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Old 12-12-2011, 07:50 PM   #91
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I have the answer to that my dear friend!

I run the TKC 80 as 120/90-17 in front and Metzeler Karoo Twinduro 150/80-17 in the back on my Yamaha/MBK XT660X SM. I have 1,5 bars in front and 1,7 in the back to get them more sticky on gravel and snow which is these main surface. (Note the spikes...)

BUT one problem can occur which it did for me, the caster was to much forward so the bike felt unstable and where dancing around on the pavement so I had to lower the back end 30 mm with longer dogbones and that solved the problem indefinately.


And one reason for your other problem could be altitude combined with moisture...you get use to it but you´re riding a machine which needs to be adjusted?
Sounds great, Ill have no real way of lowering the rear though i have some weight back there so its riding a bit lower than usual. I have the compression set all the way up so not sure how much more adjusting I can do.

Where did you buy your TKC? Still cant seem to pull up anything for the 120/90/17 online. I was planning on ordering it and having it sent to Miami. If anyone can recommend a place to get it...

Not sure what you mean by riding a machine that needs to be adjusted. Its EFI so it should do all its adjusting on its own.
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:42 PM   #92
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Little video preview of my next ride report...

Shaun riding into Santa Teresa from Len MacDonald on Vimeo.



Shaun riding near Santa Teresa from Len MacDonald on Vimeo.

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Old 12-13-2011, 12:02 AM   #93
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Sounds great, Ill have no real way of lowering the rear though i have some weight back there so its riding a bit lower than usual. I have the compression set all the way up so not sure how much more adjusting I can do.

Where did you buy your TKC? Still cant seem to pull up anything for the 120/90/17 online. I was planning on ordering it and having it sent to Miami. If anyone can recommend a place to get it...

Not sure what you mean by riding a machine that needs to be adjusted. Its EFI so it should do all its adjusting on its own.
Strange that you can´t find anything?
I suggest you contact your local Contidealer and make them take home a tyre for you, for all I can see they even have 120/70 now! They didn´t have this a month ago!

http://www.conti-online.com/generato...tkc_80_en.html

They have finally meet the demand from SM riders!

About your fuel ratio it should be able to be adjusted manually. On my XT I can type in a sequense with the original buttons on the dashpanel and then get an air/fuel mix from the steps -128 to +128 which is quite a span without using a computer but for your bike you´ll need it. Try this site: http://tuneecu.com/TuneECU_En/index.html
Another alternative is to plug your lambda with this little sucker: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=574744

As for lowering: http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_kw...torcycle_Parts
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Old 12-13-2011, 02:43 PM   #94
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So we bail out of Cusco for Santa Teresa, the plan is to go camp at hot springs that may or may not be there, according to many sources. There was a huge landslide a few years ago that washed away the springs.

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Hot Frenchy and his girlfriend!



We quickly run into this Argentinian guy riding what appears to be an Africa Twin but is just a cleverly disguised 200cc chinese bike. He´s a slow slow rider, so we take turns passing him and stopping, passin ghim and stoping, ad nauseam...




We stop to warm up and run into this character. He´s Canadian I´m pretty sure, but like most gringos living the expat lifestyle, hes all weird now. He does the verbal equvalent of puking on our shoes. I have little patience for these people though Dan seems to have difficulty extracting himself...




We arrive in what I think to be ¨The nicest town, ever....¨ The running joke is that hostels cost 100soles this place is so nice, it borders a beautiful ruin. The name escapes me though Im sure someone will chime in.




We get ready for a big mountain pass, so I bundle up some after drinking a rediculously priced coffee and a Twix bar!




Kid will not give me a high five, or a low five for that matter...



Some scenery....









Me wazzing off the side of the road...




A dog about to waz on my tire...




We hit miserable cold fog and rain, visibility goes down to nothing. Dan has a brainfart and narrowly misses a bus that was pretty hard to miss.




A cow is in the opposite lane and in the deep fog a car swerves into my lane, a near miss. Actually the closest call Ive had with oncoming traffic. Fairly unpleasant though the unpleasantlness of riding in low viz freezing fog soon takes over....


We finally pop out of it. And plop down to remove layers.


Dan contemplates life with a piece of soggy bread, and realized that at some pòint, he lost his center stand. Apparantly it was removes somewhere in Baja, and affixed to the inside of his pannier. So its lost between Baja and Peru. I recommend he backtracks to find it but he shoots that idea down. Whatever...





