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Forum: Ride reports 08-01-2014, 04:26 AM
Replies: 2,906
Views: 551,072
Posted By Frodo
Great to see the stars align!

You two have really deserved good fortune.
Thanks for all the effort you invest in words and pictures - much appreciated.
And now for some country I'm familiar with!
Forum: Ride reports 04-11-2014, 06:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,623
Posted By Frodo
Lovely photos, captivating story... Starting to...

Lovely photos, captivating story...
Starting to miss my trail bike. I wonder how far I can get the Shiver up those tracks?
Forum: Road warriors 03-25-2014, 01:28 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 22,738
Posted By Frodo
Just sold my Ducati Multistrada 1000DS and bought...

Just sold my Ducati Multistrada 1000DS and bought a 2010 Shiver GT. Miss the midrange of the Multi, but just about everything else is better on the Shiver for the sort of roads (poor surface) that I...
Forum: Ride reports 03-12-2013, 01:40 AM
Replies: 4,852
Views: 3,212,010
Posted By Frodo
Enjoyed your stories and photos over the last few...

Enjoyed your stories and photos over the last few months. Its been an epic journey for us; thanks for the time you've taken to bring us along!!

Now how do you say "Which way to Magadan?" in...
Forum: Ride reports 02-06-2013, 11:44 AM
Replies: 4,852
Views: 3,212,010
Posted By Frodo
http://wa2.cdn.3news.co.nz/3news/AM/0-Articles/133...

http://wa2.cdn.3news.co.nz/3news/AM/0-Articles/133712/westcoastbridge_320.jpg?width=460

A solution to vehicles on rail bridges? We have two such bridges in New Zealand. Note the "Give way" sign!
Forum: Ride reports 02-05-2012, 10:22 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 97,892
Posted By Frodo
Great to see you guys back on the road! ...

Great to see you guys back on the road! Wonderful photos!
Forum: Ride reports 12-27-2011, 10:48 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 97,892
Posted By Frodo
So Santa does exist! And knows where to find you!...

So Santa does exist! And knows where to find you!
Good to see you (both) on the road again.
Wonderful photos.
Forum: Ride reports 12-26-2011, 09:59 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 97,892
Posted By Frodo
Wishing you guys all the best for Christmas. I...

Wishing you guys all the best for Christmas. I hope Santa brings you a healed hand and two healed bikes.
I've enjoyed the ride, from the comfort of my armchair.
Cheers
Forum: Ride reports 05-04-2010, 01:15 AM
Replies: 1,687
Views: 1,973,538
Posted By Frodo
Photo gear?

Like many others have said, this is an amazing ride report!

Your photos are a wonderful complement (and compliment) to your words. I know its the photographer, not the camera, who takes the...
Forum: Ride reports 03-05-2010, 12:12 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,446
Posted By Frodo
You two are great! You'll get me off my backside...

You two are great! You'll get me off my backside and do a repeat!
In the meantime, I'll sit back and enjoy the ride.
Forum: Ride reports 01-09-2010, 10:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,015
Posted By Frodo
4skins Enjoyed the ride report immensely. ...

4skins

Enjoyed the ride report immensely. Like JMJ, I wonder why Brucie didn't help lift your bike out of the hole!

I thought that this caption "She just needs a new battery and a fresh...
Forum: Ride reports 05-22-2009, 08:37 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 18,203
Posted By Frodo
Great pics. Wonderful words! Now if my...

Great pics. Wonderful words!

Now if my contract isn't extended, I'll have some time....
Forum: Ride reports 05-09-2009, 04:42 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 18,203
Posted By Frodo
Enjoying this Clint (and Rosie). Great story and...

Enjoying this Clint (and Rosie). Great story and pictures. Tempted to go for another jaunt on the West Island sometime!
Forum: Ride reports 03-30-2009, 02:07 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,488
Posted By Frodo
Jeremy Absolutely brilliant photos and...

