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Forum: Ride reports Yesterday, 08:54 PM
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Posted By Saralou
George

George

Hi there!

I just checked out you blog! Very Very Very nice pics. I will start at the beginning!

Funny how you meet the same people in different spots. We met Torsten and Anja on our...
Forum: Ride reports Yesterday, 08:36 AM
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Views: 95,341
Posted By Saralou
Purmamarca

From the border we headed south 228 km to Purmamarca, which is a tourist enclave because of the beauty of the valley.

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Forum: Ride reports Yesterday, 08:35 AM
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Posted By Saralou
thoughts

Thoughts on Peru and Bolivia.

The coast of Peru is sand, garbage, wind, and chicken farms. The towns north of Nazca all look post- apocalyptic to us and in fact in Chiclayo we thought we were in a...
Forum: Ride reports Yesterday, 08:34 AM
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Views: 95,341
Posted By Saralou
Back south again

Getting out of the city is a lot less traumatic then getting in and we had come from Uyuni last time and so finally we were on virgin road again.

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Forum: Ride reports Yesterday, 08:32 AM
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Posted By Saralou
red dirt

It is amazing how many times we ride thru areas and say "i looks just like....." We did see a lot but not all by a long shot. The world is a big place and we are just scratching the surface. SP
Forum: Ride reports 07-27-2014, 06:15 PM
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Posted By Saralou
Potosi Bolivia

There were also on display a number of silver art objects and a huge mineral collection.

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Forum: Ride reports 07-27-2014, 06:14 PM
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Posted By Saralou
Potosi Bolivia

There were all kinds of scales for weighting various metals. The strong boxes had very intricate keys and lock mechanisms.



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Forum: Ride reports 07-27-2014, 06:14 PM
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Views: 95,341
Posted By Saralou
Potosi Bolivia

Mules powered the early machines, then steam machines took over and these were ultimately replaced with electric presses.


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Forum: Ride reports 07-27-2014, 06:13 PM
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Posted By Saralou
Potosi Bolivia Casa de Modena

Mike Waterman had suggested we visit the mint and we did. This is the Casa de Modena and you can only visit by going on a tour. It was pretty interesting, but if you had to choose I would go to the...
Forum: Ride reports 07-24-2014, 05:11 PM
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Posted By Saralou
BA bound

The next town is Challapata in 121 km more, but it is pretty sketchy, so that leaves a big ride all the way to Potosi at 535 km.


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Forum: Ride reports 07-24-2014, 05:10 PM
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Posted By Saralou
BA bound

Now its time to head back south to get a flight home from BA June 19. What we found out about the still continuing road blockade is that they are protesting a lack of public transportation. The...
Forum: Ride reports 07-24-2014, 05:08 PM
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Posted By Saralou
pic

I love this Pic too I think it says a lot about the adventure of motorcycling!
Forum: Ride reports 07-24-2014, 05:07 PM
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Posted By Saralou
!

Thanks so much it was a great days ride!!
Forum: Ride reports 07-23-2014, 12:10 PM
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Posted By Saralou
Death Road

You have to pay a tourist tax at the bottom of the road, but this fee does supposedly pay for road maintenance, signs, and ambulance service. It is 25 Bolivianos each (about 4$).


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Forum: Ride reports 07-23-2014, 12:09 PM
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Posted By Saralou
Death Road

We met another couple from BC on their way up. They had started early and were almost at the top or otherwise they would be constantly running into moutain bikers taking over the road.

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Forum: Ride reports 07-23-2014, 12:08 PM
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Views: 95,341
Posted By Saralou
Death Road

You enter the death road off of the RN 3 and head down hill all the way.


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Forum: Ride reports 07-23-2014, 12:07 PM
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Posted By Saralou
Death Road

The road is largely 1 lane (3.2 m or 10 ft wide) with few guardrails and cliffs up t 600 m or 2000 ft. The downhill driver must stay to the left to get a better view. There is little uphill traffic...
Forum: Ride reports 07-23-2014, 12:07 PM
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Posted By Saralou
Death Road

The big event for today is the famous DEATH road or Yungas road of Bolivia. This is a 69 km road to Coroico from the RN 3 about 56 km from La Paz. Leaving La Paz the RN 3 ascends to 4650 m (15,260...
Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2014, 04:18 PM
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Posted By Saralou
La Paz

In the large cities in Bolivia they have these Zebra crossing guards to keep people following the traffic rules.



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Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2014, 04:17 PM
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Posted By Saralou
La Paz

You can climb to the roof thru this very narrow stairway.



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Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2014, 04:17 PM
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Posted By Saralou
La Paz

We went of a bit of a walk thru the old city and the Iglesias of San Francisco.



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Forum: Ride reports 07-20-2014, 10:12 PM
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Posted By Saralou
[QUOTE=VietHorse;24654333]Hardly see a tree in...

