We are gone, another trip over a long distance (going RTW, now in South America)

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

  1. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    After this short trip to Brasil we decided to look around southern Paraguay a bit. Asuncion greeted us with heat and humidity. Walked the city for a while and were amazed by all the mural all over the city. Some were huge.

    presidential Palace behind the City sign

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    someone had his small shop well secured

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    herbs that are crushed and then chilled with icewater before pouring it over thier mate on a hot day

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    old Building in the City


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    lots of murals in the City

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  2. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    I found there was not that much to see in Paraguay´s south, but the one thing are the ruins of the Jesuit settlements. The Jesuits arrived in the country in the 16th century and were driven out of Paraguay in the 18th century after Spain, Portugal and the church found they were getting too powerful.

    what is left of the Jesuits

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  3. dazzadm

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    Some interesting architecture in there. Has that roof been reconstructed in the 1st two pictures? I take it they are bigger than they look, when you see the person in the second picture for scale?
  4. Thomas B.

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    Then the Iguazu- falls were calling. They are a must visit in South America and well worth seeing. We managed to get a sunny day to visit them and enjoyed it a lot.

    Sandra having a fun day Walking from one view Point to the next. Here only a few photos.

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    interesting birds around too

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  5. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    You are Right. Those Roofs are reconstructed and the Building and Roofs are Pretty big.
  6. joenuclear

    joenuclear Still here....

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    Gorgeous, and the falls are nice too. :D
  7. Thomas B.

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    Then it was back to Buenos Aires for one reason. A couple of days ago we decided to go home for some time. We are not stopping to travel and never will, but we somehow have enough of South America for the moment, we have to take care of some personal business at home, the bikes need some attention (or we even get newer ones), and then we need a longer rest after over 3 years on the road. So we will be flying the bikes to Madrid, Spain, (the cheapest destination in Europe) and then ride them up to Switzerland. So there is a little more to come before I will end this ride report. Stay tuned for now.

    even the bikes think a break might be good - drop of oil on the Bottom of a shock. Will it still get us home?

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    one last photo of Buenos Aires

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    The drop-off of the bikes was the next day at 9 in the morning and we had decided to move closer to the airport as we were staying in the middle of Buenos Aires. Going around South America with very little rain, of course that day was wet and it rained heavily sometimes. We waited until around noon when the rain stopped and got on the bikes to do the 27 km to the posada at the airport. We had forgotten that the highway was a toll road and had spend all of our pesos, but the guys at the toll boths were so nice to let us through for free after we explained the situation and offered to pay in US$.

    Waiting for the rain to stop

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    We had decided to ship with Dakar Motos as they had good reviews, friends had shipped with them and all went smooth, and their quote was reasonable. We met at 9 in the morning at the airport and 2 hours later all was done. Paperwork, weighing, disconnecting the batteries, strapping them onto the palets, wrapping them with foil, scanning them, and paying for the whole thing. Now they are sitting in the warehouse waiting to go on the next possible flight to Madrid.

    Disconnecting the batteries

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    all wrapped up waiting for the scanning

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    So here we are at this Moment sitting and waiting for the Airport shuttle and our flight back to Europe.
    Meet you over there.
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    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    :superWell golly gosh, sure gonna miss ya both, Thanks so much!!
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    joenuclear Still here....

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    Godspeed
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    squadraquota mostly harmless

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    An epic RR close to the end....it has been a tremendous pleasure following you guys.

    Looking forward to the final bit, and to future adventures!
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    don't tell us it's over......:(:
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    All good things must come to an end. It has been great following your ride. Hope the rest of the trip goes well...
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    Good times! Where to next?
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    elron Still Standing Supporter

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    Thanks for the amazing RR to date. Enjoy your time of rejuvenation and drink deep.
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    SlowMovinDream Not All Who Wander Are Lost

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    Well it’s been a good run and I can totally understand needing a break after three years on the road. You’ll be itching to get back out there soon enough I imagine. Your gonna have to hang those old lc4s on the wall when your done with them. Any thoughts on what kind of bike and where to next ? Safe travels and thanks for all the entertainment and education.
  17. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a drifter rode into town...

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    Thomas,
    Having heard about the need to have Paraguayan visas prior to arriving at the border, did you have any problems obtaining them? Where did you take care of that? Thanks
    Robert
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    Thanks for sharing your adventures and the great photographs. All the best !
  19. Thomas B.

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    Thanks all of you for all you Kind comments.. Glad you liked it and it was a pleasure to bring it to you. See you soon in another report.


    :hmmmmm:hmmmmm:hmmmmm????

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    We don´t need a Visum for Paraguay. We are lucky!
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  20. Thomas B.

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    We arrived in Madrid in the afternoon and the bikes were there the next morning. Perfect. Getting the paperwork done was very easy and then we went to the warehouse next door and waited for the forklift to bring the bikes out. We removed the foil and the straps and pushed them outside to the parking lot to reconnect the batteries, pump up the tires, and get dressed. The guys in the warehouse kindly said they would take care of the crate and the packing material. So off we went north towards France and then Switzerland and home.

    And there they come

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    on the way home through France

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    old Building everyshere

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    and rolling to our home

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