South America and back on a 250 Super Sherpa Minimalist Adventure

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  1. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Chris,

    Good to hear from you amigo. I assume from your new screen name that you've branched out from MX to ultimate frisbee.

    Saludos,
    Tio Juan
  2. GoMotor

    GoMotor Adventurer

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    Here is my bit on a tail box. Use any box you want -mine is an aluminum tool box- put a couple of D-rings on each side and run cables between the D-rings under the rack. You can add locks for easy on/off and turnbuckles for adjustment. Peen the threads of the turnbuckles so nobody can undo them and go ride.
  3. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF ¿to post or to ride?

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    I like that idea as a backup/safety. :thumb
  4. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    After a couple days of waking up to drizzle and dark grey skies, it was nice to arise to blue skies and easterly winds. I can once again see Volcan Villarrica towering over town with wisps of volcanic steam blowing sideways down the mountain :

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    Took a stroll this morning down to the park to see if the tourist info center was open for a map of the area, but no go:

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    Down here in the temperate zone they have a rose garden in the park:

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    Brisk fresh air this morning with crystal clear skies to the south, so I guess I’ll head that way for a while longer before cutting over to Argentina.

    It reminds me of autumn on the South Island of New Zealand this morning.

    more later…..
  5. 175grams

    175grams All things moto

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    hard to believe, but I've been playing competitive ultimate for 17ish years now... its addictive for sure. did/do you play? I rode down to Costa Rica one year to play in an annual tournament there, great time!

    Riding Across 5 Countries to Play Ultimate Frisbee!
  6. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Chris,

    Great stuff on your Facebook page. Thanks for the link.

    I am an Ultimate Frisbee fan but not a player. It wasn't around when I was on the soccer team back in Eugene Oregon or I would have surely picked it up. It didn't come to the west coast until the mid 70's and collegiate didn't start until 10 years later. It's easy to forget that I am as old as dirt.

    The UofO women from my alma mater are animals this year and the men's team is in the collegiate top 10. It's a popular sport where I come from.

    Glad to hear you are doing well and having fun.

    Your ADVpal,
    Tio Juan
  7. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Spent the day wandering down backroads in the lake district:

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    It was perfect riding weather today. Mild in the 60’s with bright blue skies and crisp mountain air heading over ridgelines in the distance:

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    and down past numerous lakes:

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    and the smoking Mount Villarrica:

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    occasionally stopping to take a break and pick blackberries on the side of the road:

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    Not sure where I went but it was great riding. Finally circled around Lago Panguipulli and stopped back in the quaint town with the same name to get a map at the tourist info oficina to see where I was. It is such a nice area that I decided to stop early and enjoy the afternoon in Panguipulli. This area is beautiful today and I don’t feel like leaving quite yet. Am staying at the Hospedaje Dos Rios where a single room is 8000 pesos (14.50) with wifi and hot showers. The tourist office showed me a backroad down to a ferry that travels through the next lake down the way every day at 1 PM over to Argentina. Might head that way tomorrow depending on the weather south of here.

    more later……
  8. woodly1069

    woodly1069 Long timer

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    Fantastic! That Lakes Region seems so perfect in all the photos I see...riding paradise :D
  9. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    JD , we left southern Chile lakes area and headed north for Nequin-Cuyo. We will either loop around north, or slow down and explore. That'll give you a chance to catch us.
    When I return to the north and become a regular joe worker, I'll string together some pix and a condensed RR story. We hit some amazing places.


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  10. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Hi Kari,

    Sounds good. Will head over your way and catch up to you in Argentina or Uruguay in the next couple weeks for the second annual South American Sherpa Stomp (S.A.S.S.).

    The first one was in Medellin last year. This year, who knows where it will be?

    Look forward to your ride report and pics.

