Here are a few more pixs
Yeah.. and the hole was as a result of the crash Check out the top of the shoulder also.. think BMWwill give me moeny for proving it works good!
Last edited by IrishKev; 11-21-2007 at 12:29 AM.
Well, chip is taking a little longer to arrive than I had hoped. Have to give BMW a call on Tuesday. The Thanksgiving seems to have slowed up postal services. So I am hoping I will get it around Friday. Until been enjoying the sights of Lima. But need to get going again soon! I am getting withdrawl symptons.
Can you leave a trail of red twine, as I'll be heading that way next December.
Once you've reached TDF, what's your intended route back...east coast or back up the west?
Next question. How's the 1200 coped, do you feel a 650 Dakar would have been more suited to the task or just different?
Final question, can you get tea? I know this sounds trivial, but not when the whole reason for the ride is to avoid coffee.
Thanks for being my R&D guy and all the continued best to you and Simon.
(I'll explain two snakes "havin' it off" if the question arises).
Well lads and lassies. I have now made it to Salta Argentina, and have been a bit of a muppet accidentally deleting my Cusco and Machu Picchu pictures. But I did get some great ones of Bolivia to make up for it.
After leaving Lima, I arrived in Nasca in the evening, and next day arranged to fly over the lines.
In the evening I visited a cemetery where some pre Incas were buried. The dry sand turned them to mummies
I even found the original Bob Marley
So after all the excitement of flying it was time to set off on the bike again in the direction of Cusco. This is a long long ride!! 11 hours to be exact. But some of the views are just class. As you ride up on to the Altiplano it gets progressively colder, until the liners get up in at over 4000 meters.
And i met my first Llamas
On reaching Cusco I got myself suitable lodgings and promptly made my way to Norton Rats! The famous bar on the plaza. Jeff was in so we had a few drinks and talked bike stuff.
Now its insert missing Machu Picchu pictures as I was stupid enough to delete them..
So promptly on to Puno!! On my way the clutch line that had been fixed in Lima decided to fail. Turns out the guys in the garage had over tightened the piece that screws into the clutch lever, and it had torn the threads. Unphased, I found a mechanic, we got a new bolt, machined it to be a copy of the old one, (only wider) then cut new threads in the clutch leaver, used a file to widen the connection on the line, and with the addition of two o-rings for seals, had made a make shift unit which got me going again! Wow .. ingenuity. ..
Puno is not really up to much, so quickly set off for Copacabana in Bolivia. Was almost out of Peru, when she had one more bit of bad luck to test me. Near the border and idiot in his Mexico City Green Volkswagen Beetle decided to try and take me out. Smashed into the side of him, He ended up on his side in the ditch, all his windows broken and some huge dents in the side, I was lucky enough, bent left front brake disk, and some welds from lima re-broken.. but still drivable. The locals backed me up, and advised me to get the hell out of there before the police arrive!!.. so not one to wait around I split for the border.
Here I found a cool poster.
Sadly I missed the blessing of the bike in Copacabana, but atleast got a pic of the site. ..
La Paz was cool, I met some more Irish people at a hostel called the Wild Rover (bike friendly and owned by and Irish Man). But the real highlight was Uyuni and the dirt roads around it.
In Oruro my tempory O-rings failed, but had the great fortune of meeting a nice family who got me to a shop to get new ones, (10 this time) and also fed me!!
So off south! After Challapata the road turns to sand, dust and gravel! Absolutely class riding.
Most of the time was spent standing on the pegs, picking a line through the ruts, and trying to guess the correct way when you get to a junction with no signs! GPS might be useful here.
Set up camp for the night
Next day came across a few flamingos
And more dirt
Before eventually getting to Uyuni
I found a mini GS
The road out via Atocha to Tupiza was hard!! It was both exhilarating and frustrating, not to mention shatteringly tiring. There was loads of more sand, and gravel, mostly sand! And where the gravel was it was riddled with Corrugations.
But in the end i got there, and today I arrived in Argentina
Am now in Salta, having I think a well deserved rest!!
It isn't what you ride, it is if you ride
Heya All! Merry Christmas all! living it up in Buenos Aires! last nights steak was sublime! and with the unlimted champagne! and the argentine ladies are lovely also! what can i say its a nice place!
Merry Christmas!! Glad you have a great time!!! Brennan asked to say HI too
looking good. Enjoy BA and convey my regards to F. All the best in "08"