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Old 05-27-2013, 06:46 AM   #2611
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Hola Lalo

Man your report getting better and better each day, just like reading a novel Ride safe Ed and keep the pictures and RR coming.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:06 AM   #2612
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Man your report getting better and better each day, just like reading a novel Ride safe Ed and keep the pictures and RR coming.
My RR is getting better because my adventure is getting better
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:28 AM   #2613
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Back to the ride

The next day I headed back north to the wine region of Casablanca. It is a cool climate so that means whites and cool reds like Pinot Noir.
In fact, the climate is so cool, there were grapes still hanging on the vines even though winter is fast approaching

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Old 05-27-2013, 07:30 AM   #2614
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Taking some samples with me for later

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Old 05-27-2013, 07:33 AM   #2615
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These vines have already been picked. These are the clusters that didn't make it in to the vats to become wine and were just left in the vineyard for the birds (and me)

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Old 05-27-2013, 07:38 AM   #2616
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I stopped at Casa del Bosque Winery in Casablanca.
And I really enjoyed all their wines.
Some of the wineries pour skimppy pours but this one gave you a niice size taste. So I just hung out there, ordered lunch and enjoyed the wines that were served





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Old 05-27-2013, 08:19 AM   #2617
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After the wineries, I headed to the coast.
I wanted to put my fingers in to the Pacific Ocean to see how cold it was.
And it was COLD
I found a couple of cool places to camp but I didn't camp there after what happened in Ecuador
So I stayed in a Cabana instead
Sad.......it would have been a nice stop to put up my tent





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Old 05-27-2013, 08:21 AM   #2618
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Here's a cool picture showing my GPS confirming I am at the coast

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Old 05-27-2013, 08:24 AM   #2619
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Here was yet another nice spot to camp all by myself. But the people in town said it was unsafe to camp there.
So sad that people here live in fear and can't do things like this in fear of getting robbed or worse

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Old 05-27-2013, 08:29 AM   #2620
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The next morning I left the coast and was planning to cross the border and head to Mendoza Argentina. I started up the mountain and the road was closed due to construction. I knew they were doing work on the road but I didn't know that the road would be closed all day. They said the road would open at 8 pm which meant having to do the pass over the Andes at night. Again, the pass was not going to be without drama. I don't like riding at night but I had no choice.
So I headed down the mountain, found a place to pull off the road and cooked up some pasta for lunch. After that, I was going to head back in to Los Andes and go wine tasting. Since I had the rest of the day to do something in Chile, I might as well make the best of it

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Old 05-27-2013, 08:37 AM   #2621
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Down in Los Andes, there are a lot of vineyards, but I had trouble finding a winery. I pulled over at what looked like a winery and pulled in to the driveway.
I sharp looking older gentleman came out and greated me. I asked if this place was a winery and he said "no". It was his house.
And wow!
What a house it was
It was an estate owned by the family and it was 250 years old.
It had a vineyard and a pool
And it was huge.
The man invited me in where I was greeted by the entire family.
Next thing I know, I was drinking pisco sours and wine. And eating empanadas and smoked salmon.
I told them that I wanted to go to a winery before it got dark. They called some friends and made an appointment at a winery close by for me.
And they invited me back for dinner too.
Very nice people. I have found this to be true here in Chile
this was a day you can't buy.......priceless





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Old 05-27-2013, 08:44 AM   #2622
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Errazuriz Winery

Here is the winery I went to. It is one of the best wineries in Chile. They even have a wine like Opus One as it is joint venture with Robert Mondavi.
t's called Sena.
It retails for about $200 a bottle. But they also have a wine that was almost $400. It's named after the owner of the winery
Sadly I didn't get to try these wines. I could get the guy to open a bottle for me
But it was a very beautiful winery











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Old 05-27-2013, 08:51 AM   #2623
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After wine tasting and having dinner with my new friends at their estate, I took off heading for the border. My plan was to get to the front of the line of trucks and be the first one to the border. I wanted to get to the aduana and get my papers done before the crowds arrived.
But they opened the line up early and I was stuck behind about 200 truck heading up hill to the pass. I was able to pass about 190 of them. And it was crazy because it was all one lane and it was dark.
But I got up to the aduana to get my papers stamped and I found out I was in the wrong place. So I had to get back on my bike and repass all those trucks again!
The aduana took about 90 minutes because there were so many cars ahead of me at that point. But I got thru about midnight and just found a place to camp along side the road. And yes, it was cold that night

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Old 05-27-2013, 08:53 AM   #2624
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The pass from Mendoza to Santiago is a beautiful ride
Here's some pictures on this picture perfect day







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Old 05-27-2013, 08:55 AM   #2625
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I had some time to kill so I stopped along the Mendoza river to cook up some pasta. I had no pesos to buy anything so I just made do with what I had until I could exchange my dollars on the black market at a good rate

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