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Old 07-18-2013, 07:01 AM   #61
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No Fumar Español

Crashmaster offers great advice for those traveling in Latin America; when stopped by the police, regardless of your proficiency in Spanish, smile warmly and declare " No fumar Español". This wisdom was invaluable in extricating us from a rather sticky situation with the National Police:

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Four Valuable Lessons Learned

After passing through the heat and traffic of Manta our track paralleled the coast. I had looked at the route on Google Earth, and there appeared to be an unmapped road following the beach south. The area was quite remote, so I doubted there would be any private property issues:


We spotted a Playa sign and followed a sand road to the beach:






We had a blast riding south directly on the beach until we came to a rocky outcropping which extended to the ocean:


We then climbed to the trail we had seen on Google Earth:


There was a cool breeze from the ocean and the scenery was spectacular:


We stopped for water, turned off the motos, and were discussing the serenity of this little patch of heaven:




It was at this time the National Police of Ecuador arrived armed with pistols and a machine gun. Two officials approached us on a 250cc motorcycle (one got to drive, the other got to carry the machine gun).

They blocked the trail and began addressing us excitedly in Spanish.


It was clear they were inquiring as to our purpose and intentions of being on this remote beach.


I removed my helmet and gloves, smiled, extended my hand to shake, and replied " No Fumar Español".


They looked at each other and smiled "he does not smoking Spanish".


They then discussed our extensive luggage capacity and asked if they could search our bags.


I smiled and politely replied " No Fumar Español".


They then asked if they could look at my GPS route.


"Sí, por favor" I responded.


It was clear they initially thought we were smugglers, using our GPS and luggage to rendezvous with a boat on this remote beach and transfer contraband. Once they saw my GPS tracks and touristy waypoints they became more interested in our big 650cc KLRs and our travel plans. Not entirely sure we were off the hook, I smiled, shook hands with the policía, helmeted up, and rode around their bike (which was still blocking the trail). CulinT wasted no time in following.


Breathing a sigh of relief, we continued on and crested a ridge only to find two more National Police agents waiting at the bottom of the hill in an SUV. We gave them a friendly wave but maintained speed as we got the hell out of dodge:


Looking back in retrospect, I learned four valuable lessons

1. National Police in Ecuador consider violations in "no vehicles permitted on beach" zones to be serious offenses.

2. Google Earth does not denote narco smuggling transfer points.

3. Do not ride a big bike with luggage and GPS into said narco smuggling transfer points during a National Police sting operation.

4. If the three valuable lessons above are ignored, " No Fumar Español" may possibly save you.





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Old 07-18-2013, 02:08 PM   #63
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Great story!

May I also add that your photography has made a marked improvement.





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May I also add that your photography has made a marked improvement.


Thank you EC,

Just curious, are you referring to lighting, composition, or subject matter?


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Narco Smuggling Transfer Point to Piña

We wanted to put some miles between us and the National Police, so we continued south on the dirt road at a spirited pace. The adrenaline was still pumping, and the riding was spectacular:






Many animals were grazing beside the road.

I had a near miss when a donkey got spooked and ran in front of me. Spooked donkeys running in front KLR650s can produce horrific outcomes. I shuddered in my gear thinking of Clayton's tragedy.

I noticed that although most of the animals were tethered, the ropes were not actually tied to anything:


The dirt track meandered through farm land and jungle for 60 km and then joined the coastal road, passing through several quaint seaside villages:


Anyone who has ridden in Latin America is familiar with "topes", the giant speed bumps which are placed before towns, after towns, and often randomly both in and between towns. There are many iterations, and each variety requires the appropriate technique to safely navigate over, around, or through.

Normally CulinT and I are in sync when crossing topes, but on this occasion he slowed for a "tope" that was not an actual bump but only stripes painted on the road. I was busy taking pictures and nearly rear ended his bike:
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The cool Pacific air felt fantastic:
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The Fishing Village of Piña

As we approached the village of Piña, there appeared to be a dark cloud hovering over the beach. Through my fogged goggles I first thought it was smoke, but as we drew nearer we encountered a massive flock of sea birds:










The fishing fleet had just brought in the day's catch and entire village came out to participate. Apart from the outboard motors the scene was timeless:




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Fishing in Piña is a Family Affair

The men go to sea and net the catch:


The women and girls are responsible for sorting the fish and pulling the boats above the high tide line:



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The boys haul the sorted commercially marketable fish up the steep bank to the waiting wholesalers:


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The girls monger the low value species for consumption by the village (note the eels under the table):




Leftover fish are distributed to the villagers:


The dogs diligently guard the fish from the hovering birds:


The people of Piña were incredibly welcoming and friendly. Our timing couldn't have been better, and they were happy to show us their craft. I helped the girls pull one of the boats up the shore and the fishermen all had a good laugh.

Considering the value of the daily harvest, I have to assume that most of the profits go to the wholesalers who purchase all of the prime species. The fishing families live in relatively humble accommodations:


CulinT contemplates life in Piña:




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The good old tweeky shack in Canoa!

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Thanks Mike. Canoa would be a great place for someone half my age to spend a week! The Snak Shak and Tiki Shak were both extremely popular with the backpackers.

I see you are located in Salinas. We were hoping to visit but didn't have time to go quite that far south. There is always next time...

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