Patagonia for the Holidays - A Fly & Ride Adventure

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  1. Unit 91

    Unit 91 Been here awhile

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    Hey everyone!

    A couple of months ago I had some downtime at work and realized I haven't done any sort of longer adventure ride in a year so naturally I began daydreaming. My daydreaming led me to Google, which led me to RideADV's website. In the moment I decided to leverage the fact that my company closes between Xmas and New Year in combination with the large amount of PTO I have saved up to book a trip to Patagonia. I worked with Eric to plot out most of the details, made my payment and now I'm a mere 19 days away from heading to the airport. Holy hell... both excited and nervous.

    Normally I'd plan this all myself, and only rely on a company for the bike, but given the short amount of time between decision and my trip relying on someone else to do a lot of the heavy lifting just works out better. I also have a somewhat limited window in which to get this done or I'd love to do the full down and back ride.

    I'll be flying down, picking up a rental, and spending 18 days on my own threading my way south through Patagonia. Every day that goes by makes it harder to concentrate on work, which I have plenty of... it just seems less interesting as the days melt away.

    Pretty sure I have most of my gear/equipment/supplies/stuff ready. A few small things I need to gather yet, but I'll never feel like I'm totally prepared. That just won't happen. Ever.

    If anyone has any advice or must see things down that way, I'm all ears. I'll probably post up my InReach address before I go and try to post here and there. Will do a total write-up when I get back.

    Not taking my computer, and not planning on using my phone. Trying to do this as disconnected and in the moment as I can. So looking forward to crossing another bucket list item off, even if I can't ride the whole way there and back... yet.
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  2. Blind Warrior

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    Looking forward to your posts!
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  3. Unit 91

    Unit 91 Been here awhile

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    Thank you, sir. Hey, we're neighbors. I recently moved back to Orange County. Just haven't changed my location... which I'll do now.
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  4. Blind Warrior

    Blind Warrior Lost in the Ozone

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    What part of the OC are you in?
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  5. Unit 91

    Unit 91 Been here awhile

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    Tustin, so not too far north of you.
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    BillUA Las Vegas, NV

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    I'm in!
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    Sounds awesome, but you gonna make us wait for details? where you flying into? what kind of bike are you renting? etc.
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    We should get a beer someday.
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  9. Unit 91

    Unit 91 Been here awhile

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    Sorry! That all makes sense.

    I'm flying into Santiago and hanging out there for a full day. From there I head to Pucon and grabbing a bus to Osorno and checking out my ride for the trip - a BMW R1200GS. I had originally wanted to rent an Africa Twin, but missed a timely deposit, so GS it is. I ride a GS Adventure at home so at least I'll be comfortable and familiar with it already.

    From there it's south-bound to Ushuaia! Already booked a tour to the penguin rookery where they let you actually hang out with penguins. WITH THE PENGUINS! Pumped.

    I end my trip in Punto Arenas and head home.

    Map borrowed from RideADV's site.
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    What you wrote is 'a' beer... but what I read was 'all of the' beer. Haha. Totally down.
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  10. clumsy_culhane

    clumsy_culhane Been here awhile

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    Ill be in patagonia around then, aiming to be in Ushuaia early January if you want to cross paths!

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  11. FotoTEX

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    Your route looks excellent. Prepare, mentally, for fierce winds in southern Patagonia. Also, ALWAYS fill up gas whenever they are open. IF they are open. Bring ALOT of Water. You never know where the next clean water supply will be. Also carry extra food in case the gas stations are closed, and many will be. While around El Calafate, go to Perito Moreno Glacier. Los Glaciers NP. Torres del Paine is outstandingly beautiful. And remote. But then again , most of your route will be. Orange Co. will seem like a world away and it is...
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  12. Parcero

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    If you want a really excellent dining experience at well below US prices while in Osorno, go to Agua y Campo or the even better Ruta del Asadores. Amazing food and wine, and five-star service.
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  13. Unit 91

    Unit 91 Been here awhile

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    I'll be in Ushuaia the 4th of January. I roll into town the night of the 3rd. Doing the penguin thing on the 4th. Dinner either night could be cool.

    I appreciate all the advice. Lot of gas stations are closed all the time? I'm also taking a filtration system, just in case I really need water.

    I love when home feels like it might not exist if that makes sense.

    Awesome, I'll keep that in mind. Thank you!
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    I found water, food, and all-important coffee to be plentiful, at least on the Argentinian side of Patagonia. I carried one or two 500 ml bottle of water, no more. Probably should have carried more in the event of a breakdown or crash in case I got stranded.

    Wind is always blowing. I was almost blown off the road once when I took one hand off the bar. That would have been disastrous at the speed I was traveling.

    Even if a gas station was out of fuel, they usually had water and good coffee and there was always a restaurant or tienda in the town. Here’s a link to my very recent RR covering that part of the world, although from the Argentinian side, and earlier covering my travels from Santiago south to Bariloche, which looks like it’s on your route. I’ve also copied and pasted my list of gas stops on Ruta 40 here in case the link doesn’t post correctly. Chos Malal was the only town where the main gas station had run out of fuel and I had to wait in a long que at the small station in town for gas.

    http://advrider.com/index.php?thre...-journey-through-latin-america.743481/page-15

    Town Miles (South to north)
    Rio Gallegos 0
    Esperanza 90
    Tres Lagos 162
    Gobernador Gregores 110
    Bajo Caracoles 141
    Perito Moreno 80
    Rio Mayo 80
    Gobernador Costa 144
    Tecka 52
    Esquel 60
    Automóvil Club Argentino, Villa Mascarsdi 158
    Ruta 232 at end of Parque Nacional Nahuel Haupi (ACA station) 61
    Zapata 184
    Chos Malal 134
    Buta Ranquel 55
    Barrancas (just north of town on R40) 29
    Marlargue 130
    El Sosneado 33
    San Rafael 85
    Mendoza 145
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  15. Martygarrison

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    You can't overstate the wind.
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  16. Unit 91

    Unit 91 Been here awhile

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    So what I am hearing is it's windy...

    Anyone ride the plains to Calgary? Is it worse than that?
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  17. Martygarrison

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    I rode the plains this summer on my CRF250, DC to Northwest Montana. I also bicycle toured the plains east of the Canadian Rockies. No comparison with what we experienced in El Chalten. The wind in Patagonia was picking up rocks of all sizes (well, lots of rocks anyway) and blowing them in our faces. I saw some motorcycles touring guys down there and they looked ok but were on BMW GSA's. I wouldn't want to fight that wind on my 250.
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  18. Unit 91

    Unit 91 Been here awhile

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    Well, that sounds pleasant. Good to know. I'll be on a GS so weight will be on my side. Thanks for the heads up!
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    Yes , on Ruta 3 it's like that .... times 10

    It can get so windy, that that you will wish that you were never born
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