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Old 01-13-2014, 06:54 AM   #91
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Ecuador.



Well I made it to Ecuador. The boarder crossing was the standard paper trail, which took about four hours. I would like to thank John Duryea for his very kind donation, which brought me a month insurance, a tank of gas, a nights accommodation and food three meals. $25.00 can go a very long way down here.

Now for some pics, for I am not much of a writer. (Not that I am a much of a photographer)



On the way to Ecuador the riding is beautiful. As are the camping spots. This one was out the back of a gas station. Paid for $5.00 of fuel and got a nights accommodation added to sweeten the deal. ( Johns money got me a room with a shower, which was over due)



This views are pretty constant the whole ride. I don't think I averaged over 40kmh, was missing the mighty Honda CT110 on this part of the ride. Those bikes love to force one to take in the beauty. For it is all to easy to get caught up in getting somewhere and missing all what is in front off you in this fast moving world.



Many water falls doted the road.



Along with many mud slides and traffic jams. Was so glad I was not in a car.



More green. Lets chop it all down,and concrete it, under the cover of progress.



The mighty XT. Taking anything put in front of it. Stay tuned small bike fans. More to follow! I just can't spend all day in front of a screen, as there is a beautiful world out there to explore.
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Old 01-14-2014, 06:03 PM   #92
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Some more overlanders.



A french couple in this rig. Seems the french love big rigs. They don't love talking though. I guess standing at 5,4" with a big smile, I could come off intimidating. I was just stared at from above.



Next up we have Jorge on his Indian made, Vespa looking thing. He was traveling Ecuador and Colombia and so stoked on life! Legend!



Then there was this chap. I forget his name. He is from Costa Rica, has been on the road 3 years, makes his money juggling at traffic lights and yes that is a dog in his basket.



I also forget the name of this boss! He is crossing his own country of Colombia and into Ecuador. Gear nerds take note of his yet to be released 2015 tour tech panniers.

So once again it would seem any mode of transport will do. Each to their own, they all seem to be enjoying themselves. Well I can't speak for the frenchies in there fortress on wheels, but I assume they are STOKED!!!
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:15 AM   #93
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Fire!

Yesterday I had the second onboard bike fire of the trip.
This time it was a pannier which hit the exhaust. For the entire trip I had been wedging a stick in the rack to hold the pannier off, and as a fail safe I had a thing which advford gave me. Well both failed and it was fire time.



So it was back to a welder to fix the problem.



I think the bit of metal he used was his paint stirrer, hope it did not leave him with unmixed paint.



Plenty of space now. Should have spent the few dollars and done this months ago. Live and learn.
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Old 01-15-2014, 11:06 AM   #94
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See j downs fix on pg 7,silver relish tray bolted to his bag.
it also serve as a backup bank ,just cut off a few ounces and sell to the jeweler.
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Old 01-15-2014, 06:48 PM   #95
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See j downs fix on pg 7,silver relish tray bolted to his bag.
it also serve as a backup bank ,just cut off a few ounces and sell to the jeweler.
I did see that idea in his road report. Never got around to it though. I guess I should have. Good idea with the jeweler though, had not thought about that.
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:14 PM   #96
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Sheet dude, that's bad luck. I should have forced your hand when we looked at the rack in Colombia. Biscuit tin lids, they are good too. Possibly rare as rocking horse poo down here though.
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:16 PM   #97
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Sheet dude, that's bad luck. I should have forced your hand when we looked at the rack in Colombia. Biscuit tin lids, they are good too. Possibly rare as rocking horse poo down here though.
Yeah Don't think I would find a biscuit tin here. Have more chance of finding you again.
Where the hell are ya?
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:24 PM   #98
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you know me. Stuck in the planning phase. Venezuela beckons, I did promise ADV OAP, sorry I meant ADV Sherpa that I would go spend his Bolivars before they fall any further through the floor.

Truth be told, I pulled the trigger on a helmet cam. Going to give that "walk and talk" video idea of yours a go.

Should be here soon enough.

Your first on the list of subjects, for the "ride it, live it" podcast.
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:36 PM   #99
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you know me. Stuck in the planning phase. Venezuela beckons, I did promise ADV OAP, sorry I meant ADV Sherpa that I would go spend his Bolivars before they fall any further through the floor.

Truth be told, I pulled the trigger on a helmet cam. Going to give that "walk and talk" video idea of yours a go.

Should be here soon enough.

Your first on the list of subjects, for the "ride it, live it" podcast.
Nice! I look forward to hearing about your tales from the road.
I am sure I will see you somewhere again. Africa maybe?
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Peru first.
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Old 01-16-2014, 01:08 PM   #101
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Sketchy at best.

The last couple of weeks all I have seen is wind chop and more wind chop. Desperate for some kind of clean wave with a nice shape I vowed to leave no beach unseen. As always this took me down some less then perfect roads.



Try as I might this hill did not want me to reach the top. After one crash pinning me under the bike, I thought it best to park up and continue on foot.
After all this effort you would never guess what I found? More shit waves!

Disheartened and exhausted I returned to the paved roads. About twenty minutes later there was a loud noise followed by my bike not running.
I thought to myself. This is it, game over! It felt like my whole gearbox had dropped out. I looked down in fear, only to find a spoke had snapped off, land in my chain and thus snapping the chain.



Here is the culprit to my mechanical sabotage. One little spoke, so much destruction.



So being the under prepared traveler I am, it should go with out saying I had no spare chain links or chain breaker.

So it was off to knock on some doors of the town, I was lucky enough to have rolled into. I was blessed that the break down happened where it did, for I only had to push about 1km. If it had happened earlier in the day. Well lets just say it would have been a long couple of days.

After a few fruitless door knocks and discovering there is no mechanic in this town I decided to take a break and go for a swim. It was at this time I asked someone else if they knew of anywhere? He said. "Go ask Dan in Gringo on the beach" Gringo what? I thought. But off I went.



Dan is the owner of this fine hotel. He is also a very kind person, with in minutes He was on the phone to a mechanic.
He then came over to where my bike was.



After seeing this yard sale, he asked " where are you staying?" when I replied next to my bike, he scoffed at the notion and offered to put me up in exchange for a couple of hours work. Sounded like a deal to me.



Living it up in luxury for a night. Hot water and all.
I would highly recommend Gringo on the beach to anyone. Secure parking, great owner and beautiful location in San Lorenzo Ecuador.
I fear leaving, to continue on in my glorified homeless person existence.
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Old 01-16-2014, 03:40 PM   #102
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Get the wheel trued,then tie wrap the spokes where they cross each other for strength and losing something else when they break.
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Old 01-16-2014, 04:08 PM   #103
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man you've had some adventures since we split ways. where'd greg go?
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Old 01-16-2014, 05:00 PM   #104
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Just found your thread, good stuff!
I need to quit this day job someday......

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Old 01-17-2014, 10:57 AM   #105
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Get the wheel trued,then tie wrap the spokes where they cross each other for strength and losing something else when they break.
Finding the right length spoke is proving challenging. But I will take you up on your advice when I do. Thanks.
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