Alison’s Wanderland: the journey south : a solo adventure through the America’s

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by alison's wanderland, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. woodly1069

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    WOW! talk about desolation! I must go there some day...
  2. alison's wanderland

    alison's wanderland Been here awhile

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    I highly recommend it!! :D
  3. alison's wanderland

    alison's wanderland Been here awhile

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    Deb and I arrived at the guard station as the sun was setting and were not allowed into the park. We had hoped to camp inside the boundaries of Perito Mereno, but the guard kindly said no, and pointed the way to a campsite nearby. We did not realize the magnificence of the view until the sun rose the next morning. Getting an early start on the day, we found that buses filled with other tourists had already beaten us to the top, but the view of the massive glacier was still stunning. As the sun ticked overhead to mid-day, we waited to hear the crack and fall of breaking ice. We stared with others, yet didn’t see anything so decided to walk to another viewpoint. Caught amongst the trees, which revealed fall had set in, we heard the crashes into the water. Do we run down or up? Back down, but with either decision we missed the action. Again we waited. Nothing. Let’s go back up. And again, stuck within the trees, chunks of ice fell into cold 3 degree waters. There was no winning this game. Long hours, day after day on a motorcycle had made my legs slow to move up flights of stairs. The memory of the sound is all that took with me.

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  4. alison's wanderland

    alison's wanderland Been here awhile

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    And the road continues south, and even when two riders enter the landscape, it is a solitude like no other…

    pictures speak for themselves…

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  5. muddyrabbit

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    Just found this and subscribed. Love, love, LOVE your writing style!
  6. JamieD

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    Same here,
    Great RR, really enjoying them - have safe travels.

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  7. Wraith1027

    Wraith1027 Adventurer

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    Just spent the last 3 hours reading this and your blog. Makes me wonder why I'm sitting here in my office, working. Instead of following your lead and exploring. My weekend jaunts, while I love them, seem trite right now. Loved your story and photos. Thank you so much for sharing. I will continue to follow your excursions. Maybe we will meet out on the road one day!
  8. Oldone

    Oldone One day at a time!

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  9. Mtn^^West^^DS

    Mtn^^West^^DS Mtn West Dual Sport

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    Really enjoying your report. Excellent pictures and descriptions. Very well done. You are awesome! Keep it up.
  10. alison's wanderland

    alison's wanderland Been here awhile

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    Thank you! Thank you!

    Doesn't matter if its for the weekend or for several months, enjoy the ride! And yes... maybe see you on the road, maybe even a dirt one:D.

    Now to return to finish the story...
  11. alison's wanderland

    alison's wanderland Been here awhile

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    The calm waves of the Strait of Megellan provided an easy ferry crossing, and we figured that with such good weather, there was no reason not to ride. So, each of our two wheels continued to chase the sun to the end of the earth, el fin de mundo. Riding 300-mile (500km) days were the norm… we mounted our bikes shortly after the sun rose, and continued until just after it set, using the last of its dusk to set up our wild camps. Excitement fueled our spirits across the gravel roads of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, knowing the end time was near, as was our goal of reaching as south as the road south goes.

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    On March 8, 2013, Deb and I, with smiles brighter than the sky, finally reached the orange sign with white letters that read: Ushuaia. We made it to this landmark, a shabby little port city, emphasized in greatness by motorcyclists and bicyclist alike, as the ultimate destination to end a journey.


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    As grey skies broke with dots of blue, and the light snow-flakes sprinkled on us while we rode through the last mountain pass were long dried, we parked our bikes at a hostel, agreeing it was too cold to camp. Besides we wanted to treat ourselves to a delicious (and expensive) dinner in town since a little bit of celebration was in order… we had reached the end of the world!

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    Our one full day in Ushuaia was spent playing tourist on a boat exploring the Beagle Channel. We wanted to see Penguins. Dreams of cruises to Antarctica prevailed, even as our faces froze with the cold winds on the catamaran, but realized that excursion would have to wait for another time.

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    Early the next morning, we headed to Tierra del Fuego National Park to visit the sign at the end of Ruta 3, where it really is the end of the road. It was not until I read the line - Alaska 17,848km - that I felt the completion of this accomplishment. I had ridden from tip to tip. Even though I took that distance over the course two journeys in two years, with miles accumulating far beyond that number, I have ridden all that way. Tears welled in my eyes, as they do now just recounting the occasion.

