South American Adventure - 2 up on a R100GS

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Flyingavanti, Sep 1, 2005.

  1. Flyingavanti

    Flyingavanti With the Redhead on Back!

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    GOOD NEWS....... THE BIKE WILL BE HERE ON TUESDAY!​
    On Thursday we were walking are legs off, and heard there was a British lady in town that was on a BMW, riding around the world! Hey, there are only 1,800,000 people here. Lets try and find her. We had heard she was having problems with her bike and found out that there was a good BMW motorcycle dealer in town. Also checked her out at www.HorizonsUnlimitied.com which is a very useful site for long distance travelers. We found a lady traveling on the web site named Cynthia Milner, doing it on a R80GS.​


    So, on the bus and across town, and lo and behold, we find Cindy. Her valves were bad due to bad gas in Peru, so she was having a complete top end performed. She has almost 250,000 miles on the bike.​

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    She had a bad accident in Southern Chile on May 2nd, 2005 and broke her collar bone, punctured her lungs and broke 4 ribs. The bike was nearly totaled. The BMW required a new frame, forks, wheel, brakes and a lot of other things which she rattled off very quickly in her British ways. Ed and MaddBrit...... Before you ask, yes she smokes!​

    Cynthia was very lucky. This happened at about 50 MPHs.​

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    To brake a spoked wheel like this takes a lot of IMPACT. I have never seen a spoked wheel destroyed like this.​

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    The frame and front end were totaled. The handle bars were good.....​

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    She was riding with some guys from Holland. Thank God they were riding together. She needed help on this unlucky day.​

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  2. Flyingavanti

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    New frame installed.

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    A month later she was riding again. She had the good luck to be able to stay with a doctor while she recovered for a month!

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  3. Flyingavanti

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    Here is her bike in Peru. Big load for a little lady (weight that is..... not here motivation or drive!)

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    We are having dinner with her tonight. You know that even though we don't have our bike yet, this trip is starting out great. I am sure we will have a nice night out. We are now very excited knowing that our bike is coming Tuesday. I will finally be able to twist a throttle! ​

    Cynthia's link is http://www.cynthia.boxerman.co.uk/ .​

    Sandy and I walked about 5 miles back towards our room and decided to live it up at a Fondue restaurant for lunch.​

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    Yes, those are peppers in the eye sockets! And no, this is not the Fondue restuarant!​
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  4. Flyingavanti

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    Had an excellent lunch of chicken, sausages and chesses.

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    It was very very good.............

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  5. Flyingavanti

    Flyingavanti With the Redhead on Back!

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    In the middle of the city, we found this drivers school for cab drivers.

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    Seems like this concept works as we have seen no Taxi accidents yet!

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    Well, that's it. About the best I can do without a motorcycle. Only 3 motorcycle-less days left!
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  6. Popey

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  7. GusHn

    GusHn No foreign lands...

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    I just want to thank you for such a positive description of South America and especially Ecuador. I am from Honduras, Central America. It is too often that all we see or read about Latin America are the horrible things that do go on in our countries. My wife and I ride thru the region any chance we get and like you guys we are planning the trip of a lifetime, where riding and enjoying the cultures are equally rewarding. Ride safe (well at least walk safe until your bike gets there) and keep the pictures coming !
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  8. Flyingavanti

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    This should be the last group of pictures sent while bike-less in South America...


    Since we are planning on heading to jungles soon, we thought that it would be appropriate to get one finally dose of culture, while in the Andean highlands. So we got tickets for the Teatro Nacional Sucre, to see a performance of "The Man of La Mancha", performed by a group from Santiago, Chile.. ​

    The front of the Teatro.​

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    It was a formal event. Even saw a few mink coats. The group consisted of 1 harpsichord, 4 stringed instruments, 2 singers and a percussionist.​


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    The Theater was built in 1878 and restored in 2000.​

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    We don't expect theaters like this, in the jungles of Ecuador.​

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    Although we have visited Quito many times during the last two weeks, we were informed that seeing the various plazas at night is a totally different experience. On Sunday the 11th, we went for a walk around old town. This is Church of San Francisco.


