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Old 08-05-2014, 11:30 PM   #826
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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
With Canyon del Pato. I think the ride to get there up the 3S and 3N was better than the ride in the canyon it self. I think we were disappointed because so many people said it was the best ride anywhere. There are so many more beautiful and cool roads. That said if coming South head east from the Pan American at Trujillo and then down the 3N. Ride the "canyon" up and back from the 3 and then head south on 3 to Caraz.

The Death road is not to be missed and not because it is dangerous (though the mountain bikers may make it so), but because it is very beautiful both getting there and back from La Paz and the ride itself. I love that picture of Dan too!! He looks so cool!

That is about it. Its a good thing we are home for the summer to work to pay for flights like this and the trip expenses. We flew thru LA on the way up but we wont make that mistake again. We are going back thru Huston. Our flight Vancouver to San Salvador is Oct 30. We Fly to BA Nov 5... We should be back on the road to Uruguay by about the 15 th....
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:39 PM   #827
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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.
The tube on Dan's bike has two full bike covers. Mine had 2 heated jackets, but Dan brought his home as he hardly used it. So i will have room to move some other stuff around and into there. Dan made them from PVC pipe and well caps. They lock and are totally water tight.

The tent and chairs are in the Ortlieb bag on my bike and we leave them there all the time when we are not camping with a pack safe on the bag.

If we leave Dan's bike and we have his Ortlieb (all our clothes and shoes and personal stuff) we have a second pack safe otherwise this and the tank bag is all we take into a hotel.

The tank bag on his bike we just unclip and take if we are leaving the bike for a short time somewhere we can not see it. It does have straps that make into a back pack if needed. We always cover the bikes when we leave them. It is the best security device ever.

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Old 08-05-2014, 11:46 PM   #828
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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

Cheers A
The contacts would be great thanks email me.

What about the Brazilian men????? I will need something to do while Dan is Kite surfing every day!

Hugs to Ellen I hope she is recovering mentally and physically. I will shoot you an email about roads, accom, and places to eat/see on the route South once you both are back to Argentina. I hope you plan down the 40 up the Careterra or at least back and forth south of Chos Malal as both routes are great.
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Old 08-06-2014, 01:45 AM   #829
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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, kidnapped, and otherwise hassled in Mexico and environs south!!
Now THAT says a lot about the state of violence in America!
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Old 08-06-2014, 02:31 PM   #830
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No riding suit is waterproof despite what they say. You will always need rain gear. We took the H2O suits home and we are buying 2 piece suits. That way the top can double as a rain jacket off the bike and so we can get rid of our MEC/REI rain coats. We have not yet decided on which brand, but Frog togs are high on the list.

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FWIW, my experience with Frog Togs: They are VERY delicate to tears induced by branches or similar. I have them in my top case on my commute bike and honestly apart from breathing better than other rain gear I've tried, I don't really think much about them. They are waterproof to a point (like all rain gear), the crotch ALWAYS gets wet when water pools up (like all rain gear). The zippers are very bad quality, I doubt they would stand up to prolonged overland travel. I would not buy them again.
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Old 08-06-2014, 03:20 PM   #831
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The contacts would be great thanks email me.

What about the Brazilian men????? I will need something to do while Dan is Kite surfing every day!

Hugs to Ellen I hope she is recovering mentally and physically. I will shoot you an email about roads, accom, and places to eat/see on the route South once you both are back to Argentina. I hope you plan down the 40 up the Careterra or at least back and forth south of Chos Malal as both routes are great.
Heya Sara

Sweetas will compile a list for you no worries.

Ellen is good M & P, shrugged it off as a bad day, the bigger problem is trying to repace the gear that got cut, torn and stolen, hopefully here is Brasil it is 1st world for the most and the probability better.

Cheers Andi
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Old 08-08-2014, 10:52 PM   #832
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FWIW, my experience with Frog Togs: They are VERY delicate to tears induced by branches or similar. I have them in my top case on my commute bike and honestly apart from breathing better than other rain gear I've tried, I don't really think much about them. They are waterproof to a point (like all rain gear), the crotch ALWAYS gets wet when water pools up (like all rain gear). The zippers are very bad quality, I doubt they would stand up to prolonged overland travel. I would not buy them again.
Thanks for the advice!!! we will keep looking then. Sara
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Old 08-08-2014, 10:54 PM   #833
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:14 AM   #834
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Aerostich & waterproofness ...

I have the Aerostich Darrien Light jacket and Darrien Regular pants. I've had pretty good luck with keeping dry with this combo. A few times I hit some very heavy rains on the CDR and they came through fine. But they're expensive - and I definitely had to wash them and then use various sprays to keep water from beading on them.

On the other hand, I don't think I've ever ridden in a sustained heavy downpour that would really test it.
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Old 08-10-2014, 01:56 AM   #835
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I have the Aerostich Darrien Light jacket and Darrien Regular pants. I've had pretty good luck with keeping dry with this combo. A few times I hit some very heavy rains on the CDR and they came through fine. But they're expensive - and I definitely had to wash them and then use various sprays to keep water from beading on them.

On the other hand, I don't think I've ever ridden in a sustained heavy downpour that would really test it.

Thanks!! Anyone else out there have suggestions.
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Old 08-10-2014, 07:51 PM   #836
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It is great to be home in Vancouver in the summer! The views are stunning.

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No visit here is complete without a trip to Granville Island.

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Daniel’s family had a welcome home party for us complete with DQ icecream cake.

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Thanks!! Anyone else out there have suggestions.
I recently rode about 280 miles with light to moderate rain. I had on a Tourmaster rain jacket and pants over Tourmaster waterproof riding pants and still got wet in the crotch. I'm pretty sure it wasn't incontinence. I think I'll try some tent seam treatment. Vancouver is beautiful. I'm sure it feels good to be home.
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