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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    Thanks so much for the reply. :thumb

    I will tell her @danh600 she only stop smiling when I give her shit, but that's not often :D I am really happy and lucky that she is such a trooper and not scared to go into places and on roads that are sometimes bordering on the dodgy. As companions go for trips I am really fortunate.

    And I agree, diamonds and gold are bugger all compared to a lifetime of experiences.
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  2. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Yeah we did not :lol3
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  3. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Let me say this upfront. Ecuador is a small powerpack hard-hitting destination. You can go from the Amazon, riding the Andes to the sea, sipping a beer on a beach eating Ceviche in one day. For people with only two weeks, this is the adventure place to go trip. The people of Ecuador are friendly and since their currency is the US Dolla the pricing quite competitive. It is a relatively easy country to travel and loads of places to stay that is not priced for bloody tourist.

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    We were sitting in a small restaurant when this big local biker dude, Davo, came up to us and ask where we are from. He owns https://ecuadorbikerental.com/ and is @Gambito on Advrider. As most of the times with Advriders he got chatting about must ride places, tracks and if we need help to contact him. Normally local motorcycle tour operators won't share the good stuff with overlanders, it is understandable as they keep it to themselves. Not @Gambito he was such a rich source of local info and much of what we saw was due to his willingness to share.

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    Suzie's bike had a bit of an issue which we later figured out was the purpose build Wilbers. The advice from the Wilbers agent in the UK was not 100% up to scratch and they were sold the incorrect shocks. Basically, the damn thing could not handle the dirt roads and they were only 6 months into their trip. Suzie, luckily got @Gambito to help them to get the bike to Quito also with some other issues. The shock rebuilt by a local duuude in Quito. The biggest issue for Suzie and Kelvin was the willingness for Wilbers to help them, or the lack thereof.

    The other stuff that did not last was the SWMotech saddlebags. They are just not made for this kind of use.

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    But that's the life of an overlander, you figure shit out as you go. :photog:D
  4. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    most excellent ma man

    I allways look forward to seeing new posts from you and the beautiful photo's
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  5. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Day in the lives of a small village.
    We stayed at a new hostel, well the place ain't new, it was built for the oil people who never pitched and they thought tourism would work. And tourism did work. Not in massive as in Vegas masses but drips and drabs of people not wanting the mainstream lot.

    The local family took us around to see how the real proper chocolate is made and to see how people go about a day.

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    Chocolate beans being dried on a wooden platform. They then fry it and it gets ground into a paste.

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    Then the fun begins, they use it for everything even face scrubs. But its bitter as hell. Sugar is added to make chocolate milk drinks and chocolate to eat.

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    We knew for a while Kelvin and Suzie are into weird shit, but it got ridiculous. :lol3:photog

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    Mom and her two daughters. Very cool people to hang out with.

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    Then it was off to a show by the little girls doing dancing and blowpipe skills. They can kill you! Seriously they will blow pipe shoot the shit out of you :lol3

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    Live is easy going and kids have fun all day long. Except for school of course :photog
  6. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    The landscapes in Ecuador are downright unbelievable. Rushing through a country is a sin. Stopping every now and then to appreciate its beauty is what makes these travels so special.

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    We keep on telling people to slow down when they tell us they only have 4-6 months to run from Alaska to Ushuaia. It is bloody insane, and although people will offer some sort of stupid excuse why they are rushing it always ends up being able to say they "did" South America or Africa or whatever. But they lied to themselves and only blew money and have passport stamps to show. Travelling is in savouring the moment, the experience and place.

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    We were on our way to Chimborazo volcano. " Chimborazo is a currently inactive stratovolcano in the Cordillera Occidental range of the Andes. Its last known eruption is believed to have occurred around 550 C.E. With a peak elevation of 6,263 m, Chimborazo is the highest mountain in Ecuador. It is the highest peak near the equator. The summit of Chimborazo, the point on the Earth's surface that is farthest from the Earth's centre
    As on other glaciated Ecuadorian mountains, Chimborazo's glacial ice is mined by locals (the so-called Hieleros from Spanish Hielo for Ice) to be sold in the markets of Guaranda and Riobamba.
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  7. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi Love my Tranny Super Supporter

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    I had to check out that statement about the furtherest from the centre of the earth. Good old Wikipedia...

