Moto Trek’n to South America

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  1. moto-treks

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    Either will work. The power of the 1200 will be nice when you want to pass a line of trucks on a twisty mountain road :thumb The light weight of the KTM will be nice in Bolivia. :ricky

    As long as you can make 200 miles with the 18 liters you shouldn’t have a problem. You may not always get good gas, but you will find gas. BTW, an empty 2 liter coke bottle works well to carry a little extra fuel :D
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    [So, it’s been a little while since I’ve been home and some of you may have thought I gave up on updating this RR. I finally managed to set down and put this last post together. So, here goes...]

    <p>After visiting my brother in South Carolina I rode off for Asheville taking in some of the sights along the way.</p>
    <div class="img-caption" ><a href="http://www.moto-treks.com/PhotoGallery/albums/South%20American%20Trip"> <img src="http://www.moto-treks.com/PhotoGallery/zp-core/i.php?a=South%20American%20Trip/USA_The_Return&amp;i=USA-26.jpg&amp;s=default" /></a></div>
    <p>After a night in Asheville it was off to the Blue Ridge Parkway</p>
    <div class="img-caption" ><a href="http://www.moto-treks.com/PhotoGallery/albums/South%20American%20Trip"> <img src="http://www.moto-treks.com/PhotoGallery/zp-core/i.php?a=South%20American%20Trip/USA_The_Return&amp;i=USA-27.jpg&amp;s=default" /></a></div>
    <p>But within a few miles I was forced off the parkway due to some road closure. I’d ridden the parkway a few years back so I decided to just hit some local North Carolina roads on my way to West Virginia</p>
    <div class="img-caption" ><a href="http://www.moto-treks.com/PhotoGallery/albums/South%20American%20Trip"> <img src="http://www.moto-treks.com/PhotoGallery/zp-core/i.php?a=South%20American%20Trip/USA_The_Return&amp;i=USA-29.jpg&amp;s=default" /></a></div>
    <div class="img-caption" ><a href="http://www.moto-treks.com/PhotoGallery/albums/South%20American%20Trip"> <img src="http://www.moto-treks.com/PhotoGallery/zp-core/i.php?a=South%20American%20Trip/USA_The_Return&amp;i=USA-30.jpg&amp;s=default" /></a></div>
    <p>It was about here</p>
    <div class="img-caption" ><a href="http://www.moto-treks.com/PhotoGallery/albums/South%20American%20Trip"> <img src="http://www.moto-treks.com/PhotoGallery/zp-core/i.php?a=South%20American%20Trip/USA_The_Return&amp;i=USA-31.jpg&amp;s=default" /></a></div>
    <p>that I started calculating distance, time and routes and came to the conclusion that I could be home in 4 days if I hit the interstates. Man that had me thinking :twitch </p>
    <p>The desire to get home hit hard and within hours I was no longer heading north but had turned west. I told myself I would sleep on it overnight as I wouldn't be too far off route by nightfall. The next day, I still found myself traveling in a westerly direction, totally bitten by the get-home-bug.</p>
    <p>It wasn’t until someplace in Kansas that I stopped for a picture because it reminded me of Patagonia</p>
    <div class="img-caption" ><a href="http://www.moto-treks.com/PhotoGallery/albums/South%20American%20Trip"> <img src="http://www.moto-treks.com/PhotoGallery/zp-core/i.php?a=South%20American%20Trip/USA_The_Return&amp;i=USA-32.jpg&amp;s=default" /></a></div><br />
    <div class="img-caption" ><a href="http://www.moto-treks.com/PhotoGallery/albums/South%20American%20Trip"> <img src="http://www.moto-treks.com/PhotoGallery/zp-core/i.php?a=South%20American%20Trip/Chile&amp;i=Chile-0133.jpg&amp;s=default" /></a></div>
    <p>Ok, its a little greener in Kansas and it does lack the mountains, but … yes????</p>
    <p>In Wyoming I hit the worst weather of the whole trip. It was shortly after passing the highest point on interstate 80. I had already been riding in a good crosswind, not like on Ruta 40, and with payment underneath, there was no need to concentrate on keeping the tires in the 1 foot clear path. It started snowing, and within 20 minutes the front windscreen had a good half inch of snow and it was getting real cold. I had expected this type of weather on the way to Ushuaia but here in North America? It was suppose to be warm! All I could think of was I need to drop about 2000 feet and this would all be gone.</p>
    <p>I eventually made it into Utah</p>
    <div class="img-caption" ><a href="http://www.moto-treks.com/PhotoGallery/albums/South%20American%20Trip"> <img src="http://www.moto-treks.com/PhotoGallery/zp-core/i.php?a=South%20American%20Trip/USA_The_Return&amp;i=USA-34.jpg&amp;s=default" /></a></div>
    <p>and on to Boise for my last night out on the trip. It was a little sad knowing this was the last night, but I soon found comfort in a good steak and a glass wine or two and maybe a shot of tequila (just for old times’ sake, Baldone1 :freaky ).</p>
    <p>Being back in my riding area was great.</p>
    <div class="img-caption" ><a href="http://www.moto-treks.com/PhotoGallery/albums/South%20American%20Trip"> <img src="http://www.moto-treks.com/PhotoGallery/zp-core/i.php?a=South%20American%20Trip/USA_The_Return&amp;i=USA-35.jpg&amp;s=default" /></a></div>
    <p>as I rode a few on my favorite roads before finding my way to Moscow, ID and meeting up with fellow inmate, coots for the final leg home.</p>
    <p>That’s it folks – Trip over – hope you all enjoyed it, as I sure did! There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of riding in South America. It was a wonderful trip. :thumb </p>
  3. Baldone1

    Baldone1 I like It Dirty

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    Adios amigo! Great riding with you! Awesome RR. Might see you in BC.

