Prairies To Penguins Alberta to Argentina

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  1. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    <strong>Day 158 Ushuaia to Rio Grande February 9</strong>

    Well I guess I have to turn north sometime, especially since I'm at the end of the road.

    I really enjoyed my short time in Ushuaia where I met a whole bunch of moto travelers. I had a nice reunion with Trevor who was on the Stahlratte with me way back in November. He had briefly been traveling with a few fellows from Malaysia on F800 BMWs who had great stories to tell. I also met Bart and Renata from Holland who had met Eran earlier in Peru. And finally got to meet Dan and Sara of Worldwideride.ca. All of us had dinner together on Saturday night which was great fun.

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    The ride to Rio Grande is only 210km so we started late today. It was four of us on this leg, me, Eran, Bart and Renata.

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    The sun shone all day for an excellent few hours of riding.

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    We stopped at the bakery again and picked up some more delicious empanadas for snacks later. As we pulled in we saw Dan and Sara on their way out. At the time I didn't expect to see them again.

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    Some dirt from the southbound leg

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    When we reached Rio Grande we found the same hospadaje from the other night.

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    An Israeli made aircraft that participated in the Falklands scuffle. It looks as if this is one of the planes that dropped bombs on the HMS Plymouth. None of the bombs that struck the ship exploded.

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    We had dinner together and I spouted off about not having a flat tire the whole trip.

    <strong>Day 159 Rio Grande to Rio Gallegos February 10</strong>

    Last night marked my last with Eran. From here I would go to Rio Gallegos and Eran would travel with Bart and Renata to Punta Arenas. There is a common 120km we all had to travel but I needed to get started earlier due to the greater distance, two borders and a ferry to catch. By 9am I was moving on my own again. It was damn cold and windy but I had all my layers on and just took my time.

    At the first border I saw Dan and Sara just going in to the building. We rode the next 14km to the next border complex. Just when we were about to get going Dan signaled to me that I was going nowhere. The rear tire was quite flat! Without hesitation Dan and Sara removed their helmets and helped me get to work. With their help we made short work of replacing the tube but could not get the bead seated on the stiff Hiedenau tire. I started looking for someone with a compressor. While I was gone Sara had been talking to a woman who said there was a guy with a compresser, he was standing right beside us watching us struggle. It just goes to show, you need to ask if you want help. With the compressor the bead seated in short order and we remounted the tire. I think it was about an hour total but may have been more.

    I took off ahead of them because I nneded to make up the lost time. They were also headed to Punta Arenas so their pace was naturally slower. Thanks Dan and Sara Worldwideride.ca ROCKS!


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    You think it might be windy here? You bet it is.

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    Back on the ferry crossing the Straight of Magellan again. Rolled right on just as they were leaving.

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    <strong>Day 160 Rio Gallegos to Puerto San Julian February 11</strong>

    It was an uneventful beautiful cool day today.

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    I only made one stop in 360km with the wind at my back most of the time. I stopped in the little town of Puerto San Julian at a nice hospedaje on the waterfront.


    It's really weird having the sun in my eyes :lol3
  2. DRDP

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    Sad. It's almost over. Great read. You should ride home to make it last. Spent a few years in the oil fields of southern Argentina, pics bring back memories.


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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  4. Keating

    Keating Been here awhile

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    Looks like a CyclePump?

    Is that what you were using, that didn't do the job, so you needed a "bigger" compressor? Or you were using a hand pump of sorts, and "this" is the compressor that fixed it?

    I've had my eye on the Cyclepump, wondering if it's worth the price of admission.


  5. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    The Cycle pump didn't have the jam to set the bead and neither did a Co2 cartridge. We found a proper compressor to do it. In hindsight, the bead MAY have been set properly by our early efforts. However it didn't look right and I had 100km of Ripio to ride on and didn't want to take the chance. next time I'll lube the bead more before trying to set it. This was onlt my second roadside tire repair so it was a learning experience.
  6. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    <strong>Day 160 to 164
    Rio Gallegos to Bahia Blanca
    February 11 to 15</strong>

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    It has been an uneventful 5 days and 2,000km. The roads are in great condition but absolutely straight as arrows. Some stretches take you more than 70km before the slightest curve. In the wind even a slight alteration in course changes the whole dynamics of the bike and you need to readjust the lean.

    Puerto San Julian

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    Skelly has another birthday

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    Officially 30,000km today

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    I have seen numerous guanaco and rhea along the way, plenty of them road kill. So far I haven't struck any of them dead or alive but they sure blend in with the landscape and can surprise you.

