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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Radioman, May 19, 2011.
Great pictures Mark, as usual
You brought back a lot of good memories of Buenos Aires
If you're going to become a Tango dancer, Mark, you're gonna have to get in shape!
...and some big boy pants.
Oh I am in shape, but might have to cut back on the Argentinian Steak and Potatoes
Gringo Tourist does not need pants
You've forgotten your South American Spanish, already!
"PANTS! We don't need no steeenking PANTS!!"
or something like that....
Hope NZ women will treat you that well, as there is nothing like the Latin spirit which by now you must be fully accustomed with.
And she said, "you had me when you said,'I am an adventure rider.......'"
The women of NZ are reserving judgement until he starts wearing his big boy trousers
Dedicated to the love Mark and Chris shared, an eclectic group of love, loss, and redemptive songs, with a few tears thrown in, here on the Radioman Network.
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And the end of my time in South America is now here. As I have talked about there have been lots of logistics in planning and then moving to a totally different place. Setting up the air freight (first time for me to do this), flights out of SA, then into New Zealand, then issues to handle at home. Getting the Carnet set up (more on this later) etc.
I used Dakar Motors in Buenos Aires to set up all my shipping. And they were great. Sandra was very clear about the process, steps and even showed up at the airport when are bikes were being packed up (Claude was shipping his bike to US so we went together which was fun). I would recommend them to anyone! (I did not stay at there Shop as some do, because wanted to be downtown to enjoy the touristy stuff!).
Once I set up the date that I wanted to ship the bike (best for everyone to contact them and set up date a few weeks out), Sandra met with me, walked me through the process, including pricing (quoted based on her experience, since actual measurements determine the Final Price), what copies I needed, and the 3 days needed to complete the process.
Day 1. Meet with Sandra, pay the $100 USD booking fee give her copies of needed items, review what can ship with the bike etc.
Day 2. Ride bike to airport per specific instructions, contacts etc. ride bike onto Crate, it is checked by Aduana and then shrink wrapped! Paper work completed with customs
Day 3 Pay for the shipment in Downtown Buenos Aires, get Airway bill. All done
Day 4 Fly out. (just in case)
But flying into New Zealand requires that the bike be very very clean, so you do not bring anything into the country with the bike.
So I cleaned my bike boxes first, then entire bike. Cleaner than when I bought it! Hope it is OK when it gets to NZ.
Said goodbye to Chris and his Sheep as was flying home to England this morning.
Then getting on the bike in downtown Buenos Aires for the last 30 Km riding in South America. Was a bit of an emotional experiences as you realize that you are done her after almost a year in South America and then moving to someplace all new.
Loving riding in the city for the last time, other than taking the previous picture, I almost crashed into the car that stopped for a light :huh Just wired up on this last ride.
We arrive at the Airport cargo area, and one of the contact meets us with entry paperwork.
We ride carefully back to the area to weight the bikes on a large scale. 285 KG for my bike and 311 for Claude's
Then we rode up onto the pallets they had laid out for us.
I removed my front wheel, disconnected the battery and then they strapped it all down for me. The shorter the height the cheaper the shipping.
Claudio saying goodbye to his Bike.
Sandra from Dakar motors came to check that all the details were correct for our shipping.
Claude discovers the "I MISS RADIOMAN" sticker I stuck on his pannier that he was only supposed to see once in Florida. We had a good laugh !
Then after we get the bikes signed off by customs, then they shrink wrap the bikes.
And then final taping up of the wrap.
Hello Kitty all wrapped up
Then Claudio's bike
Such a strange feeling leaving your bike, not having it with you, but knowing you will see it almost half way around the world
One big step out of the way. We went back to the city to enjoy the rest of the day. Then dinner with Claudes father and friends who just arrived after a long cruise.
SlowPhil and his wife Jan joined us as well.
Just a couple days left ...... But then all new adventures await me. Has been a really great experience being with other riders, travelings and friends along the way. Think that I will have a few more reflections in these days ahead.
And as a last note of the outbound shipping costs. many have read about the Argentinian Peso value dropping and it was amazing to be here and get a huge advantage with this. When I first arrived in Argentina back in November, it was about 4.87 ARG Pesos to 1 USD. That was the official bank rate. When I was down in Ushuaia you could get about 6 Pesos to 1 USD on the "black Market" vs 4.8 at the banks. From the time I arrived in Buenos Aires it has continued to rise. Yesterday and Today I was able to change for 7.6 Pesos to the dollar.
When I was quoted shipping to New Zealand by Sandra, she said between, 1,800-2,000 USD . The total air freight shipping out of here (I will have about 400USD of costs on arrival in NZ) was $1,952 USD (including the $100 for the booking and help from Sandra).
If I paid in USD or in pesos from the bank that would be my total. But using USD changed on the "black Market" at 7.25 to 1 (since I had some USD changed at 7, and some at 7.6) my price became $1,422 USD WOW saved about 31% just in the changes in the Peso value in the last 2 months or so. Just some interesting facts on the currency. It is also true of anything I am spending money on in Argentina. I had some USD with me for Emergency and also was able to get more USD from the Cash machines while in Uruguay! Really made it worth while!!
In Aukland be sure to go to the National Museum. http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/
New Zealand also has its own air flight history. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Pearse
Have a great time.
Deb & Don
All the best.
Got to love black markets
Safe travels on the other side Mark.
you are not traveling " down under", you are going "down over". I suppose since you all ready speak the language, you will have to find some other "challenge".........ccoking classes ? Piano lessons? Palm readings????
Hola Pablo (I mean Hello Mr Paul).
That will be part of the adventure. Speaking the language I be able to have more in-depth conversations. Of course there is Maori to learn as well., lots of treking in the south Island.... think I will find things to do!
My last night in Buenos Aires and Argentina, was spent with SlowPhil, his wife Jan, Claudio and Natalia, and Ma Jo
took in another Tango show.
Including a few minutes of lessons so you know how hard it is to learn
Last Tango in Argentina for me!
Wonderful evening to share with new friends! Will miss then as I fly out later today!
So many thoughts today about wrapping up my time in South America. I will really miss the people of South America and the interactions that I had with them. Just wish my spanish was truly fluent to be able to communicate fully. Otherwise it has been a fantastic journey.
As I reflect, it is almost overwhelming to recall and think about all the people I have met, shared the ride with, and so many amazing sights and experiences, then to realize, I am really continuing on to new places, cultures and experiences.
Best of wishes to you, Mark, on the next leg of your most inspirational journey! . . . Again, thank you for sharing it with us.