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Old 05-13-2013, 01:37 PM   #2341
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Originally Posted by Bgunn View Post
The not so fun part of travel..Unlike Mexico, the paper goes in the toilet.


Hopefully the cipro will say "Adios amoebas"
No paper in any toilet south of the US borfer
But in this case, I made an exception
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:40 PM   #2342
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Ed,

Still reading along keep up the good RR

What are your plans when you get down to the tip of SA?

How is the GSA running? How many total miles on your trip so far?

Keep the rubber side down,

Mark
Bike is running well. I am taking good care of it and it is doing the same for me
My plan now is to get to Buenas Aires.
Right now, its too cold to go further south.
I want to do Europe this summer
From there, I am not sure.
Depends on my money situation (& how much good wine I drink over there)
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:52 PM   #2343
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You bastard! what a trip! enjoy!
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:58 PM   #2344
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video

A few more fun videos
CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO WATCH THE VIDEO.
I call this one ......check out time at the hotel

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Old 05-13-2013, 08:03 PM   #2345
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Watch out hippies
I am coming thru
Riding thru the streets of Copacabana Bolivia

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Old 05-13-2013, 08:18 PM   #2346
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I met a few fellow adventurers in Uyuni.
I met a guy from Australia on a DR650 riding around So America
I met a couple from Poland riding a pair of Chinese made 200's from Santiago Chile
And I met a couple that had been traveling since 2009 in a 60 series Land Cruiser.
And for me it was a good place to get information about crossing Uyuni
I was able to have them down load the GPS tracks in to my GPS.
This really helped
Plus I now have good maps for the rest of So America
Thanks Max for the help



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Old 05-13-2013, 08:26 PM   #2347
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Uyuni

Don't know what Uyuni is????
It is the world's largest salt flats in the world.
This dry lake bed of salt sits at an elevation of 12,000 feet.
I really don't know how big it is but I do know you can not see to the other side
It might be 100 miles to the other side
It is really big
I actually didn't ride across it
A lot of people do
But the salt is very bad for your bike in the long term
I just rode a ways out on to the salt for these pictures
And then took the road out tsowards Chile

But it is like being on the moon or something
Crazy seing the horizon with no end in sight

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Old 05-13-2013, 08:28 PM   #2348
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Uyuni

Here's a few more pics





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Old 05-13-2013, 08:30 PM   #2349
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And a few more pics





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Old 05-13-2013, 08:35 PM   #2350
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The road out of Uyuni heading south towards Chile
I ran in to two more roadblocks out of Uyuni. They were the miners protesting. But I was able to make it thru
If I waited one more day, I might have not been able to leave as the protesters were gaining strenth and numbers

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Old 05-13-2013, 08:43 PM   #2351
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I got a late start and figured that I would just find a place to camp along the way. I found this spot. I was able to hide behind this old adobe house so you could not see me or my bike from the road.
I was up almost 13,000 feet so it got really cold after the sun went down.
I used my bivy sack because I thought it would be warmer and I wanted to keep a low profile so I couldn't be seen from the road.
I looked at my thermometer in the morning and it was 10 degrees F or -10 C.
Everything was frozen in the morning including my drinking water.
I was glad that I had a very warm sleeping bag. I still was very cold but I made it thru the night without dying




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Old 05-13-2013, 09:09 PM   #2352
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In the morning, I had to cross this river. It doesn't look so bad, but it was deep and it had big rocks on the bottom
I looked for the best place to cross.
I was afraid that I would fall in to the water
It was really cold in the morning and I didn't want to drown my bike in the middle of Uyuni Bolivia
I waited for a Land Cruiser to go thru the river.
I watched it
It was up over its hubs
and it bounced over the rocks
It made me more scared to try it but I was not about to turn back
I crossed it just before another Land Cruiser went thru
I figured that if I fell over, at least someone would be there to help pick my bike up out of the water......that is if they didn't mind getting their boots wet
It was tough, but my big bike chugged on thru
In fact, the weight works to its advantage
Nothing stops it as long as I stay on the gas

Also note the pink flamingos
Pretty cool

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Old 05-13-2013, 09:10 PM   #2353
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more dirt roads

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Old 05-13-2013, 09:17 PM   #2354
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The road from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama was like riding on a different planet.
It was remote
The elevation was mostly between 13,000 and 16,000 feet the whole time. There were no big mountain passes to climb. It was mostly valleys, lake beds and a few hills
and they just seemed to go on forever



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Old 05-13-2013, 09:30 PM   #2355
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And then the unthinkable happened

I was cruising along
I was in a groove
I was riding my big GS like a CRF450 on a Baja tour.
And I was smack in the middle of Nowhere Bolivia
And all of a sudden, the front end started to feel funny.
There have been times when I felt like I had a flat tire because sometimes the sand makes you think a tire is flat.
Other times, I would pull over to take a look at my tires to confirm there was not a problem.
This time I did the same thing but to my surprise, my front tire was flat.
First, I was happy that the Heidenau K60 rode so well with a flat front. The sidewall must be very stiff.
That is reassuring if that ever happens at speed.
But my fear was that the tire had a rip in it.
I had all the stuff I needed to fix the flat as long as it was a minor puncture. But if the sidewall was torn........then it would hve been game over. And a new 19 inch tire probably was more than 500 miles and 2 days away.
I put the bike on the center stand and pumped the tire up with my compressor.
I was surprised that I could not hear it leaking.
I let it stand with 25 PSi for a few minutes and to my surprise, the tire was holding air.
I figured that I hit a rock and broke the bead on my tubeless tire and lost all the air that way.
I was running about 20 PSI in the front for the off road conditions. I put 25 PSI in the tire and rode more slowly after that.
I was glad it was nothing serious.
And I was glad my trip would continue without uncalled for tire drama

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