Radioman Rides the World.......

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Radioman, May 19, 2011.

  1. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Thanks Grant :clap

    Thanks Defib :wave

    Motoray Glad you got the wheels started!! You will just need enough Cash for Chile and Argentina!! :ricky
  2. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Stayed at a hotel recommended by another biker I met up in Cusco. Really nice, but cost me 250 Pesos ($53 USD) so it was a splurge. But was the nicest hotel I have stayed in for a long time. The owners BMW was parked in the lobby :D Always a good sign.

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    He was not there but his son was running the place. The breakfast area was full of his dad and Mom's Moto rides ... Their lastest in the USA :D He was proud to show me!!

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    Esquel was just a stop over as I ride south West back into Chile to ride the Careterra Austral in Chile. It is a more remote gravel road that run north south through Patagonia and is supposed to be amazing. It is roughly 1200Km of mostly gravel road ..... I do not know too much more, other than I am full of anticipation for this part of the ride! But I must stay that I start off with a little trepidation about riding this area solo. I am no Shackleton, and being on my own in a foreign land, with minimal Language and facing unknown gravel road conditions and weather. Plus add to it that I have a paid for Boat trip to Antarctica with a set date, that if I miss, I lose my $ All this adds up to a bit of a worry. But I also know that our fears are most often greater than the reality of what will happen.:deal None the less, these are a few of my thoughts as I suit up and ride south out of Esquel. But I trust in the convictions that have guided me this far. Faith, Hope and Courage:deal


    20 miles of pavement, then I hit gravel ..... That will be for the next 3-400 miles.

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    As readers of this RR, you know I lost my wife Chris just about 2 years ago and I still miss her :cry. The grieving process continues, as the tears and painful emotions lessen as time passes. I started my day listening to the Songs that we played at her Memorial Service :cry had a mix of smiles for the life that we shared, and shed a few tears for the loss, and missing her and the life we had together. The songs are powerful and evoke emotions of the years caring for her through a terrible illness as I lost her...... Then after she passed away, the finalness of her life. Now life on my own again, on this Adventure and ahead into the future. Like the rest of my Ride Report, trying to be real about the experiences and the journey that I am on. :deal

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    As I ride westerly toward the Andes and the border with Chile, it is great! Vast, open and I feel small in the landscape. But thankful to be out riding here! Feels great!

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    As I ride toward the mountains ..... Snow cover peaks area in the distance

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    The gravel is a mix of hard pack, and loose marble like rocks with some berms of rocks built up in places.
    I have ridden a fair number of miles on various surfaces, but loose gravel or deep sand are not my favorite. But the bike does great and I carry on as I have committed to the route ahead. Not turning back now.

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    The mountains are great!!

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    It is a crisp day, some blue sky and sunshine about 45-50 Degrees. Hardly any traffic :D

    Some folks on horse back....

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    Just enjoying the ride toward Chile which is just 25 miles up the gravel road.

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    It is funny that somethings stand out. In Chile, I have seen so many Ford Falcons. Do not know why, but there are many of them.

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    The Lupines are everywhere!!

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    Just up this valley will be the Border Crossing into Chile

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    Along the rivers and through the mountains are the best roads!!

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    Reach the border. Love these remote borders as people are friendly, it takes just a few minutes to pass out of Argentina, then ride the 200 meters to the Chile Frontera

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    Back in Chile

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    Stop in and get my entrance and Moto import done ... Border crossing was less than 30 minutes. Smooth!!

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    Entering Chile is just a few miles of Pavement to the first town.

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    Entering town, I love the snow capped peaks!

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    Then back onto gravel road leading me to Ruta 7 Carretera Austral.

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    Some stunning jagged peaks....

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    As I work my way along the valley, I follow and cross over a river. Couple other rides from Argentina stop, and take my photo!

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    As I ride there are more little farms and homes than I had imagined. But I do not see many people, Mostly sheep and cows.

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    Nice lake

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    Just after I cross this river.....

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    Another bike motorcycle was coming down the hill. We stopped to say hello, since I have not seen another foreign rider for over 4 weeks. Meet Alex and Sonia from Germany!! They are 6 weeks into their ride north! We had a great chat on the side of the road, would have liked to spend some time with them!! Maybe back in the USA as they work their way north :)

    But after a nice break... travel stories, bikes and sharing lessons learned, we head opposite directions!

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    Lots of cows in the roadway.

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    Just 84 KM to get to the place I will stay the night.

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    Crossing rivers and down the valley I go...

