My year of Motorcycle Vagabonding Part B: Mexico-Central America-South America

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by MotoAdventureGal, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. MotoAdventureGal

    MotoAdventureGal Motorcycle Vagabond

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  2. MotoAdventureGal

    MotoAdventureGal Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Welcome to Paraguay!

    <img class="alignnone" title="Lonely Planet Map of Paraguay" src="http://www.lonelyplanet.com/maps/south-america/paraguay/map_of_paraguay.jpg" alt="" width="466" height="350" />

    I had to ride another 50 k that morning after breaking camp, and arrived at this Paraguayan outpost...not sure what they really did since they didn't stamp my passport or do any of the bike paperwork, but they asked me a lot of questions about where I came from, where I stayed overnight, etc. I am not a very good liar, and so finally just told them that I slept in the jungle in a hammock. THE WERE HORRIFIED! They could not believe that I'd slept out alone, and they kept saying "<em>tigres</em>" and I said incredulously, "<em>tigres, tigres</em>"? Yes of course. More like jaguars they said, but they are there, and that I should not have camped alone. Ha! good thing I did not know about the jaguars before I tried to sleep...sometimes ignorance IS bliss!

    [I wrote an article for <a title="A Night in the Chaco - RumBum.com - Alisa Clickenger (MotoAdventureGal)" href="http://rumbum.com/926-have-bike-will-travel" target="_blank">RumBum.com</a> on my night in the Chaco, and you can read it <a title="A Night in the Chaco - RumBum.com - Alisa Clickenger (MotoAdventureGal)" href="http://rumbum.com/953-a-night-in-the-chaco" target="_blank">here</a>.]

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    The border officials also asked me if I had enough fuel to go another 200 k...NOPE! So they suggested I go back about 10 k and try to buy gay from this family...

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    Um...she decanted the gas from a large plastic container into two litre bottles...and I could see the stuff swimming around int he bottles. Uh oh. I asked for a rag, and, well, filtered my gas as best as I could.

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    Hey, back through the "border" again! (This time I just waved at them).

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    Is this? Could it be? What? <strong><em>Pavement</em></strong>?!? Whahoo!

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    Is this? Could it be? What? <strong><em>SUPER grade gasoline</em></strong>?!? You mean no more 84 octane that *acts* like 78 octane???!!! Whahoo!

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    Um, Ok, THAT gas price is just a little scary!
    (Exchange rate $1 = 4765 Guarani) Phew!

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    Ok, here I just have to say thwo things

    1. Everyone walks around with their <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terer%C3%A9" target="_blank"><strong><em>Terere</em></strong></a>...basically a large pitcher of tea with a metal straw sticking out (technically called an "infusion" or a "mate". It's quite the social centerpiece, and some of the <em>terere</em>'s are quite quite ornate and beautiful. When I did the paperwork for the bike they invited me to try some (i declined--I'd seen how many people put their lips on that one straw and it gave me the germ-willies!) but it was a really nice gesture, and they all passed their <em>tereres </em>around and shared.

    2. Paraguay had a bunch of Mennonites settle in the country, and it was just damned *weird* to suddenly be address in German rather than in Spanish. They all assumed with my light eyes I was one of them and would address me in German first and then I would have to explain it was Spanish only for me. To see all these obviously German-alike faces speaking fluent FLUENT Spanish was a bit boggling.

    More dirt roads on the way to FILADELFIA.

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    In "Lonely Planet" I read about this hotel that was the best deal in town...and it sure was. I stayed in one of the "Cheap" rooms with a shared bath down the hall, but they had great food and free wifi...the place was obviously run by Germans and not Latinos, and everything was clean, orderly, and efficient. I even dared to eat the salad!!!

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    yeah, and some german torte, too!

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    Sheesh, I thought I was in heaven! I stayed for two nights! Hotel Florida was definitely a gringo oasis, but at this point I did not care. It was clean &amp; comfy &amp; did I mention it had free WiFi and good food? :-)

    Here's a pic at the breakfast buffet:

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    It was here that I started organizing my return home...Edward had taken a job in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and so from Filadelfia, Paraguay we started hatching my plans for post-South America. I was missing Edward like crazy after 7 months apart, I found myself staying several nights at whatever place felt comfortable and clean, time was dragging a bit, and it just seemed like I needed a break from travel, so why not head home.

    May 2, 2010

    My last morning at breakfast I talked with Johnny, a tour-guide, and he gave me some ideas for a scenic route to ride. His group was going to Concepcion, and he gave the name of a good hotel. I vaguely said I'd go that way and he left with his group.

    Leaving downtown Filadelfia. Paraguay seems "richer" is the quantity of mopeds are any indication. The photo doe snot show it well, but they buzzed around like gnats all over town!

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    At the left turn towards Concepcion, the police tried to talk me out of riding that road saying it was not in good shape. True, the road was not in good shape but the scenery was downright spectacular, and I am so glad I followed Johnny's advice.

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    Potty break.

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    Ok, I did a double take at this scene and circled back. Sorry I have a small camera, but these are BIRDS, folks. Tall as a fence post, they look like a cross between an ostrich and a pelican. Wearing a tuxedo. Holy Moly, was I excited!

