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Old 02-26-2014, 02:22 PM   #571
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The Ferry problem

We were so preoccupied by the hockey the Summer holiday Saturday night when we arrived that we did not go to the Navimag office to get ferry tickets for the three boats it takes to get to puerto Montt. Big mistake. When we checked out after the game and went to the office at 11 they were serving number 40 and we had number 58. By the time we got a ticket it was for the 245 ferry the next day. The problem is that this means if we get that first ferry then the second will arrive after dark in the town that is 60 km from the third and last ferry of the day.


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Step 1 drive the 70 km from Chaiten to the first ferry dock at Rampa Caleta Gonzalo.



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Step -2 beg the ferry guys to let us on the earlier sailing.



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Step 3 race the cars the 10 km to the next ferry launch from Rampa Fiordo Largo to Rampa Leptepu. Then hope you can get on this one early. We arrived at 145 for the 2 sailing that finally arrived after 3.



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There was another couple from Chile on a V strom, who had tickets for the 2 sailing, but they ferry guys figured we would get on too. Two bikes came off the ferry from Ecuador. The crazy thing is I knew one of them. When I went up to say hi to Jaun Crespo he said I know you we are facebook friends! It’s such a small world of coincidences. Good luck on your way south!!


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Step 4 is a 4 hours ride from Rampa Leptepu to Rampa Quintupeu along the inside passage.



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Old 02-27-2014, 06:10 AM   #572
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Back to civilization!

We got a cabana again so we could cook and be warm with a fire. We are looking forward to getting back to civilization, where you can get a fresh vegetable! In the morning we had 60 km to go from Rampa Quintupeu to Rampa Puelche, with the last 15 km paved. There was not too much traffic so the dust was not that bad.


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This ferry runs every 30 minutes from Puelche to Caleta Arena 30 km from Puerto Montt. Daniel and Orvar chose the 150 km way round on the 100 km of dirt to Osorno and Trevor (rear shock toast 2 days ago) and I (sick of the dust) took the ferry.


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The guys on “the long way round”.



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Now just 110 km to Osorno and clean laundry!! There are these cabanas that actually sleep 10 just next door to Motoaventura, where Trevor was taking his bike with the leaking rear shock.



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Old 03-05-2014, 04:31 PM   #573
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Dan's though of the day

1. Heidenau tires last about 22-24,000 km
2. Use the price of gas in Argentina today which is about 1$ per liter

If you drive your F 800 GS and F 650 GS at 100km per hour instead of 120 km per hour you save enough money in 20,000 km to buy a set of new Heidenau's for both bikes.

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Old 03-05-2014, 09:25 PM   #574
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The "end of the road"

We had heard that the Isla Chiloe was really beautiful and also that the “end of the Pan-American highway” from Alaska and the end of the Pacific Coast Highway from Lund BC was at the far end. So we had to go now. Setting off from Osorno under cloudy skies we drove the 162 km to the ferry dock at Pargua and then took the 45 min ride across the Chacao Channel to Chacao.


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From here we booked it the 198 km to Quellon with drizzle and several long stops for construction.


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Tomorrow we can spend our time driving back along the route of the iglasias. The island is famous for its old wooden Churches.


isla Chiloe 16 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



The town itself is on the ocean and with the tide out, there are a lot of boats aground.




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We did make it to “ the end of the road” to the monument and the sign.


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We were cozy in our cabana with the wood stove stoked up.


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The next day we stopped to admire “old Quellon” and it’s church and some of the others on the island.


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The main town of Castro is famous for the stilted houses on the waterfront and the bright yellow and purple church on the main square.


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We were treated to some dolphins playing in the ferry wake on the way back.



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Old 03-06-2014, 10:29 PM   #575
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Guys, what a ride! I'm speechless. Really. You were owing us a few reports and these last pages have been absolutely incredible. Where are you now? Have you caught up with the report or are you still a few weeks behind? Keep 'em coming!!!
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Old 03-07-2014, 03:40 PM   #576
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We are In Mendoza at the wine festival and so Im about a week behind. We did not have much in the way of internet. I have all the posts done, but I try not to post too much at a time. Today we went to Chandon for a tour of the bubbles!

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Puerto Octay

From the dock at Pargua to Puerto Octay it was an additional 135 km. We stopped off in Puerto Montt for lunch and to try to find a cambio office for Orvar to get some USD. This is a constant problem for travel to Argentina, where you cannot use your visa or ATM card because you will only get the official 6-7 to 1 rate. This means you need USD to exchange on the blue market for 10-12 to 1 depending on where the currency is. Even with the transaction costs of getting Chilean Pesos out of the ATM 6 $ per 400$ and the currency exchange to USD you are still way ahead. So for shipping his bike from BA he had to stock up.



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We then took the route of the Llanquihue Lake. We also stopped in the nice town of Puerto Varas and finally got the Cambio! The 225 is very scenic as it circuits the lake and ended up camping in Puerto Octay. Again there were a few construction zones.



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Old 03-08-2014, 03:18 PM   #578
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Victims of the ferry schedule change

We were supposed to have met Trevor here on the lake to camp, but his bike was not finished on time! So we headed back to see what was up in Osorno. We have only a short 264 km to try to catch the ferry and then about 50 more to San Martin. Since he expected his bike now on Monday and as it was Saturday we decided to go on and he would catch us up.


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We were headed for Puerto Fuy where there was a 1 pm (no way we would make it now.....) and a 6 pm ferry to the Hua Humm border crossing from Chile to Argentina. Since we had time we wandered on the 7 lakes route and stopped for a break in the cute town of Panguipuli. The bikes were a big hit with this family.


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Arriving at the ferry dock at 4 pm for the 6 boat it was eerily quiet. The guard informed us that it’s March 1 today and the winter ferry schedule started today and the only ferry left at 1!!


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Well at least we could then get a reservation for tomorrow and there was a grassy area near by to camp. While we were unpacking we met this couple from Sweden!


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Luckily we had some provisions and there was a small store here with beer, bread, and eggs. The funny part was we were all unpacked and in for a swim when at 5 a ferry arrived! We did not think much of it until a few trucks were loaded. Orvar ran over in his swim trunks and asked if they were leaving at 6 and would they take 3 bikes. The guy said yes! Man did we pack fast and drive over, but no such luck. The big boss came over and said no the ferry was for dangerous cargo and navy only. In fact the 3 cars that had loaded had to get off. AGH!


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Old 03-08-2014, 09:01 PM   #579
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The route of the 7 lakes to Hoa Humm

We had a long night of people partying, dogs barking, and roosters crowing. Finally the ferry loaded for the 1 sailing and luckily we were last on = first off. The trip is 90 min down the lake to Hua Humm.


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We unloaded and headed off to the borders.


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Then you race 10 km on the path between the piles of gravel to the Chile border control. Here we were first and so got our exit stamps and canceled our bike permits.





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Then there was a good gravel road for 3 km to the Argentina border control. Again we were first there and first out.



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There is only 53 km to the Pavement of the 40 at San martin de los Andes and the first half was not too bad, but the last 20 km was deep gravel and terrible washboard. We were happy to arrive at the Automobile Association campground where they have amazing hot showers.



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We enjoyed a stroll in town and some ice cream.



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Old 03-08-2014, 09:02 PM   #580
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Farewell to the KING of Sweden

Since we had not had Internet access for 2 days we did not know that Trevor had got his bike already on Saturday night and was actually now ahead of us and in Nuequen 428 km north of us.



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We headed north when driving along the road we saw this guy on the side of the road asking for help, but we did not see his bike. Orvar stopped to pick him up and drive him up the road to where his bike was. He said he had lost a chain link, and Daniel gave him our spare link, but unfortunately the chain had thrashed the guards and was totally jammed and unfixable.


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Trevor did however manage to get us a good place to stay. We went out to celebrate for our last night with Orvar before he heads home to Sweden.


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A sad day for us we said goodbye to the Swede and the 3 of us headed 495 km north to General Alvear. It was a long straight hot day. The first curve after we left Orvar near Santa Isabel was 93 km later.


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Mendoza and the WINE Festival

We had to pool our remaining Argentinean Pesos with Trevor today so we could all get a hotel, dinner and gas! Luckily we know where to go in San Raphael for money and it is only 85 km away. Arriving Dan and Trevor talked to the contact, but he said the boss would return in an hour, so we used our last few pesos for coffees and a submarino (hot milk and good chocolate). The rest of the drive to Mendoza on the 40 is a strait highway, but now we have all driven almost the entire Ruta 40 south of Mendoza, except the 100 km of pavement between Perito Moreno and Baja Caracoles. On the way Dan’s F800 hit the 90,000 km mark.



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It was no easy feat to find a place to stay because of the wine festival. We got a place with parking on the sidewalk out front for 1 night and then moved to a better place with a secure parking lot for the next 3 nights. We are sure glad we did because there were thousands of people out on the streets day and night all weekend.


Mendoza parade day 2 34 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The Thursday we did a walking tour of the main square and the 4 surrounding parks.



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The main square has a huge fountain and the spray was nice and cooling.


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It’s always wine time in Mendoza!



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The Plaza de Chile had huge palm trees and several memorial statues.


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The Plaza Italia was lined with banners and Italian tile fountains.


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The Plaza Espania had an amazing tile surface with hand painted inlay tiles, which were all different. There was a huge mosaic depicting the Spanish conquest.



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We finished of with the square closest to the hotel Plaza San Martin.
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Chandon

Friday we drove 35 km south again to the wine region along the Camino del Vinos (the road of the wine) and then for a tour and a tasting at Chandon.



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For lunch we could not get a reservation at any of the Bodegas (no surprise), so it was 6 $ lunch at Mr Dog.



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Old 03-16-2014, 09:58 AM   #585
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Mendoza and the WINE Festival

Saturday night we headed out to watch the Queen’s parade. The streets were lined with people. We had heard the princesses threw gifts from the floats. The first few we saw tossed small bunches of grapes.



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Enterprising people had baskets on long sticks to collect their prizes. What we saw next was better. The girls tossed out apples and pears and the crowd went nuts for it. The 2 best were the floats where they were tossing whole melons and grilled meat that they were cooking on board.


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We skipped the Mc D even though you got a Malbec with your combo and had sausages instead.


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