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Old 12-10-2013, 04:42 PM   #436
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We did try to get to the geysers, but that is the morning Dan's bike wouldn't start.
Mmmm good thing Dan's such a good mechanic. The only time it started without a glitch was in Girag!
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Old 12-11-2013, 04:24 PM   #437
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Ha ha. Dan does a great job maintaining and fixing the bikes, thats for sure.

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Old 12-11-2013, 04:26 PM   #438
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DEAD bike at 4 am!

Dan’s bike was having issues starting, but we thought it was just sand in the starter. This evening we went to the Valley of the moon for some very lunar landscape and an amazing sunset.

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The colors were amazing this is how it looked.

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The plan for today was get up at 330 am and drive the 100 km or 2 hours to the huge geyser field at Tatio. Well we did get up at 4 am, but when we tried to leave Dan’s bike would not start. UGH! Back to bed to sort of sleep. Luckily we have a GS911 and it quickly diagnosed a problem with the clutch actuator switch, which was full of crap. Cleaning this out Dan had solved the problem. Lazing about for the rest of the day was not so bad actually.
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Old 12-12-2013, 12:17 AM   #439
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Wow ... awesome pics! Were you a photog or journalist in your professional life?

Bummer about the Bimmer. :-(
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Old 12-12-2013, 06:34 AM   #440
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Wow ... awesome pics! Were you a photog or journalist in your professional life?

Bummer about the Bimmer. :-(
No, but thanks. Both Daniel and I really enjoy the art of photography.


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Old 12-12-2013, 06:39 AM   #441
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Hand in the desert

We retraced our route to Calama and then headed south initially to Antofagasta, but it was only 250 km. There were several ruins along the way.

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This is a sign you do not see very often and just after the traffic was crawling for 10 km following the biggest dump truck ever. It took up two lanes and nearly took out several barriers and signposts.

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Another milestone today we passed the tropic of Capricorn.

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There are many of these geoglyphs along the roadside.

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Another 75 km south of there is the famous hand in the desert so we stopped there for some photo op’s.

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Instead of back tracking the 25 km to the road to the coast we continued south, “because the will be another road”. Unfortunately there was not and we were stuck on the Pan Americana where there was really nowhere to stop for the night unlike on the coast road, until we reached 630 km at Taltal. This is quite a nice ocean front town. There is a pretty square and waterfront area.

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30 minutes after we arrived at the hotel Claudinei and Fatima from Brazil arrived. They had been in San Pedro also and left about 30 min after us this morning but did the coast road. Together we enjoyed a great fish dinner and Spinglish with a little Portuguese conversation.

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Old 12-13-2013, 05:16 AM   #442
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Bahia Inglasia

We were all going the same direction and to Bahia Inglasia just 240 km away.

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We tracked back to the Pan Americana for about 100 km and then exited to the Camino de Pan de Azucar. Someone had told us about this great road last year. The route is off road, but very solid and the views are amazing. This then heads to the coast and meets up again with the #5 highway.

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Just before this you cross the playa in strong winds and blowing sand.

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Arriving in Bahia we finally found a place with cabinas that had kitchens to spend 2 nights. This is a beach town just south of the city of Caldera.

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Since all 4 of us are wearing these helmets we had to have lunch at the Shark restaurant.

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Some really great new friends!

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Heading south 411 km we aimed for La Serena. This was a pretty boring ride down the #5 until the last 45 km along the sea.

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Old 12-13-2013, 07:22 AM   #443
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excellent RR, great photos and great smiles,
keep going enjoying life.
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Old 12-13-2013, 05:02 PM   #444
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Angola hey that's cool! Welcome along! Sp
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Old 12-14-2013, 02:00 PM   #445
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Almost to Santiago

Sadly we had to part ways with our new friends, but we will meet them next year in Brazil. We headed along the route of the Estrellas (stars) along which there are numerous observatories on the mountaintops.

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We stopped at a huge dam for a break. There was this wind chime sculpture making the most horrific noise.

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Next we entered the wine growing region and headed up the long winding Elqui Valley to Pisco Elqui about 107 km east of La Serena. This is the home of the Pisco distillery (national drink is the Pisco sour: 3 parts pisco, 1 part lime, and sugar over ice). It is along the route of Gabriela Mistral (noble winning Chilean poet).

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Back tracking to Vicuna we then headed off road on the route of the stars. There were some areas where the road was red.

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Heading up over the mountains there were some very steep climbs and sharp switchbacks.

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About 3 and after about 180 km we spotted a small shelter on the top of a hill and decided to camp there for the night to watch the stars. Unfortunately it then became cloudy, so we did not see too many starts, but it was quiet in the many hours we were there only 4 cars came by and a heard of goats.

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We headed out of the mountains down some steep stretches. And suddenly we were on the great paved road thru lush valleys.

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There were still no cars on the back road thru the desert and at times you worried the road was closed. We did however drive thru a Chinchilla sanctuary. It’s not to often you see a sign saying slow down for chinchillas. No cars means no towns, or crappy towns with by the hours motels, so we opted to head back to the Pan Americana at Los Vilos at 310 km to find a place to sleep.
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Old 12-15-2013, 05:06 AM   #446
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coast

Now we were very close to our goal of Santiago with a day to kill. We opted to stay a night in Limache about 130 km from the city. We toured along the coast and found out where all the rich Chileans live in style.

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We did a little living in style ourselves since Dan found this place on line at 70% off!

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Old 12-15-2013, 05:13 AM   #447
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Santiago

Arriving in Santiago we stopped at Motoaventura to see if the Heidineu tires for the 650 GS had arrived yet. They are 2 blocks down from the new BMW dealership, which is now the second largest in the world. The service department will move from the old location to there in 2 weeks, so we headed there to see Filipe for our valve checks.

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We checked into the Rio Amazonias Hostal on the recommendation of Gino and Fiona. It is in a great location in central Santiago.


We walked to and climbed up the Cerro Santa Lucia for a panoramic view of the city.

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Next we headed to the Plaza des Armes and the Cathedral.

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There are several pedestrian only roads from here and one leads to the Mercado central. On the corner is a great empanada place packed with locals and where we had a delicious lunch. Inside is the fish market and lots of overprices restaurants.

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The last item for the day was to get the velcro changed on Dan's pockets!


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Old 12-24-2013, 09:26 AM   #448
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Old 12-24-2013, 12:02 PM   #449
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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to you Sara & Dan!

I'm still following your great RR, and enjoying the amazing pictures! Thanks for taking the time and sharing!

Safe travels!!!
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Old 12-24-2013, 01:06 PM   #450
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Merry Christmas, your ride report is awesome !! Thanks for sharing.
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