We exchange pavement for dirt...








We soon run into Len, the Halifax redneck riding a GS (though he rides like a 690, more on that later). He was told the Hot Springs were shut down, though I was told by a French overlanding couple that they are indeed open and a delight to camp out. He decides to double back about 45 mins and we take the last stretch together. He turns him Go Po on and catches some sweet footage of me and Dan riding the last stretch from Santa Maria to Santa Teresa.




Dan gets in the way of Bike Porn.





Let me tell you this, Len is fast, scary fast on that GS, or Im just slow, which may very well be the case. The only time I walk away from him is downhill, Im also about half his weight.

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Shaun riding near Santa Teresa from Len MacDonald on Vimeo.



Shaun riding into Santa Teresa from Len MacDonald on Vimeo.


Dan riding near Santa Teresa from Len MacDonald on Vimeo.


Shaun riding into Santa Teresa from Len MacDonald on Vimeo.


Turn the corner to see this water crossing, Dan is scared of them though manages very well....






So does Len.





We hit the hot springs, are surrounded by 6 ladies selling crap, soda, beer and chips. He stock up and enjoy the view of the hot springs. Len is tired form hiking Machu icchhu, Im always tired from riding a 690, and Dan got about 4 hours of sleep the night before and is a bit dehydrated!






We set up camp, Len lends me his Hennesy Hammock and we spend the next hours eating, BSing and soaking in hot springs.


We get woken up by drunk Peruvians at 3am asking us if we want to go swimming, then we get woken up again by the lady caretaker saying AMIGO AMIGO AMIGO BLABLABLABLA. Nice way to wake up lady.


We make coffee and Len splits for Cusco and Puno. He´s in Bolivia right now and both Dan and I are jealous, were both pretty much done with Peru and excited to be heading out soon.




We head into town to drop the bikes off in a hostel, 10 soles for the night and its safe. Dan gets stuck going in, his pannier gets caught on the sink and we have to puch and pull to get him in.






I lock my shit up, with these Helmet Lock locking carabiners.










We grab food and meet Julia from Chile, shes also planning on walking from the Hidroelectric plant to Aguas Caliente so we team up and grab a cab.




Walking along the tracks...Meet Julia from Chile...



Chicks we met in the hot springs from Argentina. Looking forward to heading there...



Moi



Spaghetti Hair




Its a 2-3 hour walk to Aguas Caliente so we book it. We meet a Brazilian and take a small detour to some waterfall that apparently has some swimming opportunities. It would be ideal if the water wasnt so big that it knocked you on your ass and the water was freezing. We go in anyways while the Brazilian guys whips out his iPad to do a video blog.








We reach Aguas Caliente and are both soon seperated from 300 soles in about 15 minutes. 150 soles for Machi Picchu, 20 sles for the hostel, 35 soles for the train ride back down to the dam, and 40 soles for the bus rides up and down the ruins. I havent been seperated from that much money in so little time in a big while. I feel cheap...


Though I sign my hotel registry again...



We eat a terrible burger to hold ourselves over and make plans to eat with Julia at 8PM. I read in the LP that theres a phenomenal prix fix Franco Peruvian restarant in town and its worj the money. The portions are huge but so is the price, 50 soles each. We find out we can split the meal so we do it. We are not dissapointed.




Im pretty sure this says ¨ Smoking cigarettes is harmful to your children, please smoke behind them¨ Good message.



Found this awesome bear in the hostel lobby so I kidnap him and watch a bit of tube with him, hes rad. Dan takes a turn cuddling up with him...








Wake at 6am to grab the 630 bus up to Machu Picchu. Its a 20 min twisty ride up and we both wish we were on bikes. Taking a bus for any length of time reinforces that its better to be on bikes.


We walk around Machu Picchu, hike up one hour to Wayna Picchu and snap some pics.
















Were pretty much fogged out at the top, but it makes for cool photos. Very magical scene if it wasnt for the obnoxiously loud American voices you could hear from at last 30 meters away.









Dan is pooped!



Dan and I being idiots, nice 30 meter drop on the other side...








We grab that shot everyone wants when they visit Machu!!




Oh wait, thats a postcard.

Here she is.





Were both a bit dissapointed with Machu P, not sure why but Im feeling a bit like a spoiled brat, but Im ok with it.


