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Old 09-03-2005, 09:04 PM   #31
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Great pictures, what a beautiful and clean place. Hope the bike shows up!
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Old 09-03-2005, 10:02 PM   #32
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What a thrilling trip...

May you enjoy every minute of it....


And send many pictures.......
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Old 09-04-2005, 10:40 PM   #33
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A very unique way to do a trip! Well done! I will be waiting for each day and your posts.
Great photos too.

Thanks for sharing.

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Old 09-05-2005, 08:09 AM   #34
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The before and after photos is a great concept. What camera(s) are you using?

I like many here, look forward to living vicariously through your journey.

Ride safe and we will be praying for you.

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Old 09-05-2005, 08:29 AM   #35
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What did it cost to ship your bike there? I'm in the early stages of planning a trip to South America someday and I'm trying to estimate the cost of the trip.
Not 100% sure yet. The bike was crated in a R1200GS crate. Irv Seavers BMW charged $175.00 for the crating. The shipping, I believe, will be about $1,000, but the bike got lost in the US, and the shipper stated that they will help make up time and now Air Frieght the bike. But, I have called the shipper 4 times over the last few days and nobody answers the phone. So, time will tell....
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Over 27,000 miles in South America -- which is NOT enough!

Here is a link to the South American Ride Report...
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=94531

Trip Index Page.... If you are interested in one spot in South America, you can click on this link http://www.ploung.com/south_america.htm and go directly to your point of interest.
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Old 09-05-2005, 08:41 AM   #36
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The before and after photos is a great concept. What camera(s) are you using?

I like many here, look forward to living vicariously through your journey.

Ride safe and we will be praying for you.

Rodney
We are using a Canon SD500, which we really like for its size and resolution (7.1 MP), which lets you crop the pictures and still have good detail. In addition, we are traveling with a Twinhead ruggedized laptop, and two GigaBank Harddrives (40GB & 100GB). The 40GB harddrive is very small (1.8 inch disk), and we are backing all photos to that harddrive, and then storing that harddrive separate from the Laptop, so that if we lost the laptop, we would still have the photos. We also have a Sat. phone for emergencies, but without the bike, it has not yet been used.

We have enjoyed Quito, but this morning I am starting to get stir crazy. It is time to get out and see the back roads. As most ADV Riders feel, it is frustrating to not ¨Drive¨some type of motor vehicle.
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Over 27,000 miles in South America -- which is NOT enough!

Here is a link to the South American Ride Report...
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=94531

Trip Index Page.... If you are interested in one spot in South America, you can click on this link http://www.ploung.com/south_america.htm and go directly to your point of interest.
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Old 09-05-2005, 09:47 AM   #37
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First of all, thank you for taking this trip "for us". I am excited.

Do you find that Equador Spanish is spoken with a particular accent? Is it more Castilian than Mexican border Spanish, for example?

For the most part, do the locals attend church, regularly?

Why do people in California look at you like they want to kill you for even looking at them? Which may be a rhetorical question. You must feel very refreshed.

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We have just realized that for the past four days we have not seen a tatoo, gang member, or an asshole in a car that would like to shoot you for looking at him the wrong way!

The people here are FRIENDLY. This includes the police. Sandy and I were about 50 feet from an intersection, where a policewoman was directing traffic. She left her post and came over to see if she could help us. In California we have gotten use to some pretty unacceptable behavior by others. Everybody smiles down here............

Another point to make is how quickly the Spanish is learned when immersed in a Spanish speaking society.

Hopefully our bike will show up in the next few days. Three Jesse cases and two suit cases are hard to lug around without a bike! As soon as it arrives we will be heading for the jungles in the remote eastern parts of Ecuador.

Adios for now......
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Old 09-05-2005, 08:19 PM   #38
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What an expierence !!!

