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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    So much to see .... and share.

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    Our last day in Antarctica was sunny and beautiful.

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    With some really amazing ice bergs like this one.....

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    Was amazing to appreciate the blue in the icebergs and the textures

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    Some more wildlife (thanks Michel)

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    and Suzanne

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    And the ancient Ice

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    As we sailed out toward the north and open ocean, our ship got one last great view of some Humpback Whales!! This was awesome to watch!!


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    Including some Tails....

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    And Michels photos with a great lens !

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    I was glad to have some Seasickness medications for the Drake Crossing as our return trip was a little rougher ( but I did very well with the Patch, and Candied Ginger to keep me feeling good!)

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    We had 4- 6 meter seas in the Drake which is really fairly calm on the Pancius. But on our return trip at about 2:30 am .....the engines stopped and we drifted for 15 hours with engine troubles. It was an interesting experience as the crew and staff had to handle 100 passengers who many had flights home in time for Christmas in various parts of the world.

    We ended up getting into port 30 hours late ..... but under our own power. For me it was not a big deal as I was meeting some Moto riders from all over in Ushuaia for Christmas. The cruise line put people up in hotels and rearranged flights but some people missed Christmas at home. The crew and staff did a great job under the circumstances ..... tough when you have so many people to try to change plans during the holidays. I appreciated all they did for us!

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    It was an amazing time in Antarctica and one that totally was worth it for me. Yes it is expensive to get to this amazing place but was an unbelievable experience. :deal

    With any of these kinds of trips, if you are flexible and can be in the departure place you can find real deals for last minute fares. I met several people on my ship who were traveling and purchased last minute (within two days) tickets and paid 3,000-4,000 USD for the 10 day trip. and there are levels of cabins that can keep the prices down. Others paid much more. I was in the middle but the schedule fit my dates!!

    Thanks for following along this side adventure!! Back to Moto Travel soon!
  2. BELSTAFF

    BELSTAFF ADV NOMAD

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    4175 miles ---there's a stellar IDave RR coming soon , I feel in my bones :clap

    Hi-jack over
  3. C-Stain

    C-Stain Long timer

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    I'll agree with iDave! Stellar Updates, man! Love the pics and the commentary.

    :lurk. Gawd, I hope so!
  4. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Trying to get caught up on my ride after my antarctica trip. I arrived back in town and had booked an apartment with 3 other moto riders for the Christmas and New Year Holiday!

    The neighbors kid below had a nice sign on their door.

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    Got to the place and it was a good reunion! Young James, Sherri Jo, Claude, and Slowphil. Was really great to share the Christmas Holiday with friends and fellow Riders!

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    Then Christmas Eve afternoon, Young James put on the Santa suit that he purchased and we took a ride. We rode toward the Glacier area, and with some real luck with happened upon a sleigh, made for some great photos! and made some kids happy to see Santa riding by on a large BMW motorcycle!

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    Radioman and Santa in Ushuaia

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    I have some hysterical video riding through Ushuaia behind Santa. Hope to get a little video edited this week. :deal

    Like his Salute of the giant Blow up Santa on the main street

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    Or the driver that wanted to hand him a large beer. You have to look close. It was really funny to see Young James err, I mean Santa Admonish the driver :lol3

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    For Christmas day we had invited all the Motorcyclists that we ran into along the way and in town to stop by for some food and drinks! I think we had about 30 people show up!! Fantastic!

    Christmas Morning Sherri Jo and Young James opened their gifts (actually they were things that I had carried for them from Equador :lol3).

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    And Sherri Jo surprised me with a nice gift.

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    Trying to get a photo with the bikers.... From US, Canada, UK, Greece, Poland, Australia, Germany.

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    The first to arrive. Mike from UK, and Sterio from Greece

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    Young James and some of the German riders.

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    Riders chatting along as the afternoon rolled on.

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    Everyone trying to get a photo....

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    One of the riders from Germany had decorated their bike for the holiday!!

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    Young James had strange noise, and decided to have a look......

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    More advice than he needed :rofl

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    We enjoyed the holiday and a little time in the Dublin Pub :evil Was a great way to relax and share the holidays!! So glad Sherri Jo got the place set up.

