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Old 04-10-2013, 08:34 AM   #316
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Small town of Cahbon that we got lost in:






Thanks for the reply. My students loved it. They were already jazzed about the
trip and it was fun to show them some of your pictures. I showed them the
process getting from Central to South America. They did not know about
this Darien Gap thing. Most thought you could drive all the way down. I
had to edit some of the drinking stuff. You guys really know how to party.

I love this pic from this town in Guatemala (I think) When I was down
there a few years ago...I loved Guatemala. You rode the same border
and route we did. We went down that road and ended up in Huehuetenango.
a motorcyclist (Guatemalan) went by us because we stopped for a picture.
He was washed off the mountain by a landslide of rock. It could have been
us. Great memories. Absolute adventure! Had a blast at Semuc Champey.
The road from Lanquin to Tikal was my favorite of the trip. Here is a pic
of the dude that got washed off the road.

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Old 04-11-2013, 04:59 PM   #317
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Awesome thread so far. Man you guys are drinkers! I'm pretty sure I stopped at that same wooden coffee shop in Costa Rica. I'm along for the ride watching your updates until I get my KLR ready for a trip.
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:52 PM   #318
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They did not know about this Darien Gap thing. Most thought you could drive all the way down.

He was washed off the mountain by a landslide of rock. It could have been
us. Great memories. Absolute adventure! Had a blast at Semuc Champey.
The road from Lanquin to Tikal was my favorite of the trip. Here is a pic
of the dude that got washed off the road.
It is surprising to me how many people do not know about the gap. But then again I didn't know anything about it until I started reading ride reports.

As far as the landslide goes I think you got lucky. Terrible accident but these things create everlasting memories. Kinda like the cartel thing in baja. Good stuff man. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:54 PM   #319
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Awesome thread so far. Man you guys are drinkers! I'm pretty sure I stopped at that same wooden coffee shop in Costa Rica. I'm along for the ride watching your updates until I get my KLR ready for a trip.
Thanks dude! Yeah, we need to tone it down a bit. I haven't drank this much since highschool. Good luck prepping your bike....happy to have other on the ride.
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:05 PM   #320
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Today was great. We lifted anchor out of Medellin and finally got back on the road. I’ll have to admit I was a bit uncomfortable at first having not been on the bike for a number of days. Things are hectic out on the open road!

The first half of the ride was perfect. Very nice rides and the typical snaking turns while you overtake traffic both from the right and left hand side….yeah it’s interesting. Some of the views were stunning so we had to stop for photos.







Coming down the backside of the mountains a good portion of it was following a muddy river full of rapids. We stopped once but weren’t in a very wild area of the river.





Once we got through the town of Pereira the road widened to full on highway and was rather boring.



Out of the corner of my eye I caught a KTM flying down a straight stretch of a supermoto track. Had to hit the first Returno and went back to the track. A lot of odd looks at first but I enjoyed just watching this guy rip it up on a KTM 450 SMR. Eventually we made conversation and showed them photos of my Husky 530 which they loved. A lot of these guys were racing 125cc machines and even a scooter out there with reinforced frame to handle the dirt jumps. It was short lived be we had a blast. Wishing us luck on the journey we got back on the road.











Entered the town of Buga and quickly got lost. We shot up a one way street in the wrong direction and got busted. The cop was stern at first and wanted documents so I gave him a homemade drivers license which seemed to suffice. Then some locals came over and said they just want money from us. The cops then got offended and said “no dinero” over and over. Eventually we apologized for going the wrong way and they escorted us through town to the hostel we planned to stay at.





Hostel Buga: Nice place. Owned by 2 guys. 1 is German that used to live in Portownsend, WA and then Eastern Oregon. The other is originally from Washington state. So naturally they brew their own beer and play a lot of Beatles in the bar…..food is great and the price is right. Definitely recommended.
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:34 AM   #321
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:02 PM   #322
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Hell yeah! On the road again...
About bloody time huh? Starting to feel "Right" again!
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:33 PM   #323
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Our hostel didn’t have parking so we had to leave the bikes in an overnight “Parcuedaro”. I was assured that this was the only 24 hour operation in the town. Got up at 6:00 and went to retrieve the bikes but of course it was locked up and nobody home. Sat around until a bit after 7:00 when they opened and got on the road.