Jeremy

Absolutely brilliant photos and report! Shame about the weather. I particularly liked the late evening shots.

Roll on next summer!!

Cheers
Forum: Ride reports 01-18-2009, 08:01 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Reflections

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Forum: Ride reports 01-18-2009, 07:41 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Day 23: Sierra de la Ventana – Buenos Aires 583km – Back again!

We awoke to a beautiful morning with fog spilling over the hills behind the hotel. However, the wonderful atmosphere and lavish accommodation were tarnished by absolutely awful coffee! The back road...
Forum: Ride reports 01-18-2009, 07:22 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Day 22: Punta Piramides – Sierra de la Ventana 832km

This was to be our longest day and so we agreed to gas up at 7:00. The day dawns grey and wet, with light rain. It is a cool 16C as I ride out along the road back to Ruta 3. I am leading and must...
Forum: Ride reports 01-18-2009, 03:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Day 21: Punta Piramides 50km – Thar she blows!

As suggested by Jimmy, I get up early to see whales in a nearby bay. Joaquin is waiting outside (he had been locked out of the Posada coming home late from a party) and offers me his bike with the...
Forum: Ride reports 01-18-2009, 03:05 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Day 20 Camarones to Punta Piramides 500km – Penguins and paella

The day dawned grey and cool and smelly, over the Magellanic penguin colony in the Reserva Faunistica Cabo Dos Bahias. Wonderful. I was more impressed with them, than they with us. Except perhaps...
Forum: Ride reports 01-18-2009, 02:51 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Day 19: Puerto San Julian to Camarones 707km – Desert and trucks

I woke with sore neck muscles from the previous day’s wind! At Facundo’s suggestion we made a detour through the sand country around Cabo Curioso to the north of Puerto San Julian. Deserted beaches...
Forum: Ride reports 01-18-2009, 02:37 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Day 18: Cerro Sombrero to Puerto San Julian 540km – Trucking wind!

I woke to the strange patter of rain. A suspicious pool of liquid under Joaquin’s bike proved to be coolant lost from a loose hose from the waterpump. The problem is not so easily fixed, as the...
Forum: Ride reports 01-18-2009, 01:49 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Day 17: Ushuaia to Cerro Sombrero 430km – Going north

Overcast skies and a cool 9ºC on the Garibaldi Pass could not dampen a beautiful ride.

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Forum: Ride reports 01-18-2009, 01:31 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Day 16: Ushuaia 0km – The end of the world

Ushuaia is a likeable town. It clearly depends heavily on tourism, but has not become bastardised by it. The traffic is wonderfully chaotic, even though most roads are just two lanes. A hulk of a...
Forum: Ride reports 01-18-2009, 01:10 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Day 15: Punta Areñas to Ushuaia 637km – “There!”

We found out the previous evening that the three-hour ferry trip to Porvenir only leaves at 3 in the afternoon, leaving us insufficient time to take the ferry and make Ushuaia in a day. Hence, we...
Forum: Latin America 01-17-2009, 01:30 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 43,724
Posted By Frodo
Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and back

I'm adding a report of a trip we did in November 2008 here:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=423206

Up to Punta Arenas so far. Will complete over the next few days.

Cheers
Forum: Ride reports 01-17-2009, 01:25 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Day 14: Torres del Paine to Punta Areñas 415km – Penguins and ports

The day dawned overcast and drizzly, obscuring the mountain peaks – a friend of Facundo told him the mountains had been clouded in for the previous fortnight. We had been fortunate the previous day! ...
Forum: Ride reports 01-17-2009, 12:45 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Day 13: El Calafate to Torres del Paine 319km – Borders and needles

I had run out of cash and needed to get more pesos. There was a long queue at Banco Patagonia, so I waited in a shorter queue at Banco Santa Cruz, to be told “No cambio!”. By the time I got the front...
Forum: Ride reports 01-16-2009, 01:00 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Day 12: El Calafate 177km – Ice with your drinks?

