Trails of South America (PtI)... a photo journal

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by JediMaster, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. JediMaster

    JediMaster Adam Lewis

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    OTR RTW since 2006 (currently in India)
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  2. JediMaster

    JediMaster Adam Lewis

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2009
    Oddometer:
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    Location:
    OTR RTW since 2006 (currently in India)
    Thanks for the list of contacts Sergio.

    The DR650 and F650 appear very similar but I've found them to be totally different. If I was planning a trip that was mostly tarmac and graded dirt/gravel roads then I would take the Beemer.
    However, for anything rougher than graded dirt/gravel then the DR wins hands down. The Beemer can't hold a candle to the DR off-road.
    To put it into perspective, my DR (fully loaded and carrying 35ltrs gas) is 83kg/183lbs lighter than my F650. That's a night and day difference in the dirt.

    Here's a quick Pro's/Con's -

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    <table class="MsoTableGrid" style="border-collapse:collapse;border:none;mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt; mso-border-themecolor:text1;mso-yfti-tbllook:1184;mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt" border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody><tr style="mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes"> <td colspan="2" style="width:359.8pt;border:solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-themecolor:text1;mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor: text1;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt" valign="top" width="600">
    Suzuki DR650
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    PRO’s
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    CON’s
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    </td> <td style="width:184.3pt;border-top:none;border-left: none;border-bottom:solid black 1.0pt;mso-border-bottom-themecolor:text1; border-right:solid black 1.0pt;mso-border-right-themecolor:text1;mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt;mso-border-top-themecolor:text1;mso-border-left-alt:solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-themecolor:text1;mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor: text1;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt" valign="top" width="307"> Carbureted (Altitude)
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    </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow:5"> <td style="width:175.5pt;border:solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-themecolor:text1;border-top:none;mso-border-top-alt:solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-themecolor:text1;mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor: text1;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt" valign="top" width="293"> - 3-bolt front sprocket
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    </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow:6"> <td style="width:175.5pt;border:solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-themecolor:text1;border-top:none;mso-border-top-alt:solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-themecolor:text1;mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor: text1;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt" valign="top" width="293"> - Air cooled
    </td> <td style="width:184.3pt;border-top:none;border-left: none;border-bottom:solid black 1.0pt;mso-border-bottom-themecolor:text1; border-right:solid black 1.0pt;mso-border-right-themecolor:text1;mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt;mso-border-top-themecolor:text1;mso-border-left-alt:solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-themecolor:text1;mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor: text1;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt" valign="top" width="307">
    </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow:7"> <td style="width:175.5pt;border:solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-themecolor:text1;border-top:none;mso-border-top-alt:solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-themecolor:text1;mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor: text1;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt" valign="top" width="293"> Weight
    </td> <td style="width:184.3pt;border-top:none;border-left: none;border-bottom:solid black 1.0pt;mso-border-bottom-themecolor:text1; border-right:solid black 1.0pt;mso-border-right-themecolor:text1;mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt;mso-border-top-themecolor:text1;mso-border-left-alt:solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-themecolor:text1;mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor: text1;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt" valign="top" width="307">
    </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow:8"> <td style="width:175.5pt;border:solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-themecolor:text1;border-top:none;mso-border-top-alt:solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-themecolor:text1;mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor: text1;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt" valign="top" width="293"> Durability
    </td> <td style="width:184.3pt;border-top:none;border-left: none;border-bottom:solid black 1.0pt;mso-border-bottom-themecolor:text1; border-right:solid black 1.0pt;mso-border-right-themecolor:text1;mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt;mso-border-top-themecolor:text1;mso-border-left-alt:solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-themecolor:text1;mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor: text1;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt" valign="top" width="307">
    </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow:9;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes"> <td style="width:175.5pt;border:solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-themecolor:text1;border-top:none;mso-border-top-alt:solid black .5pt; mso-border-top-themecolor:text1;mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor: text1;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt" valign="top" width="293"> Off-road ability
    </td> <td style="width:184.3pt;border-top:none;border-left: none;border-bottom:solid black 1.0pt;mso-border-bottom-themecolor:text1; border-right:solid black 1.0pt;mso-border-right-themecolor:text1;mso-border-top-alt: solid black .5pt;mso-border-top-themecolor:text1;mso-border-left-alt:solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-themecolor:text1;mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor: text1;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt" valign="top" width="307">
    </td> </tr> </tbody></table>

