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

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Well it has been pouring rain and thunder and lightening for the last 4 days so we were happy not to be riding. The sun finally did come out and we took a trip up over the mountains and came back on a great off road route. Also joining us was Peter who is just finishing up a 3-month trip to South America.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 6.48.11 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    First there was the hairpin, but paved Camino Cuadrado over the mountain towards Cordoba, but then you make a left turn towards Salsipuedes and then a left onto the gravel towards Candonga.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 1.22.21 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]ride from La Falda 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    There were a few water crossings as well.

    [​IMG]ride from La Falda 19 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    A lot of the road was like a washed out riverbed and also with some steep sections and tight corners.

    [​IMG]ride from La Falda 31 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    There is a beautiful valley with an old estancia and church on the way, but nothing else and we saw only 3 cars.


    [​IMG]ride from La Falda 6 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Peter had a small dirt nap after a patch of deep mud.

    [​IMG]ride from La Falda 49 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]ride from La Falda 32 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Depsite the fact that it looke like rain today we opted to head south to the German town of General Belgrano. We did not take the 125 km direct route on the RN 38, but the windy scenic route.


    [​IMG]La Falda 32 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    One of the water crossings was too deep for the cars.


    [​IMG]La Falda 33 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]La Falda 39 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    This route takes you along several lakes too and on one there was a hydroelectric plant with a massive amount of water flowing over it.

    [​IMG]La Falda 35 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]La Falda 47 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
  4. CourtRand

    CourtRand Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    excellent river crossing. Do you have a video?:clap
  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    yes there is a video Court, but sketchy internet here so will try to load to youtube!

    SP
  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The big thing here in Argentina is to have Asado. This is a kind of BBQ that requires some skill in fire building and grilling large pieces of meat over the coals only. This is done in a “Parilla” (pa-ree-ah).

    [​IMG]La Falda 1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    We went for a drive over the mountain on this bad washed out dirt road. What was surprising was this was the “Camino de Artesanias” along which there are a hundred year old farm where they make sweets and chocolates, an Irish Pub, and various shops.

    [​IMG]DSC03247 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    There was also an incredible nursery farm here too.

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    There was a local motor-cross race going on too.

    [​IMG]La Falda holiday 148 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    This will get us warmed up to see Valentino next week in Rio Hondo!!

    [​IMG]images-3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Well it has been a while we have had almost no Internet for the last few weeks, with camping at the Moto GP and travelling in remote areas.

    Trevor Angel had contacted us and the Two Moto Kiwi about going to the Moto GP in Termes de Rio Hondo Argentina just north of us in la Falda and so the Kiwis came to hang out with us there for a week before so we could all go together.


    They got right down to work with Andi fixing stuff around the place and Ellen working on the yard.

    [​IMG]DSC03363 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    Dan wrenched his back so he was in bed for a few days, but finally made it up on day 3 as far as the chaise lounge.

    [​IMG]DSC03362 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    We had to have another asado for them too with huge slabs of meat and 5 liter jugs of Malbec. Andi really liked his wine!


    [​IMG]DSC07716 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Heading out from La Falda on Thursday we were in no real hurry as we had a strait paved run for 450 km to Santiago del Estero, where we planned to meet Clive and stay the night.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2014-05-03 at 5.25.08 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]kiwi pics a 1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    On the way there were numerous road checks and tons of traffic. In usual Argentine fashion they drive very fast and pass at the stupidest places. Dan was ahead of us and passed a truck, as did Andi and then me. The car behind us decided to go as well, but there was not enough room to make it so he cut Andi off and pushed in right beside me to push me over and then passed close by Dan. This made the guys crazy.They passed him on a double yellow in view of the police check so we were all pulled over. The car then drove up and was going to go, but Andi shouted to the police that this guy had tried to run us over and then I tried to explain in my bad Spanish what had happened. Long story short after some discussion he let us go and gave the car a ticket.


    There is always a line up for gas in Argentina, especially in the south, but at the YPF station at the half way mark on our trip we had to line up for an hour to get gas.


