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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    It sometimes can be good or bad seeing the places you will ride. According to the gps that was the track we had to go out after descending through the valley. Not that technical, just it was obvious that it's another 2 hours before we get to some road that won't be ridden at 30km/h average

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    Staying above the clouds. But the riding in Ecuador is just a non-stop roller coaster of grown-up fun

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    4300m altitude and fuck all in a thousand miles. This humble friendly sheepherder was kind enough to pose for a photo and talk a bit. No mobile phone, no Trump, no Starbucks, no hedge fund information as his investment is busy shitting bricks. Life is uncomplicated, not easy, but I bet he has no ulcers from all the shit normal job rats are suffering from.
    Okay, he can't watch porn as easy :lol3

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    In the space of an hour, the weather went from rubbish to sort of nice. At this altitude, things can change easily. The photo is deceiving, look at the size of the houses at the water edge.

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    "Quilotoa (Spanish pronunciation: [kiloˈto.a]) is a water-filled caldera and the most western volcano in the EcuadorianAndes. The 3-kilometre (2 mi)-wide caldera was formed by the collapse of this dacite volcano following a catastrophic VEI-6 eruption about 600 years ago, which produced pyroclastic flows and lahars that reached the Pacific Ocean, and spread an airborne deposit of volcanic ash throughout the northern Andes.
    This last eruption followed a dormancy period of 14,000 years and is known as the 1280 Plinian eruption. The fourth (of seven) eruptive phase was phreatomagmatic, indicating that a Crater lake was already present at that time.
    The caldera has since accumulated a 250 m (820 ft) deep crater lake, which has a greenish color as a result of dissolved minerals. Fumaroles are found on the lake floor and hot springs occur on the eastern flank of the volcano."
  2. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi Love my Tranny Super Supporter

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    Thanks for the explanation on Quilotoa, that was informative. When I saw the top photo I immediately asked myself what is this place. You conveniently answered my question :D.

    Awesome photos.
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  3. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    That kinda stuff is also interesting for me to know. We do not have such weird stuff back home. :)
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    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    If you really cared, you would have given him a real live porn show

    :imaposer

    And post the video for us to see :photog:clap
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  5. Grynch

    Grynch Long timer

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    When are you heading back to S.A?
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  6. Tau Anvil

    Tau Anvil African by trade

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    Liar LIAR LIARRRRR. No weird stuff back home? Every politician is weird stuff here!!!!

    Great pics as always.

    Dankie
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    poppawheelie Been here awhile

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    Yes! Great pics again.
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  8. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Poor guy would have fainted:lol3:photog

    Not soon hopefully. If our idiotic government does not fuck up our country completely and crash our economy we can keep going for a few more years. But it is booked whenever we are back you and Edi must come to visit so we can take you around and eat some biiiiiig steaks :thumb

    :photog fok ja! Forgot about that bloody circus :lol3
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  9. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Quito

    Ecuador's capital sits high in the Andean foothills at an altitude of 2,850m (9,350 ft) above sea level, it is the second-highest official capital city in the world, after La Paz, and the one which is closest to the equator. Constructed on the foundations of an ancient Incan city, it’s known for its well-preserved colonial center, rich with 16th- and 17th-century churches and other structures blending European, Moorish and indigenous styles. These include the cathedral, in the Plaza Grande square, and ultra-ornate Compañia de Jesús Jesuit church.

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    The best pork dishes in the world!!

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    What I love about being in non-first world countries are you can many times do what de hell you want. Even parking your bike in a local Mercado to find grilled pork and potatoes. The cost was about 5us for a massive plate of food and we shared it.

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    Quito is a beautiful city, as cities go. There's a nice buzz around it with locals go about their business.

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    Changing of the Guard in Quito is a fantastic spectacle that takes place every week at the Plaza Grande in the Old Town.
    On a gloriously sunny Monday morning – just as every Monday before or since – a large crowd has gathered on Plaza Grande, the most iconic square in the Old Town of Quito. Then suddenly on the balcony, flanked by palm trees and lush mountains, appears the star of the show, smiling, waving, gesturing to his adoring fans.
    This is none other than the president of Ecuador, here at the Palacio de Carandolet to oversee the Changing of the Guard, a ceremony that sees the military squadron guarding the presidential seat for the past week pass the baton to the next group. With much pomp and solemnity, the Changing of the Guard is a fantastic spectacle and a great honour bestowed on the most senior and loyal soldiers.
    At 11a.m. sharp the ritual begins, as the guards dressed like brilliant blue Nutcracker swings open the main doors to the palace, and a full-scale marching band strikes up, playing the sort of music that might begin a Laurence Olivier movie.

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    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Dude

    I hope you're passing out my phone number to those beauties :photog

    I'll accept the collect call charges :jack
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    joenuclear Still here....

