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Old 06-15-2011, 07:59 AM   #31
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Old 06-15-2011, 08:42 AM   #32
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We make it into El Calafate, grab some pizza and gas. The bike had been take'n some of the corners a bit weird, and the gas attendant points out that we have a flat tire. I put it off that the wind was blowing us around. (on the 950 you KNOW when you have a flat). We get it fixed check out the Glacier (a highlight of the trip), and find a camp close to town.













Notice the difference between the next two photo's ?





That chunk of ice (the size of a house, if not bigger) came rise'n up from under the water. It was like an alien space ship bubble'n up out of the ocean.
It roughs about 3X the height you see it there before it settled back down (that's when I picked my jaw back up and took a picture). It was truly amazing!!!!!!!



Still a bit of mud on Milenas jacket (even after we washed it).



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Old 06-19-2011, 07:25 PM   #33
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:22 AM   #34
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We set up camp in a camp ground in town and awaken by the town dogs howling and barking in the morning. It was out of hand. I wondered if the people there just get used to it or if they think it is as crazy as we did.
Nothing opens till 10 or 11 so we have breakfast at the gas station. Horacio from Patagonia Rider finds us and wants to sell us tires. He's a pretty animated dude, and since the banks were closed he gave me the tires, and I was able to put the money into his bank account later (in Chili).
We also run into the people who helped us out in the van.
Next stop Puerto Natales.









In the morning we do a day trip to Torres del Paine.









We find our self's in the legendary winds of the Patagonia. 80 MPH winds that blow you right off the road. When we hit dirt the wind would push us sideways as the tires slid across the gravel. It sucked, and it was killing Milena with every gust of wind tense up and her knee was getting real sore. Plus, the mental aspect of going down again.
So, we saw the mnt's took a pic. and went back to Puerto Natales to catch out ferry ride north to Puerto Montt.

Pay'n for the tires.















































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Old 06-21-2011, 10:00 AM   #35
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The 4 day boat ride is over in Puerto Montt. We left our helmets and jackets on the bike, and every thing was covered with cow dust (did you see the cattle in the pic,s above). We now smell like s#*t, and the dust in my helmet send my allergies into high gear.
We find a place to camp in Puerto Octay



















We wake up to rain, Load up, I jump on the bike let the clutch out and go no where. Now what? We are at a camp ground, its raining, and we are stuck. I give the bike a look over and see that there is a bit of a gap between the clutch slave cylinder and the case. I take it off, clean the dirt off that has made its way between the two parts, and get it to mount back into place (tight) against the case. I had to bleed it a little and then we were back in business.



At this point it feels like every day there's an extra test to over come. We've past them all so far, but it would be nice just to have to ride.

Hell storm
Run out of gas (in no mans land)
Weld the racks
Crash in the mud
Get a flat
Fix the clutch

Really, not too bad. They were all quick fixes, and we're having a good time.

We make it to Entre Lagos, SOAKED.



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Old 06-21-2011, 08:16 PM   #36
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Is that a little warming wiskey I see???????
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:34 PM   #37
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Great Pics!!

Great Pics!!!! I went in 05 and I want to come back soon. Great adventure.

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Old 06-22-2011, 02:44 PM   #39
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Great Pics!!!! I went in 05 and I want to come back soon. Great adventure.

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Have you been in-touch with our friend in Colombia? I feel terrible that we have not E-mailed him much at all.
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With it still raining in the morning, we hang out with the family that runs the hotel. I was their Sunday tradition to hang out and make empanadas. A great way to have our first empanadas. We end up leaving in the rain, missing the veiws of volcano's on our way to Bariloche.



Moto-X track in the mountains
















We change the oil and tires with the help of a guy that runs a shop out of his garage.



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After two days in Bariloche we head south on the road to San Martin de los Andes.
The land scape reminds of S. Utah/Arizona along a nice dirt road... Until the rain hits us hard and starts to get slick. We take cover in a dinner in Caleu'u.
We hang out for a long time and make friends with the cooks/waitress. It turns out the owner is American. His parents were from Caleu'u and he decided to move and start a fly fishing tour guide business, and a dinner. The places to stay were too expensive, so the cooks let us sleep in their old camper after a night of the best pizza ever and a few drinks.















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In the morning the wind had taken the rain away and we continue north on the 40. Argentina has information stations in areas of interests, but they should be called mis-information stations. We want to do a side loop into a park, but we had heard the next gas station was out of gas. So, if we dont do the loop we could make it to the next station. We see a mis-information station and stop. The lady says the park is great and that she just got off the phone and the gas station now has gas.
So, off we go to see the Monkey-Tree's and camp at Villa Peheunia.











Guess what! The gas station has NO gas, We make camp in a crowded camp ground and see what happens in the morning.



In the morning, still no gas. We start asking people if they have a gallon of gas. We find a guy by the lake with a boat, jackpot. They were real nice and wouldn't take any money for the gas. I was able to sneak some money into their car as we left. Next stop, we brush camp out side of Bardas Blancas









We were heading into a huge thunder storm. We decide to pull off the road and camp instead of getting blasted by rain (were learning). We watch an amazing lightning show and go to sleep hoping the thunder clouds dont make it over to us during the night.
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:36 AM   #45
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We survive the night and head to into Mendoza for the next over night stay.
Then its over the Mnt. to Chile. We take the dirt route (the old road) over the tunnel. This is our first time being at 13,000 feet, and the bike does great (hello FI). We then plummet down to sea level in about 80 miles.
We find a great place to stay in Los Vilos.

We did do some wine tour'n in Mendoza.






















A welcome gift from our host's.


Getting the Ipod charger to work.




...and we cant leave without a free bottle of wine. These people were awesome!!!
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