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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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    "Lake Titicaca, straddling the border between Peru and Bolivia in the Andes Mountains, is one of South America's largest lakes and the world’s highest navigable body of water. Said to be the birthplace of the Incas, it’s home to numerous ruins. Its waters are famously still and brightly reflective. Around it is Titicaca National Reserve, sheltering rare aquatic wildlife such as giant frogs."

    The short hop cruise on lake Titikaka takes you to the 9km2 and 3,663 Quechua speakers small island of Amamantí. Also called the high-altitude oasis being at 4000m. Time seems eternal on this island.

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    Getting off the boat it is a steep climb up with cobblestone walkways to the Pachatata Ceremonial Center. The views reminisce of the Meditiratian coast in Spain or Italy.

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    The ten communities that live in Amantaní are still doing agriculture, livestock, and fishing. And it must be bloody tough work at 4000m altitude while walking up and down the steep sides every day.

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    Gatekeep at Pachatata Ceremonial Center. It is ruins that are at the top of the island.

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    When it is about to rain in Amantaní, its inhabitants run to take refuge in their homes. The difference is that, on an island 4,000 meters above sea level, thunder-laden clouds are not a distant threat in the sky but one at eye level. And it can get pretty serious quickly.
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  2. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    Incredible stuff! Not too sound pompous but from all the Asian countries Japan has been a dream of mine since school. I know, I know, the others are also cool, but Japan with its amazing ability for electronics and inventions, culture, cars, and bullet trains, has always been a fascination with me.

    Even if we can't ride there, we will go there for a months or how long it will take to empty the wallet :D
  3. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi Long timer Super Supporter

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    @michnus

    Others have already said it, but I would like to add my voice of appreciation for the style and manner of this ride report of yours. I like it that you keep it simple and real. I like it that you do not try and chase the clicks. I like it that you tell it as it is, your story.

    I have stopped following several threads because over time they have gradually started to promote or advocate certain brands of gear. Usually subtly at first by just saying how much they like certain things compared to others but then you find out they get some of the stuff free. Once that happens, no matter whether or not it is better, the sense of objectivity is lost.

    This report of yours is about the travel, the people, the places. That is what draws us to it. And lets not forget your great photographic skills. Cheers...
  4. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    I would definitely plan to go with bikes or get them there, I think it would be a hoot. As for crowded vs Newfoundland you're totally right, I still remember fondly riding the subways at rush hour just for kicks. When you consider Shinjuku station puts 1 million people per day though it you can kind of sense the human crush.

    On a similar note I spent a couple of months in Taipei working for Cirque du Soleil and had a bicycle for getting back and forth from our hotel to the site. 1/2 hour commute each way it was a total blast playing in the mad traffic over there. Loved it!
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  5. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    Thanks, much appreciated MrKiwi:thumb
    I am happy to share what we have equipment-wise and what works for us and whatnot. If people ask, that is. Those reviews I normally do on our website and people are welcome to read them there.
    We have no proper to the word sponsors and do not want any if I can get a fuel or hotel sponsor I am there like a bear. :lol3
    However, in the time riding and being in the industry with our own products we became friends with owners and managers at some brands. They know me well that I don't just talk cool of their products for the sake of it. If it is shit I am going to say so. And we have a good relationship that way. We have also always pay for the stuff, some offer a bit of discount, which I appreciate but that is it. And some we just have a good relationship and I will take photos for them to use for the love of it. There is no demand either way.

    That said, I have always done my best to contact a brand if their products are not to what I think is acceptable. And will always if I have a suggestion send it to them, even brands I don't know personally but use. We also try and use as many different products as we can and afford to see what works and whatnot. It is a never-ending search for lighter stronger more useful stuff. And I actually quite like it as it gives me a broader outlook and experience.
  6. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    Flippen hell, you must have cool stories to share over some beers! Working for Cirque du Soleil?
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    forgorin Stuck in Japan

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    off road not so much. On road; excellent!!
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    dano619 Long timer Supporter

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    Whose the hottie in the boat? :):jack
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  9. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    I'm a rigger for Cirque but haven't been out wit them for awhile. I might have one or two stories to tell:lol3
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  10. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    This lekker chick I picked up on the way :photog
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  11. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    Do tell someday :freaky
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    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    On our way back to the coast of Peru, direction Chile. The coast is dotted with these big-ass cacti. Pull off the road pick a line into the desert to a lookout point. There are the most beautiful views around.

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    Our last town to stay in Peru was Illo District. It is a small Fishermans village that got a bit big for its own shoes. The restaurants have some of the best ceviches and we overindulged on that way too much.

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    The harbour is closed off for the public. But I had a secret weapon, my National Pornographic tshirt. I walk up to the guard with Elsebie and the Aussies in tow. Please can I take some photos for our magazine, I ask? He only sees the yellow logo, he thinks a bit and with a smile waved us through.

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    The ice boys and it is waving goodbye to Peru..
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  13. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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  14. skibum69

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    Good little interview.
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    poppawheelie Long timer

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    Gravel Travel - :thumbup :thumbup Wife liked it too.
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  16. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    Been reading non-stop for the past couple of hours (work has me on a swing schedule where there is nothing to do). Amazing RR. I love the pictures. My wanderlust is in full spark and Peru is on my list. Thanks so much for sharing and hope it all works out for you regarding this Covid crisis.
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  18. Essbee

    Essbee Been here awhile

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    As usual, stunning stunning pics, awesome informative reading! Thanks, Michnus...once again!
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  19. SmilinJoe

    SmilinJoe Been here awhile

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    Michnus, perhaps you should get a Pornhub camera crew shirt as well??
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  20. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    Entering Chile we had the same idea, hit it from sea level to 4000m altitude in 250km odd and go into one of the least visited parks on the Bolivian border.

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    Did a quick stop at the monuments tutelary Presences they are in the middle of the Pampa Chaca 27 kilometers south of Arica. It is a set of three sculptures of reinforced concrete and clay, created by the artist Juan Díaz Fleming in conjunction with the engineer Oscar Fuentealba. "The set, which commemorates the first cultures to settle in the area, is made up of a hemispherical structure with an engraved spiral called The Ancestors , and two vertical figures called The Origin of the Lineage , whose shape is an abstraction of the human body."
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    We were heading to the small town of Putre. We would need to stock up with fuel and basics for the few days we would be unplugged.
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    The closest warming welcoming committee greeted us as we parked at the hotel in Putre.

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    Fuel cost near double as the locals have to transport it from the coast. Food was easy, cookies and bully beef.

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    Putre is a one horseman village with an easy laidback way of life. Nothing much happens around here.

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    At the altitude, the corpses of cars do not go back to dust.
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