DAKAR, and the ride to Colombia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by YOGOI, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. YOGOI

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    With it still raining in the morning, we hang out with the family that runs the hotel. I was their Sunday tradition to hang out and make empanadas. A great way to have our first empanadas. We end up leaving in the rain, missing the veiws of volcano's on our way to Bariloche.

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    We change the oil and tires with the help of a guy that runs a shop out of his garage.

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  2. YOGOI

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    After two days in Bariloche we head south on the road to San Martin de los Andes.
    The land scape reminds of S. Utah/Arizona along a nice dirt road... Until the rain hits us hard and starts to get slick. We take cover in a dinner in Caleu'u.
    We hang out for a long time and make friends with the cooks/waitress. It turns out the owner is American. His parents were from Caleu'u and he decided to move and start a fly fishing tour guide business, and a dinner. The places to stay were too expensive, so the cooks let us sleep in their old camper after a night of the best pizza ever and a few drinks.

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  3. YOGOI

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    In the morning the wind had taken the rain away and we continue north on the 40. Argentina has information stations in areas of interests, but they should be called mis-information stations. We want to do a side loop into a park, but we had heard the next gas station was out of gas. So, if we dont do the loop we could make it to the next station. We see a mis-information station and stop. The lady says the park is great and that she just got off the phone and the gas station now has gas.:deal
    So, off we go to see the Monkey-Tree's and camp at Villa Peheunia.

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    Guess what! The gas station has NO gas, We make camp in a crowded camp ground and see what happens in the morning.

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    In the morning, still no gas. We start asking people if they have a gallon of gas. We find a guy by the lake with a boat, jackpot. They were real nice and wouldn't take any money for the gas. I was able to sneak some money into their car as we left. Next stop, we brush camp out side of Bardas Blancas

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    We were heading into a huge thunder storm. We decide to pull off the road and camp instead of getting blasted by rain (were learning). We watch an amazing lightning show and go to sleep hoping the thunder clouds dont make it over to us during the night.
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  5. YOGOI

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    We survive the night and head to into Mendoza for the next over night stay.
    Then its over the Mnt. to Chile. We take the dirt route (the old road) over the tunnel. This is our first time being at 13,000 feet, and the bike does great (hello FI). We then plummet down to sea level in about 80 miles.
    We find a great place to stay in Los Vilos.

    We did do some wine tour'n in Mendoza.
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    A welcome gift from our host's.
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    Getting the Ipod charger to work.
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    ...and we cant leave without a free bottle of wine. These people were awesome!!!
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  6. trailtrick

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    Antonio let me no iff you want company in the trip.
    Nice pictures Yogoi and PM send on the bike

    I be back down in september o october for 3 weeks on the puna again
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  7. Eagletalon

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    Great RR and awesome pictures!!!
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  8. Ranger Red

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  9. fano

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    Cool report! :clap:clap:clap
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  10. MR.HOTROD

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    Nice report guys, thanks for sharing. Love the pics. Very impressed by the penguin ones :D Keep safe.
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  12. YOGOI

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    It would be fun to meet up with you and Antonio some time (on the 950's).

    Thanks.

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  13. YOGOI

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    Whats up my friend!!!

    The penguin were really cool to see.

    Thanks, we are home now, but WHEN we go back, we'll look ya up.
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  14. YOGOI

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    Off to La Serenaer then over the mountain, back to Argentina. 1600 feet oh ya.

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    So, we got to the boarder X, and as we were there the rain started coming down hard. I made a joke to the boarder X guard about having camping. The next thing I knew we were set up to camp at the boarder X'ing. They were great and saved us a very wet night. Try that in the US.

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    Next up, the Baja.
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  15. Ranger Red

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    Next up, the Baja.[/QUOTE]
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  16. Misery Goat

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    That mud on the 40 is slick stuff, huh? Glad you guys weren't banged up any worse. It's weird seeing the places I rode through when they are dry. :lol3

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  17. YOGOI

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    good times!
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    We leave our customs friends, and find a place in Chilecito for the night.
    Then we find a great place in Arena del Rio with home made wine. We stay the night there, and then ride into Salta.

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    This was the Baja (to us).

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    One for the Jeep fans

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    Our Hostel in Chilecito

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    Our Hostel in Arena Del Rio (Misery Goat, The best wine of the whole trip!!!).

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    Its decision time. Do we do Bolivia or Southern Chile????
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  19. Misery Goat

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    Hey, I stayed in Chilecito. Did you go up through Belen?? There were 2 DEEP river crossings on the north and south side of the town. I met a Dane on a F800 GS in Cafayate and he had to detour a couple hundred miles out of the way b/c he didn't want to risk the crossings.

    Where is Arena del Rio?? From Cafayate I went to Belen, Chilecito, then Mendoza.

    And you know my vote is to go to Bolivia. :freaky
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  20. YOGOI

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    We took the same route (in reverse). There was water on the road, but just a little for us, the kind you slow down and splash through.

    Maybe I have the name wrong, but Area del Rio was just south of Cafayate. Maybe just out side of Colalao del Valle.
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