Los Pollos Hermanos - Alberta2Argentina 2013-2014

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by canadianmoose, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. canadianmoose

    canadianmoose Adventurer

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    My name is Kyle and I am 26 years old currently working in the banking industry in the oil booming economy that is Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. My work has graciously granted a 5.5 month leave of absence making this dream a reality.


    About three years ago I had a dream, conjured up in the last year of university. I wanted to explore South America by land and I was going to take this jeep.


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    At the time I was quite into 4x4ing and camping and was avidly developing my love for wrenching. One day while browsing Expedition Portal I came across Dan's website; The Road Chose Me (http://theroadchoseme.com/). Somebody else was actually doing this trip! Somehow I have to make this happen... Well there weren't any takers, life went on.... a career was started and the jeep was sold.


    In 2011 a friend asked if I was interested in going to Thailand and Cambodia for a couple weeks. The travel bug was reignited. Around that time I was also getting into dirt biking, at home in Alberta as well as beautiful British Columbia. Thailand was also the first time I legally took a bike on the street, I was hooked.


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    In Cambodia I found Siem Reap Dirtbike tours (http://www.siemreapdirtbikes.com/). I convinced them to take a friend and I out for the day, no formal tour. It was a highlight of the trip. Exploring far from the tourist areas. Terrain ranging from rice fields to mine fields to ancient hill top ruins. It was amazing.
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    Life continued. In spring 2012 I bought a house and shortly there after a 2003 DR 650. I figured a DR would be close enough to a dirt bike to make me feel comfortable on the street. At the time I was also influenced by ride reports on Advrider and the Long Way Around.
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    In September 2012 I met Trevor at a friends BBQ, within the first 10 minutes the South America motorcycle trip/dream came up. I was not going to let this opportunity pass! In October it was finalized. One year later we would depart for Argentina by motorcycle.


    So here we are, July 2013, less than three months to departure. The parts have been ordered, the bikes purchased and the approximate route set. This dream is becoming a reality!
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  2. GB

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    Good luck for a safe journey and thanks for sharing it with us :thumb
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  3. canadianmoose

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    My name is Trevor and I am 22 years old. Kyle and I are doing this trip together and will be posting together.



    I have spent the last year framing houses and saving up for this trip. Originally from Smithers BC I was brought up out in the country with the privilege of being able to ride a motorbike! Started out with an old Honda 110 trail bike. Loved riding and exploring the mountains. Back in high school a buddy and I had the idea of buying new enduros out of high school and heading south but nothing ever came of it. After exploring University for a year and then travelling New Zealand and Tonga I still had South America in the back of my mind. When I met Kyle within a few days we had it sorted that we were going to do this trip! I love adventure and I am super pumped to see what the next six months had in store!!
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    My Dad eventually got an yamaha 225 enduro which was a huge step up from the 110 and absolutely loved it. I had my mind set on getting my licence soon as I turned 16!


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    When I was 13 I got a yamaha 350 enduro. Loved the freedom!
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    I had the opportunity to ride a friends sport bike in high school and found out a whole nother way to ride.. good and bad...
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    Most recent bike
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    Current bike that will take myself and Kyle down south!
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  4. canadianmoose

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    Trevor and I are busy doing the final bit of maintenance and packing. We are both very excited! We leave in one week! I find it very hard to sleep or to get any work down outside of trip prep. Trevor is done his framing job as of Friday.... I still have a week of work ahead of me. We are leaving Friday after I am done work. Sometime in the afternoon.



    I am glad we are leaving when we are, the days are getting shorter and colder here in Alberta! Frost is common in the mornings. Soon we will be on the road and posts will become more frequent.
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  5. canadianmoose

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    Los Pollos Hermanos - The Chicken Brothers.


    Trevor and I are big fans of the TV show Breaking Bad. When coming up with a name and sticker design we were inspired by....
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    We plan on plastering these stickers all over central and south america.
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  6. operose

    operose Mama tried

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    Hey thanks for sharing your trip! I also started out with modified 4x4s planning to travel and then found the wonders of the Suzuki DR platform :evil:evil

    Breaking Bad is the best show that has been on TV in a long time so you fellas have hit the Trifecta of Awesome here and I can't wait to see the rest
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  7. canadianmoose

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    Day 1, 2 and 3

    Headed out of Edmonton after Kyle finished work at 4:30 and then still had to do the final pack. Left around 6 and pulled into Calgary after a chilly ride in the dark. Stayed at Graeme's place. (Kyle's brother)

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    The next morning we left in a rush after realizing the shipping depot in Montana was only open till 2p.m! We had shipped some parts and gear to Montana to save on brokerage fees. If we didnt get to them on Friday we would have to hang around until monday.


    After a few hours of solid riding we made it with fifteen minutes to spare!
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    Spent the night on a hillside. Went for a decent hike later in the dark after a great dinner of canned soup.

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    Took off the next morning and biked to yellowstone national park.

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    Closed signs everywhere (due to the government shutdown) but we just went around and had the whole national park to ourselves for the most part. Nice windy roads and bison and old faithful with absolutely no one else to get in the way.

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    Work up to heavy frost, started driving out in fog. The fog lifted to sunshine.