We grab some food, heres Dan feeling like hes had enough of Peru.



We take the train back and Dan experiments with his new Lumix cam...




This kid is hanging out so I give him some puffed wheat. He seems to enjoy it.




We get the bikes out and head back to the hot springs.
Not before buying a huge bag of coca leaves and playing Gin Rummy well into the night...



Out of the hostel..




Fast Forward to Cusco, were back, the ride back was shorter and less rainy. We meet Jorg from Switzerland. Hes loaded down with a 600 Tenere, 3 spare TKC80s, side luggae and a huge 70 liter dry sack. No photo cuz he bailed out early.


We grab some familiar food last night, havent had McDonals in almost a year and Im a bit horrified that I enjoy it.






Thats it for now, Im beat and were heading out of town tomorrow for Lake Titicaca! Len tells us there are loads of pretty gringas in Copacabana so Im excited to check it out. Woot!

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Old 12-13-2011, 04:16 PM   #95
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Great RR Shaun!
I noticed you had a blanket or something strapped to the saddle, bumpy is it?

Next time you decide to go to Africa or Asia, start at my house! I might tag along...

I did a search since I´m going to Dakar this summer anf found another set of tyres that one might use and it´s the Kenda 270 which is also available for 120/70-17. Pictured on a bike here and useful links under the picture.



http://www.kendausa.com/en/home/moto...ual-sport.aspx
http://www.kawasakiforums.com/forum/...lx250sf-29713/
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:48 AM   #96
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New Tires for Your KTM 690 SM Enduro

On a quick search of USA suppliers online I found Kenda and Shinko knobbies for your front and rear wheels - and they are very affordable.

Check these out:

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Kenda-K270-Rear-Tire-042701864C0/dp/B000WJFXHO/ref=au_pf_pfg_s?ie=UTF8&Model=690%20Enduro%20R|16685&n=15684181&s=automotive&Make=KTM|1193&Year=2010|2010&vehicleType=motorcycle&newCar=1&carId=002
Bike Bandit: http://www.bikebandit.com/kenda-k270-motorcycle-tire

Bike Bandit: http://www.bikebandit.com/shinko-705-motorcycle-tire

Motorcycle Superstore: http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...Rear-Tire.aspx

Motorcycle Superstore:http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/2/29/393/15034/ITEM/Shinko-244-Dual-Sport-Front---Rear-Tire.aspx

These are what I would use in the desert but I think the Shinko 705 would be the best all-around tire. Good luck Shaun!

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Old 12-15-2011, 06:38 AM   #97
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Great update Shaun! You are getting me fired up to head south on the XR next year.

You should start twisting some dreads with that mop of yours. Hippie backpacker chicks will dig you.
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Old 12-16-2011, 07:47 PM   #98
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Hi Shaun.
Awesome RR! We are right behind you. Our RR. Entering Peru tomorrow or Saturday.
We hope to make it to Copiapo in Chile for the Dakar Rally rest day.

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Old 12-17-2011, 01:25 PM   #99
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Great RR Shaun!
I noticed you had a blanket or something strapped to the saddle, bumpy is it?

Next time you decide to go to Africa or Asia, start at my house! I might tag along...

I did a search since I´m going to Dakar this summer anf found another set of tyres that one might use and it´s the Kenda 270 which is also available for 120/70-17. Pictured on a bike here and useful links under the picture.

Actually I used it to nap - though my ass does get sore about 3 hours into the day, I spend a lot of time on the pegs!

That´s an ugly tire! Gonna steer like a boat! But I may bite the bullet, looks cheap enough.


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These are what I would use in the desert but I think the Shinko 705 would be the best all-around tire. Good luck Shaun!
Thanks for taking the time to do the research, Im currently running a rear Shinko and while its great off road, Im not as confident with it onroad. Very sliddy!

I just ordered a Haidenau K60' Scout for the rea rthat Ill be bringing back with me from Miami, just need to pull the trigger on the front now!


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Great update Shaun! You are getting me fired up to head south on the XR next year.

You should start twisting some dreads with that mop of yours. Hippie backpacker chicks will dig you.
I was actually just thinking of doing that today, was talking about it with Dan. I havent brushed my hair in awhile, mostly because I havent had a hot shower in awhile. South Americas definition of hot and mine dont quite match up!

