The Gap Year: The Yukon

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by 95Monster, Sep 2, 2018.

  1. 95Monster

    95Monster Been here awhile

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    I’m not much of a sports fan but put a motorcycle race on, any kind of motorcycle race, you got my attention.

    Pretty good seats... D657C847-CEB5-4603-8846-88F6777A010E.jpeg
    Cal’s fast in Saturday morning practice. Like to see him win one. C2BA256C-7DE9-4EC6-8112-53D72C54226A.jpeg
    Jack Miller’s running fast laps too... 11B484EC-CD58-4C0C-B9DB-153F2412D832.jpeg But for either of those guys to get on the box, they’ve got to get by Marquez, Dovi and, of course, The Doctor.
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  2. 95Monster

    95Monster Been here awhile

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    Strolling thru the pits with a couple of new friends FB045EFF-3B96-4A5E-BB42-45373CB15AA4.jpeg This is the bike to beat 1B045C31-8156-4698-928B-990C5049DF27.jpeg and the show is about to begin... E4D61B09-558B-49B6-8E8A-25B9558900C1.jpeg
    C’mon Cal!
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  3. Air Force Vet

    Air Force Vet Been here awhile

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    Awesome, wish I was there! Hoping for a VR win!!!
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  4. 95Monster

    95Monster Been here awhile

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    The Old Guy put in a pretty good performance.
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  5. motojohnny

    motojohnny Adventurer

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    What's next George?
  6. jimbop

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    How did you get pit access, I have attended Moto GP races on 3 continents and have not been able to get Pit access? Loving your report BTY.
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  7. 95Monster

    95Monster Been here awhile

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    Easy, a credit card will get you these... Credentials.jpg With Argentina in the bag, it makes three continents for me too!
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    95Monster Been here awhile

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    Johnny, the other day, a fellow rider asked me "So, after you got the photo in Ushuaia, how long was it before you realized you didn't have any further plans for what comes next?"

    Boy, he was right. No plans, just thoughts: Backcountry Discovery Routes, the TAT, Trans-Labrador, Tuk, Deadhorse, Nordcap, The Stans, Newcombs Ranch...? I dunno yet.

    I think next is Buenos Aires.
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    95Monster Been here awhile

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    Well, the GP is now behind us and I'm glad I had a chance to attend this round. A shame Cal couldn't get on the box. The bike was capable. Cals.jpg All the people you see down there are on the way to the park in front of my hotel, where they will crank the music up and party until 6am. crowd.jpg The entire town becomes one big discotheque for MotoGP week. Add to that a few thousand people banging the rev limiters on their bike of choice. Reminiscent of the early 90s Daytona, before it turned into Dress Like a Pirate week.

    Next morning, I wasn't sure where to go. I wanted to head Northeast towards the Iguazu Falls but I couldn't really find a suitable halfway point and it was raining pretty heavy. So, I headed south towards Cordoba, knowing I could find a nice place to crash there. I'm due for a good sleep without ear plugs.
  10. jimbop

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    We did buy that pass a COTA in 2017 but we only got access to the back of the paddock. I did manage to get a photo with Rossi but we wanted to see in the actual Garages. I was at Phillip Island in October and the access was very divided between very open for not much money but no seat to way over the top for better access. I love Moto GP and will continue to visit races around the globe.
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  11. 95Monster

    95Monster Been here awhile

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    I fueled up before departing and hit the road in a downpour. I got to a town that was flooding pretty bad. The main route through town, Hwy 9, was like a class three rapids. Fairly deep for an ADV water crossing too. I had no choice but to navigate through it, unseen potholes, speed bumps, and busted concrete sections under the surface. And there was a traffic light. No way I was stopping in two feet of water for a stop light. I didn't want to risk dropping the bike.

    I've heard countless times to never pass up a chance to get gas and there was a gas station in this flooded town. It was on the other side of the channel and I didn't have a chart to get over there. And, there were 25 or 30 bikes waiting in line to fill up. I had only burned about a 1/4 tank so I pushed on. Next thing I know, I burned through my tank and was approaching reserve. The next town with possible fuel was 50 miles or so away and my range was about 65. Cutting it close so I slowed down a bit. Then this. FuelGauge.jpg And sure enough, I got to the gas station and it was closed and under construction. There were a lot of panicky bikers wandering around desperately looking for fuel. So I just tried to relax and asked around. A local told me there was another station, which did not come up on my GPS, about 5 kms away and she would lead me there in her car. And when we got to the station we found this- FuelLine.jpg Now the fun part of waiting in this line was the station ran out of fuel while we were cued up. Thankfully there was a tanker truck around back to refill their tanks. Took about 1 1/2 hours, sitting in the rain, to get gas. Once I got mine, I high tailed it to Cordoba, stopped at a gas station there and grabbed some empanadas while I got on their WiFi and found a place for the night.

    The empanadas were yummy. Empanadas.jpg
  12. 95Monster

    95Monster Been here awhile

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    It's very restricted, like COTA. Escorted Pit Walk for maybe 45 minutes each day.
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    That was an awesome race meeting, would have loved to have been there.

    Great that you can spend the money while travelling, I've always been too cheap to splurge when on an extended travel trip but have ponied up for the VIP experience when working full time.

    Cal's penalty for a jumped start was a bit baffling to me, but hopefully they will review the penalties in future and not blowup someones race for an infraction that did not gain them an advantage, maybe a ride through the penalty loop twice on consecutive laps would would be appropriate. (equivalent to 4-5 seconds penalty)

    Thanks for keeping up this great ride report.

    David
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    Rock it, George. We visited Newcomb's last weekend. Warm and sunny but WE MISS YOU!!!
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  15. Juan Cruz

    Juan Cruz Just riding

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    IMG-20190403-WA0019.jpg Love this RR so far.

    A friend of mine took this photo.
    Pretty serious flooding lately, in Chaco several thousand were affected last year.

    If you're going to BA let me know, beer's on me :clap
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    Great rr. Thanks for taking us along. Keep it up!!
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    Where were we? Ahhh- it rained. A lot. Towns flooded. Roads washed out. But the morning I woke up in Cordoba, the Sun was out so I headed East towards Santa Fe. Uneventful riding on two lane roads through farmlands until I got to a police stop where the officer told me to take it easy as the road was damaged from the rains and the next town was flooded out. So I had that to think about for 65 kms while dodging fresh potholes and washouts. Everyone in the town was just sitting outside in lawn chairs waiting for the waters to recede. The road was, maybe a foot deep for a block or so then I was in the clear and on to higher ground.

    When I reached Santa Fe I just kept going and popped out of a long tunnel under the Rio Parana into the town of Parana. It was hot and I was wiped out so I grabbed a room in the Parana Hostel and had a little siesta before an evening walkabout for some food. Nice town square! Church.jpg Horse SOldier.jpg
    I was really hoping to get some camping in during my last days in Argentina but the rains had kept me in hostels. My next destination was Gualeguaychu on the Rio Uruguay. iOverlander showed a few camping choices but I arrived to find that they were either flooded out or closed for the off season. So I found a cool hostel, the Buddha Hostel run by a nice family and crashed. buddha.jpg
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    It wasn't looking like I would be doing any camping my last days so I thought I'd try the beach. From Gualeguaychu I rode thru Buenos Aires to the coastal town of San Clemente, a couple hours Southeast of the City. Go figure, when I got there the town had been flooded. The streets were covered in sand. It was cold, windy and overcast. And the season was over so most places were closed up.

    But there was a beach. BeachApproach.jpg And I had it pretty much to myself.
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    And once again, I was most likely the only guest in the hotel.

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    So San Clemente wasn't a great idea. I should have just gone to Buenos Aires. But I didn't know then what I know now. I just figured it would be another great big city, which it is. So off I rode to BA.
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    95Monster Been here awhile

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    Once you get off the Autopista into Buenos Aires, you get swallowed up in it's traffic. Lane splitting is difficult with panniers when you've been out in the country for a bit. I felt a bit claustrophobic. But while the traffic is thick, it's not insane like Lima. You're not risking life and limb and drivers are, generally, polite and well mannered. I settled into the Hotel Bys, a place inmate BattDoc recommended, did some laundry, and finalized my plans for shipping the moto and arranged flights to the States.

    Then I took a little walk...and found a New Orleans restaurant a couple blocks away! NOLA.JPG
    I like this place. Sidewalk.jpg
    Some places even have Kentucky bourbon.
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    Out exploring the Palermo district and I discovered that folks in BA like their Gin & Tonics.
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    Yeah, he looks drunk...probably because he drank mine while nobody was watching.
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    These guys watched the whole thing go down and didn't say a word.
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