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January 21, 2018

Playlist

Songs Tracks Playlist

Kevin Morby - Parade

Sea of Dreams - BoJack Horseman

Courtney Barnett - Avant Gardener

Simon & Garfunkel - The Only Living Boy in New York

Fort Atlantic - Let Your Heart Hold Fast

The XX - Intro HQ

Houndmouth - Sedona

Moby - When it's Cold I'd Like To Die

The Be Good Tanyas - Waiting Around to Die

Mazzy Star - Fade Into You

Lyla Foy - Impossible

Vance Joy - 'Riptide' Official Video

Of Monsters And Men - Little Talks

M83 'Midnight City'

Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata

X Ambassadors - Renegades

Of Monsters And Men - Sloom

Blonde Redhead - For the Damaged Coda

Florence and the Machine - The dog days are over

Guster - I Hope Tomorrow Is Like Today

Michelle Branch - A Horse With No Name (Cover)

Samuel Barber - Adagio for Strings(1936)

Simon & Garfunkel - Mrs. Robinson

Simon & Garfunkel - The Only Living Boy in New York

Bad Books - Forest Whitaker (HIMYM)

Band of Horses - The Funeral (HIMYM)


Posted by Rob Kiser on January 21, 2018 at 11:37 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

January 11, 2018

CA City Official Gunned Down in Mexico

So, I'm looking at all of the beautiful beach resorts I stayed at, or passed through on my journey through Mexico, and I see this headline:

CA City Official Gunned Down in Mexico

Then, you look into the article, and find out that he was drunk, and arguing with a prostitute he just had sex with, and refused to pay her, and they murdered him. So, yeah....that's why I don't have these issues when I'm traveling through Mexico...because I'm not snot-slinging drunk and ripping off prostitutes. Mexico is a lot less dangerous if you're not a complete idiot. At night, get a hotel room, get off the road, eat dinner, get a shower, and go to bed. You won't have any problems. In the morning, go down to the beach and take photos of the fishermen selling their catch on the beach. It's a beautiful country.

Posted by Rob Kiser on January 11, 2018 at 8:54 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

January 10, 2018

Day 59 [Wed 1/10/2018] - Callao, Lima, Peru to Morrison, Colorado

Day 59 [Wed 1/10/2018] - Callao, Lima, Peru to Morrison, Colorado

Today, I flew home from Lima, Peru to Denver, Colorado. After 2 months and over 9,000 miles, I have finally made it home, safe and sound, to my trailer in the mountains. So good to be home, in bed, resting and recovering from a motorcycle ride through the following countries:

1) USA
2) Mexico
3) Guatemala
4) Honduras
5) Nicaragua
6) Costa Rica
7) Panama
8) Colombia
9) Ecuador
10) Peru

Posted by Rob Kiser on January 10, 2018 at 6:24 PM : Comments (2) | Permalink

January 9, 2018

Translating Photographs

I've decided what I need is an app that will translate text in photographs. So, I could just shoot a photo of the menu in Lima, and it would translate the menu into English. It looks like this is the app that might do what I need.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/translate-photo-ocr-camera-scanner-translator/id886953803?mt=8

Posted by Rob Kiser on January 9, 2018 at 12:24 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Learning Spanish with Spanish/English Subtitles

I speak Spanish well enough, that I can communicate with people and make them understand what I'm saying. The problem I have is when they speak back to me, I don't really get what they're saying, usually.

It seems to me that, watching a person speaking Spanish, with English/Spanish subititles, is the only way that I'd ever grasp what they're actually saying.

Extra espanol Episode 1 Spanish and English subtitles

Posted by Rob Kiser on January 9, 2018 at 12:08 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

January 8, 2018

Day 57 [Mon 1/8/2018] - Callao, Lima, Peru

Day 57 [Mon 1/8/2018] - Callao, Lima, Peru

Milking a Dead Cow

Hostal Las Fresas

I saw a mural yesterday that was truly disturbing. I'd love to go back and shoot it, but I'm not clear where it was. Also, I don't have my bike, so I can't easily just grid search the area for it. I've looked on Google maps, but I don't see it on there. Ugh.

