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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    235 km today and Sandra´s bike is still dry. Promising. The first time in months we had to ride in the rain for an hour. First it was a drizzle, but then became rain. It was cool in the morning and there was hardly any wind. Good day I thought. The temperature dropped, the rain started, and exactly on this day my heated grips decided to stop working. At a gas station (the first one in 235 km) we had a tea. They had a hotel attached to it and I asked Sandra how the weather was supposed to be tomorrow. Good she said. Why don´t we ask how much a room is here and carry on tomorrow? Sandra went off and came back with good news. So at 12:00 noon we called it a day and are sitting in a nice room just relaxing while the puddles outside are getting bigger and bigger. It’s so nice when you´re not in a hurry.
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    If you wind up at my door you will find it's always open and you are always welcome.
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  3. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    Well done on making it all the way!

    Good luck with the wind on the northward journey. We were amazingly lucky during our few weeks in Patagonia, we only had 1 day when the wind was really bad, & we were stranded at a dry gas station waiting for the tanker :lol3

    Cheers
    Clint
  4. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    Thanks a lot! Great offer. Hope i´ll make it some day.

    The wind hasn´t been too bad yet, but it is still not my friend and the mileage we get sometimes is bad. I´m still glad when it dies down a Little.
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    scrubb Master of Mayhem

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    Thank you for this thread Thomas. You both are a great inspiration to many of us to just “get out there and do it!” We get to vicariously live thru your adventures!

    Any plans for Antartica? Lol
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  7. Thomas B.

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    It´s good to have you along. Antarctica is way out of our Budget. We are Living on savings and I still have a couple of years untill I get a Pension so we have to watch our Dollars and can´t do expensive Things like Antarctica. We have to spend our Money on tires at the Moment. :D
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    scrubb Master of Mayhem

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    My comment was just tongue in cheek, as you two already seemed to have ridden almost everywhere (a lot of places). Nothing will stop you two! I think if one could ride their bike to the moon you two would do it! Just kidding! Lol

    Again, thanks for sharing your wonderful adventure and giving such joy and vicarious adventure to all of your readers! Tell Sandra she looks like an amazing cook. You have a warm bed and garage in San Diego if you were to ever need it! Good luck getting new tires!

    Oh, one question though. Have you tried the GUGAtech filter to filter all of your gas thru as you pour it in? I ask because I know how sometimes your gas may be delivered to your tank by a guy who carries/stores it in buckets. Meaning it has a higher likely hood for various forms of contamination. it is supposed to filter dirt, debris, and water. Walter Colebatch (from ADV and Sibirsky Extreme) appears to use it for the reasons mentioned above.

    https://bestrestproducts.com/product-category/guglatech-fuel-and-air-filters/

    Cheers!
  9. Thomas B.

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    riding to the moon - I would definitivly think About it.
    Thanks for the offer, but the US are not on the Agenda in the near future, but you never know.
    I haven´t tried those filters although I know of them. Might consider them in the future.
    Cheers
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    The next morning the sky was blue and after maneuvering around the lakes that filled the parking lot, we hit the road early. During a small break by the side or the road I noticed my rear tire and didn´t like what I saw. It had been very low already but now it was gone and looked very strange. I definitely needed a new one. No matter what kind. Reaching Caleta Olivia we checked into a hotel and saw that there was a motorbike shop just around the corner. We walked over and he had a Pirelli MT90 Scorpion A/T in the right size and to a good price. Not exactly a tire I would normally buy but at least not something from China. Win.

    not a tire you want to do many more miles on. The worst tire I ever had on a bike of mine. Riding was good, but this is what it looked like after 6000 km.

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    the oil town of Caleta Olivia

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    SOLOKLR Back to work

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    That is seriously getting your money's worth out of a tire!
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    Yeah we tend to do that (to save Money), but this one all of a sudden wore really bad. Not my Kind of tire.
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    Going further north Sandra had found a couple of hundreds of kilometers of gravel to avoid the boring Ruta 3 and there was even a penguin colony we could visit on the way. So the next two days we were back on dirt and enjoyed the loneliness of the road we were on. Three cars in two days is not what I call busy. Now we are in Trelew for a couple of days waiting for new tires we ordered online and relaxing a little. The down side is – it is hot here. All of a sudden the temperatures went from cool to 38°C. What a change. I am not too happy about that.

    going through farms we had a lot of gates to open and close that day

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    wide fast gravel. Not great, but better than the boring Ruta 3.

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    Visited a penguine Colony on the way

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    and a Youngster

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    "she needed wide open spaces"

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    I bet that's the same colony Lyndon Poskitt visited last year
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    Don´t know where Lydon went through, but it could definitely be.
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    Hey Thomas!

    Great report, I've been following it since we discussed the e-starter free wheeling issue on the german LC4-Forum! (if you remember...)

    In my opinion the Scorpion A/T MT 090 is the perfect tire for LC4s as long as you don't do a lot of mud or wet grass. I think I've done some 75.000kms with it on mine. Typically lasting about 15.000kms, great value for money!

    Herzliche Grüße aus dem Ösiland! :-)

    Martin
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    Hey Martin, I remember our discusion well. Good to have you along. You might have seen that I just fixed the e-starter Problem a couöle of days ago. It is nice to just get on the bike and push the button.
    I do hope the tire will last Long. The last one was done after 6000 km. We do try to ride a lot of dirt and I could feel the difference to a more aggresive tire in 4 Pretty sandy river beds we had to cross some days ago. The rear was Spinning a lot more than usual. I´ll manage and hope it doesn´t get too wet soon. There was Nothing else I could get.

    Hang in, there is more to come

    Grüsse nach Europa
    Thomas
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    Millwright98 Share the love, leave the dirt in the garden.

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    @Thomas B.

    Thomas and Sandra...I just stumbled across this....I am so glad your tip has continued to be the adventure of a lifetime !! We met in July 2017, had a great evening chat, and a wonderful breakfast together at the Liard Hotsprings Lodge.... I wrote down your web/blog address and promptly melted it in the a rain storm a day later on my way back to Nova Scotia... I was the big tall nut, on an old blue V-Strom, with a stuffed Tiger... lol

    Any of the other Inmates here that have the opportunity to meet this amazing couple, take the opportunity!! You will never meet nicer folks !

    Sincerely, Craig M. :beer

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  19. Thomas B.

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    Hey Craig, I certainly remember you and the blue VStrom and the rain in liard hot springs. Those were the worst days of our whole Alaska trip. After we set up the tents it started to rain and it rained the whole next day (so we tried to sit it out - that´s when you pulled in) and the day after that we tore down the tents in the still ongoing rain. The next night in Teslin we got a cabin to dry out everything. One of the few nights we didn´t camp. It was so nice you came in and chated with us for a while to help time go by.
    Nice you remember us and found us here and thanks for the Kind words.
    Stay safe and Keep on riding
    Cheers Thomas
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    Sandra was Looking at our tracks yesterday and put this together - our ride from Alaska to Ushuaia. Around 51000 km. That is quite a distance.

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