One day… you have to live your dream. Solo through South America

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  1. Pumpy

    Pumpy Exiled Pumpernickel

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    Just in time for Christmas I came home from an epic journey through South America. Riding my trusty DRZ400S through Argentina, Uruguay, a tiny bit of Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru and the whole length of Chile down to Tierra del Fuego, I covered 23,517 kilometres / 14,616 miles in four months.

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    This trip was everything and more I had ever dreamt of. In the weeks to come I am going to tell you all about it; here is just a little taster of my experiences:

    I saw fascinating landscapes -

    Cataratas del Iguazú, Argentina / Brazil
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    Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
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    Torres del Paine, Chile
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    … and beautiful places –

    Machu Picchu, Peru (no, I didn't ride my bike along this path)
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    Arequipa by night, Peru
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    Cerro Fitz Roy, Argentina
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    I rode awesome roads –

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    Ruta 26 between Nasca and Cuzco, Peru
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    Carretera Austral, Chile
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    Caught glimpses of history –

    Brachiosaurus bones in the palaeontological museum MEF in Trelew, Argentina
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    7,000 year old mummies from the Chinchorro culture, San Miguel de Azapa, Chile
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    Ocotber 2010, Copiapó, Chile
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    Watched wonderful wildlife –

    Vicuñas in the Lauca National Park, Chile
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    Pelicans on the Pacific coast, Iloca, Chile
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    Magellan Penguins, Patagonia, Argentina
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    Had a fair share of “Oops” and “Doh…!” moments –

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    Near Pucón, Los Lagos, Chile
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    “Should I have listened to the GPS?”
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    Learnt a lot about the mechanics of my bike –

    In the workshop of Motoservi in Sucre, Bolivia
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    During regular maintenance days
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    What a neglected sparkplug looks like after 22,000 kilometres…
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    Tasted delicious food –

    Llama steak, Uyuni, Bolivia
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    Trucha (trout), freshly caught from Lago Titikaka, Bolivia
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    Home cooked meals…
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    And, best of all, I met amazing people everywhere. Here are just a few –

    Benita on the street market in La Paz, Bolivia
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    Oscar and Julia in San Fernando, Chile, who let me park the bike in their dining room
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    Jorge, Facundo and their friends in Otamendi, Buenos Aires Province, who introduced me to the pleasures of a proper Argentinean Asado (BBQ)
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    As English is not my first language, it will take me some time to write the report but I hope you will find it worth the wait…

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  2. panzerphil

    panzerphil Freelance Adventurer

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    14,616 miles in four months on a DRZ400.

    OK, you've got my attention, across 2 forums. :wink:
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  3. kparrott

    kparrott Adventurer

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    Awesome pictures! It looks like you had a great time! :clap
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  4. VTbeemer

    VTbeemer Traveler

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    I'm in for this one....

    Looks like a great ride!!:lurk:lurk
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  5. wraith9

    wraith9 Adventurer

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    I'm in!
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  6. HuskyGuy

    HuskyGuy Tech Geek

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    I cant wait for the details!! :ear
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  7. lslucas

    lslucas advwanabe

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    I'm hooked!!:clap
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  8. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

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    Boy I could go for a llama steak right about now. :dg
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  9. kootenay kid

    kootenay kid Lets Ride

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    Fantastic. Maybe one day I'll have the balls to do this myself. Looking forward to the ride report.
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  10. alekkas

    alekkas Been here awhile

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    Looks like a great ride. I'm in.
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  11. chrisjk

    chrisjk Been here awhile

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    Great pics Ela - can't wait for the others and the story!:thumb
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  12. rednax

    rednax Been here awhile

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    what is your first language, spanish? Subscribed:lurk
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  13. RozzyCat

    RozzyCat Bleeds orange

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    While English might not be your first language - looks like adventure and living the dream are native to you. I'm in!
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  14. simondippenhall

    simondippenhall Simondippenhall

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    +1 ...looking forward to hearing more
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  15. yzfcathy

    yzfcathy Weeble

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    Your blog is very nice. A trip of a lifetime indeed.

    Do you know what the DRz weighed before/after all the Mods?
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  16. Ks-Rydr

    Ks-Rydr from the land of Toto

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    Sounds interesting, very BRAVE of you indeed.... Subscribed ! :lurk
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  17. RushyUKOK?

    RushyUKOK? Been here awhile

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    Fantastic Ela, really looking forward to reading about the whole trip.

    You've captured some amazing images there:clap:clap
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  18. ini88

    ini88 Been here awhile

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    :ear
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  19. hvilla

    hvilla Been here awhile

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    Great start and pictures! :clap Looking forward to this ride!! Thanks for taking us along!
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  20. ktm950se

    ktm950se Banned

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    I can't wait to read about your adventures! :deal

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