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Old 05-19-2013, 11:33 AM   #2506
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What a great journey! Thank you for sharing. Keep posting please.
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Old 05-19-2013, 01:14 PM   #2507
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once your are done with your adventure and you are wondering how to earn a living for your self, I believe you could write a book on your adventure and I believe it would sell. I would buy it, great story. THE ADVENTURES OF THE FLYINGDUTCHMAN.
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Old 05-19-2013, 01:52 PM   #2508
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Awesome! I've got the video and as soon as I get it cut down I'll send it to you! great to meet you, had a "blast"!
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:52 PM   #2509
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The Walking Dead

That miners strike DOES look like a zombie flick...eerie dude.

Keep it UP!
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:37 AM   #2510
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These posts should have a way to hit a "thumbs up" button like Facebook. I'm just getting started looking at this thread. Your gf's post is heart warming and awesome. ...... you lucky guy. I am curious to keep reading your post and catch up to current time........
...... Ok, so there is a thumbs up. It just takes extra steps .....
Now ex girl friend..........you have a long way to go........enjoy the ride
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:50 AM   #2511
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Awesome! I've got the video and as soon as I get it cut down I'll send it to you! great to meet you, had a "blast"!
Hummmm.......your video might show the real story what happened that night. Oh well, let's see it.........I am just glad I still have all my limbs
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:18 AM   #2512
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I always make room for wine in my luggage. At this point, I am carrying 5 bottles. I just can't say no to these smoking deals here in Argentina. $20 for a winery's best reserve wine?????
I need to figure out a way to carry more

I have a deal for you. Ship all the wine to me and I will store it and ship it out to you when you want to drink it. I only charge one bottle of the best red you buy for every 5 you ship . What do you think? Still loving the report! My new words to live by "do not mix alcohol and dynamite"! Ride safe well as safe as possible.
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:32 PM   #2513
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I am not sure that you want to hear about the wineries..
i've been enjoying the history and the pics of the old vines. i had no idea! totally so much more sophisticated now...

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...Maybe you will find these pictures more interesting....
holy hell man, awesome pic! she's a beauty for sure!

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...this Southern California boy doesn't know squat about riding a big adventure bike thru snow and ice..
well, see on ice you dont wanna turn and if you do happen to turn, you dont wanna brake..

good luck man can't wait for more!
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:53 AM   #2514
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once your are done with your adventure and you are wondering how to earn a living for your self, I believe you could write a book on your adventure and I believe it would sell. I would buy it, great story. THE ADVENTURES OF THE FLYINGDUTCHMAN.
Nah.......My adventures need more drama.......don't you think?
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:55 AM   #2515
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I have a deal for you. Ship all the wine to me and I will store it and ship it out to you when you want to drink it. I only charge one bottle of the best red you buy for every 5 you ship . What do you think? Still loving the report! My new words to live by "do not mix alcohol and dynamite"! Ride safe well as safe as possible.
I don't know about that........unlike drinking and driving, wine and TNT seem to go together hand and hand
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:07 AM   #2516
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Riding in to the snow and ice

Obviously, I made it to Santiago Chile.
But it wasn't without it's drama
I have to admit, I was a bit scared to ride the pass from Mendoza to Santiago.
It was closed the day before with a lot of snow and ice on the road.
When I woke up in the morning, it was still cloudy but they said the road was open.
I waited until about noon.
I wanted the sun to melt as much of the snow and ice as possible.
Plus I wanted the trucks to break it all up.
When I set out, it was 44 degrees. I was at 6000 feet in elevation. I figured that I would get up to about 14,000 feet so that meant a temp drop of about 30 degress. So I figured it would be about 15 degrees at the top. And the ice was not going to melt if that were true.
But it actually got warmer as I climbed the mountain. Not sure why. But it did drop to about 38 at the top. And the other thing I didn't know is that there was a tunnel cutting thru the mountain at about 11,000 feet. And that is what saved me. The road was getting icy at that point. But once I got in to the long tunnel and made it in to Chile, I knew I was going to make it. In fact, the border was in the tunnel. There was a sign in the tunnel, in the middle of the mountain that said "welcome to Chile".
That was a good feeling.



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Old 05-21-2013, 07:10 AM   #2517
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More snow around the road.
The thing that made it tricky and something that I didn't even consider was the winds. It was very gusty toward the top. It made it hard to stay on your line around the corners. And going slower just made it worse.
And you can see in this picture a long line of trucks.
I past about 2 miles of back up on my motorcycle at went right to the front of the line at the border. I got all my paperwork done in about 20 minutes and was on my way. I think I saved about 2 hours cutting in line. And that was alright by me. I had some important business in Santiago.

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Old 05-21-2013, 07:17 AM   #2518
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Here I am at the border to do my papers for my bike and get my passport stamped. It was a really busy border crossing but fast.
Look at all that snow!


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Old 05-21-2013, 07:21 AM   #2519
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Chile

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I made it to San Pedro de Atacama by dark
I got a dorm room for $20 a night!!!!
And camping was $10
I paid less for my own room on the beach in other countries.
Chile is expensive
But I was out of Bolivia.
I made it thru Uyuni solo
I didn't wipe out in the sand
It was time to celebrate!!
I went to a nice restaurant
I ordered the best wine they had.
And had a 4 course dinner including the best mushroom soup I have ever had.
And my Cabernet was sooooooo good.
Finally........some good wine
Yeah, I blew my budget that day, but it was so worth it



Looks like they named that country appropriately. Stay safe Lalo the Shred. BBTGLG
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:22 AM   #2520
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Made it to Chile......again!

This was a good feeling.
Made it to Chile.
At that point, I knew I was going to make it to Santiago and I knew I would get there by dark as I expected.
But it wasn't without its drama either.
There was road construction and about a zillion very slow moving trucks in my was. The road snaked down the mountain and the trucks were going about 5 miles an hour. At that rate, I would be in Santiago in about 3 days. So I made my own road along the shoulder, sometimes thru the snow and passed all the trucks. Once I got around them all, it was smooth sailing the rest of the way. And a beautiful ride down the mountain with some awesome views in my rear view mirrors.

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