    Chimborazo is not the highest mountain by elevation above sea level, but its location along the equatorial bulge makes its summit the farthest point on the Earth's surface from the Earth's center.
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  8. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Uncanny isn't it?

    I could definitely tell we were going at a 1000mph when there, my face got blown back like a dog sticking its head out of a car window. :lol3:D
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  9. elron

    elron Still Standing Supporter

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    You continue to amaze...as you amaze yourselves. Thanks.
    "Sages of The Ride" is your status round here.
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  10. Tau Anvil

    Tau Anvil African by trade

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    Lekker soos altyd.

    You make my screen jump to Google maps and bike rental websites in South America
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    kiwial Allweatherrider

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    Quote: "Then it was off to a show by the little girls doing dancing and blowpipe skills. They can kill you! Seriously they will blow pipe shoot the shit out of you :lol3".
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    I like your speed of travel...I call it 'making a second home', meaning, staying in places long enough that, if you come back a year or so later, they will recognize you...
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    Interesting fact about the blowpipe/gun: It originated in Southeast Asia (Malaysia/Borneo) and made it to the Americas in Pre Columbian times...
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  12. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Thanks man, and yes, not a day goes by that we aren't amazed by people, things, landscapes and the wonders of this small blue planet. :thumb

    Maak dinge gebeur jy sal nie disappointed wees nie! On a scale of 1-10 for adventure, people, cultures, fun and mindblowing stuff this is 8 or a 9 :D
    And there are some really cool guys and girls doing rentals and organised trips in Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Chile. You can actually do a multi-country trip this way.
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    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Flippen cool, I did not know that about the blow pipe!

    You nailed it well, making a second home. Many places we are actually a bit sad to leave, it is so easy just to pack off and stay. Pity life is so short, I have at least 3 more life's worth of staying to do in places. Mexico, Colombia, Namibia, Uganda, Portugal.... You know, walk around barefoot, chatting talking shit to locals, and in the afternoons hangout at streets bars sipping beers solving the world's problems or the beauty of well-aged women :D:freaky
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  14. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Some days just turn out to be a fun, unplanned clusterfuck days. :D

    We were on our way from Chimborazo to a small town and the next day would be at lake Quilatoa. We checked the maps, Google, MAPS.ME, the stars and consult a sextant for routes. One such route had all the hallmarking of a fun ride. It is extremely twisty and marked in white which meant it ain't no normal road.

    We set out early morning and took a leisurely pace down a massive dirt pass and then climb up another and the further we went the narrower the track. It was all uphill rocky shit and although we did not struggle it was slow going. But we realized only locals with donkeys walk this road no bloody car has been on the track for a long time.

    As the ride progress, we got to a point where a piece of the road was missing with a massive gaping piece of universe between us and the road on the other end.

    We looked at all options and the only viable one was to carry everything over and then try and somehow carry, push or drag the bikes down the embankment and up the other end.

    Notta hell gonna happen, even if we had 250cc's it would have been a hellova job and it was 3pm and still a long way to go.

    We turned around to ride back to the closest town and plan again for the next day.

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    michnus Lucky bastard

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    The fun and beauty we were rewarded with was just mind-bendingly mesmerising stuff. We were riding above the clouds with a sea of white stretching as far as the eye can see.

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    Going down one pass in the distance just to climb out another one on the opposite mountain.

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    We had to stop often to take in the view. Never had we seen such unbelievable expanse of a view running into tomorrow. It was a solid bank of clouds as far as the eye could see.

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    Between heavens. Clouds above and clouds bellow.

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    Fun, fun, fun!
  16. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    hey I see a camera on that beautiful ladies helmet
    should we be expecting some video's?
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  17. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    damn man! bloody clips are hard work for me, porn, now that's easy to make :lol3

    Here's a quick one I made so far for Ecuador.

  18. SOLOKLR

    SOLOKLR Back to work

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    What a fantastic smile!!
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  19. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Nice one bro

    you have a good teacher with you (you know who I mean haha)

    Put your big boy pants on and put the beer down and gitr done :photog:photog

    But yaaaa.... PORN is waaaaay more FUUUUNNNN :clap
    That would change the method to pants down and drinks up :imaposer:imaposer:imaposer

    Jeezus.... did I just say that? :jack
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  20. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a drifter rode into town...

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    Yes, YOU just said that.

    (Imagine our surprise)
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