2up to TDF (San Francisco to Ushuaia)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by sp4ce, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. Neversurfaced

    Neversurfaced Adventurer

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    If it was brewed in El Calafate that was probably Cerveza Whirra. That's an Argentinean couple that brews primarily lagers.

    We're strictly in Puerto Natales & Torres del Paine park. We serve up the ales that have a bit more of a kick than the local production lagers... :freaky
  2. Nina

    Nina Been here awhile

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    Damn, then it's possible we missed it. We drank wine in Torres del Paine AND Puerto Natales! :cry
  3. Neversurfaced

    Neversurfaced Adventurer

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    Nothing wrong with that - plenty of good wine to be had down here too :1drink
  4. MotoPhotog

    MotoPhotog Picter Takr

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    Hey guys... still wondering what the final tally was???
  5. sp4ce

    sp4ce Orange Invader

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    Working on it. Should have it this weekend.
  6. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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    nice and gracias, my friend and me want to go since the USD is so expensive, HE thinks it will be cheaper to go south than north, but I have a feeling that he is wrong.... maybe not

    Damasovi
  7. dwj - Donnie

    dwj - Donnie Long timer

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    Hi Guys!

    Thanks for the report! I enjoyed every day. I am just beginning to travel into Mexico and see Latin America in the future, maybe some day I will take the plunge and follow your foot steps. Thanks Again!

    Donnie
  8. sp4ce

    sp4ce Orange Invader

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    Statistics:

    distance traveled: 17203 miles
    gas burned: 502 gallons
    highest altitude ridden: 16,388 feet
    days riding: 71
    days resting: 44 (includes two weeks trapped in Panama, one week post-trip in BA)
    crashes: 4
    tip overs: 4
    bike blown over by wind: 1
    flat tires: 0
    cops bribed: 1
    ran out of gas: 2

    Lost:
    <ul type="disc">
    <li>Long-sleeved T-shirt (Trevor)</li>
    <li>Nalgene bottle</li>
    <li>Chapstick</li>
    <li>Lens cap for camera</li>
    <li>Mini tripod for camera</li>
    <li>Wool hat (Nina)</li>
    <li>8/10mm open end combo wrench</li>
    <li>Chilean electrical plug adapter</li>
    <li>10lbs (Trevor)</li>
    </ul>

    Broken:
    <ul type="disc">
    <li>Umbrella</li>
    <li>2 x luggage straps</li>
    <li>Givi top box mounting plate</li>
    <li>Givi top box shell</li>
    <li>Caribou luggage right side breakaway lock</li>
    <li>Caribou luggage left side mounting rack</li>
    <li>KTM tank bag side pocket (ripped)</li>
    <li>KTM tank bag fastener</li>
    <li>Mountain Sun tank pannier fastener</li>
    <li>Tire pressure gauge</li>
    <li>2 x Camelbak bladders (leaks)</li>
    <li>Small camera</li>
    <li>Nikon telephoto lens (still mostly functional)</li>
    </ul>

    Acquired:
    <ul type="disc">
    <li>Chapstick</li>
    <li>Umbrella</li>
    <li>Guatemalan shawl (present for a friend)</li>
    <li>2 x cotton t-shirts from Hostel Bekuo in San Jose (Thanks Storm!)</li>
    <li>Replacement Camelbak bladder</li>
    <li>2 x rain ponchos</li>
    <li>Ladies' stocking (for filtering fuel)</li>
    <li>New webbing to fix luggage straps</li>
    <li>Anti-fog spray</li>
    <li>Replacement Alpaca hat (Nina)</li>
    <li>Replacement lens cap</li>
    <li>Replacement small camera</li>
    <li>Chile plug adapter</li>
    <li>US plug adapter</li>
    <li>Argentina plug adapter</li>
    <li>18lbs (Nina)</li>
    </ul>

    Bike maintenance:
    <ul type="disc">
    <li>3 x oil and filter change</li>
    <li>2 x front and rear tires</li>
    <li>Fuel filter replacement</li>
    <li>Air filter replacement</li>
    <li>Water pump rebuild</li>
    <li>Replace sheared sub frame bolt</li>
    <li>Straightened front rim</li>
    <li>Scheduled full service (change all fluids, etc.)</li>
    </ul>

    Wish we'd brought:
    <ul type="disc">
    <li>Waterproof snap camera (e.g. Olympus Mju 1030 SW)</li>
    <li>Ambient temperature gauge (that actually works - our cheapo unit was wildly inaccurate)</li>
    <li>Cheap rain suits (instead of waterproof liners)</li>
    <li>Extra laptop</li>
    <li>Wide-angle lens</li>
    </ul>
  9. ColombiaGS

    ColombiaGS Two-up in Colombia!

