Prairies To Penguins Alberta to Argentina

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DRRambler, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    Hey Dave... didn't I read back at the beginning of your RR that you were running a 14T front sprocket instead of the stock 15T? If so, I would suggest trying to pick up a 15T and swap on for your longer pavement rides. That'll relax the RPMs enough that it'll make quite a difference. And it only takes five minutes to change sprockets, especially with your center stand. A 10mm socket for the sprocket bolts, the 24mm and 22mm wrenches for the axle bolt/adjusters, and you're set. BTW I leave my sprocket cover plate off because it makes it easier to swap sprockets. To get that off you need an 8mm socket.

    I love the DR.. it's a model of simplicity!

    Rob
  2. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Had a wheel bearing failure today. All fixed now but quite a day. I'll update soon with details. Right now internet is scarce

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  3. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    <strong>Day 140 and 141 Santiago to Chillan to Temuco January 22 and 23</strong>

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    The past two days we spent riding a 4 lane toll highway and the cameras stayed idle. There isn't much to say except it moved us south in one heck of a hurry. We did ride through a torrential rain that had us both frozen to the core. On these roads there is not really a good place to pull over until you reach a rest stop. These places are numerous fortunately and we found one at just the right time. Because of the rain all the patio furniture in front of the cafe was piled in a corner but the umbrellas were still up. Eran wisely rode up on the sidewalk and under an umbrella. I followed suit and we stayed at the cafe for over an hour trying to warm up.
    After the rain let up a bit we continued on to Temuco and looked forward to getting off the freeway.
  4. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Hi Rob,
    I have had the stock gearing from the start. The DR has plenty of power for 110 km cruising but when the wind is blowing there isn't much power to spare for passing. I love my DR too.

    Thanks for the feedback:clap
  5. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Day 142 Temuco to San Martin de los Andes Argentina January 24

    Today we were excited to be able to turn left! The day started a bit late after we did some important banking downtown but we only had 190km to the ferry at Peurto Fuy. After 90 km on the toll road we turned east towards the mountains and Argentina. The curves and the scenery were welcome sights and we moved along at a fast pace.

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    Soon the road turned to gravel and during a rest stop we discussed whether or not we'd make the one o clock ferry. We decided to press hard and try to make it. We pushed our pace on the gravel and passed numerous vehicles in the dust until we finally arrived at the ferry. The barge was packed with foot passengers and looked full with vehicles. We rode right up to the loading ramp and a worker waved us away. We watched a police truck slowly back onto the barge wondering if they could squeeze us in.

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    At last they waved at us to get on board and we got the last few square meters of space. Before we had our helmets off the boat was casting off and we still didn't have tickets!

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    90 minutes later we disembarked the ferry and paid our fares. Then we knew we needed to high tail it to the border and beat all the ferry traffic. We arrived there behind one car and the process was fast and easy.

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    Another 40km and we arived at San Martin to find all the hostels full.

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    But we found some nice camping along the lake for about $10 each.

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    Awesome jazz/funk/blues band on the beach

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    Hmmm, dare I....... oh what the heck, "To beer or not to beer"

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    As I was unpacking my tent I realized that I hadn't camped since northern California and that today marked 5 months on the road.
  6. PrairieMan

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    Dave, What an amazing journey you have embarked upon! I've read a few ride reports over the past couple years and yours is at the top. Last year, there was a husband and wife duo from Guatemala who rode up to Alaska and back. I read it to my 8 and 10 year old boys at bedtime each night. It was an adventure they really enjoyed. I've shared part of yours with them, but hockey practice eats up our evening hours most nights of the week. So, I've mainly been reading solo.

    I'm impressed with all the countries you've traveled through. In addition to what you've written, I can't imagine all the sub-stories of each one. Traveling, meeting other people and trying different food is quite rewarding. Thank you for taking the time to snap pictures and write. Many people are enjoying it.

    I pray for your safety, good health and a reliable machine. All the best to you on your journey.
  7. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Thank you Prairieman,
    I am enjoying documenting the ride despite the effort. However if I did this trip again the computer would stay at home and the endless search for wifi would be gone.
  8. DRRambler

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    <strong>Day 143 San Martin to Villa Angostura January 25</strong>

    It was really cold last night but with the morning came warm sunbeams. We grabbed a cup of tea from the nearby cafe and started packing our gear. We took our time and started out by 11:00.

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    The route was mostly pavement but we encountered some dusty gravel. Traffic was heavy but the dual sport bikes love this stuff and we made short work of all the cars and trucks. Fo the past few days I felt as if something was wrong with the bike but couldn't pinpoint it. As soon as we got back on pavement I knew exactly what was wrong. The rear wheel bearings were shot and the rear wheel was flopping around making a terrible noise. I didn't notice the outright failure on the gravel because it was so bumpy but on the smooth tarmac it was obvious.


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    We had to plot our next move and sat down to think about it.

    There was a town 30km away but too far to limp the bike there. We tried to flag down some trucks without success so decided Eran should ride to town and try to find help. We thought it was Sunday but it was really Saturday so our expectations were low. He found an auto shop open and asked for help so the guy called a friend who said he'd meet us out where I was stranded. Eran returned about 90 minutes after he'd left and we waited. For another 90 minutes we waited but no truck came.

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    I got fed up and set up a broken traffic cone I found in the ditch. The next truck that came I practically stood in front of and flagged him down. It was a small truck with both the front and rear seats occupied. In the box was a folded aluminum ladder and about 18 canteloupe sized boulders. I asked for help and they started throwing the rocks into the ditch. I guess they were for ballast as they apparently had no value otherwise. We loaded Skelly into the back and I climbed in too.