The day started with the frustration of slow and unreliable internet connections, with lost emails and website posts (Neale and I tended to wake up hours before the rest of Argentina and this gave us...
Forum: Ride reports 01-15-2009, 11:46 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Day 11: Tucu Tucu to El Calafate 449km – From wilderness to tourism mecca

It was 5C with a cold breeze as we left the estancia. Facundo had arranged for us to fill up with petrol – the stretch between Bajo Caracoles and Tres Lagos at 389km (plus our 100km detour) was the...
Forum: Ride reports 01-15-2009, 12:29 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Hi Mark. A compliment from the arch-storyteller...

Hi Mark. A compliment from the arch-storyteller is a real compliment!

How did the Transalp go? Reliably. Some of the roads were awful with big rocks and potholes. While we didn't ride at Dakar...
Forum: Ride reports 01-15-2009, 12:19 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Day 10: Estancia Rio Capitan 0km – Life on an estancia

As arranged, Neale woke me just before 5 for the sunrise. A beautiful moon glinted off the frost on our bike seats. A brisk breeze made it feel even colder. But it was worth it! The full moon set in...
Forum: Ride reports 01-13-2009, 11:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Day 9: Perito Moreno to Tucu Tucu via Cueva de Las Manos 367km – Man’s handwork

Breakfast provided the best coffee since BA, but little else.
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It’s weird, if gravel roads were one of the...
Forum: Ride reports 01-13-2009, 10:51 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Day 8: Trevilin to Perito Moreno 580km – Camino pelegroso!

Today started benignly with wonderful seal and the snow covered Andes off to the right. But the tedium of the flat desert returned as we left the gaze of the mountains.
...
Forum: Ride reports 01-13-2009, 10:30 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Day 7: Bariloche to Trevilin 347km – Markets and marbles

Day seven provided us with another stunning ride, this time to Trevilin. A short detour on gravel west of Bariloche, saw us overtaken by a Citroen 2CV with wide wheels and lots of rust. My simple...
Forum: Ride reports 01-13-2009, 12:09 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Day 6: Villa la Angostura to Bariloche via Lago Traful 178km – Spectacular lakes

Day six dawned foggy, and trip to the doctor for Mooch, who was quite unwell. Mooch took the direct, sealed route to Bariloche, while the rest of us enjoyed what turned into a fabulous day on...
Forum: Ride reports 01-12-2009, 11:48 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Day 5 Villa la Angostura 40km – Enjoying the sights

Mooch was pretty crook the following morning, but luckily we had a rest day planned. The remaining four of us took the ski lift to the top of Cerro Bayo (1700m). We calculated that each ticket was...
Forum: Ride reports 01-12-2009, 11:35 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Day 4: Neuquen to Villa la Angostura 550km – Lakes and rain

A check of my front tyre the next morning showed a drop in pressure that may have explained the woolly response to the wind the previous day, but this was easily corrected. The strong winds...
Forum: Ride reports 01-12-2009, 11:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Day 3 Santa Rosa – Neuquen 571 km – Desert highway

Leaving estancia Santa Rosa.

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k37/Frodo014/Argentina/IMG_6960.jpg

Drivers on Argentine roads need more than skill and alertness to survive – some sort of...
Forum: Ride reports 01-12-2009, 10:55 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Day 2: Buenos Aires to Santa Rosa 602km – Urban slalom, rural boredom

We signed a wad of insurance, waiver of liability and other forms at Motocare yesterday, but today we actually picked the bikes up. I received a shiny black Transalp 650 with 12,500km on the clock....
Forum: Ride reports 01-12-2009, 10:50 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,014
Posted By Frodo
Day 1: Buenos Aires 0km – Meating the team

Fourteen million people make Buenos Aires a large city, but this is masked by the absence of skyscrapers in the central city. The old European architecture, leafy trees and wide boulevards give BA a...
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