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    I rode by lots of indigenous villages. These kids were walking the bicycle herding these cows and assured me that this was dinner, not a prank.

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    I arrived in Concepcion and found the hotel Johnny had recommended. They surprised me by knowing all about me and having room reserved for me already. Nice to have friends! I dumped my gear and headed off towards the port.

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    After dark I went back to the hotel, and got a message from johnny. His group invited me to join them for dinner, so he came and picked me up in the tour van. we had a lovely evening.
  3. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    I hear ya there. I'm at about 11 months and feel the same way. another jaw dropping scene, spectacular canyon, incredible volcano, ho hum.......:rofl

    Its funny how that happens.
  4. MotoAdventureGal

    MotoAdventureGal Motorcycle Vagabond

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    It was a lovely, and long, and rather hot ride to Tebicuary. Robert Rolón had invite me to stay with his family there, and tour the sugar can mill he worked at. I was really impressed my the countryside--gone was the dismal, trash-strewn roadside, but clean, kept, and with large ranches proudly displaying their names and the products they produced. German influence meets Latin America, and it kept me wondering why other areas I'd traveled through had such a hard time keeping themselves organized and clean, when Paraguay, the poorest country in South America, was so neat and orderly.

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    Because I love bathroom humor. But really. Just WHAT was I supposed to do with this hose?

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    Mennonites.

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    Note to self: NO MORE BEEF!!!

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    I got completely and utterly turned around in Villarica. I was supposed to meet up with the folks that I had dinner with in Concepcion, but that went out the window with my 5 laps of Villarica. I ended up asking a taxi driver how to get out of town, and he was nice enough to lead me (for free) to the highway. Sheesha. I was in a state by the time I left town.

    I got to Roberto's late, and he'd arranged for me to speak at the local high school. So he bundled his family into the car and I followed them on the bike to the school where I met with about 50+ kids in two separate groups. We talked about cancer prevention, supporting your loved ones through a diagnosis, a bit about my travels, and about wearing all your protective gear while riding a motorbike. It's a real problem in Paraguay ALL the kids seem to have a scooter, and so few wear any protective gear at all.

    May 4, 2010

    Roberto and his family are so lovely--I was so tired that night as we went to bed about midnight. The poor people kept the house and kids so quiet in the morning that I slept until 9:30!!! I was mortified, but I guess I was in sore need of a good bed and a restful place to sleep.

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    Here's the little one with her Terere:

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    A tour of the sugar mill:

    On-site church

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    Cane Trucks waiting to gain entry into the mill.

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    LUNCH!

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    I got a late start that day -- I think I left around 2 or 3. Hindsight says I really should have stayed over another night, but I did not want to be a burden on the family. Plus, I counted the days and I still had much of Paraguay I wanted to see. Too bad, because things went from bad to worse the next few days.

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  5. MotoAdventureGal

    MotoAdventureGal Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Well, it's never a good time to get a flat tire, but at least I knew what to do when it happened. Check out this bolt I picked up about 40 miles after leaving Tebicuary...

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    That bolt was 4" long, and the entire thing was embedded in my tire. The rear tube was absolute toast, and so I got to use the spare I'd carried for about 19,000 miles!

    In hindsight I wish I had more pictures...I rolled the bike off the road and started to work...only to realize I'd set up shop in the sand and the bike was sinking...and I had no way of breaking the bead of the rear tire since I oul not get enough leverage off my center stand with it in the sand...

    ...along came a very nice gentleman on a MINT 250...he offered to help, and I quite surprised him when I not only knew what I was about changing the tire but also when I asked if we could use HIS bike to break the bead...

    After he helped me to change the tire, he commented on how dirty my bike was, and INSISTED that I take care of it and get it washed. Funny guy. So I paid tribute to him by washing it.

    <img src="http://motoadventuregal.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/SA_Trip_Paraguay-138.JPG" alt="" />

    Did I mention my savior's name? Miguelangelo. Michael, the Angel.

    :-)

    SO after that it was almost dark. The only hotel in town was a LOVE HOTEL. Ha! The proprietors did not know what to make of me, but they let me stay all night. First night in a round bed!!!

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    May 5, 2010

    I woke up to rain. Downpour. Wet-you-through kind of rain. I waited an hour, then another, but it wasn't letting up, and I was quite certain that I did not want to pay for this hotel room by the hour, so I packed up and took off. Ugh. My panniers leak, my Scorpion riding suit leaks, my boots leak, I am NOT happy riding in rain. o much for seeing the Animal park, and several other points of interest I wanted to see in Paraguay.

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    It cleared a little after 2:00, so I stopped and had some lunch. I think it was chicken.

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    My horn had died again (the first one quit, the second one rattled off the bike, the third one quit, so now I was needing horn #4. I really like my old, LOUD on, but I thought this one might be overkill...

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    The owner of the auto shop was eating something yummy looking, and I asked where I could get ine (I assumed he'd purchased the parfait across the street at the ice cream shop). nope, he went in the back and served me up one for myself.

    Ice Cream AND Auto parts?

