March 29, 2008 GMT
DAY 42 - Desert & Sea


Miles on Angie 6,969, today we did 543 Kms. We left at 7 a.m from Sullana and out of this terrible inn, we stopped at a station and had coffee with biscuits for 1.50 Soles. We passed through the center of Piura, lost ourselves, Shorty with his GPS took over, we eventually were able to exit the city but via longest way out. Then we passed Olmos, after an hour of trip we realised we were the only ones on the road, desert with very little vegetation and several poor villages with farmers. We arrived at Chiclayo perhaps an hour over schedule, by taking the coastal road. I stopped at a church and several men offered to exchange money, Shorty pulled beside me and changed $US100 Shorty and received 288 soles. Lunch was Chinese at a supermarket. We continued on to Trujillo, all desert, arid, the highway awesome. We passed a lot of patrol cars, we were stopped they wanted us to bribe them for not having bike insurance. We argued, they threatened us with confiscating the bikes, I told them to do what they had to do and pointed out I would let the consulate know, frustrated they handed back the licenses and they let us go.
Shorty later told me that his license is a coloured photocopy of the true one, laminated, so when they threaten to take it and make him pick it up at the station he doesn't care about never seeing it again, I wish i had thought of doing that. About 5 kms later we were stopped again, straight up I mentioned to the young policeman that we were just stopped, he shook my hand and told us he had no other intention that stopping us to check out the bikes as he is a rider too. 5 minutes of blabla and we set off to Trujillo we took a right to Huanchaco and here we are in El Ancla Hostel, opposite the Pacific Ocean and three blocks from city centre for 60 soles with cable, hot water, fan, clean: Recommended, antiques all around the place. The bikes are in a safe garage.
Along the beach we went looking for the internet and to eat fish with a Trujillo beer 11 soles.
From the South of Ecuador and throughout Peru, motorbikes are not required to pay toll. Furthermore, driving south until Lima no one pays tolls as they are payed when heading north.

A WORD FOR THE WISER: Each time you enter a country be sure you ask (at customs) whether or not insurance is required for your vehicle. Police like to make you fall for things that aren't so in order to get a few bucks out of you.

Millas en Angie 6.969, hoy hicimos 543 Kms.
Salimos a las 7 a.m de Sullana y de este hostal malo, paramos en una estacion de servicio a tomar cafe con galletitas por 1.50 soles.
Pasamos por el centro de Piura, nos perdimos, Shorty con su GPS encabezo, salimos de la ciudad pero por el camino mas largo, por Olmos, despues de una hora de viaje nos dimos cuenta, ibamos solo por la carretera, desierto con algo de vegetacion y muchos pueblitos muy pobres con campesinos. Llegamos a Chiclayo quizas una hora mas tarde de lo que habiamos planeado por el camino de la costa.
En la iglesia pare y varios hombres me ofrecieron cambiar dinero, llego Shorty y cambio 100 dol. 288 soles. Almorazamos comida china en un super.
Seguimos para Trujillo, todo desierto, arido, la carretera A1 o sea de primera. Pasamos muchos policias de transito, nos pararon y querian coima porque no teniamos seguro.Discutimos como por media hora me amenazaron con sacarnos las motos, le dije que hicieran lo que tenian que hacer, nosotros contatariamos nuestros consul, frustrados nos devolvieron las licencias y nos dejaron ir., Shorty despues me dijo que su licencia es una fotocopia en color de la verdadera, plastificada, yo no pénse en esa buena idea. A los 5 kms otra vez nos pararon, le dije de entrada recien nos pararon y un policia joven me dio la mano y me dice, no los voy a intervenir los pare para ver las motos porque yo soy motoquero tambien., cinco minutos de blabla y rajamos de Trujillo torcimos a la derecha para Huanchaco y aqui estamos en el Hostal El Ancla enfrente del Pacifico y a tres cuadras del centro por 60 soles, cable, agua caliente, ventilador, limpio R todo con antiguedades, Las motos en garage bien seguras.
Por la playa nos fuimos al internet y a comer pescado con Pilsen Trujillo por 11 Soles
Ya en el Sur de Ecuador las motos no pagan peaje, Aqui en Peru tampoco y para el sur hasta Lima nadie paga solo para el norte.

Posted by Hugo Albini at March 29, 2008 07:57 AM GMT

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