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  3. JediMaster

    JediMaster Adam Lewis

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Its meeting and spending time with people like Ken and his family that make traveling so special.[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]Ken's right, I wouldn't have mentioned my 'donate' button but now that it has been mentioned I feel the need to add a few words...
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    [FONT=&quot]Donate Button - This was introduced in the summer of 2010 after meeting and riding with Aussie ADV inmate Trady in California & Nevada. Trady told me he'd read every word of my site twice, some of it more and that doing so had saved him a lot of time, hassle and money. As a result he wanted to make a contribution but there was no way of doing so. He berated me for not having a ‘donate’ button and showed me how to add it.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Additional funding - ALL of my photos are available for sale through my Smugmug site (so you don't have to choose one with a motorbike in it!). Click on the 'Buy' button and you get to choose both size and paper type before its printed and shipped to your door.[/FONT]
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  4. Tradey

    Tradey RTW Traveller

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    Mate, Adam could live off a loaf of bread, a fish and a bottle of wine for a month ! So I better pitch in a few bucks to get him on the next leg or at least buy him a beer for all the great stories, photos and reference material he is supplying here to all of us.

    If you feel the same fellow ADV readers, throw the bloke a couple of bucks here so we get more of this fantastic arm-chair entertainment:

    https://www.paypal.com/uk/cgi-bin/w...63663d3faee8d1e83f46a36995b3856cef1e18897ad75


    (Adam I am taking your advise and ditching my F800GS for my South American leg, the KLR tops my list but with a bit more arm twisting you might see me on a DR650) :lol3

    Cheers,
    'Aussie Geoff'
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  5. MikeinSA

    MikeinSA The sheep lie

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    Hey Adam,
    Fantastic report and pictures. Thanks for all the hours you've put into this RR, it's one of the few I always check for updates. If I remember right you had hard luggage on the BMW and switched to soft with the DR? I'm on the fence with this one myself. Are you still comfortable with the soft luggage or wish you'd stayed with the hard? Any security problems? Enough capacity? Durability?
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  6. JediMaster

    JediMaster Adam Lewis

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    Thanks for the beer Geoff...:thumb :freaky

    As you know I'm a motorcyclist who's traveling, not a traveler who's riding a bike. Motorcycling for me is not a mode of transport, its a passion. Since I got my first motorcycle aged 16 I've been without one for just 18months. I've Road Raced, ridden Enduro and Supermoto, blasted across Europe on a sports bike and cruised around the world on a Thumper.
    I recently watched 'Moto Siberia' (the DVD that accompanies this thread - 3 x KTM Go East) and the accompanying interview. In it Maciek talks about choosing a bike and how he needed a bike that he felt passionate about riding. I can relate to that. Recently I've been bush camping through the Peruvian Andes at temperatures down to -11C/12F. I ride almost until sunset because I get my best photos in the late afternoon light, I get up before sunrise because I love the pre-dawn glow. I go to bed looking forward to riding my bike again the next day and seeing what's around the next corner.
    I can't help but think that whilst a KLR would cope with where I like to ride, would it be FUN like my DR is?

    PS. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I'd talk about riding an air-cooled 650 thumper with passion!!!
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  7. JediMaster

    JediMaster Adam Lewis

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    Cheers Mike!

    I did indeed have hard luggage on my Beemer. For me their is no decision to make, Spam cans suit the Beemer and the kind of terrain the bike is suitable for. However, riding off-road is all about weight and so its a no-brainer - it has to be soft luggage.

