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From Cajamarca to Huanchaco

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Time to keep moving…so we pack up and head west toward the coast and some ruins and cities we want to visit. We leave Cajamarca fairly early one morning and plan to turn south at a small town called Chilete.…

All I Need

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The rain pounded on the roof, wind gusts of over 60mph causing the camper to sway. A slight whistle sounded through the vent, even as our collective breathing fogged the windows. Pacific NW camping during a storm. An excellent idea!…

Cajamarca, Peru

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We spend two nights in Cajamarca and try to make the most of it by seeing some of the town and the surrounding area.  It’s a lovely high mountain city surrounded by small villages and centuries of history. As with…

Leymebamba to Celendin, Peru

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So early the morning after we arrive in Leymebamba we are off for the next town, Celendin, which I refer to affectionately as Celine Dion. We know the road will be scenic, because we keep hearing this from everyone, but…

Leymebamba, Peru

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The road to Chachapoyas was a two-lane asphalt road, and a great ride as it followed the curvy edges of a winding river. We left the river to climb some switchbacks to the town itself and stayed a couple of…

Chachapoyas and Kuelap, Peru

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Chachapoyas is a lovely colonial-style town. The central plaza has lots of tour companies, cafes and shops.  I see a few gringos out and about, but mostly it’s locals, maybe because it’s the off-season now. We are back up in…

From the border of Peru to Chachapoyas

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After crossing the border we head for the town of San Ignacio before stopping for the night. We wind up staying at a small hotel and parking our bikes in a private garage behind the hotel. It’s a little unnerving…

The Place in the Midde

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We are stuck. We spend our free time reading other travelers blogs, sucking up the nervous energy of those just preparing to embark, the excitement and joy of those on the road, and the reflection of those at the end.…

Riding into Peru

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We get to the border late in the day and I check my watch while we work on paperwork and see its 4pm. Yikes. We were hoping to ride all the way to San Ignacio tonight just to get away…

The long last day in Ecuador

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Vilcabamba is the last place we stay in Ecuador, and it has been gorgeous. We’ve heard from friends who have gone on ahead of us that the road ahead, which is largely dirt to the Peruvian border, is a nightmare…

A Getaway with the Parents

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What do you get your parents for Christmas? That baffling question that rolls around once a year, just about this season. By the age of 77 and 80, Jim’s parents have acquired everything they really want or need. In an…

Vilcabamba, Ecuador

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We rode south from Cuenca on a weekday on one of the main highways, but not the PanAm. There’s virtually no traffic which is nice, and we spend most of a day getting from Cuenca to Loja and then on…

Brian and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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Brian does some much needed work on the bikes while we are staying with Roberto and family in Cuenca – including changing tires, changing brake pads, changing spark plugs, etc. He spends parts of 3 days changing all the tires…

Drama on the Deschutes

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Darkness had fallen by the time we pulled into camp. Immediately greeted by Ron and Dario, talking over eachother, regarding the “situation”. While still at the office I had received the text from Dario advising us that they had taken…