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Old 08-04-2014, 08:49 PM   #811
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Wow, simply amazing scenery

Why is the road closed with the dirt blockades?

Love this last picture above, the dark shield on the helmet looks almost alien
This is an area few riders go to. It is well off the beaten track.

This road has been paved beside the dirt one for more than 6 years. It is about 70 km. They have never opened it and it is already starting to deteriorate. It is like this in the south on the Ruta 40 too, there are long sections of beautiful pavement beside the washboard. it has been like this for years. We took the dirt road back, but we thought is was fun to ride the barriers and in the sand on the way to Antofagasta.

We say quite often that we look like aliens, but the white helmets are cooler and I think more visible. Dan is so tall he looks like a Stormtrooper!
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:56 PM   #812
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This is an exciting trip to watch. Do you all have a list of expenses, either summarized or broken down?
For the first leg of 10 months Daniel kept track of EVERYTHING. This included every cent spent on the road and on all expenses at home. He has it fully categorized. This was mostly to see if we could manage our travelling lifestyle financially. After this we saw it was about the same every month and we were below our budget. So he gave it up. That does not mean we don't keep an eye on things it just means we don't record every item we buy. If you want details you can PM him( bcdano).
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Old 08-05-2014, 06:04 AM   #813
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Orvar is 62. Dan is 42. I am shudder..... 48! We met Norbert from Vancouver in guatemala in 2013 and he is over 70.


I am smiling most of the time how could I not I gave up a 60 plus hours a week job to ride my bike where ever I want! Next time I am in a not so fun situation I will post a shot for you!!
You are still very young, wishing you guys all the happiness on this adventure
You are my wife's age, wish she was adventurous like you
Unfortunately she does not ride and wouldn't enjoy living on a bike

She does love animals, (big animal rights protector) so yesterday I showed her the multiple pages of your trip to Antarctica, she loved it.
I could leave tomorrow and be on the road for the rest of my life, but kids and bills prevent me
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Old 08-05-2014, 06:24 AM   #814
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Driving back about 30 km we took a right turn about 4 km out into the salar and pitched our tent, made some dinner, and set up the time lapse for the sunset. The night was not that cold at only minus 5.


salar de Uyuni 40
Best photo on the Salar

I have noticed you are carrying two wooden chairs, where the hell do you store the chairs?

They seem heavy and bulky
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:33 AM   #815
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peru mtn 1 &2 16

I thought the 800GS had tubeless tires

Did Dan make any changes?
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:42 AM   #816
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those pics in el salvador looked awesome. especially the oysters. what a great place.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:42 AM   #817
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The burning tires were everywhere. At one spot they had a rope across the road, but at about our chest level. One of the protestors told us to go back and ride around….the guy next to him smiled and lifted the rope up for us.



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Weren't you guys afraid of riding into these areas?

So many people all around you guys
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:14 AM   #818
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We organized a 4- day layover in Salvador so we could catch up with or friends Mario and Fernanda there. They picked us up at the airport and then it was off to the beach for some beers and oysters!

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Wow, I'm caught up, haven't done much at work these couple of days.

Been taking lots of notes

I was surprised by your disappointment with canyon del pato as that is one place I see in a lot of RR's.

The Death Road is one on my notes, love the picture of Dan on the edge of the road

I looked up the air ticket from Buenos Aires to San Salvador and came up with $867 one way per person.

Then I looked up San Salvador to Vancouver and came up as $599

Is that in line with what you guys paid?

When are you going back? I can't wait to continue reading
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Old 08-05-2014, 03:02 PM   #819
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You are still very young, wishing you guys all the happiness on this adventure
You are my wife's age, wish she was adventurous like you
Unfortunately she does not ride and wouldn't enjoy living on a bike

She does love animals, (big animal rights protector) so yesterday I showed her the multiple pages of your trip to Antarctica, she loved it.
I could leave tomorrow and be on the road for the rest of my life, but kids and bills prevent me

Well you can do what our Swedish friend Orvar and Our Scottish friend Steve did. Have the wife join for 2-3 weeks intermittently. That way they can take in the sites they really want to see, but not have to ride all the way there. We are loving the adventure. Now that you are all caught up you will have to wait until November for more!!! That way you might get some work done :)
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Best photo on the Salar

I have noticed you are carrying two wooden chairs, where the hell do you store the chairs?

They seem heavy and bulky

These are Kermit chairs. They go in the Ortlib bag on my bike with the tent. They are 4 x 6 x 22 inches when packed in their bag. They weigh 5 Lbs. They are awesome!! That and our Hammock are our luxury items, but well worth the weight and space.
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Old 08-05-2014, 03:11 PM   #821
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I thought the 800GS had tubeless tires

Did Dan make any changes?
We made no changes, but we did consider getting new rims, but they are very expensive. We decided the stock was good enough and despite punishing them we are happy we did not spend the money.

Dan's F 800 GS standard issue has tubes. In 20 months on the road he has had to repair a flat tire 3 times.
Sara's F650 GS standard issue is tubless. Dan has not had to repair it!
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those pics in el salvador looked awesome. especially the oysters. what a great place.
Hi Court

Yes we enjoy El Salvador. We will stop there for a week on the way back to BA in November. Your new promotional video is awesome!!!! We will be back in Ecuador some day riding for sure. LOVE LOVE it!!

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Old 08-05-2014, 03:17 PM   #823
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Weren't you guys afraid of riding into these areas?

So many people all around you guys

No not really. They were pretty good except for the guys with the ropes. On this trip there are only 2 places in 20 months where we have felt worried for our personal saftey.

1. Tuba City Arizona.
2. Huston Texas.


So much for being killed, kidapped, and otherwise hassled in Mexico and environs south!!
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Old 08-05-2014, 03:24 PM   #824
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How do you all secure your gear? I saw some is in a tube and some strapped. I am curious for the scenario where you pull up to a restaurant or something and have to walk away from the bikes for a bit.
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Old 08-05-2014, 04:00 PM   #825
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We leave Vancouver October 30. We will stop of to see Mario and Fernanda in Salvador and arrive BA Nov 5. We took the front suspensions home for service by Alex at Konflict. So we will have to put the bikes back together again. We will then stay downtown in Palermo probably for a few days and then head to Uruguay and then the falls. That should get us to Sao Paulo end of Nov.

I hope we can meet up before you head to Ushuaia! WWR
Heya Sara, sounds great, not sure where we will be but meeting up again definately on the cards, be weary though the Brasilan girls nearly as pretty as you are so you have some sttiff competition

We have some contacts now too so can swing you those too.

Have fun dudes and see you soon

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