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Old 03-12-2014, 04:16 PM   #3901
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It was a small world moment when you came up after Ricardo and I started talking shop. Glad to hear you're still living the dream!

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Hi Chris,

Good to hear from you amigo. I assume from your new screen name that you've branched out from MX to ultimate frisbee.

Saludos,
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:15 PM   #3902
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Here is my bit on a tail box. Use any box you want -mine is an aluminum tool box- put a couple of D-rings on each side and run cables between the D-rings under the rack. You can add locks for easy on/off and turnbuckles for adjustment. Peen the threads of the turnbuckles so nobody can undo them and go ride.
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:46 AM   #3903
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Here is my bit on a tail box. Use any box you want -mine is an aluminum tool box- put a couple of D-rings on each side and run cables between the D-rings under the rack. You can add locks for easy on/off and turnbuckles for adjustment. Peen the threads of the turnbuckles so nobody can undo them and go ride.
I like that idea as a backup/safety.
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:54 AM   #3904
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After a couple days of waking up to drizzle and dark grey skies, it was nice to arise to blue skies and easterly winds. I can once again see Volcan Villarrica towering over town with wisps of volcanic steam blowing sideways down the mountain :



Took a stroll this morning down to the park to see if the tourist info center was open for a map of the area, but no go:



Down here in the temperate zone they have a rose garden in the park:



Brisk fresh air this morning with crystal clear skies to the south, so I guess I’ll head that way for a while longer before cutting over to Argentina.

It reminds me of autumn on the South Island of New Zealand this morning.

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Old 03-13-2014, 06:09 AM   #3905
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Hi Chris,

Good to hear from you amigo. I assume from your new screen name that you've branched out from MX to ultimate frisbee.

Saludos,
Tio Juan
hard to believe, but I've been playing competitive ultimate for 17ish years now... its addictive for sure. did/do you play? I rode down to Costa Rica one year to play in an annual tournament there, great time!

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Old 03-13-2014, 06:20 AM   #3906
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hard to believe, but I've been playing competitive ultimate for 17ish years now... its addictive for sure. did/do you play? I rode down to Costa Rica one year to play in an annual tournament there, great time!

Riding Across 5 Countries to Play Ultimate Frisbee!
Hi Chris,

Great stuff on your Facebook page. Thanks for the link.

I am an Ultimate Frisbee fan but not a player. It wasn't around when I was on the soccer team back in Eugene Oregon or I would have surely picked it up. It didn't come to the west coast until the mid 70's and collegiate didn't start until 10 years later. It's easy to forget that I am as old as dirt.

The UofO women from my alma mater are animals this year and the men's team is in the collegiate top 10. It's a popular sport where I come from.

Glad to hear you are doing well and having fun.

Your ADVpal,
Tio Juan
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Old 03-13-2014, 12:47 PM   #3907
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Spent the day wandering down backroads in the lake district:



It was perfect riding weather today. Mild in the 60’s with bright blue skies and crisp mountain air heading over ridgelines in the distance:



and down past numerous lakes:



and the smoking Mount Villarrica:



occasionally stopping to take a break and pick blackberries on the side of the road:



Not sure where I went but it was great riding. Finally circled around Lago Panguipulli and stopped back in the quaint town with the same name to get a map at the tourist info oficina to see where I was. It is such a nice area that I decided to stop early and enjoy the afternoon in Panguipulli. This area is beautiful today and I don’t feel like leaving quite yet. Am staying at the Hospedaje Dos Rios where a single room is 8000 pesos (14.50) with wifi and hot showers. The tourist office showed me a backroad down to a ferry that travels through the next lake down the way every day at 1 PM over to Argentina. Might head that way tomorrow depending on the weather south of here.

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Old 03-13-2014, 01:05 PM   #3908
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Fantastic! That Lakes Region seems so perfect in all the photos I see...riding paradise
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Old 03-13-2014, 01:15 PM   #3909
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JD , we left southern Chile lakes area and headed north for Nequin-Cuyo. We will either loop around north, or slow down and explore. That'll give you a chance to catch us.
When I return to the north and become a regular joe worker, I'll string together some pix and a condensed RR story. We hit some amazing places.


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Old 03-13-2014, 01:38 PM   #3910
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JD , we left southern Chile lakes area and headed north for Nequin-Cuyo. We will either loop around north, or slow down and explore. That'll give you a chance to catch us.
When I return to the north and become a regular joe worker, I'll string together some pix and a condensed RR story. We hit some amazing places.


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Hi Kari,

Sounds good. Will head over your way and catch up to you in Argentina or Uruguay in the next couple weeks for the second annual South American Sherpa Stomp (S.A.S.S.).

The first one was in Medellin last year. This year, who knows where it will be?

Look forward to your ride report and pics.

Saludos,
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Old 03-14-2014, 03:57 AM   #3911
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At 40 degrees south latitude you enter the roaring 40s where I am now. So named because of the strong west to east air currents howling through the southern oceans where there are few land masses to impede their progress except for the tail of South America. The weather can change in a heartbeat down here. Checking the satellite image this morning I see that it is raining not far south of here as another storm is coming in off the Pacific:



which means I’ll be heading northeast into Argentina today.

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Old 03-14-2014, 05:12 AM   #3912
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Morning John!
It looks like your about to run outta South!
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:03 AM   #3913
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Don't Stop!

John your almost there, don't turn. As in aviation, if you don't like the weather in front of you then make a 360 degree turn and head that way.

Make it to the tip of South America.
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Old 03-14-2014, 10:07 AM   #3914
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John, mi amigo,
I've been following you from day one. Your rr has been a tutorial for an old guy like me. I've been out in the slop riding this winter, practicing, and have been laying the groundwork for a departure on my 250 in July to do the TAT and then who knows where. Too much "self-unemployment" around here in the cold and wet. I hope I can learn the techno stuff like you do: camera, computer etc. so I can make my own rr.
Thanks, keep on trucking, and stay safe.

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Old 03-14-2014, 03:24 PM   #3915
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Just arrived in Junin de Los Andes, Argentina. Thanks to a suggestion by my pal Hektoglider I am camping outside town near the river for 35 pesos ($3.50). The money is easy to figure out in Argentina since the black market rate is just over 10 to the dollar. Just move the decimal over to the left one place and you have the price in dollars.

Just came into town to get some grub. Ordered a pizza here and they have wifi, so I'll upload todays pics and stories before heading back down to the river.

So far Argentina is really nice. Compared to Chile, it's windier, gas is much cheaper, the drivers aren't as courteous and the women are better looking. We'll see how the restaurant food compares.

uploading pics..........
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