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Old 07-23-2009, 08:45 PM   #106
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The pictures are simply amazing. Bravo. This is a most excellent ride report.
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:36 AM   #107
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Chuquicamata copper mine: 3 miles long, 2 miles wide, 1 mile deep. Chile.











Bottom of the copper mine. Chile.











World's biggest - 600-ton lorries. One tire costs 20,000US$ alone. Chile.











Patterns vs colors in Chuquicamata copper mine. Chile.










Patterns vs colors in Chuquicamata copper mine. Chile.











Salar de Uyuni salt lake, at 3650 meters, Bolivia.











Salar de Uyuni in infrared, Bolivia.











Reflections, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.












Salar in infrared, Bolivia.










Kariina and GS on the Salar de Uyuni (in infrared). Bolivia.











Salar de Uyuni.











Patterns of salt cones, Salar de Uyuni.










"Road" onto the salt lake.










Salt cones in infrared. Bolivia.










Train boneyard in Uyuni, Bolivia.











Laguna Verde - Bolivian nature at extreme heights - 4600 meters. Water starts to foam.











Bolivian nature at extreme heights - 4700 meters.











Bolivian swamps.










Swamps on the highest parts of altiplano. Bolivia.












Laguna Verde flamingos. Bolivia.












A ride into Bolivian sunset...



Hope you liked them, Margus
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Old 07-24-2009, 11:49 AM   #108
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Salar de Uyuni salt lake, at 3650 meters, Bolivia.


I'll call FRONT PAGE for this one. I'm in owe. It's already on my work's computer background.
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:46 PM   #109
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Amazing photography.
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Old 07-25-2009, 08:11 AM   #110
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Absolutely amazing photos!

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Old 07-25-2009, 09:54 AM   #111
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Ecuador & Colombia





Having been in the mountains for most of the time we came down to sea level before Ecuadorian border and it became bloody hot! The first city on our way was Machala, a self-proclaimed banana capital of the World.



Over +30C and humid - something we had forgotten after Brazil. It takes weeks to adapt to, being in motorcycle clothing most of the time, not in shorts.

Thankfully we soon headed back into Andes mountains, back into "comfort zone" for us northeners (often a bit cold though, even if you're close to equator line!).

Ecuadorian natives are slightly different from the rest we've seen in South-America:











Unfortunately lot of wild dogs run around in South-America, and in Ecuador, in the mountains over 3500m one of them came to us. He was very shy, ill, underbred and weak. I started to pity him and gave away a pack of crackers. He started to eat like crazy and didn't even notice when we left:




We headed to Quilotoa lagoon, that's a lake inside a volcano crater.

Road there was surrounded by some decent scenery. Let me express it in panoramas (click to enlarge each one):




















And the road away from there was a decent offroad:




Also with nice scenery with volcano or mountain tops:













Slept in a motel, where usually clients can listen music while doin' the thing:




And then came the capital of Ecuador - Quito:


Quito old town panoramas































It's hard to explain, but we liked Quito - the smells, sounds and atmosphere was very nice there.




As you've guessed - Ecuador means equator.

The road through mountains was curvy and we crossed equator line 3-4 times. Without GPS it would be hard to know when you're directly on the equator line since in most of the places it isn't marked on the road, i.e. on this picture, the bike is directly on the equator:





Only in one spot on the road it was marked.


Before Colombian border we wanted to sleep somewhere and headed off into the mountain trails again. Some decent scenery there and cloud-movement was superb. I took a sequence from cloud movements in Ecuadorian mountains, the sound is exacly what you hear in the evening there:




Bordercrossing to Colombia was straight forward. No hassles at all.

And close to the Ecuadorian border there was the famous Las Lajas Sanctuary. We chose a wrong time to visit it - on Sunday, so there were loads of people around, but I got some good shots nonetheless:




Endless number of thanksgiving plates for the virgin of Las Lajas:










And the military were everywhere - they have sort of "hidden" civil war in Colombia, so no wonder.



From Colombian mountaneous landscape:


(click to enlarge panorama)


we headed down to the lower grounds of Colombian jungle:



And cooked a decent regular meal for us:



While Kariina was cooking I shot some patterns in 10 meter radius from this spot:








(PS: this leaf was taller than me)



























Those worms had the thickness my forefinger and lenght of 10-15cm - big ones and loads of them in Colombian jungle:








And the Colombian capital Bogotá greeted us - we had friends in the city who welcomed us and their children enjoyed the "ride" on our GS:




One of the weird things in Colombia is the Zipaquirá salt cathedral that goes 200 meters deep into the mountain, used to be a salt mine, now a sanctuary:










Amazingly high holes and ceilings!








