Americas Ride - All the countries

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Cisco_k, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. jmn

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    That sounds about right, the the DUO :freakymessed up something else! Hey Chuck, could you do a better job of keeping Joe away from them WMTs (Weapons of Mass Transportation) on the way home? :wink: Y'all have fun


    Jeff :jose
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  2. Cisco_k

    Cisco_k Chuck

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    I think you a George have got it right. Joe and I can screw up the end of the world.

    Thanks for your comments and I'll try and keep Joe in line.
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  3. Cisco_k

    Cisco_k Chuck

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    Puerto Natales, Chile - 12/23
    Having given up on the world ending, we left Ushuaia yesterday and headed north. Last night we were in Cerro Sombrero at the only place to stay for many miles. Not the greatest place to stay but they made up for it by charging high prices. We stayed there because it is where the pavement starts and only about 25 miles from the ferry that goes north from Terra del Fuego to the mainland. Tonight we are in Puerto Natales where we will catch another ferry tomorrow evening for a three day trip up north to Puerto Montt.

    For the most part our bikes have been running very well and outside of the fork seals failing back in Peru we have only had little nuisance problems with systems that we installed. We have a new problem now that we are going to have to get taken care of before we can ride to Buenos Aires, Argentina. We noticed that our chains have need a lot of adjusting and last evening Joe found that his is adjusted as far as it will go. What seems to have happened is the seals probably gave out from all the mud and grit that has been thrown on them and we’ve got metal to metal wear inside the links.

    We found a local motorcycle mechanic here in Puerto Natales and he gives Joe’s bike less than 1,000 kilometers before the chain fails. Mine is a little better but I don’t want to push it either because we have a lot of miles to do and a schedule to make for Buenos Aires. The mechanic says to come see him tomorrow and he will call a place where we can get the work done in Osorno at Motoaventura http://MotoAventura.cl . They are a BMW dealer as well as moto rental place and stock chain and sprocket kits for KTMs. Hopefully everything will fall into place and Christmas eve and Christmas will not slow things down too much. One of the problems we have here is we need 525 chains and all they have are 520’s. Some other problems are small towns, no internet listings for mechanics or parts and some shortcomings in our mastering of Spanish.

    Only a 30 minute crossing and so calm we didn't even have to tie the bikes down.
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  4. Rydah

    Rydah Remember the Night Rydah!

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    :clap: Well done, fellers.
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  5. Cisco_k

    Cisco_k Chuck

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    After about a month away from the blog, I'm back and working to bring it up to date. Joe and I are currently in Aracaju, Brazil. Text and captions will follow shortly.




    Christmas Eve and time to board the ferry.
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    It's not a pretty boat, but it is pretty large.
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    It had three decks for vehicles. There were even cattle trucks like the one in the middle.
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    The sights in the inside passage were great.
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    The views continued for three days.
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    There was even a glacier that came right down to the water.
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    That's not snow. That's ash from a volcano eruption near the pass where we went from Chile to Argentina.
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    The amount of ash increased as we crossed into Argentina.
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    At the top of the pass it looked like a snow field.
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    The ash went on for miles.
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    Where we rode through Uruguay we saw mostly fields of crops and range land. Few houses and fewer people.
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    Paraguay was much the same as far as crops and pastures were concerned but it did have several small towns.
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    Iguazu Falls at the Devels Throat - Looking from Argentina side to Brazil.
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    Looking down river. Argentina on the left and Brazil on the right.
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    Argentina looking up river.
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    Joe getting a wash in the tour boat below the falls.
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    Rinopolis church on the square and our new friends.
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    The vice mayor on the left and the mayor on the right.
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    One of the chicken coops. The water is sprayed to keep the coops cool.
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    And the hens just keep on laying.
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    The eggs are moved on belts
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    Those stacks would make a lot of scrambled eggs if the forklift driver screwed up.
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    One of the egg cleaning and sorting machines being assembled.
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    The regulars plus the owner of the company that makes the egg processing machines.
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    The start of the traditional Brazil barbacue.
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    Some more of the folks at the barbacue.
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    There was even some pool time.
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    A final shot of what was left of the crowd.
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    The Cafe/Bakery/Hotel and the brothers that own it.
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    One of the Sertao Riders met us in Feira de Santana where our new friend took us to meet his 'uncle'.
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    Us and the president of the Estradeiros Moto Grupo in Santo Amaro.
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    The beach at Aracaju where we are staying for a few days before going to Joao Pessoa.
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    For us about all there is to do is sit under one of the umbrellas, have a beer and eat.
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  6. SS in Vzla.

    SS in Vzla. Totally Normal? I'm not!

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    Hey guys, nice to see you posting again.

    If you plan on coming to Venezuela, let me know so that I can give you some heads up about the border crossing and some important tips for saving a LOT of money (so you are not ripped with the exchange)

    Have a great trip
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  7. smeghead

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    Is it just me or does the chicken processing machine company owner bear a striking resemblance to Bernie? Why is he the only guy always wearing sunglasses? :bmwrider
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  8. daveg

    daveg no longer homeless

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    It is great to see ya'll with the TDF sign. I was just telling someone the other day how I met these crazy old dudes at a dirt bike class who had not only heard of Ushuaia but was planning to go there.

    Congrats on completing a plan. That is absolutely amazing.