Im actually going to check out the Arica leg of the Dakar, might as well while Im here. Met a Dakar photographer who can get me a wrist band to get into the staging area, so def going to take advantage of that.

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Hi Shaun.
Awesome RR! We are right behind you. Our RR. Entering Peru tomorrow or Saturday.
We hope to make it to Copiapo in Chile for the Dakar Rally rest day.

Henriette

Right on Henriette, welcome to Peru!


Im actually going to check out the Arica leg of the Dakar, might as well while Im here. Met a Dakar photographer who can get me a wrist band to get into the staging area, so def going to take advantage of that.

Maybe we´ll run into each other, Ill keep my eyes peeled.
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Amazing RR so far. Loving it. Glad that I could of met you in Panama briefly. It's weird to see pictures of places you've been and people you've met before in someone else's pictures! Glad to see you are having a great time. Enjoy the ride

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Time to beat it, were heading to Puno, apparently a shithole, but theres really no way to find out so we head out.

Our plan is to head to Copacabana, but around the North side of Lake Titicaca. Apparently is the less travelled path, no gringos and super pretty. Thats the plan....

We arrive in Puno after an uneventful day of riding. Lots of big views, straight roads and hail/rain. Im bundled up and still cold, so Im excited to pick up my heated vest and grips in Miami for Christmas.


Shots of the ride...





Dan and I got seperated in the town before Puno but we joined back up at the Plaza de Armas in Puno. Found a dark dingy hostel with parking and went out scouting for food.


Lonely Planet (which often steers us wrong) said that were be hard pressed to find an Aduana and Immigration on the north side of Titicaca so we better check out of Puno, and to also ask for an extra day because the road to Bolivia could be rough, it might take two days.

We go hit the Immigration first, and find this sight. Apparently all these old ladies are out to get their handout, Im not too sure how it works or why they get it, or even why they need to wear their tradinital garb but they thought we were as strange as we thought they were. I waved and said hi, got lots of chuckles.





We got see the immigration guy and he asks for that little slip of paper they give you when you enter the country. I lost mine or couldnt produce it so he says I need to pay 20 soles, or about 8 bucks. I dont beleive him, smells fishy but first he sends up to the national police to make sure we didnt commit any crimes.


Here they are lined up for the handout, there must be about 500 of them...




Thumbs down because I have to walk across the street


We are cleared by the police and get out exit stamps for tomorrow back at immigration. I try to leave without paying but the guy follows me downstairs. I tell him Ill pay him 10 soles no more, and he agrees. So clearly its a bribe/scam because I highly doubt that offical fines can be negotiated. I pay the man and take a photo of the robber.





We head out back to Juliaca and then over to the North side of Titicaca. It is beautiful, its a mix of pavement and dirt, and oddly enough, through the rain and the wet tar that sticks to our bikes, clothes and gear, we arrive at the Peruvian border around 3PM. Werer a bit stunned, an a bit bummed becuase we thought there woulnt be a border and now we have exit stamps for tomorrow.


Well, we give her a shot. We see the Aduana guy first and get our bike stamped out, no problem there. Heres a shot of our bikes in the Aduana yard. Safe no...




Now its time to head over to Immigration and see if they notice we are already stamped out.

Two guys come out, and they look over the passports, he looks puzzld, cheks his watch and says that we have a stamp for tomorrow. Busted. We play dumb, say it must be a mistake and that we want to leave today. He says that we cant, we have to wait until tomorrow. I start to raise a stink, saying that someone has made an error and it needs to be corrected. Im actually going overboard at this point. Dan and I have been a bit fed up with Peru for a few weeks now and were ready to leave. Two guys getting in our way is pissing me off. I totally realize that were in the wrong here. We asked for the extended date and I get mad when were not allowed to leave.


Its actually a bit silly if you think about it. Were already checked out of Peru. Kinda. I ask why we cant leave and he says because hes very strict with passport control. He says this as he looks at Dans Visa for Ecuador. Hes holding a US passport, yet looking at the Ecuador visa and asking Dan essentially why is his passport expired (its not though his visa is).


I ask him that if he has such strict passport control, why is he looking at an expired Ecuadorian Visa thinking its the main page of passport. This question seems to go over his head.


At this point Dan tells me to calm down, which I do and realize that were just gonna have to come back tomorrow. We get our passports back and head back to Aduana to tell then guy were keping the bikes. Hes cool, he understands and tells us to swing by in the AM to checkj out again.


