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Old 12-13-2013, 07:24 AM   #2011
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Chief??? I can't let that one slide..... Does he go to sea??? Then it would be appropriate, on land Chef is. "Chief-Cook and bottlewasher" would be the right nautical way of describing the profession.

Well you wrote it properly, used to have a hard time getting others apparently better educated than me "paper pushers" that it is "Chief" not "Cheif".....still happens but I ignore it nowadays, not much time left so no need to play "orthographic poolice" and that you'll understand or....remember.

And btw, stop showing them mountains of Sushi unless you tell us how to make them with local ingredients.I find that demeaning today..... Improvisation well needed around here, Second-Cook started making some today, the crappy American rice sure stuck to the pot.I could hear the rather violent scrapings coming from his station. And then he couldn't find the Rice vinegar which btw was where it always is right in front of his face. And then he got pissed because we don't have any Wasabi......not exactly my job to check that he has all the ingredients before he starts something. I think that one will be hard to improvise so no Sushis for me today.

And too late to buy some, we are leaving the base in less than an hour after sitting here all day yesterday, which btw at least gave me a chance to catch up and look at them excellent pics.
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:05 PM   #2012
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Your blog continues to inspire us. I enjoy the foodie posts.
Lots of food treats coming up for you in Peru. Look for the Cafe Andina in Chiclayo for an amazing Sunday lunch buffet.
Take plenty of water on board. There is a lot of desert which we hadn't expected.
We rode through Wanaka yesterday and thought of you both.
Mella is now safely home in Queenstown after around 75,000km on the road. She's happy. So are we. But… there are plans afoot.
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Your blog continues to inspire us. I enjoy the foodie posts.
Lots of food treats coming up for you in Peru. Look for the Cafe Andina in Chiclayo for an amazing Sunday lunch buffet.
Take plenty of water on board. There is a lot of desert which we hadn't expected.
We rode through Wanaka yesterday and thought of you both.
Mella is now safely home in Queenstown after around 75,000km on the road. She's happy. So are we. But… there are plans afoot.
Just sent you a PM , Im down in Te Anau , I might be in Queenstown Sunday or Monday . Cheers Toddy
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Old 12-18-2013, 06:08 PM   #2014
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You'll end up in Rio if you steer south the same way you point at hats
Yeah....I think you might be right ... nice hat but nicer ... anyway.

Sorry for the late reply ... been bush in Peru without wifi for five days .. I feel naked
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Chief??? I can't let that one slide..... Does he go to sea??? Then it would be appropriate, on land Chef is. "Chief-Cook and bottlewasher" would be the right nautical way of describing the profession.

Well you wrote it properly, used to have a hard time getting others apparently better educated than me "paper pushers" that it is "Chief" not "Cheif".....still happens but I ignore it nowadays, not much time left so no need to play "orthographic poolice" and that you'll understand or....remember.

And btw, stop showing them mountains of Sushi unless you tell us how to make them with local ingredients.I find that demeaning today..... Improvisation well needed around here, Second-Cook started making some today, the crappy American rice sure stuck to the pot.I could hear the rather violent scrapings coming from his station. And then he couldn't find the Rice vinegar which btw was where it always is right in front of his face. And then he got pissed because we don't have any Wasabi......not exactly my job to check that he has all the ingredients before he starts something. I think that one will be hard to improvise so no Sushis for me today.

And too late to buy some, we are leaving the base in less than an hour after sitting here all day yesterday, which btw at least gave me a chance to catch up and look at them excellent pics.
Definitely a bomb typo on my part .. I really shouldn't try and write with Rum ... meant to be Chef.

And despite our photos the dude was good EVEN tho he doesn't go to sea

The sushi ... well shit we will have to come back to CA to do them for you ... will bring the that other bugga with the blue bike from NZ

We could tell you the secrets but we would have to kill you afterwards so no point really

Kick that new CHEF into place ate show him who is boss and thank you for the comments on the pics
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Your blog continues to inspire us. I enjoy the foodie posts.
Lots of food treats coming up for you in Peru. Look for the Cafe Andina in Chiclayo for an amazing Sunday lunch buffet.
Take plenty of water on board. There is a lot of desert which we hadn't expected.
We rode through Wanaka yesterday and thought of you both.
Mella is now safely home in Queenstown after around 75,000km on the road. She's happy. So are we. But… there are plans afoot.
Thanks man that means a lot from a fell Kiwi.