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    Only one cop bribed....THAT I think is amazing in itself.

    It was a pleasure meeting you two here in Medellin, and our door is ALWAYS open for you!

    Congratulations - we enjoyed the blog especially from Colombia, South!
  10. MotoPhotog

    MotoPhotog Picter Takr

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    Trevor, pretty good there man! have you gained the weight back yet? You only fell 4 times? Wow. thats pretty good all things/roads considered.

    I will say though...... I was kinda lookin for how much money you guys spent. Even ballpark? 5? 10? 15?

    Thanks again for sharing guys. Nina. Kick him for stating u gained weight while he lost sum. :rofl jk guys. you're awesome.
  11. Nina

    Nina Been here awhile

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    We haven't forgotten this we're just swamped being back at work and subletting! I think we have the totals, just working on a breakdown. Hopefully this weekend.
  12. tmotten

    tmotten Lefthand ride Dutchy

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    Mate,

    How is it you LOST weight? :huh
  13. HorizonSeekr

    HorizonSeekr Adventurer

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    I just finished the thread and wanted to add my voice to the others.. thank you so much for the ride report. For those of us living vicariously on pictures and reports of others its a real break from snow and ice to ride down a dusty road thousands of miles away with you both. If you ever decide to head the other way and make a run for Prudhoe Bay there is a spot (and a thick steak) here for you to stop over.

    I imagine it was difficult to re-enter the land of traffic, smog, cubicles and morning alarm clocks.

    Mark
  14. sp4ce

    sp4ce Orange Invader

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    Steak! :dg
  15. tmotten

    tmotten Lefthand ride Dutchy

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    Remind me not to take diating tips of ya.

    How is it that would make you loose weight?

    I hear drinking beer does as well....... :loco
  16. MotoPhotog

    MotoPhotog Picter Takr

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    Sounds good, I agree with Horizon...... unfortunately, that must have sucked so bad returning to corporate california, traffic, bills. :cry
  17. sp4ce

    sp4ce Orange Invader

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    As requested, here is the financial summary. I'll preface it with a little information on our spending habits for the trip. We stayed in hostels when we could (and they weren't too grim) but we also splashed out on nice hotels. We ate almost exclusively in restaurants and we didn't make any attempt to do so frugally. We flew the bike when it needed to travel and didn't mess around with sea freight. I did a lot of the work on the motorcycle, but not all of it. We started with much of the gear needed for the trip but also bought a fair amount of high-end stuff. In general we were conscious of spending, but gave preference to efficiency, convenience, and comfort. It was the vacation of a lifetime, after all.

    Gas/Food/Lodging...$16,917.26
    Gear......................$1,800.82
    Transport...............$2,680.45
    Motorcycle.............$3,793.21
    __________________________
    ..........................$25,191.74

    * Gas/Food/Lodging also includes miscellaneous day to day expenses like park fees, tolls, etc.
    * Gear is just the new personal gear we had to purchase for the trip.
    * Transport is shipping for the bike and flights for us.
    * Motorcycle is accessories, prep, maintenance, and repair costs - I had the bike already.

    (Sorry about the ghetto table formatting - ADV chokes on the table HTML yet converts spaces to HTML thereby removing them. Genius!)
  18. Nata Harli

    Nata Harli Accidental Tourista

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    AH! The good old Atkins diet. :super
  19. DakarBlues

    DakarBlues One-everythinged man

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    AWESOME pic!!!!!!!.

    Travelling is feeling alive, beholding all that transcends man, staying indoors belittles man left to stare at manly creations.
  20. nicolascav

    nicolascav Been here awhile

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    very cool. it was nice to see your pics. i think i might have fallen in the same places, thanks for the info of shiping a bike out of BA... i still dont know if i should ride up or ship it.
    FELISITACIONES AMIGOS:freaky:freaky