First couple hours was boring but we made it through the “Hot Zone”. I can’t tell you how many people showed concern for us driving through this area given the recent activity of the FARC but there really aren’t any other options. No problems at all….didn’t even see sketchy activity. After that it was like a playground. I’m pretty sure the roads of Colombia were built with motos in mind…not cars…and especially not big rigs.





Passing on the right snapping photos of a moto with a bunch of jugs swinging from the back:



First bit was twisting and turning through proper jungle-esc Colombia. Climb to 8,000 ft. and then dropped and dropped and dropped into a hot desert region which temps around 100 degrees and an elevation just below 2,000. We even saw Cacti here in Colombia….wasn’t expecting that one.











No, there was nothing at the bottom except a few guys with shovels....I checked:







Spot the tunnel:





Then back up all the way to 10,300 ft. Finally broke 10K!! Yes!! Highest we’ve been thus far. The soaring mountains are incredible. If you went off the edge up here it has to be at least a 2,000 ft. drop before you could stand on anything. Living in Oregon I’ve seen mountains but it seems very different when they aren’t layered with snow or a solid covering of furs. It is meadow grass and brush on a vertical face standing on end out of the valley floor. I was blown away by the scenery.











Nothing too crazy happened during the ride but we did make a small donation to a young girls’ family for her schooling and beauty pageant. She was probably about 8 years old wearing her sash with name emblazoned. At a construction stop some guys jumped out of a rig behind us and came up to get photos with us….pretty fun. Great people! Tunnels without lights are a wee bit too interesting for me.

Rolled into Pasto at 2:00 PM. We had set a goal that if we made it by 2:30 we would push on to Ipiales which is right on the border. The next 60 miles were breathtaking like usual and we quickly found our hotel in Ipiales by 3:30 PM. The hotel owner pointed us to a restaurant where I had the best Colombian meal I have had thus far for a whopping $3 (Chicken, steak, rice, beans, plantains, salad, potato soup). Not having eaten today it was perfect! After a 3 hour nap we went back and had the exact same thing for “dinner”. We also discussed breakfast the following morning and how we would be there at 8 sharp for a good meal. They were quite excited.
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:27 PM   #324
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Last night when we got back from dinner we had a note under our door. It was from an English teacher that lived downstairs and wanted us to teach English for one hour tomorrow at her class. We wanted to do it but time was short with everything that had to happen tomorrow (see the church, cross a border, find the campsite, pitch a tent, all before dusk). We decided to go for it.

In the morning we show up at “our” restaurant at 10 minutes to 8:00. I really thought that the owners would be there already preparing the food given how excited they were to have our company yesterday. We sat on the curb staring at the chained gates until 8:10. Not able to wait any longer we fetched up the English teacher and went for a cab.

While were standing there the restaurant owner comes running down the street telling us that they are ready to do breakfast. I did my best to explain that we were waiting for the past 20 minutes and now it is too late. She wanted us to come back for lunch and refused to take No for an answer…..so I gave her a yes that I had no intention on following through with. Your turn to wait sweetheart.

During the cab ride the teacher was very pushy with us staying longer and asked 50 questions why we had to be in Peru by this date and BA by that date, etc… Feeling pretty turned off we started to regret the decision.

Arriving in class the teacher introduced us to the professor and took a seat. He was very energetic and pleased that we had come. He also completely understood the time frame so wanted to get started right away. The classroom ranged from 20 year olds up to about 45 with a total of about 20 people. Basically Al and I just stood in the front of the class and the students asked us questions. They who could speak English asked in our native tongue and those who couldn’t the professor would translate. Then he would translate our answers back. Most of the questions had to do with the United States and traveling. Common/Favorite food, hobbies, cost to travel, favorite country, where are the most beautiful women, and then turned to family, siblings/parents, married/single, children or not, all the while the young girls are snickering away. Most of these people are trying to work for the chamber of commerce right next door in positions dealing with international business. We also asked a few questions of our own and then exchanged contact information. It was really a fun experience and quite happy that we decided to go for it.







Check out those slippers:



The original teacher escorted us back to the hotel and introduced us to her daughters…..she really really wanted us to stay longer. After a few more photos we hopped on the bikes and she started to cry. This is getting a little out of hand now….back to the emotionless pavement.

I will say that if any of you roll into Ipiales for a night on the border go and stay at the Gran Hotel Ipiales. The hotel and staff are very nice and it is only a bit more than a hostel (and has great parking).

