Radioman Rides the World.......

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

  1. gordojordo

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    I don't think this is possible with a moto. We just met a dude on a bicycle that did it and he was very skeptical, some parts of the road (if you can even call it that) get very bad and then you have to take a number of small boats or ferries. From what I have heard, lots of bicyclists use donkeys to cross. I would love to hear if you make it though.

    Radioman, you are gaining on us. Wednesday we leave for Ushuaia, I imagine you will see us leaning into the wind like a bunch of goobers.

    Cheers,
    Jordan and Anne
  2. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    :wave Hope to see you on the way. Will be in Chile Chico or Puerto Moreno tomorrow night then down ruta 40 to El Calafate!! Will be in Ushiuaia buy 8-10 of December!! See you there!!
  3. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Riding the Careterra Austral is awesome! intially I had trouble finding the Caraterra Astrual on maps.Knew it was Ruta 7, but was not actually sure how to get to it and how to ride it!

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    But I did!

    Stayed at Casa Lidwig. A splurge but a great B& B Luisa was wonderful and full of the history as she is a direct decendant of the founders !

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    Relaxed a day around town! As I said the day I arrived they were moving an old boiler that ran the saw mill. It arrived in 1938 and was in use until 1982 ..... THey moved it to the center of town as a memorial to the workers that made the town possible.

    It town that had a celebration with some local dancers, and musicians playing guitar

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    Everyone in Town was out!!

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    Just a few photos from town

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    Then another greta dinner.....

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    Walked back to Casa Ludwig with a nice rainbow in my hand....

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    Had ridden 6 KM up the road to the local hot springs but it had closed down :(

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    View of town from Casa Ludwig

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    Amazing how time and weather change things.

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    Its Spring/Summer Bee are out!

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    And an awesome sunset!!

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    Amazing day.....
  4. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    damn, thats a steep hill that truck is climbing :rofl:rofl:rofl glad you are still having fun, the Rutas looks like they have been well graded since i was there last year
  5. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Having a blast!! And the road conditions vary :evil Hope you are doing well Paul!
  6. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    As I have continued on the Careterra Austral it has been wonderful!! As I posted a short video of the Kiwi Riders that I have met, and there knowing of "Radioman" having read my thread before they left to start there ride 5 months ago!! :clap

    Let me introduce to you . "The Kiwi Team" (less one). Ken (holding Kiwi) and Dick and Diana.:deal The started in Vancouver BC, to Prudhoe Bay and now about to reach Ushuaia!!

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    If you want to read there blogs .... each one has there own, so it is cool to see the different perspectives. Check them out!!

    Ken's

    http://ebonyandken.blogspot.com

    Dick's

    http://www.ice2icebymotorcycle.blogspot.com

    Diana's

    http://www.pearlson2wheels.blogspot.com



    We met up in the "hanging Glacier" park.... It has been really great to meet them, and ride together!!

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    The Hanging Glacier was HUGE and amazing. My photos did nto turn out well :norton

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    As fellow riders .... They graciously accepted that I ride along with them!! :ricky And Off we went down the gravel road of the Ruta 7

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    The scenery keeps getting better. I have way too many photos to share!!

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    Cannot really capture the scale and size of the Valleys and Mountains..... Amazing riding!

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    And a bit of pavement before arriving in Coyhaique

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    We ate dinner at the "Casino Bomberos".....

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    Diana went into the kitchen to bring out our choice of Beef cuts!!

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    Was a great day Meeting the Kiwi's and sharing the ride together!! Really great!! :clap More riding tales to come for sure!!
  7. arraflipper

    arraflipper Been here awhile

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    Just hard to believe how each day you have to suffer through looking at so many purty sights. Darn you have seen some beautiful country, thanks for sharing the pictures. I am sure it is much better in person, to be seeing and enjoying.
  8. Martynho

    Martynho No more Chilegringo.

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    Hi Mark,

    Sorry not been in touch I have been out travelling pretty much since you left Santiago. It was real pleasure to have you stay with us, sitting up late over a few pisco sours chatting and listening to your stories.

