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Old 12-17-2009, 02:45 AM   #31
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:36 PM   #32
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Maybe I missed it but what boat did you use to cross the gap? Looked like a decent one with lots of deck space. Would you recommend it?
Yep its a 75 footer. We had 6 bikes on board and that was just about the maximum possible as the captain has his own bike out on deck too. The name of the boat is Meta Comet. The french captain and his american wife, Herve and Dag, took good care of us and Id recommend them strongly. You can reach them at metacometpassages@yahoo.com. All the boats are done for the season now as the winds get too strong this time of year. We got lucky as the Meta Comet was the last boat to make the passage this year.
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Old 12-17-2009, 09:34 PM   #33
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super cool!!! I will be watching!! and reading? pics don't need that !

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Old 12-19-2009, 11:07 AM   #34
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What happened? I have an old airhead.... and I MUST have lost my invitation to tag alog!

Have a great time without me! I am sure you will.......

Wish you guys the best... and be safe....
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Trip Index Page.... If you are interested in one spot in South America, you can click on this link http://www.ploung.com/south_america.htm and go directly to your point of interest.
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Old 12-23-2009, 04:12 PM   #35
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Can't believe I only just came across this...! Buen viaje Sp.. I'll certainly be following closely...

By the way, remember that hospitality and if necessary, assistance, can be arranged if needed, once you get to Chile.

Hasta pronto amigo.

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Old 12-24-2009, 07:04 AM   #36
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This will make Christmas with the family go much smoother :>
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:51 PM   #37
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Dern, the next post is likely to be 6 months from now and have Antarctica in the background.

Did ya'll make any stops on the San Blas while on the boat ride?
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Old 12-31-2009, 05:09 AM   #38
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Old 01-10-2010, 11:12 AM   #39
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Alright, sorry for the delay between posts, but we encountered quite an internet gap. That was a good thing as the riding has been the best so far. We're currently in southern Peru heading for Bolivia soon. These photos range from entering Colombia up until the present. Enjoy:





Changing my rear main seal in an underground garage in Bogota with nothing, but the factory tool kit, a torque wrench and 2 sockets. For those of you that don't know, that involves removing the swingarm, transmission and clutch. I ended up having to do it twice.




Christmas in Colombia:






















Steve and I actually made it into the local newspaper, El Pais:





Our campsite in Cali in a former restaurant:
















Staying at a friend's apartment in Barrio San Merced in Quito:











Steve undoing a Panamanian mistake:
















Onward to Peru where it got very sandy very quickly:



Two Colombians, Alejandro and Alejandro, riding two up on a 200. They didn't have any maps so they took photos of ours.







Then it was my turn to get stuck:



On the way to Canon del Pato:





Yet another flat tire for me:

















Loving it:













This was REALLY good:









4 star Andean accommodations:



And back to the desert again:



Marko in "fuel economy mode"



Steve had to fix his tank which required putting on his thinking cap:















The Nazca lines were a bit underwhelming:



Abundant natural resources in Peru: sand, rock





When we were this high up the bikes were really wheezing, but still running smoothly. Running low on power though. Sleeping in tents is a little chilly too:









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Old 01-10-2010, 02:50 PM   #40
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Hot damn! This is my first insight into whatcha doin' since reading about your transformer-bike in Old Skool....

very awesome, impressive, cool, outstanding, wish I were there... some of those Peruvian mountains look a little "vertiginous"....gasp....

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Old 01-10-2010, 04:58 PM   #41
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Fantastic! How many in your group currently? Has everyone you started with rejoined? That one meal looked delicious! More food shots please!
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Old 01-10-2010, 09:53 PM   #42
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Fantastic! How many in your group currently? Has everyone you started with rejoined? That one meal looked delicious! More food shots please!
3 of us right now, with one ahead of us in Chile, 2 somewhere close behind us, a brit somewhere in the ocean nearing Colombia and one guy still in central America. Yeah, more food photos coming up.
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:24 AM   #43
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Wow. All I can say is Wow.

Ride safe ... and keep those pics coming.

