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Old 02-11-2014, 02:18 PM   #721
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Day 158 Ushuaia to Rio Grande February 9

Well I guess I have to turn north sometime, especially since I'm at the end of the road.

I really enjoyed my short time in Ushuaia where I met a whole bunch of moto travelers. I had a nice reunion with Trevor who was on the Stahlratte with me way back in November. He had briefly been traveling with a few fellows from Malaysia on F800 BMWs who had great stories to tell. I also met Bart and Renata from Holland who had met Eran earlier in Peru. And finally got to meet Dan and Sara of Worldwideride.ca. All of us had dinner together on Saturday night which was great fun.



The ride to Rio Grande is only 210km so we started late today. It was four of us on this leg, me, Eran, Bart and Renata.



The sun shone all day for an excellent few hours of riding.





We stopped at the bakery again and picked up some more delicious empanadas for snacks later. As we pulled in we saw Dan and Sara on their way out. At the time I didn't expect to see them again.



Some dirt from the southbound leg



When we reached Rio Grande we found the same hospadaje from the other night.



An Israeli made aircraft that participated in the Falklands scuffle. It looks as if this is one of the planes that dropped bombs on the HMS Plymouth. None of the bombs that struck the ship exploded.



We had dinner together and I spouted off about not having a flat tire the whole trip.

Day 159 Rio Grande to Rio Gallegos February 10

Last night marked my last with Eran. From here I would go to Rio Gallegos and Eran would travel with Bart and Renata to Punta Arenas. There is a common 120km we all had to travel but I needed to get started earlier due to the greater distance, two borders and a ferry to catch. By 9am I was moving on my own again. It was damn cold and windy but I had all my layers on and just took my time.

At the first border I saw Dan and Sara just going in to the building. We rode the next 14km to the next border complex. Just when we were about to get going Dan signaled to me that I was going nowhere. The rear tire was quite flat! Without hesitation Dan and Sara removed their helmets and helped me get to work. With their help we made short work of replacing the tube but could not get the bead seated on the stiff Hiedenau tire. I started looking for someone with a compressor. While I was gone Sara had been talking to a woman who said there was a guy with a compresser, he was standing right beside us watching us struggle. It just goes to show, you need to ask if you want help. With the compressor the bead seated in short order and we remounted the tire. I think it was about an hour total but may have been more.

I took off ahead of them because I nneded to make up the lost time. They were also headed to Punta Arenas so their pace was naturally slower. Thanks Dan and Sara Worldwideride.ca ROCKS!




You think it might be windy here? You bet it is.



Back on the ferry crossing the Straight of Magellan again. Rolled right on just as they were leaving.



Day 160 Rio Gallegos to Puerto San Julian February 11

It was an uneventful beautiful cool day today.





I only made one stop in 360km with the wind at my back most of the time. I stopped in the little town of Puerto San Julian at a nice hospedaje on the waterfront.


It's really weird having the sun in my eyes
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:17 PM   #722
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Sad. It's almost over. Great read. You should ride home to make it last. Spent a few years in the oil fields of southern Argentina, pics bring back memories.


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Old 02-14-2014, 11:31 AM   #723
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Tire fix

So glad we were there to help out with at least moral support! Here are a few pics. See you in Victoria this summer!


DSC01673 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


DSC01675 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


DSC01680 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


DSC01681 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


DSC01682 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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Old 02-14-2014, 07:21 PM   #724
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Looks like a CyclePump?

Is that what you were using, that didn't do the job, so you needed a "bigger" compressor? Or you were using a hand pump of sorts, and "this" is the compressor that fixed it?

I've had my eye on the Cyclepump, wondering if it's worth the price of admission.


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Old 02-15-2014, 02:29 AM   #725
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Looks like a CyclePump?

Is that what you were using, that didn't do the job, so you needed a "bigger" compressor? Or you were using a hand pump of sorts, and "this" is the compressor that fixed it?

