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Old 08-16-2013, 04:07 AM   #76
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Reaper- is this what being married is like?
enough of the nagging - I've been away working with teenage delinquents teaching them camping and outdoor skills, night walks, fires etc.
IF you're lucky you'll get an update before I head back into work. in 20 minutes time.
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:20 AM   #77
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Our final day of riding, we were heading back into Chile, we were on an "improved" road which had several toll booths along its length.

It's a question of trial and error when travelling in foreign countries as to whether motorbikes have to pay a toll and queue up with the other vehicles (says the woman who has also smashed through a barrier!!)
Mexico for example drives me mad as bike riders HAVE to pay the full toll that a car pays, in fact a pick-up truck with 15 people in the back pays the same as a solo motorcyclist!.

In Peru I quickly worked out that we did not have to pay, and therefore we were regarded as Los Exonerados - The Excused or Forgiven,




and so we would be expected to take the Exonerados Lane, which in the above picture means keeping in the right hand lane and going past the orange traffic cone, while other vehicles followed the car.
however the others in my group had not realised - and at several booths as I arrived, out would run one or two uniformed guys waving their arms and gesturing me to keep to the right. Obviously some of the riders were ahead of me and had taken the incorrect lane, putting the toll booth attendant in an awkward position - what on earth should they do with an Exonerated in their lane. A fee HAS to be paid for every vehicle that passes through, and the attendant has to show they have taken a payment from each one, but an Exonerado has broken the rule, there is a no fee and yet they are counted because they have travelled in the WRONG lane- who will be responsible for it?
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:42 AM   #78
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Reaper- is this what being married is like?
enough of the nagging - I've been away working with teenage delinquents teaching them camping and outdoor skills, night walks, fires etc.
IF you're lucky you'll get an update before I head back into work. in 20 minutes time.
till death do us part

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Old 08-16-2013, 11:10 AM   #79
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Enjoying your ride report!! As of November 2012 in Mexico we now thankfully pay half the going rate for an auto on the quota roads!
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:05 AM   #80
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Is that a proposal Reaper??
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:08 AM   #81
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Enjoying your ride report!! As of November 2012 in Mexico we now thankfully pay half the going rate for an auto on the quota roads!
That's great news to hear - it must have taken a lot of protest and effort to get it changed. I've crossed Mexico three times and it was always so frustrating whenever I had to go on the toll roads to even have to pay let alone pay the same as something with four wheels.
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Old 08-17-2013, 03:59 AM   #82
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Is that a proposal Reaper??
Sure we'll get a little place in the country and raise some kids , cows and chickens . How does that sound ?

Or we could just skip all that , and become motorcycle Gypsies and travel the world .

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Old 08-17-2013, 04:29 AM   #83
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Sure we'll get a little place in the country and raise some kids , cows and chickens . How does that sound ?

Or we could just skip all that , and become motorcycle Gypsies and travel the world .

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That's probably the closest thing I've ever had to a proposal

The place in the country I've got, but I have a chainsaw instead of chickens and cows; and as far as raising anything, I just about cope with my tomato plants...
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Old 08-17-2013, 05:19 AM   #84
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Our last day of riding continued without mishap, we crossed the border together and lined up for a final picture with the bikes.



We got to the hotel, I unloaded all my stuff off the bike, I had quite a bit to carry. I looked at the distance from reception to the rooms and decided I would walk it once and only once, so, loaded down like a packhorse off I set through the hotel grounds




What felt like hours later, I was still looking for my room



Having reached the sanctuary of my room the call went out that all the bikes needed to be taken to a rendezvous with a lorry at a truck stop.
We gathered at the front entrance and checked our paperwork, whoops someone had "lost" their registration documents, it was decided that the offending document must be at the Customs office. He, who will remain nameless and I set off re-tracing our steps to the border. With me doing the translating, whilst masquerading as his wife (sometimes it makes life easier) we searched and asked at every office at the border post but all in vain.

We then had to find the others and rode off across town in search of the truckstop. We arrived to find all the bikes were loaded, and had to rush to get our bikes on, this being South America, there was no formal loading ramp, just a sandy bank which the lorry had reversed up to. Our final few minutes on the bikes involved some fun in the sand.





With the bikes on the lorry, we squeezed into taxis, heading to our hotel, and more importantly the hotel bar



Straight to the Bar, do not pass Go






The weariness was there, but celebrations over mojitos and martinis brought a smile to faces



The moon had risen, glimpsed between the canvas tarps above our heads


and we were still sharing riding stories

Until the call went out, the final bike had to be loaded onto the pick up truck, so several of us trooped outside and got to grips




Attempting to be careful after a few beers




Almost there



A cigar to finish off with and a flamethrower disguised as a Peruvian lighter to light it!



And there you have it folks, My short sojourn in South America with a great group of riders.
Early the next morning I waved them off, we were in the town of Arica, Surf Capital of Chile and I had arranged to stay on for an extra day...
unfortunately the camera with the photos from my surf escapades is in the cupboard at GlobeBusters HQ, so you'll have to take my word for it.

I hope you've enjoyed this RR, I had a lot of fun riding it. I'll finish with a picture from one of my favourite days of riding

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This was great, always enjoy your reports!
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Oh, an I'll marry you based on just this picture alone. Be forewarned you're probably about to get a lot of these.
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:02 AM   #87
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Tiffany,

Thanks for taking the time to do this RR as it's very interesting and enjoyable to read and to scan the great photos. Stay safe on your travels......

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Old 08-20-2013, 08:34 AM   #88
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Hey Tiff,

Nice report. Lots of great pics. I have to get up on two wheels in South America at some point. What's next for you? More tours? Solo? Themla?
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:29 AM   #89
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Nice report. Lots of great pics. I have to get up on two wheels in South America at some point. What's next for you? More tours? Solo? Themla?
Hi Luke
always good to hear from you.

And yes, OF COURSE I have something else in the pipeline...
Already well on the way with planning my next trip and actually setting off next month.
The South America trip was a paid stint and not my own travels. Also due to other work commitments, I have been back for a while and it took me some time to get this blog uploaded, so I've had more than a chance to catch my breath and cast my eye over my world atlas!

Slimbo (he who once dumped a pair of tyres and a desert suit in the middle of the Sahara for me!) is doing a scoop on my next travels on his UK radio show, tomorrow evening
Thursday 7pm to 8pm UK time he is interviewing me and will be revealing live on air where I'm next headed
http://www.bikerfm.co.uk/

So, if you're curious, tune in online, and listen. You can also send in your own questions. Just keep them clean as my Mum might be listening!

Giant Loop are also involved so keep your ears open.
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:09 AM   #90
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Thanks much, Tiffany, for sharing your bop-d-bop in S. America, enjoyed tagging along with you
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