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Old 05-09-2013, 03:57 PM   #1
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Ecuador

2 Super Sherpas explore....

I'll try and post a few photos & maybe some other stuff. It's looking good here.
Colombia was great, we'll tell that story another time.

Leaving the rainy streets of Ipiales we head for the border zone.
Looking back after almost 6 weeks of good times, we'll be back.....

The rain has been with us almost every day lately.


Stay tuned......
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:47 AM   #2
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I'm in!!! Thanks so much for taking the time to put up some Sherpa shots from South America.

I've only been home a week or so and I was going through South America withdrawal and had the shakes.

Just kidding.

Your pics are a welcome sight. Keep up the good work amigos!

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Old 05-10-2013, 08:59 AM   #3
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Ok JD. We got your full attention eh?

As soon as we crossed into Ecuador the cops had the streets in Tulcan shut down. There was a bicycle race going on. We split a $2.50 plate of lunch, then took the suggested detour on our 250cc SuperSherpas.
The 1st part was paved, then greasy mud covered cobble up past the garbage dump.
Within our first 10km of being in the country we are already offroading !


With all the rain lately, we have decided to cool it on the backroads until things dry up. Soon we were back to the highway as the bikes whizzed by with police escort.

Heading south

Old Mr. Sun popped out for a while.

Running in top gear through the Andes



Stay tuned for the $7 hotel (3.50$ per person!) and the huge $2 dinners...
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:15 AM   #4
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:17 AM   #5
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:22 AM   #6
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Ok JD. We got your full attention eh?


Stay tuned for the $7 hotel (3.50$ per person!) and the huge $2 dinners...
You're talking my kind of language. You guys know that's minimalist Sherpa nirvana right there.

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Old 05-10-2013, 09:23 AM   #7
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Thank you for this

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Old 05-10-2013, 09:26 AM   #8
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The weather is nice down here on the coast!
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Hektoglider,

Ecuador looks like the perfect place for a 250cc bike! Your timing couldn't be better as I'm heading to Ecuador in 3 weeks and renting a KLR; I'm sure I will miss my XT225 back home.

Looking forward to the rest,
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Old 05-10-2013, 04:19 PM   #10
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We have some ATV tank bags . Take the seat off, throw them over the frame rails, put seat back on. Hardly even notice they are there, but carry a few extra items.

A peice of bicycle cable looped across with Aerostich Delrin locks keep the children from unzipping them.

Thorne has a heavy duty skid plate & crash guard on her Sherpa.
Yea the 250's with the six speed are great. Lots of times we are not in top gear, and locals who know the road blow past on 125cc bikes.
We are getting hungry for some of those rodents cooked on a skewer on a wood fire. .........
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:26 AM   #12
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:46 AM   #13
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We ran the main highway down to Ibarra and began the search for a hotel. I often use the term "economico" when asking about prices etc.

Parked up on the sidewalk, some of the good places were full up. We managed to score a nice quiet place for $7.
At 1st I had to get her to repeat the price as I found it hard to fathom.

With the bikes parked and tarped, we went in search of dinner.

This city is quite cosmopolitan

The two dollar plates were nice & large

We strolled about looking for wifi and taking in our new surroundings. I feel a renewed sense of enthusiasm for exploring since getting into Ecuador.

With the cheap room, it looks like we will stay an extra day to figure out some routes & rest up.
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:58 AM   #14
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The weather is nice down here on the coast!
Mike
Great to have you (& everyone else) on board.
Is it really hot & muggy on the coast? Weather is nice you say, ocean breeze...... We will hit some coastline stuff eventually.
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Campstove & pot kit rides in the previously mention ATV bags.
Breakfast every day is oatmeal coffee & tea. Then with a sunny blue skie we head out on foot patrol. It's a tough life being an adventure Sherpa rider !

We stroll about and hit the grocery store, as well as hit the wifi to stay in touch with other riders who are ahead of us, as well as behind us.
Afternoon storm clouds brewing

Cheap lunch $2.50 each
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