Chicago to Panamá y Más Allá - Stuck in Chile (Kind of)

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

  1. Parcero

    Parcero Mundial

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    Hola Enrique!

    I'll be back in Ecuador the last week of November. Form there, I'll ride down to Cusco, and then leave my bike and return home for Christmas. In early, January, I will return to Cusco and then continue the ride south to Santiago, where I would like to be for the Dakar finish on January 20.

    Keep in touch! Maybe we can meet along the way in January.

    Michael
  2. jubego

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    Hey Michael!,

    I´m glad that you choose to visit Chile, the "Carretera Austral" is a beautiful trip, you won´t be disappointed!

    The actual price of GAS is USD 1,70 per liter!, (Is one of the higher prices in years in Chile).

    I just subscribed to this thread!.

    I´m Chilean, who lives in Santiago!

    If you need some information about Chile, just ASK!

    Juan
  3. Parcero

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    Thanks, Juan. I do plan on riding the Carretera Austral, and of course I'll try to be in Santiago for the Dakar finish. :D If I need anything or have any questions, I'll contact you.

    Those gas prices will be a shocker after paying about US$2.00 a gallon in Ecuador!

    Michael
  4. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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    I don't know when I will cross the Gap, but when I do, your experience will help me tremendously.
    Thank you and good luck.
  5. Parcero

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    Thanks b4thenite! Set a date and go! :thumb
  6. Parcero

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    Getting ready for the next stage.

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    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    I'd add OSM free maps to the list above, best of all they are free.

    Always nice to have all the options, seems every map does better in a certain area than the next.
  8. Parcero

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    Thanks for the advice, and I like free.

  9. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    Que chimba de paseo!! when are you going back?
  10. ken williams

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    Mike, You only have one Mom You will miss her till your last ride. But the memories will keep her alive. Where ever I travel during my evening walks I stop by a church and light a special candle for my great ones who now watch over me.
  11. GoinPostal

    GoinPostal Been here awhile

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    Just caught up with your RR and still lovin it. Thanks for the ride
  12. KiLO

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    Just finished reading your report up to now... Such a great trip! Dream trip for me really... One day!

    Subscribed! :clap
  13. Blind Warrior

    Blind Warrior Lost in the Ozone

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    Great RR. Makes me want to point the front wheel South and keep riding. But vicariously will work for now...
  14. Parcero

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    It's been a truly great experience and is ongoing--just haven't updated the ride report much. The bike is now in Santiago, Chile, where I left it after following a few stages of the 2013 Dakar. Next stage will take me across the continent to Montevideo.
  15. Nateman

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    Hey Parcero, are you still riding? Or did you just stop updating the ride report? Hope all is well!!:deal
  16. Parcero

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    This year was very busy. After riding a bit in Colombia I had a busy travel year--Australia, China, and many trips to Central and South America but sadly, not a lot of riding outside of Colombia. So my trip to TDF and back is still on hold. Hoping to resume in earnest in January. :nod
  17. Nateman

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    Parcero, was there a conclusion to this trip? Last I heard you were in Chile and maybe heading south or maybe shipping the bike home. Update, please!
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  18. Parcero

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    Planning on heading down to Santiago in May to pick up the bike (finally) and resume the trip. I will try to head south to Ushuaia if the weather holds. If not, I will detour north through Argentina and Bolivia and head south later in the year.
  19. Parcero

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    FINALLY I made the trip down to Chile to retrieve by bike that I left there in January of 2013. Since then, I have continued to do a lot of riding in South America on rental bikes, covering much of Colombia over several trips, and also traveling from Lima, Perú back to Colombia through Ecuador. I have also done countless rides in the U.S. on other bikes in my stable. Probably for these reasons, I haven't had the time nor the inclination to head to Chile and deal with all that I would have to deal with to try to liberate a bike on a long-expired TVIP.

    Anyway, I planned out a loosely-scheduled trip and set off for Chile on April 5.

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    I arrived a couple of days earlier than I was to pick up my bike. Santiago was nicer than I remembered it perhaps because this time around it wasn't jammed with Dakar spectators.

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    Spent a couple of days talking to shipping companies and customs brokers, since the thought had occurred to try to ship the bike to Colombia and leave it there where I love to ride and dealing with long-expired TVIPs is much less of an issue. ;) Also enjoyed some great meals--Aqui Este Coco is a gastronomic experience not to be missed.

    Some great desserts, too!

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    Also enjoyed this excellent Peruvian dish for lunch.

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    After dealing with either completely non-responsive or overpriced shippers, I decided to just ride to the damn border and see what happens. I chose a smaller border to the south, between Osorno, Chile and Bariloche, Argentina, on Highway 215. First order of business was to unpack the moto stuff, including a replacement left pannier to replace the one that had been destroyed in a crash in 2013.

    This one has seen better days.
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    Pre-stickered up, locks installed, ready rot go!
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    Now it was time to go and get the bike, which had been thoroughly serviced, and a new battery installed. When I arrived at Ride-Chile, where I left the moto, I was shocked to see how dirty and old the bike appeared. Not that I told them to wash it--I never planned on leaving it sit for so long.

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    For some reason, the picture doesn't seem to do justice to the amount of grime that was on the bike. But dirty or not, the bike started up on the first try and ran like new. STGO Motors, same owners as Ride-Chile, did excellent work. They even put it on the GS-911 one last time to double check everything.

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    I took off and rode cautiously for the first few kilometers, but it was evident that the bike was in as perfect order as can be for a 2008 R1200GS with 31,000 miles. I had total confidence in the machine. Back at the hotel, I had VIP parking.

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    Next step was the car wash.

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    Now the bike, with new pannier mounted, was looking like new.

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    I spent the rest of the day perusing some moto accessory shops, of which there were several within walking distance from the hotel in the Las Condes neighborhood. One standout were MotoTechnik www.mototechnik.cl, which is an authorized Touratech dealer and had a fuller line of top-shelf accessories, apparel, and other riding gear than almost any shop I have seen anywhere. $500-600+ RevIt jackets were very hot sellers that day!

    While there, I met a bunch of local riders, and enjoyed lots of conversation over coffee. Bought a few things that I had forgotten and headed back to the hotel to pack up my gear for the ride, and arrange to store the rest of my stuff at the hotel until I passed through Santiago for one last overnight stay on my way home.
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  20. Nateman

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    So you're back at it! Awesome! Looking forward to the rest of the report, amigo.
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