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Forum: Ride reports 09-05-2011, 10:28 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Oh, yeah

I know, it's crazy, I've been really bad about this. I just can't seem to sit down and finish things up, I guess then I'll be forced to really move on.

I found a new condo in DC and moved all my...
Forum: Ride reports 08-17-2011, 08:55 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Day 99 (Morning)

ADV specific intro:

I've been working on writing the last week of my trip but it's been really tough. It's hard to explain, but I imagine those of you who have finished similar things understand...
Forum: Ride reports 08-10-2011, 09:40 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
The really difficult thing is that I'm so used to...

The really difficult thing is that I'm so used to living alone (10+ years) and when added with the even much greater singularity of my recent travels I am feeling very very much like a third wheel....
Forum: Ride reports 08-10-2011, 12:31 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Woops!

Haha, I've been so "busy" since I've been back - primarily focused on finding a new place when I'm sitting around on the internet, the rest of the time I've just been packing in as much socializing...
Forum: Ride reports 08-02-2011, 08:19 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Sorry for lack of updates!

I'm sorry for not adding the final chapter on this story yet - I think part of me doesn't quite want to, since once it's over... well, it's over.

In summary, I'm now back in the US and trying to...
Forum: Ride reports 07-26-2011, 02:17 PM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
I am happy to say that I've made it to Tacna...

I am happy to say that I've made it to Tacna after some of the most insane riding of my career. It may take me a day or two to recover and assimilate.

For now, here is a taste...
...
Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2011, 10:12 AM
Replies: 1,094
Views: 295,521
Posted By trackpete
Leaving bikes in AR

Just to add a bit more confusion to the topic of leaving bikes in AR (note that my bike is Peruvian, which may confuse things):

1. I left my bike in Salta and flew to Lima for a week via BA. If...
Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2011, 09:43 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
This is a good idea if you have a very high...

This is a good idea if you have a very high quality metal bottle with a very good stopper (I have done this before). Unfortunately I'm just using crappy normal plastic bottles and the one time I...
Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2011, 09:27 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Days 97-98

In which Pete chills.

Days 97-98
Location: Uyuni, Bolivia

Days 97-98
Location: Uyuni, Bolivia

My initial intention was only to spend one day hanging out and recovering in Uyuni, then head...
Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2011, 09:26 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Day 96

In which Pete finally successfully returns to Uyuni.

Day 96
Begin: Unknown Location East of Villa Alotta, Southwest Bolivia @ 9:45AM
End: Uyuni, Bolivia @ 4:00PM
Distance: 126km (79 miles) in 6...
Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2011, 09:23 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Day 95

In which Pete begins the difficult trip back to Uyuni, runs out of fuel, and once again crosses that crazy river.

Day 95
Begin: Laguna Colorada, Southwest Bolivia @ 9:45AM
End: Unknown Location...
Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2011, 09:17 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Day 94

In which Pete nearly loses Red and gives up once again, before crossing an ice field to spend the night with the Bolivian army at Laguna Colorada.

http://pwx.me/adv/route949596.jpg
(this shows my...
Forum: Ride reports 07-20-2011, 06:08 PM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Days 94-97 will have to wait until tomorrow, this...

Days 94-97 will have to wait until tomorrow, this internet connection is mind bogglingly slow. Day 94 is by far the worst, so... whew!



I really wanted to explore this area but it is completely...
Forum: Ride reports 07-20-2011, 06:02 PM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Day 93

In which Pete faces one of the biggest challenges of the journey to date, gives up, and begins to go home... only to turn around and surmount it.

Day 93
Begin: Unknown Location, Valley of Red...
Forum: Ride reports 07-20-2011, 05:55 PM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Day 92

In which Pete gets completely lost in Bolivia and almost ends up in Chile.

http://pwx.me/adv/route9293.jpg
(the above shows my GPS track from Day 92 and Day 93 in Google Maps)

Day 92
Begin:...
Forum: Ride reports 07-19-2011, 12:37 PM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
I live!

I'm alive! And back in Uyuni. Full report tonight or tomorrow, but here's a quick highlight reel:

- Got completely lost and went an entire day the wrong way, showing up at the Chile border by...
Forum: Ride reports 07-14-2011, 09:57 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Days 90-91

Days 90-91
Location: Uyuni, Bolivia (no travel)

I went to sleep around 8PM last night and woke up at 9AM this morning. Crazy! I remembered that the Mexican place I ate at yesterday had breakfast,...
Forum: Ride reports 07-14-2011, 09:55 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Day 89

In which Pete finally conquers the evil mountain roads and stands on a random soapbox for a moment.

Day 89
Begin: Somewhere between Tupiza and Uyuni, Bolivia @ 10:45AM
End: Uyuni, Bolivia @...
Forum: Ride reports 07-14-2011, 09:49 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Day 88

In which Pete resorts to portaging gear up hills and spends hours working on Red in the dirt.

(photos are lower res than normal because internet connection is crap here)

Day 88
Begin:...
Forum: Ride reports 07-14-2011, 06:35 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Day 87

(there are no pictures with this post)

In which Pete runs out of fuel, discovers steep roads do not go well with low horsepower, and nearly dies.


Day 87
Begin: Abra Pampa, Jujuy, Argentina @...
Forum: Ride reports 07-14-2011, 06:29 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Oof!