    Just after leaving the park we were pulled over by a park ranger. He was not to happy with us driving driving in the closed park. Soon he called two more park rangers over. Made quite the scene. No photos. We were let off with two tickets each. Ouch! Off to Utah today.
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  8. canadianmoose

    canadianmoose Adventurer

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    Haha thanks for following along! Breaking bad is very sweet, to bad its over!
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  9. operose

    operose Mama tried

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    I do not have "broadcast" TV and have not seen the last season... please no spoilers :rofl:rofl


    Getting back on track, it is very cool that you guys met and decided to do this ride together. Many people seem to not go on longer rides because they can not get a (current) friend or family member to come with them and they do not wish to ride solo. It does not have to be that way... there are so many people on this planet there are plenty of people to ride with if you don't want to go by yourself :deal
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  10. hwunger

    hwunger Been here awhile

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    another fellow Canadian heads to Argentina !

    can only follow you onlice - but that's enuff for now :D

    vamos, vamos .... arriba y andale ! .... :1drink
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  11. 805gregg

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    Good luck, you've got the right bike, simple and easy to maintain, have fun
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  12. lukeman

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    Looking forward to your report. Hope you get down to warmer temps soon. Shame about the tickets in Yellowstone. I don't think they'll have anyway to track you down if the tickets somehow end up in the trash. :evil
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  13. Viking

    Viking Ækt trønder!!

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  14. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Pollos amigos,
    A good start :deal :clap

    Too bad the Park Rangers pulled attitude....they should have congratulated you on your intrepid efforts....bu I guess they were working and maybe not getting paid. No worries.....folks will be friendlier once south of the US.

    Que via bien....
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  15. canadianmoose

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    We hope the bike lasts and gonna do our best to have fun! Thanks for following along!

    Haha I wish. They said they had only given on other person a ticket. I think we are gonna end up paying them as we dont want future trouble. Looking forward to getting south!


    Thanks for the comments everybody!
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  16. canadianmoose

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    Day 5
    Work up in Northern Utah. We camped off the highway. We drove the Flaming Gorge road last night. It was pretty sweet. No lights anywhere, no traffic.
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    Woke up this morning and road 10 switchbacks down the mountain. Went to Betty's a classic american diner in Vernal. We then spent a while removing a few links from Trevors chain.


    Leaving town, traffic was stop and go (due to line painting). Trevor was jogging beside his bike for exercise, he then tried to jump on while it was moving because traffic had started to pick up. He ended up putting it in gear and wiped out in front of a huge line of traffic. We both laughed for a good while after that! What a clown!
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    We then proceeded to drive uphill and against the wind for a half an hour in the wrong direction because we missed a sign. Opps!
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    We grabbed some food and headed out into the desert looking for a place to camp. Found a buried bunker of sorts. Creepy. No lights anywhere in the desert. Set up camp.....
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  17. canadianmoose

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    Woke up outside of Green River Utah, drove straight to Moab. Stay at a campground and did laundry and showered for the first time. Headed over to Poison Spider with a rough idea of what the map of the area looked like.
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    We ran into these guys on vintage bikes several times throughout the afternoon just givin er!
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    Kyle doing a little hill climb!

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    Awesome views

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    Gold Bar Rim

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    We quite a few people throughout the day all giving us information on the difficulty of what was ahead. People would say: "If you can get past the giant crack then it'll be smooth sailing" so we blindly pushed on and got past the crack after another wipeout and turned the corner only to see a 9 foot wall of rock with tire tracks and oil from broken jeeps all over the place. We built a small jump/ramp at the bottom of this wall and ended up jumping the bikes up and just barely landing on top without falling back down.




    We got kinda lost for an hour or so searching and running into dead ends/cliffs/gourges everywhere so finally we ditched the bikes and hiked around looking for the trail. We ended up finding where we wanted to go and soon after ran into a group of 4 mountain bikers.We were relieved to see someone again finally, and to reassure us we were on the right trail. They were going to keep going the way we came.
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    An hour or so later guess who we ran into pedaling away up a huge hill towards us.... Haha they did a big loop! A little frustrated and sweaty they continued on but light was fading and decided to head back out to the highway where we met again.


    We checked out Gemini Bridges.
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    We met a Calgarian Air Canada Pilot back at the campsite. He was a fellow rider and a great guy to talk to.

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  18. canadianmoose

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    Day 6
    Woke up at 2 am to a thunderstorm scrambling to get our flys on in the wind. It rained off and on all night and morning. We packed up and put on full rain gear for the first time. Trevor kept referring to himself as a stuffed turkey.


    We left Moab and headed for Monument Valley. We stopped at Kayenta for lunch at Sonic's (fast food chain). I proceeded to leave my camelback behind. Lots of Navajo people selling handmade jewelry.


    Later on we ran into snow in Arizona!!! Chilly day of riding but over 700km.


    Rode through Zion national park in dusk. Traffic was light and the road was amazing. Definitely on of the top motorcycle roads I have ever ridden.
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  19. canadianmoose

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    Day 7

    St Georges to Las Vegas.

    Drove about 2 hours. Most of the drive was flat interstate.

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    Did a bunch of running around in the afternoon. Got a new pelican case for Trevor and some new camel backs for both of us. Stayed at my cousins Ashley's and Cal's house for one night in Las Vegas and got a new chain and tire mounted in their garage. Thanks guys!

    I started the trip with a brand new Shinko 244. For some reason it threw the knobs off half of the tire. I still used it for 4,500km but the one side was almost worn flat. It was just the single centre knobs. I will try to find a photo.

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  20. canadianmoose

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    Wow what a day. Who would have thought... Definately
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    2013 BMW 1000RR!!!!


    We won big at the poker tables. Ended up trading up one of the DR650s for this bike.

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    Haha, I wish. We had this beauty for an hour and a half courtesy Las Vegas BMW dealership.
    Bike was a little more responsive than the DR.....
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    Spent the night checking out the sights of the Las Vegas strip. Both of us forgot a camera so no pics but it was a good night. Cheered on some old people playing slots and got some free drinks!




    We met some cool people. I didnt get home until 7 am! What a night.


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