Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-09-2011, 12:02 AM   #41
Recycles dryer sheets
nphx's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 285
Get a Spot - http://www.findmespot.com/en/ and also 1st year extrication insurance will get you a chopper ride out. I have a first gen one, the "im ok" message was good but it was one way - outbound.
__________________

__________________
nphx is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 07-24-2011, 09:28 AM   #42
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
travelover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 9,899
Interesting reading. I was thinking of you when I was in Ollantaytambo. A Mototaxi driver had a flat rear tire and he pulled down a side road, lifted the taxi onto two wheels by leaning it against a wall and proceeded to fix the tire.

I also saw some heavy duty 3 wheeled Lifans that had car like tires and a pickup bed in the back - looked very heavy duty. Maybe you can rent one of these as a tow / support vehicle.
__________________

__________________
Yes, I have achieved work / life balance.
travelover is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2011, 10:59 AM   #43
Moderator
Sarah in SC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 13,456
Travelover, if there was a heavy-duty option, I'd be all over it!

Okay, we leave for Peru in about a month, so here's my update--a picture from my motorcycle training class and a link to the site where you can follow our progress or lack thereof, if you want.

We're heading down early to acclimatize in Cusco and to see Machu Picchu, plus get some driving lessons on the moto. Launch day is January 1st and it will presumably take us at least the two weeks allotted to make it to Piura. If we have wifi in the villages along our way, we'll update via Twitter, which will update the map on our website and also our Facebook page. Fancy, fancy.

I've done all the research I can, now it is just up to us to have the cojones to make it through the rally. The equipment is dangerously junky, the roads are mostly dirt/mud, and there is zero support or route guidance available. It's just us, the worst machine ever invented, and thousands of miles of one across the Peruvian Andes, jungles, and desert.

Team Website
Launching ourselves at South America on a sofa-bike on January 1, 2012.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSCF4156.JPG (171.0 KB, 9 views)
__________________
“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching.”
Gerard Arthur Way

Sarah in SC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2011, 03:09 PM   #44
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
travelover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 9,899
This picture is from Ollantaytambo - maybe the same guy who leaned the mototaxi.

Would it be OK if I took out a life insurance policy out on you with me as a beneficiary?
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_3147.jpg (620.8 KB, 3 views)
__________________
Yes, I have achieved work / life balance.
travelover is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2011, 03:22 PM   #45
Moderator
MichaelB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Rocky Inlets
Posts: 24,487
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sarah in SC View Post
I've done all the research I can, now it is just up to us to have the cojones to make it through the rally. The equipment is dangerously junky, the roads are mostly dirt/mud, and there is zero support or route guidance available. It's just us, the worst machine ever invented, and thousands of miles of one across the Peruvian Andes, jungles, and desert.
You forgot to mention the snakes, poisonous insects and tropical diseases. Also, the bridges get washed out. This is just a few things that come to mind. I'll stop by later tonight with a more complete list.
__________________
MichaelB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2011, 03:42 PM   #46
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
haha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Hooverville
Posts: 22,386
Good luck Sarah. You are definitely an adventure traveler, so this should be right up your alley.

Ha
__________________
"As a general rule, the more dangerous or inappropriate a conversation, the more interesting it is."-Scott Adams
haha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2011, 03:48 PM   #47
Full time employment: Posting here.
NYEXPAT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Miraflores,Peru
Posts: 884
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sarah in SC View Post
Travelover, if there was a heavy-duty option, I'd be all over it!

Okay, we leave for Peru in about a month, so here's my update--a picture from my motorcycle training class and a link to the site where you can follow our progress or lack thereof, if you want.

We're heading down early to acclimatize in Cusco and to see Machu Picchu, plus get some driving lessons on the moto. Launch day is January 1st and it will presumably take us at least the two weeks allotted to make it to Piura. If we have wifi in the villages along our way, we'll update via Twitter, which will update the map on our website and also our Facebook page. Fancy, fancy.

