Xplore2Gether - California to Ushuaia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by JimsBeemer, Mar 6, 2019.

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  1. JimsBeemer

    JimsBeemer 2017 R1200GSA, 2016 R1200RT Supporter

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    We stored the bikes today - strange feeling to walk away from them knowing we wont see them (for now) in California. We filled up with gas and Ed had some gas stabilizer (THANKS ED!). We also disconnected the ground from both batteries, and covered up the terminal with electrical tape so we don't get accidental re-connection. Not much else we can do - but fresh oil! I wish we could have done that, but it wasn't going to happen.

    We are planning to go to the airport tomorrow (Friday) evening (our flight is 5:26 AM Saturday) and spend the night in the airport, because there are rumors that there may be a total quarantine starting midnight Friday, which could mean no taxis available. Sort of waiting to see what the news is tomorrow, but for now that's the plan.

    Before disconnecting the battery, I took a picture of the odometer, and found the one from post #2, taken just as we left. We've come a long ways! But the trip isn't over yet :-)

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    And there they are - along with Eddie's bike. And there they will sit for some time. Our thought right now is that we will come back in January and spend another two or three months riding before shipping back. That assumes a bunch of stuff, but it is the plan at the moment.

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    My odometer, today, taken after we parked the bikes.
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    And this one was taken on January 16, 2019 - that is 21,232 miles in 14 months. And counting! But the count will sit idle for some time to come, unfortunately. Yes - since the start of the trip I have taken to just keeping the bike in Dynamic mode, for those that noticed. Unless we are off road, then I switch to Enduro. Have not touched Enduro Pro because .. I am not (an enduro pro!).
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  2. RidewithAB

    RidewithAB Just Ride! Supporter

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    nice report mate, hope you get home safe this weekend. cheers...AB
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  3. GoDoMore

    GoDoMore life in the fast lane...full speed ahead

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    Been a great report..have enjoyed it
    Best of luck getting out and home safe
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  4. BarryB

    BarryB Been here awhile Supporter

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    Really have enjoyed your posts! Good luck getting home,
    I look forward to the concluding stories.
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  5. jowul

    jowul Been here awhile

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    Jim, thank you for your trip report and for keeping us all informed. I wish you and Carol a safe trip home this weekend.
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  6. JimsBeemer

    JimsBeemer 2017 R1200GSA, 2016 R1200RT Supporter

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    Looks real! We are checked in and waiting to board our flight to Panama, where I read that the airport may be closing tomorrow (Sunday). We have some trepidation about what we are flying back into, but it will be good to be with family.

    Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with the many overland travelers stuck in Latin America. You should read the Panamericana Riders Association and Panamericana Travelers Association Facebook pages to get a glimpse.

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  7. JoeBiker25

    JoeBiker25 Been here awhile

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    Safe Travels!!!
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  8. JimsBeemer

    JimsBeemer 2017 R1200GSA, 2016 R1200RT Supporter

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    We made it! 28 hours door to door, three flights, but we made it! We are now in Los Angeles, California, where we are staying with our oldest son, Daniel, and his family. That includes three of our eight grandchildren, who where very happy to see us (and especially Carol :-) ), as we were to see them.

    We will shelter in place with them for the time being. We are not sure what our short term plans are - but for sure this trip is not over, because we have to return at some point to pick up our motorcycles back in Buenos Aires. Our thought at the moment is to return in January, and then spend two or three months doing some more traveling (including going back north to Bolivia to go to the Salar de Uyuni, which we missed due to the political unrest). But those are very tentative plans that obviously depend in large part on how the current pandemic, and its aftermath, plays out. But we can all hope that the world has steered back towards "normal" enough by then that adventure travel will be viable.

    So I'm not considering this trip report "done" yet - just more or less on hold, until we re-start the adventure at that time. As I sort through our photos and notes I may add a post if it seems relevent to the trip thus far, and also will update if/when plans for the second phase change or become more clear.

    I really appreciate all the feedback, well wishes, advice and shout outs from the advrider community over the past 14 months (14 months! - wow.) Hope you hang in there and follow along when we continue!

