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Old 05-29-2013, 03:34 PM   #181
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for a little gear review action....

Enduristan:


This was early in the trip and I know a few things changed with the tank bag at least...maybe EC would want to elaborate...maybe not.

...
Sure. Why not.

Used as designed it is a fine tank bag. I'd even say it is in fact waterproof. At least to the degree we were unfortunate enough to be able to test it in the rain. You can't always have blue skys. We really didn't have that much foul weather, though. Certainly not the daily deluge I braced myself for.

I emphasized 'as designed' because the only problem I had with it was while using it not as designed. I grabbed it by the back 'volume adjustment strap' and it ripped off the bag from its upper mount.

Looking at the thin waterproof fabric holding it on that doesn't surprise me. It couldn't possibly withstand any type of load.

Having said that, if there was an Enduristan Product Design Division that asked me to test the prototype of this product out and give them feedback* I would still give it high marks for its intended use. However, I would suggest that if you have a strap hanging off of a bag like this, someone is going to pick it up by it. It's just human nature.

Particularly if every other tank bag that person has has a strap in that location for carrying it. With any luck they would take that back to the design team and incorporate a carry handle or strap attachment points that can handle that kind of use as it will happen.

The good news is this did not affect the integrity of the bag's outer shell and for all intents and purposes, did not affect the use of the bag in any way. It can still be adjusted up and down to increase/decrease volume. The two side straps hold it in place once adjusted. There's just this strap hanging around now without a home. I just tuck it underneath and ride.

This product gets two because I only have two thumbs.


*I'll prolly email the folks there and give them some feedback anyways.

In the meantime I think I'll wander over and grab us another warm Pilsener and have a look around the place...



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Old 05-29-2013, 04:27 PM   #182
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in the meantime we decided to go for a little walk and explore the area. We had each been secretely hoping for a evening stopping place where we could soak in the Termales. According to the map, there was a little icon that indicated there were termales in the area... but we also were a little gun shy about finding a place to stay. There are no towns nearby, down the road, on the mapa.

...
My recollection of this is slightly different in that I seem to recall a certain gleam in your eyes when you said something about how hysterical it will be if right down the street is the resort-like place with the termales and perhaps even a fridge for the grande Pilseners.



Somewhere along the way we ordered dinner...



A couple of these, a beer (pounder) and a coke - $5. :KLR
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:53 PM   #183
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And just to tuck this back in nearly chronologically...
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An excerpt from the book "Evilclowns Guide to Survival in South America" from now on known as "EGSSA" to help reduce typing fatigue....

With time to kill we did manage some interaction with the locals in between the corny video production.

It was very nice of them to hook us up with some fruit they picked before they all loaded into the truck to head back to the city.

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Old 05-30-2013, 02:33 AM   #184
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enjoying the show...............

Glad you could drop by, Scott.

My apologies to anyone I've missed along the way but we appreciate the feedback and your coming along for the ride!





Back to the un-ride report...this shot was posted up earlier but here it is again. Nothing special other than background.



It's about now we start to get a feel for how far we're realistically going to get in a day and we begin to discuss our 'plans' as to how much we can expect to see at the pace/style we seem to like to travel at.

If I recall correctly, the scale on this map is 1 centimeter = 7 kilometers. That's just over 4 miles if my online converter is worth anything. If you look at the map - the orange highlighted section in particular - from S. Jose de Minas down to the gray line which is the equator is ~20 miles. If my memory serves that was a coupla hours give or take. Coupla hours of great riding but a coupla hours nonetheless.

It doesn't look very far across that valley, does it?



~75-80% of the road it takes to get there is out of view. The map doesn't represent this very well. Not complaining. That's what we're here for. Just pointing it out if yer sitting at home studying a map planning your own trip and trying to get an idea how far you may get in your day.

Sure. We could wander on over to those 'green' roads and possibly speed things up a bit. In the words of Murray Clark RIP ~ "I'm in a hurry! I'm on vacation!" The small portion of them we have traveled on don't make a very good argument for it, though. Nice roads and all - just not the type of roads we're looking for.

Bottom line is we are slowly shaping our 'plan' to fit our reality. We're prioritizing. Coast? Jungle? Mountains? Can we pull off at least two of these at our current rate?

Both of us are fans of the mountains, plus Mike chimes in with...

