Saturday, September 25, 2010

Adv #7 Continued: Update after leaving Chile

(Picture above is from the eastern edge of the Colca Canyon in Peru.....on my way home! The Andean Condors fly every morning further west in the canyon, and what a site that is.)

How great it is to be on the road again! (Writing live from a cafe in Cusco, Peru right now, about 2 weeks after leaving Santiago.)

Updates to this blog have been lagging, partially due to scarce and slow internet so far. Plus, when I get the opportunity to use internet, other priorities are taking command (like the launch of, which is now up and running!)

First impressions of Peru are great in that the people, food, and scenery all are very welcoming. I'm taking the time to zig-zag back and forth a bit to confirm what are good tour routes, and what is worth while (for RIDE Adventures.) Plus its been a little slow moving as I take alot of extra time to meet with different motorcycle rental and touring companies along the way. Had 6 good meetings thus far with providers in Chile and Peru, and will have a few more here in Cusco before leaving. Not to mention a few visits with buddies like Pier in Arica, Chile and Karen down in Iquique. Great to see everyone.....

Below, a curious onlooker spotted me eating lunch and thought "Mom, did you see there's a bald gringo eating in our neighborhood restaurant?" This was just outside of Juliaca, Peru, about a week into my trip. My lunch cost only 2.50 Peruvian Soles (about .95 U.S. cents.) I thought the owner of the place was kidding. It was delicious, and filling.

Puno, Peru was celebrating the anniversary of their University. Not the 100th, or any special was just their annual 3-day (that I saw) non-stop parade & party that was quite a spectacle. Pretty much all day long, and into the night, the marching bands and costumed locals were relentless in this celebration.

Easily the most impressive part of the ride so far has been my time in the Colca Canyon, still here in Southern Peru. Aside from its dimensions, colors, and farmed-patterns, it's also home to a famous viewing point of the Andean Condor, indigenous to the area. Every morning, bright and early, tourists from all over line the walls of the canyon in specific viewing points to catch a glimpse of the early morning hunting flights. The condors pass us by pretty close in many cases...the whole while with this beautiful canyon in the backdrop. Definitely worth the drive if you're in the area.

While I was in Arequipa, a pass through the Plaza de Armas helped me notice the trend of pigeon-feeding going on there. Of course the locals sell little bags of bird feed, and I watched this little-local go through 3 bags of this. How long would she stay and feed the birds if you let her? All day.

I'm admittedly caught up sometimes by the kids around here and the cute things they do.

Very busy as I mentioned, so that's all for now. I've been here in Cusco about a week now waiting for a new tire, and I'll be off to see Machu Picchu and part of the Inca Trail in a couple of days.
More news soon!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Adv# 7 Continued: The trip back to the U.S. has begun!

I've officially begun the trip back to the U.S.! Almost 2 years after I left.....

Having left Santiago behind for now, many great friends and experiences were on my mind as I left this morning in a hurry. Just yesterday I learned that a potential tour operator/partner I´ve wanted to meet will be in Chile in a few days, and with 4 solid days of riding, I could meet up with him in the border town of Arica.

The past couple of weeks were quite a blur, trying to finish things here, saying some "temporary goodbye's," and getting ready to finally head home. The final project of finishing the RIDE Adventures logo and business card design was finished last week, so please check it out at Again, the point of this company is to promote every type of "riding" tourism, be it by motorcycle, snowmobile, jetski, horseback......whatever. So we chose a logo that just identifies "movement" and the bit of "rooster tail" that often kicks up behind anything you ride. I'm really excited about how everything's going so far, and have to tip my hat to my buddies at Great work, as usual.......

So my plan is to head up through Peru and Ecuador, eventually arriving in Columbia sometime in November. I'll be hitting all the important "touristy" sites along the way, as well as meeting with various tour operators that could potentially work with RIDE Adventures. All that, combined with launching the full website sometime in the next month, I can't quite predict exactly how long this ride home will take. My hopes are of course to make it back for Christmas with the family (it's been a few years now I've missed that) and with a reasonable motorcycle-shipping option from Columbia to Miami, I don't see why I wouldn't make it.

So keep looking for more new pics and stories! I should cross into Peru in about 4 days. In La Serena, Chile right now.