    [​IMG]kiwi pics a 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    The number of bikes of all sorts on the road heading to the GP was incredible. We began to wonder if they are all on the road racing to Rio Hondo for camping today maybe we should too. We had booked camping, but had all wrongly assumed it was 3 nights from Friday. Arriving in Estero at 530 we used Clive's Internet to discover that the 80$ per person camping was tonight too and Trevor was already there waiting for us without a voucher to get in.



    Oops! So we cruised off the 70 km to arrive at dusk to huge lines of cars trying to get over the 1 bridge into the town center. The bikes were all riding on the verge and then on the sidewalk over the bridge so we joined in.


    [​IMG]kiwi pics a 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    We parked outside the huge casino Hotel where the will call was for the tickets. There were hundreds of cool street bikes of all kinds, but our 3 drew a huge crowd. People mobbed us with questions and requests for pictures. We finally found Trevor just 100 meters up the road dealing with the same sort of crowd.



    We then headed off to the Circuit area with the Camping. What a gong show. They were totally disorganized and the promised & designated; camp spots with power did not exist. Driving around in the dark we eventually found enough bare ground for 5 tents and 4 bikes and set up shop for the night. The other issue for the guys was the several thousand of them and 1 bathroom/shower house. For the girls it was no problem as there was very few of us. The up side is that they decided to refund everyone the entire price so camping was free! Other people here were really set up as there were motorhomes, trailers, busses etc. They had huge fires and BBQs going and several had PA systems and music.


    Dan was up early to catch the sunrise.

    [​IMG]motoGP 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]motoGP 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    We walked over to the grandstand the first day, but since it was on the other side of the track it was probably 2 km. We drove after that since the motos could park right by the gate and the police station.


    [​IMG]motoGP 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    We really enjoyed the practice rounds and qualifying too. It is amazing the number of crashes that occur and all but 1 guy walked away. In the end the Moto 3 race was the most exciting especially for us at the final curve. The Moto 2 and GP races were not close, but still exciting.

    [​IMG]motoGP 9 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    The evenings we spent in camp and over the weekend collected a few more riders including Steven Stewart from Scotland and Mike Waterman from England. The pile of wine bottles in the center every night began to look like a campfire. On the final night Steven the Commando went commando. Did someone say Naked Bar?


    [​IMG]motoGP 30 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    We all lined up for a group shot before heading off in various directions. The TMK joined up with us to head west.


    [​IMG]motoGP 54 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


    [​IMG]motoGP 61 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]kiwi pics a 5 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The plan was to go west and make it 345 km to Belen.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2014-05-03 at 5.27.03 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    The day started out cloudy with the threat of rain and we rode on the pavement north towards Tucuman and then southwest to Conception. This is where the pavement ended and the rain started. The first part of the dirt road was flat, but that was short lived and a steep switchback 1-lane road over the mountain was next.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2014-05-03 at 5.35.22 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2014-05-03 at 5.34.49 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    What is surprising is there were a number of transport trucks on this “road”. One in particular wanted the entire road and we ended up having to squish by on the left. He actually touched my dry bag.


    [​IMG]kiwi pics a 7 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    We were happy to hit the summit and the end of the rain for the descent on the other side to Penas Altas.

    [​IMG]kiwi pics a 30 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    It was getting late when we finally arrived at Andalgala after only 257 km. We were all tired and Andi was starting with the flu so we voted to stay here instead of pushing on the last 85 km of which only the last 30 are paved. We managed to find a good cabana with super hot water and a kitchen to cook. Ellen as usual was industrious and was up early picking walnuts.

    [​IMG]FILE1645 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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  9. VietHorse

    VietHorse Long timer

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    I really scare of such kind of road surface, especially on heavy bikes.
    You guys are awesome! :clap

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  10. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    awesome!
  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Hey thanks. More mud to come yet.
  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The next day was a short 55 km of good dirt with only the occasional sand pit and then 30 km of very new tarmac to Belen. Poor Andi was worse today so it was a good thing we had an easy day.

    [​IMG]DSC03486 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    This gave us time to tour the town, Cathedral, and the local museum. The artifacts here are thousands of years old.