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I heard from a friend that the weather in the highlands is absolutely beautiful right now! Enjoy the country.
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Somewhere along the way the words are uttered, "Don't know about you but I've been to a coast before. Never ridden the Amazon..."
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:52 AM   #185
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So thats how our plans and routes get hatched... as far as I'm concerned, it's the only way I'll go. In the big picture, we probably miss some beautiful sights and tourist destinations because we didn't know enough to make the turn. But we more than make up for it with the anticipation of finding our own stuff, and the interactions we create from riding into the unexpected.

Damn...I do hate footboards...I'm just tall enough that it's a constant annoyance. Either my heads hitting the headboard or my feet are up on the footboard. I'm gonna make sure EC gets the bunk bed next time. Wah, wah... After a fitful nights sleep we get up and check to see if Cafe and desayuno are a possibility. Truth is, EC gets up about 3 a.m. every morning, so he's already got the cafe and desayuno situation analyzed and processed. No desayuno till 7:30.....

First, a hearty cup of instant....



Oh no....wrong picture....


Cafe:



Exact same stuff wherever we go.




Oh ya....this is where EC had the revelation....of which came first....the chicken or......





the egg.



Desayuno consumed, bags packed, rituals performed, we backtrack....




Up, up out of the valley...





And off the map and gps....





We get up on the plateau and it quickly turns into this....




and eventually into this....





Fearing that we might not be able to find our way out (really) and we might end up in Columbia (not really) we eventually turn around and piss the farmer off again just as he was getting his cow back onto the road. I really felt bad about that, but couldn't find any way around it. We did our best to be courteous.

Curiously, we had passed this on the way in and decided to investigate.


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Old 05-30-2013, 02:36 PM   #186
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Before we move onto the next day...

...Whizzerwheel starts a movement!

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Old 05-30-2013, 04:44 PM   #187
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Throwing this in for anyone like me that finds this kind of stuff interesting...



...the layers through these new road cuts were fascinating.



"Hmmmmm...wonder how all of that happened...?"


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Old 05-30-2013, 05:40 PM   #188
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I asked him....he doesn't know......


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In search of fresh Columbian coffee...



...and a translator.
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I asked him....he doesn't know......


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At some point between making crappy videos, interacting with the locals and sipping piss warm Pilseners we notice some flags up on the edge of the ridge...



No. It's not your eyes. It's the crappy cell phone image. Trust me. They're there.

These flags develop into a destination, "Let's go see what those are all about."

But first, we load the bikes...



...and have cafe con deysayuno. Don't tell whizzerwheel but that was a picture of the previous night's dinner he posted and the chicken/egg mystery was solved the morning before. Go easy on him, though. He's been snacking on meds ever since the surgery.

During breakfast the father of the family's establishment appears in the dining room and chats it up a bit before making and exceedingly loud phone call.

We decide that maybe they know about these flags and maybe how to get there. "Let's ask them..."

Seems simple enough, right?



Not for us. This leads to all kinds of gestures, pointing, random words - some in languages not yet discovered, trips to the bike for maps and books which eventually lead to an offer to guide us up there which we graciously decline.

After breakfast we ask for the bill. Father does his best 'look over the table mentally adding up everything' and throws out $5. We pay it, bid our farewells and head out to the bikes.

Shoulda been $2-3 based on the 'International Cost of Breakfast vs. Dinner and Beers' (ICBvD&B) chart we referenced but, what the hay, it was still cheap enough.

I still piss and moan about it, though. :KLR

"A guide? pffft..."

Ready to roll, we instinctively head in the opposite direction of the flags...


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Old 05-31-2013, 12:31 PM   #192
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Ah guys... your humor is well... humorous.

From strata engineering questions to "hey, what the heck are those flags up there"

Once again a great non ride report RR! (these 2 are drinking COLD beer)
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Old 05-31-2013, 04:53 PM   #193
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R-W...glad you're enjoying it...thanks
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One observation along the way is in many of the small village 'mom & pop ' establishments there are only three things on the 'menu' - breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Yer having what they're making or you'll go hungry, Mister.

Kinda nice sometimes. Only one decision to make - are you eating?
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A few miles back, we came across this road heading up out of the valley....we discussed backtracking a little bit tomorrow and seeing where this goes....





...
Countless hours are spent planning our routes and itineraries.

Not wanting this time to be considered a loss we are obligated to follow our plan...



The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and in the words of whizzerwheel if you've been following along with the videos as I know you have been, we're in friggin' Ecuador!

In terms of starting your day, it don't get much better than this.




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