About 15 minutes out of town we came to Las Leras where the famous church resides. You can’t see the church from the parking lot and you have to walk about ¼ mile dropping over 500 ft in elevation.











Al watched the bikes and hustled down, got my photos, peaked inside, and then hustled back up. He took off down the hill and I snagged some sausage on a stick for a little breaky. Also made friends with the Llama owner because I wanted a photo when Al got back up the hill. Bam!!





















Another 20 minutes later and we’re at the border. Exiting Colombia took all of 10 minutes. Midday on a Saturday afternoon and there was no line at all to get the passports stamped. Exiting the bikes was just a matter of handing over our import papers and we were on our way to Ecuador. The buildings are nicely marked and nobody is begging for money….we are off to a good start. Al went first this time while I sat with the bikes. An hour later he was stamped and imported in with insurance. The only cost to get in is the necessary insurance for the bike which is $3. I took off and with Al’s information I made it through in about 35 minutos. During this time we met a Colombian Adventure rider on a Versys on his way to Argentina as well as a Texan couple that flew to BA, purchased some Honda 125’s, and are now riding them to the states. Good conversation and some nice pointers from them about Peru.

Funny to see the street vendor at the Aduana getting his shoes shined:





For whatever reason I was expecting Ecuador to be very poor similar to central America. There seems to be plenty of ongoings, nice cars, lots of MX riders on the street which is pretty cool, hostpitals, etc…. Combine that with $3 meals, $1 beers, and $2/gallon of premium gas, you really can’t go wrong in Ecuador. I won’t go on and on about the landscape because as of right now it is identical to Colombia. The road is quite nice but it no longer circumnavigates the cities….it plunges right through the heart which is rather unfortunate.





About 4:00 we rolled into Otavalo and then climbed another 500 ft. to our campsite right out of town. And guess who was waiting for us at the campsite………Marnix and Lisan!! What a surprise. We were planning to meet them in southern Ecuador but they decided to stick around and wait unbeknownst to us. So back into town we ran to grab a shitty bottle of whiskey and a jug of water so that I could change my oil. With the tent setup, oil changed, and drinks mixed we exchanged stories and had enough fun to require a healthy dose of IBProfen for breakfast.







Lisan's mini-Alpaca with real Alpaca fur....she was very happy about it



They only drink on special occasions so I'm glad that we are special.

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Old 04-15-2013, 08:24 PM   #325
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Jdowns is in Arizona, Ulysis is in Oregon, and your in Ecuidor !! I need my adventure fix so i hope your not buying airline tickets anytime soon. keep er up loving this epic trip!!
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Jdowns is in Arizona, Ulysis is in Oregon, and your in Ecuidor !! I need my adventure fix so i hope your not buying airline tickets anytime soon. keep er up loving this epic trip!!
It's not too far out but I won't hint at it. Right now all I'm concerned about is living it up just for you!! Adventure on brotha!!
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:04 PM   #327
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nice to run into you fellows in baños! i hope you had a chance to burn your skin in the thermal baths like i did. happy trails and let me know if you need any input for your ride south of baños.

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Old 04-19-2013, 09:46 AM   #328
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yeah man. if the rainy season lifts, the corderilla blanca will be epic... tallest concentration of peaks over 18,000 ft (33 of them) after the hymalayas. the city of hauraz, peru is the HQ to explore all that stuff. check out laguna 69 and also the big glacier to the south of hauraz... apparently you can ride up to about 17,000 ft.

regarding the cañon del pato, you can only reach it from the south... after all the tunnels on the north side of the cañon, the bridge is out and being rebuilt. so you have to come in from the south and ride back out to see if. the tunnels are crazy.

safe travels.
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nice to run into you fellows in baños! i hope you had a chance to burn your skin in the thermal baths like i did. happy trails and let me know if you need any input for your ride south of baños.

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Nice to run into a fellow rider as well. I didn't get a chance to burn myself....had to get out of there for a long day to Vilcabamba.
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regarding the cañon del pato, you can only reach it from the south... after all the tunnels on the north side of the cañon, the bridge is out and being rebuilt. so you have to come in from the south and ride back out to see if. the tunnels are crazy.

safe travels.
We are on the coast but plan to head inland tomorrow to check out those tunnels. Could you elaborate on this bridge and which way I need to go to see the tunnels, etc... We would like to make our destination for the evening Caraz. Thanks!
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