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23° | sunny | km 1218

Unexpected roads in the Andes

on 2017-11-12 in Peru
After crossing the border we decided to stay as little as possible on the Pan-American Highway. So we decided to head on a smaller road into the mountains after just a couple of kilometers. Fabi had checked on google maps before and noticed that large parts would probably be offroad. As it turned out he was right. After the first small village the road turned into a rough dirt path. Through a nice valley we made our way slowly up the mountains. The road was riddled with large rocks and occasionally loose gravel so it took us a little longer than we had anticipated. We soon found ourselves in another small town late in the noon. So we decided to have lunch and decide on our game plan.

We were afraid that we would not be able to make the next 100 kilometers to the next town before nightfall and so we agreed that it would be best to stay the night in this little village. The hotel nearby was nice and we even had hot water, something we have come to appreciate in the colder mountain temperatures. We stayed the night and the next morning we headed back to the gravel road slowly beginning to long for a patch of tarmac. The road was not as bad as the day before so we started making good distance. As usual we took some pictures, flew the drone for some shots for our next video and ate lunch in a small village. Little did we know that later that day we would find ourselves in a big predicament. After having waited on a couple of construction sites we were finally stopped in our tracks. The only road leading further south was being worked on and so we had to wait for the construction workers to let us pass. At first they told us it would take about half an hour to an hour. After the first hour had passed we tried to convince them that we would easily squeeze by all the construction equipment and that it would be really important to let us pass so that we would not have to ride in the dark. Unimpressed of our efforts the construction worker continued to hold up his no passing sign and told us to stay back. When he finally let us pass after more than 3 hours we knew we would be riding into the dark once more and so we hurried to make as much distance as possible before being completely surrounded by darkness.

In the next town we took the first best hostel. Having only done few kilometers that day we realized that we might have to calculate our daily distances differently in these mountains. It was not so much for the bad roads but for the fact that there were a lot of construction sites and our maps seemed to have no clue how big the roads were going to be. Most of the routes we took were marked as major connections, no matter if they were gravel or tarmac. Therefor it was hard to plan how much distance we would be able to cover in a day. This repeated itself over the next couple of days and so we started to plan with no more than 200 kilometers a day. Leaving the fact aside that we never knew how big the road that we took would be, the sceneries and landscapes as well as some of the dirt roads more than made up for it. Crossing a couple of 13000 feet high mountains in a day never gets old and watching the vastness of this nearly untouched nature left us in awe. We have to repeat ourselves, but the Andean mountains are a unique place for adventure bikers and any outdoor person. The ride may be challenging in parts but it is surely worth the effort.

In the bigger town Cajamarca we once again experienced a soccer sensation. Peru made the qualification for the world cup! First time since 1982. The main square turned into a big party with cheering Peruvians in cars. Everybody including us was happy.
And from now on we would see the TV report of the essential goal with a "Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool" screaming presenter on every TV screen for the rest of our days in Peru...

One night after another miscalculation from us we stayed in a tiny village in a small hotel with no warm water, no heat on some very basic beds. But it was all the same because we were more than exhausted from the days ride and so we slept as well as in any other place. Slowly but consistently we made our way towards a mountain range, that was pointed out by Gonzalo to us.
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25° | sunny | km 905

Black and White Mountains and Dunes

on 2017-11-18 in Peru
Before we headed to the coast we wanted to enjoy once more the beauty of these high mountains. To reach the black and white mountain range we took a rode through a gorgeous canyon named del Pato. The name black and white mountains comes from the fact that the rocks of these mountains are very dark and the tops are always covered by snow.
We rode higher than 4700 meters above sea level and we really enjoyed the view. Whilst we were taking a couple of pictures at the top of the pass a camper stopped next to us and we were greeted by two very nice Brazilian travelers. Both of them were on a journey through South America and they soon invited us to a self made lunch. There may not be cabins with food like in the Alps but we could not say no to some food on wheels. We expected some small snacks but were soon proven wrong when we saw the plates with food. They even unpacked their camping chairs and in no time we all enjoyed a tasty lunch on what felt like the top of the world.
Even with this short delay we almost managed to arrive before complete darkness. The fun part was that even though we rode more than 200 kilometers that day our hotel of the night was not much further than 30 kilometers away from our last stop.

The next day we left the mountains and rode the Pan Americana alongside the Ocean towards the South. Even though it was not much further than 600 kilometers until we reached Ica it is still surprising how different one country can be. On the Pan Americana we basically just saw desert like landscapes and lots of chicken farms along the coast. The smell of these farms was sometimes just overwhelming. In complete contrast to this experience stood the first week that we spend in the mountains of Peru. After a day in Lima we kept going towards Huacachina near Ica. Its a small Oasis which Denis had looked up and was looking forward to since a long time, because around this Oasis were big gorgeous sand dunes as far as you can look.