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    Then through a rainforest area

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    Huge leafy plants show the changes...

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    Then I ride into Puyuhuapi situated on the water.

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    I find Casa Ludwig at the far end of town. Interesting history of how this town was founded by 4 German immigrants back in 1935.

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    As I arrived the town was in the middle of moving a piece of equipment that was important in the founding of the town.... Everyone was out for the occasion!

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    They moved the rusty Antique machine to the center of town!

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    140 Miles of gravel road riding has eased my fears on this stretch of Ruta 7. Just enjoying the beauty of this place!!
  3. arraflipper

    arraflipper Been here awhile

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    Mark, I head to your ride report first when I get on ADV, been the whole way with you. Each day the pictures and story seems to get better, only wish I was there enjoying with you. Thanks for sharing so much and the pictures are awesome to say the least.
  4. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    Some of the best photos yet of landscape!!!
    And I love Lupines..
    And cool road signs !! :clap
  5. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Man, some of those rivers pics make me want to go fishing!! :clap
  6. Motomuffin

    Motomuffin CSMC

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    WOW!
    Mark, I think of you daily and wish you well. I see you are not only having the adventure of a lifetime, but are generous enough to take the time and energy to share with all of us!

    Thanksthanksthanks!
  7. Mr. Vintage

    Mr. Vintage Family Dude

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    Very cool riding Mark! That looks like an old boiler they are moving - did you catch the story?
  8. rockymountainoyster

    rockymountainoyster Been here awhile

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    I took that same shot in Esquel in '08 with the DR 650 in the shot. Glad to see they are "keeping the faith" I characterized the road surface you mention as like riding on greased marbles while a demon wind is trying to claw you off of the bike.
  9. Jaimoto

    Jaimoto Spaniard in Chile

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    As you keep heading south I'm finding more and more pics taken at the same spots I was at a few years ago! Feels like travelling to Ushuaia again through your RR Mark, thanks.

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  10. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Hola Jeff,

    Yes the Boiler was the original Boiler brought here in 1938 to run the Saw Mill as they founded the town. They moved it to the center to town as a tribute to the Men and women that came here and built the town. Cool History. There was nothing here when the 4 German immigrants came here and started the town. 600 people now live here, fishing, farming and tourism sustain the village!
  11. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Glad it is bring back good memories! I am sure I will read others RR in the future and it will be a great reminder of this trip!!
  12. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    As a Fisherman..... I think that around here would be a bit of heaven! :deal I am not really a fisherman myself, but can appreciate the place for it's beauty!
  13. csustewy

    csustewy Motojero

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    Hey Mark -

    Such amazing pictures, as always! Jill and I are taking notes...
    Our thoughts are with you as you keep making your way south - keep riding safe and enjoying the views!

    - Mike & Jill

    PS - it looks like they installed this sign (below) on the wrong side of the road.

  14. Patrick46

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    Faith, Hope and Courage! :deal :norton :ricky


    Loving the RR Mark.

    Be careful out there, & GodSpeed!! :freaky

  15. zambrex

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    RadioMan... me and My brother are heading south just one day after you.... if you see a KTM and a F650 on the road are us... will love to meet you and share some tips for your trip... tomorrow we are going from Futanelfun to the south, most liketly to parque quelat to Visit the @Ventisquero colgante@ ... in the south don't miss " Catederales de Marmol" at the general Carrera Lake, caleta Tortel, and you can cross back to Argentina from Villa O'higgins (last town of the carretera austral") to avoid the wind in the Ruta 40 (we just confirmed today that the crossing was ok to cross ..)

    god luck and hope to see you in the road
  16. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Hola Zambrex!!! I am just ahead of you !! I am in Coyhaique tonight.... Then onto Puerte Guadal tomorrow! Will certainly stop and see the Cataderals de Marmol tomorrow!

    Will look for you!! Plan on staying at Terra Luna in Pt Guadal
  17. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    OK...... Had to post a quick video from this morning.....:deal

    At Ventisquero colgante I ride into the park, and as I paid and signed in I see that a pair of Motos just signed in ahead of me........


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  18. InTheMuck

    InTheMuck So it goes...

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    Looks like fun bunch! :clap
  19. rockymountainoyster

    rockymountainoyster Been here awhile

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    It is great to see these fotos to prove to myself that I didn't just dream some of that scenery up after too much steak and good red wine down there. Those rivers! Can't wait to return.
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    I see a new UN Ambassadorship in your future. Special Envoy for International Relations in Adventure Motorcycling!