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Michnus & Elsebie Piki-Piki Around the World.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by michnus, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    Yes of course! But I forgot to add, that is also why I am late and have slacked a bit on our website. I also write articles for some motorcycle magazines for beer money and they want to stuff 1st. ;)
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  2. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    We rolled into the town of Puno to visit lake Titikaka. Rolled the bikes through the door of the hotel and as we packed off we heard a noise outside. Major commotion of bands and music, it's another festival! Damn there's no end to the love of cosplay and public drinking from Peruvians :lol3

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    Got my National Geographic photographer on assignment shirt on and we good to roll! I got these designed and made in ZA when we where there for a quick visit. It add's a bit to the mood of the people laughing at me while I take their photo, very cunning ain't it?
    Or just to trick :lol3

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    The Festival de Candelaria, also known as the Carnival of Puno, is a 2-week celebration. I am not sure how many virgins are there in the parade. :lol3

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    "Celebrated in honor of the Virgin of Candelaria, the patron saint of the city of Puno, the Festival de la Candelaria or Carnival of Puno is a huge event merging Catholic traditions brought to Peru by the Spanish conquerors and age-old Andean customs, rites and symbols.

    The core of the festival is the music and dance performances including the costume dances and other traditional dances of the Andean Altiplano of Peru presented by tens of thousands of dancers and musicians."
    While there are numerous events and festivities throughout the week, the main celebrations are over the weekends.

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    It is incredible the amount of work and money that goes into their costumes.
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  3. Welshman

    Welshman B.U.F.F.

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    love the T Shirts Michnus. :photogmade in East London?
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  4. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    Yup, man it makes for so much fun and makes people laugh which helps :D
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  5. BLucare

    BLucare What could possibly go wrong?

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    Definitely had to take a second look to make sure I was reading that shirt correctly :lol3
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  6. Johnnydarock

    Johnnydarock Been here awhile

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    Can I have a National Pornography shirt please...I think I saw my first boobies from your magazine back in the 60's.
  7. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    hahaha I think the same to me, my parents were subs in NG and I loved the mags and the real-world articles. :lol3
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  8. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    After our piss-up parade in Ecuador, this one was the best one after. The thing started the afternoon and went on till after midnight. People had drinks with them sharing with anyone looking thirsty. Everyone was having fun, if I had to guess maybe 10000 odd people, I don't know, there were so many people. They even had parties in the small squares around the main square. The smell of spilled booze was in the air.

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    It is also a university city with students doing what students does best..

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    The evening things got worse with people in full out party parade mode.

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    These are very laidback parades and you can get really immersed in them. No barriers to stand behind or over jealous security with a shitty attitude around. You mingle with the people, take shots with them, and just have fun.

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    I can get in between the parade and as long as I make as if I dance along and take shots from the moonshine they carry with them I am part of the parade. Eventually, I smelled like a dodgy bar that hasn't been cleaned for years.

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    That was Puno day one!!
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  9. forgorin

    forgorin Stuck in Japan

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    It is. I have been here for 20 years so it's all boring for me. Come on over. I enven have a couple of extra bikes you guys could take off on.
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  10. poppawheelie

    poppawheelie Long timer

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    Those $100 American bills are fake, no? 2nd batch, 2nd picture.
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  11. danh600

    danh600 Long timer Supporter

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    You really captured the colors!!!
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  12. WANDRR

    WANDRR Adventurer

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    You guys stay safe and well. Hopefully this will pass soon.
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  13. Franque

    Franque Been here awhile

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    I'm a bit late to comment @michnus, but I say keep posting.

    Anyone following this thread can see that you aren't in this to be an 'influencer', flaunting other peoples' money, or trying to make yourself look cool for your own benefit (or making an unending supply of videos for the sake of having more 'content', that I find completely lacking in substance).

    Those sort of threads are the ones that I scroll right past, as I see right through them, and anyone that feels that they should only do an update by video has lost my interest immediately. You've got a wonderful mix of text and photos, and I'm always excited to see what you've got cooked up, post-wise.

    Keep healthy, and stay safe!
  14. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    Thanks so much and same there!:thumb

    Wow!, Would love to hear more about Japan from you sometime. Beers on me! Thanks, that would be cool, if we somehow we can't get our bikes there or it is not viable would love to take you up on the offer.

    Fake AF :lol3 It is just a thing to wish them prosperity.

    Thanks :thumb
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  15. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    Much appreciated.
    I have friends back home who will never be in a position to travel, kids, work, whatever the reason, they love to see the normal stuff from around the world. And maybe one day they can do a trip in their own backyard. It has always been my idea to do this for them. The people we have met along the way that can't do this. Show them the real stuff, not the half baked stuff in the glam travel mags.

    We get as much shit, get stuck, issues at borders, getting caught in dodgy situations, but I don't feel it appropriate to try and sell it for clicks and awesome. If it is a real groovy ride will tell it is how it is, but that is where it ends.
    Keep it real.. :thumb:D
  16. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    I love Japan , have skied there in a couple of places but no Moto time. I've heard from others there is great terrain in the country for onroad and offload riding.
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  17. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    6 months in Peru was nearing the end of our time there. Peru is for sure so far one of the top 5 Adventure rider countries in my humble opinion. Terrain, people, culture, price, landscapes, fun, take everything into account it is a pretty spectacular place. There were still time left and the reason for being in Puno was also to see the floating islands.
    It is now a heavy tourist spot but still quite an experience and a nice day trip on Lake Titikaka.

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    The place is only accessible by boat and the people still stay on these floating islands.
    "There are three islands in the lake, Huaca Huacani, Toranipata, and Santa MarĂ­a. The floating islands are protected within the Bay of Puno and are home to 2000 or so Uros, who claim to have "black blood" are consequently immune to the cold.
    The totora is a cattail type rush growing native in the lake. Its dense roots support the top layer, which rots and must be replaced regularly by stacking more reeds on top of the layer beneath. The islands change in size, and more are created as the need arises. The largest island is currently Tribuna. The surface of the islands is uneven, thin, and some liken walking on it to walking on a waterbed. The unwary might not notice a thin spot and sink a leg or more into the frigid waters of the lake."

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    "These floating islands are the home of the Uros tribe, one which pre-dates the Incan civilization. According to their legends, they existed before the sun, when the earth was still dark and cold. They were impervious to drowning or being struck by lightning. They lost their status as super beings when they disobeyed universal order and mixed with humans, making them susceptible to contempt. They scattered, losing their identity, language, and customs."

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    They make some really cool stuff, unfortunately, we can't buy any as we have no space on the bikes to carry curious and DHL does not want to sponsor us :D
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  18. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    I struggle to wrap my head around such a small place still have access to ride. ;)
  19. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    Having traversed the big island by bullet train and been around the north island a little bit I have to say it's not nearly as small as you think it is. Hokkaido has some of the best skiing in the world and they run some offroad rallies over there. As a gaijin I still loved the culture and really enjoyed my time there. Don't write it off at all.
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  20. Starstruck

    Starstruck Been here awhile Supporter

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    Hey Skibum! I recently got back from two months in Japan - Honshu and Winter Festival in Hokkaido. Loved it - best food and the nicest people. A lot more crowded than Newfoundland....
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