At this point, Immigration guy comes back and says he wants to see our passports again because hes going to call Puno, and he wants to record out info. I tell Dan not to give it to him. Well be back in the AM. He gets very aggressive and says that if he dont give him out passports, hes keeping the bikes here and éssentially locking us up. I quickly tell Dan to give him his passport, and I give him a copy of mine. He says we can have them back in 5 mins.

We come back in 5 mins and he hands Dan his passport, but tells me that I can get my copy in the AM.

I tell him no, you said I could have it back, you have no right to kep my copy, give it back now. His boss gives him a look that says, give the guy his copy.

We head back into town and find a very very cheap hostel. We then go eat a terrible meal, where the cooking lady thinks that were in her town to steal their gold, bc apparently thats
what gringos do over there. She refuses to beleive that were just passing through.


We chew some coca leaves and I destroy Dan at Gin Rummy. We are 1 and 1 and need to rubber match it out.


I show Dan my toiletry kit which contains a bunch of hippy shit, heres the shot.



We head out early and are basically waved through the border. Were told theres Aduana and Immigration in Puerto Acosta, a few kms ahead.

In reality, Puerto Acosta is about 10 clicks out. I roll into the plaza and find the police station. We park and chat witht he cops. They tell up there is no Aduana or Immigration, we have to go to either La Paz or Copacabana. Great, we grab some shots, they give us a little stamp on our Peru Temp Import moto paper and we exchange some cash. We also grab some cheap as shit food, which is basically tough as shit cow.







Oh yea, the fat cop in the middle asked us for a propina or a tip for giving us his lame stamp, I told him Im fromt he future and we dont use currency in the future, we pay in hugs. We didnt want a hug though Dan gives his bum a squeeze.


At some point, Dan had a small tip over and cracked his rack, again. I keep telling him the benefits of soft luggage yet he continues to ignore me. So we head to the next town over to find a welder.


Found him, he gets to work on Dans rack, one side needs bending and the other needs welding.








I take a much needed nap, very comfy actually.





If youll notice, I finally got my map pocket sewed to my pants. It took a guy two hours, a machine for repairing shoes and lots of oil because the velcro I have had an adhesive backing and would jam all machine. Im pretty happy with it, apparently its fighter pilot style.


After a few hours of this, we start riding towards Copa, its nice, its mellow, we hit a Ferry. Cool. We are quoted 70 Bolivianos to cross for both of us (10 us bucks). I say 50, he immediately says OK, which leads me to beleive we overpayed. He pawns us off to another boat, and the guys asks how much we were quoted, I saw 40. Once we get off the boat, he charges us 30. Not sure what happened there but I like it!


Shots of us on the boat..






Jungle Hair!







We finally reach Copa without dumping the bikes in the water, though getting them off the ferry backwards, uphill proved to be pretty difficult for both Dan and I.


We find a shithole in Copa that will take us and the bikes for 60 bolivianos, which is pretty damn dirt cheap.

We check in.




Bike porn in Copa








We bump into Devin, one of Dans friends whose been traveling around Peru for the last 6 weeks. We hit one of the nicest restaurants in town, eat some fondue, some chocolate fondue, panckaes, the whole nine yards. The bill ends up being something like 300 bolivianos, or about 12 bucks each. We all leave there on the verge of puking.


Hit the sack and get ready to head to Yungano, which is 15 mins away and one of two main Peru/Bolivia borders.


Head to immigration in the morning, Dan gets raped and pays 135 bucks for his Bolivian visa, I pay nothing and joke with the Immigration guys.


We both get our 90 days, and head to Aduana. This guy started off friendly, but then got a bit authoritative when he finds out that weve ben in the country for 1 day illegally. He says there was an Aduana office in Puerto Acosta, and that we should have stopped. I tell him the cops says there wasnt one and we had to come here. We go back and forth, I try to be nice and tell him it was a mistake, he doesnt seem to care. I try to bring God into the discussion, saying that we always do everything the right way, God knows that, blablabla.


Then he lays it on us. 200 Bolivianos ea ch, payable at the bank. Its the fine for being illegal in the country. At this point, I know its a scam. What I did wrong was not ask him for the paperwork to go pay at the bank. Im pretty sure there no fee for this, and he would have been hard pressed to provide details on how to pay this at the bank. Instead, I told him I wouldnt pay, he gave us our titles back and said, fine go to La Paz. Thats about the last thing we wanted, so I offered him 100 bolivianos and a Fanta to do both bikes.