Hello from Uyuni - home of the world's slowest internet connections. I suppose I should be glad there is internet at all...

The 200km from Tupiza to Uyuni took me about two and a half days due to...
Forum: Ride reports 07-10-2011, 05:45 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Day 86

In which Pete endures a few minor sand storms, explores a salt flat, runs low on liquids and turns tail towards civilization on a "quick and easy road" only to find it is not quite such.

Day 86...
Forum: Ride reports 07-10-2011, 05:39 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Day 85

In which Pete goes for a “dry run” on horrid roads and nearly destroys his moto on one of the most brutal roads ever.

Day 85
Begin: Salta, Argentina @ 11AM
End: Salinas Grandes, Ruta 40, Jujuy,...
Forum: Ride reports 07-09-2011, 05:27 PM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
I climbed up the side of a steep hill (almost...

I climbed up the side of a steep hill (almost dying) then left my camera up there taking photos on time lapse mode. I did this a bunch but most of the time my moto is so small you can barely see it...
Forum: Ride reports 07-07-2011, 06:52 PM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Some replies again!

Sure enough - in just 1000km to Salta my valves opened enough that there was a noticeable ticking. I wasn't able to find anyone selling feeler gauges but I will keep an eye out. Thankfully it looks...
Forum: Ride reports 07-07-2011, 04:15 PM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Days 72-84

Days 72-84
No moto adventure!
Locations: Salta, Argentina and Lima, Peru

Crunch! Time, smashed together. You don’t get all the details on this mini-adventure because it was for me. I hung out...
Forum: Ride reports 07-07-2011, 04:14 PM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Day 71

In which Pete discovers one of the most amazing roads in the world, by accident.

Day 71
Begin: Unknown Location on Ruta 40, Argentina @ 10:45AM
End: Salta, Salta Argentina @ 7:00PM
Distance:...
Forum: Ride reports 07-07-2011, 04:10 PM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Day 70

In which Pete is bored a wee bit again, but finds a cool camp site.

Day 70
Begin: Famatina, San Juan, Argentina @ 11:00AM
End: Unknown Location on Ruta 40, Argentina @ 6:45PM
Distance: 335km...
Forum: Ride reports 07-07-2011, 04:07 PM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Day 69

(sorry it took me so long to get the last days into Salta posted up)

In which Pete finally gets a taste of roads that aren't just roads again.

Day 69
Begin: San Jose de Jachal, San Juan,...
Forum: Ride reports 07-02-2011, 11:27 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Hey everyone - sorry that I haven't yet caught up...

Hey everyone - sorry that I haven't yet caught up this RR with the last few days before Salta. I just got so excited to have some time to hang out with some of my friends that everything got lost for...
Forum: Ride reports 06-27-2011, 06:52 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 45,419
Posted By trackpete
In a sick and twisted way, it's almost better...

In a sick and twisted way, it's almost better that he didn't get the one-way record again. Coming so close and not making it means another epic attempt in the making - everyone loves a comeback...
Forum: Ride reports 06-27-2011, 06:44 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Apologies + Intermission/Plans Announcement

I apologize for the lack of updates. The morning after arriving in Salta I began to struggle with the weather and pressure changes in the area - it was going from sunny to cloudy and back again...
Forum: Ride reports 06-24-2011, 04:28 PM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Made it to Salta!

The last few days have included some pretty amazing roads and I'm really happy to have made it to Salta and found a hotel. I plan to settle down here and figure out how to get to Lima and nail down...
Forum: Ride reports 06-23-2011, 06:22 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Day 68 Addendum

Thank you for the awesome explanation and information, Strongbad! I will keep it in mind, definitely have everything checked out again soon.

Here is a Day 68 Addendum, since the day wasn't over...
Forum: Ride reports 06-21-2011, 12:04 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 45,419
Posted By trackpete
Cristo Redentor has a tunnel precisely to prevent...

Cristo Redentor has a tunnel precisely to prevent snow from closing it, by my understanding. It's also the main route between Mendoza and Santiago and is constantly transited by trucks. Unless he...
Forum: Ride reports 06-21-2011, 11:40 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Day 68

In which Pete finds much needed attention for Red.

Day 68
Location: San Jose de Jachal, San Juan, Argentina

I woke up pretty excited this morning, knowing that after a few days of idleness I...
Forum: Ride reports 06-21-2011, 11:37 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Day 67

In which Pete discovers he is stuck over a holiday weekend, manages to locate the only internet in town, makes new friends, and explores the countryside on four wheels.

Day 67
Location: San Jose...
Forum: Ride reports 06-20-2011, 08:14 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Jachal photos + misc

So, as you can tell, I finally found internet in this town - I had to walk out to the main area by the highway and found a gas station with a cafe and wifi. In all of my explorations around town,...
Forum: Ride reports 06-20-2011, 07:40 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Day 65

In which entropy rears its ugly head, forcing a return to town and stranding Pete for an unpredictable duration.

Day 66
Begin: San Jose de Jachal, San Juan, Argentina @ 10:00AM
End: San Jose de...
Forum: Ride reports 06-20-2011, 07:10 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 80,840
Posted By trackpete
Day 65

In which Pete begins again on the fearsome Ruta 40, heading north into the mountains.

(Missed days 63-64? Actually you didn’t – I spent those two days holed up in a hotel room in Mendoza mostly...
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