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Old 01-26-2010, 05:21 AM   #46
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High Drama from the high desert!!!!!

Unfreakin' real. JB Weld ... you're my hero.

Keep the pics coming!!!!
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:34 AM   #47
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High Drama from the high desert!!!!!

Unfreakin' real. JB Weld ... you're my hero.

Keep the pics coming!!!!
No doubt!


btw...I've been keeping a stick of that stuff with me in the hopes that I'll never have to use it!
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Old 01-26-2010, 02:44 PM   #48
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Holy crap AW!!!!

You're one lucky bastard, in so many ways. Way to make us old schoolers proud!
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Old 01-26-2010, 07:15 PM   #49
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Unfreakin' real. JB Weld
PSA:

If you and your bike opt for the road less traveled, you owe it to yourself to go out and buy one of these


and stash it SOMEWHERE on your bike. It's cheap insurance against a potentially HUGE headache.
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Old 01-27-2010, 12:57 AM   #50
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wow, cool report. great pics. hey, where in seattle are you? i've got to buy you a beer
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Old 01-27-2010, 12:58 AM   #51
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Awesome ride report!

I'm heading to Santiago Chile to start my SA adventure on the 8Th of Feb.

Got a quick question for you, Are you relying on maps or GPS for navigation

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Old 01-27-2010, 11:16 AM   #52
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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-27-2010, 12:14 PM   #53
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Amazing ride - thanks for sharing.

Glad you're not stuck in Machu Picchu. Tourist trap indeed.
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Old 01-28-2010, 04:59 PM   #54
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Awesome ride report!

I'm heading to Santiago Chile to start my SA adventure on the 8Th of Feb.

Got a quick question for you, Are you relying on maps or GPS for navigation

BEN
Both. The garmin worldmap leaves a bit to be desired as far as accuracy is concerned, but it's right 80% of the time. Definitely carry some paper maps though. Might want to buy them before you leave because they're impossible to find down here.
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:20 PM   #55
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Incredible report! Keep it coming!
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:10 PM   #56
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Both. The garmin worldmap leaves a bit to be desired as far as accuracy is concerned, but it's right 80% of the time. Definitely carry some paper maps though. Might want to buy them before you leave because they're impossible to find down here.

Bags are packed and were flying to Santiago Chile tomorrow.

Thanks for the info.
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Old 02-18-2010, 12:30 PM   #57
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Long overdue update. We're just north of Rio Gallegos in Patagonia. After my last entry, we entered Chile via the southwestern corner of Bolivia and continued south. After a few boring days of riding the Pan Am through the Atacama I got restless and broke off from the other guys. They wanted to head to Santiago, but my girlfriend had flown down to visit and was in Buenos Aires. I took a smaller dirt road over the Andes, in the middle of which my rear shock decided to fail leaving me without ANY damping. I spent the next couple of days blasting (and bouncing uncontrollably) across northern Argentina to Buenos Aires. Once there I rode my bike out to Dakar Motos to start making repairs and made probably the most pathetic entrance of all time: blown fork seals with fork oil all over the place, blown rear shock, cracked oil pan patched with JB weld, leaking pushrod seals and to top it all off I got a flat tire a block from the shop and pushed it the rest of the way. It was sad. Thus started a nice two week vacation from my vacation in Buenos Aires.




Marko had to buy gas from the Bolivian border guard in order to make it to the first town in Chile




The no frills Bolivian immigration office:






Colin was glad to see asphalt again.



Atacama




BO-RING





My 'shortcut' through the Andes:



Guanacos along the way:



I ended up having to spend the night in a storm shelter when it started snowing and got dark a little faster than I thought it would



Skip forward a few days in Buenos Aires. We went to one really raucous soccer game.





They have motorcycle paramedics here in order to get through heavy traffic more quickly



One of several large steak dinners. Argentine steaks are definitely an experience.



Apartment building where I stayed for a couple of weeks






The subway here costs $.30 and makes getting around really easy













The stories of fugitive nazis living out their days in Argentina are more than just stories







All over Buenos Aires are tiles set into the sidewalk in memory of those who disappeared (Los Desaparecidos) during the 'Dirty War' in the late '70s and early '80s.





Showing our German how to watch the superbowl:







We even went to a Tom Jones concert... yes... TOM JONES



So sweaty...



Alright, back to the bike. It needed some big repairs and I slowly chipped away at it over the course of a couple of weeks. The sump needed some serious welding to hold oil again.



The backyard at Dakar Motos



Ken the aussie working on his '81 G/S with 695,000 km on it. It's been around the world twice and has spent the last two years riding around South America - all two up. He and his wife Carol have some really cool stories to tell.



After a great stay in a great city it was time to hit the road again. After several days of riding across flat range land, Steve and I found something we'd never seen before...







PENGUINS!!



They're curious little waddlers that will walk right up to you to see what you are.

Fuzzy youngins









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Old 02-18-2010, 01:41 PM   #58
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When I grow up ... err ...

... maybe I just wanna be you.

Keep it coming. This is awesome.

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Old 02-18-2010, 01:49 PM   #59
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That is one hell of a ride that I only dream of. You are a true adventure rider!!
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Old 02-18-2010, 04:25 PM   #60
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More Stories and pics of food please

"probably the most pathetic entrance of all time: blown fork seals with fork oil all over the place, blown rear shock, cracked oil pan patched with JB weld, leaking pushrod seals and to top it all off I got a flat tire a block from the shop and pushed it the rest of the way."

Excellent word pictures - you are making this snow bound guy smile a lot reading your words and viewing the pictures. Way to go...

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