Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

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

  1. The Fonz

    The Fonz Been here awhile

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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks guys. Don't worry Marcin you know me it have lots more!! We are currently watching the Canada USA hockey game in a bar in Chile.

    Sp
  5. decodent

    decodent CyberGypsy

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    As always, great pics!

    Remind me ... are you a pro photog? Or did you study photography somewhere along the way?
  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    No far from it.We both like to take pictures and we take a lot, so we get a few good ones.

    Sara
  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We then went to visit the British museum site at Port Lockroy. This is s great place to mail your postcards home.


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    We had a pod of killer whales showing off for us today too.

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    The afternoon was spent checking out the penguins and then Zoziac touring the ice. There were so many crab eater seals on the fast ice (sea ice attached to the shore) it was amazing. We hiked to see the views of Mount Francais and viewed it thru the old observatory window.

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  8. romafras

    romafras world traveler

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    Good to hear from you guys. Make sure you keep going north on Ruta 40 until you reach Perito Moreno. From there take # 45 direction Rio Ibanez. You will ride next to "Lago Buenos Aires". There is a very small border to go back into Chile (It is called Pass Pallavicini) Just Amazing. From there you can take all the Route # 7 Carretera Austral all the way to Puerto Mont. Let me know. Cheers.


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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks!! We did go north on the 40 to Baja Caracoles and then took the 41 thru Paso Roballos just south of your route! Im a bit behind on the blog as we have not had much in the way of internet. Sara
  10. V@lentino

    V@lentino Inspektor

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    Great photos of Antartica, this report just keeps on getting better...

    Not so far from you guys, heading to Chile Chico tomorrow.

    Suerte:clap
  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Hanging out in Chaiten because the ferry is sold out until monday afternoon on the Ruta 7 north. That's what you get for arriving on a saturday night on the summer holidays. Subscribed to your RR looks great!! SP & DP
  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Bismark getting us prepped for camping.

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    Heading put to the camping landing. We will spend the night in tents with the Penguins near by and an amazing view of Mount Francais.


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    Hanging out with the penguins as the sunset was so cool.


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    We were up with the sunrise to hear a huge boom and saw this huge ice burg split in half and then half of it flipped over in the water.


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  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we say a ton on whales and then we visited the Ukrainian Vernadsky Base. Where they do research on the hole in the Ozone layer. They have the southernmost souvenir shop in the world and a fully functional bar. They brew their own hooch for 3$ a shot.

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    Humpback whales.

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    These Penguins were floating around on this Burg.

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    The famous twin spires at the start of the Lamaire channel.

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    Entering the bay where the ice burgs get trapped in the currents.

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    The base at Vernadsky.

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    The view from the hike from the Wordie house near the base.



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    The Wordie House in the Argentine Islands is a 1947 research station on the site of the hut used by the 1935 British Expedition. There are 2 scientists living there now.


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    The last event of the day was a Zodiak tour with Bismark. We finally saw a weddell seal and a fur seal.


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  14. sarelp

    sarelp Been here awhile

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    Very nice!! Thanks for sharing.
  15. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    So appreciate the shout out thanks! Sp & Dp
  16. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we had a special treat as we had been informed that a colony of Adelie Penguins was near by. They are not normally found this far north.

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    The Adelie have a black beak and a white ring around the eye and they are smaller than their Gentou and Chin strap cousins.

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    On our last day in the Peninsula region we headed into the volcanic crater of Deception Island. We finally had a day of bad weather. The expedition leader said finally a day of the “usual Antarctic weather”. It was so bad though we could not make the morning landing in Telefon Bay. Later we headed to Whalers Bay for a hike to Neptune’s window and then a Polar Plunge.



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    Headed thru the very narrow Neptune’s Bellows.


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    A snowy hike to the Neptune’s Window.

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    Now for the plunge with some fur seals.

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    We had the “best Drake crossing in 25 years” and so with some spare time the captain took us to Cape Horn.

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    We had Dolphins leading us back up the Beagle channel.

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  17. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Well what an epic trip so far! Now north again to the Carratera Austral! But first lets get out of Ushuaia! Today we headed back 215 km to Rio Grande for the night.


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    The next day we went the very windy 80 km to the border at San Sebastian. Here we gassed up on the cheap Argentine gas and met up with Dave (Prairies to Penguins).


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    We headed over the first 14 km of dirt to the Chile border. No one maintains this section so it is full of Potholes. Dave said “ I don’t remember it being that rough.” We were lucky this time at both crossings as we were the only people there. When we were just about to leave Dan noticed Dave had a completely flat rear tire. Since we had just 140 km to go to Porvenir we stayed to help him. The funny or not so funny part was after 45 minutes of trying to set the bead on the Heidenau the woman watching us from the food truck says she has a compressor. We had already asked the border guys who denied there was any air available here!!!

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    We were entertained by the fruit sniffer dogs for sure.

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    Now off road to the ferry dock at Porvenir.

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    This is a wind swept little town.


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  18. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    In the morning we headed to the dock at 1130 for the 2 pm sailing and were of course first in line, except for those with reservations. “You can make reservations!!??” We all said since this is not listed anywhere online.

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    In the end there were 12 bikes… Us, Orvar from Sweden, Trevor from Calgary, Tony from Spain, Bart and Renata from Holland, Eran from Israel, Faizal, Madie, and Zamri from Malaysia, and an Argentinean couple.


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    The 90 min crossing took over 3 hours with salt spray and waves crashing over the bikes and us at times.

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    Arriving in Punta Arenas we headed first to the shop of Alejandro, who is a great mechanic! We needed oil changes and he did a one over and adjusted and fixed several things on both bikes. Thanks so much! I don’t think our bikes have been this clean since new.

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    There is a very impressive cemetery here and a nice waterfront as well.

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  19. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Now an easy ride 247 km to Puerto Nateles.

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    We ran in to the Malaysian team again on the road and Faizal Sukree took some great photos of us!



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    It’s a small town so we eventually met up with 10 of the 12 riders from the ferry ride for a Parilla dinner.

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    We did a bit of riding around town.

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  20. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The big attraction here is the Torres del Paines National Park, where people come from all over the world to hike the 5 -day “W” route. Initially “we” entertained similar loft plans, but luckily I reminded Daniel, “we really don’t like backpacking trips remember”. That said we opted for the 1- day hike to the towers. This is 9 km each way. Somehow we convinced Orvar and Trevor that this was a great plan.

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    So we all got up early to drive the 150 km to the Park gate, with the last 90 km ripio. Driving along we had the view of the mountain range and the towers that were our target for the day.

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    The entrance fee is a steep 18 CP or about 40$. We set off with water and a lunch to walk the 4 hours up to the towers in 3 ½.

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    The middle section is less steep as we walked up the French Valley headed by the spires of Cerro Cota and Cerro Cathedral.

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    The last 45 minutes is switchbacks and then scrambling over boulders.

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    The view of the spires for our picnic was amazing.

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    Laying on a hot flat rock we all had a 45- minute nap to recover for the 3 hours walk down.

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    The back road thru the park is all ripio for 110 km back to Natales, but the views are stunning along Lakes Nordenskjöd, Pehoe, del Toro, and Sarmiento. (red road on the map)

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    The lakes are all a vivid turquoise color because of rock flour or glacial flour, which consists of fine silt sized grains of rock generated by glacial erosion that are suspended in the water and make it look cloudy.


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    The last section of the road at this end of the park is closed 10 am to 930 pm for construction. (yellow road from where the red and green roads meet on the map) Luckily they opened the road just as we arrived at 745 for a very dusty ride back to Natales on the south side of Lago del Toro.

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