Michnus & Elsebie Piki-Piki Around the World.

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

  1. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    I can image, especially with having your son take a trip like that with you. It is unforgettable stuff. A 7000km trip is a moerse lekker one, freaking nothing wrong with that. :super


    Duuuuuude!! Your photo is still on my laptop as part of my screen savers, I remember that visit with you everyday:beer
    Will tell her :thumb
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  2. poppawheelie

    poppawheelie Been here awhile

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    Welcome back! Now I can enjoy the ride again. "Throwing rocks at gunpowder?"
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  3. Grynch

    Grynch Long timer

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    "If only Americans can get over the Mexico thing"

    Dude, aren't you guys from South Africa? Didn't you have this thing called Apartheid?

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  4. Welshman

    Welshman B.U.F.F.

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    Morning Michnus, welcome back I am now un-retired for a while, off to Ellisras for the day today :photog
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  5. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    You can imagine as the beer drinking increase the rock throwing at gunpowder hit rate increase :lol3

    Yup that was us :photog

    Enjoy the trip, I know biltong and good droë wors is going to be consumed!
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  6. Grynch

    Grynch Long timer

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    How do you guys like Peru?
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  7. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    :photog :thumb

    Hope you guys can up your negotiating game with your girls... :augie
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  8. Welshman

    Welshman B.U.F.F.

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    I bought some great Kudu droe wors, my boss bought biltong and Kudu and Eland Fillets from a real old farm butchery, this place had everything and any named animal, I wondered what was in the pet treat droe wors? road kill?
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  9. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    We need to leave ZA bloody soon!! We are getting fat here for the good life man!! :D
  10. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Peru is a blast man! Where Mexico has the vibes and people and nice towns and stuff, Peru has the landscapes. It is mind bendingly beautiful stuff.

    We lack skills in that department, I agree :photog

    But then when a girls see their arses are going to be freezing in cold water a bull can't drag them into it.
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  11. Welshman

    Welshman B.U.F.F.

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    Unlike Elsebie you are fated to be porky youngster. Fok the desk job again is not quite settling.
  12. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    We left Murillo on our way to Perreira but going around this volcano at altitude hoping to find a hot spring people told us about.

    it is a dirt road, it was raining on off for a few days and one of those rim bender buggers. Rocks that stick out like lurkers to fuck your day up.

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    Stunning country and blessed with incredible waterfalls.

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  13. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    This photo is the start of an incredible sad story.

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    Unbeknown to us at the time of riding that road and stood there in disbelief of the size of the mudslide. This is clearly not something normal that happened here. This cavern of expanse is a mudslide that happened in 1985. Only afterwards I posted this photo on Facebook and a local proffesor that is following us on Facebook told me what happened.

    I went to google the tragic event and the photo that popped up got my neck hairs up. I stared at the photo from the little girl I saw in a National Geographic or some magazine back in 1985. She was stuck in the mud and eventually passed away there in the mud as they could not get her out. That photo stuck in my brain forever. Her gaze from those black eyes burned into the back of skull. How could a girl be so brave and calm, she is so young!
    Where were her parents? How can they not get her out of it? This photo and the one of kid dying in Ethiopia where a vulture is sitting in the background are the ones I think in my life will always be the ones that haunt me the most.

    23000 people died and the professor told me there were a soccer event on in town and the people did not listen to warnings.
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    And here 33 years later I ride pass the place where her death started.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armero_tragedy
    "The Armero tragedy (Spanish: Tragedia de Armero [tɾaˈxeðja ðe aɾˈmeɾo]) was one of the major consequences of the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz stratovolcano in Tolima, Colombia, on November 13, 1985. After 69 years of dormancy, the volcano's eruption caught nearby towns unaware, even though the government had received warnings from multiple volcanological organizations to evacuate the area after the detection of volcanic activity two months earlier.[1]

    As pyroclastic flows erupted from the volcano's crater, they melted the mountain's glaciers, sending four enormous lahars (volcanically induced mudslides, landslides, and debris flows) down its slopes at 50 kilometers per hour (30 miles per hour). The lahars picked up speed in gullies and coursed into the six major rivers at the base of the volcano; they engulfed the town of Armero, killing more than 20,000 of its almost 29,000 inhabitants.[2] Casualties in other towns, particularly Chinchiná, brought the overall death toll to 23,000. Footage and photographs of Omayra Sánchez, a young victim of the tragedy, were published around the world. Other photographs of the lahars and the impact of the disaster captured attention worldwide and led to controversy over the degree to which the Colombian government was responsible for the disaster. A banner at a mass funeral in Ibagué read, "The volcano didn't kill 22,000 people. The government killed them."
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  14. elron

    elron Still Standing Supporter

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    I too remember that event and impact-fulness of those pictures. Instant deja vu to my feelings at the time. Does not seem like 33 yrs ago.
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  15. poppawheelie

    poppawheelie Been here awhile

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    The Military Highway leading from Georgia into Russia is another rugged mountain area prone to killer mudslides, bur I'm not aware of any there that killed that many (23,000) people!
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  16. Grynch

    Grynch Long timer

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    I can not press the like button on that story. Makes all our problems seem trivial.
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    ONandOFF more off than on

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    I like that you posted about it.

    Not something I remember from '85. Incredible sad but I'm glad it's not forgotten.
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  18. Smidty

    Smidty Been here awhile

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    Same here
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  19. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    In any case, we got to the small adobe the afternoon where people said we must camp to access the hot springs. It was bloody cold and a hotsrping soak would be bone soaking good for us.

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    This hot spring was a river of piping hot hot water flowing out of the mountain higher up. There's no one around. The family we camped at escorted us down to a place to get into the river. But we had to move downstream to get to Goldilocks temperature.

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    The best hot spring river soak we have ever had in our lives.

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    Late the evening it started raining and we had to sit it out the next day till midday before we could get going. What else do you do sitting under a tarp in the rain? Drink, that's what you do, you drink and talk shit :lol3:photog
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  20. Grynch

    Grynch Long timer

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    Nice set up out of the rain.
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