    YUM!

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    Here's his shop...if you ever make it there be sure to ask for your ice cream too!

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    Next stop, gas.
    Remember I spoke about the tea the Paraguayans drink? EVERYONE carries their <em>terere</em>...and the convenience shops at gas stations? They take it seriously too. Here's a pic of everything they had on the shelf:

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    oops, sorry this pic is upside down...but they even have hot water machines at the gas stations for your <em>terere</em>!!!

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    I rode to <em>Encarnacion</em>, the border town where I would cross into Argentina...I decided to spend the night there since I did not want to cross the border late afternoon.
  6. olebiker

    olebiker Old buzzard bait

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    My wife drinks Yerba Matte. It is proported to be a hunger surpressant.
  7. MotoAdventureGal

    MotoAdventureGal Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Can you get it in the States? I bought a beautiful terere I'd like to use...
  8. olebiker

    olebiker Old buzzard bait

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  9. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

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    :lol3 Count me in on that! 7 months was enough. Meh, colonial ruins, world-class feat of engineering, monkeys, crocodiles, whatever:snore

    Three months back "home" and now I'm going through my own ride report, remembering little things that happened and people I met.

    I WANT BACK ON THE ROAD NOW!:D

    Just time for a break, that's all!
  10. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

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  11. calvin_

    calvin_ n00b

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    It is very common to find people drinking Terere (aka Mate) in southern Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. It is a very typical drink appreciated by the locals, and so traditional, it has become a folklore.

    Preparation and manner of serving it is followed to the letter, according to old habits.
  12. MotoAdventureGal

    MotoAdventureGal Motorcycle Vagabond

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    What so impressed me was how social it was...and how nobody (strangers included) minded sharing the same straw.

    It was also so cultural--I forgot to mention that the "best" tereres always had an element of earth, air, water, and um, lemme research that and re-type it here. I forgot :huh

    I was always chuckling to myself that those folks must be the best hydrated in the world.
  13. Tinks

    Tinks Demented Snow White

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    I have seen this drink before but have been knd of curious about it. Where can I find out more?
  14. joenuclear

    joenuclear Still here....

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    Tinks, I bought some today at TJ Max. :huh
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    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

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    Next time you mow your lawn, save the clippings and make tea with 'em
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  16. Tinks

    Tinks Demented Snow White

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    :lol3

    That good, huh? Should I pick up the dog and goat pooh first..or does thad add depth of flavor? :rofl
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    WarLlama belligerent cameloid

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    Wow, that is beautiful. :clap
  18. joenuclear

    joenuclear Still here....

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    It is! I wonder how long it took to train her? :rofl
  19. MotoAdventureGal

    MotoAdventureGal Motorcycle Vagabond

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    I'd spent about 4 hours on the internet last night, then finished off a cheesy novel in my room reading until the wee hours. Next morning I went to breakfast a little on the late side, wrote some emails over coffee, then went out to my bike.

    It was something like out of a bad movie...all my panniers were open, and I just stood there staring at it for a few moments...how could my panniers be open when I had not been out to the bike yet...

    then it hit me: I WAS ROBBED!

    I ran back into the hotel and told the front desk guy to call the police. he didn't rather he followed me out to the bike, which I'd parked in the hotel parking lot, where the owner was just pulling in. SHE told him to call the cops and he finally did. Then she yelled at ME!

    I guess I can say they were nice robbers because they left my credit cards and my passport...but they stole all the souvenirs I'd bought for people back home, plus my cold weather clothing, plus some cool tools, PLUS about $1000 in cash. Everyone asks why I had that much cash on the bike, and it was because I needed $1500+ cash for shipping the bike back...and the ATMs would only give me $190/day for some reason, so I was stockpiling. At any other point in the trip the most they would have gotten was less than $200.

    Why did I have the cash on the bike? Because two travelers had told me how their hotel rooms were robbed. I had the money split between my person, my luggage, and on the bike. Ugh. What a blow. I spent the day filing a '<em>denuncio</em>' with the police, getting my locks fixed, canceling my credit cards (I did not realize yet that I still had the credit cards) and getting the bike locks fixed since I did not want to go through the border with an UN-lockable bike.

    At one point the police got a call from the hotel owner and we went back to the hotel--it looked like the robbers tried to take my goody bag an throw it over the fence to hide the evidence, but it got caught in the barbed wire so the bag fell back into the back lot of the "secure" parking lot. Here's what I found:

    <img src="http://motoadventuregal.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/SA_Trip_Paraguay-162.JPG" alt="" />

    The nice guy at the locksmith charged me $6 to fix all three locks...it took him two hours because he had to go all over town to find cylinders that were close. He still had to drill out the locks so the new cylinders would fit!

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    Here I am at the police station:

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    )(*(*^&amp;*&amp;%$$%$#@!!!!!!!

    Leaving town (finally!)

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    Leaving Paraguay:

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  20. olebiker

    olebiker Old buzzard bait

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2008
    Oddometer:
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    Location:
    Kingston ON Canada
    I have never had anything stolen off my bike, it must leave you with an awful feeling. Just hearing about it makes me feel bad.