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Old 03-12-2014, 06:34 PM   #346
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Well done Jackie and Valentino

Don't forget Rene, you are welcome to come stay and ride with us when everything gets settled and you need a little trip, or even just a haircut.
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:57 PM   #347
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Wonderful ride report.
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:31 PM   #348
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Did somebody say free beer ??. I have to be moved in by early June, so just a few short months to move out of the Island and find a plave in YVR.

You're on.
Rene,
we could all meet in Silver Star for a weekend of fun and riding, I have a big enough place for an ADV gathering.
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:12 AM   #349
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Congrats on completing the trip! The journey perhaps continues? I'm looking forward to your next posts, as I am always interested to learn of the feelings and reactions long-distance riders experience when they re-integrate into the "real" world.
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Old 03-13-2014, 11:38 AM   #350
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we could all meet in Silver Star for a weekend of fun and riding, I have a big enough place for an ADV gathering.
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This sounds like a great idea.
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:48 PM   #351
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Happy to see you finished. It was great following along!

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Old 03-13-2014, 11:36 PM   #352
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René,

Happy for you to see the journey coming to a completion, I am sure you are planning your next one already. Can't wait to hear what it will be.

I just looked up the etymology of your name, René; to quote Wikipedia "born again or reborn in French". A very appropriate name for you I think.

Looking forward to more of your thoughts on the journey, and my only remaining question is; What will I do at work now, that I no longer have your ride report to follow?

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Well done Jackie and Valentino

Don't forget Rene, you are welcome to come stay and ride with us when everything gets settled and you need a little trip, or even just a haircut.
Ohhh we'll show up all right... Do we need to call first?




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Wonderful ride report.


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This sounds like a great idea.
Thanks all of you for tagging along, looks like the Vancouverites are slowly coming out of the woodwork, must be the nice weather you guys are having, time to take the motos out

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Happy to see you finished. It was great following along!

kyle

Suerte for you and Trevor, enjoy the rest of your trip





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Congrats on completing the trip! The journey perhaps continues? I'm looking forward to your next posts, as I am always interested to learn of the feelings and reactions long-distance riders experience when they re-integrate into the "real" world.


It is never easy, as I mentioned in my earlier post, I think riding long days in Patagonia by myself was very therapeutic, and it afforded me plenty of time to clear my head and redirect my focus.
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Old 03-13-2014, 11:44 PM   #353
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Cool2 New found friends





While in Ushuaia I met a couple from Buenos Aires, each riding their own bike, a Honda and a Yamaha 250. We stayed at the same hostal and immediately hit it off. I spent the last week hanging out with them and other Bonaerenses y Porteños bikers;






And let's just say that they are way past Tango.




Of course Valentino had to show off and cook some pasta, tonight it was alla Puttanesca

























Che... Que buena onda, esta noche me siento màs como uno Argentino que nadie.

Tomorrow I take the big jet airplane and head back home.


I'll revert soon with a post on Santiago de Chile...
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Old 03-14-2014, 12:54 AM   #354
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Pissed Santiago Part I











To even begin to understand the current struggles of South America, one should at the very least look at the last 50 years of history and how the Cold War between Soviets and Americans “trickled” to the southern continent.











It is not possible to grasp the current socio-political context of South America without understanding the direct influence the US had on the South between the end of World War II and the late 80’s.









One must also note the silent involvement of France, especially in Argentina and Chile until the Mitterrand’s socialist’s government was first elected in 1981. Official US documents related to the American involvement under the leadership of then Secretary of State Henry Kissenger in such initiatives as the Condor Plan (Operation Condor) have surfaced in the last 30 years.








Many released under Clinton in 1999. The documents and witness account shed light on how the US under the nebulous pretence of stopping the advance of Communism (especially after the debacle of the pay of pigs, and the triumph of the Castrist revolution) has been the “Black Hand” behind an almost countless list of fascist and military right wing coups in Latin America.









Bolivia seven, 1946-80. Brazil three, 1945-64. Chile four (not all successful) 1948-73. Argentina five between 1943-73 (over a dozen dictators), and the list goes on, and on, and on...











Both Argentina and Chile where ruled by bureaucratic dictatorship, and both are arguably the two countries that suffered the most exactions at the hand of state sponsored terrorism.











Likely the most known and publicized event was the attack on the “Palacio de la Moneda” in Santiago, Chile and the suicide/assassination of President Salvador Allende at the hand of CIA-sanctioned military forces faithful to Augusto Pinochet.



Countless intellectuals, artists, regime opponents, socialists, and other pro-democracy (left thinking) individuals where captured, tortured and disappeared in Argentina, Chile, and other countries of the “Southern Cone” during the so called Dirty War that lasted well into the 80’s.




Before September 11, 2001. There was September 11, 1973.
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Thumb Santiago Part II

For us, Santiago was an important landmark; Jackie would be going home for an unbreakable professional engagement, and Valentino would be running South, through the Austral - Patagonia – La Pampa – Ushuaia, then the interminable 3000km run North to Buenos Aires where we would rejoined, and spend a couple of weeks in the Federal Capital before sending Angela home, and put ourselves on the next open flight to the Pacific North West.