    Security - sure its nice to be able to lock things in your boxes but chances are you'll have duffel and tank bags which are as vulnerable as soft panniers. I think a cover is the best form of security. I use a lightweight Aerostich bike cover that packs into its own stuffsack. Out of Sight - Out of Mind.

    Durability - A seam on one of my AndyStrapz pannierz burst on the TAT and despite being "flabbergasted" at the failure both Andy himself and the US importer reacted instantly, replacing the bags under warranty. Excellent service.

    Capacity - When I swapped to soft luggage I had to loose a bit of kit and re-think some of my other kit to make it more compact. I'm constantly trying to get rid of stuff to lighten my load. Even my South American Handbook has been chopped up into countries so I can ditch each one as I leave a country. The only thing I miss is a tripod. My gear has evolved over a long period and its still not perfect. Don't expect to get it right straight away.

    Hope that helps..

    Now back to the RR...
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  8. JediMaster

    JediMaster Adam Lewis

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    OK...on with the RR...

    [FONT=&quot]I retraced my steps through Chuquicara and back up the valley to just past Ancos where I picked up the dirt road that runs SE through Santa Rosa. At the top of the climb I continued on to have a look around the friendly village of Llapo. All eyes were on me as I rode into the sleepy plaza and so I decided to stop and see if I could buy a coffee & a sandwich. I stepped into a small tienda and as I did so a woman came running down the road apologizing for not being there. When I asked her where I could buy a coffee she shouted across the road to two old guys sitting on a bench. They had a shouted exchange for a few moments until a third guy appeared and said he knew somewhere. He walked to the corner of the plaza and disappeared through a doorway before reappearing moments later and beckoning me to follow him. I parked Rosie close to the doorway and entered what I was expecting to be a café, only to find myself in the livingroom of Ricardo.

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    After filling the kettle he told me how he still played football and demonstrated his flexibility by kicking his legs to shoulder height – not bad for 71 eh?
    He went on to make me coffee and cheese sandwiches and as I ate and we chatted so he welcomed me with the Latin American phrase ‘Mi casa es su casa’ and went on to tell me he would not accept any payment.
    When I’d finished eating he took me for a walk around the village, getting the very old church unlocked in the process.

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    The indigenous women of the Andes don’t like having their photos taken (many believe it steals their soul). I always ask before attempting to take a close-up and am regularly refused but being with Ricardo gave me an introduction to this lady who was happy to be photographed.

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  9. JediMaster

    JediMaster Adam Lewis

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    I backtracked to the saddle of the pass where the road forked and I turned left (SE) into the next valley heading towards La Pampa...


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    On the approach to La Pampa I came across this drunk road gang (that's Moonshine in the coke bottle) who wanted payment to put some planks across their trench. As everyone knows you can't negotiate with a single drunk let alone six of them so once across I gave them a few soles (50p/80c) and they were delighted..posing for their photo...


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    [FONT=&quot]...which is exactly what I'm going to do now!
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  10. garrydymond

    garrydymond Been here awhile

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    Great photos. Hope you come back our way as you and your great stories will always be welcome plus the dentist keeps asking about you!
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  11. sergiophoto

    sergiophoto travelingphotog

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    Hola,

    First, I use Adobe Lightroom to import, edit, process and output all my photos. I rarely use Photoshop, if ever, and if you have Lightroom, 95% of your needs can be accomplished with Lightroom. Lightroom is a database driven program whereas Bridge (works hand in hand with Photoshop) is a browser on steroids. In my opinion, Bridge is a pain in the ass and I do not use it, unless I need to dig deep into the computer and find something, which is very rare. I am very organized so if you have that ability, then Lightroom is much better. Since LR (Lightroom) is a database this applies: garbage in = garbage out. So, be organized on the back-end (where do you put your photos on your HD) and the front-end (what you are looking at = your User Interface) and you should be able to organize, edit, process and output your photos (in your case upload to SmugMug) in easy to follow progression of steps. Yes, you need to learn some of the procedures but there are countless places to learn the basics of raw processing and other stuff online. The best courses are offered by D-65, but they don't travel outside the US (except to Antartica and Iceland, so far) but they do offer a book on their site which explains clearly how to go about this massive task of organization. The book is worth every penny and it's not expensive in any case. The key, is organization. If you are disorganized and do not follow a logical set of steps to do the work exactly the same way all the time, then sooner or later you will get into a mess of trouble by having files all over your hard drive. LR does not know you have any photos on your HD unless you import the photos into LR and then it can keep track of them. It's actually pretty simple and it has numerous fantastic capabilities to do just about anything to your photos like: organize by date shot, location, exposure, orientation, batch re-naming, non-destructive processing (Photoshop IS destructive to pixels), crop, process into whatever you like, numerous presets to do most stuff automatically, output web gallery, output to whatever spec you need, etc., etc. The list of things it can do is endless. But the most important thing is that is NON-DESTRUCTIVE, so that means, anything you do with the photos (once imported into LR) can be undone and you can go back to zero (original file as captured in-camera) and begin anew, if you need to.

