Oregon to Ushuaia on an XR650L

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Ulyses, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    I don't have an XRL but your description of how you set your valves is exactly how I've always set mine on my bikes and quads.

    Rob
  2. NotAllWhoWanderRLost

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    I wish I would have understood half of what ONandOFF said when I was 29. Let alone had someone wise enough to spell it out to me like that.

    Happy belated birthday Bryce!!:clap It's good to see your still having an amazing adventure. Don't grow up too fast... You've got the rest of your life right around the corner in front of you. Enjoy it! :beer
  3. Ulyses

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    It's too late....I already done growed up. :cry But I'm still young at heart...:1drink
  4. Ulyses

    Ulyses Long timer

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    Yuri!!! I missed it!!!!!! NOOOOO!

    We actually stopped in that small town to talk to some riders that we saw and then we kept going. I totally didn't know about it. Those pictures looked incredible! I wish I'd gone to see that!
  5. Ulyses

    Ulyses Long timer

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    Spent last night camping out with a bunch of overlander friends that we happened to run into on the road, hence the lack of posting. Tonight, for some reason photobucket doesn't want to cooperate and I can't get the pictures up. So, I'll probably have to do this all in the morning. For now, here is the one picture that I've managed to upload:

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    Chao!
  6. purpledrake

    purpledrake No Pretensions

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    Hey, Ulyses,

    I am not--repeat, am not--trying to delay your return to the warm bosom of home, and, by sending this, I am not suggesting that you continue your journeys to even another continent. However, this video compilation of another man's global ride report was just posted. If you have a few moments, watch a few episodes.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=20933015#post20933015
  7. Ulyses

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    Day 151 (March 16, 2013)
    Chile Chico, Chile to Cerro Torre, Chile
    Day's Ride: 189 Miles

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    Leaving our awesome campground at Chile Chico was a little hard; however, we were excited to start the Carretera Austral. From Chile Chico to the actual Carreterra Austral there is a 70 mile long ripio approach that skirts the southern edge of Lake General Carrera. The views were incredible and the road quality actually fairly decent.

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    You can see the road running up the left side of the hill in the picture below:

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    After about 70 miles of riding, we finally linked up with the actual Carretera Austral. We stopped at the intersection for a quick lunch break. Lunch consisted of two cans of tuna mixed in with a block of cream cheese, chopped onions, sun dried tomatoes, a little olive oil, all smeared on hot dog buns.

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    As we were passing through the puebla of Rio Tranquilo (home of the Marble Chaple that yuri told me about but that I forgot) I noticed some bikers. We stopped to chat for a minute. One of the riders who was on one of those crazy DR800's had been hit by a car the day before. The people drive like crazy on these ripio roads and he had taken a head on collision with a car and miraculously survived unscathed. His bike on the other hand was a little beat up. There was also a pretty cool little XR400 in their group:

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    The road soon denigrated into some real rough wash board with the large suicide gravel. The views continued to be spectacular.

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    We passed by tons of lakes and rivers that were fed from glacial runoff. The glacial sediments suspended in the water reflect a certain wavelength of light and give the water an incredible aquamarine color that's difficult to capture on camera.

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    As we were nearing our stopping point at the end of the day, we came across a convoy of overland vehicles. Dylan recognized one of the trucks and realized that they were some of the overlanders that we had met in Lima a couple of months ago! We all pulled over and got out to say hi. There were four vehicles and four couples; Jed and Megan, (the American couple that had been attacked by the village in Peru), James and Lauren, and then two other couples whose names that I don't remember. We talked for a little bit and then they invited us to camp out with them next to a river that we had passed a few miles ago. We made a quick run into the nearby village to buy food then returned back to the campsite to hang out.

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    We ended up building a bonfire, drinking a bunch of wine, and eating trout ceviche from a fish that one of the overlanders had just caught out of the river. It was awesome!
  8. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF ¿to post or to ride?

