Michnus & Elsebie Piki-Piki Around the World.

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

  1. elron

    elron Still Standing Supporter

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    Brilliant fish-boning and analysis. I was rooting for the ferry choice. :getiton Ushuaia is indeed an iconic "to-do-list" selfie destination but IMO, outside of a selfie at a sign...eh? (and that ain't worth squat as I haven't been there and like opinions I also have an asshole..so what). Now if one was gonna go from there to Antarctica upclose you got a maybe yeah. Unlike the iconic selfie at Machu Pichu, another over run & done "to-do-lister", the sight is still something to behold and worth the commonality of its uniqueness (there's a paradoxical statement for ya). Looking forward to your ferrying adventure.
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  2. michnus

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    Absolutely agree with you. On the one hand, it would have been nice to end the road with a selfie at Ushuaia. But like you say if we went because we were able to go to Antarctica it was a different story. But that's part of all this travel, choices have to be made, unfortunately, everything in consideration we can't have it all our way.
    In hindsight, I actually have no regret that we did not go down just to say we made it. We had such a cool time in Peurto Natales. We did make the absolute top of South America if that counts for something :photog
    There have been a few instances where we decided not do go to a place and just sit it out and staying in a place turned out to be exceptionally rewarding. This was no different.
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    One point has been missed on the Ushuaia-or-not-Ushuaia conversation. I won't bore you with my pictures, but the I found ride across Tierra del Fuego to reach Ushuaia had it's own unique beauty. OK, I'm beating a dead horse here. You appear comfortable with your decision, and that's fine. I'll shut up now. That chocolate though. :lol3
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  4. michnus

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    Sitting around drinking beer always get preference :photog:freaky
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  5. michnus

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    We were really looking forward to the ferry trip. 4 days 3 nights of chillin and cruising. With the two Aussies stuck due to their fall and not able to go with, the company refunded them and were kind to offer us the entire room for ourselves. Now, that sounds very luxurious. Except for their version of a 4 bed is my size for two people at best. Four people farting in a space the size of a shoebox is not my idea of Princess Cruises luxury.

    It is basically an old cargo ship with rooms. In the winter only cargo can go. In summer passengers can go but it is limited. There's a bit of stench of cattle but that's part of the fun and seeing youngsters staggering around with bewildering eyes and green faces.:photog:puke2 Screenshot 2020-07-09 at 15.51.25.png Screenshot 2020-07-09 at 15.51.47.png Screenshot 2020-07-09 at 15.51.56.png
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  6. michnus

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    We are not used to long travel ferries or cruise ships. Never done it before. Except for the RORO we took from Isreal to Italy. For us, this was going to be a joll. No alcohol allowed, well fuck that, we are grown-ups and I drink whiskey from a Canteen. But if you are an iffy soul expecting luxuries this is not the cruise to take. The food is basic but very good, the only amenities onboard is your own Pornhub downloads and music. It is what is going on outside that is important.

    The boat is about 190yrs or something to that effect, the captain is as old and sailed these waters before Vasco De Gama steps ashore the Americas.

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    We had to board the evening and the next morning at 7pm it would set sail. It was pissing with rain and cold. We had to be there the afternoon and by 7pm they were still offloading cargo. The crew were friendly and said they will ride our bikes onto the ferry we can go inside.

    Eeerm, not de hell will that happen. I don't trust anyone standing there to ride our bikes on. They loaded our bikes 1st at the back to make sure they would be out of the weather. Okay, so we wait. And in hindsight was a good thing. The Gorilla redneck's job is to tie down vehicles brought out straps made for trucks and start pulling the bikes down to where I could see the straps will crack the fucking frame of the in two. With a quick swift, a wave of the arm and fuck this, fuck that, what de fuck?! I released the straps and told him I will do it myself. If we left them to do that sure as hell we would have ended with bent or broken frames and bikes.

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    Sunrise over the port.

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    Waving Torres and Patagonia a goodbye.

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    Not far out of port the rain and miserable weather started. sailing between the islands makes for some smooth going.

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    The reason you need an old sea dog to run a ship in these narrow channels. There were a few times he had to maneuver the tub between small islands like these.

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    The captain was kind enough to allow me to get some photos from their "office"
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    Inhospitable place. But I can't stop thinking, it is good to not see people have fucked it up by trying to live there. And hopefully, it will stay that uninhabitable for future generations to see what earth looks like where there are no people.

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    The landscape is beyond words. I stood outside for hours taking photos like a deranged addict only going back in to stop my teeth breaking from the chatter. Everything changes all the time.

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    Cutting through one of the narrowest channels on the trip I went to the bridge. Absolute silence and concentration. None of the crew made a sound and as the captain explained, if shit goes wrong here, to get help and rescue will be a long wait, so they take zero changes.

