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Old 01-16-2011, 12:28 AM   #16
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:04 AM   #17
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:11 AM   #18
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Andy on the Death Road in Bolivia!

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Old 01-17-2011, 11:21 AM   #19
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Nice one Andy. I just read through your blog and quite enjoyed it. Keep the rubber down buddy!
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:18 PM   #20
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Talking 299 lives on

Hey Double A glad to see the adventure continues and really glad to hear you were able to catch some of the Dakar race. Can't wait to hear the stories when you get back... be safe.

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BTW I still can't believe Paublo let you take 299 to SA
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:29 AM   #21
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Thanks everyone... Antontrax, bend27, jonchang_63, bassguitar. Hey Mr Huero... I bought ol 299x back from Pablo and he bought another DR650 with a few less miles. Hey Misery Goat... I see you made it to Sucre. I'll probably be heading down that way tomorrow.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:48 AM   #22
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Bolivia - Death Road to the Amazon

Ok... its been a while since my last update and quite a lot has happened.

We left Chile and the Dakar headed for Bolivia where we wanted to ride the infamous Death Road. But, Damon’s bike had electrical problems. So, Patrick and I went on to La Paz while Damon and Bryon stayed in Chile. La Paz is the capital of Bolivia. And, it happens to be very close to Death Road. So we found our way to El Centro and checked in to a hostel where we ran into another rider I knew from ADVRider. Small world. Mark (Misery Goat - he has a great thread going here with lots of pics and video) started from Arizona and had been traveling for about 8 months. Anyway, we all needed to work on our bikes so we found a KTM dealer in town and he let us use their shop to do the needed maintenance on our bikes. Then we were ready for Death Road. Meanwhile, Bryon had rejoined our wandering group of moto-vagabonds in La Paz. But, Patrick had gone off climb a 19,000 ft. mountain. So, Mark and I tackled the road of death. I definitely would not want to ride a bus on Death Road - which is what most of the people who died there did. But, it was fun on a bike. So, the next day I rode it again with Patrick and Bryon. Good times. Then, as we were thinking about the route we should take to continue our journey south, Patrick says “Hey - lets go to the Amazon”. Uh… isn’t that north? Yep! But, its only a days ride. And, it would be a shame to miss it when we are so close. Alrighty then! - to the Amazon! Mark had different plans and he headed for south Sucre.

The ride out to the Amazon basin from La Paz was only 260 miles. But, most of the road was dirt and a continuation of the infamous Yungas road - aka Death Road. And, as luck would have it, heavy rain washed out the road in numerous places. So, what would have been a nice one day ride, turned into 2 days of mud, sweat, and tears. But, we made it to the small town of Rurrenabaque where we booked a tour into the Amazon. Then, we spent three memorable days on the water and in the swamps of the Amazon basin. Wildlife galore! We saw turtles, monkeys, capybara, Alligators, Caiman, and lots of different species of
birds. We even went looking for Anacondas! Yep! We went traipsing thru the swamp looking for Anacondas - snakes that can grow big enough to eat a pony! But, as luck would have it, we didn’t find any. We did however find a lot of mosquitoes. At the end of the day, it was these tiny blood sucking critters that drove us from the swamp, forcing us to abandon our search for the giant Anaconda. And, it was these miniature terrorist that would leave their mark on our minds and our bodies - when I think of the Amazon, I will remember… the mosquitoes! We did find a few Alligators while stomping around the swamp. They
lie in shallow water next to shore with just their eyes sticking out of the water. And, they will remain perfectly still even when you approach them. We walked within a few feet and still they did not move. In fact, scientific tests have shown that these creatures will not move even if you throw small sticks at them. But, if you toss a rock and hit them square on the head, they will move abruptly and suddenly, scaring the crap outta you…. Or, so I’ve heard. Anyway, I took a picture of one
just before the test. I didn’t get any after shots cause I was too busy running.