Denis and Fabi took, immediately after finding a suited hostel in Huacachina, their luggage and cases off the bikes, drained the air to about 0.2 Bars and fired their bikes up. The ramp into the dunes was a huge washboard because of the dozens of buggys that took tourists into the dunes each day. But what we had learned by now that it is all about keeping that momentum. 3rd gear and go! A couple of hundred meters later we reached the top of the mountain and behind it stretched paradise for us. A beautiful sandy valley surrounded by large dunes and little to no traffic. We felt like little kids on a huge sandy playground. After about an hour we were forced to return due to the setting sun but we were ecstatic about the upcoming days.

The following two days we spent solely in the dunes, testing us and our bikes once more. We were once more surprised how well the bikes handled under these tough conditions. The most important rules were, never loose momentum and always park downhill. Of course we got stuck multiple times but with joint forces we were always able to dig the bikes back out and head on. It is once more remarkable how versatile these bikes are and how much fun they already brought to us on this journey. After these two days we were certainly very exhausted but the amount of fun we had was also unmeasurable.

The next morning we put our luggage back on, reinflated the tires and went on towards the Nazca lines.
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18° | sunny / rainy | km 1595

THE mountain!

on 2017-11-24 in Peru
Basti started early from Huacachina to see the Nazca lines from an airplane. Within an hour he saw some of the most spectacular drawings this region has to offer. Some of the figures are more than one hundred meters long. There are also lines that are perfectly straight for up to 20 kilometers. For some figures one needs a lot of imagination for others it is clear what they are supposed to depict. For example an ape, a spider or the infamous humming bird. We met back up in the afternoon and after taking some shots with our drone we headed towards the main attraction of Peru, Machu Picchu.

The rode towards Cusco, which is near to Machu Picchu, took us over another extensive mountain range and we hit extreme altitudes once more. After two days we had managed to arrive save and sound in Olantaytambo, a town just one train stop away from Machu Picchu. Since it was not high season we managed to find a nice hotel in the center of the town for little money. This was very important for our bugdet because visiting Machu Picchu was everything but cheap. The train ticket alone costs 57 Dollars, !one way!. And this even though we took the cheapest time slot available. The train is next to hiking the only way to get to Machu Picchu, because there is no road leading up the mountain.
We headed on a small despite the bumpy track surprisingly comfortable train with only one wagon up towards Aguas Calientes, from which we would hike to the top of the mountain by ourselves following the old Inca route. But before heading up we had to buy tickets in Aguas Calientes to be allowed in. This was only possibly in cash and local currency. Entrance fee was about 35 Dollars. From Aguas Calientes there is also a bus heading up to Machu Picchu but since it costs another 12 Dollars, one way, we decided to save a little money. It took us roughly an hour to climb the stairs up to the entrance and at the end we were quite exhausted but very happy.
We were rewarded with a great view of the ruins and we were pleasantly surprised that the ruins were in pretty good conditions. The scenery is definitely one of a kind and the view of the city surrounded by this massive overgrown mountains left us in awe. It is hard to imagine what the Incas had achieved here so long ago. Luckily there were not too many tourists around so we could move around freely and choose the perfect picture spots. There were even some Llamas and Alpacas grassing the ruins on the one hand to keep the lawn nice and tidy and on the other to give the tourists the opportunity to get some stereotypical pictures of the local animals.
There was just one little problem with that, because of the animals there were also a lot of mosquitoes around. Each bite hurt immediately and left a small spot of blood behind. Stopping was soon no option anymore and so we kept on walking through the ruins. A lot of photos and a couple of inspiring views later we headed back down the mountain which luckily was a lot easier then going up. We stayed in Aguas Calientes for a couple more hours waiting for our train to take us back home. Overall we spent around 150$ each which was by far the most expensive sightseeing we have ever done. We can not really agree if it is worth it to spend so much money for this, but what we can agree on is that it is a unique and beautiful place. It is possible to get the price to a reasonable amount if you travel via Santa Teresa or hike the entire way.

With some sore muscles we headed onward the next day towards the Bolivian border. On the way Basti decided to visit Sacsayhuamán an old Inca outpost near Cusco.