I purchased a ticket today, and I fly back tomorrow night. Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.

I feel like I'm just milking a dead cow. And, I honestly think that I made that expression up, just sort of ad hoc. I created that colloquialism, at least, in my mind, I did. Then, I googled it. And I do see some uses of it, so who knows?

But, yeah....I feel like I've had enough of Peru. I want to get home. I've been on the road for a long time.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on January 8, 2018 at 2:06 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Shipping a Motorcycle Back to Civilization from Lima, Peru

http://www.peeniewallie.com/2018/01/shipping-a-moto.html


http://www.peeniewallie.com/2018/01/shipping-a-moto.html

Posted by Rob Kiser on January 8, 2018 at 8:36 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

January 7, 2018

Honduras Moves Towards Revolution

I've said it before, and I'll say it again...Honduras is on the verge of a revolution. I've never been so scared riding through a country before in my life. I'll never return to Honduras. I'm out. That country is in full meltdown mode.

Posted by Rob Kiser on January 7, 2018 at 6:31 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Day 56 Photos [Sun 1/7/2018] - Callao, Lima, Peru

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Day 56 [Sun 1/7/2018] - Callao, Lima, Peru

Day 56 [Sun 1/7/2018] - Callao, Lima, Peru

Update: I am alive and well and resting peacefully in the Hostal Las Fresas in Callao, Lima, Peru.

The "tourist police" have been called on the criminal Eric Paul Obeso Fajardo 998249455. He agreed to crate my bike for $500, which I paid in cash. Now, he needs $310 more for reasons that are not clear to me, and refuses to release my motorcycle until he gets it. The police will be here shortly, and he will have to answer to the police for stealing my motorcycle from me.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on January 7, 2018 at 9:10 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

January 6, 2018

2017 Honda Africa Twin (Standard/Non-DCT) Specs

http://www.hondaprokevin.com/2017-honda-africa-twin-review-specs-crf1000l-adventure-motorcycles-bike-crf-1000

Length x Width x Height (STD/Non-DCT): 91.9 x 34.4 x 58.1 inches
Curb weight (STD/Non-DCT): 503 lb.

Posted by Rob Kiser on January 6, 2018 at 6:10 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Day 55 [Sat 1/6/2018] - Callao, Lima, Peru

Day 55 [Sat 1/6/2018] - Callao, Lima, Peru

Chicha Morada en Municipaldad del Callao

Update: I am alive and well and resting peacefully in the Hostal Las Fresas, near the Jorge Chávez International Airport, in Callao, Lima, Peru.

There is a God.

The last 24 hours of my life have not gone well. As a grown man, I literally wanted to break down and cry, as I saw my plans for shipping my motorcycle back to the USA crumble.

All of the shippers down here are, at best, inept, inexperienced low-level criminals. This is nothing like what I experienced in Panama City, Panama when I shipped my bike back to the USA a few years ago. That was a cake walk, compared to this hell-hole.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on January 6, 2018 at 3:21 PM : Comments (2) | Permalink

January 5, 2018

Day 54 [Fri 1/5/2018] - Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Day 54 [Fri 1/5/2018] - Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Today, I will try to go to the airport and get the motorcycle shipped home. I have to be at the airport at 8:00 a.m. to verify that the bike is ready to be shipped back.

The apartment I am staying at is at 610 Ave Jose Pardo. Apartment 1302.

Now, I need to go to the airport to the Centro Aereo Comercial Puerto del Peru al Mundo.

Then, I have a flight back on Delta through Atlanta, although I seem to not have any record of this flight somehow. Argh.

Posted by Rob Kiser on January 5, 2018 at 4:43 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

January 4, 2018

Day 53 [Thr 1/4/2018] - Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Day 53 [Thr 1/4/2018] - Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Update: I am alive and well and resting peacefully in our apartment in Miraflores, Lima, Peru.

