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Old 04-08-2013, 11:41 PM   #1921
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A room with a view

When they showed me the room, I new I had to stay there. I had this whole room to myself. They told me it cost $25. And the dorm rooms were $19. It was a no brainer. I didn't want to sleep with those hippy surfer-dudes anyway.
But I found out there was no running water. To flush the toliet meant dumping a bucket in it. And it didn't work so well. In the morning I had to go. It was full of you know what that didn't get flushed. And I just added to the mess.
But when I paid the bill, I found out it was 25 Solas not dollars
That's less than $10.
So not a bad deal



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Old 04-08-2013, 11:43 PM   #1922
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I could sit here all day and watch the big waves breaking on the point but I would rather be out there catching the waves

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Old 04-08-2013, 11:50 PM   #1923
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Another view of the point break from my room in Lobitos

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Old 04-08-2013, 11:53 PM   #1924
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Do they charge to stay on the beach? Or to stay under a cabana?
Yes if you want a fence around you
After I got robbed, I am not camping on just any beach any more
And that is too bad
I am going to miss some of the best places to set up my tent
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:01 AM   #1925
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SUPER VIEW!!!! just loving it!
nice report again! keep on going mate!
cu in Belgium.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:13 AM   #1926
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Pato Canyon

I had an amazing day yesterday.
It was the ride of my life.
Probably the best day so far.
People ask me along the way if I am taking the PanAmerican highway south.
I always have to laugh.
That would be like taking I70 across the US.
Sure it is faster and safer, but unless you like looking at a bunch of big rigs, you'd be missing all the good stuff.
So I am trying to take as many back roads as possible.
And Pato Canyon is one of the best roads in the world.
It's in Peru and heads up in to the second highest mountain range in the world.
It's dirt for most of the way.
It is literally carved out of the side of the canyon. There are no guardrails and if the plunge in to the river below didn't kill you, the wild waters in the river surely would.
I took a lot of pictures and video.
Of course they don't do this place justice.
I am glad I was able to experience this place on a perfect day.
And when I arrived at my destination just before dark in Caraz, it began to pour rain.
Perfect day
I will post some pictures soon
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:33 AM   #1927
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Sounds like a lot of fun.
By the way that last night I couldn't have any beer for you after each of us had a bottle of graet Grappa.
So the beer is still here waiting for ya, before we go and taste some great local wines
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:45 PM   #1928
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Glad you back up and posting reports and of course wonderful photos. I was getting withdrawal symptoms. Now I have an idea of what cold turkey is to a druggie. Some good trout fishing in Peru.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:51 PM   #1929
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turkey

Turkey
Not the country
And not the Thanksgiving bird
I am talking bowling
As in three in a row.
That is what I have had here in the Cordillera Blanca mountains in Peru
It is the second highest mountain range in the world.
There are over 20 peaks over 6000 meters
That's 20,000 feet
Yesterday I rode my motorcycle up to almost 14,000 feet to Laguna Peron.
The dirt rocky slippery road started in Caraz at 7000 feet and went up to an Alpine lake surrounded by 6000 meter peaks.
It was 20 miles up there and I was the only one for miles and miles around.
Just walking around the huge lake was breathtaking in more ways than one.
There were waterfalls everywhere cascading down the shear faces in to the canyon.
On my ride out, it rained on me which made it even more demanding.
As I was riding out in the rain and slippery conditions, I was wondering how many other adventure riders would do this. Most ate blazing down the panamerican highway.
And I know there are others that are taking even more treacherous roads.....but how many of them are doing it solo? And doing it on a fully load GSA?
Probably not many.
When traveling in a group, you always have the comfort of knowing that there is someone there to help. It might be a false sense of security, but nonetheless, it helps knowing that you are in it together for better or worse.
And any case, everything went well and I made it to Huaraz before sun down (even though it rained on me the whole way).

Huaraz is at 10,000 feet. It sits in the same river valley that I followed up all the way from the ocean.
Today the sun shined brightly on the town. I was able to rent a mountain bike and took it up to 4200 meters for a 4000 foot downhill ride on some extremely challenging single track.
I crashed a couple of times and thought I should stick to motorcycles.
But it was three great days here in the mountains of Peru.
Now it back to la Playa and the big city of Lima
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:06 PM   #1930
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but how many of them are doing it solo? And doing it on a fully load GSA?

