Slowphil gathers momentum

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Slowphil, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. Slowphil

    Slowphil REALLY Gnarly Adventurer

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    Ah Santiago, didn't spend enough time there but that's the general complaint of the trip

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    the fish market was designed and built by Eiffel of the tower fame

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    and the street art was eclectic

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    huge parks everywhere and lots of sidewalk cafe's in the barrios

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    but Argentina calls and the border is waiting

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    funny thing was when we arrived at the border up in the mountains there was a huge building, large enough to park busses and semis in so the customs and immigration didn't have to go outside during the winter, we thought we cleared out of Chile and headed off down the road looking for the Argentine customs, after about 200 kms we came to the conclusion that we apparently had cleared into Argentina at the same time, easiest crossing I've ever seen

    after a couple of days we landed in San Juan de Bariloche but just outside the city we came across this nifty little cafe so stopped and had a nice cup of tea

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    not sure what this machine did but it had a place of prominence in the cafe

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    and the setting for the cafe and camp ground was beautiful

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  2. Slowphil

    Slowphil REALLY Gnarly Adventurer

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    and just to wet your appetites here's a sneak preview of San Carlos de Bariloche

    view from our 10th floor penthouse hostal

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    and a little bit of whimsicle art for sale here

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    well that's it for now, have to go out and play, a friend of mine from Australia who I haven't seen in 5 years just rolled into town

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    my friend and I coming together

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    fredgreen Proud Canoodian

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    looking good Phil! You'll soon be at the end of the continent.
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  4. Slowphil

    Slowphil REALLY Gnarly Adventurer

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    Hi Fred: they call the area "The End Of The World" for a very valid reason. Really looking forward to seeing it but not feeling the winds that go with it.

    Your going to love this place when it's your turn to come down'

    Cheers Philip
  5. Slowphil

    Slowphil REALLY Gnarly Adventurer

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    A few more pics of Bariloche before heading down the road

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    but Patagonia is calling and the views on the way are magnificant

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    but one must keep body and soul together with a little sustinance while on the road

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    nice little town to stop and have a coffee in

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    but the Argentine/Chile border arrives once again, clearing out was easy

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    on the Chile side Guillermo had a real cute customs agent who made him empty every bag he had, the agent that I drew stood there with me and we watched with amusement as he dumped everything he owned, even his silver tongue couldn't save him this time

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    and it's off to Puerto Montt to arrange a 4 day ferry ride down the coast
  6. Slowphil

    Slowphil REALLY Gnarly Adventurer

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    but once again it's time to eat,nice little cafe with really nice staff

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    My impression of Puerto Montt is a tough little ferry terminal town with a nice side as well

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    but wait - what's this-the 4 day ferry isn't until Friday and it's booked anyway, all right we'll hop on the next available ferry heading south - WHAT - they're all booked for the next few days? can't be can they

    so off we head on the bikes toward Hornopiren where we can get a ferry heading down, off down the coast and onto a small ferry ride

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    while we're waiting we'll have something to eat and a cup of coffee, the ferries coming? quick stuff down as much food as you can, slurp some coffee and get out on the bikes

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    it was only a small ferry so there weren't any facilities for passangers, we stood out in the wind and rain for about 1/2 hr on the trip, it's a good thing the 4 hr ferry ride tomorrow will be on a much bigger ferry
  7. Slowphil

    Slowphil REALLY Gnarly Adventurer

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    couple of pictures of Hornopiren before we catch the ferry, only the restaurant at the hotel is heated but the staff was nice enough to let us hang our soaking riding gear beside the stove to get it dry, oh did I mention that it was wind, rain and cold all day?