    Few days Later, Claude was off for Buenos Aires...... Leaving 4 of us to ring in the new year!!

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  5. Caymen8

    Caymen8 Been here awhile

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    Fantastic photos of the antarctic, Mark - both from you and your shipmates! It looks like you really lucked out on the weather. I can't imagine that it is that nice and sunny very often. :clap
  6. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    What an amazing post! Getting all those riders from all over the world together on such a special day. So cool. Mark, you really are living the life.. Thanks for taking us all along.
  7. oregoncoast

    oregoncoast Racing Like a Noob

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    Great stuff Mark.

    Happy New Year my friend.

    :freaky
  8. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    HAPPY NEW YEAR Mark...
  9. ErwinL

    ErwinL n00b

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    Heh, your boat to Antartica was in the news here in the Netherlands, due to the engine problems.

    Still reading your ride report, thanks!

    Happy new year!
  10. tee bee

    tee bee Been here awhile

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    Really great stuff Mark.

    Have a great new years eve and please send my kindest regards to Sherri Jo.

    Cheers
    Terry
  11. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Within hours it was on the news in Holland. One of the roommates checked online while on the ship.....

    Fortunately they fixed the problem to get us back to port without any other ships or transfers, as they cannot tow a ship with passengers. Would have taken much more time.

    Oceanwide did a good job and handling the situation, as best they could. Really interesting watching people come to accept that their plans would be changing, especially during the holidays. :deal
  12. Radioman

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    After all the Christmas festivities, we relaxed and did some exploring around Ushuaia.

    Climbed up to the Glacier for a little view over the city and the Beagle Channel.

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    The last 800 meters was steep uphill with rock, then snow!

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    and a trip out to the end of the road sign so Claude could get his photo!, then a hike and several of the trails

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    We returned and Young James left us a message. :deal He was hoping that the "bad" guys could not read english :lol3

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    SlowPhil became the Grill master.....

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    As we dined at the apartment that we had rented.

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    Had time to update ride reports and blogs. SlowPhil getting a Facebook lesson from Sherri Jo

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    We also went to a late showing of "El Hobbit" in 3D (could have done without the 3D).

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    On the 29th we needed to move to a new place because ours was booked at New Years. We packed up, and then Sj took a cab over. Moto gear filled the Cab.

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    Arrived at the new place ......

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    It is also an apartment with 4 beds on the two levels and small kitchen. Will work out as a place to rest up and then celebrate new years at the end of the world.

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    I have a new addition to my Moto. A small stuffed Penguin from Antarctica!!

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    As we walk about the new area we are staying, we see some graffiti

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    Mail some postcards (Claude left this one for us to mail..... our responsibility is done :D)

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    SlowPhil and James had a bit of bike maintenance. Phil using my chain breaker to shorten his worn chain. Glad my chain breaker got used!

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  13. acejones

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    Ride on Radioman ! Keep it safe.
  14. C-Stain

    C-Stain Long timer

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    Jeebus Mark! Make that man EAT! He's a shadow of his former self! If he gets any smaller, we'll have to change his handle to "amediumpacePhil" or "lightjogPhil".... I know his beautiful wife is giving up one of her suitcases to bring him new clothes! Give the woman more room for Shoes! Oh, the humanity! :lol3
  15. MRED

    MRED Been here awhile

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    Happy New Year Mark
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  16. dirt panda

    dirt panda Adventurer

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    Thanks for sharing your adventure, very informative, and I look forward to following along. I will have to check out a couple of your riding buddies ride reports.
    Cheers
  17. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    Happy almost New Year...

    Whats next?

    :lurk :1drink
  18. Padaca14

    Padaca14 Someday Adventurer

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    Hi mark, just wanted say thank you for what you do, give me inspiration. You are showing me that I will be able to go outside my confot zone and explore this wonderful world we live on. I also think you should come out with a coffee table. Book with your pictures. I know I and alot of people on herd would buy one. That could help finance your trips so you don't have to come back to the "real world" and real job.I hope you all have a great new year and ride safe. Steve
  19. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    :wave Mr Fishy Happy New Years Eve to You!!

    Well, I can only ride north from here :evil
  20. capeklr

    capeklr Been here awhile

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    Happy new year Mark, lots of traveling to do. Stay safe and enjoy.