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Old 05-09-2013, 06:06 AM   #181
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WOW! talk about desolation! I must go there some day...
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:42 AM   #182
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WOW! talk about desolation! I must go there some day...
I highly recommend it!!
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:42 AM   #183
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Argentina: A waiting game at Perito Moreno Glacier

Deb and I arrived at the guard station as the sun was setting and were not allowed into the park. We had hoped to camp inside the boundaries of Perito Mereno, but the guard kindly said no, and pointed the way to a campsite nearby. We did not realize the magnificence of the view until the sun rose the next morning. Getting an early start on the day, we found that buses filled with other tourists had already beaten us to the top, but the view of the massive glacier was still stunning. As the sun ticked overhead to mid-day, we waited to hear the crack and fall of breaking ice. We stared with others, yet didn’t see anything so decided to walk to another viewpoint. Caught amongst the trees, which revealed fall had set in, we heard the crashes into the water. Do we run down or up? Back down, but with either decision we missed the action. Again we waited. Nothing. Let’s go back up. And again, stuck within the trees, chunks of ice fell into cold 3 degree waters. There was no winning this game. Long hours, day after day on a motorcycle had made my legs slow to move up flights of stairs. The memory of the sound is all that took with me.

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Old 05-10-2013, 10:43 AM   #184
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Chile: the Patagonian Wonders

And the road continues south, and even when two riders enter the landscape, it is a solitude like no other…

pictures speak for themselves…

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Old 05-10-2013, 11:51 AM   #185
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Just found this and subscribed. Love, love, LOVE your writing style!
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:29 PM   #186
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Same here,
Great RR, really enjoying them - have safe travels.

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Old 05-12-2013, 01:54 AM   #187
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Just spent the last 3 hours reading this and your blog. Makes me wonder why I'm sitting here in my office, working. Instead of following your lead and exploring. My weekend jaunts, while I love them, seem trite right now. Loved your story and photos. Thank you so much for sharing. I will continue to follow your excursions. Maybe we will meet out on the road one day!
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:09 AM   #188
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Dirt rider~

It just occurred to me that dirt riding might be a blast so maybe I'll go try it.
Would that be a good thing for a 70 yr old though? :-) Maybe I'll have to watch from my ole recliner then!

Thanks for a great entertaining RR.....Ahhh, to be young again......

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Old 05-20-2013, 03:55 PM   #189
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Very nice!!!

Really enjoying your report. Excellent pictures and descriptions. Very well done. You are awesome! Keep it up.
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:42 PM   #190
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Just spent the last 3 hours reading this and your blog. Makes me wonder why I'm sitting here in my office, working. Instead of following your lead and exploring. My weekend jaunts, while I love them, seem trite right now. Loved your story and photos. Thank you so much for sharing. I will continue to follow your excursions. Maybe we will meet out on the road one day!
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It just occurred to me that dirt riding might be a blast so maybe I'll go try it.
Would that be a good thing for a 70 yr old though? :-) Maybe I'll have to watch from my ole recliner then!

Thanks for a great entertaining RR.....Ahhh, to be young again......

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Really enjoying your report. Excellent pictures and descriptions. Very well done. You are awesome! Keep it up.

Thank you! Thank you!

Doesn't matter if its for the weekend or for several months, enjoy the ride! And yes... maybe see you on the road, maybe even a dirt one.

Now to return to finish the story...
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:45 PM   #191
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The calm waves of the Strait of Megellan provided an easy ferry crossing, and we figured that with such good weather, there was no reason not to ride. So, each of our two wheels continued to chase the sun to the end of the earth, el fin de mundo. Riding 300-mile (500km) days were the norm… we mounted our bikes shortly after the sun rose, and continued until just after it set, using the last of its dusk to set up our wild camps. Excitement fueled our spirits across the gravel roads of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, knowing the end time was near, as was our goal of reaching as south as the road south goes.



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On March 8, 2013, Deb and I, with smiles brighter than the sky, finally reached the orange sign with white letters that read: Ushuaia. We made it to this landmark, a shabby little port city, emphasized in greatness by motorcyclists and bicyclist alike, as the ultimate destination to end a journey.







As grey skies broke with dots of blue, and the light snow-flakes sprinkled on us while we rode through the last mountain pass were long dried, we parked our bikes at a hostel, agreeing it was too cold to camp. Besides we wanted to treat ourselves to a delicious (and expensive) dinner in town since a little bit of celebration was in order… we had reached the end of the world!



Our one full day in Ushuaia was spent playing tourist on a boat exploring the Beagle Channel. We wanted to see Penguins. Dreams of cruises to Antarctica prevailed, even as our faces froze with the cold winds on the catamaran, but realized that excursion would have to wait for another time.

















Early the next morning, we headed to Tierra del Fuego National Park to visit the sign at the end of Ruta 3, where it really is the end of the road. It was not until I read the line - Alaska 17,848km - that I felt the completion of this accomplishment. I had ridden from tip to tip. Even though I took that distance over the course two journeys in two years, with miles accumulating far beyond that number, I have ridden all that way. Tears welled in my eyes, as they do now just recounting the occasion.

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Deb and I, both originating on solo journeys, triumphing over individual trials and tribulations, had made it there on our own. Yet we also found an appreciation to have someone there to celebrate with. We jumped up and down in joy and gave each other a hug, so proud, that we did it!

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From beginning to end: a tribute to those I met along the way and their photos at the sign at the end of the road.

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Old 08-08-2013, 05:02 PM   #192
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: End of the Road:

From beginning to end: a tribute to those I met along the way and their photos at the sign at the end of the road.

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WOW....congrats alison...

sorry i missed your updates, now i have to start from the beginning. the pics and commentaries are brilliant. thank you.

what will be next? hope you the best.
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Old 08-09-2013, 06:24 AM   #193
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fan-freakin-tastic!
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Old 08-09-2013, 06:54 AM   #194
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Great experience, great write-up, great feeling for y'all.!
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:46 AM   #195
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Way to go!!!
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