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We are gone, another trip over a long distance (going RTW, back home for now)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Thomas B., Apr 24, 2016.

  1. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    Today was a sad day. My beloved riding gloves went into the bin. After around 150000 km (alone 110000 on this trip) they had to go. They took me through rain, mud and sand and had a tough life, but lasted for years and all that for only 40€. Not bad. :-)

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  2. XR Valdeez

    XR Valdeez Been here awhile Supporter

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    I just broke out a new pair too! But mine didn't last nearly as long as yours did!
  3. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    This......report.......does......not......suck!

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  4. squadraquota

    squadraquota mostly harmless

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    Well, I guess Sandra needs not to worry about what to get you for Christmas :-)
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  5. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    Yeah they were worth their Money.

    She´ll have to think of something else as I have new ones already. Mine were Looking old in the US so I got new ones there and they still lasted to here.
    GREAT GLOVES!
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  6. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a drifter rode into town... Supporter

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    I lose things WAY before I wear them out...,
  7. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    I don´t tend to loose Things, but we had Sandras stolen in Las Vegas outside a Supermarket. they were lying in the Cockpit. They left mine there. Too old.
  8. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    We had had some strong winds for some days already, but going to El Chalten it fiercely blew on us. After turning towards mount Fitz Roy and the town we had a headwind for almost 100 km. I got smaller and smaller on the bike. Fitz Roy was well seen when we arrived, but had some clouds around it. The next morning we had perfect cloudless weather in El Chalten and Fitz Roy said good bye to us in perfect condition and with the headwind turning to a tailwind we had an easy ride for the first hour.

    Packing up in Bajo Caracoles where we spend the night on the way to El Chalten.

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    getting fuel at the sticker plastered Station

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    Stayed at a sheep farm on the way where a organized groupe of 14 BMWs showed up too and this man made us all a good BBQ for dinner.

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  9. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    Towards Ruta 40 and El Chalten

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    Steve got bored on the pavement part and took a photo of me riding. Thanks Steve.

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    Fitz Roy with some Clouds in the evening when we arrived.

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    and another one

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    and in perfect weather leaving the next day

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    and Steve got one of Sandra and me. Thanks again.

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    and the well known wind warning sign

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  10. enduro0125

    enduro0125 Sticks and Stones™..

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    Great shots!
  11. Max Wedge

    Max Wedge ADVenture mowing

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    EPIC Pics! Wow-just powerful!
  12. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    Thanks guys. It is fantastic scenery!
  13. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    Somehow you keep finding a way to improve on the previous photos! Just stunning Thomas!! :clap
  14. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    thanks Curtis. I do my best to entertain you.:D
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  15. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    Please keep it up! :thumb
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  16. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    Steve joined us for a couple of days in El Calafate to see the Perito Moreno glacier and relax before heading towards Ushuaia. The day we picked for visiting the glacier was not the best. The sky looked good, but arriving at the glacier there were dark clouds over it. It looked good anyway and we enjoyed the spectacular nature.

    A piece broke off just as I was taking the Picture at the far Right end of the glacier

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  17. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    After Steve left us to go to Ushuaia we moved into a different airBnB and are going to stay here until 2 January. We have to be in Ushuaia on the 10 January because a friend of ours is bringing parts for us from Germany. So we are in no rush and we haven´t had a longer break in some time anyway. After the first week I have serviced the bikes (oil, valves, air filters,….) and only have one last problem to solve. When I wanted to change the front brake pads on Sandras bike I found out that the caliper is seized on one of the pins it should slide on. The other pin is loose. So since days I am drowning the area in all sorts of fluids in the hope they will penetrate and eat up the rust so I can get the caliper off the pin to clean everything and grease it. Up to now no success. If anyone has an idea what I could try let me know. Heat might help, but I would have to at least disconnect the brake line and can only get brake fluid in 1 liter bottles. Might try it anyway.
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  18. XR Valdeez

    XR Valdeez Been here awhile Supporter

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    Maybe try an impact driver....
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  19. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    Today was a good day. I got the caliper off. Maybe it was the brake fluid I put on it or the combination of all the different things I tried, but it is off. I cleaned it all up, made it smooth again, greased it, and put it back together with new brake pads. It is working again like it should. Great.

    lower pin Looks like it should - upper pin is corroded and was stuck

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  20. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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