Rainbow Farm rides to Argentina

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by PJ Bren, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. PJ Bren

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    Hello everyone! This will be the second time I post an adventure to this site, but this time I'm going to do it a bit different. My wife and I will be making videos of our 6 month trip down to South America and posting them on YouTube. I figure it could be informative for others if I post the links to the videos here whenever we upload them, as well as any good stills that don't make it into the videos.

    Feel free to ask questions or give encouragement; even though I won't be keeping a blog like before, making videos seems like an arduous task and it's good to know people are enjoying them.

    I'm not really sure how YouTube subscriptions work, but I guess that's an options as well, though I like the community here. We don't have cell phones so we're working off of whatever WiFi we can scrounge. Be patient and enjoy the ride!

    Sorry I didn't post this earlier, but Lauren is using a program called Track My Tour to put photos and waypoints along our route. Maybe some of you guys are familiar with this? The link is HERE - let me know if it works!
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    I am from Argentina (now living in LA), P.M. if you need anything from there
    I think 6 months is a short time, I just think...
    Best luck on your trip and
    Keep posting on your progress.
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    Some decent photos of big bend
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    Some photos of the copper canyon:
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    More photos along the road:
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    Does anyone know a cheap (read free) place to stay in Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, or Bernal? We are currently in Guanajuato and likely heading east.
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    Headed towards Oaxaca today- anyone have a place near there we can stay for the night?
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    Some more photos for your enjoyment:
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    I know it is out of order, but I wanted to make a note on our route through the Copper Canyon since it is a popular ADV destination. We are riding 2 virtually stock KLRs that are loaded to travel. We took the "short cut" between Urachai and San Rafael, which was about 70 miles of travel. By far the most difficult was the first half, or 30 miles. Really only about 5-10 miles was ridiculous. Basically everything was reasonable for a loaded KLR and a reasonable amount of offroad experience until the road leaves the river. A grader has been working the road, so there is a substantial amount of "fluff" on the road the makes travel, especially through the switchbacks, very difficult. After we passed the grader the road firmed up, but the rocks and natural obstructions were still very difficult, basically culminating with a black diamond type of terrain to summit the pass.

    Because of the terrain, we traveled much slower than expected and camped just after the pass at the summit. BE AWARE, this is cartel country. We were approached at gunpoint in the night and made to explain what we were doing there. After they understood we were just passing tourists all was fine, but if that kind of excitement is not for you than be advised. Also be aware that there is no real water source until many miles after the summit pass, probably the first being the first community you come to (I forget the name). We went through 8 liters in one day and were still short. After you get to the community (again, I forget the name) the road is MUCH better and the last 30 miles passed in just a couple hours.

    Because my wife is not very proficient with offload terrain and especially not with terrain of this caliber, I did much of the most difficult sections twice. The bikes made it through, though they definitely have damage from from their collective drops. Had I been using the KLX250 that I have, this terrain would still have been very difficult. I had my rears aired down to 20 psi and could have gone lower.

    I think that covers it. Hope that helps.
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    We have a boat to catch on November 14 so moving quicker than we'd like. That said, we're taking a lot in. It certainly helped to move quickly through Mexico because I've done a substantial amount of travel there in the past.
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    Another note for a popular ADV destination. The road south of Coban that leaves San Cristobal Verapaz and heads towards Rio Chixoy is rough for only about 20 miles and we found it very passable. This is an excellent way to see some beautiful country and cut off at least 100km of highway travel (we hate highways and use them sparingly). This is assuming your coming south from Tikal and heading towards Atitlan.

    Also there is a lot of rain in north Guatemala at the moment and some roads / attractions are affected. We passed on Semuc Champey after several officials telling us it would essentially be washed out(chocolate river rather than pristine pools.)
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    A nice route after visiting Copan in Honduras is to circle down to Gracias and come up through Esperanza on the way to Ceiba. Great views, cooler temps and agua termales to boot!
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    Palenque Ruins
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    Tikal Ruins
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    Lago Atitlan
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    While we have a minute (we're currently in Honduras on Utila diving) I want to talk a bit about camping. We started this trip on the 22nd of September and have camped every night with the exception of here (accommodations included in the diving, which is cheap) and 3 nights around Oaxaca with friends and coach surfer. All the experiences have been positive and as long as you're open to the fact that every night is not going to be the idyllic campsite, and it certainly won't be like the 4 seasons inn, there are options galore.

    My last trip through Mexico yielded the same experience, and so far the camping in Guatemala and Honduras has been equally as positive.

    Generally camping is free, though we paid $10 once. Lets say 85% of the time the price is free, and the other 15% is a small fee. More importantly however is the opportunity to connect with someone when finding camping, whether it's a gas station attendant, restaurant owner, police officer, or farmer. There is a different type of connection that is made when your asking for a privilege rather than paying for a privilege, and in general it feels like a more real and honest interaction.

    So, while camping does save money and does provide lots of flexibility, one of its main values is also increasing the opportunity for cultural interaction; that is important to us.
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