Yeah fud .... my downfall , will check out the cafe for sure, with water we always have 4 liters on board ... we too have found one or two hot spots.

75k, good effort, we are up to 65000 so far and only just past the half way , Maya just clicked over 33000 today from Luya to Chacapoyas.

Good you guys made it back and Mella is safe and well, Queenstwon is neat, I lived there for three years and loved it.

More plans ..... me too it is dangerous eh
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Old 12-19-2013, 12:32 PM   #2017
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Cuenca To Yanzatza To Vilacabamba

Sorry for the delay here, wifi has been skinnier than a supermodel and so slow the dogs can piss on it, however now we have a connection

Lets go to the back yard and play

Good bye to Cuenca dudes and thank you so much



The road out of Cuenca was laden with trucks and buses which slowly thinned out as we got further off the beaten track, just as we entered into a small gorge we saw two moto riders, turns out they were part of a bigger group that we caught up to, they all turned off and with big smiles toots and waves we carried on now with virtually no traffic.

What a great road to take avoiding the Pan Am and having a great look through outstanding scenery in Ecuadors back yard. Needless to say we pretty much had the road to ourselves, once getting out of the small towns it turned from road carpet to normal tar to tar with potholes then to the worlds most dangerous road .. yes another gravel road rivaling the worlds most dangerous roads with slips and disappearing banks into a soup of fog.



What a treat



Got a bit skinny in places ... not much between us and nothing.



Coupla groovy waterfalls along the way too



On exiting our exciting road after spending over half the ride on gravel, mud and washouts we hit the main drag and booted it down the semi main drag on brand new blacktop fit for Valentino Rossi making for a great spin for the last part of the day before retiring in Yanzatza.

Dropping over 2500 metres in a little over half an hour we rode from the fridge into the oven, baked kiwis on the lunch menu.

Yanzatza .....we arrived and it was 40 degrees taking us from baked to grilled kiwis, we found a hotel and got sorted only to have the lady try and charge more to park Maya, I got grumpy and said no we are still two people and one moto so nothing has changed, I told the lady we would go .....suddenly it was alright again...hmmm another try on to the whiteyfoo....this has been a reasonably common theme in Ecuador, this is the only this that annoys me daily having crosshairs on my forehead for a GT (Gringo Tax).

I am sure if they came to New Zealand and we tried to charge twice or extra like has happened they would spit the dummy ... nuf sed.

Luis gave us a side trip to look at in a boat but this seemed to be harder than hens teeth to track down so we did not get to do it in the end.

Loja was the next destination and in the middle is a beautiful mountain pass getting up over 3000 meters, the top was very cold and wet, looking through the screen down at Loja we realized how big the city actually was so we chose to carry on to Vilacabamba to spend a few days there hiking and taking the place in.

Another waterfall on the road side, mum nature washing our camera too



Vilacabamba is the valley of longevity where if you drink the water you get jedi powers and live for hundreds of years....not many hot young chicks there.

Backtracking slightly I met a Russian dude in Cuenca who lives in Vilacabamba and he was having trouble with his honda 125 so I helped him sort it out while we were there.

Again we launched an assault on another national park but this time we got our arses kicked.

Arriving at the top of the 8 km access road the weather was average, bit of fog and cloud so no views today, as we ascended the weather got progressively worse, the rain got heavier and the wind chimed in for good measure.



We soon left the safety and shelter of the trees then realized mum nature was having an off day, she made life hard for us with severe wind chill coupled with pouring rain, we were soaked from underneath from the wind blowing rain up our dresses.



Along the knife edge at the summit things got worse, we were both chilling down due to the seriously adverse conditions despite wearing very appropriate merino and wet gear, even with my hat held down tight with the draw string I had to hold the extra length and my hat was ripped off my head seven times.