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    I think he gave your description to her boyfriend and the local authorities. :hung
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  12. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    :lol3

    The idea is you get on your Adv bike and come to chat them up personally :wink:
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  13. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Quito....continue

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    Basílica del Voto Nacional -" The largest of all Quito‘s churches, and inspired by Bourges Cathedral in France, this awe-inspiring edifice with its towering spires is several streets northwest of the historical district. This is also the largest of all neo-Gothic cathedrals in the Western Hemisphere. Construction began in 1887 and was largely completed by 1909. An urban legend claims that a final completion of the site will occur shortly before the end of the world."
    Height: 115 m
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  14. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    come on Michnus, 3 Pictures, really

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    michnus Lucky bastard

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    sorry blame wifi here in Arequipa :lol3
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    michnus Lucky bastard

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    On our way to a piss-up parade in a town outside of Quito. Had to stay over at a cool small hostel on the foot of Cotopaxi volcano...

    The changing face of Cotopaxi during a day. It was bloody cold.

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    One of the coolest apps I have discovered. Called Peakfinder.

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    Our host and co-owner of the hostel were kind to post for a photo.

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    Just before sunset. Cotopaxi is an active stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains, about 50 km south of Quito. It is the second highest summit in Ecuador, reaching a height of 5,897 m
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    Thomas B. desert racer

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    I don´t believe it (Internet in Peru is Always highspeed), but excuse accepted. :jack
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    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Must be a different Peru
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    elron Still Standing Supporter

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    Now, now Thomas B...patience...just like their travel and true to their style (and yours too)... slow down ...... take it in slowly. (wink wink)
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  20. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    We were on our way to the mother of all drunk street parties!

    Apparently, it did not start out that way, back in the day. La mama Negra (black mama)
    Takes place in the town of Latacunga in Ecuador at the end of September and again during the week of 11 November, and embraces the widely divergent traditions and cultures of the local inhabitants’ origins – Spanish, Aymaran, Incan, Mayan and African.

    Latacunga was colonized for its rich mineral resources by the Spanish and the native inhabitants were “encouraged” to convert to Catholicism. This mass conversion was not entirely pure and indigenous elements were blended into the Catholic religion. The Spanish conquerors brought along with them slaves from Bolivia, Guatemala and Africa, and these slaves added their own traditions and beliefs.

    The origins of the festival are a little obscure, but the general consensus is that the festival was established when the Cotopaxi volcano erupted in 1742 and it seemed that Latacunga would be destroyed. The locals of the region petitioned the Virgin of Mercy, the patron of Cotopaxi, to spare Latacunga. When the town escaped the wrath of the volcano, an annual celebration was set in place in her honor. At around the time of this volcanic eruption, African slaves were brought into the area to work in the mines. These black slaves made a huge impression on the local inhabitants, who incorporated their arrival into the festival of La Mama Negra – the Black Mother.

    "The Festival of La Mama Negra includes characters such as the Moorish King, the Angel of the Stars and Los Huacos who represents the area’s pre-Colombian heritage. More recent additions to the festivities are the Camisonas – colourful transvestites. Dancers, musicians and marching bands all join in the parade, which culminates in the arrival, on horseback, of La Mama Negra - a representation of the Virgin combined with African deities. La Mama Negra, in an elaborate costume and bearing dolls to represent her children, happily sprays milk and water on the spectators, supposedly for their well-being.."

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    Everything starts out very orderly and behaved early morning. There are fences to keep the spectators out of the street and the rowdy mass of festival participants in the street. We were offered ringside seats by a local pizza restaurant for the day...provided we buy their beer and pizza. Which we did in copious amounts.
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    There must be something like 3000 -5000 participants doing their dance and song along the roads of Latacunga and the hotter it gets the more they drink. People are in high spirit and by 11am the party mood was in full swing.
    Participants have their own homemade moonshine on offer. It is vile tasting shit and a mix of 95octane fuel, homebrew 95% sorghum alcohol and some toilet cleaner, whatever brand is cheapest. But it gets you drunk and more importantly, it strips people of their inhibitions. It can also be used as paint stripper that's for fucking sure. Candy and wine containers are also tossed into the crowds, keeping the party atmosphere going into the night.

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    Obviously, we don't wanna look like gringo pussies so we drank every cupeth that cometh our wayeth, fucketh! At first, I was all decent and cool and behaved like a good tourist and took photos from the behind the barriers. That also only lasted until the second cupeth and I got into the street to party with and take photos close up :lol3

    We got blessed a few times which involved being hit mercilessly with branches and then spat on with booze to chase the evil out. Apparently, my evil spirit was many and my beating happened quite regularly.
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    By 13pm we did not have to buy any drinks anymore, we had enough in us and were offered more than we could consume.
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    The natives were restless..

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