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Discussion in 'Latin America' started by Doogle, Nov 29, 2010.
Good job on making your trip to the tip
Spoiled brat, we are still buried in snow.
Glad to see you made it.
I'll be heading that way after next week if the US Embassy can get my passport renewed.
Great Adventure..somewhat curious as to your total expenses..?
also how did the Harley windshield work...regarding head buffeting etc.?
from Calgary, Alberta where the temp was recently -30 C!!!!!!!!
Glad I didn't bring electric clothes.Like you said,only a few really cold days.But I still haven't been to Torres or Glaciers parks yet.
Hope you have heated grips.
My wife could say what I spent.I have no clue.After a while I decided I would not be tent camping as much as I planned.And I paid too much for hotels and hostels.Sometimes I was too tired to compare prices or there wasn't a choice.I will try to have a cost break down when I get home.
I used this windshield 1 1/2 years ago on my DRZ400 when I did Cincinnati-Prudhoe Bay-Inuvik-Key West trip.Once the height is set right,it is perfect.It is set where the wind will hit the top of my helmet if I sit straight up-which I never do.
When are you going to get your bike going and head this way?
2-27-11.Yesterday I rode the bike an hour to Harberton.There I took a Zodiac boat($50) to an island where a guide walked the group of 20 through a colony of penguins.I got my moneys worth.I would hate to have missed it.
Then I was going to ride as far as I could towards Torres del Paine.I crossed back into Chile and took the ferry across the Straights of Magellan.While on the ferry I went in to pay my fare.The cost for cars is $30.The man looked at me and said"Moto?"Then he said "Bye". I guess motorcycles are free.When I went back to the bike,it was laying on its side.It broke the right mirror off.I thought the ferry must have hit a wave that leaned it too much. 5 minutes after getting off the ferry I had a flat tire.That's when I realized why the bike fell over.With the tire going flat,the bike sat more straight up,putting it at its balance point.
While fixing the flat I also changed my rear sprocket.I planned to do it tonight anyway.It was in bad shape.I was rushing to get this done while I still had a little sun light.I still finished with a flashlight.And I had to find and patch my spare tube.My wheel had some sharp edges on the rim from the machine where I had the new tire put on in Santiago.It had cut the tube on the side.This time my tube had a hole on the top.And I found a small nail inside the tire.After putting it all together I am going to find a hotel anywhere I can.There are too many animals around to ride at night-or day. 15 miles down the road my tire goes flat instantly.I was all over the road thinking there is no way I can stay up.Some how there was no wreck.There was a small building with some lights on to the right.But they had a chained up gate. 500 feet down the road on the left were more lights.I pushed the bike down there and walked back to find someone.I found 2 men.I asked if I could pull the bike back to use the light while fixing the flat.
This was a small exploration oil/gas rig complex.The rig was not operating at the time.They were waiting for permission to continue.
But the 2 guys helped me work on the tire.Then the 2 top bosses at the rig came.They said the only reason he was being so nice was because his boss is a motorcycle nut.He would have his butt if he didn't treat a biker good.They said I could stay at one of the trailers.I had a clean bed and shower there.
Then they took me to the kitchen trailer and feed me.Fried chicken,rice,cucumbers,bread,Sprite,coffee,and things I didn't recognize.Of coarse I had breakfast there too.I told them I might come back next year too.But if I did,I would be staying for a week.
I took some pictures of the men that helped me and the rig where they work before leaving.I want to remember this place and these great people.
After breakfast I left for Puerta Natales.I went 10 miles and my tire was flat again.
Before going to bed last night I patched my other spare tube.I put the largest patch I had on it.I spread the glue and let it dry for a pretty long time.Then I re-coated it with glue and again let it dry for a long time.Then I put the patch on.I can't recall ever having a patched tube let me down.And I have patched a lot.Well this tube held air all day.I detoured 30 miles to Punta Arenas.It is a city of over 100,000.I bought the only 17" tube I could find.It is thin.But I needed a decent spare.I also bought some new patches.I'm guessing the glue that I had was bad.I also bought 2 more replacement headlight bulbs.I'm on my 4th one.As usual,I went to buy these parts at 1:15.Forgetting all stores are closed from 1-3pm.So I changed out my chain to kill time.It was getting noisy.It had lost several rollers.
