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Old 06-27-2014, 12:25 PM   #1996
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I'm still in Lima, finalizing the shipment of the bikes. They've passed Aduana (customs) and the boat is scheduled to leave July 4th. I'll work on getting the blog up to date in the meanwhile.

Neda just e-mailed me

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Thank you all so much for the well wishes! I'm in Croatia now, and feel so much more positive about everything. At least now I can actually help out and support my mom and my family. I'm sure Gene is relieved too, now that he doesn't have a wreck of a wife beside him.

We're well on the way to be fully relocated to Croatia, and though the process was long, we actually had a good experience in the end.

There is really a sense of belonging to a community here on ADV, despite it being a virtual one. Your comments and interactions are embedded in our overall experience, and we take you all along wherever we go. So pack your bags and we'll see you in Europe!

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Old 06-27-2014, 12:51 PM   #1997
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I'm still in Lima, finalizing the shipment of the bikes. They've passed Aduana (customs) and the boat is scheduled to leave July 4th. I'll work on getting the blog up to date in the meanwhile.

Neda just e-mailed me
Awww. We love you guys too that much also! Here to the rest of your journey to Croatia! Safe travels G & N!
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Old 06-27-2014, 01:07 PM   #1998
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There is really a sense of belonging to a community here on ADV, despite it being a virtual one.
I agree - you guys and other forum folks I've never actually met are my "imaginary friends". Keep hanging in there, both of you!
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Old 06-27-2014, 01:27 PM   #1999
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Thanks for sharing your travels with us. Good luck in the move across the ocean and start another chapter in your life.
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Old 06-27-2014, 01:54 PM   #2000
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Neda, you left Gene alone in South America??


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Old 06-27-2014, 09:07 PM   #2001
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I'm going to be in Munich on Sunday, leaving Monday night if any ADVers want to get together for a pint.
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:59 PM   #2002
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Glad to hear Neda's home and that you'll be there shortly. The ADV tribe, man. It's a thing. Yeah.
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Old 06-28-2014, 12:33 AM   #2003
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I'm going to be in Munich on Sunday, leaving Monday night if any ADVers want to get together for a pint.
Damn...bit late notice to arrange a 'business' trip to our other data centre in Munich. Still, will catch you later in Croatia end August.

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Old 06-28-2014, 10:51 AM   #2004
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So I'm curious, are you guys permanently relocating to Croatia, or will you be continuing the European part of your RTW trip? Either way, I wish you luck on the next part of your journey, and am glad that Neda (and you) are doing better with whatever is the situation!!

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I baš kad je Gene bio uzimajući objesiti od Espanol!!
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It's our first ride in a couple of weeks ever since coming back from the Galapagos and it feels good to be back on the bikes again. We're headed to the coast to escape the constant rains. Getting out of Quito was the hardest part, but once we were past the congestion of the big city, the twists and turns of the asphalt kept us amused all the way to the Pacific Ocean.


Still a bit of moisture on the ride over, hopefully it dries up as we head west


As we near the coast, the temperature starts to rise and we stop to layer down


Hi-YAH!!!! Full Point.

With very little room in the back to swing a leg over, the only way to get on the bike is to karate kick the narrow space between all the luggage! Because my GS's seat is higher than my waist, I have to do a little hop once my leg is through to get my bum on the seat. The first time I tried this with a slippery rain suit on, I almost slid off the other side! LOL!


We stopped overnight in Pedernales, right on the coast. The hostel owners are fascinated with our bikes and I catch them taking tons of pictures from the upstairs balcony. Haha!


The next morning, while walking to find breakfast, we see what we think is an ice-cutting factory.
Turns out they are cutting blocks of sea salt. No water on the ground. Duh...



Neda makes more friends on the beach in Pedernales


After a nice breakfast of ceviche, we walk around and watch some jugglers do tricks

We don't stay in Pedernales very long, it's such a tiny town with a tiny beach. So right after a late breakfast, we head back to the hostel, clamber onto our bikes and start heading south. The weather is awesome now. No more rain, and the temperatures are sticky and hot. We don't complain one bit!


Giant iguana roadside attraction heading south on the coastal road. Reminds us of the Galapagos land iguanas!

The beach resort town of Canoa is less than two hours south of Pedernales and we arrive with plenty of time to knock on the doors of a few hostels to find a place to bunker down for a few days. It's a larger town from Pedernales with a great vibe and the beach is very happening.


Lots of board sports here. Neda took up boogie boarding, she got really good at it!


Getting a different perspective on the beach


Playing around between the waves on the long, flat expanse of wet sand


We found an area with hundreds of these little pools that get filled with crabs, little fishes and other marine life leftover from the last high tide


Playing hopscotch on the rocks between waves


Hopscotch Part I


Hopscotch Part II

We were really enjoying the warm weather. Even though it was overcast most of the time, the heat and lack of rain really made up for it.


We'd rush out to the shore after a nice seafood dinner every evening to catch the sunset


Neda almost dognapped this little guy from the hostel


While Neda practices boogy boarding, I practice just being bored. Don't get me wrong, it's my favorite activity!


The surfboard rental tent has a tightrope so you can practice your balancing skills


Awaiting under beautiful sunset


Sandcastles at sunset


Sky is set aflame with boats and boards keeping watch


Squeezing out every last ray of daylight


The beach got a lot more crowded every evening around sunset

Ecuador is known for so much diversity, the Amazon rainforest in the interior and the cloud forests of the central highlands, but we're beach people at heart, and we always seem to end up drifting to the coast over and over again.
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Old 06-29-2014, 12:48 PM   #2007
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are you guys permanently relocating to Croatia, or will you be continuing the European part of your RTW trip?
Neda's mom's health is still a question mark, so we don't know how long we will need to be in Croatia. We may have more answers in the next few weeks.
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Old 06-29-2014, 02:55 PM   #2008
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Ok, then, Neda's Mom: Positive vibes coming your way, wherever you are!!!
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Fantastic.
Best wishes regarding your continuing adventure.
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