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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rtwpaul, Dec 12, 2015.
All your pictures speak Paul, but this one really tells a story.
no, not a chance, making and selling food in Latin America is a simple way to start a business and nothing is controlled at all, but some of the places you are literally sitting in the kitchen and they have been way cleaner than some stateside restaurants i've had the misfortune to see in the kitchen...after i've eaten
Caraz is not a bad place to be stuck in for two weeks, even with bad food poisoning. A nice little hotel right on the main square, secure parking in the courtyard, and my buddy @mak arrived
His bike is a Yamaha 250 Tenere, pretty much a perfect bike for South America, Fi, amazing mileage of over 400km to a tank and he bought it and sold it for almost the same price. If you have already read the process of how to buy a bike in Colombia, great, if not I wrote an article about it for the editorial front page HERE
To put this in perspective of how different people can and do travel and how they afford it, Mak had a minor financial loss on the sale of this bike, but to get here he had to save for SEVEN years working in his native India where wages are very, very, low to fulfill a life long dream.
He then rode and traveled on a budget of around $500-700 a month...and you think you can't afford it! So for less than $5000 for seven months of riding, he had a ball on a solo trip.
The original plan was to be doing it all with his wife but the US Embassy put stop to that. Unbeknownst to me, Indians have limited priveledges when it comes to travel and the US inadvertently can create a reduction in countries they travel to.
Colombia DOESN'T allow an Indian citizen to come into the country without a current US Visa, basically, they use the US as their private vetting agency. Mak and his wife applied the same day, he got his, she was refused. She did the honorable thing and told him to go solo...
We had met months before, we chatted in Caraz and as we were both riding back to Colombia we decided to ride together.
Heading north out of Caraz put you straight on to Cañón del Pato route, so for the second time, I ride it. It is listed as one of the most dangerous roads in the world...which is a major stretch! You can see thru almost all of the tunnels from end to end and the ones you can't you sound your horn. The road is mostly paved now so no issues with dust anymore
...but right here of all places my horn decided to die...oh the irony, but after all the tunnels it started working again!
and into the valley below
Once you clear the canyon the views go for miles and you can pick your route without using a map
I guess minor electrical issues were happening and somehow my GPS decided to delete some of its tracks as well as it cut off, but then, of course, it came back on and was fine.
Stopping in a small village in the middle of nowhere, name unknown due to lost tracks we found a town that had been passed by, by the paved road and all that was left was an amazing church, a few people and some very steep cobbled streets
Not finding an alternative smaller track/ back way out of the village we have no choice but to head back to the main track and ride the more used ( i use that term very lightly) track
We know roughly our heading it's towards that drop-off and down and up the other side...more fun coming...
Obviously a solar powered horn is not ideal for tunnels!
I love how those folks build their roads!
Does @mak have a ride report? Sounds like a great story
Makes for a great adventure
Sadly no, just an Instagram profile with his trip covered there ...https://instagram.com/mak.aditya?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=u50jyf31cv4a
Wow! Just Wow.
Great report and awesome photos. Your ride report has pretty much decided me on Peru at the end of this year.
after all this time, still lovin it! great job and please, keep'em coming!
Paul- I’m 90% committed to starting a RTW trip this year. One question I have is how much do you plan your route in advance vs planning the night before or just seeing where you end up? I don’t want to miss certain things, but also want to be open great options or experiences.
Hi Paul. Great report! If you are still in the process of picking up your Tenere and happen to swing through Abilene, Tejas, I’d be glad to accommodate you again. Beer’s still cold.
Crazy how these critters blend in with their surroundings
Actually all three.
It makes me laugh when I hear a lot of riders say I don't plan AT ALL I just let it happen...LIAR! They are just trying to sound edgy, they must at some point decided about a direction however vague it may have been, that's called planning!
For me I like to look at a very general direction, mostly to try and think later down the road if I'll need to ship the bike, at this point, I'm just looking at the planet and continents
After that, once I know my basic direction, then I would be a little more precise on actual locations I might want to see, iconic places not to be missed, once in a lifetime experiences, Machu Picchu, Masi Mara, Ghengis Khan Monument etc
Then after that, it gets kinda vague, I'll look at a map and try and find remote roads to get from A to B, talk to locals and other riders and then when actually riding just be open for change if a different track looks better than the one I'm currently on.
I think of it like this, there are tourist guides like 'Rough Guide To....or 'Lonely Planet' or similar, I like to avoid almost all of the recommended places, they are usually busy, high priced and not motorcycle friendly. Unique experiences are not found at those places anymore.
Yup - talk to locals, preferably over beers. No question my best days have happened because of those encounters.
The tourist trail gets old very fast.
I follow much the same philosophy whether I'm traveling by moto or not. I get an allergic reaction anytime someone broaches the subject of packaged tours. The minimalist approach to planning does come with the risk of missing something, but I enjoy the random experiences and serendipity of going with the flow of the moment.
Yeah, the Ghengis Khan monument is pretty impressive
Thanks for the response! Makes total sense. I’m thinking I will do something similar. I’m planning routes now so I can get a sense of timing and highlights, but will be open to changes along the way.
Thank you for continuing to share your incredible life you have chosen, and ways you think, with us. Would you say if you ever became attached to any motorcycle for any particular reasons, and also if so in terms of pleasure of riding and owning it, or they are to you all replaceable, and need to be just the right tool for the task, without too much fuss?