So, today, I decided that I've ridden far enough, and I'm ready to return to the United States. My reasons for this decision are many, but primarily, it has to do with the fact that I've been on the road for nearly 2 months, and I'm tired of riding. At this point, for me to continue the ride, it would just be a 4,000 mile dead run down to Tierra Del Fuego just to say "I made it", and then turn around and drive 2,000 miles back to either Santiago or Buenos Aires to ship the bike back.

My problem with that ride would be that, it's mostly through the Atacama Desert, and I just rode through the Sechura desert. So, I'm sort of burnt out on deserts. I'm not overly excited about running through the desert for 6,000 miles just to say "there, I did it". I wanted a motorcycle adventure, and I got that in spades, on my ride through Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

Somehow, out of all of those countries, I only saw 2 countries that were new to me (Colombia and Ecuador).

But it's been an amazing ride, and I'm glad that I did it, but whatever I hoped to get out of the adventure at the beginning, I got out of it. It was crazy fun, and I'm sure that as soon as I get home, I'll miss the Andes and the road. But for now, riding through the Atacama desert just to say I made it seems to me to be a bridge too far.

So, we went to the jorge chavez international airport today, and dropped off my bike. They're building a crate around it, draining the fluids, etc, and in the morning, I ride out to the airport in a taxi, inspect the crate, and then they fly it back to Denver. I fly back to denver on a flight that leaves late saturday (tomorrow) night, connects through Atlanta with a 4 hour connection, and then gets into Denver some time on Sunday.

So, that's sort of my plan for winding down my adventure in Latin America.

After we went to the airport and got all of that sorted out, then I rode on the back of David's bike, and the three of us (David, Johan, and I) went to the Dakar rally kickoff in Lima. What was funny is that we're all there in our riding gear, with our costcos (helmets), and no joke, we're signing autographs, people are taking photos with us, because they all assumed we were racing in Dakar. Lots of fun.

And then, we see this guy at Dakar, and he starts talking to us, and I'm like...where do we know this guy from? It turns out, when David had a rock in his front tire, [2 days ago int he desert in Chepen, Peru] and we stopped at a gas station and fixed it, this guy pulled up, and he got out and talked to us. And he gave me the Dakar sticker I have on my bike. And, at the time, I was thinking...why does this guy have a Dakar sticker with his name printed on it? Like...some people are so egotistical, right? Only now do I realize that he is racing in Dakar, and that's why he was coming down here....to race. Still, I'm surprised that we ran into him, as there are thousands of people at this event. Dakar is no small event. It draws....who knows how many spectators. There were certainly several thousand people at this event tonight.

Then, we ride back to the apartment. I copy my photos off for David and Johan, so that they have all the photos I have of them on our ride through Peru. And there are some pretty cool shots of them. That's what happens when you're riding with a photographer that rides beside you with no hands, shooting a DSLR camera in the Sechura Desert. They could have picked worse people to ride with. ;)

So that's kind of my plan. Get to the Lima airport in the morning (early), sign off on shipping the bike to USA, then fly out late tomorrow (saturday) night, getting into Denver some time on Sunday. (I'm not really clear what time on Sunday, as there is a 4 hour connection in Atlanta, etc.) Also, I'm currently in Eastern time, if I'm not mistaken.

I've been getting some leads on projects, and I think that probably now I'm ready to go back to work. I had a nice little 2 month vacation, riding through Latin America. Maybe it's true that the globe is a little larger than it looks on the map in my bedroom in Colorado. But that's OK. I had a nice little ride. When I would tell people that I rode my motorcycle down from Colorado, they'd choke and cough and laugh.

This is the furthest that I've ever ridden my motorcycle in my life away from my home. (When I rode to Deadhorse, Alaska, I was only 5,000 miles away, at best.)

