Dirtbikes & Death Roads, 2200 Miles in Bolivia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by RockyRoads, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. Yard Sale

    Yard Sale let's be bad guys

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    The "idiot" bicyclists sure looked like Gringos Americanos, no? We've got so many idiots on bikes we are exporting them.
  2. RockyRoads

    RockyRoads RockyRoads

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    Well, I am not proud of the fact that I was angry when it happened--in retrospect, I think that the poor woman was terrified of getting too close to the steep dropoff on her side of the road, and then she probably target fixated on me. I was scared, hence the anger, because she was the probably the 20th bicyclist that I had encountered on my side of the road, and I was afraid that I would hurt one of them upon impact (I was on the heavy motorcycle with full protective gear, and they were on lightweight bicycles with no body armor). If anything, the bicycle tour operators are to blame for not instructing the riders more thoroughly on the importance of staying to the left, and also for not supervising the riders to ensure safety. I regret the name calling (it's not my usual style, and it didn't bring any positive results), as the woman who hit me was probably more scared than I was.
  3. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD///

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    Simply awesome! Great report and great adventure! My wife and I have been talking about riding Bolivia all day.

    Some friends of our rode the "Death Road" on their ride to South America a couple of years ago, and came upon a group of bicyclist stopped and looking over the edge. They asked Mark if he had a rope. He didn't and asked why. "Our friend went over the side and we need a rope to get him up." Mark looked over the edge and saw an obviously dead rider on a ledge about 50 feet down. The bicyclists were in shock and kept yelling down to him that they would get a rope. Mark continued down the road to the town at the bottom and notified the police.

    The Road of Death is no joke.
  4. TwistySV650

    TwistySV650 Adventurer

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    First off, I have to echo everyone else and tell you what a wonderful report you have presented to us for our enjoyment. The pictures are first rate and the story draws you in and paints a picture that inspires the reader.

    It seems that you caught the Death Road at the right time, it will only be getting busier. The other night I was watching Nightline, the ABC late night news show that is on after the local news. They had a segment on biking on the Death Road. So, I'm sure there will be more people aiming at the motorcyclist in the future.

    Thanks for the great report!
  5. adventure girl

    adventure girl Donde esta la playa?!?

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    Hi Kathy! Remember we split that KOA cabin in Moab? I had a blast riding with your friends from CA- learned a lot that weekend. This ride report is AWSOME!!! When I grow up I hope I can be as cool as you are:pynd :bubba

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    For some reason I find it amusing to see the Sturgis shirt...
  6. myblubeemer

    myblubeemer MOA, IBA

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    I'll simply say.......THANK YOU!!

    What a ride!

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  7. RockyRoads

    RockyRoads RockyRoads

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    Hi, Becky!!! I could never forget a kindred spirit! I'm glad that you enjoyed my Bolivia story.

    I think that Ben and I are headed to Bhutan in the fall . . . do you and Darren have a couple of weeks of available vacation time?:wink:
  8. davorallyfan

    davorallyfan Commonist

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    One of the best ride reports.

    You are a good traveller.

    Pat yourself on the back.

    And lots of DR650's - I lovem and they are big here in OZ.

    Is there a link to the tour operator?
  9. Mat Sub Zero

    Mat Sub Zero Adventurer

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    I just saw an hour long documentery on cable about the death road. All I gotta say is "To hell with that!!!" I admire your courage to ride that road!!!
  10. adventure girl

    adventure girl Donde esta la playa?!?

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    Man, that sounds great, and I will be watching for your compelling ride report! I think we are going to try Equador:ricky , I hope to post a report as amazing as yours! Let me know when you guys want a little vacation here in CO, we'll set you up. Hope to see you at West Fest this year!!!!
  11. RockyRoads

    RockyRoads RockyRoads

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    Maurice's website is: www.moto-andina.com

    The website has choices of French and English. Maurice was raised in France, although his mother is Bolivian, and he now lives in Bolivia with his wife and four children. He gets a lot of riders from Belgium and France. Last year, at least, the French portion was up-to-date, while the English portion did not have the latest information. (I had five years of high school French--NOT that I can speak it at all, but I could struggle through the French portion okay). I believe that Maurice is planning to revamp his website this year, with more photos and different routes. However, the basics are there, and you can get a feel for how organized Maurice is. We wanted a route that was different than anything Maurice offered on his website, so he created a custom excursion for Ben and I, and then we authorized him to invite other guests to join us (our philosophy is "the more the merrier"). Feel free to PM me with ANY questions that you might have. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Maurice and his crew. Some things on the tour did not go as planned (which just added to the adventure element for me), and throughout everything, Maurice and his staff were calm, extremely gracious, optimistic and always maintained their wonderful senses of humor.
  12. kennyanc

    kennyanc Long timer

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    Great Report!!:clap

    South America is on my radar and I will definitely do the Death Road when I get down there.

    In case anyone is interested, the History Channel International is running a special on the Death Road now. The next airing is today at noon eastern time. It also shows at 5pm tonight. At least it is here in NC on Charter cable. Check your local times here.




    Kenny
  13. RockyRoads

    RockyRoads RockyRoads

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    Thank you so much for the info! We just tuned into the program, and I'm watching it as I'm typing this!
  14. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    I'm tickled to see that roads like death road still exist! Lovely fotos! Too bad for the bicylce incident, but glad no one was seriously hurt. I'm a year away from my SA trip of two months, thanks for giving me some ideas...
  15. DR650SEDDY

    DR650SEDDY ride2discover

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    it's like watching an episode on Discovrery Channel , Awsome !
  16. OldAndBusted

    OldAndBusted Needs a little work...

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    i disagree. discovery channel has been shit for over a decade. this is actually good.
  17. duckster72

    duckster72 Ride the Eyre

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    un foiken believable

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  18. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    I hope I'm not repeating what someone else pointed out-----but I just watched a 1 hr. special on the "Death Road" on the History Channel for those who just want more-----it is really good. I'll be you could catch it again soon.

    Thanks Rocky Road !!! The wife says "You ain't going there"----I just gave her the look !!!!! Yeh--she knows that look.
  19. BeeDub

    BeeDub Havagoowan

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    I have seen a documentary on the "Death Road" before, well before I even had my street license, and even then I thought "I'd like to ride that one day"! For some reason though, my local cable provider has blocked access to History International, so I can't watch it again...:cry
  20. Jiminy Cricket

    Jiminy Cricket Been here awhile

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    Fantastic ride. My kids saw that and are ready to go! :D