I've had my eye on the Cyclepump, wondering if it's worth the price of admission.
The Cycle pump didn't have the jam to set the bead and neither did a Co2 cartridge. We found a proper compressor to do it. In hindsight, the bead MAY have been set properly by our early efforts. However it didn't look right and I had 100km of Ripio to ride on and didn't want to take the chance. next time I'll lube the bead more before trying to set it. This was onlt my second roadside tire repair so it was a learning experience.
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Old 02-15-2014, 03:23 PM   #726
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Day 160 to 164
Rio Gallegos to Bahia Blanca
February 11 to 15



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It has been an uneventful 5 days and 2,000km. The roads are in great condition but absolutely straight as arrows. Some stretches take you more than 70km before the slightest curve. In the wind even a slight alteration in course changes the whole dynamics of the bike and you need to readjust the lean.

Puerto San Julian



Skelly has another birthday





Officially 30,000km today



I have seen numerous guanaco and rhea along the way, plenty of them road kill. So far I haven't struck any of them dead or alive but they sure blend in with the landscape and can surprise you.











Oil is the big industry in these parts



Approaching Puerto Madryn



A Beach!





The kilometers keep piling on



Only 1000km to go



The barren Patagonia plateau has given way to some green and actual trees. Along with this has come the customary bug splatter on my visor. The temperatures have gradually been climbing to the point that all my layers have come off and I actually opened my jacket vents.





The wind however is still blowing and gusting like a champ but I re installed the helmet peak which helps with the morning sun.

Dozens of radio towers all over the country



Tomorrow I'll ride about 660km from Bahia Blanca to Buenos Aires. This will make it easy to find Dakar Motos in the morning on monday so I can start the shipping process.
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:24 PM   #727
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Admirable endeavor!

Your journey has been fascinating to follow and an inspiration to all of us who dream of someday attempting something approaching this length. We will miss the updates and greatly appreciate the dedication and tremendous effort you have undertaken to keep the trip and report going. What are you considering next?
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Old 02-15-2014, 06:48 PM   #728
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Your journey has been fascinating to follow and an inspiration to all of us who dream of someday attempting something approaching this length. We will miss the updates and greatly appreciate the dedication and tremendous effort you have undertaken to keep the trip and report going. What are you considering next?
I need to get back to Alaska and Prudoe for sure. Also want to ride the Translab. But I'm getting a little ahead of myself
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:35 PM   #729
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Congratulations on reaching your goal!! I allready said this, but this was the best RR I've ever read.

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if you had the time would you go back along the western side of argentina/chile instead of ruta 3?
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Old 02-16-2014, 02:17 PM   #731
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I need to get back to Alaska and Prudoe for sure. Also want to ride the Translab. But I'm getting a little ahead of myself
I'd love to do Alaska, Prudhoe and the TransTaiga, but I fail to see the appeal of the Trans Lab.
Maybe because my wife used to live in Labrador, (and me being from Newfoundland, myself) and after driving it many times in everything you can imagine... a Mercury Sable wagon, 1/2 ton Chev, Ford Escort, Jeep TJ, Hyundai Elantra, GMC S15, and so on and so forth... I find it akin to commuting. BORING. LOL
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Old 02-16-2014, 03:31 PM   #732
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Still subscribed. Thank you for all the time and effort it requires to do this RR.


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Old 02-16-2014, 04:36 PM   #733
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if you had the time would you go back along the western side of argentina/chile instead of ruta 3?
Yes if I did it again but I am glad I did this side. If one was to start in BA and go south, Ruta 3 would get you to Ushuaia fast and then you could go north up the west side. I missed a lot that I would love to come back and see.
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I'd love to do Alaska, Prudhoe and the TransTaiga, but I fail to see the appeal of the Trans Lab.
Maybe because my wife used to live in Labrador, (and me being from Newfoundland, myself) and after driving it many times in everything you can imagine... a Mercury Sable wagon, 1/2 ton Chev, Ford Escort, Jeep TJ, Hyundai Elantra, GMC S15, and so on and so forth... I find it akin to commuting. BORING. LOL
Trans Taiga? sounds interesting
I missed Newfoundland and Labrador when I did my cross country trip so I need to go and see.
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Old 02-16-2014, 06:32 PM   #735
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Still hanging in from the heartland of the high plains. Safe journeys and an uneventful return home please. You've taken me places I've never been.
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