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Inca Trail

Posted by on Jun 9, 2010 in Bolivia, Motorcycle Vagabonding, South America | 1 comment

May 2, 2010 Next day at breakfast, back at joy Ride cafe, we noticed that they also offered tours…MOTORCYCLE tours! Cool! It was Rick’s great idea to hire a tourguide and ride the area without the stress of navigating ourselves. We hooked up with Sergio, and told him what we wanted: more bike maintenance in the morning (Rick needed to adjust a front-end rattle and also do some electrical work, I needed to clean my air filter, and install a new horn since the one I installed in Lima rattled off!) Sergio took us to the local shop he uses. Then we took off with Sergio. Over breakfast we’d decided that we’d ride to the Inca Trail, then follow Sergio on a loop he knew that would give us a good feel for the Sucre area. Lunch. Lunchtime entertainment....

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Posted by on Jun 8, 2010 in Bolivia, Motorcycle Vagabonding, South America | Comments Off on Sucre

May 1, 2010 It was a cool morning, destination: Sucre. We had about 60 miles of dirt before hitting pavement, and Rick left me in the dust, literally, as he opened it up on the ripio. (He was a good sport, however, and about every 15 minutes I’d find him casually waiting for me). He got the bleep scared out of him in this S curve–it still makes me laugh. He’s a hell of a rider because I don’t know how he recovered from the raggedy-ann stunt maneuver he pulled. Ah, pavement. what the?!? We got to Sucre and found a place to stay where they’d let us park the bikes inside (literally inside the lobby). Later on a KTM joined our bikes–obviously this hotel knew the drill. We went to the Joy Ride Cafe for dinner. Where else...

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Leaving Uyuni

Posted by on Jun 7, 2010 in Bolivia, Motorcycle Vagabonding, South America | 1 comment

ON WITH THE STORY! Friday, April 30th It was probably a dumb thing to do, but after we finished the bike maintenance, then got some (late!) lunch for ourselves, we decided to leave Uyuni even though it was almost 4:00 in the afternoon. Both Rick and I felt “finished” with Uyuni–we’d had a great time, but both distinctly felt like moving on. It was something I don’t think anyone would try on their own–setting off across the desert in the late afternoon–but I guess we were boueyed by the fact that we had someone else to instigate with. We filled up the bikes with gas, and ventured down the ripio. Careful with the wildlife… It was a magical afternoon. I was elated to be on the move again, depressing Uyuni behind me, and Rick kept a pace that had...

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Posted by on May 23, 2010 in Bolivia, Motorcycle Vagabonding, South America | 2 comments

May 1, 2010 When I rolled into town yesterday, I met Rick,  a UK fellow doing Round the World (RTW) on his BMW F650 Dakar. (You can see his blog at ) Rick had been on the lookout for a fellow he was supposed to meet up with in Uyuni riding a DR650, so when mine rolled by he whistled me down.  I think he was a little surprised when I took off the helmet and revealed my, um, girl-ness. We chatted for a bit, then agreed to meet at his hostal at 7 to grab a bit of dinner together. I went off to find a hotel, goofed up on the time, arrived an hour late, an he was gone. Poor me, he was cute! The good  news was that the Argentinians from the hotel last night...

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Ken Bingenheimer’s Last Article Up

Posted by on May 20, 2010 in Argentina, Bolivia, Articles, Motorcycle Vagabonding, Paraguay, Press, South America | Comments Off on Ken Bingenheimer’s Last Article Up

It’s been great working with Ken talking about my trip. When I think about it in terms of what would be interesting to a reporter, it puts my trip in an entirely new perspective for me. Thank Ken! Please follow and like...

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Posted by on May 17, 2010 in Bolivia, Motorcycle Vagabonding, South America | Comments Off on Uyuni

April 30, 2010 I left La Paz later than I’d like, destination: Uyuni. Once I left the valley that La Paz lies in, the road was f-l-a-t. But it was high and cool, and I was sooooooo looking forward to reaching the salt flats in Uyuni. It was about 4:00 when I hit Oruru, and I decided to stay there for the night. Unfortunately, I had to do about 5 laps of the town, plus stop at 4 different hotels, to realize Oruro was e-x-p-e-n-s-iv-e. Like three times the price of La Paz. And I though Bolivia was supposed to be cheap!  Anyway, I ended up at Hostal Boston for about $7 with a shared bath, and I could not believe my eyes when they opened the car park: MOTO TRAVELERS!!! They were from Argentina and we visited while...

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