Ottawa-Inuvik-Tierra Del Fuego

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Super Tenere, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. ReadyFreddy

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    Hey Jeff,
    Thank goodness that you avoided the worse of the FORCES of nature. Rock and mudslides don't sound like anything that you want to experience first hand. Just seeing the after-effects is enough to send chills down your back. Sorry that your co-rider Wei had to dump his bike. But making light of it shows that you both have the right attitude through these challenges. I think that there is indeed a "man" watching over you in that cloud picture.
    Also...Always nice to hear that the fraternity of riders is there to help one another out. I agree with you that there are good people out there along the lonely road (and sometimes paths) that you ride on, and I am glad that you are finding them, Jeff...
    Take care as always and Godspeed to you and all those that you encounter along the way.
    This is a great read!!:eyes
  2. Cmnthead

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    I hope your finding everything ok! Sorry I could not clean up before you got there, but I have not been there since April. Sorry about the mess.
    I'm getting excited about leaving on our trip, less than a month to go now. November 7th is the date we are aiming for. My oldest boy, Cam, and I are doing the drive on my 06 GSA and his 08 XR650. I can't wait to lay in my hammock up in the rancho reading and sipping Duran coffee. Only this time it will be a 6 week trip instead of a 6 hour flight to get there:clap
    I hope all the locals treat you well and sorry I'm not there to show you around a bit.
    Any questions just message me.
    Behave!!:evil
  3. Super Dave Hawaii

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  4. Super Tenere

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    Thanks Anthony, always great to hear from you.

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  5. Super Tenere

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    Thanks Phil, I did behave and had a great time, words can't thank you enough for your kind generosity.

    Jeff
  6. Super Tenere

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    Awesome is indeed the word, thanks Dave.

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  7. Super Tenere

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    Had a great stay at Phil's place, it was very peaceful and I was able to walk along the beach for miles on end, there's nothing like the sound of the never ending waves hitting the shoreline and the salty smell in the air to clear your head, all this makes for a great relaxing day. The locals are very friendly and when I went out that night everyone was greeting me as if I belonged there, they were saying your the one staying at the Canadians place and nice to see you. Had a fantastic dinner at one of the local places for only $4.25, Panama beer cost $0.75 at the diner you can't beet that.
    Sunset at Playa Uverito.
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    Today I headed towards Panama City and did meet another rider that is going on the same boot, so we are currently in the same Hostel Villa Vento Surf.
    A shot of the City.
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    Jeff
  8. Super Tenere

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    The Hostel Villa Vento Surf. was booked full for today so we changed to the Mamallena Hostel, that is also run by the same booking agency as for the boat. This afternoon we headed to the Miraflores Locks and did see this marvellous wonder in operation and some small boats go through the locks, we could have waited a couple of hours for a big boat but decided to go to the Flamenco Island instead.
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    The Island is reachable by this long causeway and has a great view of the city from the sea point of view, plus it has a duty free zone.
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    Tomorrow I will take the bike to San Blas for loading onto the boat and then stay overnight on the Carti Islands. Apparently there is no Internet so for the next 6 days or until I reach Cartagena, Columbia, you will have to wait for the updates, wish me luck, bon-voyage.


    Jeff
  9. brian2tall

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    Safe travels my friend. Glad to see your taking it easy before the next big step. Hope the seas are smooth and the current swift. Next stop South America:clap.
  10. ReadyFreddy

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    Have a safe trip Jeff!
  11. Tripper-CMC

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    "Happy Thanksgiving" from your fellow riders at CMC and close friends in Ottawa Jeff..!!!

    Enjoy the sailing and keep safe!:nod

    Greg "Tripper"
  12. Super Tenere

    Super Tenere Voyager

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    Thanks guys for the encouragement, had a great trip across the Darien Gap, wish you were here to see this and feel the excitement in the air.

    Jeff
  13. Super Tenere

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    Made it to Cartagena, Colombia, and this is the continuing of day 101, before we sailed.