    Now as I have had the chance to read your full story and watch your video posts I can fully appreciate the depth of your character, your amazing courage, and your wonderful approach to life. It really puts the challenges I face in my own life into perspective and you have inspired me to be truly grateful for the blessings I have in my family, and for that I thank you for staying over. It was a priviledge for us.

    You may remember the owner of the workshop commenting to me about hosting random travellers I have only met via these forums, "For all you know he could be a serial killer" :rofl

    I see you are in Chile Chico now. Looks like you are loving the beautiful south, and are well on schedule to catch your boat. God speed on the rest of the trip, wherever it takes you. It goes without saying that you have a home in Santiago if you come back up to ship out.

    Un fuerte abazo - Martyn


  9. Rustler

    Rustler Happy Camper

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    As Radioman continues his journey down the longest mountain range in the world, enjoy the native music of the region, here on the Radioman Network.

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  10. olebiker

    olebiker Old buzzard bait

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    This looks to me to be the most beautiful riding and scenery I have seen in your RR. Just takes ones breath away just to see the pics I can only imagine the feelings of being there.
  11. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    :wave Martyn and Kate (and of course George, Hope the exams went well!)


    Thanks for the very Kind comments!! It was a pleasure to meet you and our time chatting about life in your living room are what make my travels so much better! Richer and more satisfying!!

    I think of how the Owners's comments are a universal thought process when it comes to "Strangers" that we meet. Also suspecting the very worst. Have had this conversation with friends I know as I have had motorcyclists stay at my home..... :lol3 Always makes me laugh.

    We meet as Strangers, but the common link of motorcycling creates a special bond and friendship!! I see them as lifetime friendships! :deal True blessings in this life!
  12. Radioman

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    After dinner in Coyhaique, we stopped for a coffee and as we looked out the window that light was amazing.... Diana and I jump up to get some photos...

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    Was too bad we were right in town and not up a bit higher from the buildings. But the colors in the sky were amazing!

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    Next morning the 27th we keep riding south ...... Knowing that this is a great road but not exactly sure what to expect. We had 40 miles of nice pavement, including this..... Great road and amazing views!

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    We stop in Cerro Castillo, and had breakfast in the bus!

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    The KiWi's are blogging there trip as well, so, got to have a photo of this meal!!

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    Through the mountains and along the rivers....

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    Some road greading being down. The gravel surface changes through the day from "marbles", too hard pack, to loose graded, to slightly sandy....

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    As I have seen along the journey roadside memorials

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    Ken adds a Radiomanridestheworld.com sticker to his collection! :evil

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    As we roll along though the dusty roads, the scenery is great, but you feel small is the spaces...

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    We passed 4-5 old cars doing the drive heading north!

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    Some really nice waterfalls...

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    One of the stops we had planned was the Capilla de Marmut "marble Caves" in Rio Trnaquillo

    Sun came out as we found a boat to take us there...

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    They are an amazing sight to see

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    He guides that boat into a few of the caves

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    Dick, Diana and Ken enjoying checking out the marble

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    Will let the photos do the talking .....

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    The color of the lake was amazing

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    It was an interesting 1.5 hour side trip to see this place

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    As we got off our boat I ran into Marco and his wife who are from Germany and I had met in Puyhuaipi

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    Then back on the bikes to ride the last hour down to Puerto Guadal

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    Too much great scenery to share!!

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    We ride to Terra Luna which is our hotel for teh night that is on the lake. Sun is shining and the views amazing. Crystal the host, gets us settled into a room, then brings us some Beer to enjoy while sitting on the deck!! :clap :clap

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    and she rides a Triumph Speed triple back in France !! So she was biker friendly!

    Proudly displaying her Triumph connection on her T shirt!

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    Then we had dinner, and Ken was procuring some wine for dinner!

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    Crystal making sure we had everything we needed at dinner. Again sporting her Triumph gear :D

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    Photos of the lake and mountains filling up our SD cards..

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    We had a great day riding and really enjoyed our time together!!

