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Old 08-01-2014, 10:27 AM   #2056
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What bike covers are you using, I need one for a cross country trip.
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:16 AM   #2057
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Gene, I am sure you are probably aware that there is now a Moto GP app. MotoGP Live Experience ($16.10. Android, iOS)
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I'm pretty sure the app only offers live timing and commentary. If you want to watch the races, you need to have a video subscription at the site itself, which is WAY more coin. Worth it, IMO, but expensive when you also do WSBK.
Thanks guys. We had a MotoGP Video subscription a while back, it wasn't cheap - €99 a year. But we had jobs back then...

Nowadays, I, um... DON'T download races from the Internet by NOT using BitTorrent. Because that would be illegal.

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if I give you Mrs. Wedge phone number can you convince her that hiking and exercise is bad for you also?
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What bike covers are you using, I need one for a cross country trip.
We're using EZ-Touring Traveller Half Covers.

They're waterproof (at least they are for about 8 years - we bought them in 2006 and just recently replaced them) and they pack up real small and light. We've been asked what the most effective motorcycle security tool is, I think a cover deters a lot of opportunistic theft.
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:52 AM   #2058
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Neda thought about the small breakfast she had over 6 hours ago and she felt a lot hangry. All the scary Peruvian gangsters in Huaquillas pale in comparison to Neda running on low blood sugar...
Ha ha. so true here also. Not sure if you have been exposed to the snickers bar commercial where the actor is a different person until he gets his snickers bar.

I find with my wife as the tone of her voice over the intercom starts to change through the day I simply say "I think you need a snickers bar". A stop and a lunch and the world is normal again.

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We've been asked what the most effective motorcycle security tool is, I think a cover deters a lot of opportunistic theft.
Fully agree, not sure about SA but I find that once the cover is on the bike is far more secure or at least away from "I see it I want it" oppurtunistic grab and run. We usually park the bikes ying and yang so the front steering lock has them facing each other and cover them and have never had a problem yet
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Old 08-04-2014, 09:44 AM   #2059
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We've got a couple of long riding days ahead of us.

When I did the research between the rainy, interior mountain roads, or the sunny, straight coastal roads, I was warned that the scenery along the western shores of Peru would be fairly monotonous for most of the way. So at least we were prepared for what laid ahead.


Riding through the coastal deserts of North-Western Peru

I'm not very happy with the point-and-shoot camera I picked up in Guayaquil. The focus is not very good when moving and the colours are not very vibrant. Unfortunately, I found this out much later when looking through the photos. We spent most of the ride using the crappy camera. Going to try to get a replacement Nikon soon.


Frequent drink stops along the way. Neda is giving the Evil Eye to something or someone...?


Some picturesque sand dunes by the side of the road


Good lord! Gas is so expensive here. Probably to pay for Marc Marquez's salary...

So funny seeing some of the European companies in Latin America that have virtually no presence in North America. The only exposure we have to them are when their names are plastered on the motorcycles that they sponsor on the races on TV. I had no idea that Movistar was not pronounced Movie-Star until I learned Spanish. "Movi" is short for Movil (mobile phone) and is pronounced "MobiStar".


Neda has some really strange poses in this bunch of pictures. Trying to figure out what she's saying here.

"Your lens cap is on"
"No it's not.
"Yes it is"
*click* :)


We stopped in Chiclayo for the evening. Our hotel was right above a casino...


...and a nice restaurant. Ordered a bit too much food...

We had waited too long for dinner (skipped lunch while on the road) and we were both starving, so our eyes were larger than our stomachs and this is what came after we ordered. The plate of fries was bigger than Neda's head! Oops.


A quick bit of wrenching in enemy territory

On the way to Chiclayo, my rear brake light burnt out, so before we left the next day, we dropped into a Honda dealership just down the road to buy a replacement bulb. Unlike the front halogen which I've replaced every 15,000 kms, this is the first rear bulb I've replaced on my bike. Not bad for 185,000 kms! We'll see how far the Honda bulb takes me.


While I'm busy with my bike, Neda performs some impromptu translation duties

Some Honda personnel came out to watch. My bike (and probably me) were quite a curiousity. Then another Honda guy came out and asked Neda to translate a document for him into Spanish. At first I thought it was in English, but found out later that is was written in Cyrillic letters!

I asked Neda, "How did he know you were Slavic?". She replied, "He didn't. I was the only white person around so he assumed I knew Russian!"

