Michnus & Elsebie Piki-Piki Around the World.

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

  1. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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  2. ratdog

    ratdog Long timer

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    That's funny - every time we head to the Alps, we spend a few days in the Zillertal, visiting friends. Now we know where the local Nazis settled after the war.
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  3. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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  4. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    Yup that is the place :lol3
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  5. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    Getting into Brazil from Uruguay is a quick easy affair. It is the type where you can just drive over from one side to the next with a town in the middle where citizens from both countries just cross at will without nazi type control. If you don't want your passport stamp then so be it, come and go as you like.

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    We got wind of a route to ride up north on the beach for 500km into Brazil. The stretch start immediately as we entered the country.
    With a little bit more info than the route just start at the town and ended 500km away in another town and only one place to get off the beach if shit goes wrong which is 300km away.
    We loaded a few more Coke bottles of fuel and water as the sand would for sure suck fuel like an alcoholic binge drinking we set out the morning early.

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    It was actually not as easy to get onto the beach, there's an entire bush strip between the coast and inland. The local guy told us to take a track and eventually, it will lead us to the beach. That turned into a cluster fuck in no time. The bush area is sea sand overgrown with bushes and it's a wetland which on the surface looks all good to ride but it is just swamp sand shit.

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    This shit had us going for a good two hours and we made little headway. On the GPS it is only a few hundred metres to the ocean but to get to it, is nearly impossible. Eventually, I had to get off the bike and walk sections to see if it was possible. Which it turned out after all that time got to a point we had to say, fuck it and turn around. Yes, struggle the same fucking route back for 2 hours.

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    And then our way back got stuck a few times. Fuck all those that keep telling me they are so good riding monster trucks in these places, either they are lying or they just never do. If that was a full-on 1250 dump truck I would've left it there and walked back. You want to ride nice places, dump trucks just aren't made for this shit.:D

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    Eventually nearly midday we got a place to get onto the beach. Deflate the tyres more and hit the sand.​



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  6. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    That local must have laughed his head off when you were riding on :imaposer
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  7. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    No doubt! But you know what we have found over all this time, never assume a bloody local knows something about their own place. Sometimes they are freaking clueless about stuff 2km away from their own homes. :photog
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    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    I've been given wrong directions before...
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  9. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    yeah, it has happened often to us. Even a few people in a group we ask gave different directions:photog
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  10. joenuclear

    joenuclear Still here....

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    Does it have anything to do with which way the toilet bowl swirls?
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  11. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    Scientifically I would guess yes?:lol3
  12. michnus

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    I am not sure what to make of this day. What was supposed to be a very enjoyable adventure turned very sad the longer the day went on.

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    The riding was great, sometimes we could average good speed on hardpack sand and then other sections were soft sections and full-on seawater riding. Many rivers ran into the ocean where we could give the bikes a quick dunking to get rid of the seawater.

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    During the during we started to see one or two dead turtles washed up on the beach. And then a sea lion, and fish. Initially, we thought nothing of it, but as we go on, there are more bodies we see along the coast. I start counting them, surely this can not be normal? We live at the coast for many years and this amount of death is just not normal.

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    Eventually, we got to this Leatherback turtle, by that time we counted something like 20-25 dead turtles, 15 sea lions and many other dead animals. Something was wrong. In Central, America people go out of their way to protect turtles and set new ones free over the breeding season. What, do they all come here to die somehow?

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    With closer inspection, I saw what possibly was the cause of death. It was caught in fishing nets, the lines still wrapped around it's legs and mouth as it tried to escape.

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    This sight shocked us, this was due to humans that don't give a rats ass about the world we live in. It put a damper on the rest of the day's riding and all we saw the rest of the time was dead marine animals on the beach.
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    joenuclear Still here....

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    Terrible
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  14. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    The world is going to shit in a LOT of places.
    Too bad a lot of "civilisation" is just as terrible. It's just that hardly anyone notices.
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    It breaks my heart to see stuff like this. The more we see the world, the more we see how humans are destroying the only thing giving them life. Humans are supposed to think and can do things for themselves, animals do not have that luxury.
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    Geezerguy In the shadows Supporter

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    That would have been a really sucky day. Sorry you two experienced that, but glad you are sharing even the ugly side of your travels.
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    poppawheelie Long timer

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    Damn, that sucks.
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  18. Gedrog

    Gedrog 1000 mile stare a 1000 stories to tell

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    Scary stuff



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  19. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    Yes, and we saw it now in the north of Bolivia, the Amazon is being destroyed en mass to make way for shitty cattle crazing. It is the worst stuff, they do not plant coffee or such that can sort of be integrated with the forest, everything just gets slashed and burned. And cattle is an easy game, drop them on the land, and as long as they graze you do not need to work as hard as actually ploughing the land. Bolivia is destroying the Amazon at a rate that will scare you.
  20. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    Awful! That poor turtle was massive! Around here we commonly get whales tangled in fishing gear. A new thing coming down the pipe is all rope etc for fishing gear has tracers in it so it can be traced back to the fisher people who use it. Hopefully this spreads quickly.