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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. sarelp

    sarelp Been here awhile

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    What is the average temperature down there ? it looks pretty cold for the middle of summer. The food looks pretty awesome.
  2. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Hey you two hooligans, awesome awesome photos and no more steak shots Dan .....I almost drowned in my own slobber:rofl

    We are in snowy Peru still enjoying pork that is so thin it only has one side :D

    Love to you both

    Andi & Ellen
  3. NomadicOne

    NomadicOne Adventurer

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    Awesome pics! Glad you liked the recommendations so far. Thanks for the shoutout and link to my outdated blog site. Gives me real incentive to write/post quickly when I have the time (i.e. when I get home).

    I didn't need heated gear but did have good layers and timed the weather well.

    I'm heading into Uruguay tomorrow. Hope the ride to Ushuaia was good and say Hi to Flo for me!
  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    I think the average in summer is about 10. We had a very cold 5 degrees back from Chelten, but a balmy 18 today as we rode to Rio Grande!

    Sara
  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks!!!

    We are almost at our goal! We will drink to your health in Ushuaia!

    Sara & Dan
  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Have fun get US dollars!!! We go to Tolhuin on the lake tomorrow as our reservation in Ushuaia is for the 26 th. We are just about to go out to Tante Sara as you suggested here in Rio Grande! Cheers. Keep up the food recommendations!

    Sara
  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Another day starts with a gas line, but thankfully they are pretty fast. The road heads back east and then north on the Ruta 40 to El Chalten, which is the town at the entrance to the northern part of the Glaciers National Park and with access to Mount Fitz Roy.

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    We had the wind at our backs for a while, but that did not last. The wind was pretty strong, but not gusting much.

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    We felt really bad for the people on bikes it must be hellish at times. We even saw a couple riding their fully loaded bikes in the ditch to try to get out of the wind.

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    The only issue was stopping for photos at a Mirador because the wind picked up and it was very hard to get a photo and hold onto the bike. Riding into the town the views are really something and photos just can’t do it justice. We did a bit of a walk about the town, which is packed with hikers.

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    We opted to take the shuttle around to El Pillar and walk back over the mountain pass to El Chalten, which is about 5 hours.


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    You don’t have an up and back route this way and there are more views of the glacier.

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    This is as much of Fitz Roy (spire on the far right) that we ever say in this bad weather. It was really cold and even snowing for part of the day.

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    The last 2 hours is downhill and got warmer finally.

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    A well deserved treat after a long hike! Also a Wei recommendation was the Cerveceria great food and service. Go early there is always a wait list.



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  8. CourtRand

    CourtRand Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    Just caught up a little with your RR....:clapLoving the pictures and the big steaks! What a great time! Wish I was there! Glad to see your trip is going so well!
  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Hi guys! Thanks. We think of you everyday when we start up the bikes with the Ecuador Freedom Motorbikes key fobs!! Thanks again for all you did for us in Quito!

    Sara
  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had a 455 km ride for today back to Rio Gallegos with only one gas station between there and El Chalten at Esperanza at 315 km we got in line and gassed up before we left. We really needed the wind with us and we were lucky. It was however a cool 5 degrees. We did have a few bouts of rain too, but not much.


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    Arriving near Rio Gallegos we saw the sign for Ushuaia at 597 km to go.


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    We walked along the waterfront and to the nice central park. We noted here that unlike most places the park is almost all trees, which are to break the wind.

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    Eating in this country can be a bit of a challenge. They don’t have “street” food and restaurants are open for lunch till 2 then open for dinner at 8-9 pm! In general they don’t have the same sense of customer service we are used to. The custom here of a cover charge in most restaurants is also something we as non-Europeans are not used to.
  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    A big day today we are headed to Tierra del Fuego finally! Starting out from Rio Gallegos there was a fair wind blowing on our way to Rio Grande 365 km away. There are 2 border crossings and 100 km of gravel to get thru as well. Credit to Wei for the map! With a late start and 2 borders we finally arrived in Rio Grande at 5 pm.

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    We decided for the first time in the trip to fill our folding gas container “ just in case”.


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    First we went down the 3 to the Chile border crossing at Austral. On the way you will pass by the entry to Argentina buildings.
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    We saw several of the resident foxes here at the crossing.


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    It says Pare or stop here, but just continue on about 2 km to the next set of buildings.