Tonight, I've ridden over 9,000 miles on this journey, without ever turning back. Now seems like a good time to regroup. My back hurts pretty bad. I have a hard time standing up from riding all day for so many days.

Posted by Rob Kiser on January 4, 2018 at 9:58 PM : Comments (6) | Permalink

Calling Peru from USA

To call Peru from the U.S., just follow these dialing details:
- First dial 011 - the U.S. exit code.
- Next dial 51 - the country code for Peru.
- Finally the phone number - 6/7 digits.

011 - 511 247 8482 work
011 - 511 479 2310 home
011 - 511 98375354 cell
479 2310

Posted by Rob Kiser on January 4, 2018 at 7:36 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

January 3, 2018

GoPro Video Dates

12/6/2017 GOPR0467.MP4 - GOPRO482.MP4
12/7/2017 GOPR0483.MP4 - GOPRO485.MP4
12/8/2017 GOPR0486.MP4 - GOPRO491.MP4
12/9/2017 GOPR0492.MP4 - GOPRO508.MP4
12/10/2017 n/a
12/11/2017 GOPR0509.MP4 - GOPRO513.MP4
12/12/2017 n/a
12/13/2017 GOPR0514.MP4 - GOPRO526.MP4
12/14/2017 GOPR1384.MP4 - GOPR1390.MP4
12/15/2017 n/a
12/16/2017 GOPR1391.MP4 - GOPR1396.MP4
12/17/2017 GOPR1397.MP4 - GOPR1445.MP4
12/18/2017 n/a
12/19/2017 GOPR1446.MP4 - GOPR1629.MP4
12/20/2017 GOPR1631.MP4 - GOPR1632.MP4
12/21/2017 n/a
12/22/2017 n/a
12/23/2017 GOPR2066.MP4
12/24/2017 GOPR2162.MP4
12/25/2017 n/a
12/26/2017 GOPR2405.MP4
12/27/2017 GOPR2437.MP4
12/28/2017 GOPR2461.MP4
12/29/2017 GOPR2495.MP4
12/30/2017 GOPR2510.MP4
12/31/2017 GOPR2524.MP4

01/01/2017 GOPR2556.MP4


- Archived 467- 525
Deleted 467-525.

Posted by Rob Kiser on January 3, 2018 at 5:40 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Day 52 [Wed 1/3/2018] - Casma to Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Day 52 [Wed 1/3/2018] - Casma to Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Update: I am alive and well and resting peacefully in a 1 bedroom apartment in the Miraflores District of Lima, Peru.

Starting Odometer: 13,427
Ending Odometer: 13,674
Distance Traveled Today: 247 miles
Distance Traveled This Trip: 9,071 miles [13,674 - 4,603]
Distance Traveled This Trip(in Km): 14,600 km

My ride today looks something like this.

Planned riding distance: 228 miles
Planned riding time: 5 hr 20 mins
Planned border crossings: 0

Forecast:
Casma, Peru - 73F Cloudy.
Lima, Peru - 72F Cloudy.

Expenses:

Like...every day on this trip is just an unimaginable adventure. It's really hard to believe that this is happening. That it isn't a dream. I'll try to share, as best I can, what today was like.

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January 2, 2018

Day 51 Photos [Tue 1/2/2018] - Chiclayo to Casma, Peru

Day 51 Photos [Tue 1/2/2018] - Chiclayo to Casma, Peru

Additional photos in the extended entry.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on January 2, 2018 at 11:05 PM : Comments (2) | Permalink

January 1, 2018

Day 50 Photos [Mon 1/1/2018] - Zapotillo, Ecuador to Chiclayo, Peru

Additional photos in the extended entry.

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Day 51 [Tue 1/2/2018] - Chiclayo to Casma, Peru

Day 51 [Tue 1/2/2018] - Chiclayo to Casma, Peru

Update: I am alive and well and resting peacefully in the Hostal Central in Casma, Peru.

