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Old 02-23-2014, 12:46 PM   #2296
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Is that Steve Vai on the left?

Great report
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Old 02-23-2014, 03:06 PM   #2297
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Is that Steve Vai on the left?

Great report
...I didn't check under his sunnies

Cheers for the props too
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:01 PM   #2298
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A bit young for Steve Vai
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:26 AM   #2299
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A bit young for Steve Vai
Ya never know these days!
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:33 AM   #2300
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Puno

Exciting times, monsta headcold clung on for way longer than I wanted despite bashing the crap out of with fruit and veges high in Vitamin C.

Having a head cold at 4000 meters is hard work as the air is already thinner let alone having all the passages half blocked as well, the clamp has finally gone from my head with only the aftermath of getting up to speed now.

While out walking there was a few things to take my mind of being off shade,



My favourite movie crew from Ice Age!



Waterfront Lake Titicaca



Now a treat for my fello engineering types, check this out, post has been smashed off its based ... and left



No problem in Peru though they seem to run structural wires ... nothing else is holding the post in place



The bonus is we finally got to meet Paul (El Forko) and his girlfriend Pau, Paul is on an XT 660z and Pau a DR200.

Finally after 4 days of bed time and small walks we bailed and headed to Copacabana in Bolivia for change of scenery, but no change of elevation.

Given Paul has spent a lot of time in Bolivia Argentina and Chile we spent time cruising the maps for good info, likewise they are heading north so the information highway is working both ways.
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:30 AM   #2301
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Hey Andi
That post looks okay to me...the rebar is doing what it is suppose to do.
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Old 02-25-2014, 11:58 AM   #2302
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That post looks okay to me...the rebar is doing what it is suppose to do.
Heya Cal

It appears that the post has been cracked in two places for some time as there are two rust spots indicating exposure so I think the post was prebroken and someone just finished it off.... prolly the same driver

They are D16's so should hold despite being stretched, but the R6 spiral wind has gone on holiday, thankfully Peru has structural electrical wires
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:49 PM   #2303
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What camping equipment did you get? How did you pack it on Maya? Pics!!
Heya Salvi

Ok, pictures of the full load house and contents.

All camping gear in the cases, our two Wolfmans have his and hers clothes and that is it.

Our back pack live up on the rear case and will vary to how much food we carry or not.

Total extra weight on board is 7.8 kg.

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Old 02-25-2014, 06:02 PM   #2304
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Bahahahaha!!
You might need to go to dual rear wheels if you load much more on there!!
Still following along....justjeff

P.S. It was -38C here last night Thanks for sending the warm pics!!
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Old 02-25-2014, 06:27 PM   #2305
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P.S. It was -38C here last night Thanks for sending the warm pics!!
Jeeze. No doubt that you're looking forward to some spring weather!
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Old 02-27-2014, 04:34 PM   #2306
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Bahahahaha!!
You might need to go to dual rear wheels if you load much more on there!!
Still following along....justjeff

P.S. It was -38C here last night Thanks for sending the warm pics!!
Heya Jeff

Just upgraded my HT license to include camping gear now ...might stick a 200 wide heidy on to stop her sinking into the tar

D o o d ..... -38 C that is fookin cold!!
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Old 02-27-2014, 04:35 PM   #2307
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Jeeze. No doubt that you're looking forward to some spring weather!
That is for sure.

Jeff, we are heading into the desert tomorrow somewhere so will take some warm photos for you
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Old 02-27-2014, 05:52 PM   #2308
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Puno To Copacabana ... Tarseal Blast

Leisurely start and the ride planned with Paul and Pau after they got their insurance sorted.

1.00 pm rolled around and game on, we set off at a leisurely pace enjoying the nice serving of sun.

Riding around Lake Titicaca we took in views of Bolivia and some high snowed capped mountains gracing the skyline in the distance.

Pau on her Suzuki Dr200



Paul on his XT660z Tenere



All was well until we approached Ilave, there where some scattered rocks on the road, then some more scattered rocks and some construction type debris then the line of traffic.

At this stage we were unaware of what was ahead of us, my first thoughts was some well maintained Peruvian dump truck had lost it.

There were people walking up the road towards us with bags etc s it was not a good sign.



Cruising past probably a km of traffic we came across a barrier made from grass, stones and ....coke bottles, they let us through.



Further up the road things got a little more serious, some smiles and some what the fuck are doing here looks too.

The ladies were smiling as they threw rocks under our wheels, some said come through others wanted to stop us



As we tried to cross one barrier with approval from some but not others .. the others through rock under Paul’s and Pua’s wheels, we went through and kicked them out of the way with the rear tire.



Next thing an old lady was batting Pau then turned her attention to us, Ellen snapping her photo just as she took a strike at us.



Now the protests have nothing to do with us because it was all about bus fare increases but they saw it fit to blame and take it out on us.

Thinking we had past the worst of it at the next barricade there was an older fellow there with a whip, yes a whip, he stuck out at Paul, Paul thought he was playing but when Pau when through the old bugga took an aggressive swing at her, I was starting to not see their side of the shit now.



When we approached he lifted his whip so I turned into his swing path, grabbed his collar, wrenched him towards us then threw him backwards (all while riding forward) and the look on his face was one of astonishment as he was not expecting that, I don’t mind their protest but when it starts coming at our expense by way of possible injury they cross that line of limits.

All his mates thought is was hell funny that the whitey defended himself, 1/4 of a second after this shot I had his collar



Another blockade and us listening on, discussion amongst our crew was to approach it quietly and earn our way through nicely.



The road was a minefield of broken glass, tiles, bottles, bricks, stones and any other shit they could lay their hands on, risk of tire slashing / punctures higher than anywhere else on our trip.



At the start we listened to their plight with sympathetic ears, nearing the end of some 25 - 30 blockades I was ready to punch the crap out of any of them who tried to stop us after we had been hit, slapped and whipped and running over potential punctures.

See the broken glass on the right



Finally passing the war zone we got out onto open road still having to dodge rock and even a lamp post laid across the road.



Turning off toward Bolivia only part way down the road we ran the rear tank dry, at 4000 meters, nearly 5.00 pm, quite cold we had the heated grips on etc, I flicked the off on switch a couple of times to cycle the fuel pump then proceeded to crank the bike over to have the battery give in pretty quickly.

After a few minutes we decided to push start it so push push push by Ellen and I, a quick flick of the starter to turn the engine, dump the clutch and she started ... that was lucky!!

Doing the border crossing into Bolivia on the edge of darkness we made it into Copacabana easy enough, the border crossing being simple and laid back was a nice reprieve after the elongated day due to the blockades.
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:57 AM   #2309
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Thinking we had past the worst of it at the next barricade there was an older fellow there with a whip, yes a whip, he stuck out at Paul, Paul thought he was playing but when Pau when through the old bugga took an aggressive swing at her, I was starting to not see their side of the shit now.
You crossed his line and then he crossed yours. Must have been a strange day.
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Old 02-28-2014, 04:42 AM   #2310
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You crossed his line and then he crossed yours. Must have been a strange day.
Yes we crossed his line ... with permission from the others saying paso ... I think the old bugga had a skin full and thought he was Arnie
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