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Old 10-30-2013, 08:56 PM   #106
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Finally in Equador

We leave behind a beautiful country such as Colombia. According to the news, the situation in Colombia has not improve. Actually it has worsen since our “Midnight Express” escape. Our opinion about the country has not changed a bit. We still feel very strong about Colombia. Truly an amazing country. Now in Ecuador, as usual, we choose to travel along secondary roads but because of the Colombian “PARO” our days are running short as the kilometers ahead of us to reach Argentina are still many. It is a shame not to be able to spend more time in what seems to be a magical country. The people are courteous and generous. Riding across the country we discovered amazing valleys surrounded by impressive mountains. Little colonial villages and much more. Ecuador is truly a country to be discovered. The best we can do is to share a short video and some photographs with a promise to come back to this great country.







































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Old 10-31-2013, 05:03 AM   #107
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Nice pictures. It looks like you had a good ride in Ecuador. We hope to see you back one day...

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Old 10-31-2013, 10:27 AM   #108
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Nice pictures. It looks like you had a good ride in Ecuador. We hope to see you back one day...

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We sure will. Thank you very much for your beautiful hospitality.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:21 AM   #109
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ciao ragazzi, persone come voi mi fanno sentire orgoglioso di essere italiano,anche se voi adesso siete cittadini del mondo e ve lo siete meritato,, e se passate da new york non vi dimenticate ke avete un amico dove poter stare e forse organizziamo qualche viaggio ... la fortuna aiuta gli audaci..ciao e in bocca al lupo
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Old 10-31-2013, 02:19 PM   #110
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ciao ragazzi, persone come voi mi fanno sentire orgoglioso di essere italiano,anche se voi adesso siete cittadini del mondo e ve lo siete meritato,, e se passate da new york non vi dimenticate ke avete un amico dove poter stare e forse organizziamo qualche viaggio ... la fortuna aiuta gli audaci..ciao e in bocca al lupo
Grazie 1000. Ci possono togliere tutto in Italia, ma hai ragione tu. L'orgoglio rimane. Cheers.
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:49 AM   #111
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I started reading this last night and came straight back to it this morning. It seems to me that Matteo's beard is a lucky charm on your voyage.

Thank you for the amazing photos of everyday life, of the people you meet, of your amazing voyage. Best of luck on your journey, I will be following closely from now on.

Hurray for amici dei bambini!
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Old 11-01-2013, 08:33 AM   #112
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This trip is so great , when you have more followers coming to adventure. Tks for keep us wake in dream
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Old 11-01-2013, 03:15 PM   #113
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I started reading this last night and came straight back to it this morning. It seems to me that Matteo's beard is a lucky charm on your voyage.
I agree.. a good voyage needs a good beard

I learned the same thing on my trip
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:32 PM   #114
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I agree.. a good voyage needs a good beard

I learned the same thing on my trip
Hi Noha. Are you going through the island of Sakhalin like I advised you ?
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Old 11-01-2013, 11:37 PM   #115
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Hi Noha. Are you going through the island of Sakhalin like I advised you ?
Yup. I did Sakhalin and now I'm in Japan trying to get to south east Asia. It was great.
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:37 PM   #116
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Great. I noticed you have over 83000 kilometers on your bike. Any major issues with it ?
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Old 11-03-2013, 12:31 AM   #117
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I started reading this last night and came straight back to it this morning. It seems to me that Matteo's beard is a lucky charm on your voyage.

Thank you for the amazing photos of everyday life, of the people you meet, of your amazing voyage. Best of luck on your journey, I will be following closely from now on.

Hurray for amici dei bambini!
Thank you for your kind words. Comments are always welcome.
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Old 11-03-2013, 03:35 AM   #118
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Great. I noticed you have over 83000 kilometers on your bike. Any major issues with it ?
I list all the issues on the first page of my report. I update when I have new problems. I have about 89,000 now.
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Old 11-03-2013, 04:12 PM   #119
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Peru'

As usual the bureaucracy to enter Peru’ was somewhat complicated. Maybe due to the border we chose, but it literally took us two hours to get our permit to enter the country. The first little village after the border of “La Balsa” is called San Ignacio, but because we have a late start we are forced to drive the 50 KM in the dark in an extremely muddy road. A real challenge. The muddy roads will be with us for the majority of our ride through the Amazonian part of Peru’. We did not expect to ride in the amazon. The path we took had 100% humidity, rice fields, tropical fruits, and major red rivers. It really felt riding in the jungle once again.











This region is also important for the production of the Coca plant. The territory is therefore governed by the “Narco trafficantes”. The production of the plant is legal in Peru’ but the government does not pay this crop as much as the dealers. It is easy to understand that the coca grower are more likely to deal with the “Narcos” because they pay way more for their product. It was told to us, that nowadays the region, is much more calm that it was a few years back. We also encountered a few blocks from the campesinos, but we were allowed to continue our trip after answering a few questions of why we were traveling through this part of Peru’. This would have not happened a few years ago. They simply would have not allowed us to pass through.

Following the course of “Rio Huallaga” until Tingo Maria we end our journey through what is called the Amazonian Peru’ and start climbing toward the central highlands. The Andean scenery is drastically different: The vegetation is looking much drier, the air starts to be cool and the sky seems to be closer. When we meet the fist Alpaca, we realize that we are finally in the Andean Peru”.



We reach Cerro de Pasco, the highest city in the world ( 14,550 feet ), at around 4.00 PM. We both feel the altitude by feeling a little dizzy and sort of “drunk”. Cerro de Pasco is a little city with the majority of the inhabitants being miners. It is not that interesting, therefore we decide to eat and go to rest because Peru’ is a big country and we still have many kilometers to ride.


Cerro de Pasco. Peru'. The highest cityt in the world.




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Old 11-03-2013, 09:01 PM   #120
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How did the bikes perform at such high elevation?
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