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  9. MrMac

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    :clap:clap

    Thank you for taking us along, and keeping us informed!!
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    Parcero Mundial Supporter

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    Super news! Welcome home!
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  11. ADVer

    ADVer Been here awhile

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    Excellent!! Glad you’re back home safe.
    Will await the next chapter.
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  12. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    We are glad you made it back safely. Enjoy the family.
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    jowul Been here awhile

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    Great to see you re-united with your family. I am however surprised about how advise and rules are given to travelers returning to their respective countries. Total isolation for 14 days for those returning to their country and even for inter-provincial travel, is the rule in Canada. You never know if you are a carrier. Your future trip continuation certainly promises to be interesting.
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    The best part of any trip/adventure/travel is coming home! Glad you are both safe and healthy.
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    btrrtlwtr Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    jim carol thank you for this rr . glad you have made it home ok . now for the next serious ,unprecedented part of your adventure . hope you are able to continue the ride in jan in a safe world
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    SoosCreek Angle of Repose... Supporter

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    Glad to see you made it home safely. Your trip report was/is very informative to me and I appreciate the effort. I know how much work it is to provide your level of detail. Start planning the trip to get the bikes back!
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  17. JimsBeemer

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    Just a quick update on Xplore2Gether (Carol and I): After 3.5 weeks sheltering in place in Los Angeles with our son and his family, we have moved north and are now in our home town (Redding CA), in an Airbnb, through mid May. Being here puts us close to our parents, and it was good to see how well my Mom (who was very sick when we were in Bolivia) is doing - and I have been taking care of some home maintenance issues for her. I am getting periodic emails from Ed and Elisa (https://www.xfiltrate.com/) on the situation in Buenos Aires, and reassurance that our motorcycles are fine (Thanks Ed and Elisa!). We pulled my pickup out of storage so we have "wheels", but I am really suffering from motorcycle withdrawal, lol. For the past 10 years, I have gotten around (to work, to the store and eventually to Ushuaia) primarily by motorcycle - that has been my main mode of transportation, and I like it! I may have to buy something cheap to fill in the gap before we get back to recover our bikes :-)

    Our hope was that we could return to Argentina around January 2021 and spend a few more months riding, and then ship the bikes back to the USA around April. But that seems iffy, the way things are going, though it would still be our preference. In the mean time, this whole situation puts us in sort of "limbo"; we do not have a "place" to shelter in and we can't really responsibly move around much (I just filled out the US census questionnaire as a "homeless" person - never thought I'd be doing that!). Given the trajectory I see things headed, I am increasingly thinking that we should find a place to rent on a one year lease, and then see how things progress. No one knows exactly how things are going to evolve. I think that even if the SA borders open up, there is a real possibility of a second wave of infection - and we could end up back in SA in the same situation as we left, with borders shutting down on short notice. Until there is a vaccine or some breakthrough in palliative care, it is going to be "iffy" in terms of us spending 3 months in SA and getting back out smoothly. I think anyway. But aside from lack of motorcycles, we are doing fine; we know a number of advriders stuck in Central and South America, and we are thankful we made it back "home" at this difficult time.

    Thanks to all for the comments and well wishes.
    Jim
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    Thanks for the update Jim. We are in NE Ohio but our children & grand-kids are scattered; Boulder CO, D.C., Texas and a deployed son-in-law in the Middle East. I keep in touch with riding buddies via Zoom/Skype since our Wednesday rides have been cancelled until the restrictions loosen up. Cancelled a one month riding vacation in Sicily & then a secluded villa in Tuscany for another week with our adult children. No issues locally with food or fuel but in Texas (near an army base) the local order by email/curb pick-up isn't always fulfilling the needs on a mom with two babies. This too will pass, hopefully soon.
  19. 95Monster

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    Hey Jim! Thanks for the update and glad you're back up north and away from LA. When things loosen up, have you thought about taking that truck out and doing some 'overlanding?' This 4 wheel life isn't so bad when it's cold and rainy. Be well...
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  20. KC10Chief

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    I just read through this whole thing. Not all at once... What an incredible ride report! I've been following Ohio_Danimal too and he's still stuck in Brazil trying to get home. Almost October! Any update on your situation or future plans? January doesn't look too promising.