OMGLOL! That was the funniest thing I've heard since Punchbuggy Chino! So glad I'm not the only victim of stereotyping down here. We're renaming our blog, "The Adventures of Punchbuggy Chino and Slavic Chick".

Neda did a little Cossack Dance for the Honda people and then we were off.


Ducking down to pass a truck

The winds coming off the coast are vicious. Irregular currents of air blow our bikes sideways and sometimes we are leaning 45 degrees into the wind while traveling straight. The worse is when passing long trucks, when we're temporarily shielded from the coastal gusts, and then once past the leading edge of the trucks bumper, we're violently and abruptly subjected to the high winds again. Very unnerving.

Sometimes the winds have blown large dunes that have spilled over on our side of the road, forcing us into the next lane. We have to time our passes past these stationary mini-dunes between oncoming traffic.


Many unfinished buildings line the road on the way south

There seems to be much more of a "developing nation" feel to Peru, due in large part to the rubbish strewn all over on the side of the road and also the rows of unfinished buildings, their re-bar skeletons poking up into the air, empty promises of a second or third story never fulfilled.

I later learned that there was a method behind this messiness. In Peru, you don't have to pay property tax if you are still developing on the land. Almost every building down here is unfinished because of this loophole.


Our bikes find a nice place to sleep in Trujillo

We've booked into a nice but still cheap hotel away from the city centre of Trujillo, which is the second largest city in Peru behind Lima. There are a few things to see around here so we're staying for a few days.


Very striking colours of Trujillo Cathedral


Walking on the polished stones of the Plaza de Armas


Guarding the sewing machines


Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon) with Cerro Blanco (White Hill) volcanic peak in the background

Less than 10 kms outside of town lie twin active archaeological digs called Huacas del Sol y Luna (Temples of the Sun and Moon). Very Indiana Jones-sounding! The temples were built by the Moche people about 1500-2000 years ago.


Uncovering a huge wall with amazing mural-work at the Temple of the Moon


The detail of the surviving structures at Huaca de la Luna is astounding

The tour guide told us that unlike a lot of other ruins, every effort has been made to keep the structures as original as possible with minimal reconstruction. Some of the detail that made it over the last couple of millennia are astounding.


In the distance to the right, is Huaca del Sol (Temple of the Sun)

Huaca del Sol is much larger than the Temple of the Moon, but unfortunately it was looted and destroyed by Spanish Conquistadors in the 17th century. Not much remains today but the large external structure that looks like a bunker or fort. Most of the archaeological work is focused on the Temple of the Moon.


Peruvian hairless dogs running around the restaurants and stores set up at the ruins

Such a strange-looking dog. Most of them are not completely hairless, but have a thin, little mohawk on top of their heads. Because of my allergies, this might be the kind of dog we'd be able to own. If I could only get past their looks! They're an ancient breed of dog, known to be kept as household pets from pre-Incan times.


We stopped by a small diner and I ordered Cuy: Fried guinea pig! It was delicious!


"Tunnel of Wishes"

Back in town, we went walking around our neighbourhood and visited a little tourist attraction the city put up called El Paseo de Aguas, some lighted fountains in a small park.


Timing our runs through the fountain
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Old 08-04-2014, 11:58 AM   #2060
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Neda did a little Cossack Dance for the Honda people and then we were off.
Too funny! No pictures or gif's???

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Our bikes find a nice place to sleep in Trujillo
Did you clean the bikes to match the garage?


Great report as always Gene.
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Old 08-04-2014, 06:13 PM   #2061
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Old 08-05-2014, 02:22 AM   #2062
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We're renaming our blog, "The Adventures of Punchbuggy Chino and Slavic Chick".
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Old 08-05-2014, 04:08 AM   #2063
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Hopefully both of you Neda and Gene can across Indonesia on the next trip.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:22 AM   #2064
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Hey, Gene. Thanks for another great post. I'm hoping Neda is okay and things are going well in Croatia.

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I'm not very happy with the point-and-shoot camera I picked up in Guayaquil. The focus is not very good when moving and the colours are not very vibrant.
Regarding the above, is the crappy camera you are referring to a D20?
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Old 08-05-2014, 04:37 PM   #2065
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Thanks guys!

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Did you clean the bikes to match the garage?
When you ride through as much rain as we do...

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Hopefully both of you Neda and Gene can across Indonesia on the next trip.
We'd definitely love to visit Indonesia!