After a small brake in a little town right before Lake Titicaca we headed two days later to the border. It was a small empty border and all the formalities were quickly resolved. Once again we leave a country that has given us many different and beautiful impressions.
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Arman
2018-11-10 06:28:17
Thank you very much for the good description.And I was very happy to be acquainted with you.I hope to see you again
I wish I could serve you more and I should give you all the points about Iran and its people at the beginning of your trip, but unfortunately I forgot.
be successful and victorious .
Rolf
2018-05-19 19:08:53
Hello Basti, welcome back to the Old World!
Enjoy the last leg of the ride home!
Basti
2018-05-05 03:40:58
Vielen Dank Michl,
nein gstritten wäre übertrieben. Wir haben nur feststellen müssen dass wir sehr unterschiedliche Auffassungen vom Ende der Tour hatten.
Daher konnten wir auch keinen Kompromiss mehr finden und die Trennung war letztlich die einzige Möglichkeit alle zufrieden zu stellen.
Wir freuen uns aber schon auf das baldige Wiedersehen!
Michl
2018-04-25 21:31:52
kann mich meinem Namensvetter unten nur anschließen, 2 Jahre spannende Geschichten in Text, Bild und Video, Danke dafür.

Aber sagt mal, nur noch Basti on the Road? In Österreich würde man sagen: " habt's g'stritten Mander?" ... ???
Basti
2018-03-26 03:22:12
Richtig Tom und vielen Dank!
Tom
2018-03-24 12:48:10
dann betrifft Eure Standortanzeige nur noch Basti?
Ich bin gespannt auf Euren Bericht.

Basti weiterhin eine gute Reise.
Basti
2018-03-24 11:21:32
hahaha Moe! Da hast du natürlich völlig recht, aber dann würde der Text zu 80% aus ride bestehen ;)
Moe
2018-03-23 02:35:21
Kleiner Übersetzungsfehler: you don't drive a bike, you ride it;) 'Driving' is just for cars.
Basti
2018-03-18 03:54:16
Hi Tom,
ja da hast du recht ;)
Wir sind ja leider nicht mehr zu dritt unterwegs. Fabi und Denis sind schon seit einiger Zeit zuhause und Basti wird es wohl nicht rechtzeitig heim schaffen... Derzeitiger Plan ist Mitte Mai.
Tom
2018-03-14 12:41:09
Wenn Ihr in vier Wochen wieder in DE sein wollt, müsst Ihr aber ordentlich am Kabel ziehen?!
Basti
2018-03-13 03:52:37
Servus Michael,
WOW das freut uns riesig! Vielen Dank für die netten Worte. Es ist wirklich viel zu lesen und wir haben uns immer gefragt ob das wirklich jemand liest... Also Danke für die Aufklärung! ;)
Schick uns doch bitte ne FB Nachricht oder ne Mail, in den deutschen Norden werden sicher bald mal aufbrechen. Denn von Deutschland haben wir wirklich noch nicht viel gesehen...
Liebe Grüße nach "oben" und ein paar Stories kommen noch...
Michael
2018-03-09 14:20:42
Moin Männers!
Nachdem ich vor einiger Zeit alle Eure Video geschaut habe, hab ich jede freie Minute in den letzten Tagen genutzt um Euren Blog von vorne bis hinten zu lesen (inkl. der beiden Alt-Touren).
Was soll ich sagen, außer, dass mein Leben jetzt keinen Sinn mehr hat, weil ich nichts mehr zu lesen habe:

MEGA GEILE STORY!
Es hat mir so unfassbar viel Spaß gemacht Eure Geschichten zu lesen, danke dafür!

Solltet Ihr jemand in den Deutschen Norden kommen, bitte bescheid geben! Lade Euch gerne auf ein oder zwei Bier ein :D

Gonzalo Bueno
2017-12-10 16:58:43
It was a pleasure
Basti
2017-11-06 20:01:23
Hi Thai, thank you, yes we are having a great time in Ecuador right now.
I enjoyed the night in Big Sur a lot and will always remember you and your nice family! Hope all is well!

