Off the grid for a while: 16 Countries-31 States-9 Canadian provinces-30,000 miles +

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rtwpaul, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. nightflyer

    nightflyer Hors contrôle

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    WOW! Must be quite something riding with that many people and different bike types on such a distance in such a short time!!!!

    On a different note: just sent you a PM!

    Be safe out there...
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  2. rtwpaul

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    one guy has a private blog and is going to transfer the info over to ADV, look for it in around a week or so, search for it with his user name "3zero3"
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  3. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding... Supporter

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    brian

    great meetng you guys, good stories and laughs too, were in La Paz right now, major political protests going on here right now so i'm having to scratch death road, just incase in can't get back intom la paz, coming in from the south there was a ten mile line of trucks blocking the road, riots shots fired and horses heads buring on the road!!! we got an escort in from the local harley club on some very back roads, i'll post pics later if this connection holds up

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  4. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding... Supporter

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    PM me where, and i'll be intouch...you got the order wrong though, its beer, garage, beer again and then maybe bed!!!!!
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  5. rtwpaul

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    Since the last post we have done lots of crazy miles heading north in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:country-region><st1:place>Argentina</st1:place></st1:country-region> and going in to <st1:country-region><st1:place>Bolivia</st1:place></st1:country-region>…


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    we came from tilcara in <st1:country-region><st1:place>argentina</st1:place></st1:country-region> to uyuni in <st1:country-region><st1:place>Bolivia</st1:place></st1:country-region>, stunning roads a few river crossings then once in <st1:country-region><st1:place>Bolivia</st1:place></st1:country-region> it was like going back one hundred years…

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    <o:p>One mile from the border and 5121 kms from where we started in Ushuaia

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    <o:p>what a difference a mile can make, initially very colorful and then a real dramatic change…

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    missed a landslide by maybe a few minutes or hours, nothing had arrived to clear it yet

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    then into tunnels

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    elevation changes were crazy as we headed on a few back
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    slab was very hard to find, we headed out and it was like a 300 mile long motocross track, up and down, rough terrain!!!

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    <o:p>the difficult to get shotin bolivia…take it when they’re not looking…

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    <o:p>room with a “view” in uyuni!!!</o:p>
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  6. rtwpaul

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    …and then it all went wrong, Andy on his sportster looking happy, not for long, we literally went 40 kms the wrong way, then found our road and were at least 100 kms from the nearest large town and he noticed a little movement in his rear…this was why

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    <?xml:namespace prefix = o /><o:p>he had a spare on his bike, we did a quick tire change (tubeless) we had two compressors, one gave up the ghost right at that point, the other didn’t have enough pressure to seat the bead

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    the chase truck arrived, we used their compressor…nothing…stopped a passing truck who had a compressor…nothing…he suggested a friend of his in a little village close by who had a compressor….he didn’t we then resorted to the good old Icelandic petrol and a fire method to seat a bead…this doesn’t work at 14,000 feet, not enough oxygen but it makes for a good photo…

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    <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p>so not happily andy got to be the first on the trailer…not a happy bunny!!!!

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    we made it to the bolivian/ chilian border with one minute to spare and this is what we found…amazing, the choice was this one photo or the border closes and wait for 12 hours at -10 c until it reopens in the morning so this is the one shot…not the best but

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    <o:p>today was spent high in atacama dealing with the amazingly rutted road (my right pannier was vibrated off just before this photo to give you an idea how bad it is) scenery makes up for it in a big way though

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    this was the last of the piste for south America, heading up the pan <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:country-region><st1:place>America</st1:place></st1:country-region> highway tomorrow

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  7. rtwpaul

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    we ran a short distanc on the pan american, stopped at a road side cafe and the lady had loads of stickers from groups that do this ride, personally i don't see the appeal, very straight boring road no senary, you could be on any freeway in the world for that
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    i know there must be better parts of the pan am but this was bad, the andies are right there so we cut off and headed for putres...going from 3000' to 12,000' on an amazing road...so amazing i forgot to take a photo!!!

    a few hours sleep and then pointed the bike in the direcion of la paz and more increase in elevation