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Old 01-25-2010, 09:00 PM   #44
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It's a vacation, right? Occasionally that means stumbling into tourist traps:










Onward and upward to Bolivia.

Marko and I rode up the Yungas Road north of La Paz, commonly considered to be the most dangerous road in the world. It didn't disappoint. A wet narrow single lane gravel track hugging the edge of a cliff for miles on end. Passing oncoming traffic is interesting. On this road traffic is supposed to stay to the LEFT. This is to allow drivers to be able to look out their window and see how close their wheels are to the edge.





We even got to ride THROUGH a few waterfalls:





We then turned South across the Altiplano for Uyuni. Along the way we happened to run into Colin and Grant whom we hadn't seen since midway through Peru. They joined us on the road South.





Salar de Uyuni is MASSIVELY fun on a motorcycle. You can stand in the center and see nothing but salt for 50 miles in all directions. Try riding at 70 mph and closing your eyes for a minute. Just be sure you're here when you try it:










Guanaco = wild Llama-like beast:



From Uyuni we continued heading south through a remote high altitude desert. We topped out at around 16,500 feet in this stretch. The roads varied wildly from an all-weather dirt road suitable for trucks to deep sand, to rocky rutted tracks unsuitable for jeeps. The scenery made the tough going more than worth it though. There were 266 miles between fill-ups here. The first day we didn't even see ONE other vehicle. It was REMOTE.





Here at around 13,000 feet the lakes were swarmed with flamingoes:







a MILDLY sandy stretch:



Sure, this'll do for a campsite:












The next day, in a forking canyon, all of us taking it at our own pace, we managed to get separated. I spent an hour and a half backtracking and riding out various other routes looking for everyone when one of the worst possible things that could happen happened in one of the worst possible places for it happen. Any guesses?



Here's a hint (yes, that's oil):





Yes, that is a 6" long crack in my oilpan. My front wheel ran over a long flat rock tilting it upward enough that my bashplate caught the edge of it. It lifted my bike up and basically pole-vaulted my front end straight up causing me to land hard on my left side. Luckily the impact was mighty enough that the first thing I checked was my oilpan. I lifted the bike off the ground and my stomach dropped when I saw a continuous trickle of oil flowing off the back of my bashplate. There I was alone in the diesert, running out of oil at least 100 miles from help. I grabbed a two liter water bottle off the back of my bike, emptied what I could into other containers and drank the rest. I then cut the top off, pulled my oil plug and drained what was left of my oil into the water bottle. I pulled off the bashplate revealing (to my relief) a long crack, instead of a hole in my sump. This was fixable. I grabbed a sacrificable pair of underwear, soaked it in gasoline and wiped away all the oil and dusty grime on the oil pan. I dug through my boxes looking for the two part epoxy putty I could have sworn that I packed and eventually found it with a huge sigh of relief. I broke off half of it, kneaded it together and mashed it into the crack. Would it stick? The gasoline soaked underwear took most of the oil off the surface, but did it get enough of it off for the epoxy to stick? We'll see. While I was waiting for the putty to cure, I saw three single headlights come over a rise a mile off in the distance. That improved my spirits quite a bit. It was Marko, Colin and Grant. Well, at least if my repair didn't work out, I wasn't completely stranded.



We sat around for half an hour waiting for the putty to harden and then came the moment of truth. I poured the captured oil along with a spare quart that I had been carrying back in and waited. 5 minutes and no sign of a leak. 10 minutes, no leaks. 15, things are looking good. I put the bike back together and we got back to slogging through sand and rocks. I stopped and checked my sump every 20 minutes or so and nothing... not a drop of oil. I was dubious of all the wild claims made by JB weld, but now I'm a believer. We eventually ran into a more major road and farther down it we found a small village where jeep tours stop for the night. They had FOOD!! No gas though.




Here, an exhausted bunch tries to stay awake long enough to eat:



More later...
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:57 PM   #45
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In freaking credible!

Good quick thinking with the water bottle drain pan!

I hope I can get some high res copies of your pictures when you get back.
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