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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by YOGOI, Jun 7, 2011.
Subscribed and circumcised...What? I'm Utarded
Glad to see you'all are alive. We wondered what happened. Great pics. How many times did you wish for the Big Ass Dirt Bike?
I'd have been camping w/ KLR guy! Mud sucks on an XR650R w/ a light load!
Glad to see the hommies along for the ride!!!!!
That's the beauty of the motorcycle community. I had a guy
from Australia send me $14,000 for a FJR he was planning
on riding in the States. Never met, never talked on the phone,
simply from an FJR website. His bike is still sitting in my warehouse
waiting for his return trip.
Yogoi those are some really nice trip shots! Thanks for sharing.
wow, 14,000. now that something. but your right. Long Live ADVrider
Missed ya on the dirt bike ride. I'll try harder next time.
We make it into El Calafate, grab some pizza and gas. The bike had been take'n some of the corners a bit weird, and the gas attendant points out that we have a flat tire. :huh I put it off that the wind was blowing us around.:huh (on the 950 you KNOW when you have a flat). We get it fixed check out the Glacier (a highlight of the trip), and find a camp close to town.
Notice the difference between the next two photo's ?
That chunk of ice (the size of a house, if not bigger) came rise'n up from under the water. It was like an alien space ship bubble'n up out of the ocean.
It roughs about 3X the height you see it there before it settled back down (that's when I picked my jaw back up and took a picture). It was truly amazing!!!!!!!
Still a bit of mud on Milenas jacket (even after we washed it).
We set up camp in a camp ground in town and awaken by the town dogs howling and barking in the morning. It was out of hand. I wondered if the people there just get used to it or if they think it is as crazy as we did.
Nothing opens till 10 or 11 so we have breakfast at the gas station. Horacio from Patagonia Rider finds us and wants to sell us tires. He's a pretty animated dude, and since the banks were closed he gave me the tires, and I was able to put the money into his bank account later (in Chili).
We also run into the people who helped us out in the van.
Next stop Puerto Natales.
In the morning we do a day trip to Torres del Paine.
We find our self's in the legendary winds of the Patagonia. 80 MPH winds that blow you right off the road. When we hit dirt the wind would push us sideways as the tires slid across the gravel. It sucked, and it was killing Milena with every gust of wind tense up and her knee was getting real sore. Plus, the mental aspect of going down again.
So, we saw the mnt's took a pic. and went back to Puerto Natales to catch out ferry ride north to Puerto Montt.
Pay'n for the tires.
The 4 day boat ride is over in Puerto Montt. We left our helmets and jackets on the bike, and every thing was covered with cow dust (did you see the cattle in the pic,s above). We now smell like s#*t, and the dust in my helmet send my allergies into high gear.
We find a place to camp in Puerto Octay
We wake up to rain, Load up, I jump on the bike let the clutch out and go no where. Now what? We are at a camp ground, its raining, and we are stuck. I give the bike a look over and see that there is a bit of a gap between the clutch slave cylinder and the case. I take it off, clean the dirt off that has made its way between the two parts, and get it to mount back into place (tight) against the case. I had to bleed it a little and then we were back in business.
At this point it feels like every day there's an extra test to over come. We've past them all so far, but it would be nice just to have to ride.
Run out of gas (in no mans land)
Weld the racks
Crash in the mud
Get a flat
Fix the clutch
Really, not too bad. They were all quick fixes, and we're having a good time.
We make it to Entre Lagos, SOAKED.
Is that a little warming wiskey I see???????
Great Pics!!!! I went in 05 and I want to come back soon. Great adventure.
I know where a bike is.
Have you been in-touch with our friend in Colombia? I feel terrible that we have not E-mailed him much at all.