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    WOW :thumb
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  9. Essbee

    Essbee Been here awhile

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    Thank you for the painstaking trouble for sharing these magnificent images. To say they're breathtaking is not an exaggeration, I find myself gasping! Your to-the-point narrations/captions are so spot-on too! Absolutely....fkn.....awesome!
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    That looks like a fun ferry ride! Good on ya for taking it.
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    A bit of a control freak, eh?! Got to tie down the bikes yourself? I am just like you, if some straps are going to break something on my bike, I want to be the one to be responsible, that way I have no one to blame but myself. How is Bolivia?
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  12. Mark64

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    Hi Michnus, your photos are the stuff of dreams, I don't have enough adjectives or expletives to say how stunningly beautiful are the images you take, I tip my hat to you sir, or as they say in the 21st century "big ups"
    Keep them coming fella.
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    Usual amazing quality pics. and none-the-less interesting & new. A great change of scenery & life style. Always good to mix it up. So what was the otherwise (you folks & the bikes) payload this ship was hauling? So how long before you find whoever has smuggled some rum aboard. Or did you on your own? :super
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    No one else puts gas in my tank or ties down my bike.
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    Thanks so much Essbee :thumb

    It actually turned out to be a fund trip. Met some other travellers and like always turned into a bit of a party :freaky

    Exactly! If I want to crack my bikes back with oversize straps I will do it myself. :lol3

    Thanks for the kind words Mark. :beer

    They did cattle, cars, trucks anything that had to go back and forth to middle Chile. As for rum, the truck drivers have and we had whiskey, enough of it :thumb
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  16. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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    Apologies for the late update again. The past few weeks had me quite busy with the Turkana designs and working back to South Africa and the 5hr difference and all on wifi take much more time than normal. In any case, it is a shit excuse for not updating I know :D
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    Chiloé Island- Chile
    We showed the noses of the two donkey's toward Chiloè, and whispered beer and seafood. No stopping a donkey on its way home. No different with these two.

    "Chiloé Island is the largest in an archipelago of the same name. Measuring more than 3,200 square miles (155 miles long and 31 miles wide), the island is no small speck out in the sea. It’s separated from the Chilean mainland by the 1.2-mile wide Chacao Channel.

    The landscapes of Chiloé Island are impressive, and even more diverse than one might expect. There are black sand beaches which look out towards a multitude of smaller islands. In the heart of the island, there are desolate flats covered with mossy grounds and small trees. And on the west coast, facing the Pacific Ocean, there are rugged shorelines and steep cliffs carved by years of erosion from heavy waves.""

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    The first European visitors set foot on the island when the Spanish explorer Francisco Ulloa arrived in 1553. However, a permanent European settlement wasn't established until 1567, when the Spaniards conquered and pacified Chiloé and established the towns of Castro and Ancud. Interestingly, the island – part of the Vice-royalty of Peru during the era of Spanish colonization–remained a center of support for Spanish control until the bitter end of the war of independence.

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    Most of the houses and churches are wood and zinc.

    Most of the island’s inhabitants (Chilotes) live in one of Chiloé’s port cities, Ancud or Castro (the island’s oldest city, founded 1567). Biggest business activities are in agriculture (potatoes, grains), livestock raising, fishing, and lumbering. Historically, a large number of Chilotes have migrated to the mainland or to southern Argentina.

    It is also home to Unesco wooden churches.

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    At least 150 wooden churches once stood on the Chiloé archipelago. The first missionaries to evangelize the local population were the Mercedarians, and between 1608 and 1767 the Jesuits organized a system of itinerant missions that travelled once a year for eight months, building new chapels in different locations. The churches were situated along the coast to guide sailors around the contours of the island and were protected by northern mountains, with a south-facing entrance sheltered from the rain. All were constructed by local craftsmen using the techniques used by shipbuilders, who built them entirely of wood —even the fasteners and other typically metal components—due to its abundance in the region. Their main characteristic is the symmetrical tower-façade and arched entrance. Today, only sixty corresponding to the Chiloe school typology remains and sixteen of them were designated World Heritage sites by UNESCO in 2000.

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    The views back to the mainland are pretty impressive. We rented an AirBB on the coast with this magnificent view. There is an abundance of seafood to buy every day from the market, and like always I overate on the stuff. Mussels, clams and the whole caboodle were consumed daily.
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    It is such a cool little island we contemplated buying a small finca (farm) there. The views are stunning, it is a laid back lifestyle and everything is on the island with easy trips to mainland major places if need be. And the people are really nice.

    We took day trips all over the island. Except we only found out later we were not allowed to ride a bike on the beach. Cars yes but not bikes. WTF?!

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    Oh well, so it goes:lol3

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    Our neighbours, the one dog was like, Hell yes, who are you? Come over and play. The other must have thought I don't trust you dodgy fuckers at all
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