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Saturday, July 15, 2017

North Shore-St Lawrence Quebec-July 18 2017

We are hoping to leave on the 18th with the suggested route...subject to change....for day 1



THE ABOVE is only a suggested route and subject to review by Don & Ken fellow adventure riders.

A Pic of these 2 amigos from last year's trip into the USA


Sunday, July 9, 2017

North Shore St Lawrence Quebec-July19/17

Plans Change
The trip to Radisson & James Bay has been cancelled due to poor accommodations at a ridiculous price.......at the suggestion of Ken and in agreement with Don and myself, we are headed for KEGASHKA QUEBEC. The above map will take us on mostly secondary roads whereby we will skirt Montreal & Quebec. We have covered some of these areas in the past and enjoyed the twisties & up and downs plus the scenery rural Quebec offers.....stay posted, I will try and blog our route on a daily basis. It would be nice to visit Il d' Anticosti at Port-Menier. This is the large Island at the mouth of the St Lawrence.......

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

James Bay Quebec-Upcoming Trip July 19/17

     http://www.routebaiejames.com/radisson/

TWO Vstroms and 1 650 GS are heading out on the 19th of July for Chisasibi Quebec with a stop over in Matagami for night 1. Day 2 will see us headed to Radisson carrying extra fuel as we understand no fuels stops in between. It is possible that we will spend 2 nights in Radisson allowing us to visit the Bay and get a tour of the Hydro Dam. One of the 3 bikers is an avid GEO Cache seeker/explorer so we might expect some off road excursions along the way.

We are expecting paved road for the most part. The road was built to allow equipment and supplies to reach the Chisasibi project in the 1970's to build a large Hydro dam....it is my understanding that this hydro site supplies most of Quebec's energy needs. The bridges along the way are capable of 500 tons...so you can only imagine the weight of machinery that traveled this route. I suggest that my fellow companions bring a tow rope in case of a break down but they are likely to ignore me. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Why I do it "wrong" Adventure riding the Rosie Way

Why I do it "wrong" Adventure riding the Rosie Way

I wanted to share this video of a young Canadian woman who is travelling the World which has had so much negativity with terrorists, wars, drug killings on and on, who has embraced life and views and experiences 1st hand the love and kindness that exists everywhere......please watch this to the end....I find her a real inspiration......

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Fully Committed-June 14th/17 PERU/ECUADOR

Ticket purchased ....Air Canada...direct flight November 27th arriving 1:45 am on the 28th. Also booked taxi directo to get me to Hostel Iquique which is within walking distance to the Migraciones Office. Here, I must apply for a Permso de Firmar Contractos Como Turesta. This is a stamp in my passport which allows me to purchase a motorcycle as a foreigner. Around the Block Moto Adventures needs this to complete the registration to get the bike in my name. Hopefully, this takes less than a couple hours and a taxi back to the airport to comprar un boleto de avion por Huanuco Peru. I expect to be staying with the Shannons' who operate Around the Block Tours for a couple days......Next I need to part with the $ for the bike.....Toby needs this well in advance as they must purchase desired ride and retrofit it including building up to a 300cc machine which will add 4 more HP........Provided I get the bike back to them running, they buy it back for the agreed upon $ regardless of the mileage or duration I have it.....works out over the 4 months to cost me less than $15.00 a day. To rent a small 200cc bike you are looking at $75.00 to 90.00 a day.....

No turning back.....committed

Will post bike pics when purchased as Toby says they will send progress pics of mods.... 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

2016 TEKKEN Trying out my Nuevo Ride

Love the way this bike handles ....... Toby will build this up to a 300cc which should give me a top speed of 100 to 110 k
Luggage carrier, extra electrical feed and maybe a wind shield will be added. I will need to spend a day or 2 in Lima to get a Permission to Purchase the bike stamped into my pasaporte at the Migracion Office in the heart of Lima before flying on to Huanuco where I will pick up my ride.....spending a couple of days with Toby at the shops hostel. This will allow me to further test the ride and get any adjustments done before heading to Ecuador.......unsure of whether I will do Machu Pichu on the ride up or back. I will discuss my route with Toby and see what he recommends....I am hoping that he will give me an itinerary of an epic route with favorably priced accommodations which they use...Here's hoping I do not have further health set backs to postpone this trip. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Motorhead Tekken, the 'king' of dual-sports motorcycles

Looks like I have made the decision for my purchase in Peru........Will get Around the block to add frame work for my luggage and add an electrical socket to charge whatever....possibly a windshield depending on availability and cost. Tobby is checking to see if this bike is available with tubless wheels Around The Block is a performance shop and Tour operator .....they purchase the bike for you, modify it and have the paper work ready for you when you arrive....they will turn this one into a 300cc, adding 4 Hp more.....6 months to go....... 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Early Planning Stage - Moto Choice

Toby Shannon of Around The Block Moto Adventures in Huanuco has been in touch with a list of bikes available.....still like the looks of the Terra 250 http://roncomotors.com/inicio/todo-terreno/x-terra-250/ but also considering .......
This bike can be built up to deliver 4 hp more or 300cc....adding rear rack and tail carrier will add approx 150.00....also will add a socket for the gps etc if I choose this one.