I've done all the research I can, now it is just up to us to have the cojones to make it through the rally. The equipment is dangerously junky, the roads are mostly dirt/mud, and there is zero support or route guidance available. It's just us, the worst machine ever invented, and thousands of miles of one across the Peruvian Andes, jungles, and desert.

Team Website
Launching ourselves at South America on a sofa-bike on January 1, 2012.
I think I read on your website that you had not booked your flight LIM-CUZ, if that is the case than the the two cheapest options are Peruvian airlines and Star Peru. The other airlines will all tack on an additional $176.00 fee for tourists.

Acclimatization- will not happen in Cuzco, go immediately upon arrival to the Sacred Valley for a few days and book your train to MP from Ollantaytambo.

When you get back, you should be ready for Cuzco!

Lima- Make sure your Hostal is within a few blocks of Park Kennedy (Miraflores) if you are staying more than one night, otherwise you will probably want to be near the airport (Callao not Lima).

If you are here for a few nights, you can stay at DW's Ocean View Penthouse (just tip the cleaning crew) depending on availability?

Regardless, I will buy your team coffee at Cafe Z (in Miraflores) on your arrival!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 031 (2) (Custom).JPG (48.1 KB, 6 views)
__________________
NYEXPAT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2011, 11:02 AM   #48
Moderator
Sarah in SC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 13,456
NYEx, thanks for the suggestions and hospitality!

We are flying into Lima on Xmas Eve, staying near the airport and taking the early flight (Star Peru was cheapest) to Cusco on Xmas Day for the next week. We're booked for train to Machu Picchu the next day, then a couple of rest days followed by mototaxi driving practice, a monster party on NYE, and launch day on Jan 1st.

Who knows where our path will take us on the way to Piura from Cusco, but we've built in a week at the other end to hopefully take a bus down to Lima from there and get to see some of the coast. Found some nice folks that we'll probably stay with again when we come back to Lima, called Peru Road Trip, who plan 4x4 trips around the country--even THEY think we are crazy, LOL.

But would love to meet you for that cup of coffee sometime the week of the 16th of January! We're also planning a trip to the HQ of Practical Action, the charity we're supporting, while in Lima sometime that week, and I'm really looking forward to that.
__________________
“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching.”
Gerard Arthur Way

Sarah in SC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2011, 05:00 PM   #49
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
clifp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 7,451
I must say the trip to Mongolia sound like a lot of fun, even before you left the country and looked even better after I saw the pictures. This mototaxi well lets say I'll reserve judgement till I see the pictures. I'm sure you'll have an adventure.
__________________
clifp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2011, 06:18 PM   #50
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
NW-Bound's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 19,438
I am looking forward to following your adventure on the Web, in the comfort of my front porch motor home awning. If I were a bit younger, and my wife were more venturesome, this would be something I wouldn't mind trying out.

I hope the info will be on some Web sites that I have access to. I do not have a Facebook account, nor a Twitter account. Maybe I'll open one, just to be able to follow your trip.
__________________
"Old age is the most unexpected of all things that can happen to a man" -- Leon Trotsky
NW-Bound is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2011, 07:26 PM   #51
Full time employment: Posting here.
NYEXPAT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Miraflores,Peru
Posts: 884
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sarah in SC View Post
NYEx, thanks for the suggestions and hospitality!

We are flying into Lima on Xmas Eve, staying near the airport and taking the early flight (Star Peru was cheapest) to Cusco on Xmas Day for the next week. We're booked for train to Machu Picchu the next day, then a couple of rest days followed by mototaxi driving practice, a monster party on NYE, and launch day on Jan 1st.

Who knows where our path will take us on the way to Piura from Cusco, but we've built in a week at the other end to hopefully take a bus down to Lima from there and get to see some of the coast. Found some nice folks that we'll probably stay with again when we come back to Lima, called Peru Road Trip, who plan 4x4 trips around the country--even THEY think we are crazy, LOL.

