Prairies To Penguins Alberta to Argentina

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

  1. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    <strong>Day 146 La Junta to Coyhaique January 28</strong>

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    What an absolutely fabulous day today. The morning started with a visit from the cyclist Joanna who was riding by our hostel as we loaded the bikes. She had camped at the spot we met her last night and we were indeed surprised to see her. We saw her again at the gas station a few minutes later, and once again as we got moving.

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    The ripio was perfect, hard packed and fast with very few loose sections.

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    The scenery was spectacular and we both had ear to ear grins all day.

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    About half the distance from Coyhaique pavement started and it was equally fantastic.

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    We are contemplating a rest day in Coyhaique so I can do an oil change on Skelly.
  2. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    We woke up to steady rain this morning so It was an easy decision to stay here another night.

    Here is a video of yesterday's activity

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  3. B73

    B73 Adventurer

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    I've been following your report for 4 months now and am so impressed with your determination and drive to keep it going. I travelled in South America in the mid 80's but not on a bike. You have inspired me to do it.
    Where on the Island are you settling. I'm in Courtenay and hope we can meet some time.
    Cheers, Brent
  4. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Thanks Brent,

    We'll be between Nanaimo and Comox, probably Bowser area. I'm looking forward to getting to know some local riders.
  5. RecycledRS

    RecycledRS Along for the ride

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    I, like many here, have enjoyed your excellent RR since the beginning. Glad to hear we'll be seeing you on the island. Bill.
  6. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    <strong>Day 148 Coyhaique to Cochrane January 30</strong>

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    Today was another fantastic day.

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    We had 95km of pavement out of Coyhaique.

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    until the gravel started. We rode 240km of ripio today...fantastic!!

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    The turquoise rivers and lakes surrounded us all day

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    Eran wanted to harvest some local ditch fruit

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    5 minutes of the Carretera Austral

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  7. grahamspc

    grahamspc Smitty

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    Great RR...try to catch up to you each morning...video around the lake..superb.
  8. pceire32

    pceire32 Irish

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    Great RR. Thank you for the time and effort you are putting into this. we know it is not easy. :norton
  9. mjt1577

    mjt1577 MinisterOfSillyWalks

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    Bowser is a nice area...I'm down in Duncan...we should get all your Island followers together this summer! Safe travels from here on...
  10. mjt1577

    mjt1577 MinisterOfSillyWalks

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    KLRs...take a lickin' and keep on tickin'!

    Glad you were able to get back on the road so quickly...
  11. B73

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    Sounds like fun, and there's no shortage of gravel around here to ride on.
  12. kevinsinvegas

    kevinsinvegas Been here awhile

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    That is some amazing scenery! Thanks for posting the pics and reports. Interesting to see your location on the maps and track your progress.

    Stay Safe!

    :clap
  13. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    I wish I could post more video but the internet most places wont allow it
  14. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    That would be great. I'll need some guides to take me out to explore some of the great roads.
  15. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Thanks for following along. Yesterday was a top 5 road. Will post details as soon a band width allows :deal
  16. zoodio

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    Following along and taking notes as I hope to get there myself someday! Best ride report I have ever read.Thank you for the entertainment the information and the incentive to ride. All the best, keep safe and enjoy the moment!:clap:clap:clap
  17. Rutin

    Rutin ....So little time!

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    Great report! Keep it coming. Making my up coming trip this summer to Big Sur that much more exciting. Can't wait to start packing!
  18. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Always happy to be of service to my Calgarian friends :D

    Believe it or not I'm already thinking about the next ride. Not so epic mind you but I still need to go to Deadhorse on a moto.
  19. Elvis!

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    Best RR I've ever read. Keep it coming!
  20. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Thanks Elvis, I knew you were alive and kicking somewhere:clap