    [​IMG]DSC03507 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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  14. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we are headed where few people seem to have gone, which is Antofogasta de la Sierra in 257 km. This route is not on google map, but is on RP 43 which heads out from RN 40 just before Hualfin. The road is paved from Belen to the turn off ( last gas) and then there is about 30 km of dirt. The rest is paved until the last 60 km from El Penon.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2014-05-03 at 5.53.53 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]to Antofogasta de la sierra 1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    The 4200 m altitude hits you after “you see the first big dune” as our friend told us. We stopped when it got to 2.5 degrees to add a few layers.

    [​IMG]to Antofogasta de la sierra 14 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    When we pulled over Andi went off the pavement into deep sand for a nap.

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    We stopped for a break in El Penon before the last off road section. There are a few km of new pavement to start. It then deteriorates quickly.

    [​IMG]to Antofogasta de la sierra 35 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    For a bit of fun we decided to ride on the “tarmac” sections, which have never been used in the 4 years they have been here. This meant riding over the dirt blockades or riding around in the sand. This avoided the dusty dirt road beside us.

    [​IMG]to Antofogasta de la sierra 44 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    The last 10 KM are pot holed with a few sand pits and dirt sections. Just before town there is a large black lava field from the two nearby black volcanoes.


    [​IMG]to Antofogasta de la sierra 62 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Arriving in Antofagata at 3200 m we met up with our friends from La Falda who had managed to book us rooms here on this long weekend. The room was nice enough, but since there was no heat or insulation and the window did not close all the way it was the same temperature inside our room and outside minus 10, but at least not with the added wind chill. The worst part was Sara now had Andi’s flu and combined with the altitude was pretty miserable.

    [​IMG]to Antofogasta de la sierra 66 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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  15. SS in Vzla.

    SS in Vzla. Totally Normal? I'm not!

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    Beautiful area indeed.
    Great pics :clap
    If you are still in the area, I suggest you visit Laguna Brava (AR).
    Be aware that if you plan to cross into Chile, the passport control office in Argentina is in the town of San Jose de Jachal (about 40 kms before the actual border)
    Looking forward to your next update.
    Buen viaje!
  16. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks for the advice! We are way behind in the blog due to very sketchy internet access in the last 3 weeks. We are in Cuzco and going to Machu Pichu! tomorrow. SP DP
  17. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Well we have been delayed in posting for several reasons. I had a missing photos issue. Thanks to the Two Moto Kiwi who I had luckily given all my pics of the dunes to for uploading them to us. The rest of the delay is the lack of decent internet for the last few weeks. Now onto the dunes!


    We did head out for a 4x4 tour with our friend Walter to the Great Dune, the Campo de Piedra Pomez, and to see some ancient stone carvings. Driving out of Antofagasta you get a great view down the Alta Plana toward the white lava rocks from the white volcano.

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    The largest dune here has a trail up the lava field nearby. From the top the view is amazing of the other volcanoes and the white lava fields. The TMK had never been on a dune of this size before so were keen to run/ski down. Sara could barely walk up she was so sick with her cold.

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  18. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2007
    Oddometer:
    868
    Location:
    Vancouver Island
    The dunes are incredible!

    Every time I look at your report I wish I was right there with you. I'm still not decompressed and am longing for the road again.

    Stay safe!
  19. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2011
    Oddometer:
    3,932
    Location:
    July 22, 2012 start RTW from Vancouver, B.C.
    Well I hope we can meet up this summer over a beer!!!! We will be home June 24. :clap
  20. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2011
    Oddometer:
    3,932
    Location:
    July 22, 2012 start RTW from Vancouver, B.C.
    In this area there are more than 200 volcanoes some are giant and some are very small. The Blanco or white Volcano erupted to form the Campo de Piedra Pomez or pumice stone field. This is a 16 mile area was formed by the eruption and sculpted by the wind and it looks like a sea filled with white icebergs or with white waves with pick crests. Thanks Ellen for the pictures, until I can get mine recovered.

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