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    the sceanary was breathtaing but very cold early on in the morning
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    as we headed along the road to la paz we were told there was a large harley davidson convention going on this weekend, all we saw was harley heading away from la paz. as we got closer we came across a line of trucks that would reach about 10 miles long...one of the group headed forward to see what was going on and the rest waited, they were turned around by the police who told them it was unsafe to move forward. as we waited a group of local HD riders rom la paz pulled in next to us. now remember here that in bolivia average monthly wage s around $160 so a group of HD riders on $25 - 40,000 bikes are some influential people. we were told it was a political uprising about wages...what else...and to follow them, don't take photos (potentially dangererous) we could hear gun shots as we took off down the road, the locals had strewn bolders all over the road (the only main road into las paz from this direction) and lit fires which latr i found out were burning horse and donkey heads, there must be some significant meaing here

    i snuck in one very quick photo anyway to let you see the police pressance, there were thousands of them

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    we were taken off road (yes thy did in on their shiny harleys) and thru little back towns and country roads and were persnally esorted to our hotel
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    la paz was in the distance for most of the ride
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    the paln for today was to ride death road but we have beenadvised not to, to get there you have to use a main truckng route so getting back in would be an issue, this uprising has been going on here for 8 days...the advise we were given get out of town, its a shame as this feels like it could be a real fun town and the local roads around it are amazing

    so today we headout to copacabana beach and lake titicaca
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  8. rtwpaul

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    mayhem getting out of la paz...it was market day and with all the other sh!t thats going on here it took 2 hours to do one mile...then to lake titicaca
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  9. rtwpaul

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    Rode to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place>Cusco</st1:place> to drop my bags off at a hotel, it was time to do the tourist thing and take a few days and go and see <st1:City><st1:place>Machu Picchu</st1:place></st1:City>
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    took a bus and a train to get to Agua Calientes and got a room by the river
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    the town is very commercial selling all kinds of crap because <st1:City><st1:place>Machu Picchu</st1:place></st1:City> is kept free of it
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    headed out early the next morning to the mountain…the Incas are renowned for their amazing stone work
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    the morning was very misty with a light rain and it looked like “the photo” wasn’t going to happen as the visibility was almost nothing around 30 feet or so…this left me taking photos of the local wildlife while I waited
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    at around <st1:time Hour="11" Minute="0">11 am</st1:time> the temperature heated up just a little and the mist lifted for about 20 minutes and around 2000 to 3000 people were scrambling to get the iconic photo, I had been waiting at the perfect spot and here I am…
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  10. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding... Supporter

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    the road from cusco to nasca...lets just call it a 300 mile race track, long sweeing bends, good straights, sharp hairpin curves, double cambers, sheer drops on the side of the road...

    if you read al these blogs and for somereason can't get the weeks or months or even years off to do one of these trips...then ship your bike to Peru, ride to nasca and just ride backwards and forwards to cusco every day for a week and you'll have a smile on your face for years...BTW no cops so jut peg it wide open!!!
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  11. Tall Mike

    Tall Mike TAT Rookie (planning!)

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    Looks like the start of a sweet journey! :evil Subscribed!:lurk
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  12. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    Great pics of the Inca's and that road looks awesome
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  13. tofire409

    tofire409 Geared up and ready.

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    I tried to get one into Canada and there's no way I can legally have it on the road after 3 years (I think that's the limit). The bike would have to remain plated and registered to where ever in Europe that I buy it.

    I love to you know your work around:deal

    Jealous of your trip, have fun (I'm sure you will).
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  14. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding... Supporter

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    my way of working around the legsl bs is i have dual nationality so i have it registered in the UK at my mothers house and will ride as long as possible before i have to do an import...my US insurance agent had no problem insuring it
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  15. rtwpaul

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    not much to report, went thru lima into the atacama today, long day riding, good sweeping bends, a hyabusa would have been the bike of choice today sad to say
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  16. jab1026

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    Very nice adventure... Peru is awesome!:clap
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  17. viperh

    viperh Wending through adventures

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    Subscribed! :ear
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  18. rtwpaul

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    i agree but i wish the locals had more respect for the environment they live in, it seems almost every town once you get about five miles out is just like an open land fill...its such a shame because the scenary is spectacular, people are very friendly, i've not even had an issue with the cops like most people do, so that is the only part that runied it for me
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  19. rtwpaul

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    more of the atacama desert and into mancora for a hotel on the beach, went thru lots of little towns full of tuk-tuks, they swamp like wasps around the roads hunting down a fare
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  20. rtwpaul

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    Did a long days ride and ended up around 4 miles from the equator in a monastery built in 1585 the hotel guachala, if you are in this region this is a great place to stop, a photographers dream, lots of unique things in every room, numerous animals, and a short walk to the equator or a two minute ride
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