He promptly accepted, of course.


Once he was done and we both had our permits in hand, he said he was ready for the payment. I said great, give me the details of the bank and Ill go deposit the 100 bolivianos at the bank. He said no you have to pay here, I then told him that that sounds illegal and I would rather pay at
the bank. He got aggresive and said he wanted to see our papers to verify something, of course he wanted to take them away. We played this game for abohter minute, he got pretty scared that we were going to pay him though I got pretty scared that he would cancel our paperwork. We left the money on the table and left without saying goodbye!


Really showed him...




At some point we headed to Isla Del Sol. It was romantic.







Headed to La Paz, bought some gas from a little old lady and started out decent into La Paz.


As if all this authority BS wasnt enough, We were in full on La Paz traffic and Dan was trying to follow me to the hostel. I have a much narrower bike and while trying to remember that Dan cant squeeze in places I can, I ended up a few cars ahead of him. I find a cop and aks him where this certain plaza is and he says you just passed it. So I start to turn around and see Dan parked, next to an armored Nissan Patrol, and talking to a few cops. I pull up on the other side of the median and am told that Dan brushed the Nissan bumper, scratching it. The driver is saying tht Dan ran into them (hard to beleive) but Dan tells me that they actually vered into him (likely). The cops say we have to go to the transito, which actually ends up being one block away.


We all drive there, leave the bikes on the sidewalk and head in. They start filling out some paperowkr, ask Dan for his ID and title, and start typing up, with a freaking typewriter, what happened. Some lady who saw the whole thing on the street told us to insist on calling the embassy, so I act as Dans lawyer and insist that we speak to the embassy. They say no problem and move Dan into a fart smeeling corner of their building to wait. I go check o nthe bikes and start talking to a Bolivian guy whos also gong to take a moto trip with his son. Cool.


10 mins later Dan comes down and says they basically just left him there. I say we should just leave, the Bolivian man agrees and so does Dan. So we helmet up and slowly roll out of there. Were both a bit scared and try to get off the main street ASAP. We get turned around and end up having to drive right bck in front of the police station, but no one says anything and we make it into the hostel garage.


What a couple of days!


Been hanging out in La Paz for a few days, where we run into Devin, AGAIN, and then meet a cute girl from Switzerland, whom will be having cheese fondue with me tonight. Woot.

Shots.

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Im much happier to be close to her than she is


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Watching 007 on TV




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Dan headed to Oberland today, a German Overland camping spot outside of La Paz, they will watch his bike. Devin headed to the airport at 530pm to head back to Baltimore, Im staying in La Paz one more night and heading to Oberland tomorrow. I fly to Miami on the 23rd, Dan flies to Miami on the 22nd, and we actually are both taking the same flight back.


Nadia heads to Uyuni tomorrow but not before having some fondue with me...


Happy Holidays everyone.


Next update will be from DisneyWorld¡!

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Happy Holidays man, wow what a ride!
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Here's hoping you have a nice set of holidaze...have a safe trip we'll be waiting on the next chapter....How was the fondue afterparty???Aye




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How was the fondue afterparty???Aye
The afterparty you ask?

That featured me watching Crash and With Honors (Branden Frasier and Joe Pesci at their finest) alone in my hotel room...

Turns out Ricardo(her boyfriend) the Swiss fighter pilot is real!

We ended up eating Lebanese and smoking hookah with some more Swiss folks, it was a rad night.

Currently waiting for my flight to Miami to board. Should be neat landing in the US version of Latin America. The Spanish will still come in handy...
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Wow, those Bolivians really worked you guys over. I remember when I checked out of the country at a remote outpost near Laguna Verde, the Bolivian migracion guys said I had to pay 50 Bs for my exit stamp. Naturally. So I decide to play along, and as he sees me pulling out my wallet, he stamps my passport, I promptly take the passport, put it in my pocket, open up my wallet and show him what's inside. Nada. Sorry dude, I cant pay because I seem to have run out of money. Is there an ATM near here in the middle of the ass end of nowhere? With a look of disgust on his face, he waves me away. The final tally, Vinny 1, Bolivia Migracion 0.

Its always something. Great trip!

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