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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Charles Seguin, Aug 26, 2008.
You're not on a motorcycle ride anymore.
In all my nervousness about the cops north of Lima, I forgot to warn you that Peru is magic, or it has magic, or something that can change you. It might go away in Bolivia. It started to wear off me once I got to Arequipa. Then there were really bad vibes coming out of the Atacama (on account of all the ghosts). I felt a huge amount of relief once I got into the Argentine pampas.
I tell you what... you either provide me with a paypal account to deposit some money too so you can continue this trip, or I will burn 30 dollars in my yard and it will be forever wasted...
Kind of reverse hostage taking. 30 bucks is not much but it will keep you in gas for another day. I have spent a great deal more money on stupid things that are not near as interesting to me as your ride report. If you wish to PM me the account number that is up to you.
But dont make me burn this money, it will be on your head!
hey ... have been following your trip silently for a long while now. you are now exactly where i am right now. i just completed my three month long ride across india and have ended up broke and without a job. but you know what, every moment on the trip was worth it. and i am sure it is going to be for you too. irrespective of when and how you continue / end the trip, here's something from my side. RESPECT.
Glad you guys are enjoying Huaraz
Living there for 3 years was life changing for me.
Huascuran el 6768m, from my house.
p.s. Some times the cops will let you go for a candybar - it's worth a try.
And Boys he is a man of his word! He will do it. I would PM him, it sure wont hurt!
Went on a little ride myself this morning over to Cañon Del Plato. Toda pista, or so they said.
First I said goodbye to my new best friend, Rosìo:
Rosìo is the hotel dog. Te gusta jugar, or so the señora tells me.
Then I was off along along a nice smooth twisty road to the Cañon.
¿How`d you like to work here?
They are pulling coal out of the side of a lot of mountians here. Not a very sophisticated operation here, but further along the road was a mine that looked like it was designed by engineers.
The pista quickly gives way to dirt . And the road winds through a series of tunnels, you can see two of them in the pic below.
Nice scenery the whole way, if a bit dry:
Btw, for anyone planning on doing this ride in the future. All these last pictures of the Cañon and the epic passes are an easy ride from Caraz, which is not even 100 miles of the Pan American. Now that we`ve posted this you have no excuse to miss it . You can also find this region on the South American top ten rides thread in the regional forum.
I`m actually really starting to like the people here. After my experience with the attempted robbery, pornography and whores in Chimbote I was having "mixed" feelings about Peru. But the people here in Caraz are great, I get into several spontaneous conversations here everyday, great for my Spanish, also great for my morale after Chimbote (). The people here seem serious, curious and just genuinely friendly.
The landscapes here, as everyone here knows, are incredible, and we haven`t even got through half of the things we`re going to see here.
We`ll see how the cops go north of Lima.
It`s possible we never were
between that and the biggest balls nomination we`ll be running for public office when we get back.
That seems like a suffucient amount of time here.
Gallon of gas: $4 :eek1
Good personal veggie pizza $2.50
Excellent strawberry bannana smoothie: $1.30
Double room in nice hotel in the mountians for the night: $8/person
Fantastic trip. Spent most of my day at work reading from page 1 til now.
don`t work too hard
something tells me you are too ethical to be a politician.
and I support terms limits for all politicians!
One term in office and one term in jail!
I'm still catching up, back in mid November some where, but this thread needs a new subtitle.. "I forget the/his name.."
Simply amazing report...I've been here from the beginning and just now realized that I have yet to post! Truly great report & I am glad to see you guys on the trip of a lifetime. I know you are having a blast.
Thanks for all of the great pics and most of all for taking the time to do it. It is greatly appreciated by many.
And yes...PayPal would be a good thing. No need to feel weird about it...you have entertained us all for a long time and there are plenty of folks here who are willing and able to buy you a little more time, gas & beer. If you don't have an account, set one up and throw the address out here. You have already paid it forward Let us give a little back.
Guys~ Pay pal account....PLEASE. Look, I rode a solo trip to Alaska and Canada a few years back. Everyone on here was great. A female riding solo, on a dual sport!! One of the things the guys kept telling me, don't rush back. Go everywhere you planned and want to go. After being gone for 3 weeks, I was feeling some pressures to get home. I ignored all the advice, didn't finish the end as I wanted and still regret to this day that I didn't finish it to my end
We are all enjoying this so much, I look at it like this. I go to the movies, $10 ticket, $4.50 popcorn, $3.00 soda pop, $4.00 candy. What can I say, I like the whole buffet! That is over $20 bucks YOu guys getting the picture....Anyway, I have had more then a few movie nights sitting here reading and looking. So, let me pay for my movie This is one trip I can't see me doing as a solo female, so let me live through you guys
I do understand, you have to ride your ride, but if the ONLY reason, you turn to go home is money, that is not acceptable. One of the best traits you can learn is to be able to accpet help, when offered.
SO, that being said I need the pay pal account please
Regardless, have a beautiful journey, and be safe.
"Pain is temporary, it may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or even a year. But, eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit however, it last forever."
I know you guys wouldn't really be quitting, you have done so much already, but I am hoping my catholic guilt youth training will work in this case!!
Sequin Bros - Thanks for the ride report and pics. I've been quietly following along, and really appreciate the time you guys take to keep us updated. As others have said - you will regret it if you don't make it all the way down.
I will probably never get to make a trip like this, but following along with you is the next best thing. I would be more than happy to toss a few bucks your way via PP.
Ride Safe! Live the Dream!
Well this certainly wasn´t the response I was expecting. Never had someone threaten to burn money if I didn´t take it before . I guess Charles and I will have to talk about it again and get back to you all.
Yesterday I noticed that the harness for my tank bag must have vibrated off going over the first pass. So I went into Huaraz in search of a place that could fabricate something to replace it. Once I got into town I asked the police where a camping store was and they directed me to the central plaza. I found a place there and asked them if they had something, but they didn´t. So they told me to go to a place that I couldn´t find. So I stopped again, asked another police officer where I was and went to one of the trekking agencies in the Lonely Planet.
They told me to go to the central market and ask for the sastres (people who mend clothing and other junk). I found the market and stopped a juice place outside to get a juice before starting my search. I told the guy there I was looking for the sastres and he ended up showing me where they were. They wouldn´t and or couldn´t fix the problem, so they directed me to a shoe repair place. I went back to the juice stand and asked the guy if he knew where it was. After telling me where it was he decided it was best that he came with me. So we went off in search for the shoe repair place. I told him that a camping store would probably have what I need, and he agreed. He took me to another trekking agency where a guy he knows works, and they told us to go to a different sastre who repaired backpacks for all the hikers. So the three of us went off in search of the place. We found it and sure enough they could do what I needed. So they both left and I got the thing fabricated.
When I was at the juice stand the first time I had asked for a strawberry juice but he had told me they didn´t have any until tomorrow. So after the bag was fixed I bought some strawberries, walked back to the stand and told him to make me a strawberry juice!
This is Daniel with my juice
I´ve said this before and Ill say it again. I´ve been constantly amazed by the kindness of strangers on this trip (and every other one I´ve been on). Daniel had no reason to help me... other than I obviously needed a bit of help finding what I needed. And yet he went above and beyond and got me out of Huaraz probably a couple of hours earlier, and with a better finished product.