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Old 12-31-2013, 10:37 AM   #1
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Mad dogs and Englishmen in Patagonia

I am going to make a good start to 2014. It's midsummer down here in Chile so prime vacation season is upon us as well as the Christmas/New Years break. Time for a trip.

For the last 3 years I have been following the Dakar at this time of year, and much as I would like to go again this year, Summer is the best time to travel South to Patagonia.

Its going to run a bit like this....

Setting off from Temuco in South Chile, taking in a 5,000 km figure of eight southwards, passing through the Chilean as well as Argentinian Patagonia. No less than 4 criss crosses of the border plus of course the southern Andes. Yay! Our final destination is the famous Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina

This all started to take shape exactly a year ago on NYD 2013, when I got a call from a rather hungover mate called Macbean in England. He and 3 other mates from England had already been for a Dakar tour with me here in Chile in Jan 2011. The conversation went along the lines of...."Hey Mart (burp), I am shat in front ov the Air Fransh wwwebpage, an flights for Jan 1 2014 have jush come available, at good about you tek me and the ladz for a tour of Patagonia?" Me - "like, yeh sure Macbean, yer on!" And so it came to pass.... Here is a picture of Macbean, he of questionable festive sartorial sense

Mac and I go back over 30 years to when we were both 18 years old, we went to college together and were riding buddies on our first roadbikes, the rather shite Honda CB250N Superdream. We didn't look anything like these two stylish dudes though, our biking kit consisted of donkey jackets and Doc Martin boots, as was the fashion in Northern working class towns in England at the time (or was it just us?) Does anyone else here remember when "naked bikes" were just called motorbikes? :-)

The other boys, Charlie, Oggy and Rob are all experienced enduro riders from Mac's village in the Norf of England. Rob ran a Suzuki GSX1000 in the Manx GP on the Isle of Man this year, lapping at an average of 105MPH. Respect Rob. Charlie is old, very old. He also rides enduro most weekends and competitively races a 1974 Suzuki 500 two stroke in the North Cheshire olde farts on olde bikes championship. Oggy I've met twice in a pub, but Mac vouches for him and that'll do. Apparently he is married to a millionaress, there has to be a story in that. In addition we have a mystery guest joining us (woooo!), but that's something I cannot divulge at this point.

The final team member is my son George. He only turned 18 recently and got his Chilean bike licence. He has been rocking his mighty DR650 for the last month or so, and has become an awesome riding partner for me.

Me. I have been living here in Chile for the last 3 years, a refugee from the corporate world and increasingly draconian laws limiting off road riding in England. I've been riding my KTM Adventure up and down Northern Chile, Argentina and Bolivia, but I have never been down to Patagonia, so I am really excited to be doing this trip, especially in such great company.

As well as the killer landscape shots that are obligatory from this beautiful part of the world, expect plenty of daftness from this lot. It's going to be fun.

Kick off is this Friday, 3rd for Jan, for 15 days.
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TTFN - Martyn

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Old 12-31-2013, 10:53 AM   #2
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:31 AM   #3
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:46 PM   #4
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Very in.... Dreaming of a tour in this part of the world.....Got a big extended family in Santiago, would love to visit.... Good luck..
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Old 12-31-2013, 02:48 PM   #5
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Martynho, this sounds like a perfect mix of characters, drinks and landscapes. Looking forward to it.
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Old 12-31-2013, 03:10 PM   #6
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HELL YES! Totally in for this one! Can't wait to see what daft means...
Looks like great time!
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Old 12-31-2013, 03:36 PM   #7
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Was Perito Moreno glacier chosen as final destination because of the fairly large amount of ice for the scotch ?
Damn, I'm jealous, you're gonna ride through the most beautiful part of Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia

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Old 12-31-2013, 04:29 PM   #8
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I am so in. You are pretty well covering the area of SA I missed . . . and hope to come back and complete . . . maybe next year.
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Old 12-31-2013, 05:03 PM   #9
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Take it easy on The Kid?

I'm planning on beers in Valpo with you land Jr. the 18th at the end of the Dakar. Will be watching the ride. Cheers, s. AKA: Hayu
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:51 PM   #10
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Picked up link to here over on Vinnie's 'No Fumar' thread. Along for the RR.
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Old 01-01-2014, 04:01 PM   #11
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Take it easy on the kid?

Are you kidding me Steve? George is starting to kick MY ass!

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I'm planning on beers in Valpo with you land Jr. the 18th at the end of the Dakar. Will be watching the ride. Cheers, s. AKA: Hayu

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Old 01-07-2014, 09:50 AM   #12
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Martyn!... updates!!!!
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:12 AM   #13
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Finally! Well not quite...

Hey guys,

Back in Santiago last week after a great ride, but not without its dramas

I was having such an involved time in the ride I left the laptop completely closed throughout the trip (shouldn't they all be like that??)

As it panned out, my good friend Dominic took over the role of team photographer and chronicler, albeit on his tumbler account. Rather than reinvent the wheel (and being rather lazy) I have decided to tip my hat to him (thanks Dom! excellent job amigo) and post a link here to his index which details the trip day by day. I hope those of you who were kind enough to subscribe enjoy it.

All the best - Martyn
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Old 01-26-2014, 11:28 AM   #14
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That was pretty funny coming across you in Chaiten.

Especially when you shout back to the lads....."ey up...e's from Preston!"

Sitting in Buenas Aries EZE waiting for yet ANOTHER missed connection to Mexico City then Los Angeles...........three days in airplanes and airports.
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Old 01-26-2014, 03:38 PM   #15
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Looking forward to this. I lived in Antofagasta for a year, and did the same route as you this time last year. Can I ask what you are doing for 3 years down there?
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