Michnus & Elsebie Piki-Piki Around the World.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by michnus, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. BLucare

    BLucare What could possibly go wrong?

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    When Michnus' photos are used in photography classes in future, this will be at the top of the list :thumb

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  2. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    Much appreciated man!:beer
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  3. Geezerguy

    Geezerguy In the shadows Supporter

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    This may be a turning point, but not the end of your Adventures. I look forward to reading more of your wonderful BS and looking at your fantastic photos as you find the time to share them. Cheers to you and Elsebie!:beer
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  4. dano619

    dano619 Long timer Supporter

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    Your photos are stunning! Every once in awhile I save a photo for my desktop, I like to change it up a bit......lots of your photos are on there....keep em coming!! Thank You for posting!!
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  5. BF Chewbacca

    BF Chewbacca Adventurer

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    Just wanted to chip in and say how much I appreciate the effort to keep this going (for years) for everyone to follow. An amazing journey and definitely an inspiration to get out and go somewhere myself. Cheers.
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  6. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    I forget the name of it but there was a movie about the firs time Torres del Paine was climbed, a story about the rivalry of 2 climbers. It's a pretty good one if you can find it and fairly old by now.
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  7. thwak

    thwak Adventurer

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    It takes great skill to translate the grandeur of what someone has experienced themselves into something that everyone can experience and appreciate. I can only say it again "absolutely stunning photography".
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    poppawheelie Long timer

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    "I sat waiting for a good 4 hrs for the clouds to bugger off to get a half-decent open shot of the peak." Wow. That's the kind of sacrifice you make to get a good photo. I look at your new photos each time you post and save the page to share with my wife. She knows more about photography then I do. She and her father were somewhat well known locally in the photo club. Stunning, just stunning - your photo work. You could easily publish a coffee table book like "Ten Years on Two Wheels."
  9. elron

    elron Still Standing Supporter

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    Cheers, Back at ya!:beer
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  10. kiwial

    kiwial Allweatherrider

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    Exactly...
    Good Effort !
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  11. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    For a second I thought that was my post:lol3
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  12. SOLOKLR

    SOLOKLR Back to work

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    Every time I see your pics! Damn!

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  13. roadcapDen

    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    From the first post in this fantastic RR! Cheers!

    "Warning: picture rich thread with stupid grammar and even worse spelling. :D"
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  14. MikeyT

    MikeyT Krusty Olde Pharte

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    Worth reading, even with the "stupid grammar and even worse spelling." One of the best RRs I've ever come across. :clap
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  15. twowings

    twowings Comfortably Numb... Supporter

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    Future civilizations will visit the ADVRider Museum and gaze at a glass case with a Moroccan leather-bound gilt-edged book with this ride report in it...
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  16. powderpig

    powderpig Been here awhile Supporter

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    With photographs suitable for framing.
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  17. Grynch

    Grynch Long timer

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    I thought you guys might like this pic, I took in S.F. last week.
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    Home's is styl'in, check out the green Vans!
    Feel free to archive or delete when finished viewing.
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  18. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    Cheers man! Yes, for sure, if the bones and mind last we will try keep going.:thumb

    Thanks man! If ever you want higher-res ones let me know, the ones from Smugmug I set at a lower res as I had assholes stole them. ;)

    Cheers, and thanks so much for BF:thumb

    Will definitely try and find it. I have only seen it from a distance and the sheer dedication to climbing such a monster must be beyond understanding for a mere mortal like me. ;)

    Thanks, Thwak! I really wish sometimes I worked harder at my English at school, it is difficult for me to try and explain the good stuff. If words fail hopefully the photos at least in some small way can be of help.:thumb

    Well, you might be onto something, except it will take a bloody lifetime for me to write all the captions and have someone check the grammar for me:lol3
    Thanks SoloKLR :lol3:beer

    Nothing has changed much, the writing just got worse :lol3:photog

    Much appreciated MikeyT :thumb:beer

    As long as it inspire the next generation it will be worth documenting all this:beer
  19. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    The dude is riding! I actually love that very much, no BS new bike. I wish more people, especially youngsters will do what we did when we grew up. Buy and old bike, fix it ride it. Until you can afford a new one.

    I had the exact same style one but a Suzuki 50cc, my dad thought it was cool. Fuck me, I love my dad but he had this streak to deliberately embarrass me with such shit. My friends all had new' ish 50cc Honda's and stuff and I got one of those:photog
  20. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    This is where we had to make serious decisions. As Torres disappeared in the rearview mirrors, we were heading to Puerto Natales.

    Puerto Natales is a port city on the Señoret Channel in Chile’s southern Patagonia. It’s the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park to the northwest, and the port for boats touring the Patagonian fjords. To the north is the vast Mylodon Cave, once inhabited by prehistoric, slothlike mylodons.

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    Straight-line from the old pier at the back Torres lies behind the mountains. The weather is brutal and changes on the hour. The winds and clouds at least makes for some cool photos. I had to hang onto the tripod to take this 20sec long exposure.

    We had to head back to Bolivia, but which way? On the coast of Argentina or back up Chile's side?
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    There is a ferry, well it is a bit more cargo than the ferry and it is old, which runs the fjords back up to Puerto Montt. People told us it is one spectacular ferry ride. Something more akin to the fjords in Sweden and those places. What we were not in the mood for was the 700km run down to Ushuaia to take a selfie and ride back to catch the ferry.
    We decided the run to Ushuaia and then up the Argentine coast, might be more boring than taking the ferry back up and stay in the mountains between Chile and Argentina to get to Bolivia.

    Consultations took place between us and our dear Pommie friends who visited Ushuaia a couple of weeks prior. The question was, is it worth hauling as 1400km round just for a selfie? Is there anymore more to see in Ushuaia than a Hard Rock cafe and Princess Cruise liners with rich folk hanging around? Fat whales, fat chicks, good bars? Anything?
    The answer came back naaaah, don't waste your time. We trust their judgment as we have been traveling with them for quite some time. We had a week to kill before the ferry. That said the ferry was not going to be a cheap exercise. But we reckon, seeing that we do not waste more money running to Ushuaia and our GoFundMe begpacking campaing to get us to Antarctica only netted us 5us from Elsebie's mom contribution to GoFundMe we can just as well call this ferry ride our end of the earth luxury. :photog
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    There are some bloody good restaurants and bars in Peurto Natales we could turn into a local hangout for us. The best part they had some of the best lamb and our Airbb for that week had an oven. :super
    Wash it down with local beer.

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