Portland, OR to Buenos Aires, Argentina Before Christmas-OOPS

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by TanukiPDX, Sep 20, 2017.

  1. powderzone

    powderzone Been here awhile

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    Dude! Lucky to just have scraped knuckles coming out of that. Glad you're okay but bummed that you've got to turn back. The bike looks rough but mostly confined to the headlight mask, fairing and cluster? - hard to tell from a few pics though.
    Is there any way to get the beast fixed in CA and back in the saddle? You probably need to reset after that whole ordeal so likely doesn't matter.
    In any case, it's been a pleasure following along. I'll look forward to following "Portland to BA V2.0". Be safe!
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  2. oneway

    oneway Long timer

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    Do you just text then to communicate with Garmin on the inreach?
  3. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    Ah Bummer Brent. Sounds like you scraped by on that one (too soon? :D). Glad both parties are somewhat okay, hope you get home safe and sound.

    Don't forget, you rode your bike all the way to Central America and had quite the adventure while you did it. I bet you learned a lot, you'll never forget it and there will be more trips in your future.

    Get well soon.
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  4. Parcero

    Parcero Mundial

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    Sad to see it end, but glad you were able to walk away with just scrapes and bruises.

    Any chance of getting the bike repaired at that KTM shop in Guatemala? Don’t know what the extent of the damage is, but the difference between shipping it home and making repairs there might be negligible.
  5. Parcero

    Parcero Mundial

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    Visas are no longer required for U.S. citizens entering Argentina. Since a new reciprocity agreement was entered in early 2016, it’s now just a regular passport stamp and you’re in.
  6. TanukiPDX

    TanukiPDX Been here awhile

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    I used the sos button tonactivate then trxt to communicate.

    Thank you everyone I am working to get things sorted out I have worried family at home so regardless if I get the bike fixed or not I know that they’re going to want to see me and I owe it to them to at least go back and fix the bike there before continuing on .
  7. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    I am sorry to hear about your mishap but I am glad you walked away from the accident OK. May I ask how fast were you going when you get surprised by the bicyclist? I admit that I am terrified of riding/driving around the curve in Latin America. You just never know what may pop up at the curve.. it could be moto or car or who know what? I am surprised that your response time was 15 minutes because I was the only passenger in the Metro bus when two young boys on moto rode around the curve real fast and meet the bus head-on with no time to use the brake. After 1 hour of waiting, father of the boy that was severed injured came to pick him up and left for hospital. I gave my WhatsApp # and my name to both driver and family of the boy then walked a long way to my place. I was really concerned with the time of response by emergency team and when I asked my Colombian landlord of this, he said that it is normal. I was shocked! The bus was impounded by the police and I saw the driver again 2 weeks later.. we talked a little. He explained that in Colombia it is law that anytime any moto accident is involved, they impound the vehicle until the case with victim is cleared, but in his case it was easy dismiss so he is back working.. then 1 month later I saw the bus fully repaired (broken windshield and front left dented).
  8. Max Wedge

    Max Wedge ADVenture mowing

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    Man, so sorry to hear of the mishap, I really enjoyed the ride report. But, you are okay, and get to write again another day. Will watch for V2.0.
  9. liv2day

    liv2day Been here awhile

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    Wow, sincere apologies for that turn of events :(

    As others have said, very glad that both of you came away relatively unscathed - at least in the grand scheme of things.

    I hope you're able to get the bike back to the US relatively easily and getting yourself back is even easier than that.

    Sorry your trip was cut short and ended with an accident, be looking for the reboot when you're able to make it happen.
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  10. Warrewp

    Warrewp n00b

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    Wow, just caught up, didn't see this coming. Glad you and the bicyclist are both alright! Great read nonetheless!
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  11. ladyknieval

    ladyknieval Been here awhile

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    Saw your Facebook post, and as soon as I got home from work, I looked up this thread. Bum deal on the mishap, but as others have said, you live to ride again! You and the cyclist. Now go on home to the arms of your worried waiting family, repair the Kato, and carry on! :super
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  12. RainRider45

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    Dam Brent!

    Now you can make the EFR, Some times ya gotta look at the bright side.

    Hope it all sorts out, and never ride any faster than your winged religious companions.

    Good luck with the repairs mental, physical and monetary. There will be a next time V2.0
  13. DaveCR

    DaveCR Been here awhile

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    There's a KTM dealership in Managua if you want to give it a try; so sorry to read what happened but hey, you are ok, that's what matters!
  14. outbacktm

    outbacktm Bullrun Bison

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    It sounds like his winged companions did their job.
    For that I am grateful.
    I guess that's why we call it adventure riding, because we really never know how it's going to end.

    I'm curious to see what artistic expression will manifest while processing the event.
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  15. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    How's the details working out Brett? I can imagine what a cluster paper work mess that must be.
  16. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Bummer crash. Hope all is getting sorted. But whether the trip itself is done or not there's more to the story. Anyone undertaking a trip of this nature could find themselves with a similar need of having to extract one's bike and return home, so despite the pain it would be instructive to learn how this process proceeds. It's not really over until you and the bike are back home planning the next trip. And then it sounds like there's some video to process which hopefully we'll get to see some of. Suerte, y que Dios lo acompañe.

    Meanwhile, check out how crashmaster's "no fumar Español" starts out.
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  17. TanukiPDX

    TanukiPDX Been here awhile

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    I could probably have had the bike fixed, but that would have thrown off all of my schedule, and I had plenty of worried family members back home, so I headed home and once the bike arrives will fix it up.

    Yeah I made it home Friday night, but its been a complete cluster trying to hear back from the shipping company on getting the bike out of Managua. Still waiting on all of that.
    Thank you. It is all part of the adventure. I knew the roads would be like that before I ever set out, and that is exactly why I tried to keep my protective gear on at all times. I met a lot of riders wearing jeans and t shirts because of the heat, and I warned them all that there is never a right time to wear the gear, but to wear it always. I hope they listened.
  18. 97707

    97707 Go Long

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    Just catching up with this since you entered Mexico. What a great trip . . . until the accident. So lucky you weren't hurt bad. And fortunate you had your church guy there to expedite for you.

    Condolence it had to end. But you can certainly call it a success regardless. There'll be more trips.

    And that sounds like quite a testimony for the Garmin InReach service.

    Hey post up those vids here when you get to them!

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  19. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Yep, ATGATT! I am a proponent of that (All The Gear All The Time) just like being able to stop in the distance I can see clearly.

    And appreciate the update. Would like to hear the details on how to get a shipping company to pick up a bike from abroad and bring it home, what that takes logistically and monetarily.
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  20. NitramGlobal

    NitramGlobal His Spanish is picante.

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    Ditto!