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    Oil is the big industry in these parts

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    Approaching Puerto Madryn

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    A Beach!

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    The kilometers keep piling on

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    Only 1000km to go

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    The barren Patagonia plateau has given way to some green and actual trees. Along with this has come the customary bug splatter on my visor. The temperatures have gradually been climbing to the point that all my layers have come off and I actually opened my jacket vents.

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    The wind however is still blowing and gusting like a champ but I re installed the helmet peak which helps with the morning sun.

    Dozens of radio towers all over the country

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    Tomorrow I'll ride about 660km from Bahia Blanca to Buenos Aires. This will make it easy to find Dakar Motos in the morning on monday so I can start the shipping process.
  7. granite

    granite gotta go

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    Your journey has been fascinating to follow and an inspiration to all of us who dream of someday attempting something approaching this length. We will miss the updates and greatly appreciate the dedication and tremendous effort you have undertaken to keep the trip and report going. What are you considering next?
  8. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    I need to get back to Alaska and Prudoe for sure. Also want to ride the Translab. But I'm getting a little ahead of myself:eek1
  9. Elvis!

    Elvis! Adventurer

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    Congratulations on reaching your goal!! I allready said this, but this was the best RR I've ever read.

    *if you need anything while staying at Buenos Aires, pm me. I'll be glad to help.
  10. advFord

    advFord Been here awhile

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    if you had the time would you go back along the western side of argentina/chile instead of ruta 3?
  11. Keating

    Keating Been here awhile

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    I'd love to do Alaska, Prudhoe and the TransTaiga, but I fail to see the appeal of the Trans Lab.
    Maybe because my wife used to live in Labrador, (and me being from Newfoundland, myself) and after driving it many times in everything you can imagine... a Mercury Sable wagon, 1/2 ton Chev, Ford Escort, Jeep TJ, Hyundai Elantra, GMC S15, and so on and so forth... I find it akin to commuting. BORING. LOL
  12. timbercat

    timbercat Texas ADV Rider

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    Still subscribed. Thank you for all the time and effort it requires to do this RR.


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  13. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Yes if I did it again but I am glad I did this side. If one was to start in BA and go south, Ruta 3 would get you to Ushuaia fast and then you could go north up the west side. I missed a lot that I would love to come back and see.
  14. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Trans Taiga? sounds interesting:ear
    I missed Newfoundland and Labrador when I did my cross country trip so I need to go and see.
  15. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Still hanging in from the heartland of the high plains. Safe journeys and an uneventful return home please. You've taken me places I've never been.
  16. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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    I caught up on your adventure today and would like to thank you for a job well done!I am sure I'll be useing some of the info you provided when I head out this October.Have a safe return.
  17. Telkwa7

    Telkwa7 Adventurer

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    Thanks, your ride and report was truly inspirational, well done!
    As my wife and I will be departing on a rtw this September, and as we are still in the planning stages, could you tell me what insurance company/coverage you used. We are residents of BC and I was informed that the provincial carrier (ICBC) does not cover outside of N. America.
  18. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    You won't find an insurance company to cover you everywhere...at least I couldn't.

    I purchased liability insurance for the bike at each border crossing that required it. I did not buy insurance for those countries that did not require it. Most in Central America did require it and I believe only Colombia and Ecuador in South America. Check out Liferemotely for great border crossing info.

    I also bought insurance for Mexico at the border.

    As far as health insurance I used Mediquote www.mediquote.ca . They have a really good plan which includes vehicle return and great staff. And it's a Canadian company to boot! Make sure to advise your provincial health care folks about your trip if it will be longer than 6 months, they can give you a little grace period.

    I also subscribed to the SAR coverage that you can buy with a SPOT or inReach device.
  19. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    <strong>Gear Review</strong>

    <img class="size-full wp-image-2384 alignleft" alt="survey" src="http://prairiestopenguins.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/survey.jpg" width="276" height="183" />

    Part 1 is a review some of the major items I had with me on the trip. I have intentionally kept each review as short as possible but I can elaborate if anyone is interested. Part two will cover some of the smaller items. Please let me know if there is anything I miss that you want to know about. The bike and tires will be in a separate review.

    The rating system. This is how my brain works and believe me I had plenty of helmet time to think about this stuff.