I only rode 240 miles today I still am concerned about riding above 60 MPH.Still worrying about losing control from another fast flat.I don't want to put the thin new tube on unless I have another flat.I'm afraid that it would go flat from hitting a rock or pothole of any size.
I got to Puerta Natales about 8 pm.It is a scenic city of 18,000 looking across a lake to the mountains.I am staying at the Hostel Natales-$48.
Dean and Lisa are in Puerto Natales today. Staying in one of the Hostels near the ferry. Amerindia Hostel, Barros Arana 135. They are the folks from USA you met in Chanaral, Chili on 2/11. They are riding Stroms. Maybe you can say hi before they leave on the ferry. They'd probably be happy to find out you made it.
Thanks.I knew I was getting close to them.Are they still planning to ship from Valpariso?
I believe they're shipping from Vina del Mar, Doug. They have some crates waiting there for them. I told Dean you were in Puerto Natales and he said he would email you. Don't know if they have left yet. There's some delay in his posts. Sounds like all of you are having the trip of a lifetime. Really enjoy your posts. Excellent images and an awesome attitude.
Oh, BTW, I don't know if you have their blog, but it is at:
Thanks for the info.I went to there hostel and asked for them.They said they went to a notary and copy shop.I went through town twice,then returned to their hostel and waited a while.Never saw them.But I left a note in one of their gloves.I'm in El Calafate now
I rode to Torres Del Paine today.It's a big park,and cost $30 to get in.There are many snow capped mountains and glacial blue lakes in the park.
When I left the park,I rode to El Calafate.It was about 200 miles north and is close to Perito Moreno and other glaciers.That is what I plan to see tomorrow.I am staying at Hosteria Schilling-$45.It is a nice place.
The last 2 nights my rooms have been cheaper than what they post.A woman at the park told me people don't come in March because the weather is not always good.And it doesn't seem to be very crowded.
My bike is running good.I am still using oil.My transmission is noisy in 5th gear.And 1st gear is whining a little.I had to put duct tape on my right hand grip today.It was shredding and the grip heater element was showing in places. 3 of the 4 buckles on my new Nelson-Rigg tank bag are broken.I have extra straps that are now used to hold the bag to the tank.The bag that was stolen had larger quick release buckles that were no problem.The Perilli tire I bought in Santiago is wearing out way too fast.
One thing I meant to mention earlier.I installed a fork brace and lowered my front fender before this trip.I read it handles better and the engine would run cooler.There can be some bad that goes with it.If you ride through any mud,it will jam up your front tire. Just like you have your front brakes on.And I think that contributed to,or caused, my wreck in the mud last week.
"One thing I meant to mention earlier.I installed a fork brace and lowered my front fender before this trip.I read it handles better and the engine would run cooler.There can be some bad that goes with it.If you ride through any mud,it will jam up your front tire.Just like you have your front brakes on.And I think that contributed to,or caused, my wreck in the mud last week".------------------------------------------------------------------------ So true for the muck and no decernable difference really in handling... the KLR is a wet noodle in more ways than one.
Looks like you had a great ride yesterday, Doug. You're on the ride of a lifetime for sure. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Why not send the bike to Africa instead of back to the US
Will you be there if I do?
This morning I signed on for another day at the hosteria.Then I rode 50 miles to the Perito Moreno Glacier.It cost $25 to get in the park.This is an active glacier.There were lots of ice blocks falling off into the water.And they do make some big noise when they hit the water.
After viewing from the walkways,I rode to the pier where you can take the catamaran ($13) for an hour ride near the glacier.It was a lot nicer on the boat.
On the way back to the hosteria I did not use 5th gear.It is making a lot of noise.I'm hoping that it has a bad bearing on the 5th gear.Hopefully I can get to a shipper before the tranny goes out.If the tranny craps out,I don't think it would be worth shipping home.
Happy belated Getting to Ushuaia.
I knew you would do it.