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    That line going straight up the hill? Did you ride up that? :eek1
  9. Ulyses

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    Day 152 (March 17, 2013)
    Cerro Castillo, Chile to Coyhaique, Chile
    Day's Ride: 71 Miles

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    <SMALL>Dylan just showed me how to do an interactive version of the maps that I do most everyday to map the day's route, so we'll give this a try. Right off the bat, I'm not sure how much I like it. If you think the old way was better, let me know and I'll put those back in.</SMALL>

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    <SMALL>I awoke to the sounds of fishing and emerged from my tent to find that one of the overlanders had caught another trout. This one measured about 17 inches and was caught with some crappy second hand lures on a normal fishing rod. Jeff, if you are reading this, here's your fish:</SMALL>
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    <SMALL>We said our goodbyes and hit the road. The peak Cerro Castillo and some other smaller spires soon came into view:</SMALL>
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    <SMALL>Just past the puebla of Cerro Castillo the road went back to pavement. The road was incredible and the views were fantastic.</SMALL>
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    <SMALL>So far I think that the Carretera Austral is one of the best roads that I've been on during this trip. The combination of ripio, pavement, and incredible scenery have combined to make this an incredible ride.</SMALL>
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    <SMALL>We took a short day and stopped in the town of Coyhaique, population 50,000. This is the largest town we are going to hit for a while so we decided that it would be a good idea to get some supplies and some American dollars before crossing back into Argentina.</SMALL>
  10. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF ¿to post or to ride?

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    Sweet ride!
    Interactive version rocks.
  11. Ulyses

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    Yep. :D I guess I should have clarified: the road running parrallel to the lake around the base of the hill.....
  12. Clem Kevin

    Clem Kevin Nude With Boots

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    I love these small world moments. I've had a few while traveling and they just make you smile from ear to ear.

    Interactive maps are okay if you continue using the satellite version instead of the roadmap version. Make sure when you hyperlink the maps that you're zoomed out to see the entire route.
  13. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF ¿to post or to ride?

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    Okay. Man, you had me going there! And wondering why no pics of that ascent... It looks do-able from the pic, but maybe not advisable with those tires and all loaded up.

    As for the map, what I like best is the "view larger map" link. I love to see all the detail and functionality of the full page map with your route on it. You could include that link with the static picture of your overall route if you preferred that, and we'd still have the benefit of being interactive and checking out the details on the map page.

    Peace.
  14. advFord

    advFord Been here awhile

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    I'm a fan of the interactive map. It helps to get the bigger picture of where you're at. It saves time from having to google search the town names that you post.

    So what's the story on the couple that was attacked. I read about that in the news. Since my family and friends know I want to ride to South America they send me all the articles of the worst news of things that happen down there. My mom is probably hoping I'll reconsider.

    bon voyage.
  15. Ulyses

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    Day 153 (March 18, 2013)
    Coyhaique, Chile
    Day's Ride: 0 Miles

    Took a rest day today in order to do some errands. Went to a "Casa de Cambio" to buy some American dolars in preperation for returning to Argentina, purchased a cutting board to cut food and serve as a replacement for my improvised chain slider should it fail, and bought another sleeping pad to help me stay warm and comfortable in the Patagonian nights.

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    This evening I went to the local Unimark supermarket and bought a ton of food and cooked up a big meal.

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    Tomorrow I'm going to finish the Carretera Austral and jump back into Argentina. Hopefully I'll be up to Buenos Aires in a few days and then on to Uruguay to spend some time on the beach. I'm tired of being cold.
  16. alvincullumyork

    alvincullumyork I wish I was cool

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    Don't you know thgat you'll be killed in Mexico and then your dead body will be kidnapped in Columbia and after that you'll get run over by some crazy driver in Peru.:evil
  17. Ulyses

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    Yeah, whatever you do, definetly don't cross that border. It's highly probable that you won't come back with all of your internal organs. I've met several people who woke up in a bathtub full of ice in an abandoned building in La Paz minus a kidney.
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    I'll let you read the story straight from their blog:

    http://adventureamericas.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/nightmare-in-peru/

    I met them in a hostal in Lima after they had gotten jumped. Jed was just getting his teeth fixed that day. Crazy stuff. I couldn't believe that it happened in Peru. They're troopers. They didn't let a little thing like being attacked by an entire village and held at gunpoint stop them from continuing their trip! Awesome people!
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    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    I just read that blog post. Holy crap! That's insane. I think I'll be avoiding Peru unless they actually do something about those villagers.

    Rob
  20. alvincullumyork

    alvincullumyork I wish I was cool

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    Holy Crap!