    It would be too cumbersome for me to write the workflow, but you can do a search on LR tutorials (see Emma on the web) and can learn the basics and the high-end stuff easily and often for free. I say get the D-65 book and that's all you need.

    If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask and I will respond.

    Safe travel,

    Sergio
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  12. krazykiwi

    krazykiwi Adventurer

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    Hi Jedimaster

    If you are still in Bolivia come through Cochabamba. I'll put you up for a night or two and perhaps we could ride out to Torotoro - a great national park you can only access from here. Cellphone is 7797 2800, home phone (4) 472 4158.

    cheers
    Cory
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  13. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv. Supporter

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    JediMaster,

    Amazing photography, thank you for posting. We don't have switchbacks like that here in Washington, DC.

    Safe Travels,
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  14. Shibby!

    Shibby! Long timer

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    I was goign to PM you, but figure since there was a bit of talk on here about tires, thought I'd see where your opinion stands now.

    For a 30/70-50/50 dual sport tire (majority being on-road), what do you recommend? How about more dirt orientated or ones that handle dirt well? (don't have to be DOT approved)

    Everybody has a story, but it seems yours come from actual use and riding that I'd sooner be doing and hope to hunt down with my travels through central America.

    Thanks!

    We rode Baja (4000km) on Maxxis Desert IT's without issue, problem is the rear's are shot shortly after those 4000K (at least on 650's). The fronts will probably do 8000km but suffer from squaring off if doing highways.

    That's about my extent of longer range tires...
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  15. MikeinSA

    MikeinSA The sheep lie

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    Thanks Adam! Yes, that's a big help.
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  16. JediMaster

    JediMaster Adam Lewis

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    'What's the best tyre' isn't the real question. 'What's the best of those available' - that's the REAL question.

    NOTES:

    1. I've never used non-DOT knobbies on a dual-sport bike so my comments are based solely on DOT tyres.

    2. I'm not going to get into a 70/30, 80/20, 50/50 debate. To me there are road tyres, dual-sport tyres and DOT knobbies. Just to clarify the kind tof tyre that fits into each category (in my mind) - Metz Tourance: Road Tyre. Pirelli MT60: Dual-sport tyre, Michelin T63: DOT knobby.

    The following is a list of the tyres I can remember using along with comments based on my experiences of using them on my BMW F650 and Suzuki DR650

    FRONT


    Road


    - Metz Tourance (BMW): Excellent, hard wearing, good grip in both wet & dry conditions. My favourite 'road' tyre for a D/S bike
    - Michelin Sirac (BMW): Don't remember anything about it...sorry.

    D/S

    - Metz Enduro 3 Sahara (BMW & DR): Excellent. Good grip in both wet & dry conditions. Surprisingly good off-road. My favorite D/S front tyre.
    - Conti TKC 80 (DR): OK on dry gravel roads but as soon as the going gets snotty its shite.