We quickly realized that Liliane’s return would not be feasible, most of the time flying standby is a piece of cake, but when you are going to the antipodes, and coincidently you are travelling to and from high season, you significantly reduce your chances of getting on the next flight. Hence it would be left to me to repatriate the bike back home and organize the shipping; of course my Spanish is decent, but I would be operating with a 50% handicap and without my faithful fixer. In the next few posts I’ll take you along the ride South and then North in greater details than I did in the previously without a decent connection.

Now I’ll be quiet for a while so we can go around the Chilean capital.




















































































































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Old 03-24-2014, 10:53 PM   #356
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Cool2 Buenos Aires part 1








In a way Argentina, and as its epicenter, Buenos Aires epitomize the story of the continent, from the Spanish oppression and their squandering of its resources, the take over by the English banks.





Leading us to the French supported independence, ensuing civil war; the bloody and idealistic Simon Bolivar and José San Martin revolution(s) era, exported to limitrophe countries.







For a brief period hope and justice triumphantly waving the flag of freedom from the imperial oppression. A new country, full of hope and rejuvenation experiencing newly found freedom, all pivoting moments, just as were the American independence and French revolution.
















Alas to be again spoiled by the genocidal campaigns of Julio Roca who, under the pretence of unification, successfully annexed the South during his infamous “Conquista del desierto”.
















The later appropriation of indigenous land to the profit of the very small minority elite, this wealth redistribution would trigger the agrarian reforms that would lead to massive immigration (many Italians) to compensate for the lack of cheap and readily exploitable labour; they were all dead.

















A labor force that would live in horrendous conditions imposed by rich landlords who had abandoned, to pest and cholera and fled to La Recoleta, the now super trendy San Telmo neighbourhood, the cradle of the Tango itself deeply rooted in the poor barrios of Buenos Aires.






























One of the more known faces of the opposition in Argentina was: De Madres de Plaza de Mayo.










The 14 founders of the group first demonstrated in 1977 by walking in circles in front of the famous presidential palace;








La Casa Rosada, looking for answers has to the whereabouts of their children who had been tortured and disappeared by the state. During the 1978 World cup event greater attention would be brought upon the movement started by the Madres, to eventually become one of the more prominent faces of the opposition to the putschist regime of Videla, a special mention to note that at the heart of those years H.W. Bush senior was director of the CIA.

















Evidently 50 years of history as complex and intermingled as the ones of South and Central America cannot be summarized in a few lines or by a few pictures or graffiti’s. But at the very least it may preclude and stimulate an interest among us, the foreign riders of North America and Europe, an attempt at understanding why we feel so dumfounded about the things we witness and asked ourselves, how come “they”, “those people” are and behave this way.













These historical episodes would eventually bring the revolt of the masses, the radicalization of Dr. Ernesto “Che” Guevara with his Marxist idealism that would reach its paroxysm with the Cuban revolution, and the Socialist and Perronist movements (also known as Justicialism).

















Far more than just leftist ideology, the movement would provide some tangible relief for the working class. It would be amidst those socio-political changes that the rise and fall of Juan Domingo Perron, and the tragic life and work of its regime’s most iconic figure would come about; Eva Perron, the illegitimate bastard daughter.


















For most, Argentina’s symbol of triumph over feudalism, a victory for the common man, of the poor over exploitation, women’s right to vote, still for many simply the face of a populist government aiming to rob the ruling aristocracy of their God-given right to impunity.












The history surrounding her tragic death, embalmment, the mysterious disappearance of her remains and their eventual repatriation have all contributed to the adulation of Eva the legend, and the sanctity of her iconic speeches from the balcony of Casa Rosasda. In the end, she would be buried at the famous Recoleta cemetery among her most vehement opponents’, the very same who, during the days of popular mourning. scanted “Viva el cancer! Viva el cancer!”.







































Then the most recent historical chapter, bringing us back to modern times, full circle, where during 25 years of dark and sinister oppression, thousands would die at the hand of the US sponsored dictators. At the very least, during those somber years, Argentina could rejoice when in 1986, Diego as he stepped up the balcony of “La Casa Rosada”, in a moment that almost upstaged Evita, presented his country, with the a little help from the hand of God, the FIFA World Cup.







Argentina, with your mountains, windy Pampa, unyielding Patagonia, stunning glaciers and the warmth of your people, you have taken piece of my heart. A piece of my heart that I gladly leave with you, so that one day, soon I hope, upon my return I may rekindle my spirit with your passion, your rich history, and spectacular landscape.






I will leave it up to you to figure out if Carlos Cardel was Argentinian, French, or Uruguayan?









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One of Buenos Aires 48 Barrios, this colourful neighbourhood, populated by generations of European and Arabic immigrants, is in the southeast of the city, near the old port.




Sometimes when you are lucky, both light and subject give you a perfect canvass.


















































































































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Take a last walk with me around Buenos Aires and, among others, its great example of Haussmannian architecture













































































































































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Old 03-25-2014, 09:16 AM   #360
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As always, I have no words to match yours...

Gracias René‎, what a journey.

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