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    but now it's time to board the ferry and get out of the rain and wind

    WRONG it's a bigger ferry but there are no facilities for passangers so it's out in the wind and rain for another 4 1/2 hours

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    here's a seat I discovered

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    but Guillarmo needed his rest poor fellow

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    in between the rain I decided it was a fine time to oil my chain

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    heading to Chaiten be continued
  8. Slowphil

    Slowphil REALLY Gnarly Adventurer

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    Made it to Futalaufquen where we decided to camp so we could watch the meteor shower that night but first the trip

    heading out from the hotel where we once again took over the kitchen to dry our clothes

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    the view from our hotel

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    but down the road we go

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    when we arrived at Futalaufquen son of a gun there was another Canadian bike, rider from Montreal travelling with a German, nice couple of guys will probably meet them doen the road at El Calafate

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    since there was supposed to be a huge meteor shower that night we decided to camp and watch the show

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    but again it decided to rain, heavily so I picked up my tent and moved into the common building where I was joined by a host of others

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    actually it was kind of fun, a small party took place

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    garrydymond Been here awhile

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    Phil believe it or not I am half way through a ride report. I thought you would like to know as you know I don't enjoy doing them. You can find it at http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=849390 I am only doing it because my brother visted and I thought it would be nice for him to see.

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    w00t!

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    By the looks of your SPOT Tracker....you made it! Congrats ole man! Now its time to party like its the end of the world...but wait, that was yesterday!
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    MERRY CHRISTMAS PHIL........From Fred, Marcella and Stacey.
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    Merry Christmas, Phil! :freaky
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    true grip Been here awhile

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    Love to read of the trips down south. Enjoy reading yours and seeing the wonderful pics. Looking forward to more.

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    Spotted SloPhil in Ushuaia........


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    Slowphil REALLY Gnarly Adventurer

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    Thank you for following, lots more to come

    Cheers Philip
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    Slowphil REALLY Gnarly Adventurer

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    Thanks Misery: tyhe best to you as well

    Cheers Philip
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    Now THAT is frickin' awesome! I've been trying to think of a good joke for his new 'stache for a couple of weeks now - yours in better than anything I thought of.

    Please send me a high-res copy. That one needs to go on the "Wall of Fame" in my shop.
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    Slowphil REALLY Gnarly Adventurer

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    Headed off to Argentina once again, left really early in the morning and when we arrived at the Chile border nobody seemed to be around so we sort of gradually drifted through the border and over to the Argentine side without really stopping (brain dead the two of us), didn't take long for the Chilean Aduena to chase us down, wave us back from the Argentine side and and very politely inform us of our gross negligence of not clearing out but I have to say after really reaming us out they were really polite and nice to us, your luck may vary if you try this stunt

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    I think the Chileans had already contacted the Argentinians about us, the problem was when we arrived back at the Argentine side the wind was blowing like stink, Guillermo pulled up, got off his bike, opened his top box and the wind grabbed all his papers and the next view the Argentines had of us was us running down the road into Argentine chasing mydrid papers, when we finally gathered up as many of his papers as we could and got inside the customs agent asked with a smile if we had all our papers with us

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    the road turned to gravel slightly past customs

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    but it truly was pretty countryside


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    arrived at the town of Jose de San Martin where a gaucho caught my eye

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    I got a big thumbs up and smile when he saw me taking his picture

    really interesting trees in the town

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    but the next morning was a bit of a downer, when we arrived at the intersection for the main highway Guillarmo had to turn left and start heading to Buenos Aires and home while I turned right and continued south

    saying goodbye to my Amigo Buenos

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    almost a year later I'm adding this, I became aware that this was more than a small downer, losing my friend who helped me laugh at a lot of tough days put a huge flat spot in my trip. Took a long time to get back up again. Some people affect you this way and I'm glad to say Guillermo did!!
  20. Slowphil

    Slowphil REALLY Gnarly Adventurer

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    arrived at the town of El Calafate, a really pretty, well cared for town who's sole existance is to feed tourists down the road to the Perito Moreno Glacier in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. I really thought the town was pretty and nice but the prices for everything but the hostal Los Dos Pinos were unbelievably high.

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    the town had everything you could want for hiking, exploring, kayaking, you name it they had it and I really liked the displays they had they showed a lot of imagination

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    Glacier Park Headquarters

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    but enough shilly shallying around lets get to the real reason we're here and thats the glacier, I didn't bother taking a tour just pulled the gear off the bike and rode the 80 kms to the park

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    the entrance to the park is a long way from the glacier (which is the only glacier in the world which is stable, all others are shrinking) and the first view is the fog bank hanging over the glacier

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    and then the glacier itself

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