    Saludos,
    Juan Sherpa
  11. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    At 40 degrees south latitude you enter the roaring 40s where I am now. So named because of the strong west to east air currents howling through the southern oceans where there are few land masses to impede their progress except for the tail of South America. The weather can change in a heartbeat down here. Checking the satellite image this morning I see that it is raining not far south of here as another storm is coming in off the Pacific:

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    which means I’ll be heading northeast into Argentina today.

    more later…..
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    bigdon Long timer

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    Morning John!
    It looks like your about to run outta South! :freaky
  13. BeachGuy

    BeachGuy Lost in paradise!

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    John your almost there, don't turn. As in aviation, if you don't like the weather in front of you then make a 360 degree turn and head that way.

    Make it to the tip of South America.
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    John, mi amigo,
    I've been following you from day one. Your rr has been a tutorial for an old guy like me. I've been out in the slop riding this winter, practicing, and have been laying the groundwork for a departure on my 250 in July to do the TAT and then who knows where. Too much "self-unemployment" around here in the cold and wet. I hope I can learn the techno stuff like you do: camera, computer etc. so I can make my own rr.
    Thanks, keep on trucking, and stay safe.

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  15. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Just arrived in Junin de Los Andes, Argentina. Thanks to a suggestion by my pal Hektoglider I am camping outside town near the river for 35 pesos ($3.50). The money is easy to figure out in Argentina since the black market rate is just over 10 to the dollar. Just move the decimal over to the left one place and you have the price in dollars.

    Just came into town to get some grub. Ordered a pizza here and they have wifi, so I'll upload todays pics and stories before heading back down to the river.

    So far Argentina is really nice. Compared to Chile, it's windier, gas is much cheaper, the drivers aren't as courteous and the women are better looking. We'll see how the restaurant food compares.

    uploading pics..........
  16. majorpayne

    majorpayne Been here awhile

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    Hey John hope all is well.

    I told some friends about your trip. We started talking about it because of the fact you have a sherpa also. Anyway, they just purchased some land in Belize and will be building a house and hostel. It's about two or three years out but they wanted me to put the bug in your ear that you will have a place to stay if you want to visit/do a little building.

    Stay safe!
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    Rick_E Rick_E

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    Glad you have been enjoying Southern Chile, really wanted to go along with you but responsibilities kept me here in Concepcion. Our weather here has been mostly good, clear skies. Rained just a little after you headed out of town last Saturday. Today was nice but just clouded up this evening (7 PM), The temp dropped and we will probably have rain this evening. I hope you made it over to Argentina, it might be spared the front coming in.

    Rick
  18. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Headed out this morning from the lake district in Chile as storm clouds were quickly heading in from the coast. The road wound up and down along the lake:

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    eventually turning to gravel. They are dumping a lot of gravel on this last 20 kilometers and grading it. It will probably be paved by the time you get down here:

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    Finally reached the ferry dock at Puerto Fuy where you load to head down the lake to Argentina:

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    it is the off season, so not enough people showed up to take the big dog ferry, so they broke out the Huck Finn mini two car ferry:

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    more coming…..
  19. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Had some time to kill so wandered around Puerto Fuy. I like this old school log truck that José made. Wooden wheels covered in retreads and two beefy oxen to pull it up the hill to where his buddy was slicing up logs into lumber with a chainsaw:

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    He said this big guys name was Tesoro (treasure). He was huge and nothing but muscle. Hauling a one ton wet log was cake for him and his buddy:

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    I like this wood fired hot tub at the hotel next to the docks:

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    and the old mini-ferry that they hauled up the hill and recycled into a gift shop:

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    Finally time to back the cars onto the ferry. Only two showed up along with two motorcycles, two bicycle tourers and a dozen walk-ons:

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    heading down the narrow lake was like cruising up a fjord in Norway with steep sided mountains dropping down:

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    Looking back towards Chile:

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    All the Chileno touristas were taking pictures of themselves and this guy insisted on having his buddy take our picture. My new ferry buddy. No wait, that doesn’t quite sound right:

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    more coming……
  20. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    They have different wall plugs in Argentina. They go at an angle / \ so I'll have to get an adapter mañana since my laptop is on empty. Have to sign off for now.

    Saludos,
    Juan de las Pampas
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