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    The 30km ride was great fun but a little scary as the little truck careened around the twisty road.

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    They dropped us off in Villa Angostura and I gave the driver about $30 for his trouble. The family in the truck thought it was great fun helping the Canadian biker out of a jam.

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    The auto shop was more like an auto wrecker but the guys there were friendly and willing to help even at 7pm on a Saturday.

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    I removed the rear wheel and they went to work. The right side bearing was destroyed and the outer race broke trying to remove it. After a few minutes the guys figured out how to remove the broken piece. Since I had replacements with me we also removed the left side bearing and replaced them both. While the wheel was off I took the chance to replace the rear brake pads which were almost worn out.

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    During this time Eran was out searching for a hotel or hostel. By the time he returned we were installing the rear wheel. We were settled in the hostel by 8:30 but both of us were completely exhausted
  9. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    It.s a wonder we didn.t meet up with you guys.

    see ride report........tuckers to tdf......

    When you get to Ushuaia if you need shipping help you can check our thread or email...PM us.......we have a great contact for storage..shipping
  10. snoofus

    snoofus FNG

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    I am enjoying your RR and appreciate the effort it must take to prepare it!
  11. Shibby!

    Shibby! Long timer

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    All part of the journey!

    I packed bearings on my trip and the darn things made it back. Oh well, better to have then to not have. You'd be in a pickle if they didn't have a bearing to fit your rear hub.

    Keep it up!
  12. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    Aha! My mistake then. :)

    I know what you mean about nasty wind though. I had done a weekend trip out to Death Valley from Southern California a couple of years ago. I bailed early on Saturday afternoon (I went out on Friday) because the winds whipped up something fierce. On the ride back, I was riding into a 50+ mph head/crosswind. I was leaned way the hell over to the right and the best speed I could do was maybe 50 mph in 4th gear. I think I got 20 mpg on that tank. I finally ended up at a motel in Barstow around midnight, exhausted.

    Rob
  13. NickW909

    NickW909 Been here awhile

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    Sorry to jump ahead a little......

    Could I ask why you dipped back into Argentina instead of continuing along Ruta 5 and then onto Ruta 7?


    Nick.
  14. Bob México

    Bob México Adventurer

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    Villa la Angostura Nice place. Las empanadas de esa zona son de lo mejor

    These near Bariloche, if can visit the Tronador highly recommended in the road the Bolson

    Excellent RR :clap:clap
  15. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    You are right. Better to not use something like bearings than not have them. I will be bringing a few spares back home with me

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  16. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    I wanted to take the ferry from Puerto Fuy and see San Martin and Esquel. Ruta 7 starts before the point we joined it but to get there is a series of ferrys. Would have been cool but can't see everything

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  17. DRRambler

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    <strong>Day 144 Angostura to Esquel January 26</strong>

    It was just beautiful today. We had about 80km more to ride than we expected due to our short distance yesterday.

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  18. DRRambler

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    <strong>Day 145 Esquel to La Junta January 27</strong>

    Today we turned eastbound again towards Chile. One of the top things to do for both of us was to ride the Carretera Austral. Ruta 7 is a famous road for it's spectacular scenery and beautiful lakes.

    But first we needed to get to the border. From Esquel we followed highway 259 which eventually turns to gravel. In this part of the world the gravel roads are called ripio. The ripio here was pretty smooth and fast so we arrived at the Argentina border in no time.

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    Once again a very easy exit and 100 meters further the entrance to Chile almost as easy.

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    The nice folks there decided to search us a little more carefully this time which required unpacking a few things.

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    The door at Chile Aduana

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    Soon we were riding in Chile again still headed east for 90km to reach Ruta 7.

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    Upon reaching the turn we started seeing construction and had numerous stops to wait for one lane traffic.

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    The ripio became extremely rough in places and some sections had loose gravel that had the front wheel dancing. In fact Eran's bike decided to do a jig into the ditch at one point. It was a minor excursion but the left side pannier took another beating.

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    My new ruta 40 decal

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    Along the way we passed numerous cyclists moving both directions. It looked like terribly hard work for them. At one rest stop we met a lass from Scotland who started in Vancouver 18 months ago. Quite impressive to say the least. We said farewell thinking that we'd not see here again.

    Twenty minutes later I lost Eran in my mirrors and stopped to wait for him to catch up. I soon realized I needed to back track. About 2 km back up the road I saw him inspecting his bike. A major bolt had dissapeared causing the subframe to slump almost hitting the rear wheel. We walked up the road scanning the ripio for the bolt amongst the grey rocks and gravel. After a few hundred meters I returned to the bike to start removing the seat and side panels. I was dismayed to discover a bigger problem. When Eran returned I showed him the subframe had broken and the fuel tank brace was also damaged.

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    We started to form a strategy when a pickup truck stopped. Three guys got out and started helping us. By now the rain had started in earnest and the frustration level was high. The guys suggested loading the KLR into the truck and going to town 15km away.

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    So Eran took his turn riding in a truck while I followed. We were dropped off at a mechanics place and within 90 minutes had the bike welded up and back together.

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    And while there the left side pannier had a much needed makeover.

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    I had gone searching for a hostel while this was going on so by 10pm we were eating supper and ready to go to bed.
  19. sophijo

    sophijo Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2013
    Oddometer:
    379
    Location:
    SE Michigan
    I had no idea it was so beautiful there! Thanks for the education! Hope the weld holds!
  20. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2007
    Oddometer:
    860
    Location:
    Vancouver Island
    It truly is spectacular here.
    The weld is holding so far. Today we rode 230km of gravel and it stayed together. Fingers crossed.