    Quality

    A Perfect
    B Almost Perfect
    C 50/50
    D More bad then good
    E Not at all good

    Usefulness

    1 Could not do without it, used it all the time
    2 Almost mandatory, rarely used
    3 Could have left it at home but nice to have
    4 Never used it

    <strong><a href="http://www.alpinestars.com/scout-waterproof-boot#.UwKMZ0SNRLM" target="_blank">Alpinestar Scout Adventure boots</a></strong>

    This was the only equipment donation I received and it was at the last minute. I didn't have the budget for boots so was going to use a pair of old Aplpinestar Gortex road boots. But my good pal Greg at Riverside Motosports and Parts Canada stepped up and supplied me with these great boots.

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    <em><strong>Rating B1</strong></em>

    Absolutely comfortable from the box and really easy to walk in. Lightweight and relatively easy to get in and out of.
    The left lower buckle is impossible to close unless I hit it hard which I have been doing with the heel of the other boot. This started within two months of daily use.
    The left boot also is not totally waterproof. In light to medium rain, no problem. But in heavy prolonged rain my left foot got soaked all the time.

    Would buy again.

    <strong><a href="http://www.klim.com/Motorcycle/Latitude-Pant.html?colorID=9" target="_blank">Klim Latitude pants</a></strong>

    <a href="http://two-wheel-tours.smugmug.com/TheAmericas2013/South-America/Chile/i-RrQmR9f/A" title=""><img src="http://two-wheel-tours.smugmug.com/TheAmericas2013/South-America/Chile/i-RrQmR9f/0/L/IMG_0293-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    <em><strong>Rating A1</strong></em>

    Great fit, totally waterproof, no flapping in the wind, and good venting

    Would buy again

    <strong><a href="http://www.klim.com/Motorcycle/Badlands-Pro-Jacket.html?colorID=9" target="_blank">Klim Badlands Pro jacket</a></strong>

    <a href="http://two-wheel-tours.smugmug.com/TheAmericas2013/South-America/Colombia/i-h4W4kVq/A" title=""><img src="http://two-wheel-tours.smugmug.com/TheAmericas2013/South-America/Colombia/i-h4W4kVq/1/L/DSC02357-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    <em><strong>Rating B1</strong></em>

    Love the fit and the built in kidney belt is great to help support the weight. Generally comfortable but the collar is not a good design. Each time you put on the jacket you must make sure the collar is not turned over or it chafes. Also the elastic cuffs were a bother and I had them cut out.
    There are plenty of pockets, which are not waterproof but that is not unexpected. The small zippers can be a bit stiff but they are the waterproof ones which by nature are a little tougher to move.
    I'm not sure why but the sleeves are not waterproof. Perhaps the zips are leaking but this was very annoying. The main reason I bought this jacket was it is supposed to be waterproof and it eliminated a rain layer. However I was forced to don an overjacket everytime it rained. Venting is adequate in hot temps but only when in motion. It was a crazy hot jacket at sweltering border crossings.

    Would buy again only after looking at other options first

    <strong><a href="http://www.klim.com/Motorcycle/Element-Glove-Long.html" target="_blank">Klim Element Glove long</a></strong>

    <img src="http://prairiestopenguins.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/element-glove-264x300.jpg" alt="element glove" width="264" height="300" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-2394" />

    <em><strong>Rating B2</strong></em>

    This really should get a 1.5 for usefulness as it was the go to glove for almost all of Patagonia when it was cold and rainy. However it's not perfect. The main problem is the sizing but I can only blame my anatomy for that. To get a glove wide enough I had to get the XL and the fingers are too long. The other problem is the leather patch on the palm is really stiff and creates a pressure point on my hand when it is around the grips. I think this is slowly breaking in but like the rest of the glove, the break in time is very long. It's really comfortable other than that and they designed the palm to be thin for good heat transfer from the grips. They are totally waterproof and fairly easy to put on if your hands are a bit moist. Oh and the knuckles are Titanium!!

    Would buy again

    <strong><a href="http://www.shoei-helmets.com/Helmet.aspx?Hornet-DS&h=16&t=2" target="_blank">Shoei Hornet DS Helmet</a></strong>

    <a href="http://two-wheel-tours.smugmug.com/TheAmericas2013/North-America/USA/i-bf2mGNk/A" title=""><img src="http://two-wheel-tours.smugmug.com/TheAmericas2013/North-America/USA/i-bf2mGNk/0/L/DSCN0616-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    <em><strong>Rating B1</strong></em>

    I love this helmet for comfort and visibility. The peak is only useful in high sun and is a wind catcher. I removed the peak during the windiest parts of Patagonia and the difference was amazing. When I started north again I put it back on because the sun was always in front of me and it did help with the glare. I also have a Shoei RF1000 and the fit is almost identical. The only real issue is wind noise and for that reason I won't give it an A. In fact I don't think I could give any helmet an A for that reason.