After the Amazon Tour, we still had to ride back to La Paz. Again, in good weather, it should only be a one day ride. But, as luck would have it, the rain gods showered us with riches… so it took 3 days instead. I actually enjoyed much of the ride as I have done a lot of off-road riding on my current bike. But, the roads were very muddy and slick. And, “mi amigos” were on much heavier bikes. So, they enjoyed the ride far less as they spent a good deal of time picking up their bikes. When all was said and done, we were glad we went, but probably wouldn’t do it again. Now, we are back in La Paz and need to do more work on the bikes before heading south again.

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( the view from inside the mosquito net covering my bed)
















( can you spot the Alligator in this picture? )





(one of the guides teasing/feeding an Alligator under the camp kitchen )












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Old 01-26-2011, 11:44 AM   #23
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Double A the pics are excellent please post more when you get an opportunity. What's your timetable? or do you really have one... and think about setting up a paypal account and we'll throw some gas your way.

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Old 01-26-2011, 12:27 PM   #24
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I've travelled a lot of Central and South America but not by motorcycle (yet). The trip-planning cogs are definitely turning in my little head though. Hopefully it isn't just a fantasy! For now I have to get my fix by reading these awesome posts from you and others. BTW, nice Alexander Keith's t-shirt. How did a guy from southern US get one of those?
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:15 PM   #25
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Great stuff Andy, keep them pics coming
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Old 02-12-2011, 08:08 AM   #26
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Thanks Ron... I dont really have a timetable, or even a plan really except to head South. Not sure what Im gonna do when I get to the bottom.

Hey JACjac... I got the t-shirt from a friend that I started the trip with but he had to turn back in Columbia due to his schedule. Larry is from Alberta.

Thanks Bend27... here are some more...
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Silver Mines of Potosi

This isnt really bike or riding related so I'll just post a link to my blog entry for anyone interested.
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Old 02-12-2011, 08:24 AM   #28
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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

This ended up being one of the more exciting legs of this trip as we set out on the trail of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. We left Potosi headed for Tupiza - an old stomping ground for Butch and Sundance. Relaxed for a day and visited the museum there before heading out to the tiny town of San Vicente, where legend has it the two famous outlaws met their fate at the hands of the Bolivian Army. The ride out was an adventure in itself. And, the scenery was absolutely incredible. But, the small dirt road was flooded in numerous places. So, water crossings became a big part of the journey. One small river had the road under water for nearly 100 yards. But we managed to cross or find a way around each one. We finally reached San Vicente after an exciting but difficult days ride only to discover they had no hotel or hostels. So we dried our feet as best we could while we had a cup of coffee at the only restaurant in town. Then we checked out the museum and were shown the actual house where the two outlaws were killed in a shootout with soldiers of the Bolivian Army and the Police. We got the feeling that not many folks make the trip out to San Vicente. It sure wouldn’t be mistaken for a tourist trap. But, the folks we talked to were friendly and seemed genuinely interested in being as helpful as possible. It was definitely worth the trip. But the road out of San Vicente was as bad as the one going in. So, it provided even more entertainment with water crossings and mud - the road that keeps on giving. We heard that Bolivia would destroy our vehicles. Of course we ignored the warning - we were on an adventure!. But two days after leaving the country, Patrick's rear wheel bearing disintigrated in the middle of the desert. The next day, Brian's did the same.


























































































































































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Old 02-13-2011, 12:57 PM   #29
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Hey JACjac... I got the t-shirt from a friend that I started the trip with but he had to turn back in Columbia due to his schedule. Larry is from Alberta.
Ah, that makes sense. Well, if you ever get the chance you should try some. That is some good Canadian beer (from Nova Scotia). I live in Alberta too (Calgary).

I am enjoying the pictures and following your adventure. Can't wait to read/see more.
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Old 02-13-2011, 01:07 PM   #30
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I'm glad to see the route to San Vicente improved since I went through.

Nice one, Andy.

At least you found the guy who can open the museo. I couldn't find that fucker anywhere.

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