Saturday ride in Chile

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by alexcorral, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. alexcorral

    alexcorral Long timer

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    I headed out to my back hills (or the Andes, as they are commonly known) on Saturday with hopes to reach the Black Lagoon. I mapped out the trail on Google Earth, downloaded it to my GPS and headed out.

    It's about 90 Km of highway & back roads before getting off-road. A nice twisty road down a canyon that is a blast to ride

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    I took the back road which allthough longer, is in better conditions and avoids all the towns and tourist stops. You can see the main road an dthe old train bridge on the other side of the Maipo river:

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    After 90 Km I reach the turn marked on my GPS only to find it closed and with a huge sign that reads "Private Property - Do Not Enter". I asked a police officer on a control point and he explains that there isno longer acces to Black Lagoon... Bummer :cry

    I'm already out there and the weather is incredible:

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    So I decide to ride up a gravel road that leads to an off-season Ski Center: Lagunillas

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    The ride up is a lot of fun. Mostly loose gravel and switchbacks to climb from 3300ft to 8300ft

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    So I get to the ski center and ask the guy in charge if I could go up the mountain where the ski trails and lifts are and he says: "Sure... it's $2". I'm on my way :clap

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    It was going great. I even managed to take a picture of my self and the bike

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    Then I decided to go off-track and reach some antenas that were right on the top of the highest hill

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    And nap time

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    It took me half a dozen attempts, dragging the bike and exhausting myself to get it back up. Here's the damage

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    I know... I keep saying I'm gonna get the engine bars :lol3

    After I picked the bike up I had to get tothe antennas... I did:

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    It was straight back home from there. I was late and tired so here's my version of the short way down. Every possible shortcut, I took: road on the left, cut-off down to the right

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    And another... This time cutting through 8 switchbacks

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    Here's the track on Google Earth

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    And a profile of the ride

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    Shifting is working funny as sometimes I can't shift up and get stuck on 1st and Neutral, so the bike will go to the shop on MOnday. Hope it gets out by Friday for next weekend's ride
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  2. Dessert Storm

    Dessert Storm Dances With Drunks

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    Very nice. Loved 'or the Andes as they're commonly known' :lol3
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  3. zandesiro

    zandesiro In rust we trust....

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    :clapvery nice report of your day trip....!!

    But i think is better riding those mountains with a friend!!Its a liltle beat of risk to go alone!!!
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  4. alexcorral

    alexcorral Long timer

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    Everyone keeps on telling me the same thing. I know I shouldn't ride alone in these unknown places, but my two riding buddies bailed and I couldn't stay put at home... :evil
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  5. dav_dman

    dav_dman Been here awhile

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    1) southern half of Chile, from santiago to tiera del fuego was the most beautiful part of the world i've ever traveled....

    2) google "girl lifts harley" to learn how to pick up a bike EASILY...it works i did it with my 600lb bike and i am 170 lb soaking wet.

    3) get a spot locator beacon if they work down there and have a buddy check on you every 6 hrs or so. you can safely travel alone and break a leg and still be rescued.

    great pics...looks like north or santiago? i cant read gps yet
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  6. ChileGS

    ChileGS ChileGSer

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    Where is Laguna Negra? Is it above Embalse del Yeso? Too bad the trail is closed off.

    Have you been up to Termas del Plomo, above the Embalse?

    I am looking for rides like this around Santiago. So far this year I have been to Banos Morales, Termas del Plomo, Lagunillas and up to Valle Nevado on the paved road.

    Last Saturday I went from Laguna Aculeo to Melipilla and then down to the coast on the back roads. Nice scenery, very quiet and not difficult at all.

    Know of any other good rides around Santiago for an 1100GS?
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  7. Gaston Gagne

    Gaston Gagne Past Easy

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    :eek1 Wow. You get to daytrip that stuff? Lucky. Nice rig, too.

    That river looks fun for paddling.
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  8. GB

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    Thanks for another fabulous Chile ride! :thumb
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  9. Wolverine1305

    Wolverine1305 The english is hard

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    nice pictures and awesome ride on dirt road
    I do not like that hapen me this. the pieces are very expensive and it is hard to find

    Bonitas fotos y paseo impresionante sobre terraceria
    No me gusta que me pase esto. las piezas son caras y dificiles de encontrar
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  10. alexcorral

    alexcorral Long timer

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    I had seen that and it really works, I even got the lesson during a BMW offroad riding course, but I don't usually drop my bike on a flat surface... It usually happens on lose rock and a steep incline :eek1
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  11. alexcorral

    alexcorral Long timer

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    Laguna negra is just to the west of the Embalse del Yeso, but you need to take a different route to get there, which is now off limits.

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    I did go to the Embalse and the Termas del Plomo, and then a little farther as close as I could get to the border with Argentina. I will post a Ride Report.

    Here's the report on our day trip to Valle Nevado. We also went down the trail that leads to the Glaciar off the Nature Sanctuary. Link here

    Day trip to Lagunas del Viento, which has been the best ride of all. It takes a little longer but is more techniocal and 90% off road. Link here

    You are welcome to join me/us (I do not always ride alone) on weekend rides. The more the better :freaky

    My mobile in Chile is 68634684
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  12. alexcorral

    alexcorral Long timer

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    BMW parts are very expensive... especially in Chile. Our dealer charges a little over double US list prices for some parts and a little less than double for others. I had a frind bring me the led flasher I brok off during our ride to Lagunas del Viento. Chile price US$160 vs. US price US$58 :eek1

    The good thing is they have everything you might need, so if you can afford it it'll be there for you
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  13. bzrider

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    have u just tried online max bmw they shipp anywhere
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  14. nadolski

    nadolski Adventurer

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    Awesome Report. Its great to see what nice rides there are in distant lands. Thanks for sharing.
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