    Good news for anyone travelling the Darian Gap towards the end of this month, according to one of the Captains a new Ferry service will be in operation.


    First thing this morning I started to compact my large amount of gear to a somewhat more manageable size. I haven't camped since San Diego so this would be the thing to downsize on and in the hope that I would not need it in this next leg of my journey I removed my Winter Sleeping-bag, Stove, and Thermos can plus some small things that were taking up space. After repacking all this I ended up with one less dry sack to carry or lug around., I did throw all this stuff on the free rack at the Hostel and locking back after about 5 min and all of it was gone, someone must of wanted it and I hope it comes to good use.


    This morning it was poring rain so we waited and hoped it would clear up by noon only thing is it would not give us any spare time before heading to San Blas, we waited and of course the rain did not stop. The fastest route was over the Corredor Sur where we come to a toll both that says $1.40, when I try paying the attendant says where is your card, because you need to swipe this first, I ask the attendant what do you mean? there is no sign saying that I need a card, it only says $1.40,.By now the cars are starting to honk and the lady calls the supervisor over and all this makes is for more honking. The supervisor says you cannot get through unless you show one of these cards and pulls a bunch of the cards out of his pocket that you can buy for $8.00. I tell the guy that nowhere is there a sign saying this and I will wait here until doomsday if needed, so he better be prepared because this will be the start of an international incident right here right now, you should have seen this guys face by now, the cars are honking like crazy, and drivers are scrambling to find other gates, luckily one Panamanian guy gets out of his car and says to the supervisor I will let them through by swiping my card, we pay the Panamanian guy $3 and we go through, of all things stupid the supervisor could have done the same, but no.


    The last part of the road towards San Blas is one crazy up and down, twisty road and a real treat for us after riding in the rain the whole time it now starts to clear up, and we did have to pay the $13 to be able to continue through Kuna territory. We make it to the Barzukun River and we see the Lancha boat that will take our bikes to the boat, after the Kuna Indians try different ways to see how it would be best to get the bike in they tell us to bring the bike down the steep grassy embankment towards the boat where they will lift it up over the railing into the boat, six guys and a lot of lets see how this goes gets the bikes in and away we go after paying them $15 per bike for there services.
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    When we get to the Independence they lower the Dingy and then hoist our bikes up, then across the deck and tied down towards the railing and deck, here is where they will stay until we reach the other side
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    We stowed our gear inside the boat and then we were taking to the Carti Island where we will stay the night amongst the Kuna Indians. The sleeping arrangement is in a loft above one of the many shacks that are on the Island and it has no sink or toilet so if you need to go just head out to the shack with the toilet hanging out above the ocean, our as they call it the Kuna toilet, for some strange reason this whole thing makes me feel like I'm in the movie Water World, and find it really cool. After diner we did buy a bottle of Cola and that with the duty free Rum we made a small party and talked the night away. The Kuna live from the fishing and tourist that come here and ask $1 for everything, including taking pictures with them, a very simple life and they seem to be happy with it, but from my perspective I would only wish that they had more pride in there surroundings because it looks like a dump in many places, including the sea bottom around the piers.


    More pictures to come with the rest of the story.


    Jeff
  14. Animo

    Animo Beastly n00b

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    Awesome, welcome to SA :clap
  15. Hevy Kevy

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    Still lurking in Elora. Thanks for the great writing, pics and info!! :clap:clap
  16. Super Tenere

    Super Tenere Voyager

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    Thanks Animo and Hevy Kevy, always good to hear that someone is following.

    Jeff
  17. Super Tenere

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    Day 102 Sailing


    The guy I did meet when I was going to Panama City is from Spain and he is on an Around The World trip his name is Marcos Verges Tortras and has a blog: www.mundo-en-moto.com he has been to a lot of places and has a lot of very interesting stories, take a look at his site if you can.
    Marcos on the Lancha.
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    Me on the Lancha with a big relieve and not believing we actually made it with the bikes
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    We had breakfast in the shack and were taking back to the boat where we did meet the other 16 passengers, on board Captain Michel gives his welcome speech and instruction on proper toilet use because this will be of major importance if we wish to arrive without issues. Then we sailed for about 2hrs to this little group of islands where we could snorkel and swim to the islands and this is also where we will stay for the night, by late afternoon the first Halloween party started amongst the young crowd and that was some party, the older generation laid a bit back but we did finish it.