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    The view from the steps of the Church of San Francisco.​

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    Looking another direction from the steps of the same church (Church of San Francisco).​

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  9. Flyingavanti

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    The steeple of the same church as the picture above (Church of Merced).

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    Closer view of the Church of Merced.

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    The city is littered with buildings like this.

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    Just another Church. The guide book states that an estimated 25% of the ground in old Quito is covered by Churches.

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    The President's Palace.

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    Yep, another one....

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    The Basilica.........​

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    That's it for the night shots......
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  10. Flyingavanti

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    A few pictures from walking around on Monday (the 12th of September, 2005)


    This fountain is in the patio of the Church of San Francisco. The white stone is alabaster. The light actually shines through the rock.

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    Neat Cross, Sky, Clouds and Buildings......

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    The interior of one of the smaller Churches.​

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    Some type of Military band performing in front of the Presidential Palace.

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    Same thing, different angle....

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    I believe that this newspaper article states that 90% of the motorcycles in Ecuador are imported from China.

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    Well, that's it. Bike should be here tomorrow!
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  11. GatorTiger

    GatorTiger Go Gators - Ride Tigers!

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    Too bad! Man, these are N.I.C.E.!!! Did you post your camera info already?? I have to go back and re-read... What a drag... :evil

    Hope you will get your bike tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ride On !!!! :ricky
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  12. richard cabesa

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    Spectacular night shots, guys. What a beautiful city!
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  13. Flyingavanti

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    The camera is a 7.1 mp Canon SD500, which we love... To take the night and interior photos we are using a 6 inch tripod, to minimize any blurring.
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  14. G.Kennedy

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    Please say your bike arrived !!! I am hoping it didn't get "lost".
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  15. Esteban

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    ...and your pictures cause me to miss Ecuador !

    I hope your bike gets there soon.

    Steve
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  16. powderhound2

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    Excellent night shots, especially this last one, I just love the movement! Good luck to you both, I'm excited to read more of your adventure!
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  19. Flyingavanti

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    This has to be a TEST of our will!

    TUESDAY........
    1) Tuesday morning we go to the airport (10 mile cab ride) to see if the bike is at Tampa Cargo.
    2) They state that the bike is now in Quito, but it was consolidated, therefore we must see the consolidator (8 mile cab ride).
    3) We take a 9 mile ride in a cab to see the consolidator and give him $56.00?
    4) They state we need an Agent (nine mile cab ride)?
    5) Then we are told to follow this guy here then this guy there.
    6) Finally the ENTIRE day is gone and they state DON´t WORRY (yeh.. Be Happy), come back at 800 am and it will not be long (11 mile cab ride back to the room).

    All this is with $2,000 hanging around my neck in the ¨shipping¨area of Quito.

    WEDNESDAY....
    1) Wednesday morning we show up at 800 am. Business is not open.
    2) At 830 the receptionist shows up. We sit there and wait.
    3) At 930 a guy comes in and says follow me (at least they all have smiles on their faces).
    4) A short bus ride and we are in customs and wait and wait. We are told that there is a problem. How do they know we are going to leave Ecuador? I state they I would not have maps of Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.... If I wanted to stay in Ecuador.
    5) After another completely lost day, everybody says WE WILL SEE YOU TOMORROW (yeh, we are all friends now)! Again, at least they are all friendly!

    We were asked to show up tomorrow and it will only be minutes!

    Yey..... ¨Be Happy¨!

    And I assure you that this is the ¨CLIFF NOTES¨to the last two days!
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  20. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    Sounds more like a test of "will you ever get your bike back" to me :D


    Have you spoken to the Horizons Unlimited folks about this? Maybe they could make a couple calls on your behalf.

    We're rootin' for ya! :norton
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