Chicago to Panamá y Más Allá - A Staged Trip Through Latin America

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Parcero, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. Nateman

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    Also, glad you didn’t chicken out on Paraguay!
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    Me, too! Already deep into the organizing stage.
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    My GSA at home came with them as well. I thought it was a little strange that BMW spec’d such a seemingly street-oriented tire. Did they have actual market research that proved that these bikes really are used only to travel down the pavement to Starbucks? ☕️

    While I long ago swapped out those tires for a set of TKC-80s and now K60s, depending on what type of riding I have planned after the K60s are toast I will seriously consider using them again. Based on my experience in Brazil and Argentina on those red dirt and muddy roads, they are a very competent on- and off-road tire for adventure travel.
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    Deep into the organizing stages means deciding where to go after the obvious next two stages which will take me south to Ushuaia and then back north along Ruta 40 to and through Bolivia, which I missed on the way down south.

    After Bolivia and southern Perú, I will likely end the stage in Lima. From there, I am thinking hard about traveling to Manaus, Brazil by land, then to Macapá, Brazil by boat along the Amazon, and then overland again through French Guiana, Suriname, and Guyana. If I do that, I would likely have to ship the bike out of Georgetown, Guyana (or Paramaribo, Suriname) to Panama, unless the situation in Venezuela changes. I don’t think it’s possible to cross into Venezuela from Guyana now.

    If any inmates have any insight on moto travel in that part of the continent, feel free to chime in. The other option would be to simply ride north through Perú, Ecuador, and Colombia, which is in no way a bad choice.

    Flights are already lined up to get me back to Buenos Aires. I just have to figure when and where along the route to do some routine maintenance on the bike, and narrow down the most important things to see and do along the route.
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  6. Nateman

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    What’s your timeframe for Bolivia-Perú? Do you plan to check out some of the Dakar?
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    TDF‘s next month, Nate. After that, I’d like to do Bolivia in December. That would put me in in a good spot to be able to do either the Amazon route or start heading home via Perú-Ecuador-Colombia in January. It’s still a little up in the air. Depending on my December schedule, I might have to wait until January,,in which case I would be able to catch some of the Dakar, which wouldn’t be all bad. Even though I watched a few stages in 2013, it would totally be worth seeing again. It’s pretty exciting to be traveling through the area when the Dakar racers and all of the support staff are around, even though it does make hotel rooms scarce.

    It will also depend on whether or not my Argentina TVIP gets extended when I cross into Chile briefly on my way to Ushuaia, and then back into Argentina. If they don’t extend it past its current January 3 expiration, December it will have to be. I could take the ferry to Uruguay and back to make certain that I get another three months from November, but I really don’t want to burn a day, and the money, going to Colonia again.

    Come to think of it, I hope I can actually get back into Chile with my moto, after the expired TVIP fiasco a few months back.
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    For what it's worth, I vote for the Amazon route!
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    Not so sure about Venezuela right now...but what goes on in the news never reflect the real country.


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    Totally agree. I met a guy in Buenos Aires who just got back from Caracas, and who said he travels to Venezuela often. He said it’s a beautiful country with great people. Biggest problem is money, but not for tourists. If the borders aren’t locked down and there is no issue with visas, I’m in.
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    I’ve been leaning that way, too. Already sorted out the Suriname visa, and have a general route plan. Been reading all I can get my hands on about BR319, especially the 500+ mile dirt and wooden bridge section from Porto Velho to Manaus in Brazil’s Amazonas state. It just screams adventure.

    The problem’s going to be timing. That road will likely be a full-on quagmire in the rainy season, which is pretty much from January to June. I will probably be in Bolivia in January, and had planned to be back in the USA by April or May.

    Might have to change that plan now and store the bike in either Perú or Colombia and wait it out. Once a road like BR319 gets into one’s mind, it simply has to be ridden.
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  12. Nateman

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    So change it. I’ve heard you can leave a bike in Peru with a tour operator there for up to a year. I can’t remember who, but it’s posted someplace on ADVRider. You won’t need that much time, but Peru would be a good jumping off point for a ride accross the Amazon.
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    I think I’ll take your advice, Nathan, with maybe a twist. Part of the reason that I wanted to get the bike back up north next Spring is that I am riding in the Alcan5000 in August 2018. I thought it would be fun to use the same bike—that will have been to TDF—on a rally that will touch the Arctic Circle. I am now thinking about riding the bike home, and then after the Alcan, either shipping it (or another bike) back to SA to complete anything that I might have missed, like that BR319 that I can’t get out of my mind.
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    Contachttp://www.aroundtheblockmotoadventures.com/ Toby Shannon @ Toby can suspend the TI and store the bike for you
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    Thanks, hickery! This is the missing piece of logistical information that I needed.
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    Yep. Around the Block Moto Adventures. That's the guy.
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    Just reached out to them, Nathan. Looks like unless I decide to run up to Colombia for some more riding while you’re there, I’ll be storing my bike in Peru after the Dakar until after the raining season in the Amazon. Probably that means until August or September. Gotta ride BR319 and then check out the northeast part of the continent. Looks like The Alcan will have to be done on a different bike.

    Getting some bureaucratic details nailed down. Early.
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