Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

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

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Then drive past all the duty free shops and there will be a sign that says Migration Obligitorio with an arrow to the left. Here again you have to drive past and u-turn to migration. Here they want your passport and bike title and they will entry stamp you passport. There are several cambio guys here to get rid of your remaining Reals that you did not spend on gas at the BR station on the other side of town. The building next door to immigration is the aduana and we were told to go there, but since it was closed we were told to drive 1 km down the road. Here there is a booth with a stop (pare) sign. We rode up on the bikes and he just waved us thru. Well we will have to try tomorrow at Chuy, Uruguay to get our import papers.

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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Welcome to country number 18! After crossing here the first town is Melo in 60 km. We arrived here in early afternoon after 426 km. It looks a lot like mid-Argentina here with lots of wind over the rolling hills. We checked in at the first hotel we found since we were really bagged. We were so tired we skipped dinner and went to sleep at 8 pm.

    [​IMG]melo Uruguay 12 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we had a short 310 km to the east coast at Punta del Diablo. First we headed 265 km east and south to the Uruguayan town of Chuy. It is weird because you never leave the country on highway 19, but despite that when you arrive in the town you are on the Brazilian side of customs. This made it very easy for us to go into the aduana here to get the TVIP we could not get yesterday. They did ask for our insurance documents, which luckily we had proving our monthly VISA payment for the insurance we bought in Argentina covering also Brazil, Bolivia, and Uruguay.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 7.53.47 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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    Then it was a short ride to Punta Del Diablo and our hotel Diablo y mar. From here it is a 400 m walk to the beach and another 500 m to town. All of this is on good dirt roads. We stayed 2 days here to get some rest.

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  4. Saralou

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    There is the large Santa Theresa National Park 10 km north from here. There is no entry fee. You can visit the mirador tower, the beaches, the fort, and the gardens. There are at least 5 different camping areas with hundreds of campers set up for the Carnival holiday.

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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Now to continue the ride south again and west 188 KM to Punta del Este.


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    This place is where the rich and famous live and vacation. We had a hotel at the neck of the point and so from the end of the road you could look at the water on both sides. This was also just a few blocks from the “hand in the sand”, which is a monument to the drowned. Also just across the street from here is the Burquebus station where you can buy your ferry tickets from Calonia to Buenos Aires. We had decided to try to get to BA a bit earlier to see our friends and to take the 3-hour ferry from Colonia instead of riding the 600 plus more km to drive around on the toll bridge. The only issue was that we could only get tickets for the 530 am sailing in 3 days time. We walked around the town to take in the sights.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we rode 304 km west and north to Calonia del Sacramento. We left under black skies and had intermittent rain, but it was sunny for our arrival. We had a hotel in the old city and also just a 5 min drive from the ferry terminal.


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    We toured the old walled city, with the sea wall, lighthouse, and city gate.


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    For dinner we headed just down the street and out in front of the place we were going there was a loaded BMW! This would be the first traveler we have met since we arrived back at the end of October. Jorge was a great dinner companion and we hope to get lots of advice from him for Europe.


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Getting to bed late at 11 pm we were kept up all night by the outdoor concert in town that was still going strong when we set out for the ferry terminal at 4 30 am. At the dock you must stop at the gate and show your ticket. They have staff to direct you from here and wave you along to the second gate where you are directed to park to the left in front of the line of cars.

    [​IMG]salida BA 1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



    From here you head back and to the right to the building with the big “check in” sign. Go up the stairs and to the Burquebus check in. They will look at your ticket and give you boarding passes for you and the bikes. The next step is to go all the way to the other end of the hall to a desk on the left. Ask here for the Aduana. An official will come out and take your TVIP from Uruguay. Then head back the way you came and follow the signs to Migration. Here you get your Uruguay exit stamp and Argentinean entry stamp at the same desk. Then you must go upstairs to the passenger waiting area. Ask an official to direct you across the walkway, down the stairs, and left and back out to the parking lot. They load the bikes first and they will strap them down.

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    Head upstairs and get a reclining seat and then use your ticket to get a juice and media Luna!


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    We slept most of the way there. It is a nice view as you arrive into downtown BA. It was incredible how they dock the ship stern first and then bow thrusted it sideways in-between two other ships docked there.

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    You exit off and follow the line of vehicles to the right. Here they are checking Argentinean vehicles for customs. You will be waved ahead to a small area to park. The aduana office is on your right as you go there. Walk back to the office and give the officer your passport and title. They will prepare the Argentinean TVIP.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From here we were headed to Tigre to meet with our friends Pia and Ramiro. We planned to go 120 km north from there to his families farm for an asado. The map is approximate since the dirt road from the highway is not on Google maps.