    I would have placed money on the fact that one of you would have killed the other by the end of the road :freaky

    If you are ever riding through the middle of the country, you have a place to stay in Kansas City.
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  9. Cisco_k

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    Perhaps that is Bernie. He looks the same in all the photos that we both have of him...day and night. He never changes in a facebook link I have too.
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  10. Cisco_k

    Cisco_k Chuck

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    We are currently on a ferry on our way from Belem Brazil to Macapa Brazil. The voyage takes 24 hours and goes along several of the many fingers of the Amazon River. As the river approaches the Atlantic Ocean it has formed many large and small islands and the ferry has to navigate around them to cross. Most of the passengers are sleeping on hammocks that are strung on two main decks. We opted for a two person cabin with an air conditioner. The room is tiny with one bunk and a small head. The cabin got very cool at night because the air conditioner is either on or off with not temperature control. But, it was better than being on the deck. The views of the river have been interesting although it has rained most of the time and we couldn’t look outside because the crew puts tarps down over the sides of the boat to keep the sleeping areas dry. To look out one has to go outside where it is raining. We have until the 22<SUP>nd</SUP> of April to exit Brazil as our bikes had only a 90 day permit and they have been here almost that long. We didn’t plan to stay so long but there have been delays in our journey due to family emergencies of mine, but we are on our way again now. We both spent from mid February until April 10<SUP>th</SUP> back in the USA. While it would have been kind of easy to stay in the comforts of home, we both wanted to finish the journey that we have started.
    Our plans are to be in French Guyana on the 22<SUP>nd</SUP> of April and then continue across to Suriname, then Guyana, back into Brazil which will connect us with Venezuela and finally ride to Bogota, Colombia where we can fly the bikes and us to Panama City, Panama where we will be able to then ride back to our homes in Texas. As we see it from the maps and other ride reports, to make it across to where we enter Brazil again, we will have three or four other river crossings by small boats. We have about 100 miles of unpaved road, out of 350 or so miles, between Macapa and the French Guiana border. Much of the road on to Brazil is paved but there will still be a few hundred miles that are unpaved. This being a rain forest climate, I’m wondering just what we will find as far as roads for two wheels.

    After being on the road so long we will probably not spend a lot of sight seeing time. We do plan to see the French Space Port and the Panama Canal locks. Other than those two definite sights, we will pick things up as we go.

    I still have several photos to post and text to add about our journey and I will work on that more in the next several days. What I can still say is that the people that we have met along the way have all be as friendly and helpful as one could ever hope to find. We spent so much time getting up and across Brazil that there wasn’t a lot of new information to add about borders and ride type information that would give heads up information to other riders. Once in the country it is pretty much deciding upon where one wants to go and going there. Our biggest problem is not being able to speak Portuguese because our limited Spanish is not much good and we have a very hard time talking to anyone. Not many people speak English and travelers need to take that into consideration for such simple things as asking directions, ordering food or finding accommodations.

    We made it to the port in Santana a little past noon. There is not a lot in Santana so we rode to the Hotel Macapa and checked in for the night. Being tired of cookies and cereal, we went across the street to an open air restaurant on the Amazon River where they had an all you can eat buffet for only 10 Reals, or $5.00 US. We ate a very good meal of various meats, cooked right there, rice and beans and a few other extras. We came back to the room and will be getting ready to leave early in the morning and plan on two days to get to the border. We will ride all the paved road tomorrow and save the unpaved for the following day. While we have internet here, it is not too good and I’m not going to try and upload photos.
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  11. Sandino

    Sandino Been here awhile

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    :freaky report and ride mates!, too bad you did not make it to Paraguay, may be next time. Cheers
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  12. SS in Vzla.

    SS in Vzla. Totally Normal? I'm not!

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    The dirt roads in Brazil might be muddy this time of the year as the dry season starts around mid June. But if it has been anything like the weather in Venezuela and Colombia, you might get lucky and see some sunshine to dry the roads as it has been very dry around these places (where the wet season in just starting).

    If you need help with gps maps, route suggestions, hotels, "bike needs" etc while in Venezuela or Colombia, I'll be glad to help.
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  13. Cisco_k

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    Actually we were in Paraguay, but for only a short time because we had a deadline to make it on up the road. We spent the night in Trinadad at the Posada Maria and visited the Jesuit ruins across the street. We were there on the 20th of January. While our visit was short, we did enjoy it.
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  14. Cisco_k

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    Thanks for the note and invite. We still have to make it back to Texas before the plan is finished and we get to the end of the road. We are in Northern Brazil today and will be leaving shortly for Venezuela. Our trip through the rain forest was, to say the least, wet and muddy. I'll post more later.
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  15. daveg

    daveg no longer homeless

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    My buddy Dean and his girlfriend Sallie from Australia are riding on a KTM 950 SE somewhere in that region I think. Have you ran into them?
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  16. Cisco_k

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    Havent seen any KTM's in any of the last severial countries. We are in Bogota today and meet with a shipper tomorrow morning to get our bikes air freighted to Panama City, hopefully on Wednesday. Then it's just Central America and Mexico to get back.
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  17. Cisco_k

    Cisco_k Chuck

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    Thanks for the help offer but fortunately we didn't have any major problems.

    We had rain almost every day since departing the ferry in Macapa. It got worse in the unpaved section of the road North in Brazil. The next unpaved section, 260 miles, leaving Guiana saw rain most of the time too. It was as if being off the asphalt caused the rain clouds to form and start dumping. We got through ok but it wasn't always fun. And that 260 mile section was the worst road that we had ever seen. It had everything from huge pot holes, mud and a deep sand section to the worst wash board one would ever want to encounter.
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