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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rtwpaul, Dec 12, 2015.
GREAT PHOTOS AND COMMENTS AS USUAL. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAUL. I AM AQUARIAN TOO!
So, if those police rookies hadn’t used you for target practice, you would not have taken that side road and not ended up in the hotel where the owner pointed you that awesome track. Now that is good karma for your birthday. Thank you Peru Police Academy
Really, what an awesome road, it has it all, the riding, the scenery and the remoteness of a place that seems frozen in time
Happy Birthday Paul, I'll save the 'bumps' for when you get to UK
So your birthday was in December?
My birthday was in November...I'm more than a little behind...
Yeah we know, you've been busy.
All I can say is WOW ! That's what ADV rider's dreams are made of.
Hehe Lot more
OK by me, Paul. Drag it out, as I'm enjoying the ride and (speaking strictly for me) don't want it to end just yet.
Although sometimes the wait between posts is agonizing!
JagLite said it best.
Wow!! You continue to expose more and more exotic and awesome places to ride a motorcycle. You do it without fanfare; it is what it is, its just that most of us never knew it was there. Thank you for your work! I never cease to be awed by the sharp, steep, jagged edges of the youthful mountain ranges of South America. They make our Rockies look tame and old by comparison.
I just started reading some of your trips reports a few weeks ago, but I must say, "WOW!" Your travels around Peru and pictures are magnificent. I have to say I agree with you about some ADV'ers just making a beeline for Ushuaia, when instead there is much more beauty, adventure, culture, and pureness, to be had on the roads less traveled in the countries that they are quickly passing thru. Just seeing your pictures, makes me think that a trip directly to Peru would be amazing to rent/buy a couple of bikes, and just head into the Andes.
I read about one village where you were shoo'ed away from hostels, and one guy chased you with some shears. That doesn't dissuade me, however, in your journey's, have you had times where the locals mistrusted you (or was bad mojo around) and you thought it best to keep on passing thru? After all, you (we) are strangers, and foreigners at that, so I can understand if they have some suspicion and distrust. I know that you usually try to stay in the end of town where you arrived (to cause less commotion), and I think that is a wise choice.
And lastly, this picture below....sweet baby jeebus, that is amazing. Those road designers/builders were loco (in a good way)! Keep up the great work, and THANK YOU for sharing your stories and allowing us to live vicariously thru you.
I would wish you a Happy Birthday but since it's been two months now.........Oh well. happy belated Birthday.
It just gets better and better, the views with the mountains in the background were stunning. Happy belated Birthday Paul.
You're killin' it Paul.
As a past mountaineer when I saw this picture I wished I was 30 years younger so I could pack my bags and head off to climb those beasts...
I'm not saying there is anything wrong with making a beeline for Ushuaia, a lot of riders have a strict time frame, and the Pan Americana and Ruta 40 have this mythical status, and both roads, on the whole, are absolute shite!
I probably spent maybe 150km-200km on the Pan Am this time and saw more riders on those short sections heading south than the rest of my time combined, when the photos that I added here are less than a half days ride away from the Pan Am.
I just think its a shame for a rider when they get home and in later years they see something like this and now wish they could have ridden some of these areas, but just had that once in a lifetime opportunity and rode straight by.
Again another reason why I write a ride report, just to open up areas that are accessible, that riders may have not discovered or thought is too dangerous. @michnus and I spoke about doing a series debunking the 'Worlds Most Dangerous Roads' he and I have yet to ride one, that virtually ANY rider couldn't ride...and between us, we've ridden a lot of them...
Also, riding the Pan Am is way more expensive, there are more tourists, so higher prices on everything...just something to ponder.
When I return to SA again and I will I'll get more remote and even slower still