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    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Good stuff Jefe. :thumb I'm still stuck in Colombia. I might never leave. Just sayin.....:rofl
  5. DirtyBones

    DirtyBones Donde esta...?

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    I've put numerous spots on my personal must visit list because of your RR....so thanks for taking the time to take us along!! It's been great going along for the ride.

    I'll be following in some of your tracks...the plan is to leave New Jersey this August, tag Deadhorse, AK and then turn south to TDF....6-8 months total. Can't wait!
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    Meatn'taters Not any more

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    There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of riding in South America. It was a wonderful trip. :thumb
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    Yea well, partial thanks to you, me too...Got a lot of notes from your trip on paper - someday I WILL be using these notes. Thanks for sharing your adv - loved it! Sure you are as well - I'm still following Crashmaster. He's my new hero in life. Enjoyed reading about your times together. If you're ever coming down Sonoma County, CA way, PM me and I'll treat you to a local ride or two, several brews, and the local wine world in exchange for picking your brain on what to do and not to do on a long trip.
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    <p>My route to and from South America:</p>
    <div style="text-align: center;" class="img-caption"><a href="http://www.moto-treks.com/PhotoGallery/albums/South%20American%20Trip"> <img src="http://www.moto-treks.com/PhotoGallery/zp-core/i.php?a=South%20American%20Trip/USA_The_Return&amp;i=Full-SA-Route.jpg&amp;s=default" style="border: 2px solid #000000;" /></a></div>
    <p><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;">To Tierra del Fuego from Spokane Washington</span></p>
    <p>19,251 miles (30,974 km)<br /> 177 days<br /> 5 mph average</p>
    <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">To Spokane from Atlanta</span></p>
    <p>4049 Miles<br />14 days<br />12 mph average</p>
    <p>Total Miles Ridden: 23,300<br />Daily expense: &nbsp;$65<br />Cost to ship bike from Panama to Colombia: $900<br />Cost to ship bike from Argentina to the US: $1200&nbsp;<br />Flight for me from Panama to Colombia: $250<br />Flight for me from Argentina to the US: free (<em>Airline frequent&nbsp;f</em><em>lyer</em><em> award</em>)</p>
    <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Other</span></p>
    <p>Flats: 3<br />Oil Filters: 3<br />Oil Changes: 3<br />Sets of Tires: 3<br />Photos: 9475<br />Air Flights: 5<br />Bike Flights: 2<br />Countries Visited: 13<br />Cars that passed me: 3 (South America) 15 (USA)<br />Cars/Trucks that I passed: 280,351 <br />Liters of beer: 350 (mas o menos)<br />Liters of wine: 50<br />Questions about bike (how big is the tank, what did it cost): 214</p>
  8. bikyto

    bikyto Dans le doute...gaz!

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    Thanks for sharing that info. Awesome!!
    But only 50 liters of wine?:1drink
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    BlackBeast Been here awhile

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    Jeff,
    Looking forward to your presentation in Nakusp.:norton
    Daryll
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    :rofl:rofl:rofl Now that is some funny stuff right there. :thumb But come on Jeff, only 350 liters of beer? :ddog Hell, you and I put a pretty good dent in that number after only one night at the Revolucion in San Cristobal. :beer

    Your cars/trucks passed number looks a little low as well. :lol3
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    Damn, I'd better start getting ready :eek1

    Ok, maybe I'm off on a few of the numbers :rofl
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    Those of you riding around Nakusp, BC this Friday, stop by, I'll be giving a presentation of my trip to South America

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    nightflyer Hors contrôle

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    Hey Jeff,

    are you planning on a presentation in Montreal any time soon as well?
    Will be cool to see you again...:freaky
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    Good question. I'm not sure where it'll be. If I head east, I'll look you up. Maybe there's a bar that has a projector :thumb Will I be allowed to speak English in Montreal? :rofl
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    I am sure if we hire a few bouncers from the local bars for your safety you should be able to speak english for a while. After completion of the presentation, you are on your own...good luck!!!:lol3
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    <p>As I get the free time, I continue to go over the video footage I took during my trip to South America. Heres one of Paso Cristo Redentor in Chile</p>

    <p><img name="" src="http://www.moto-treks.com/PhotoGallery/zp-core/i.php?a=South%20American%20Trip/Chile&i=Chile-0017.jpg&w=320" /></p>

    <object width="780" height="463"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/mfSnDJQcCMo?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/mfSnDJQcCMo?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="780" height="463"></embed></object>
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    BlackBeast Been here awhile

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    Jeff,
    Enjoyed your presentation in Nakusp. Wasn't able to catch you after to say thank you for your Adventure POI's.:clap They have been a great starting point during our planning. Have them downloaded for a trip to C&S America leaving a week from today.
    Daryll
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    Enjoy the trip! Makes me want to be back down there.
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    thanks jeff for the ride report.

    it will be good to meet you at the noobs rally in dv this march.

    joel