Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

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

  1. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Congratulations guys! :clap:freaky

    We are getting close, very exciting to see you make it to the end.
  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We will be back here on the 8th staying at La Posta if you are around then. We will not have internet again until then. Off to see if penguins have knees.

    Sara
  3. decodent

    decodent CyberGypsy

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    Wow ... you did it!

    It seems like South America just whizzed by compared to Central America.

    So what's next? How are you getting back? Riding? Flying and shipping the bikes back?

    (Personally, I hope you're riding. Following your journey has been inspiring and a great way to experience the journey from afar).
  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Doug we will ride back up in Chile and then to Peru and Bolivia followed by Uruguay and Brazil in the next 12 months or so!! So stay tuned.

    Sara
  5. Super Tenere

    Super Tenere Voyager

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    Congratulations on getting to the end, well done. You’re heading into the fall and winter down there, and I hope the weather will be good for you as you head back up.

    Jeff
  6. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Great meeting you two today:freaky
    I hope we see you on the road tomorrow!
  7. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Boy am I glad I met you two today!

    Thanks for the flat repair help!!

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  8. decodent

    decodent CyberGypsy

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    Cool about another year of travel ahead! Looking forward to your ongoing adventures and reports.

    My partner and I are thinking about becoming part time ex-pats somewhere. Ecuador is a country that is high on the list. Curious what your favorite places there were.
  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Yeh! It's summer here but it's still cold. We are looking forward to getting back north where it's been 30 c. Tired of the toque. But we have not had rain while riding at leads as it almost always rains after 4 pm.

    Sara
  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Funny you should say that!!!!!

    Sp
  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Well it was a good trial run if we are ever need to repair one of ours! Dan really figured our the side stand tire bead breaking technique. I will mail you my pics.
    See you in Victoria thus summer.

    Sp
  12. The Fonz

    The Fonz Been here awhile

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    Still loving every minute of this report. What an awesome ride!!
  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks! wait till I bore you with too many pics from Antarctica!!! But we are off to the " best ride ever" on the Caretera Austral this week. sp
  14. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Staying in La Posta Hostel is a dream. It was recommended to us by lots of riders including Annaleen and Uli who we hosted in Vancouver on their way from Ushuia to Alaska.

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    We have a few days here before we leave for Antarctica to tour around.

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    It gave us time to try out all the places Wei suggested to eat. One of our favorites was Ramos Generales el Almacen, which is run by a French guy. The food and breads are amazing. We went there everyday! This is a submerino, which is hot liquor and hot milk that you drop the chocolate into.

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    That is why we met Blaine and Irene here 2 days in a row. We first met Blaine in Banos Ecuador in November.


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    We had to stop for photo ops at all the end of the world and Ushuaia signs.

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    One day we took the bike up to the base of the ski hill and then out to the airport for some nice views of the city.

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    Dan had lost his side stand extension on the ripio and so had a piece welded on.

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  15. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The MS expedition was docked the night before we sailed.

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    We met up with our friends Tom and Terrie from Edmonton who were going on the cruise with us. We all stocked up on wine.

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    We finally boarded at 4 pm and had great views of the city.

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    The first order of business was the safety drill including life jacket and muster station drills.

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    I’m not sure I’d want to spend much time in the lifeboats.

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    We had booked a “steerage class” cabin, but were pleasantly surprised to find it was very nice.


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    We ate all our meals here with our favorite waiter Louis. The Gang from Edmonton Tom and Terrie, Bev and Chris, and Mike and Kelly.

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    Garnet took very good care of us and always had our wine glasses set out.

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    The sickness bags every 5 feet were a bit worrisome.

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    We had a tour of the mudroom where we would gear up every day.

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    The captain invited us for a tour of the bridge.

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    The route to Antarctica!!

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  16. decodent

    decodent CyberGypsy

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    Antarctica?!!! Wow, you two are going for the full adventure. Looking forward to your (always excellent) images from this leg of your journey.
  17. The Fonz

    The Fonz Been here awhile

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    Wow,

    How cool is that!! I can't wait to see more pictures. I would love cross the Drake Passage some day. You guys are my heros.


    WoooHooo!!:clap
  18. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Doug & the Fonz

    Thanks so much. We were lucky as I had a work conference on the ship. We got an amazing deal on the fares. It was a once in a lifetime experience. Hanging out with penguins is too cool. We were so lucky with the weather. It was the best our expedition leader had seen in his 25 years. The Drake crossing on the way over was so good we made a bonus landing in the Aitcho islands. The crossing on the way back was so calm we were able to head over to view Cape Horn.

    Sara
  19. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    After 2 easy days at sea we awoke to almost flat calm water.

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    After breakfast we had the first sighting of land!

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    We had made such good time we got a bonus landing in the Aitcho islands.

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    So excited to make landfall in Antarctica!

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    We got to explore 2 islands with colonies of Chinstrap and Gentou penguins and their chicks. They all seem to be busy and rushing "somewhere". One even crashed into Daniel's leg while he was taking a photo.

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    The views from the deck where amazing!

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  20. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we spent the morning at Paradise Bay and the Argentinean Base Brown.


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    We passed a Chilean Base located of course near the Argentinean base.

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    At Base Brown we hiked up for an amazing vista.

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    They had a luge track to slide back down.

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    The reflections were amazing.

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    There were lots of seals to see on our zodiac tour.

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    We heard a massive boom and then the roof of this ice cave collapsed to create a tunnel.

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    It was a bit late for this guy to be building a nest.

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    There is lots of evidence of the old whaling industry here.

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