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    The last 20 km is a sand/dirt road, which luckily for us was dry since Ramiro says when it rains just the top layer gets wet and very slick. We camped out overnight by the river after quite a few beers and a lot of meat.

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    Leaving on Sunday late morning Daniels noticed a problem just after we left the dirt road and we pulled over to check out his rear tire that was totally flat. The Heideneu is so stiff that even at 120 km per hour it ran pretty well. That said we pulled out the pump and put in some air. We did this or used a gas station about every 20 km to limp back to Bella Vista where we could change out the tire in Pia's dad's shady backyard and not in the blazing 32 degrees on the side of the road. There was no puncture or tire damage, but a small hole in the tube from wear. Then it was time to use their power washer to try to get off the red mud of Brazil that dries like concrete. Sara had to scrub the suits with a brush to get it out too.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we headed 35 km away to Dakar Motos to arrange the last details of the shipping. Sandra and Javier are awesome. The arrival there to us was even more sweet than getting to the sign at the end of the road in Ushuaia. It was such a long time coming and such a big goal to mark the end of our tour of the Americas. Here Sandra will organize all your paperwork for the shipping and give you detailed instructions for the procedures.

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    When we arrive to the cargo terminal there were 3 others with bikes bound for the USA and the UK. The procedure went so smoothly it was awesome. First the Dakar agent meets you at the importation gate where there is parking in the shade and he gives you the documents you need for the bike.

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    You then drive over to exportation and check in at the booth with your papers and passport. You then follow the series of officials and are directed to the far loading bay to put the bike on the scale. This is not for calculation the cost, but for airline information. You are then directed to the next secure bay where there were palates set up for each bike. The official then inform you of how to prepare the bike. We had to remove the mirrors and wind screen and let some air out of the tires. They did not look in the panniers, but we were told to remove all non-motorcycle specific items, like camping gear. This is a new rule because people were showing up with bikes piled with stuff and the shipping cost is by volume not weight. Initially the rule was nothing but the bike and empty panniers, but the airlines have now agreed that parts, tools, and riding gear are part of the bike. We also left our rain gear, heated jackets, and tarp. That said, if they looked in the pannier and refuse to allow anything you must be prepared to part with it. We did not send our tent and camping gear.

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    Once the bikes are verified by customs they are wrapped in cellophane and marked for shipping. In the end they prepared all 5 bikes in about 2 hours.


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    Day three of the procedure is to go downtown to the Navicon office to pay the shipping fee and get your waybill. From our friends place in Bella Vista this was a 50-minute train ride, a 20-minute subway ride, and a 20-minute walk for us, but luckily our appointment was at 1030. When you arrive at the Navicon office Giselle will meet you on the first floor and give you the shipping bill. The fee must be paid in cash at the bank next door and you should pay in Pesos bought on the blue market (12.9:1) since you will be charged the official rate (8.7:1) if you pay in USD. You then take the deposit receipt back to the 7 Th floor and receive your waybill. If you have not been able to exchange your USD for Pesos yet there will be several cambio guys hanging out on the corner near buy. We had changed our dollars for this huge stack of 100 Peso notes. The final cost was 2800$ US or 31,098 Pesos all in for the agent fees, airfreight, and taxes landed in Madrid from Buenos Aires.

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    Summary of the Americas and 18 countries in almost 24 month and over 100,000 km

    Part 1 June 22, 2012- May 1 2013

    1. Canada (BC, Yukon, NWT, Alberta)- This is our home and our favorite country. The beauty of the wilderness is incredible. The forests are full of wildlife and we were thrilled to be treated to a rare sighting of the Porcupine caribou herd on our return trip from Inuvik.

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    2. USA (Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana) There is just so much to see here in the USA you could spend years. Highlights for us included the Gravelly range road in Idaho and Montana, riding the dragon in Tennessee, and the incredible landscapes of Utah.

    [​IMG]Camp site off the Gravelly - Version 2 (60 of 458) by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    3. Mexico (20 states)- Our three months here were not enough. Stay away from the coasts and visit the Colonial cites and pueblos magico of central Mexico. The drive to Calakmul is certainly worth it. You will not be hassled, robbed, or killed here despite what you will be told by everyone you tell that you plan to cross Mexico. Highlights include the amazing people and the food, which is the best in Latin America.

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    4. Belize- After so much hype it just did not live up to expectations. If we were to do it again we would skip it and spend more time in Mexico or Guatemala.

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    5. Guatemala- This is the place you should allot most of your CA time. There is stunning scenery, a vibrant culture, and amazing food. Be sure to visit Sumec Champey, Nebaj, and Tikal.

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    6. El Salvador- There are so many cool places to explore in this small, but awesome country. DO NOT BYPASS! It is well worth the visit.


