Around the world on a Vespa

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by s_gogos, Mar 15, 2015.

  1. s_gogos

    s_gogos Been here awhile

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    Our latest livetrip reports:


    We celebrated the New Year's Eve in El Chalten, along with many more travelers and strictly NOT vegetarian food!

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    The 20€ p.p. entrance fee for the ‪Perito Moreno‬ glacier is not cheap at all, but we don't regret it!

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    “An apple a day keeps...the wind away!”. Healthy snack break on Ruta 40, with freezing cold and strong wind – against, as usual!

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    Free overnight stay at the Highways Administration building in Tapi Aike, hosted by Carlos. Pro Evolution Soccer included in the accommodation amenities! Eventually, I let Carlos win to thank him for his hospitality!

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    We found ourselves in ‪Patagonia‬ during the high-season peak. It's difficult to travel in this corner of planet earth during winter, but probably next time we'll be here, we'll be carrying snow chains! We didn't visit the famous ‪Torres Del Paine‬ National Park either. We decided not to have the unique experience to walk its paths cramped with hundreds of other visitors.

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    The road to the end of the world...Impressive! :brow

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    We were trying to find a relatively cheap and decent place to spend the night (during the high season, this is not an easy task) and the night fell...The research started at ‪‎Puerto Natales‬ and ended in ‪Punta Arenas‬, 250klm away, We did it thanks to Kitsos - our Vespa - the kilometer-eating beast!

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    People like Graciela can restore our faith to humanity! We met her by chance outside a supermarket and she hosted us in her little campsite (La Casa Azul de Graciela), where we planned to stay for the night. Actually, we left 8 days later! In ‪RioGrande‬, we now have a friend- a mom- an aunt, a beloved person who we'd like to see again as soon as possible!

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    YES!!! ‪Ushuaia‬ at last!!! We did it!!! We are really overwhelmed for getting to Ushuaia...To get there it needs some extraordinary...luck! NOT skills...but LUCK! ‪Ruta 3‬ during the high-season is an overcrowded road, full of drivers with killing instincts! We went to Ushuaia only because we had said that we would and the next day we left as fast as we could and returned to Graciela's campsite at ‪‎Rio Grande‬.



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    Safe rides folks!
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  2. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Congradulations :clap

    Have I mentioned your RR is mind blowing yet? :imaposer

    Well it was, is and still remains category 1 top notch awesomeness !!!!!

    Luvn it
  3. s_gogos

    s_gogos Been here awhile

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  4. s_gogos

    s_gogos Been here awhile

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    Update!

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    2 years and 4 months on the road, 60,000 kilometers, 26 countries, 2,400 liters of petrol, 54 liters of 2-stroke oil, 130 liters of beer*. After all these, we can definitely state that, NO, we are not ready to stop! However, despite all the austerity measures we took, the consolidation plans, the recapitalization projects and the reductions and cuts, unfortunately we declare bankruptcy! Flat broke, penniless, tapped out...We tried everything, we spent countless hours thinking our options and calculating and we came up with this plan: Kitsos – our beloved ‪‎Vespa‬ – deserves some holidays and that's what he's going to do. He'll spend some time in Brazil, hosted by the Scooteria Paulista club and we are going to return to Greece to work hard for him! We intend to try and find the resources to fund our journey, join Kitsos as soon as possible and continue with what we love the most. There are many things left to see in the world and we won't stop until we've seen it all!

    We'd like to THANK all the people - friends and supporters - who helped us these 28 months! Without you guys, our crazy idea would be one more unfulfilled dream!

    Safe rides folks,

    Stergios & Alexandra

    * Liquids are calculated approximately
  5. TrimSlim

    TrimSlim Where's the chile?

