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70 yr old women calling herself the ‘Old Weed’ is having her longest ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Abosit, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. burley

    burley alaskan wanderer

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    O i forgot the small chunk of glacer you had in your hand , inlarge the photo and and let me know wat ya see? It was with you thru the entire trip.
  2. Luna Tique

    Luna Tique dreamer of adventure

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  3. Crashes

    Crashes Been here awhile

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    congratulations on your epic adventure and your safe return. :clap
  4. KLRalph

    KLRalph Because KTMalph sounds funny

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    Bravo! and Welcome home!
  5. Davidprej

    Davidprej Davidprej Supporter

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    I'm a lurker and rarely post, but feel compelled to just say how much I appreciate you taking the time to keep us posted on your adventures. Obviously the fact that you are a 70 year old female traveling alone was special, but what came through was your personality and it wouldn't have been any less special no matter how old or what gender you are. A great adventure is a great adventure, full stop. Thanks so much.
  6. Nytebreed

    Nytebreed Need more braaap

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    Congratulations Abosit!
    :clap
  7. stevenatleven

    stevenatleven Adventurer

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    Your RR was interesting, entertaining and also inspiring. Glad it all went well and you are home safely
  8. Cariboostrom

    Cariboostrom Been here awhile

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    Well done....welcome home. Bet it's great to sleep in your own bed again! Thanks for a great ride report.
  9. Abosit

    Abosit Been here awhile

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    Burley:
    I did look at the small glacier ice chunk in my hand and enlarged it. Depending where to look I saw a lot of shapes.
    You may help me out with the guessing.... what do you see?

    Indianscout:
    Sorry I missed you would have liked to give you a big hug.
    But,.....you are not to far ....we will cross paths :)

    DiaDePlaya;
    Esperando tu visita. Lo bueno es que los 'Moteros' como decis en Chile, cuando nos hacemos amigos no importa la distancia y tenemos paciencia para volvernos a vernos :)
    Un fuerte abrazo.

    Luna Tique:
    May be starting to visit many of my supporters who have followed me on my trip, will keep me riding for a while :)
    How many miles to your place????.....just saying :)

    Cariboostrom:
    Curious thing, I noticed that all beds where good to sleep in.
    Was I to tired, .....or the in-expensive hotel beds are all so similar that I got used to it.
    May be I am not a 'Princess'
    Just an 'Old Weed' ....ha, ha....

    Fuhgawee:
    Have taken note of this road, for next time I go South in that area.
    Thanks for the recommendation.

    TxJack:
    Would have been fun to meet you and have a cold drink that day. It was hot that day!
  10. gasandasphalt

    gasandasphalt Been here awhile

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    Thanks X 10
  11. TM1(SS)

    TM1(SS) Matthew 24:36, Ride today, ride now :-) Supporter

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    Abosit, you just flat out ROCK !!!
  12. burley

    burley alaskan wanderer

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    The cross ,

    Thank you very much,for the time you spent putting together an incredible ride report, please do it again & again
  13. XICAQUE

    XICAQUE Q' pedo?

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    Amazing report. Welcome home. You are such an inspiration. What is next?
  14. minisub

    minisub n00b

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    Astonishing trip. You are an inspiration to all. A kindred spirit to the adventure traveler in all of us. I would proudly invite you to my campfire in all weather to break bread and sip spirits. Your outlook on life and the world are spot on! Very few get the fine line between foolhardy adventure and wise travel decisions, you are on point!

    It's been such a treasure to travel with you on this journey.

    Best wishes to you and yours in all the future has in store for you.
  15. mixxedupmedia

    mixxedupmedia Believes in mahogany

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    Great report. Inspiring. Impressive. Incredible. Keep it up!
  16. CJ

    CJ Wheelin' & Dealin'

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    Glad to see you made it home Nina. Say hi to crick and crack from Angela and I. I hope our paths cross again one day. Ease come and visit us in Vancouver. It would be fun to go for a Motomavericks - Old Weed reunion ride up in the Pacific northwest!!

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  17. Booghotfoot

    Booghotfoot Been here awhile

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    I'm in late, but enjoying it nonetheless!
  18. burley

    burley alaskan wanderer

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    awesome. . . way 2 go.
  20. Abosit

    Abosit Been here awhile

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    Burley:
    Thank you now I can see it.

    CJ:
    How much fun to se these pictures. Such good memories :) and thank your for showing them.
    I have been following you and glad you are rolling again.
    Wish you good luck with no more troubles with the bikes.
    You guys are so much fun.
    Sometime I will be in Vancouver and we will get together.
    I still owe you a nice dinner!


    So for the resto of you:
    here are is the promised summary of logistics and cost and other tips.
    Probably I am missing things, it is hard to cover it all but hope this helps.

    CONCLUSIONS:
    As promised here I am trying to summarize some of the things for interest to some of you.


    Bike:

    My Honda CRF 250 has been the perfect bike for traveling in South America. Was happy to have enough alternator capacity to use a heated vest and fuel injection helped to avoid problems in high altitude.

    I have met a few persons with bigER bikes 800cc and 1200cc and they felt that they had to big of a bike. Riders I met with small bikes where happy with their choice.


    Mileage: Roads —11000 miles

    Ferry : 1500miles (Puerto Natales - Puerto Montt)

    Airfare: Santiago de Chile to Houston, TX

    SEA shipping-Ft. Luderdale to Cartagena Colombia


    Service:

    2 oil changes (Synthetic oil)


    Tires:

    Heidenau- Rear: K60 130/80 – 18 M/C 72T (Non Scout)

    I have been consistent at mantaining correct pressure 40 psi on pavement. I think this has helped with the wear on my tires.

    Replaced after 9500 miles, could have made 1500 miles more, but I changed it because I had with me a new one with me and did not want to ship it home.
    (gave my used tire away for others to use)

    Chain and sprocket:

    still the same and in good condition. Cleaning and oiling every 700-800 miles.
    When in dirt, cleaned more often as I thought was needed.

    Fuel: have used regular fuel all the times.


    Cost of shipping:

    Sea shipping-Motorcycle COST Florida -Colombia

    $ 700 Ocean Freight

    $ 328 Harbor fees

    $ 200 Agent Fees SamericaXplorer

    $ 300 Agent in Colombia

    $ 75- Harbor fees in Cartagena,Co

    Total $1603


    Motorcycle shipping Cost Santiago de Chile to Houston, TX

    $1760 Freight and agent + packing bike $1760

    $40 USA customs in Houston

    Total $1800



    Logistics: Tip

    Entering Colombia by air from the USA.

    If someone of you are starting your trip from Colombia and you are flying in from the US, you can NOT enter that county with only a one way ticket. This happened to me while leaving the airport in Florida. It is the airlines Law!!

    There are two options.
    -Have a round trip and loose one segment or
    -Buy a one way trip to Colombia and one Refundable return ticket.

    I had to purchase a refundable return ticket at the airport when leaving and I did get my refund of that ticket a week later.

    Border crossings:
    No fees for crossing borders.

    Insurance:
    Had to purchase local liability insurance in each country


    Tollways:
    No Fees in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru
    Fees in Chile like a car
    Argentina very small fee

    Lodging:
    Average $ for Hotels/ Hostels:
    Needed features when searching:
    Wifi, Breakfast, parking for the bike and private bath if possible.


    Colombia, Ecuador and Peru
    $25 room (single person)

    Chile and Argentina:
    was between $30-45

    Am I missing something......let me know.... just ask.
    Was so much fun to be in contact with all of you.
    You where a great support during my trip it has meant a lot for me.

    I will still be lurking here and may be get inspired for another trip.....who knows :)