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    7. Honduras- We opted for the double border crossing in a day and only rode the 200 km between El Salvador and Nicaragua. The only unsavoury event of the entire trip was here at the Northern border, where we were forced to pay 10$ per bike for decontamination that costs 2$. The decontamination office was closed, but a large group of men surrounded us and demanded the payment. We figured pay and get out of there.

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    8. Nicaragua-The north of the country has some great mountain riding. Driving up to the edge of an active volcano, a trip to Ometepe and a few days kicking back in San Juan del Sur make the country well worth the visit.

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    9. Costa Rica- HMMM well we have been here before and seen most of the eco sites and so I think this visit was a disappointment since the riding here is not that interesting and there is little in the way of cultural experiences. Our visit this time to Costa Rica was about relaxing beach time.

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    10. Panama- There are some great mountain roads here, but there is little culture outside of the expat life. I would visit Bouquete and El Alton de Valee. Both sides of the canal are certainly worth a visit. It was a highlight country for us since we finally met up with our Scottish friends Gino and Fiona and made new friends with Pia and Ramiro from Argentina.

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    11. Colombia- Perhaps our favorite country in the Americas after home. The people here are supper friendly; the riding is great and the scenery stunning. After enduring the prices of Costa Rica and Panama we found Columbia a really good value.

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    12. Ecuador- in a word EPIC. This is a riding mecca and a do not miss! Venturing into the Andes Mountains you can experience both the incredible scenery and the vibrant culture. The .55$ a liter gas makes it all that much sweeter.


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    13. Peru – A love – hate story. The coast of Peru on the Pan Americana is thousands of km of sand, wind, garbage, and chicken farms. Many places look like sets from a Mad Max movie. South of Nazca it is better, and Cusco is stunning. The riding in the mountains on the 3S and 3N is incredible.

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    14. Chile- For us the north of the country is take it or leave it. The real jewel here is Southern Chile and the Carretera Austral. There are unforgettable days of riding on gravel roads past snow capped peaks and emerald glacial lakes. A highlight for us was the 9 hour trek up and down at Torres del Paines.

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    15. Argentina- Patagonia is very beautiful, but this country is much more beautiful in the north around Salta and the Alto Plana of Antofagasta de la Sierra. The WIND is unreal. There are several cultural things that make this country a challenge including the siesta, the currency, and the Argentinean way.

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    16. Bolivia -The cities of Sucre and Potosi are very picturesque and the Salar de Uyuni is mind blowingly awesome, but the rest of this country is much less appealing for a lot of reasons including the altitude, the very reserved people, and the volume of garbage everywhere. Several of the top ten highlights of our trip are from this tiny country.

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    17. Brazil - This is a massive and very diverse country. The people are incredibly friendly and outgoing. Our favorite states were Santa Catarina, Minas Gervais, and Bahia. We were helped and hosted by fellow riders here on a regular basis. The 3 months we spent was just not nearly enough time.

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    18. Uruguay in a word tranquillo.

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    This got us into Spain at 7 am! There are fixed price taxis from the airport into the city at 30 Euros. We arrived to the hotel at 8 am and dropped off our luggage. We had 4 hours to kill before check in and the first 2 were painful. The last 2 were much better once we fueled up on coffee and breakfast.

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    After a 4-hour powernap we wandered around in this very beautiful city up the Gran Villa and to the Plaza del Sol. This is one of the best known and most visited [laces in Madrid. This is the km zero and center of the radial network of Spanish roads. Here is the Peurta del Sol or sun gate in the city wall surrounding Madrid in the 15 Th century. There is a Statue of King Carlos III on horse back in the center. Here you will also find the most famous symbol of Madrid, which is a statue of a bear eating from an Arbutus tree. The legend is that the cities original name was Ursaria (land of bears) because of the large numbers of them found in the Arbutus forests nearby. Also here are a huge number of people with crazy costumes who want you to pay them to get a photo with them.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We continued walking down towards the Plaza Mayor and past shops selling sweets, baked goods, and all kinds of deli items. The square itself is large, but entered thru one of 9 small arched gates. The bronze statue in the center is King Phillip III.


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    We walked back to the Gran Villa and down to the Plaza Espana.

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    Near by is a great spot for the sun set at the Temple of Debod. This is an ancient Egyptian temple donated to Spain because they assisted with the movement of a number of UNESCO sites threatened by the flooding caused by the construction of the Aswan Dam in 1960. It is in a park overlooking the royal palace.

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    [​IMG]Madrid 37 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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    [​IMG]Madrid 42 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Madrid 43 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
  20. Super Tenere

    Super Tenere Voyager

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2012
    Oddometer:
    402
    Location:
    Ottawa, Canada
    Congratulation Sara and Dan for making it to Spain. Still following along and love the pictures. Keep up the great report.

    Cheers from Canada,

    Jeff