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    Stergios & Alexandra,

    Thanks very much for this great ride report! As a fellow scooter rider it has been a real joy to follow along with your journey as you shared it with us. This thread will be missed for sure-but of course there are many stories and photos to revisit. I wish you both the best as you head back to Greece to work-hopefully all will work out for you and the country in general. Jump back on the thread and let us know what life in Greece brings your way and of course let us all know when the journey on Kitsos will continue. Thanks again!
  6. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    A very impressive journey

    Congradulations :clap:clap:clap
  7. johnnybgood8

    johnnybgood8 Been here awhile

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    Im expecting some nice weekend trips and nice pictures from Greece this summer from you guys ;)

    All the best.
  8. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Best wishes from Alberta as well. I've been privileged to be a guest along for the ride. Thanks.
  9. x32792

    x32792 Cracker American

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    Truly inspirational. Why live an impoverished life in your homeland when you can have a global adventure? If not NOW, when? Historical Note: During the 'Great Depression' ordinary people (and those with any imagination) wandered off in all directions, some to Paris, some to Spain. Enjoy your journey. ;)
  10. ibar132

    ibar132 Adventurer

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    καθε εμποδιο για καλο...
    με το καλο!
  11. s_gogos

    s_gogos Been here awhile

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    Guys thank you for all your comments!

    These 28 months were the best of our lives! It was an amazing trip!
    We'll try to keep the topic updated with photos & future plans...

    Safe travels,
    Stergios & Alexandra
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  12. s_gogos

    s_gogos Been here awhile

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    Hello folks!
    We just published a small photo album at boredpanda.com and we'd like to share it with you.
    They are only few of the best moments of our trip until now, shot in Africa and South America.
    We are waiting for your comments, as always!
    If you like them and you think that our story has something worth-spreading, feel free to share it with your friends!
    See you soon with new, unpublished material!

    HERE YOU CAN SEE THE PHOTOS…
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  13. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    thank you for the awesome travelogue. looking forward to part two.
  14. TM1(SS)

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

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    Stergios, Alexandra, and Vespa ROOOOCCCKKKKKK !!!
  15. TrimSlim

    TrimSlim Where's the chile?

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    Looking forward for more to come! Thanks again.
  16. s_gogos

    s_gogos Been here awhile

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    Guys thank you for all your comments!

    And now that I got some spare time, here are the
    "39+1 Of Our Best Moments In Africa And S.America"
    after 2.5 years of traveling:

    Traditional means of transport (Sahara Desert, Morocco)
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    Flat tyre on the road to Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
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    Gas station (Burkina Faso)
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    Lome beach (Togo)
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    “Love attack” on the road to Abuja (Nigeria)
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    In the jungle (Cameroon)
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    Children examining the Vespa (Congo)
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    Traveling by “taxi” (Congo)
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    On the highway from Kinshasa to Lubumbashi (D. R. Congo)
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    That’s the spirit (D. R. Congo)
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    River-crossing with “Congolese Ferries” (D. R. Congo)
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    Locals helping us push the Vespa (D. R. Congo)
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    Morning coffee (Namibia)
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    Enjoying the view (Lesotho)
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    Drinking some local beer in Cape Agulhas (South Africa)
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    Let’s take a swim in the ocean (South Africa)
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    5,000m above sea level (Bolivia)
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    View to the volcanoes (Bolivia)
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    Lost in Uyuni Salar (Bolivia)
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    Million stars hotel (Uyuni Salar, Bolivia)
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    Ruta del Che (Bolivia)
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    Making new friends (Peru)
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    Inca trails (Choquequirao, Peru)
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    We probably need some insect repellent (Peru)
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    Wild camping in the mountains (Peru)
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    Freezing cold, strong winds and lack of oxygen (Andes, Peru)
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    Discovering the small villages by the Pacific Ocean (Peru)
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    Mano del desierto – Atacama Desert (Chile)
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    Family photo (Chile)
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    Cooking dinner (Chile)
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    Drinking coffee in the woods (Chile)
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    Peaceful moments in Patagonia (Chile)
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    Carretera Austral (Chile)
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    Ruta 40 (Argentina)
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    Crossing the Strait of Magellan (Chile)
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    Breakfast time (Chile)
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    Even the Vespa has its room (Argentina)
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    Repairing the clutch (Paraguay)
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    Our route, starting from Greece
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    Thanks for looking!

    And again, if you like our photos and you think that our story has something worth-spreading, feel free to share it with your friends and vote for it HERE!

    Stergios & Alexandra
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  17. everready

    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    nigelcorn Wannabe.

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  19. johnnybgood8

    johnnybgood8 Been here awhile

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    Very nice, all the best guys!!!
  20. s_gogos

    s_gogos Been here awhile

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