But would love to meet you for that cup of coffee sometime the week of the 16th of January! We're also planning a trip to the HQ of Practical Action, the charity we're supporting, while in Lima sometime that week, and I'm really looking forward to that.
The couple that own the place you are staying were recently featured on "House Hunters International" on HGTV. Unfortunately that episode will not be shown here till next season. I had a friend that stayed there a few months ago and liked it a lot. The only drawback I had was 1 bathroom (for all) and no closets in the bedrooms.

Returning to Lima look at either Cruz del sur or oltursa bus lines as they are the safest best. If you do not come to Lima then think about spending the week in Mancora. Good luck on your trip and pray it does not rain along the route you have planned.
__________________
NYEXPAT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2011, 09:18 PM   #52
Moderator
Sarah in SC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 13,456
Quote:
Originally Posted by NW-Bound
I am looking forward to following your adventure on the Web, in the comfort of my front porch motor home awning. If I were a bit younger, and my wife were more venturesome, this would be something I wouldn't mind trying out.

I hope the info will be on some Web sites that I have access to. I do not have a Facebook account, nor a Twitter account. Maybe I'll open one, just to be able to follow your trip.
Thanks! Yes, the best place to follow us is our team page at teamdixiechickens.com. Or just go to the official page for the Mototaxi Junket and you can follow all us fools at the same time! So no need to twitter or Facebook yourself!

Nyex they seem like nice folks and yes we are used to hostels with shared baths (just ask travelover) we really just hope that we find indoor places like garages or suchlike on the journey and will be thrilled if we find real beds, let alone running water! Ah, there is plenty of time to enjoy hot water, cold beer, and clean laundry...but for just a month, the adventure alone will suffice.
__________________
“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching.”
Gerard Arthur Way

Sarah in SC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2011, 10:17 AM   #53
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Moemg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sarasota,fl.
Posts: 10,036
I will also be following your adventures and I give you a lot of credit to have the moxie to do this .
__________________
Moemg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2011, 06:34 PM   #54
Moderator
Sarah in SC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 13,456
So for those of you keeping track, holy moly we are in Cusco! Thursday and Friday are test driving days, then launch on Sunday the first. I hope we live through this madness! Cusco is a beautiful city,though, and our trip here was epic. Going to Machu Picchu early in the morning. Looking forward to meeting our mototaxi!
__________________
“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching.”
Gerard Arthur Way

Sarah in SC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2011, 06:50 PM   #55
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso) Give me a forum ...
REWahoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 42,134
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sarah in SC View Post
Thursday and Friday are test driving days, then launch on Sunday the first.
Hope you qualify fast enough to get a start on the front row!
__________________
Numbers is hard

When I hit 70, it hit back

Retired in 2005 at age 58, no pension
REWahoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2011, 07:01 PM   #56
Administrator
Gumby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 10,156
When you go to Machu Picchu, make sure to walk out to the Inca Bridge. It may scare the bejeebers out of you, but it is well worth the effort.

__________________
Living an analog life in the Digital Age.
Gumby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2011, 10:18 AM   #57
Full time employment: Posting here.
Koogie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: GTA
Posts: 855
Amazing !! Bon voyage and vaya con dios !
__________________
Koogie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2011, 10:33 AM   #58
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 2,555
Good luck and have an amazing time!
__________________
Dreamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2011, 04:59 PM   #59
Moderator
Sarah in SC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 13,456
Thanks so much, y'all! Cusco is beautiful and Machu Picchu was absolutely amazing. We had an awesome day up there today. Peru is a wonderful country!
__________________
“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching.”
Gerard Arthur Way

Sarah in SC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2011, 05:11 PM   #60
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
NW-Bound's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 19,438
Are you really going to cover 250 miles per day with that "thing"? How are you going to find time to post on the Web, or even have access to the Internet?

Anyway, it looks like an adventurous trip! Fun, fun, fun...
__________________

__________________
"Old age is the most unexpected of all things that can happen to a man" -- Leon Trotsky
NW-Bound is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:23 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.