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Re: Lima to Ecuador & back in 9 Days - Updated, NO REALLY!
« Reply #60 on: August 20, 2009, 04:00:16 pm »
mods,  please move this to the Roll of Honour.

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Re: Lima to Ecuador & back in 9 Days - Updated, NO REALLY!
« Reply #61 on: August 20, 2009, 04:02:22 pm »
Nice photos thanks for taking the time to post report.
 

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Re: Lima to Ecuador & back in 9 Days - Updated, NO REALLY!
« Reply #62 on: August 21, 2009, 12:36:22 pm »
How did this trip really end?
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Re: Lima to Ecuador & back in 9 Days - Updated, NO REALLY!
« Reply #63 on: August 23, 2009, 01:40:48 am »
Well the trip did not end there.. I still need to go back and fix all my spuling mesteaks too! Also I need to get the detailed km off my GPS.

Meanwhile, here is another map showing you what we did on Day 8. I must say for me this day was an achievement of note. We ended up riding for nearly 13 hours - Not bad after 12 hours riding the day before.




The rain got into my camera hanging off my neck. The plastic-bag setup I arranged in an attempt to keep water out was not working well at all.  This was the last pic I took for a couple of hundred km, before it dried out and started working properly again. This one photo came out like Colyn´s very professional, air-brushed pics he normally posts.  :) Only this wasnt airbrushed and nor was it very professional!  :P





That pic defines the trip for me really. Great cameras these Cannons. They never die.

We rode on and hit tar again somewhere near Jaen on the jungle side of the Andes. We still had a long way to go and burned about two hours before stopping for lunch. My babe was doing so well!   :ricky:  D was very keen for more dirt in fact, confidence was back at a high, and we would have preferred to explore furth south into the jungle from here had there not been a time constraint. Alas, we had to stick to the faster roads.





Here she is setting up our camping stools for lunch. This place again looked like the bushveld to me, uncanningly similar. It made us happy.




Time to inspect our rigging on the broken pannier, it looked fine, and the bikes were both performing really well.




We pushed on up over another mountain pass, perhaps 200km of great twisties. If you like this kind of thing, then Peru is the place to ride.


















As we climbed, we entered into another dry area, obviously this series of mountains was in a rain shadow. We were cruising, doing our best to scrape the pegs.....


















Eventually we got to the top of the 2,200m pass.  We could look down towards the Pacific Ocean again, still far out of sight in the haze.



We still had to drop back down to sea level and belt a good 300-400km further to the south to get to Trujillo. We didnt think we would make it there before dark, but we would try and at least get to Chiclayo.



Once we got down to sea level, the road straightened out a bit more and we blasted between the towns at speed.



Everything became a blur really, but I still managed to snap a  group of revelers on a procession. Peruvians like thier saints days and colourful parades complete with brass bands.




The last bit close to the coast was the same battle with the cross-wind as it had been on the way up. This time we had the opportunity to wear our tyres on the other side. It feels a bit like youre leaning into a corner the whole time. At least this time we were not hitting the wind shadows of the oncoming 18 wheelers (each time its a wrestle to maintain control). It was only desperate when we had to pass the trucks travelling in the same direction.



We pressed on and got past a factory zone which reminded me of Mordor. Time was against us. Would we make it back before dark?




It turned out not to be. We rode the last hour in the dark to Trujillo, and beelined straight for the nice hotel we stayed at the first night, arriving at around 8pm. Happy but bushed, we ordered room service and slept till 7 the next day. Tomorrow all we had was 500 odd km to go and we would be home.
« Last Edit: August 23, 2009, 04:19:30 am by BlueBull2007 »
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Re: Lima to Ecuador & back in 9 Days - Updated, NO REALLY!
« Reply #64 on: August 23, 2009, 02:50:44 am »
Day 9

We rose at an unusually late hour and got on the road after the mother of all breakfasts around 10 am.

The road was pretty boring (just look at the photos of the 1st day  ;) ), but we came accross another biker, this time one going in the same direction. Naturally we stopped immediately and greeted him, interrupting his planned potty-break. Awkward... :laughing4:

It was cool finally getting to ride with a fellow enthusiast. We had passed a number of guys going the other way, but no-one ever stopped to chat, not on this trip anyway.??? The main Pan American highway sees a lot of adventurers on their way to Tierra del Fuego in Argentina. It's far, and these guys all tend to miss the great DS riding to be had if you bother to get off these highways. But I've read it time and again on ADVRider: Guys get fixated with the destination and then make a hash of the journey, which is really what its about. Of course it would take 6 months longer to do the trip, but whats the point of burning rubber?

Arrie was a Canadian, who had left three months earlier from San Francisco. He rode a rather tired looking KLR.





Here are his photos of us. You can see my sagging pannier in this pic.




Yours truely and his better half near the end of their trip:



Riding with him proved more difficult than expected, because we were a lot faster than he was in the strong wind. We had gotten used to riding alone, and it took some adjusting. Still it was a nice change, and we invited him over to our place for a couple of days.

We finally arrived, after dodging the bullet that is traffic in Lima, and got to see Arrie for the first time without a helmet! Looks like a certain moderator of ours come to think of it.... ;D



Here is a map of our last day and showing the whole route that we did. All in all around 3,800km.



Sipping drinks that afternoon while waiting for the braai, we reflected on a great, albeit rushed trip. It would have been nice to spend a bit more time hanging out in some of the places we visited instead of pressing on. Looking at the map, it doesnt seem so far, but the roads here are generally very windy. Next time we go north we will definitely spend more time in the mountains and on the dirt. We plan a less rushed trip so we can do some proper exploring.

Here endeth the ride report. Thank you all very much for your patience and more importantly for reading it. Its been great sharing with you.  :thumleft:

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Re: Lima to Ecuador & back in 9 Days - Updated, NO REALLY!
« Reply #65 on: August 23, 2009, 03:11:25 am »
No! Please tell me there is more to come!!!  ???

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Re: Lima to Ecuador & back in 9 Days - Updated, NO REALLY!
« Reply #66 on: August 23, 2009, 04:00:04 am »
Sorry boet -All good trips have to come to an end- but we plan to do some more soon!
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Re: Lima to Ecuador & back in 9 Days - Updated, NO REALLY!
« Reply #67 on: August 23, 2009, 04:17:01 am »
Sorry boet -All good trips have to come to an end- but we plan to do some more soon!

Well then, thanks once again for an excellent RR!

Keep safe and happy riding!

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Re: Lima to Ecuador & back in 9 Days - Updated, NO REALLY!
« Reply #68 on: August 23, 2009, 08:35:06 am »
Thanks a lot ... it was great to "ride" along. ;)
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« Reply #69 on: October 14, 2009, 02:50:54 pm »
Thanks a lot - I really enjoyed your report :ricky:
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Re: Lima to Ecuador & back in 9 Days - Updated, NO REALLY!
« Reply #70 on: October 15, 2009, 02:32:49 am »
Thanks a lot ... it was great to "ride" along.  :thumleft:

Thanks ou boet ;D
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« Reply #71 on: October 15, 2009, 02:34:50 am »
Thanks a lot - I really enjoyed your report :ricky:

Pleasure, glad you enjoyed it. Thats quite an avatar! ;D
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Re: Lima to Ecuador & back in 9 Days - Updated, NO REALLY!
« Reply #72 on: January 06, 2010, 01:51:54 pm »
Im still amaized at what a vast-breath-taking place south america is ! ! !

I wanna go there!

Nice Report Bull. :thumleft:
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« Reply #73 on: January 06, 2010, 03:50:51 pm »
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