Also thank you MHMT and Fred. We still have half a year left with hopefully plenty of adventures to come :)
Thai
2017-11-03 06:08:09
Hi Sebastian, this is Thai. You stopped by my camp site at Bigsur California. I was with my mother and 2 kids. Hope you are doing well...have fun and good luck with your journey.
Mhmt
2017-10-21 22:04:48
Great story with great team!
Fred
2017-10-06 10:28:42
Man what a fantastic journey,i am jalous!
Thanks for the beatiful recordings!
And safe travels!
Good luck to you all
Warm greet fred,the netherlands
Rolf
2017-07-29 20:16:20
Hi guys, hope it is not too hot in CA. Was trying to see how you were doing but have not seen a tracker signal since Thursday. All good? Need any help? Have a great weekend. Rolf
Basti
2017-07-29 11:21:49
Hi Robert,
vielen danke für deine Kritik! Haben wir bisher noch nicht gehabt. Dass wir ziemlich hinten dran sind ist absolut richtig, wir nehmen uns gerade eine kleine Auszeit um aufzuholen.
Allerdings kann ich deinen Punkt zu den Sponsoren und Spenden überhaupt nicht nachvollziehen. Wir sind überrascht und froh wie wenig wir die Sponsoren erwähnen müssen. Außer in der eher kleinen Rubrik Support kommt eigentlich nichts in der Richtung vor.
In den nächsten Wochen werden wir auf jeden Fall zügig aufschließen und du darfst viele neue Berichte und Videos erwarten :)
Robert
2017-07-29 10:37:56
Korrektur des ersten Satzesvon vorher:
Ich finde Eure Tour sehr interessant.
Robert
2017-07-29 10:36:51
Hallo,
ich hab Euch in Osoyoos am Campingplatz getroffen und finde Eure Tour. Leider find ich Euren Internetauftritt nicht besonders aktuell.
Mit am meisten Raum nimmt der Verweis auf gesponsorte Produkte und der Aufruf zu Spenden ein
Schade.
Webseiten anderer Weltreisender sind da wesentlich interessanter und aktueller mit mehr persönlichen Eindrücken.
Da drückt man dann vielleicht auch mal eher auf den Spenden Button.
just my2cents
Trotzdem weiterhin viel Spaß und gutes Durchkommen bei Eurer Tour
Basti
2017-07-28 04:25:16
Hey Phil,
das ist ja super von dir! Fabi hat bereits 2 mal seine Gabeln deswegen austauschen müssen. Zumindest das zweite mal geht jetzt schon mal sicher auf Garantie!
Das erste mal war auch eher ein Crash und somit wohl kein Garantie Fall.
Er fährt jetzt übrigens mit zusätzlichen Klemmen als Verstärkung!
Phil
2017-07-27 10:34:27
Wichtige Info für Fabi!
Rückruf von BMW für die GS, wegen Problemen mit den Standrohren
der Telelever. Im harten Einsatz können sich die oberen Stopfen lösen. Werkstätten pressen Hülsen zur Verstärkung auf. Am besten
bei einer BMW Werkstatt vorbei-
fahren und prüfen lassen.
Basti
2017-06-28 07:41:21
Oh wow! Ich hab gerade einen kleinen Fehler entdeckt weshalb Kommentare im Blog Bereich nicht angezeigt wurden! Wir hatten uns schon gewundert ;) Vielen vielen Dank für die vielen lieben Worte!!!

I just discovered a small error which caused comments in the blog sections not to show! We already wondered ;) Thank you so much for all the nice words!!!
Jörch
2017-06-28 07:29:31
Also Leute, dass geht ja wohl überhaupt nicht. Ich schaue jeden Tag ob es Neuigkeiten von euch gibt und ihr lasst nichts von euch hören oder sehen. Unglaublich!
Natürlich Quatsch! Ich verfolge seit geraumer Zeit euren Blog voller Ungeduld und sauge jeden eurer Beiträge auf. Ich finde eure Aktion super und drücke euch beide Daumen für eure weitere Reise.
Amir
2017-06-28 07:28:55
Welcome Iran Dudes....
Sebastian EBN ;-)
2017-06-28 07:28:40
Hallo Jungs, viele Grüße an euch. Beeindruckend schöne Bilder, Erlebnisse und Abenteuer. Ich bin gespannt auf die nächsten Geschichten. Euch viel Spaß, Gesundheit und Glück bei der Weiterreise. Liebe Grüße Sebastian
Steffen
2017-06-28 07:28:34
Hallo ihr drei, viele Grüße aus dem verregneten München sendet euch die Maurer AV. Wir schauen ab und zu auf eurer Seite vorbei und freuen uns über Neuigkeiten. Zugegebenermaßen, nicht ohne eine kleine Neidträne zu vergießen. Denkt an unser Elend und erhellt unser dunkles Sein weiterhin mit Euren Reiseberichten. Grüße von München . Steffen Z.
Marin
2017-06-28 07:28:30
My friends, I am Bulgarian and I should congrats you for the courage to do such trip. But I think you should better plan your visit in Bg :) there were a lot more interesting plases to see in spring than "abandoned" tourist city. Interesting name you gave to my country :)
Chris
2017-06-28 07:28:26
Hi Guy's.
I am interested to know how you prepared custom clearance and visa for all the countries. Did you do it in advance or will you do it on the run.
Cheers from Queensland
Chris