Starting Odometer: 13,163
Ending Odometer: 13,427
Distance Traveled Today: 264 miles
Distance Traveled This Trip: 8,824 miles [13,427 - 4,603]
Distance Traveled This Trip(in Km): 14,200 km

My ride today looks something like this.

Planned riding distance: 250 miles
Planned riding time: 6 hr 36 mins
Planned border crossings: 0

Forecast:
Chiclayo, Peru - 82F Cloudy.
Huarmey, Peru - 75F Cloudy.

Expenses:
New front tire: $60 USD
Gas: $12 USD
Juice: $0.66 USD
Lunch: $8 USD
Hostal Central: $8 USD /night

I stayed up until about 1:00 a.m. in this morning, trying to get all of my daily tasks completed. My riding buddies told me to meet them this morning at 7:00. Apparently, they meant "siete y media", or 7:30 a.m.

So I lie back down for 30 minutes, which seems like much longer. Definitely needed more sleep last night. Not good to be riding tired all day.

At 7:30, we meet downstairs, roll out the bikes, and start looking for a motorcycle shop. One of my riding buddies (David) wants to get an oil change. I need a new tire. We find an open tire store, but the tire they have doesn't really match what I have. My rear tire is Pirelli Scorpion A/T 150/70 R18 M/C 70V tubeless tire. They have a Pirelli MT 60 120/90 R18 M/C 62T. About the only thing that's the same is the radius of the tire. They have a front tire that matches mine.

I think they wanted $500 nuevo soles for the pair.

I try to pay for the tires with cash, but I don't have enough Nuevo Soles. So, I try to charge it with my credit card, which doesn't go through, for some reason. Then I try my personal card, and it works. Yay!

Now, we ride around to find a motorcycle shop that is open and will mount the tire. But when we get there, I start having second thoughts. I really don't want to put this little tire on my bike. It's clearly too small. I can't imagine riding on this thing. This is the problem with the 3rd world. They never have anything that fits a real bike. Everyone down here rides around on these little Chinese imported motorcycles that you'd never see in the USA.

So, Johan takes the tire to try to return it, and a guy that works at the shop (I think), goes off to see if he can find the correct rear tire for my bike. If I'm not mistaken, he took my rear tire, and is off riding around the city, to different shops, trying to find a match.

I'm reasonably clear that this won't work, and I'll be stuck with riding to Lima on the same rear tire I've been on for this whole trip.

I'm not really clear what I'll do once I get to Lima. I'm not clear if I want to continue rolling down to Tierra Del Fuego. I'd much rather fly home with the bike from Lima, than try to reach Tierra Del Fuego, at this point.

Posted by Rob Kiser on January 1, 2018 at 10:14 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Day 49 Photos [Sun 12/31/2017] - Riobamba to Zapotillo, Ecuador

Additional photos in the extended entry.

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Day 50 [Mon 1/1/2018] - Zapotillo, Ecuador to Chiclayo, Peru

Day 50 [Mon 1/1/2018] - Zapotillo, Ecuador to Chiclayo, Peru

Update: I am alive and well and resting peacefully in the Palma Hotel in Chiclayo, Peru.

Starting Odometer: 12,943
Ending Odometer: 13,163
Distance Traveled Today: 220 miles
Distance Traveled This Trip: 8,560 miles [13,163 - 4,603]
Distance Traveled This Trip(in Km): 13,776 km

Update: I am alive and well and resting peacefully in the Palma Hotel in Chiclayo, Peru.

My ride today looks something like this.

Planned riding distance: 209 miles
Planned riding time: 3 hr 36 mins
Planned border crossings: 1

Forecast:
Riobamba, Ecuador - 63F Rain.
Lalamor, Ecuador - 93F Cloudy.
Piura, Peru - 91F Sunny.


In the morning, I wake up in the hotel. I'm never really sure where I am any more. Like...I can sort it out, and it's not like it really matters, but it takes me a minute in the morning to remember where I am.

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Posted by Rob Kiser on January 1, 2018 at 5:27 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink