Prairies To Penguins Alberta to Argentina

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DRRambler, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. the_real_wild1

    the_real_wild1 Been here awhile

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    So are you home yet? At least it is not really cold out today. Welcome Home!! lol
  2. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Well I'm finally back on Canadian soil. After a train, taxi, 3 flights, a bus ride, and then a ferry I am on Vancouver Island. As I write this I'm having a nice cup of coffee looking out onto the ocean from a cool little cottage. My wife surprised me by renting the place. For the next two days I'll decompress and then we start house hunting.

    I need to go back to Vancouver next week to pick up the bike and I will store it here at a friends place. 5 weeks from now I start my new job here on the Island so we really need to find a place soon. We still have to go back to Edmonton to collect all our furniture and stuff from storage.

    Never a dull moment :D
  3. adventurebound9517

    adventurebound9517 Long timer

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    :clap Good for you, thanks for the memories. :deal
  4. pceire32

    pceire32 Irish Supporter

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    Glad you are home safe and thank you for the great RR. :norton
  5. Super Tenere

    Super Tenere Voyager

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    Dave great to see you made back home safely, I’m sure your excited to be back with family and friends.
    You’ll need some time to readjust back to a normal life, because I know I did.

    How did things work out with your shipping weight, and did you remove your front tire?
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    Good luck with your house search and your new job.
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    Jeff
  6. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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    Dave,If you need a place to stay the night on your way to or from Edmt. you are welcome at our place.Drop me a message.
  7. Spaggy

    Spaggy Long timer

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    Thanks so much for all the work you put in on your trip, it was awesome. Having said that, I'm eagerly awaiting the DR review.
  8. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Okay stats nerds, here you go...:deal

    Stats wrap up

    Well here is the final tally for all the stats of the trip. This is not very scientific but I'd say it's about 95% accurate. There a certainly plenty of things I forgot to document or have the amounts wrong.

    I tried to keep track as closely as I could.

    A few notes:
    I am using $ CAD
    The expenses for my Belize break are not included
    The Christmas break expenses are not included
    Stahlratte not included $950 USD
    Air fare and shipping home not included $1500 air fare $1800 shipping

    Final trip distance 32,089km

    Oil changes: 4

    #1 San Cristobal Mexico @ 8,200km
    #2 Jaco Costa Rica @ 4,300km
    #3 Hanuco Peru @ 6,820km
    #4 Coyhaique Chile @ 8,167km

    Tires: 2 front tires and 3 rear tires

    First set of tires were Mitas E07 NON DAKAR. The rear Mitas was removed in Costa Rica at 12,500km and replaced with a Kenda K761

    The Kenda Rear and the Mitas front were replaced in Peru. The front had 20,000km and the rear 7,600km. The new front was a Continental TKC80 and the new rear a Hiedenau Scout K60

    By the end of the trip the Hiedenau is ready to be replaced with about 12,000km but the front has some life left in it albiet with lots of cupping.

    Replaced parts:

    1 set of front brake pads
    1 set of rear brake pads
    2 Countershaft seals. First replacement faulty
    1 set of rear wheel bearings
    1 Rear tube. Only one flat the whole trip.
    1 rubber spacer for GIVI trunk

    Lost stuff:

    Hockey puck for side stand lost at Lake Tahoe
    Acerbis hand guard bolts x 2
    Bicycle led tail light
    1 small pad lock
    Side panel rubber spacer
    Ipod nano and earbuds

    Fuel used: 1,509 liters
    Fuel cost: $1,859
    Fuel per liter $1.21
    Fuel per day $11.41
    Fuel cost per km $0.0589
    Consumption 4.781 liters/100km