Pics do not do it justice



Such were the wind gusts we had to crouch and brace in the undergrowth (about 400 mm high) to avoid being blown off the track, it is a weird feeling when you go to put your foot down and the wind stops your foot going down, we were very happy to get down off the ridge and into the tree line again.

While at Vilacabamba we meet Coen & Karen from Holland, they have been travelling for 10 years in a LWB landcruiser so we exchanged info and GPS maps etc which was great, the first night we tried to met mum nature had other plans and decided a valley cleanse would be the deal .... whoa did it rain.

Coen and Karens Cruiser



A little bit of rain



The street/river



There is a view point above Vilacabamba too, nice little jaunt with a good view, we got the timing right between the sun and the rain that came.

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Vilacabamba To The Peruvian Border To San Agnacio

Shit it is only 134 km ... easy as, if we cruised at 268 km an hour we would be there in half an hour....and have time for a latte darling

They said 4 hours given road works etc, it started out ok then the weather caved in big time, wets on we carried on in first gear for quite a few km because of pea soup fog and heavy rain as well as lots on mud on the concreted road making it extremely greasy.

Stopping for roadworks we only waited a short time and we quietly meandered on amidst mud and cement.

With the concrete ending and the weather clearing we had an interesting time as the wet road was now drying quickly to form that stodgy semi bog that won’t clear from the tyres, this clay stuck like shit to a blanket.



Then the roadworks ... ruts from the Terex 6 x 6 trucks were 200 - 300 mm deep in places so causing enough trouble sliding from side to side and not being able to climb out.

An easy patch for a change



Just when you thought it could not get worse it did (or better depending wot you are riding)

Getting to a point where a road worker flagged us over I sat and waited for a bus to try and climb the incline but no way, he tried and tried, in the end they hooked the digger on and towed the bus up.



Getting through that section we thought well shit we are top of it now .... nup, we were stopped again further down the road again, the bridge was broken and we had to turn around and go back to a town some km’s back and take a diversion ... well this turned out to be stunning scenery and took us miles out the back.

Also sloppy but much more fuild so at least the tyres cleared a bit



Gettin better



This of course completely shattered the “4” hours as we had been riding for 5 hours and we still had 60 km of this to go, considering it was only 134 km to start that was less than ideal.

From River to Ridges we got to a great height on the diversion and on a dry road



Our border crossing plans for that day shelved we stopped in Zumba for the night, filled up for the final time on $2 per gallon gas with Maya having her 38 liter belly filled to the brim, at this station it is run by militars, they write down all ya details and the bike.



While in Zumba Maya attracted the younger crowd on potential moto riders, we made fiends and they all sat on Maya .... yes they ALL sat on Maya.



Setting off from Zumba we had 26 km to do, no pavement so no expectations other than to cross in Peru and get to San Agnacio.

Trouble free (its true) to the border, our only stop a military check point, stinking hot was the greeting at the border and the border guards relaxed and friendly exiting Ecuador, we were done in less than five minutes.





Crossed the bridge into Peru with the border guard unlocking the gate and welcoming us with handshakes and smiles ... awesome welcome to Peru.

Again they were all friendly and helpful with the Police running it, finally the import permit for Maya .... that is when the fun started.

The very friendly and welcoming border guard set to with enthusiasm that was not matched by his computer, the connection failed ...came back ... went....came back ...failed ..... arrived and stayed WOH HOH ... it works.

All information was entered and accepted no worries ....time to print .... yeah ... time to print ...his printer had left for lunch and never came back, now we have an official hand written document ...it is beautiful.



So over a feed of crackers and cheese he filled out the hand written document, he was very apologetic but he was unaware his printer had packed a sad, I don’t think he gets many vehicles through there.

While waiting we also watched the local ants cart a dead butterfly some 5 meters on burning hot concrete you could not stand on with bare feet (I know), these little guys are strong....we made sure we kept an eye on Maya so they didn't flog her



All in all that was the nicest and cruisiest border crossing we have done yet, if not for the printer and connection probs we woulda been through there quicker than a robbers dog.