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  13. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    Cool caves... :clap
  14. Radioman

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    Some days are just spectacular in so many way. This was one of them!! My new KIWI friends and I are having a great time together! Really these are the biggest joys of traveling is meeting new interesting people and sharing time together riding, laughing, sharing life stories and enjoying the experiences!! :deal so Grab your coffee and have a look :*sip*

    We Splurged and stayed at Terra Luna on the lake. It was an amazing afternoon and evening with an incredible view.

    My room with a view.

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    Had a great deck to hang out on ....

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    On our way out of Puerto Guadal to the Terra luna (6Km or so) they were doing road construction and had just laid down a few feet of heavy gravel for the road. The grader was coming through to level it off. We waited at the construction zone, and then the flagman told us to go. I was leading and off we go..... As I approach the grader, I stop and he stops. He is looking at me, like I am not moving, then head nodded to the right sort of toward the ditch, that I needed to go there.... I did, but it was too heavy and deep. I got down and around him, but as I turned up into the hill of loose fill, I took a little tip over..... Dick and Ken helped me right the bike, and get it up the hill onto the flat surface. Dick, went left, but got stuck a bit and we pushed him up. Ken was the smartest, and motioned for the Grader driver to move out of the way.... He rode right through :lol3

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    Terra Luna for a big splurge. Say Hello to Crystal for us!!

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    Good morning Chile!

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    Jumping for joy!!

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    It is a great place!

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    In the morning KIWI was a bit hung over.... :lol3 We were all fine!!

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    I had the upper room, with great Duvet and comfortable bed!

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    Meeting of the Mascots!! KIWI, Hello Kitty, and Max are enjoying the new friendships!

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    We awoke to Blue skies and nice temps!

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    So we set off for the ride around the side of the lake toward Chice Chico, Chile and then into Perito Moreno in Argentina

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    The beauty is beyond words! :happay

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    Panoramic

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    It seemed to get better and better. It was only 120 KM of gravel road to Chili Chico but it was fantastic

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    Both forward and backwards.....

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    A dusty road at times, with some light truck and car traffic, but it was amazing

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    Sometimes you need to stop and make a few blog notes!! What a place to do it!!

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    Had some more roadwork with heavy deep gravel. We had to ride through the ditch!

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    What a view. All day long!!

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    In Chile Chico we stopped for lunch. Dick and Diana are very friendly and they spotted a couple of bicycle riders from NZ so they stopped to say hello!

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    Just outside Chile Chico is the Chilean Border. We exited Chile for ourselves and our bikes. Then onto the Argentinian Border it took less that 40 minutes for both!

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    We rode 40 miles to Perito Moreno which is a none descript town and stayed at La Americano. It was expensive but not much in town to choose from.

    It was an Awesome day!! WOW..... Just amazing ride along the lake!
  15. Manolito

    Manolito Patagonia guide

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    Wow! nice photos!

    You are not far away from where I am. Are you going to ride the "Ruta 40" ? If so, be careful because they are working in the road, and near Tres Lagos it is/was a nightmare.
  16. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    We were on the Ruta 40 today :) :ricky The road was loose Gravel..... but all is well! Will post photos soon:)
  17. Azimuth South

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    Hello Mark!

    Awesome pics and roads, great to know you're enjoying it fully! I just finished my trip in Rio, and got lots on info on shipment from Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro if you happen to need it shoot me an email.

    Cheers,
    Guillaume
  18. arraflipper

    arraflipper Been here awhile

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    Mark, Why is it when ever I poshow great the pictures are your next post the pictures are even better. Man what a beautiful place to be riding, thanks for taking time to share with the less fortunate.
  19. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Hola Guillaume!! Thanks. I will let you know as I am trying to figure out what is next and where I will ship from.

    So glad to have met you on the road!! You need to update your location.... :evil
  20. Manolito

    Manolito Patagonia guide

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    woohoo!

    That means that you are near El Chalten? If you are there and with time to spend, i would like to recommend these places (pics are from last year)

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    BTW, if you are going to El Calafate and visit Perito Moreno glacier, I recommend you to visit Upsala glacier... in my opinon, it's better and not so crowded but it's not cheap though