    Knobby


    -
    Metz Karoo2 (BMW): Didn't really get the chance to evaluate it as my BMW's Ohlins shit itself soon after fitting. Hence I now ride a DR.
    - Michelin T63 (BMW & DR): Surprisingly good on tarmac. Hard wearing. My #2 choice
    - Pirelli MT21(BMW & DR): Excellent. The best DOT front knobby I've used. Non-directional means you can spin it round and increase its life. You won't believe how fast you can ride on tarmac with this tyre.
    - Dunlop D606 (DR): An unusual feel to it at first due to its profile. Better grip tan the T63 but not as good as the MT21. Wore through to the canvas in 7k km, usable to 5k km.



    REAR


    Road


    - Michelin T66 (BMW): ALMOST as hard wearing as a Metz Tourance. Decent performance (no longer made?)
    - Michelin Sirac (BMW): Like the front, I don't remember anything about it.
    D/S


    - Metz Enduro 3 Sahara (BMW & DR): Excelllent. Good grip in both wet & dry conditions. Doesn't spin quite as easiy as the Pirelli MT60. My favorite D/S rear tyre.
    - Pirelli MT60 (BMW & DR): Very, very close to the Enduro 3. So close in fact that if they're both on the shelf I'll use this if its cheaper


    Knobby
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    - Michelin T63 (BMW & DR): Excellent. Bomb proof. My understanding is that this is the 17" equivalent of the Michelin Desert. This is my #1 choice
    - Continental TKC80 (DR): I was undecided as to whether to put this in the D/S or Knobby category. I've put it here as I think this is where most people will expect to see it. I only used it in dry conditions in Utah & Nevada ) and that was after I bought it used from Fred at Arrowhead Motorsports in Moab) and it performed fine. For my money though the blocks are too close together to really classify it as a knobby and I wonder how good it would be in deep sand/mud


    Notes:

    I generally run my tyres until they're bald&#8230;then another 1-2k km. I will happily run a bald T63, Metz Sahara or MT60 rear on a gravel road as I know the carcass is 3-4mm thick. I would never do that with a TKC as the carcass is very thin. The only time I will replace tyres before they&#8217;re bald is when I&#8217;m expecting, sand, mud or I when I know they won&#8217;t get me to the next available replacement.

    My next pair of tyres here in Bolivia will be Pirelli MT21&#8217;s so it&#8217;ll be interesting to see how the rear performs/lasts compared to the T63.

    Oh, and when I say bald&#8230;I mean bald&#8230;


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    [FONT=&quot]Michelin T63's in Australia. The one on the right had dome 13,500km. The last pair of T63's I used I fitted just as the dirt started in Baja and replaced them in Bucaramanga, Colombia; 16,000km later.
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  17. JediMaster

    JediMaster Adam Lewis

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    Hi Cory,

    I'm not only still in Bolivia...I'm still in La Paz! Hence the regular posts. I've sent you a PM..Cheers
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  18. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Looking forward to altiplano photos amigo. The Bolivian altiplano is probably my favorite place in all of South America. Get out there and get really lost! :clap
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  19. JediMaster

    JediMaster Adam Lewis

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    Hey Buddy! Yeah, I'm REALLY looking forward to riding that region. After two aborted attempts on my Beemer back in 2009 :cry I mean I'm REALLY looking forward to it :clap
    It'll be another 3-4 weeks though. Recent reports say its still quite wet and so I'll ride my planned loop around the country in reverse, saving the Altiplano for last.

    The photo's though are a looooong way off....I'm only approaching the halfway mark of Peru...it was epic! :D
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  20. JediMaster

    JediMaster Adam Lewis

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    I rolled out of La Pampa early heading slowly downhill on a deserted road...

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    Most of the valley was still in the shade when I arrived so I parked Rosie off the road at the head of a switch back, pulled out my stove, brewed coffee and watched the sun chase the shadows away...

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    Once there was a bit of sun in the valley I set off...

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    As I descended into the valley I noticed that the road west headed into a narrow section so went for a look...

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    Just 31km west along this road is where I'd bush camped two nights previously

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    ...before heading east towards Canyon del Pato...

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    ..and finally into the famous section with its numerous tunnels...

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    Next up, the beautiful Cordillera Blanca..coming soon to your screens
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