Friday, March 24, 2017

March 24-2017 Return to Ecuador via Peru

I have been searching the net regarding purchasing a motorcycle in Ecuador. Sent an email to Court at Freedom Bike Rentals on the chance that he could refer me to a dealer: knowing that this was not his business interest, so was not expecting a reply........not upset.....will continue to recommend this company as they are great to deal with, well organized and will put together a great trip for you. In my research, I found a dealer in Peru also in organizing tours but with a side line....http Anyone planning ahttp://www.aroundtheblockmotoadventures.com/motorcycle-tours/andes-amazon-itinerary/ trip longer than a month may benefit purchasing a bike as opposed to renting: especially when you can return the bike with a guaranteed buyback, making the daily cost as little as $15.00 a day vs $ 70.00 or more. The difficult part in purchasing in South America is the paper work to get permission to buy as a foreigner, registering bike in your name and purchasing both the licence plate and Soat Insurance. This company will take care of all that.......making the procedure mostly painless for those of us not fluent in Spanish. Though, I have not firmed this route up.....it appears to be my best option . My trip in Ecuador is 3 months.....which will be extended if I go first to Peru....I will spend a month taking in Machu Pichu etc.....so December this year may be my starting date.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Febr 26 -17 Ecuador in Planning Stage-New Trip

http://www.ecuadorbeach.com/hotel.html

Planning a month on the beach in Canoa Ecuador at the Sundown Beach Hotel where I will be enrolled in a 4 week Spanish Class....1 on 1 with a Tutor ............less than $ 1000.00 US plus $ 8.00 for 2 meals a day....M to F.....on your own for dinners and week end meals.

More to come........... http://www.ecuadorbeach.com/spanish_school/services.html

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Day 9-Febr 11-2017 Final Day Ecuador

After a great breakfast and story telling of the huge critter Ken encountered last night; as told in yesterdays post....we headed out on our last days ride to Quito.
Up in that canopy somewhere are monkeys swinging from branch to .......

a stop for lunch near a Resort with mineral hot springs

The Resort in the distance
This restaurant is made from recycled shipping containers
Entering Quito the back route.



Quito in the distance

narrow streets in The Bohemian District

Ken, I warned you about drinking those 2 Large Beer.....

We arrived at Freedom Bike Rentals about 2 pm and by the time we repacked and sorted the paper work, walked to end of street and hailed a cab, it was 4.30pm as we arrived at the Quito Airport which is about 27 miles out of the city.....We had a long wait, our plane didn't leave until 1am.

We arrived in Houston Texas close to 5;30am and went through a long line in customs which took about 1 1/2 hours or so it seemed. This airport is huge.....we walked a distance before Ken talked a lady on a golf type cart to take us to Section B.....another short walk and we had to take a tram to our loading dock......good thing we had 3 1/2 hours between flights.......arrived in Toronto during a snow storm....lucky to land as I heard they cancelled flights in and out afterwords......at least 3 custom checks to get back into Canada with both Ken and I having secondary security checks....guess the Police Officer didn't like the Horizon Unlimited slogan on the back of my tee shirt which read......Border Crossings are Only in Your Mind.....as he stopped me as I cleared customs and asked me what Logo on the front of said shirt meant and nothing about the slogan.....he did want to know if I had any electronics and replying yes, I have a computer, he wanted to know why, I replied that I Blog, then he asked if I took pictures, da, YES....then he said where is your friend, I said likely in the taxi by now....when actually he had returned and was hiding behind a post.......Home Free.....now to get to our car.....dig it out.....head home in the storm,,,arriving about 4;30pm, I spent 1 1/2 hours

digging out enough room to get my car off the road......Ken's wife Carol had invited me to dinner that evening....so a quick shower......to Carol & Ken's where I enjoyed to helpings of Roast Pork with all the trimmings of potatoes, carrots fresh beans and apple pie (2)........gaining back the 4 lbs I had lost during the trip........Thanks Carol for a delicious meal.....
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Day 8 & 9- Febr 10 & 11 2017-Ecuador