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    Deb and I, both originating on solo journeys, triumphing over individual trials and tribulations, had made it there on our own. Yet we also found an appreciation to have someone there to celebrate with. We jumped up and down in joy and gave each other a hug, so proud, that we did it!

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    : End of the Road:

    From beginning to end: a tribute to those I met along the way and their photos at the sign at the end of the road.

    <a href="http://alisonswanderland.smugmug.com/photos/swfpopup.mg?AlbumID=29418856&#038;AlbumKey=ZmGDLF">Slideshow of Rider Photos</a>
  12. NSFW

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    WOW....congrats alison...:bow

    sorry i missed your updates, now i have to start from the beginning. the pics and commentaries are brilliant. thank you.

    what will be next? hope you the best.
  13. woodly1069

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    fan-freakin-tastic!
  14. AustinJake

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    Great experience, great write-up, great feeling for y'all.!
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    Plano, Texas
    Way to go!!! :clap
  16. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    round the world
    great conclusion....:clap
  17. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Will you be doing the book next?
  18. Gsteven

    Gsteven adventure gloggy

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    Yeah for Alison and Deb. Well done and enjoy the feeling!
    Steven
  19. alison's wanderland

    alison's wanderland Been here awhile

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    How did I end up in Panama?
    Close to the END:

    I had spent 46,579 miles with Oscar, my trusty KLR685 that I adorned with all the best modifications, including gold chains and improved doohickeys, even though you wouldn’t know by looking at it. The time to pass the bike to another rider had arrived. Oscar had taken me all over north, central and south Americas, but this was his final journey with me.

    <a href="http://alisonswanderland.smugmug.com/MotorcycleAdventures/2012-South-thru-Americas/Sale-of-KLR-in-Punta-Arenas/31071265_D9PW6b#!i=2687764785&amp;k=cKkCT8T&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" title="Photo &amp; Video Sharing by SmugMug"><img src="http://alisonswanderland.smugmug.com/MotorcycleAdventures/2012-South-thru-Americas/Sale-of-KLR-in-Punta-Arenas/i-cKkCT8T/0/L/IMG_6298-L.jpg" title="Photo &amp; Video Sharing by SmugMug" alt="Photo &amp; Video Sharing by SmugMug"></a>

    Before leaving Los Angeles, I briefly thought about I would do with my motorcycle once I achieved the destination of Ushuaia. But to reveal the truth, I didn’t really know. I had heard some whispers of legality about selling the bike down in Tierra del Fuego but most were rumors about how to not get caught selling it under the table.

    The opportunity to sell presented itself just days before reaching Ushuaia. I literally rode right past it. A friend was returning in the opposite direction at the San Sebastián border between Chile and Argentina. He stopped me to say hello and how he was on his way to help another friend sell his bike. A local rider was convincing all of his friends in Punta Arenas, Chile to buy motorcycles so they could form their own club and go on adventures. They had already bought three and happen to be looking for more bikes. So the other woman I was riding with and I said yes… we’ll meet you at the Backpackers’ Hostel (which we turned in to a motorcyclists’ hostel – thank you Roberto!) in a few days.

    <a href="http://alisonswanderland.smugmug.com/MotorcycleAdventures/2012-South-thru-Americas/Sale-of-KLR-in-Punta-Arenas/31071265_D9PW6b#!i=2687819350&amp;k=GxXsP9m&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" title=""><img src="http://alisonswanderland.smugmug.com/MotorcycleAdventures/2012-South-thru-Americas/Sale-of-KLR-in-Punta-Arenas/i-GxXsP9m/0/L/5388_10201260942827268_1621901852_n-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    Some riders asked: how could you sell a bike you have been with for so many miles? The answer: logically. There wasn’t a lot of emotion attached to the bike. Ok, that is partially a lie. There was, but not in the way you might presume. There was a sentiment attached to the bike, but one I was happy to be rid of. I have had a love-hate relationship with my KLR. Every year since I have owned it, I would look at buying a new bike. But, when it came down to either dropping the money on two new wheels, or traveling with the ones I had… the decision to travel won easily.

