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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Radioman, May 19, 2011.
Looks like you're having a great time .
Nice monkey shot!
Mark, your adv trip gets more and more swanky by the week. You sure these excluded one-time charges follow GAAP accounting rules -- to keep your budget at a nominal $60/day?
I have been including everything on my Per day charges.... Except trip to Galapagos Islands (about $2,000 USD total).
Had not bought the new tire and spent $180 USD on a full day wine tour. So that $60 USD for Argentina is going up quickly. But I had originally budged $100 USD to include bike maintenance and borders and shipping as needed....
That includes all fuel (which is expensive down here where the mileage increases because to the distances needed to travel). and of course the longer I am staying in the country it takes the per day costs down with these bigger expenses!!
Will update once I spend the next 2 months in Argentina and Chile to see what the real costs are. I know that as I ride solo at this stage of the trip, I am spending more on Lodging ..... But enjoying the comforts!!
Just a quick update on this. While driving into Chile I did not have to pay any immigration fee (think it only applies if you fly into the country). And took only one hour at the border crossing. The Argentina Immigration and Aduana were a piece of cake. The Chilean Aduana gal was great!! Very very smooth, no issues.
Cusco was over a month ago.....
I am staying with ADV rider in Santiago, getting a few things done on the bike, including switching out the chain, sprockets after 22,000 Miles will be riding southward after that!
Hope you are well Pete!
Hanging in there. Not having as much fun as you but Melissa and I are headed to Myanmar soon for a little R&R. Keep up the good work
Looks like the wife might be joining me for a bit of my trip, thanks to your pictures of elegant dining and wine tasting. She likes to travel a little bit more luxuriously than I do. Funny, she wanted no part of it based on my pictures.
Mark, When you get to the bottom, I think you are planning a trip to Antarctica, but then what?
You riding back up the East side?
You should go to New Zealand...
Glad to hear that is working out better since Feb of '08. They were talking about making it work better sounds like they succeeded.
Plus 1 on New Zealand. Truly beautiful riding. Oh, and hi Mark.
I agree with those guys. Head to New Zealand. I'm there now, actually (in New Zealand -- South Island) as a friend lives here and I've been visiting. It's a stunning place. This is my third trip...and I'll be back many more times. It's nice to have friends with a great guest house to stay in, too.
I have been seriously considering NZ but still trying to work out Logistics. Have emailed about importing the bike, but no reply from NZ.......
Traveled in NZ years ago for a month, so i know what fun I will be in for.
Not exactly sure what my plan will be. Have a very big mix of thoughts, emotions and logistics when in comes to what will be next.
The "plan" is to be in Ushuaia through Christmas and New years with some other bikers. Rented a place in Ushuaia for all us to hang out for that two weeks!!
Then will ride north .... Maybe through some of Patagonia that I will miss, then? Hard to say. If I choose to go to New Zealand, I will want to get there in February so that I am in better weather especially in the south Island.
Have also been studying the shipping logistics..... The costs are really high. Will float it out here .... But have been considering selling my bike down here ...... If I found a buyer ready to do the ride north..... Then fly to NZ and rent or buy a bike.... Then do the same in other places like China. Loved my experiences in India on a smaller local bike. Less hassle with shipping logistics and costs. But we will see.
Also have a bit of a pull toward getting back to the US and getting onto my next chapter, which will be a good thing too!! I cannot really retire, so I need to find some meaningful work and get started. That said, it will also include travel by moto. Like Riding in China in May/June 2013 with my friend Lv Fei! still working out this kinds of plans ..... but it is a long way off!
Right now I will just enjoy the next couple months and see how it goes. Stay tuned .... As the "World Turns"
Nice write up mark . I just came through this border a few days ago . I am thinking those "taxes" you got charged were a bit of a backhander . Not 1 person asked me for any tax . hope your trip is going well . I have a bit of work to do in La Paz as my waterpump seals have just gone
You will find everything you need in La Paz I am in Santiago at Martyn's Place
say hi for me . luck I know BMW and was carrying the parts.
Riding out of Mendoza and heading over the Andes to Santiago Chile. Time for another Bike service, new chain and sprocket set.
Heading a bit south and then west ....... Plains
Then up a valley toward Uspallata
Just took some photos while riding. Hard to capture how small one feels as they ride through this valley and then mountain pass.
Not much traffic, just some trucks and some buses.... So it was an awesome morning ride.
Huge valley with some snow covered Andes ahead. Air is fresh and cool. Just enjoying the ride a great deal this am. Heading for the Border with Chile.
abandoned rail lines and rocky mountains ...
Near the top you enter a long tunnel that goes from Argentina into Chile.
As you come out. The welcome sign for Chile!! The Border is a bit further down the hill (was a bit confusing as I passed an Argentina Aduana down the hill on the Argentina side. I stopped and asked and they waved me on up the road.... You just never know what to expect not having ridden there before. Figured I could always ride back if I needed to check out....
Then I ride up to the Frontera (border) Max needs another photo. You ride right into the building and park your bike near all the cars. Chile has very strict regulations on bring food, vegetables, etc so they are supposed to check closely.
But what I loved was there is a huge sign telling you what things you need to do and what order
You get in line to check out of Argentina, then into Chile. you go to the side that shows entrance for Autos.
Then around to the other side to Aduana
The border crossing took just one hour! Welcome to Chile!!
Then the treat of my morning "commute" 28 switchbacks heading down the mountain. Did not stop and take the photo as the curves were calling!!
Coming into Santiago you see it is a huge city....
Very modern. Really strikes you that the cars are all really nice, and all the big brands of Luxury cars are there. After the northern part of SA this feels like it is any big city in the US. All the structure, and " it all just works"
I had been emailing with an ADV guy living in Santiago, who lived near BMW and KTM shops. He has generously offered me a place to stay, and I will easily be able to get my bike serviced, and purchase a new sprocket from KTM (I have a rear KTM cast hub on my Woodys Wheel works rims!).
I find his house, then backtrack to the brand new KTM Superstore to buy my sprocket.
This shop just opened less than two weeks ago. It is spotless, and had a great chat with a man in the parking lot about my ride!!
Then onto the BMW service center which is not located a the BMW motored but down the road a ways. Met Paulo who is the service guy. He took all my information and said that it would be ready late the next day!!
Tons of big bikes in for service!
Was good to be getting the bike ready for the last leg of the journey to Ushuaia. Martyn and I stayed up talking about riding, life, travel and routes as I ride south! ADV community is amazing for sure!! Rested well and had a day off while my bike was being worked on!!
Wish I was there so we could meet up! I live in Santiago part time. Someday soon, full time