We left Banos around 8;30 am headed for Cotococho Lodge near Puerto Misahualli In the Amazon Jungle. The ride did not disappoint as we climbed higher into the mountains on breathtaking roads which were challenging. The vista was exceptional......in the high Andes at about 13454 ft the temperature plummeted. We soon began the descent and things warmed up.....we arrived at the lodge early as we wanted to take the afternoon boat trip up river in search of Anaconda.......
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the roads towards the jungle


another suspension walkway



coffee break along the road

we cross a suspension bridge

we turn right before this bridge which we will cross tomorrow

entering the Cotococha Amazon Lodge


path to lodge from parking area

Ken's room second floor.....here Ken would have nightmares....the lodge was wild with no electricity....the path through the jungle to the river was lit by oil lamps....we were provided with 2 oil lamps for light......during the night Ken, who was in a top floor thatched ceiling room, was awaken by a noise....upon shining his flashlight in the direction of the sound...he claims to have come face to face with a grasshopper the size of a rat....petrified he reaches for a club next to the bed and whacks the critter senseless......he checks the entire room for any other intruder....he is sleeping under a protected netting which is a canopy over his bed. I have none and am on the lower floor in the next grass hut with only screened windows...I have an uninterrupted sleep....not concerned about Jaguars that might leap through the light enclosure or the Anaconda lurking beneath the floor.....good thing I never thought about grasshoppers. Back to Ken....and a sleepless night....he awoke to find the critter had been resurrected and was starring at him with the only eye it had left from the night stand next to his bed.....I will let him tell how he dealt with that 

my bed, only screens in the windows with a gentle breeze and the sound of the river passing by, I slept soundly

my room on the lower floor

the open air dining room

the view from my porch

tonight cocoa beans will be roasted, shelled and grind ed into chocolate over this fire, then served with pineapple and biscuit to dip into the melted treat 

the lounge area where 2 American girls sitting in those 2 chairs last night had a large tarantula crawl up next to them...likes

the boat waiting to take us up river to a waterfall
through the rapids

landed and heading for the lagoon and waterfalls

we are told the boots are to protect us from the spray of the waterfalls 

the trek through the jungle

the waterfalls...lol....still think the boots were because of spray or maybe something more sinister like snakes....remember Ken with one foot up in the air

Ken ventures in
tubing home....Ken had a tube but declines this means of returning....maybe it was the stories I told on the way up about alligators and the flesh eating fish, I had read about

Lodge pool...no piranha, Ken. I will follow up with our final day tomorrow

   

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Day 7-Febr 9 2017-Banos Equador

After a delicious omelette breakfast....a short snooze...Ken knocks on the door......he says he has info on 2 GEO Caches.....lets go but it is our REST DAY.
Breakfast Room

Front of Hotel

Court Yard

Entry to Court Yard....where is Ken....I have both bikes ready

Ride up the mountain

Taken from the hotel....we need to get the top at over 8000 ft....2 GEOS UP THERE

View at 7600 ft of Banos. Our hotel is at the base of this spot which is straight down..

Banos

Road near top


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Ken busy waY DOWN A TRAIL FROM THE LOOKOUT 

1 of many blocks of stores catering to TOURIST

kEN FINDS A cache behind this truck in that wall,,,,,,he hides a medallion in it

KEN EXHAUSTED AS HE CLIMBS THE TRAIL AND DISAPPOINTED AS HE FAILS TO FIND THIS CACHE

kEN GETTING UP THE NERVE TO SWING INTO THE OBIS OF THE VOLCANIC CRATER

kEN ADMIRING THIS HAMMOCK FOR CAROL MADE ON THAT OLD LOOM BEHIND

kEN SWING ITS ONLY 300 FEET IF YOU SLIDE OFF...i THINK i SEE FLAMES THROUGH THE FOG

NEARING THE TOP OF MOUNTAIN AT OVER 8000 FT

MANY  COMPANIES IN BANOS SELLING EXCURSIONS


tomorrow WE HEAD UP OVER THE MOUNTAIN INTO THE AMAZON BASIN. KEN HAS JUST INFORMED ME THAT WE WILL BE IN HUTS WITH NO ELECTRICITY.

THE BLOG MAY GO SILENT FOR A DAY.....WE END THE BIKE TRIP ON THE 11TH BACK IN QUITO AND COLLECT OUR BELONGINGS AND HEAD TO AIRPORT FOR A MIDNIGHT FLIGHT.....THIS WILL BE A VERY LONG DAY AS WE HAVE TO BUST OUR *****TO MAKE IT TO FREEDOM BEFORE 6PM....THEN SPEND 6 HOURS WAITING FOR OUR FLIGHT...