One of the domes.










This wall was over 3 meters thick for example.



We arrived just in time for Easter holidays. But instead of painting the eggs we chose to paint coconuts. They had to be grinded first to remove their "hair":













And painted them.




















Our coconut was inspired by travelling though.


That's it folks. We're currently in Bogotá still waiting for new tires and Brazilian visas. Will keep you updated if we can get out of Colombia w/o being killed or robbed by guerillas or cocaine-smugglers :)


Margus on Colombian beer
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Old 07-26-2009, 01:00 AM   #112
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Old 07-26-2009, 05:34 AM   #113
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What an incredible adventure. Your photography is fantastic. Thank you for sharing this.

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Old 07-28-2009, 09:32 AM   #114
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Colombian residuals

No update from us for some time - been busy eating miles and "chewing through" all the collected experienc in our minds, obviously.

Before we head on to Central-America, let us give some insight to Colombia's capital, Bogota's gettho and how children live there:

Bogota's poor suburbs themselves look like this (click to enlarge panorama):
























In those pipes they have drinking water flowing...




The streets are abused by rain, rubbish, sun and winds.




That cross aside the big tree in the hilltop means lot of people have hung themselves up there, ending their life due to poverty, drugs or alcohol, or other problems.























This house is for sale. Interested?




Kitchen in the house. Poor, but clean.



A view to the street.




Men playing cards.










Some kids don't even have a table for doing their homework - she has to use a plastic chair as a substitute.




A boy from a slightly better education programme (see his clothing).




Children on the street.




















Bogota's ghetto gave us a reality-check, not every child has equal chances to start a civilized life...



We took a chance to visit Bogota's gold museum that had a decent set of made-from-gold fine crafts from the times well before Colombus discovered America. It's the art of the native american indians:

































































































































































































For me the museum was superbly inspiring - the raw details in their art and their way of life. IMHO, to me it makes all the overhyped and over-refined European art look like a posers and show-offers art (at least to some level).
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Old 07-28-2009, 05:33 PM   #115
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Meanwhile we were planning to leave for the Brazilian Amazon and Guyanas through Venezuela. For that reason I sent our Ohlins rear suspension to the Colombian official Ohlins dealer to be serviced - just in case, because it was supposed take a lot of abuse in Amazonian and Guyanan mud roads. So I sent them the shock and got it back, put it on, and off we go! We had a booking for attending a rocket launch in European Space Station in French Guyana, and the Amazon was waiting! Woohoo!

...yea right!?

...after less than 60 miles of smooth tarmac road riding - the freshly serviced Ohlins shock was leaking.

...arse.


That was it for the Amazonian loop - the only way to get a reliable shock was to send it to USA where there are REAL Ohlins specialists. To get it repaired we needed more than two weeks there-and-back time with post.

Thus our long planned Amazon plans went down the drain with wet season already starting - we were too late after we got the repaired shock back from the US (costed us crap loads of money to repair Colombian dealers errors indeed).

Had to mount it on:


And Panama is our next step.
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Old 07-28-2009, 06:58 PM   #116
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Had to mount it on:





And Panama is our next step.
WOW. Neat video !!!

The dog absolutely MAKES it a masterpiece
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Old 07-29-2009, 01:16 AM   #117
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Wow! The Photos you take are simply mindblowing!

Have a good trip.
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:17 AM   #118
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What an adventure!!! Excellent pics, great writing,...fantastic!!!
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:12 AM   #119
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amazing photos!

just found your report today, and... wow. amazing photos. from the look and sound of things you're having a great adventure! with all the ride reports that are flying around ADV from people's trips to south america, somehow you've managed to capture a different side of the same trip, the same areas, but with a flavor all your own.

helmets off to you and your wife for sticking with it, and doing things your way.


random question: it seems from the "analog" photos that you're shooting with three lenses (at least?)... how do you carry all that camera gear without fear of damaging it?
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:21 AM   #120
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random question: it seems from the "analog" photos that you're shooting with three lenses (at least?)... how do you carry all that camera gear without fear of damaging it?
They have a different rear shock for each camera lens. It really is an incredible amount of photo gear. I carried their tripod around lower Manhattan for a few hours and I needed a nap. The end result is obviously worth it, though.
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