    Day 103 Sailing


    Did more swimming and got a good sun burn, the sun out here is brutal. We sailed for 1hr to the next group of Islands where the Immigration officials did come on board and we are cleared to leave the country, later that afternoon we are brought by speed boat to the biggest Island for a BBQ meal and of course more party time.
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    On board the boat I share a bunk bed cabin with Marcos and it is very warm under the deck because none of the windows are allowed to open, luckily there is a fan above your head to provide some cooling or it would have been imposable to stay in there.


    Day 104 Sailing


    Sailed to the final set of Islands before the big crossing and Marcus giving his thumps up
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    Saying goodby to the Island.
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    Captain Michel gives his speech about how rough the sea can get and safety instruction. The crossing for the Independence usually takes 30hrs but could be in heavy weather an extra day, so time to batten down the hatches and prepare for some excitement, this of course is enough reason for the young crowd to really start a good party inside and that was according to the Captain one for the books. Luckily the sea remained very calm and we had no head winds at all, by morning we are told that this will be the fastest crossing ever and before night fall we will see land. That afternoon the Captain decides to stop the boat since we are making such good time so that we can go swimming in the sea once more and get to feel how this is because the water is only 3km deep. Around 5pm we see land and come to port around 9pm, the Captain confirms that the total sailing time was 23hrs and this was his fastest trip, the sailing gods were in our favour.


    Day 105 Sailing / Columbia


    I get-up around 5:30am and start untying the bike for the next part of this adventure, both our bikes need to be lowered into a small dingy one by one and then brought to shore where we will have to lift them over the railing or so we are told. The Captain decides to put the dingy up against some rocks instead and we are told to push the bike over the front edge onto the rocks, with the four of us pushing and pulling we manage but only by gods grace does this work without any incident, this whole process is such a make shift operation and I can't believe that we pulled it off and then to think that this has been going on for years. Once on land and after saying all our goodby's we head off to Aduana and wait for the boats agent to show because he has all our paperwork including passport, after waiting for an hour he shows up and has already handled Immigration so now it's only the Import of the bike process, luckily this only takes another 45min, and we pay him $35 for his services. Off into town to find a Hostel or something, after some searching we find good lodging at the Iguana's House, where it's only $15 for a private room, we then head out to the Insurance company to get our SOAT for Columbia, and it's for 1 month and cost $22 US, we also find out that if you hit someone (person) your okay but if you hit anything else your not covered, so we figure if you do hit a car just walk up to the rider and then punch him in the face your save.:deal

    More to come, the Internet is not always working.


    Jeff
  18. Super Tenere

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    Day 106


    Cartagena is one great place to visit and has lots of things to see and do, so we head out to the very old fort San Felipe de Barajas.
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    Cartagena's old port entrance.
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    And then back to scroll through the old town's small cobble stone streets and visit it's many beautiful town's squares with shops everywhere.
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    By late afternoon I finally have some time and space to be able to write some more and sort through the pictures, and then Murphy's law kills the Internet.


    Day 107


    Said goodby to my good friend Marcos this morning because he is heading towards Bogota to meet his girlfriend. I made it to Santa Marta and then will head further to Venezuela.


    Jeff
  19. #1Fan

    #1Fan Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing your stories with us, Jeff! Once you make it Tierra Del Fuego, do you plan to ride back home, or are you going to part with your bike and fly back home?
  20. Super Tenere

    Super Tenere Voyager

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    Hey #1Fan, that is a cool name you have. I plan to fly back and also ship my bike back, I heard that the only way to sell it would be to someone that is doing a reverse trip so that they can register the bike.

    Jeff