Wondering if you were starting the trip over, would you go with a lighter bike?

I like my 950, but the 250 is a lot of fun as well.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:17 AM   #1931
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Wondering if you were starting the trip over, would you go with a lighter bike?

I like my 950, but the 250 is a lot of fun as well.
That is a great question
And something I have thought about a lot
And the answer is........no!
Most of the riding I do, the bike is perfect.
That is long stretches of highway
Even in the dirt it is ok
But a lighter bike would be much more fun.
But I would not want to ride a lighter bike this far.
If I make it to India, I want to get a much smaller bike. And I am looking forward to packing less stuff and riding something smaller
And in Australia, I want to get a sportbike like a Honda VFR750. That has always been a bike that I have wanted.
And then when I am finished with my GSA and I have been everywhere I want to go, I would do another trip with a much smaller bike like a dirtbike and go to a lot of places that I missed with my GSA.
But I love my bike. It is has been great. No complaints other than I hate the clunky transmission and it does get heavy at times in tight places.
But otherwise, no regrets
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:04 AM   #1932
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Hi Lalo, great report, great pics, thanks for sharing and the work you put in, much appreciated.

I think you carry too much stuff and your video camera is bad. Why don't you approach some dealer for a GoPro or Drift for a sponsorship? Would produce much nicer videos and they would get good mileage out of your advertising? And for yourself, you would have nicer memories.

Just a thought.

If you come past Johannesburg, give me a buzz, I'll provide the wine, food and shelter. Would like to hear some of your stories and as much as the pics give us superb feedback of what you see, we all know that the real thing is so much better and the pics can not really do justice.

Keep 'em coming.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:54 AM   #1933
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Hi Lalo, great report, great pics, thanks for sharing and the work you put in, much appreciated.

I think you carry too much stuff and your video camera is bad. Why don't you approach some dealer for a GoPro or Drift for a sponsorship? Would produce much nicer videos and they would get good mileage out of your advertising? And for yourself, you would have nicer memories.

Just a thought.

If you come past Johannesburg, give me a buzz, I'll provide the wine, food and shelter. Would like to hear some of your stories and as much as the pics give us superb feedback of what you see, we all know that the real thing is so much better and the pics can not really do justice.

Keep 'em coming.
I wish I could carry more stuff.
I think I have a good balance.
Yeah. I have 3 sleeping bags but I have all this stuff so I am comfortable for the duration of my trip in all the various climates I am experiencing.
Think about it.......I am a riding a motorcycle that probably weighs 600 pounds and then I have another 100 pounds of gear. If I brought only half as much stuff, I would lose only 50 pounds and I probably wouldn't even notice the difference.
And all that weight hasn't kept me from doing anything along the way. The motorcycle is more of my limitation not my gear.
So to each their own.
Some people like to see how little they can get by with
Me......I want it all
I wish I had the room for another 100 pounds of woman for my ride
As for the camera and sponsership
That's a great idea
I want to finish with the Americas and then maybe hit up some companies
Maybe get a fourth sleeping bag
Lol
Thanks for your comment
I will see you in SA soon
Get that wine ready
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:08 PM   #1934
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Hi Lalo, great report, great pics, thanks for sharing and the work you put in, much appreciated.

I think you carry too much stuff and your video camera is bad. Why don't you approach some dealer for a GoPro or Drift for a sponsorship? Would produce much nicer videos and they would get good mileage out of your advertising? And for yourself, you would have nicer memories.

Just a thought.

If you come past Johannesburg, give me a buzz, I'll provide the wine, food and shelter. Would like to hear some of your stories and as much as the pics give us superb feedback of what you see, we all know that the real thing is so much better and the pics can not really do justice.

Keep 'em coming.
As I was riding today, I was thinking
My contour camera works fine
It is photobucket that I use to upload the pictures is the culprit.
When I upload the videos, the resolution us never as good as what I have on my computer.

But there is always room for improvement.
Right now, I am just focused on staying healthy, seeing the sights and making it safely to my next destination
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:28 PM   #1935
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Glad you back up and posting reports and of course wonderful photos. I was getting withdrawal symptoms. Now I have an idea of what cold turkey is to a druggie. Some good trout fishing in Peru.
Trust me.......I understand withdrawals
And I have never done drugs in my life
I have been doing some 'fishing' here in Peru.
and I think my luck is about to change
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