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is the crappy camera you are referring to a D20?
No, there were absolutely no good camera stores in Ecuador, so I picked up a cheapo Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5. It's tough to comparison-shop with a bunch of entry level cameras, so I just picked the one with the fastest start-up time, which is one of the criteria I look for for an on-bike camera - the others being big, glove friendly buttons and waterproof/shockproof.

On a happy note, because I am loath to throw out anything (Neda hates that I am such a packrat), the Nikon AW110 which I drowned in the Galapagos seems to have finally dried out. I didn't throw it out immediately because it would glitch in and out of operation, but for the last few weeks it seems to be okay, so I might not need to buy a new one! Yay!

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Too funny! No pictures or gif's???


Excuse me. I have to hide from my wife now before she sees this...
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Old 08-05-2014, 06:14 PM   #2066
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Excuse me. I have to hide from my wife now before she sees this...
Funniest thing I've seen in weeks!

NEDA, HE'S OVER THERE!
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the Nikon AW110 which I drowned in the Galapagos seems to have finally dried out. I didn't throw it out immediately because it would glitch in and out of operation, but for the last few weeks it seems to be okay, so I might not need to buy a new one! Yay!
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Another long riding day: 11.1 kms. 16 minutes by Google Maps. We'll have to leave extra early today... :)

We've decided to head to the beach instead of staying in the loud and noisy city of Trujillo. The road leading out is lined with garbage and once again we're reminded of how unkempt this country is compared to where we came from. Huanchaco is where we're headed - a nice beach resort town where the locals and gringo tourists spend their weekends and vacations. It feels a bit silly to pack up all our bags and suit up like we normally do just to ride down the street.


All the restaurants on the main street hire hustlers who stand out in the street and try to steer you inside


Caballito de totora - literally translated "Small horse made of totora (a reed)"

These "small horses" are all lined up everywhere on the shores and are the official symbol of Huanchaco. They're traditional Peruvian fishing boats and are plastered liberally on billboards, taxis and storefronts. They've been in use by indigenous fishermen for over 3,000 years, originally made and used by a tribe called the Uru in a time well before the Incas. Although seemingly unchanged from the olden days, we looked inside and these Caballitos have a modern twist: the insides are stuffed with styrofoam to make them more bouyant!


Another kind of Cabillito de Huanchaco


Neda is soaking up the sun

We find ourselves continually extending our stay in Huanchaco... or delaying our departure into southern Peru... We don't really feel like moving much. Every day we tell the hotel that we're going to stay another day. This lasts for over a week. We are definitely feeling a little burnt out and like last summer, we are thinking about going back to Toronto to visit our family and friends for a little while. On social media, I scroll through pictures of everyone's Victoria Day weekend vacation shots. The weather is getting nicer back in Toronto, and the skies are blue - quite unlike the grey and white cloudy skies that we've been traveling under for the last few months.


A line of little green Peruvian ducklings crossing the street


Picture perfect! A couple poses on the beach for the wedding shots.


Surfing and fishing are the two most popular past times in Hunachaco


In the afternoons, the Caballitos take to the water dragging fishing nets behind them


We watch them come in one by one, the bellies of their horses filled with their daily catch


Locals and tourists in the know intercept the fisherman right on the beach and buy up all the juiciest fish before they take them to sell to the restaurants and markets


Our dinner is cooking while we wait hungrily. Seafood pretty much every single day! Paradise!

Huanchaco has its fair share of tree-hugger restaurants serving up a variety of Ovo-Lacto-Vego-Hempo food. Neda is in heaven and wants to sample everything. I stare at the menus looking for anything that resembles red meat. No joy here for me.


Boxercise class right on the shores of the beach


Horses at rest watching another Huanchaco sunset


"El Muelle" otherwise known as the Hunchaco Pier is the centrepiece of the town

The pier is the busiest place in this small town, and locals and tourists both pay a small fee of a few cents to stroll up and down it. Many of the locals make it worth their while by fishing off the pier. I eye their homemade gear of green translucent line wrapped around small wooden boards with skepticism, but the buckets sitting beside them full of small and medium size catch speak otherwise. I watch this woman above reel up a small fish, she smiles and shows it to me and tells it's too small and then throws it back in. It will be a bigger fish to fry some other day.


As soon as the sun begins to set, the pier gets more and more busier


Love the west coast sunsets! But the weather yields some good, some just okay.


El Muelle lit up in the distance
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Old 08-08-2014, 01:39 PM   #2070
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Great RR Gene keep the fabulous pics coming. BTW I ride the same bike '05 R1200GS
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