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    This is a 2 in 1 border control where you just go from one counter to the next in order to complete all the steps to exit yourself and your bike from Argentina and into Chile. They are very efficient here despite a fairly long line. Now to get to TDF our first ferry ride in a long time.

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    There was a huge line, but of course we went to the front and got on the boat that arrived about 15 minutes later for the 20 minute crossing.

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    They have to unload all the bus passengers because otherwise the bus couldn’t clear the deck on loading.


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    Our first glimpse of TDF!

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    Next we continued south and east to Cerro Sombrero on Wei’s advice. The gravel road this way to the San Sebastian border is much cleaner and there is and 20 km paved section in the middle. Get gas at Cerro Sombrero and have Chilean pesos if you can. Of note the pumps are off from 12-1 and 3-330 everyday. We arrived luckily at 5 to 1. The road is pretty hard pack with little gravel except in a few short sections.

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    Stop at the Chile exit control to get a passport exit stamp and hand in your temporary permit at the aduana.

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    Then drive another 10 km on the gravel to the Argentina border control buildings. Again they are very efficient and you just go from windows 1-3 and give them the papers they ask for. We were again asked for our reciprocity fee receipt, but no one asked us for proof of the mandatory insurance.

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    Now for a further paved 80 km to Rio Grande with strong, but not gusting winds. We had our worst wind the first day on the Ruta 40 when the bikes blew over and it has been pretty ok since then.

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  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We got up in the morning both expecting the bike covers to be ripped to shreds by the wind, but all was ok. The wind prediction for today is 25 km/h with gusts to 50. We are still dawdling a bit because our hard to get reservation at the best hostel in Ushuaia is on the 26 th. So it's a scant 107 km to Tolhuin on the lake recommended by both Gino & Fiona and Clive.

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    That said the worst of it was the first 5 km after that it just got nicer and the scenery finally improved too. The wind was almost still when we got to the famous bakery in Tolhuin.


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    Just around the lake from there we found a great spot with a great view (thanks Clive).

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  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The day has finally come after just over 14 months on the road and just shy of 70,000 we have 120 km (75 as the crow flies) to the end of the highway 3 and the famous sign in Tierra del Fuego national park.

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    Setting out from Tolhuin it was a nice day, but we could see the rain coming. Luckily it was just light and for only part of the way.

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    The drive into Ushuaia is very scenic, with snow capped mountains, lakes, and fjords.

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    Passing thru the city gates we saw the Pacific Ocean again in Ushuaia bay and then the town itself.


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    The national park gate where you pay your 11$ to get in is 12 km west of the city on a good dirt/sand road. The “end of the road” is a further 10 km down this road.


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    We arrived just after 5 busses unloaded and were mobbed by people wanting photos of us.

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    The end of the road!

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    It was quite a feat to try to get the bikes in front of the sign and get a photo before the warden kicked us out.


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    This is me hugging the sign!

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    We met this couple from Paraguay who arrived just as we did!

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    Then we went for the short walk to see the view of Lapataia Bay.

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    Leaving the park we saw 5 bikes and one had a huge Canadian flag on it so we had to stop and meet our fellow Canadians and Motogringos Peter, Anne, Kevin, Dieter, and Bill!!

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  14. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    How funny, you guys are just days behind us........same roads same pictures...

    We have a ride report...tuckers to tdf......

    What are you doing with your bikes........

    We have a great contact for shipping and storage.......

    We left our bikes in one of his containers.
  15. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Crazy!!!

    I'll check out your RR today. We are riding back up the Austral in Chile. We plan to hit the Mendoza wine festival first week of March. We will chill in Cordoba April & May to wait out the rains up north and then head to Mountains of Peru and then Bolivia till the end of July.

    Sara
  16. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    So COOL.....................

    We were in such a rush......by design.............

    You two are AWESOME..............................:clap
  17. GuateRider

    GuateRider Long timer

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    Felicitaciones mis amigos :clap:clap:clap

    Great to see that you made it all the way down there , well done !!
  18. QCRider

    QCRider Been here awhile

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    Congrats guys! Those last few pictures are priceless!! :clap:clap
  19. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Hey Thanks!!! We made it because of help and friendship from people like you and Louisa! We are waiting for you here in SA. Come on and chase the Dakar with daniel next January!!

    Sara & Dan
  20. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks also!!! Great to hear from you as always from San Jose! Sara