[QUOTE=VietHorse;24654333]Hardly see a tree in this picture. A really interesting view of human world. Thank you.

Yes this is a big city in a natural bowl and it is over 3600 m. The city has...
Forum: Ride reports 07-19-2014, 11:29 PM
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Posted By Saralou
La Paz and road blocks

The one benefit to the blockade was that there was zero traffic getting into the city. Arriving at the tollbooth we saw the army forces gathering and getting ready to break up the blockade. The view...
Forum: Ride reports 07-19-2014, 11:28 PM
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Posted By Saralou
La Paz and road blocks

We then head east on the RN 2. We did not see much evidence of the first 2 spots that the road was blocked, just a few rocks on the road. Arriving on the outskirts of the city there was about 10...
Forum: Ride reports 07-19-2014, 11:27 PM
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Posted By Saralou
La Paz and road blocks

The first step was to go 30 km to Tiquina where you need to get a launch to the other side of the lake at this narrows. It is about 2.50$ per bike.


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Forum: Ride reports 07-19-2014, 11:26 PM
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Posted By Saralou
The road to La Paz is blockaded for the last 3 days.....lets hope we can get thru

Leaving Copacabana we headed the 143 km to La Paz.



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The views of Lake Titicaca and...
Forum: Ride reports 07-19-2014, 06:51 PM
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Posted By Saralou
elevation

Yes it is high and no except briefly on the way to the Salar when we got some bad gas. Other than that we have had no issues. There is less power but better fuel economy at altitude.

We are going...
Forum: Ride reports 07-19-2014, 06:47 PM
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Posted By Saralou
Venezuela

Really hoping things will settle down in Venezuela so we can head there from Brazil next year! Sara
Forum: Ride reports 07-18-2014, 10:45 AM
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Posted By Saralou
Copacabana Bolivia....it's not Brazil!

Then head 8 km down the road to Copacabana, which is a bit of a sketchy town. We got a decent place with a view. We had heard from the back packers at the border that the road to La Paz had been...
Forum: Ride reports 07-18-2014, 10:43 AM
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Posted By Saralou
Border

Next drive up the hill and into Bolivia. Just past the STOP gate park to your left. Go down the stairs to the migration office. Fill in the tourist form and get your entry stamp for Bolivia.

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Forum: Ride reports 07-18-2014, 10:42 AM
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Posted By Saralou
The border to Bolivia

The first step at the border is to head to the police office. They will check your passport and stamp your tourist card.


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Forum: Ride reports 07-18-2014, 10:41 AM
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Posted By Saralou
Back to Bolivia...and that usually means protests and road blockages

Heading to the border along the 3S there is no sign marking to turn to the north border to Bolivia so just head to the town of Yunguyo on the RN 2. The drive along lake Titicaca is very scenic.

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Forum: Ride reports 07-17-2014, 04:52 PM
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Posted By Saralou
Puno Peru

We stayed in the same hotel and ate at the same good Chinese restaurant. Since we had a short 137 km to Copacabana and the border to Bolivia we took the opportunity to get the bikes cleaned up from...
Forum: Ride reports 07-17-2014, 04:49 PM
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Posted By Saralou
Back to Puno

Leaving Chivay we headed back over the pass to 4800+ m and back to the highway northeast to Puno in 284 km on the shore of lake Titicaca. This route is also over a second pass to 4500 m.


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Forum: Ride reports 07-16-2014, 09:00 PM
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Posted By Saralou
Colca Canyon

On the return trip we decided to get off the horror road and went down into the canyon, up the other side and back on the small local road.

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Forum: Ride reports 07-16-2014, 08:59 PM
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Posted By Saralou
Colca Canyon

We stopped for lunch in Cabanaconde. There was this crazy building just outside of town.

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Forum: Ride reports 07-16-2014, 08:58 PM
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Posted By Saralou
Colca Canyon

It’s a good thing we did go on the paved route into Chivay, because the “good” part of the road thru the Colca Canyon was a terrible 60 km of very rough road. So much we had the first real trauma...
Forum: Ride reports 07-16-2014, 08:57 PM
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Views: 95,341
Posted By Saralou
Colca Canyon

There are a few km of pavement past the town and then it’s dirt for about 70 km to Cabanaconde.



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Forum: Ride reports 07-16-2014, 08:56 PM
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Posted By Saralou
Yanque

The road down into the valley is a switchback on a sketchy paved road. We decided to stay in the next town at Yanque at 168 km.


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Forum: Ride reports 07-15-2014, 08:10 PM
Replies: 777
Views: 95,341
Posted By Saralou
Colca Canyon

This is a stunning ride over a pass to almost 4900 m. There are tons of stacks of rocks left by other travellers and a shrine to the Pachumama.

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