    And it gives me a really cool hairdo!

    Would buy again

    <strong><a href="http://sites.garmin.com/montana/" target="_blank">Garmin Montana GPS</a></strong>

    <a href="http://two-wheel-tours.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/DR650/i-kLr7hxd/A" title=""><img src="http://two-wheel-tours.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/DR650/i-kLr7hxd/1/L/DSCN3072-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    <em><strong>Rating B1</strong></em>

    Almost flawless until heavy rain and wind in Peru. The screen developed a bad condensation problem and then the back light totally failed. At one point even the touch screen was acting up which rendered the unit useless for a time.

    I have no complaints about software or the user interface. It performed as well as I expected considering the maps I had installed. For the most part I don't use GPS for turn by turn directions. I use it to see where I am and what direction I'm going. In cities this is essential for me so I don't get turned around the wrong way. The big screen of the Montana is great if the backlight is working.
    I never used the built in camera.

    Would buy again, in fact I have to get this one refurbished when I get back home.

    <strong><a href="http://www.inreachcanada.com/inreach-for-smartphones/#.UwKC-kSNRLM" target="_blank">Delorme inReach for Smart Phone</a></strong>

    <a href="http://two-wheel-tours.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/DR650/i-JsrxgQx/A" title=""><img src="http://two-wheel-tours.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/DR650/i-JsrxgQx/1/L/DSCN3073-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    <em><strong>Rating B1</strong></em>

    I really like this unit. The ability to send and receive messages is an important feature for me.
    In other regards it functions much like the Spot brand device. I would say that the inReach is more sensitive to overhead cloud than the Spot and therefore some tracking points did not make it. At times I had trouble sending a message if it was cloudy but almost always had eventual success.
    I used the 12v power adaptor most of the time so battery life was not an issue. I did bring Lithium batteries with me so I could use it off the bike like on my Darian gap voyage.
    The RAM holder held it safe but the antenna rattled in the housing so I used some tape to fatten up the antenna and secure it.Also the RAM holder was not designed to hold the 12v power adaptor so I had to make some mods.

    Would buy again

    <strong><a href="http://www.screensforbikes.com/" target="_blank">Screens for Bikes Windshield</a></strong>

    <a href="http://two-wheel-tours.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/DR650/i-H5XnsQN/A" title=""><img src="http://two-wheel-tours.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/DR650/i-H5XnsQN/1/L/DSCN3074-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    <em><strong>Rating A1</strong></em>

    Peter at Screens for Bikes was kind enough to send this to me with no shipping costs.
    This is one tough windshield. It performed really well keeping the wind off my chest. It did move the air flow right into my face which did contribute to the wind noise but I think it was a good trade off.
    There was no vibration from it at all even though it is mounted to the flimsy headlight surround.

    Would buy again

    <strong><a href="http://www.happy-trail.com/Luggage/Happy-Trail-Teton-Pannier-Each.aspx" target="_blank">Happy Trail Teton 7.5 Panniers and racks</a></strong>

    <a href="http://two-wheel-tours.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/DR650/i-cbwWNMH/A" title=""><img src="http://two-wheel-tours.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/DR650/i-cbwWNMH/0/L/DSCN3078-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    <em><strong>Rating A1</strong></em>

    These guys are tough and really easy to straighten if you need to. After hundreds of openings and closings the latches are still perfect. The seals have taken a beating but the boxes are still waterproof and the seals are easy to replace. The mounting system held firm with normal use. With abnormal use one of the boxes was pulled off the rack. I needed to use a rock to straighten the metal enough to reinstall it but when I had access to a hammer I got it perfectly flat again.

    The racks stayed solid but I must admit I had them reinforced before I left. I had read stories of cracks developing on heavily laden bikes so I took no chances. I believe this was not necessary in the long run.

    Would buy again
  20. whiteh

    whiteh old slow rider

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2009
    Oddometer:
    37
    Location:
    Southeast Colorado
    Just found your trip log and went through it all in two sittings. Great report fun ride and great read. Wish I could go but will have to limit trip south to Mexico thru to Panama. Hope you make that trip to
    North to Alaska soon.