    Also, there was the matter of bank account numbers staring me in the face: they were dwindling each day I stayed on the road. I left with a budget, but didn’t adhere to it as strictly as maybe I should have. So I considered the all costs: I paid $2,100 for the bike in July 2009. I probably put another $2,400 into accessories not including maintenance over the years. I have ridden it for about 46.5k miles in the course of 4 years, averaging a cost of $.09/mi, which was well worth the amount of happiness it brought me. I had the opportunity to sell it LEGALLY for $1,800 and buy a plane ticket home or spend up to $2,000 on shipping from Buenos Aires, which was still an 1800-mile ride away. And then what do I do with it when I return to the US? Sell it for half of what I paid to ship it since it is a beat up old KLR with spray paint peeling off its sides and oil leaking out of its head? It just made sense. So I became a motorcyclist without a motorcycle… aka a backpacker… and not a very good one given the size of my bag I needed to carry all my gear and equipment I had fit on the bike.

    <a href="http://alisonswanderland.smugmug.com/MotorcycleAdventures/2012-South-thru-Americas/Sale-of-KLR-in-Punta-Arenas/31071265_D9PW6b#!i=2687819379&amp;k=nMfQLcL&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" title=""><img src="http://alisonswanderland.smugmug.com/MotorcycleAdventures/2012-South-thru-Americas/Sale-of-KLR-in-Punta-Arenas/i-nMfQLcL/0/L/63036_10151794734023761_465688941_n-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    On March 11, 2013 - yes only 3 days after reaching Ushuaia and 139 days after leaving Los Angeles – I sold my motorcycle LEGALLY in Puntas Arenas, Chile. The area is considered a free trade zone. The transaction was notarized and passed through customs to insure I could make it out of Chile without any penalties. [Even with all the proper papers, I almost wasn’t allowed to pass the border. I took a bus to Buenos Aires and when passing through the customs office before entering Argentina, the authorities noticed I entered with a vehicle, but was not leaving with one. After quite a bit of yelling over the phone at the Aduana in Puntas Arenas, they finally handed me my papers with the appropriate stamps and sent the bus on its way. Maybe flying would have been the easier option.]

    So, as I handed over the keys and papers to Oscar, I wished the new rider not only luck with learning to ride, but luck with learning to ride a KLR that was taller than normal. I know the adventure will continue for both of them.

    <a href="http://alisonswanderland.smugmug.com/MotorcycleAdventures/2012-South-thru-Americas/Sale-of-KLR-in-Punta-Arenas/31071265_D9PW6b#!i=2687764961&amp;k=c7J938q&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" title=""><img src="http://alisonswanderland.smugmug.com/MotorcycleAdventures/2012-South-thru-Americas/Sale-of-KLR-in-Punta-Arenas/i-c7J938q/0/L/IMG_6305-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    <a href="http://alisonswanderland.smugmug.com/MotorcycleAdventures/2012-South-thru-Americas/Sale-of-KLR-in-Punta-Arenas/31071265_D9PW6b#!i=2687765196&amp;k=SnPFJ7B&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" title=""><img src="http://alisonswanderland.smugmug.com/MotorcycleAdventures/2012-South-thru-Americas/Sale-of-KLR-in-Punta-Arenas/i-SnPFJ7B/0/L/IMG_6309-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    Just as I know my adventure will continue no matter which bike I hop onto next…

    <a href="http://alisonswanderland.smugmug.com/MotorcycleAdventures/2012-South-thru-Americas/Sale-of-KLR-in-Punta-Arenas/31071265_D9PW6b#!i=2687765168&amp;k=C5G5kJG&amp;lb=1&amp;s=A" title=""><img src="http://alisonswanderland.smugmug.com/MotorcycleAdventures/2012-South-thru-Americas/Sale-of-KLR-in-Punta-Arenas/i-C5G5kJG/0/L/IMG_6308-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>
  20. alison's wanderland

    alison's wanderland Been here awhile

    Joined:
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    How did I end up in Panama?
    Hey Joel!

    Thanks... glad you could catch it, even at the end.

    Still trying to figure out what's next in the line up :D only time will tell... maybe see you back in LA sometime... if I ever return there...

    Cheers!