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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. decodent

    decodent CyberGypsy

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    SaraLou & Dan ... I continue to be impressed by the quality and quantity of pictures you take. It really does make it possible to experience the trip with you on a level few other RR's have.

    ~Doug
  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks Doug

    We always appreciate your comments! Sara
  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Buying gas here in Bolivia can be stressful since we have had people tell us they have been denied gas. It is true that the price of gas is highly subsidized here and so the price for the locals is low. This means that foreigners pay 2.5 the pump price. The government YPFB stations all have the “official receipt” and will sell you gas. At the private stations they get all stressed out if they don’t have a receipt book. This may be why they “ wont sell you gas”. In the times we did not go to YPFB, we just said “no factura” ( no receipt) and they sold us gas.



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    The guy in the back on the phone had a 10 min conversation with someone about whether they could sell us gas…they did.



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    At this station it took 3 people to enter our info into the computer and then they took about 15 min to decide what price we should pay even though it was clearly posted on the pump.



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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Must be my lucky day!!


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    After touring the archeological site and museum it was after 11 when we left to head the 45 km to the border and Puno in 191 km.


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    The road is pretty bad with potholes filled with rocks. The GPS lead us to what is actually the truck crossing, but luckily some locals directed us in the right direction. Basically take the first right on the dirt road into the town and when you hit the paving stones take a right and then a left.



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    Go straight and you will see the migration building. Park on the right side of the road. The migration is to the left. Enter the second door to the right where the signs list various nationalities. They will stamp your passport for exit.


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    Then drive up to the end of the building and again park on the right. Go around to the left at the front of the building to the small aduana window and hand in your Bolivian temporary permit.


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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Now drive over the bridge and the guard will direct you to park to the right.



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    Just ahead and to the right is immigration. Inside the doors pick up a tourist paper from the guy at the desk. Then line up for the official who wants the paper and your passport for entry stamp. Next cross the road to the aduana office. They want your Passport, Driver’s license, and title. They will ask you the value of your bike and have you sign the permit stating that you owe this value if you do not leave Peru with your bike. The SOAT or insurance required in Peru cannot be purchased here at this border, but in Puno in 145 km. We made it very quickly thru the border and headed to Puno with our first view of Lake Titicaca.



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  6. salvadorfrieri

    salvadorfrieri Been here awhile

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    Shall we set a dinner reservation in Andrés?
  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    YES!!!! So fun. But not sure if we can be seen with you two when you look like Brad and Angelina!!! xoxo
  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Arriving in Puno it was a much nicer town than we had heard. Dan gave a lift to the bellboy who was taking us to the parking garage 3 blocks away. We went for very good Chinese food because we were missing Ellens’s cooking. There was a large parade of school children thru the streets to the Cathedral.


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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Before leaving town we went to a local auto lavado to get the layer of mud cleaned off the bikes. They have never been so clean. They did an amazing job.


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    The next order of business after crappy Bolivian gas was to find some better octane fuel. We did have to settle for 90, but the bikes are happier.


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    The views crossing the pass to Cusco in 388 km are stunning with the peak at 4338 m.


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    There are lots of herds of Llamas on the roadside, but they are quite smart unlike Vicunas and rarely run out in front of you.


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    We came across 6 Brazilians at a rest stop and had to take a break for photo ops.


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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We stopped for lunch Sicuani about 140 km from Cuzco. After eating we were just about to leave when Daniel noted a pool of oil under my bike! Taking off the bash plate we found that we had not cleaned out all the rocks from the border blockade and that one of the very high Tope or speed bumps in La Paz or Puno along with the rock had caused a pin hole in the oil pan. While we were taking the bash plate off a man came buy to ask if we really came from Canada. What are the chances a Peruvian Guy who lives part time in Richmond BC walks buy and that he owns a moto shop 2 blocks away where we could but some Motul oil and borrow a funnel. He also found a shop for us where we could wash out the oil and dirt from the bash plate so we could check for further leakage. Dan assessed the situation and got out his quick steel (yeah!). It is so lucky we had this. It only takes 60 min for full set and then we were on our way again. No leaking so far.



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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This put us a bit late in the day and we had to press to get to Cusco before dark and again we had to drive directly into the setting sun while trying not to get run over by hundreds of busses, mini vans, and taxis driving 3 wide on a two lane road and jockeying for position.



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    Luckily we had the direction to the Hostal Estrellas where many over Landers stay. Dan drove the bikes down the steep ramp they put on the stairs and into the courtyard.


    Americo from Brazil gave us the lowdown on the place and then offered to take us to a great wood oven pizza place. Despite our poor Spanish and His no English, we managed to have a great time and communicate. His friends Flavio and Edison arrived back from Machu Picchu in the morning and they were headed back to Brazil.


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    We set out first thing to the main square and the Peru rail station. Here you can buy your train tickets to pueblo Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) AND tickets to the site itself. We managed to get the train booked for 2 days time and tickets for the ruins and mountain access for the next day. For the return we could only get the train as far as Ollantaytambo, which means a 2 hours bus ride back to the city. We are leaving the bikes here at the hostal for safekeeping and for free.


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    The other biker here was Marius who is a German who has been travelling for several years, but only recently bought his first bike in BA and is headed north. We had heard our buddy Stephen the Tiger was here in the city and we did finally connect up and he moved into the hostal too. The gang then set out to tour the city and get some lunch at the local market. Then we did a bit of walking around the city to take in the sights.


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  14. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It was 2 years ago today that we left Vancouver, BC to head north to Inuvik. Since then we have been in 16 countries and made it to Ushuaia and back to the north of Peru.




    It was also 18 years ago today we got married!! Wow we looked young! :clap:clap





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  15. ErikMotoMan

    ErikMotoMan Airbag crash survivor!

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    Love your RR! :clap:clap:clap I will be following in your footsteps in 2016. :clap:clap:clap
  16. SavannahCapt

    SavannahCapt Long timer

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    Congratulations! You looked happy then and look happy now.
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks I will sign up!!
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks! We looked happy and YOUNG!!! :rofl
  19. decodent

    decodent CyberGypsy

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    Wow ... looks like you hit GREAT weather in Cuzco. Visited there about 7 years ago and was amazed at how much I liked the City.

    Congrats on accomplishing so much on your ride. Very inspiring. Love the wedding pic! I imagine any couple that can travel together through 16 countries for 2 years and still be together - has a relationship that will make it forever!
  20. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    So true! I think if you can make it a year on the road together you can make it thru anything.

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