Like my friends have said "thanks for sharing the stories." We will be with you in spirit. Enjoy yourselves.
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Old 09-05-2005, 08:26 PM   #39
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Nice pics! I am looking forward to the rest of you adventure,
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Old 09-06-2005, 07:29 AM   #40
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Hey Dale watch out for those headhunters to the east (be carefull) and have a great time
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Old 09-06-2005, 08:23 AM   #41
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Dear Dale and Sandy,

I am absolutely stoked to see you both out there, you spoke of the trip earlier via PM to me, and I asked you questions on it, and then you dissappeared. Now, I konw what you were up to!

Wonderful, may you have a very safe and enjoyable trip and enjoy the friendly and gentle people. I'd like to hear some good news with regards to your bike soon!

Cheers mate, peaceful travels,

George
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Old 09-06-2005, 04:31 PM   #42
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Thanks for being there for us, Dale and Sandy. When we grow up we want to be retired, too. Much love and the (questionable) benefits of St. Christopher's blessings to you both. Mike & Lynn Mihelich
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Old 09-07-2005, 05:46 PM   #43
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Pictures posted on Wednesday, the 7th of September 2005.


Here I am, with cheap gas available, and nothing to burn it in. Diesel prices are $1.03 per gallon! So here we going, utilizing Taxis and Busses!
I sat on a "Rock".

Looked like a "150cc". Maybe I ought to toss Sandy and the Jesse Bags in the back, and get on with this adventure. The bed of this thing also dumps, which would make unloading at Motels and Hostels very easy!

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Over 27,000 miles in South America -- which is NOT enough!

Here is a link to the South American Ride Report...
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=94531

Trip Index Page.... If you are interested in one spot in South America, you can click on this link http://www.ploung.com/south_america.htm and go directly to your point of interest.
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Old 09-07-2005, 05:50 PM   #44
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Before I go on with pictures, I have a few comments. I think that many people travel and search out what they expect to find at certain destinations, whether it is temples, ruins, art galleries, neat roads to ride, museums or topless bars! After spending a week in Quito, I realize that I have posted pictures of EXACTLY what I was looking for in Quito. That included the old churches and buildings from 200, 300 and 400 years ago. But I am going to come clean. Quito is much more than what I have posted so far, so I am going to show you the other 80% of Quito. It is modern, growing and clean. You may not find the pictures interesting, but you, as I, may have a little different tilt on Quito.



High rises like this go on for miles.
See, there is another side to Quito.

It appeared more modern then most apartment buildings in Los Angeles or Hollywood!








Although Quito is at 9,250 feet, most apartments have flowers hanging from there balconies. The weather is in the 70's most days.








Another modern apartment building, reflecting another.



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Over 27,000 miles in South America -- which is NOT enough!

Here is a link to the South American Ride Report...
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=94531

Trip Index Page.... If you are interested in one spot in South America, you can click on this link http://www.ploung.com/south_america.htm and go directly to your point of interest.
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Old 09-07-2005, 05:56 PM   #45
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So, since I can't ride, we walked around town, and stumbled on many motorcycle dealers.
The first dealer was a very modern Honda and Yamaha dealer.
I did not get a picture, but under the glass counter near the cashier was the DVD "On Any Sunday". I asked about it and the gentleman stated it was very good and featured "Malcolm Smith". No, really!









Although they deal with Yamahas and Hondas, they sell many models not Available in the United States.
For you older riders, doesn't this front fender mount look very similar to the old "Preston Petty" after market brackets from the late 60's and early 70's?








This is another bike available world wide, but only sold in the United States during 1991 and 1992 (a guess, don't jump all over me if the years are wrong. I am a sensitive guy!)
It is a V twin, 650cc, TransAlp.







Over the years I have ridden with some off-road Ducati guys (yeh, Allen N., John D. and others). This sign reminded me of our rides to Baja, with you guys on your "Lucky Strikes"! Hey, have any of you guys traded in those monsters for a nice shiny KTM 950 yet?






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"I am in California, but my brain spends 90% of it's time in South America"

Over 27,000 miles in South America -- which is NOT enough!

Here is a link to the South American Ride Report...
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=94531

Trip Index Page.... If you are interested in one spot in South America, you can click on this link http://www.ploung.com/south_america.htm and go directly to your point of interest.
www.Ploung.com
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