system on the BMW Oilheads. As long as it works for you, great.
  9. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    It's simple Jay
    Modern cellphones have GPS antennae
    Usually when using a GPS mapping program on your cell phone, you require a cell phone signal
    Several cell phone applications (Maps.me program and Google Maps) allow you to download the map details to your phone when you have a wifi signal, and use your phone as a GPS device later to navigate, even when there's no cell phone signal.
    I have been doing this. My phone has been held on my handlebar by a RAM Grip mount.
    My iPhone 7 is waterproof, so no issues with weather.
    I also have a stand-alone GPS on my dash, a Garmin 595LM model.
    As I did not have the proper maps on the Garmin, I couldn't use it for navigation in Ecuador.
    My Garmin GPS does have many other functions however. One being an interface with a music application on my phone called Spotify.
    That lets me choose which music to listen to using the touch screen on the GPS.
    Kind of a waste of an expensive navigation device....using it just to select which album to listen to....
    That's why I downloaded the free maps of Ecuador onto the Garmin...so now it can be used as intended by Garmin...to navigate.

    Does that help your understanding any?
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  10. Jay_In_Milpitas

    Jay_In_Milpitas Zero to sixty in February

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    Oh, Dan Dan Dan.
    You presume that I wish to understand. <chuckle>
  11. scout68

    scout68 Been here awhile

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    Jay,
    I share your bewilderment.

    “So you see the flux capacitor linked to the turbo fan relay to the induction ramp convection line worked better for me than the linkage materialization generator. “. Good lord.

    Is there a captain Jack Sparrow version for dumbasses like me ? .....

    Dan, I’m glad you understand it, cause we all get to enjoy your most excelllent tales/pics from afar. As always, your updates are daily universe juice for many of us. Thanks for taking the time to make this a great deal for a lot of folks.

    Ride safe
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    Could be different with an Iphone, but there is no cell signal required to use a mapping app with my Android. I use Locus Pro, which is great and maps are stupid cheap (like 50 cents) and very good. The maps live in the phone, so all you need is a GPS signal which the phone can acquire without service. What I do need cell service (or WiFi) for is to acquire new gpx tracks. It's all very simple and intuitive. Death to Garmin.
  13. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    That’s basically what I just said. That there are navigation/mapping apps for the iPhone that don’t require a cell signal.
    Glad your Android works well for you.
    As far as “Death to Garmin”, I’ve found after many many years of travelling with Zumo GPS’ of varying models, regardless of Garmin’s foibles, they are far more robust than any cell phone.
    Sure, you’d think that for the money spent they’d have faster processors, or have more up to date maps, yada yada, but they last and take serious abuse. Something of great import on a trip like this.
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    2talltim Resident MacGyver

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    Sounds like me. I still use my phone 90% of the time. But I know the rock solid Garmin is always there and will always work.
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  15. Ohio_Danimal

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    09C9FE68-53F5-4A54-9B67-5DD06E0DBFFE.jpeg Today I took an Uber ride across Quito to Independence Square and old Quito to do some sightseeing and eat lunch. Uber is illegal here according to the driver, but the Uber app shows many many drivers in Quito.

    Am at restaurant “Fray Francisco “ enjoying fish and salad. They have banging wifi so I figured I’d upload some pics from today for you all to enjoy. Beautiful old city around the square, right at the base of mountains and volcanoes.

    Some pics from the Humbolt display at their museum on the square. Some pics of a few of the many beautiful old churches here. And assorted street scenes in old Quito



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    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    D63E71E2-D0F3-42BA-8B70-D7BBBF1BDC27.jpeg Moar from Old Quito

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    Jay_In_Milpitas Zero to sixty in February

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    I never really understood those puffy short bloomers looking things they wore.
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    Dan...just curious. When you're using random WiFi, do you have a VPN app to protect yourself from hacking?
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    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    No, no VPN app. I stay away from Wifi that is not protected though.
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    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    Plaza Foch, Quito Ecuador. Also known as Gringolandia lol

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