    Daily average distance 194km

    Expenses

    Lodging
    Total $3,229
    per day $19.81

    Food includes booze
    Total $2,250
    per day $13.80

    Transportation
    Total $516
    per day $3.17

    Tolls/Parking
    $89.08
    per day $0.55

    Park fees
    Total $206
    per day $1.37

    Entertainment
    Total $211
    per day $1.3

    Laundry
    Total $24
    per day $0.15

    Vehicle import fees/customs fees/insurance
    Total $584
    per day $3.58

    Misc/personal supplies
    Total $369
    per day $2.26

    Bike Maintenance
    Total $425
    per day $2.61


    Total $9,800
    per day $59.58
    cost per km $0.31

    U.S.A. and Canada

    8 days
    Total $787
    Daily $98.38

    Mexico

    30 days
    Total $2,077
    Daily $69.23

    Guatemala

    12 days
    Total $729
    Daily $60.77

    El Salvador

    3 days
    Total $379
    Daily $126.44

    Nicaragua

    4 days
    Total $214
    Daily $53.43

    Costa Rica

    12 days
    Total $719
    Daily $59.94

    Panama

    7 days
    Total $721
    Daily $45.84

    Colombia

    14 days
    Total $576
    Daily $41.14

    Ecuador

    7 days
    Total $230
    Daily $32.91

    Peru

    17 days
    Total $950
    Daily $55.89

    Bolivia

    6 days
    Total $260
    Daily $43.34

    Chile

    8 days
    Total $499
    Daily $62.34

    Argentina

    27 days
    Total $1,777
    Daily $65.83
  9. mjt1577

    mjt1577 MinisterOfSillyWalks

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    Thanks for keeping track of all this, Dave, and breaking it down so concisely...looks like a pretty complete list and I'm very impressed with your discipline in recording all these expenses. Will certainly be of benefit for any one else planning a similar trip...well done!
  10. pceire32

    pceire32 Irish Supporter

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    Great breakdown, and great info for anyone considering a trip like this.
    You budget looks pretty basic, on reflection if there was one area where you could have reduced costs where would it have been ? :norton

    Thank you
  11. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    If I had needed to reduce costs I could have done it with food. I ate meals at restaurants most times even when a kitchen was available.

    Perhaps some more camping. I only camped 3 times after north america

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  12. canuck76

    canuck76 Been here awhile

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    Very interesting trip to follow DR - and for a great cause! Good luck in your move and change of jobs!

    Canuck76
  13. pceire32

    pceire32 Irish Supporter

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    Great info,

    Thanks :clap
  14. matt-c6v9

    matt-c6v9 Super Lurker

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    Dave - When you fell during the water-crossing, did you damage the suit, gloves, boots, helmet, camera, or any other gear? Did you fall at any other time, if so, how did the gear hold up? Did it protect you completely?

    And washing the gear, how did that go?

    Matthew:ear
  15. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    The get off was really at a slow speed but I did hit my helmet on the ground. Nothing was damaged other than the pannier and my pride.

    Washing the gear involved removing all the padding and merely taking it to the hotel laundry with instructions to use medium heat for both water and drying. I really did not have fun replacing the armour padding but it was worth it to get rid of the stink.
  16. Super Dave Hawaii

    Super Dave Hawaii Ain't Dead Yet!

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    Glad to see you home and all is well. I like the budget thing, but for me I think I would need more beer money!
    Enjoy!
    Dave
  17. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Glad you are home safe. Funny that you and Dan lost the same two things...a small pad lock and a hockey puck! See you this summer in Vic.

    Sara
  18. Durden

    Durden Freak!

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    Absolutely awesome ride report Dave, really enjoyed the details and great pictures. Most importantly was that you returned home safe with a ton of great memories. Thanks for taking us along - Cheers!
  19. YetiHunter

    YetiHunter 2 Wheels & Flyrod

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    I want to also add my congrats and my appreciation of the time and effort you expended for this report. I was a great read and a true inspiration for those of us who dream about a similar trip.

    Hope to see you on the road someday, it will be my pleasure to buy you a beer.
  20. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Dave, your attention to detail is impeccable. Thank you yet again for your efforts and reports.

    I too wish to be on the beer buy list in due course. I was as far west as Cranbrook on the Buell last summer before darting south into the USA and was to Vancouver in the car for a few days.