South American Adventure - 2 up on a R100GS

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

  1. G.Kennedy

    G.Kennedy ...

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    Well, at least your bike is in the same country as you (hopefully). I have always heard (and read @ HU) to try to travel on the same plane as your bike. Not an option in your case, but this is another example of why it is prudent to do so if possible.

    Good luck, I'll send some good mojo vibes your way.
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  2. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    Bloody hell!

    I think we should send Vance down there - you should have it within 10 minutes of his arrival.... Look on the bright side, the 'remember the motorcycle delay story' will get better and better when you tell it over years to come. Overcoming adversity has a habit of staying in your memory bank forever..

    A serious question. Have you considered bribing the officials? In many countries it is the normal way of doing business (dont ask me how I know that....). I know you need to be very careful....

    Good luck tomorrow! - wishing you good karma and positive 'chi'.....

    :thumb
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  3. BrklynDakar

    BrklynDakar Been here awhile

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    FWIW, these customs guys have nothing reason to ask about you leaving the country. Immigration has already let you in the country for the amount of time stamped in your passport. Maybe they are looking for money. As others have said try posting on HU and contactin HU Quito chapter, I know there is an active HU member in Ecuador who has taken on these officials for many travelers. (can't remember his name).

    Suerte
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  4. AndyT

    AndyT Been here awhile

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    Hopefully you'll have it sorted by the time you read this, but Ricardo Rocco is the Ecuadorian guy you are looking for. Never met the man personally, but he has a great reputation for helping motorcyclists through the paper jungle. Might reach him through http://www.andesmoto-tours.com/ He is based in Quito. He has a petition going to put an end to this kind of crap, I signed it online.

    Keep the reports coming, I am following you in about 11 months.
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  5. LKYPHL

    LKYPHL Been here awhile

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    Thanks for including us on your journey, and bringing back memories of Quito for me !

    ¡ Vaya con Dios !
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  6. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    :ear
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  7. Flyingavanti

    Flyingavanti With the Redhead on Back!

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    GOT BIKE?

    YEP........

    It was an ordeal, which I will not detail, until out of Ecuador.....
    It is Friday morning and heading to the jungles. So it will be a few days before pictures are coming.....

    Adios.... This is what we have been looking forward to.........
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  8. bmwhd

    bmwhd God Bless Texas

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    What a great adventure! Good luck and be safe!
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  9. G.Kennedy

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    WHEW.......
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  10. ktmnate

    ktmnate Long timer

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    lets ride!!!


    Nate
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  11. Popey

    Popey Nutter

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    Exactly...what a relief. From :waysad to :D :ricky

    Now the real journey begins...looking forward to tagging along.
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  12. Motocirca

    Motocirca Motorcycle Adventurer

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    What a relief, can't wait to hear the story!!Tuesday came then Wednesday then Thursday, then Friday and now your off.
    Ride safe
    Dennis
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  13. Flyingavanti

    Flyingavanti With the Redhead on Back!

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    This is getting good. Can´t do pictures yet (no high speed), but we have now stepped back at least 75 years. Town square in a jungle village in the eastern side of Ecuador. Met an oil guy, who is negotiating with the indigenous. But the locals keep kidnapping the employees, and then say they want to develop Eco-Tourism. He told the locals that the kidnappings may slow down the building of the tourist trade.

    As we rode down the asphalt, it finally hit me how fortunate I am to be able to experience what is now starting. The trip today feels like a trip to a completely "foreign place". We have been all through Central America, but this is different. Hard to explain. I guess driving down the road and having roadstands roasting "Hampsters", with their teeth smiling at you, tells you that you are no longer in "Kansas".

    We drove down the Andes, in a valley, but rarely dropped below 10,000 feet. On the left and right are huge, snow capped volcanos. Surreal.............. Then we headed east, and dropped into the jungle, quicker than driving from Disneyland to Newport Beach. People have sent us notes saying that this is a trip of a lifetime. It has finally hit me that that is completely true........

    Will upload pictures as soon as possible.........
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  14. YOGOI

    YOGOI Prick

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    AHHH YAAAA! :drums :drums
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  15. Two Dot

    Two Dot Been here awhile

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    Sound like the start of a great adventure. Wonderful pictures... Keep us posted.
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  16. richard cabesa

    richard cabesa The Mayor

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  17. Luciano_SR

    Luciano_SR My bike... my lifestyle!

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    Any idea whem you'll be in Brazil?

    Hope to help you out, at least when you were riding near Minas Gerais state.

    Rgds!
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  18. k7

    k7 Almost retired....tick..tick..tick..

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    I'll be in Sao Paulo for just a few days in mid-Oct and then for two weeks at the end of the year. Let me know if you'll be in the area or need some (smaller) items brought down.
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  19. sandgroper

    sandgroper Long timer

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  20. Global Rider

    Global Rider Alps Adventurer

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    Boring? Anything but. Refreshing to see you're taking your time to really experience your adventure instead of racing through just racking up the miles and getting the T-shirt.




    Is there a reason you chose not to drive down to Panama and ship the bike from there to Columbia?