WOH HOH Peru, finally and down to San Agnacio, with our few setbacks we decided to get our insurance and so Soles and head on into the new lands the next day.

Entertainment in San Agnacio provided by an enthusiastic Honda CG 125 made by Landrover.





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Old 12-20-2013, 08:00 AM   #2019
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The sushi ... well shit we will have to come back to CA to do them for you ... will bring the that other bugga with the blue bike from NZ

We could tell you the secrets but we would have to kill you afterwards so no point really
Where is he anyway?....stocked up in Ice Cream and bouncing that blue bike off the rev limiter for the holidays I hear somewhere else.

Is he gonna wait for you to come back to Canada now?....uh! oh!....trouble!Trouble in the Oak cabinet! Email not working here, I think I am better send him a PM over there and tell him to come back here, we can talk Merino wool/Canadian Stanfields and maybe even Possum Pam in this less "family oriented" forum.

You guys can always do it "a la Burt" and find a boat, peel potatoes to pay for passage.....I should go peel a few, that's not below this Cheif.
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Dakar Ready !!!

Hi guys,
As I write this I am also making out my To-Do list and To-Pack list for this Dakar trip coming up. We leave here, NZ, this Friday, 27th Dec, and head for Buenos Aires. We are there for about a week before picking up the hire bikes and then head for Rosario on the 3rd of Jan.

From here we simply follow the rally route and eventually have a few extra days of R&R in Valparaiso before heading home at the end of Jan.

Are you guys still hoping to catch up with the rally along the way?

Glad to see you guys are enjoying the travels still and I look forward to see you both soon,
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Where is he anyway?....stocked up in Ice Cream and bouncing that blue bike off the rev limiter for the holidays I hear somewhere else.

Is he gonna wait for you to come back to Canada now?....uh! oh!....trouble!Trouble in the Oak cabinet! Email not working here, I think I am better send him a PM over there and tell him to come back here, we can talk Merino wool/Canadian Stanfields and maybe even Possum Pam in this less "family oriented" forum.

You guys can always do it "a la Burt" and find a boat, peel potatoes to pay for passage.....I should go peel a few, that's not below this Cheif.
Heya Pierre

He could be anywhere by now, 24th already in NZ, hope he has been up to him armpits in Icecream and makin money wit it.

If he is gonna wait for us it will be 2016 or 2017 ... gotta finish this place first ....and yeap crack open that oak cabinet ....may the little white bucket for some vege

Gonna haf ta be some potata peeling me thinks
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As I write this I am also making out my To-Do list and To-Pack list for this Dakar trip coming up. We leave here, NZ, this Friday, 27th Dec, and head for Buenos Aires. We are there for about a week before picking up the hire bikes and then head for Rosario on the 3rd of Jan.

From here we simply follow the rally route and eventually have a few extra days of R&R in Valparaiso before heading home at the end of Jan.

Are you guys still hoping to catch up with the rally along the way?

Glad to see you guys are enjoying the travels still and I look forward to see you both soon,
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Heya David

Mate we are moonbeams away so pretty much we are going to have to miss this year, next year we will be better placed so TV only for us this time around.

We are up in Cajamarca in north Peru for Christmas then off Anding around, this place is bloody spectacular.

What bikes are you getting?, also some good advice (although you are well travelled already) take your "to pack" list then halve it, you will be surprised what you still don't use.

Travel lite and buy what you need here except Ice Breakers ... bring them.
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Wicked Merry Xmas from Te Anau

Have a good 1 there u guys , Im going up to Dunedin for 2 nights on DR . Keep the stories and pics coming . Cheers Toddy
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Heya Toddy

And to you too mate, enjoy Dunners, we are in Cajamarca Peru for Christmas
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Hi guys, enjoying your reports. Loved the 125 Landrover, was wondering if I should farckle up my 90 with some of those bits.

I hope you both have a great Xmas where ever you are, I'm off to malaysia for a couple of weeks.

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