Btw. just a shame to miss out of Downunder :)
Jussy
2017-06-28 07:28:23
Hey Jungs ich hoffe es geht euch gut, wenn ihr so weiter macht wird es ja nur eine Ein-Jahres-Reise.
Viele grüße auch von meinen Kolegen der gesamten AV ( Maurer).
Ps: ich hoffe das bei euch das Wetter besser ist bei uns hat es nur 2 Grad und es fällt Schnee !!!!!
salih
2017-06-28 07:28:18
I prefer you to visit our North Sea Side not south.After you finish the north side you can ride across form north to south.
Salih from Turkey
Hemuli
2017-06-28 07:28:13
Keep stories coming :)
Have you checked if you can take the drone to all countries you plan to visit? I could imagine some borders might give you a really hard time if you have drone...
Ernst Huber( Jussy)
2017-06-28 07:27:04
Hallo Jungs bitte weiter so und viele Videos ich bin begeistert von euerer Reise.
Bleibt bitte Unfallfrei.
Gruß Huber Ernst ( Jussy )
Micha NC700X
2017-06-28 07:26:52
Sehr schöne Berichte, Fotos und Videos. Danke und macht weiter so! Viel Glück auf Eurer Reise!
Vahid
2017-06-28 07:26:42
Great! Hope to see you again soon!
Anastasia
2017-06-28 07:26:25
Don't you miss kebab yet? :)
Micha
2017-06-28 07:26:12
Super! Danke für die Reiseberichte und weiter viel Glück und Gesundheit!
Lars
2017-06-28 07:25:12
Hallo ihr lieben! Der Azubi Lehrmeister meldet sich auch mal wieder :-)
Ich hoff euch geht´s gut - In Deutschland ist es kalt und es regnet - Ich hoff ihr habt an Heiligabend ein schöneres Wetter :-)
Sonny
2017-06-28 07:25:04
what happened afterwards ? you left them there ?
Sonny mulder
2017-06-28 07:24:56
In the caves of laos where you visited one is where the biggest spiders In the world lives. Watch out haha, We saw one ist like 30 cm wide ...
Sonny Mulder
2017-06-28 07:24:47
Cool stories guys ! Keep up the amazing writing, where are some updates from December ?? :-D !!! Its so epic that you can do this trip
Daniel
2017-06-28 07:24:38
What a great time we had :-)
Micha
2017-06-28 07:24:30
Ihr bereitet uns in der Motorrad freien Winterzeit eine große Freude mit Euren Berichten. Vielen Dank und Alles Gute weiterhin.

Gruß Micha (NC700X im Winterschlaf)
Jörch
2017-06-28 07:23:57
Also Leute, dass geht ja wohl überhaupt nicht. Ich schaue jeden Tag ob es Neuigkeiten von euch gibt und ihr lasst nichts von euch hören oder sehen. Unglaublich!
Natürlich Quatsch! Ich verfolge seit geraumer Zeit euren Blog voller Ungeduld und sauge jeden eurer Beiträge auf. Ich finde eure Aktion super und drücke euch beide Daumen für eure weitere Reise.
Micha
2017-06-28 07:23:47
Super, Euch Alles Gute!
Trixxie
2017-06-28 07:23:34
Hey guys! Great to meet you in Death Valley! I took a couple photos, and a small video of you going through the slot canyon. If you're interested in getting those, let me know where it would be best to send it! Also, let me know if you're planning to head to San Diego, California. Happy Trails! Trixxie
Jörg
2017-06-28 07:23:20
Hallo Leute,
ich bin gerade zufällig auf Eure Seite gestoßen. Sehr schön und informativ gemacht. Den Tipp mit dem magnetischen 12V-Verbinder kannte ich noch nicht. Das realisiere ich vielleicht, wenn ich von meiner Reise zurück bin. Denn wir könnten uns demnächst begegnen, wenn ich ab Sonntag in Halifax bin und von dort aus Richtung Süden starte. Einen Blog habe ich mal aufgesetzt und da ist auch meine Position per Tracker sichtbar. Würd` mich freuen, wenn wir uns mal auf einem Campingplatz treffen.
Der Blog: joergreiter.blogspot.de
LG
Jörg
Lisa
2017-06-28 07:20:26
Hey Basti, Hope you were able to replace the chair in Munich. Nice meeting you at SFO airport. Love your website; what a great trip you are on! You have crossed the Rubicon. No going back.
Via con Dios,

Lisa
Maxim
2017-06-28 07:15:54
you'll love the mavic pro. got it for a bike trip myself and the active track funktions are perfect for following bikes even at higher speeds. looking forward to watch new videos from your trip.

cheers,
maxim