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Published: March 13th 2009
Sunset from our Hotel
Hi this is pretty rushed for me as it is 8.00am and we have to be on the road by 8.30 as we have to work around road closures on todays ride to the Pisco Valley. Here are a couple of blogs from the boys. un abrazo, Rosco
Brian’s blog part 1
UP THE CREEK WITHOUT A PADDLE (Trans-script from Brian’s own hand)
Yesterday we left Vina del mar at approx 1.30pm. I parted the team(got lossed)
• in a town with 4 million people
• no map of the city
• driving on the right side of the road
• no one speaking English
• and a 400km journey on my own...........
Quite an adventure for a country boy. I made it to our destination with no problems at all, arriving 1 hour before our team. My fire service training was certainly put to good use. May the adventure continue.
Tigger’s blog part 2
Having all got our day sheets that morning the bikes were prepped, the bikers fed but because I am travelling with a few of girls we didn’t actually leave until 1.30pm. (I think it was the fact hat they had to
Just another day on our Adventure
leave their big bags behind .We also ended up having to pump up most of the front tyres as well. We all made it here in the end.
We lost Brian for the day after the first intersection, we stopped at an amazing house built into the rocks and I saw a sea-lion frolicking in the kelp. Didn’t manage to get a photo though as we were on the bike ready to pull away. We had travelled for a while and having thought we had seen go by but then not seeing nothing of Brian Gerardo was sent back on a democracy vote to find him. We travelled on with the arrangement that Gerardo contact our destination with his findings.
After a confusion of an on ramp ( a 360 degree turn illegal on an on ramp me thinks, just as well there was no cops around thanks Rosco) and Ripper leading at one stage down a no entrada (no entry) road and so we waited for him and Leo to return they duely did with a why didn’t you follow. Rosco saying didn’t you read the sign. Ripper replying what sign. He wondered why people were looking
Cruz del Tercer
All the boys at church....
at him strangley at the time. Note taken. While having lunch at Los villos Tiny spotted the allusive Brian go past. So knowing that he was ok we moved on thinking someone would be shouting Gerardo the beers tonight.
The ride consisted of beautiful coastal scenery with similar west coast surf, mountains and Olive plantations, wasteland where you wonder what could grow out here. Side stalls on the side of the highway. You wonder how these people can make a living, I real eye opener and we aint seen nothing yet. We even saw a train engine on a truck on the highway.
Having made it into Tongoy for the evening ( a great fishing village) with hotel with a paroramic view. Hence the name. So fish and seafood was the only thing on the menu of course, which was very much appreciated with the first day consisting of 400km ( Gerardo 600km) Gerardo joined us finally for a beer about an hour later so did well in retracing footsteps (Brian had left message at our previous motel so Gerardo knew he was ok) and proceeded to catch us up) Great food , good stories and beers
Ripper was a bit hungry
and we were happy campers. An early night for all, the ride and the sea air has tuckered them out. I’m sure all will sleep well tonight.
All slept like logs as expected. I think the only early riser was Tiny. We had the opportunity to see model motorised airplanes but we including Rosco slept in past the flight time. Brian discovered that Gerardo had a un toilet trained bike but a nappy was not a good solution. It was decided that make another bee line back to Vina del mar to get rear shock absorber fixed. I few phone calls later the plan was hatched seconded and motioned and Marsala’s dog had some exercise chancing the bike. Video footage to come on dvd.: )( if it get the ok)
One down for hopefully just the day and we went to pray for our safe journey. We saw an amazing monument for the Catholic church in Coquimbo which a lot of the of poor resident have funded. At 70metres high at the t in the cross, it was an impressive structure towering over the whole city. 1,200tonnes of iron in contruction let alone the concrete. They had marble flooring and it was starting to leak from the second floor cos it wasn’t sealed properly. But the view was amazing. They are intending to marble the whole structure but the locals have run out of money.
Found another house built into the rock. Very cool. Took another picture of a sealion snapping at a pelican( hopefully will pay for a meal) : )
We had an enjoyable afternoon and and boys had a play on the beach on their motos. Another no entrada (no entry) sign was not seen Must be that domestic blindness kicking in.
So full of fish at the moment I feel like a pelican.
Early morning rising in the morning because of a road closure and the road is only open at certain times for half hour periods. Part three when we come out from the dark side of the moon....Cheers, Tigger
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