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Old 02-24-2014, 09:20 AM   #3751
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where where where???

Hey Juancito: how is South America treating you?? as you are getting closer to my homeland I want you to start comparing beers. Where is this God damn paypal button???
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:34 AM   #3752
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Hey Juancito: how is South America treating you?? as you are getting closer to my homeland I want you to start comparing beers. Where is this God damn paypal button???
Ramón!

Mi Amigo! América del Sur es mejor. I am having a great time. I won't be near Uruguay for another couple months when I run out of money. I will let you know in April or so when I need to park my bike in Uruguay.

They don't allow paypal buttons on ADVrider since it is a non-commercial, no spamming, no begging for money site. Can't say I blame them. So I put it over at:

johnthomasdowns.blogspot.com

Look forward to meeting your brother in a couple months when I get over to hermosa Uruguay.

Su amigo de aventuras,
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:49 AM   #3753
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hey john, many thanks to dustdog for requesting the paypal info. i had been looking for it for hours.

sent you some gas money.

keep on rollin’ and keep on postin’.

we are still freezing our your know whats off up here in ontario.

sure would like to be where you are.

ride on.

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Old 02-24-2014, 11:31 AM   #3754
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hey john, many thanks to dustdog for requesting the paypal info. i had been looking for it for hours.

sent you some gas money.

keep on rollin’ and keep on postin’.

we are still freezing our your know whats off up here in ontario.

sure would like to be where you are.

ride on.

richard
Hi Richard,

radmeister is on the side of the Sherpa tank. Thanks amigo.

I am currently in the middle of nowhere. It is south of the beach town of Pichidangui Chile about a third of the way down the coast. Could be here a bit. Lorraine has some home improvement projects that need to be taken care of before I go.

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Old 02-24-2014, 02:19 PM   #3755
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Well, well, JD, you made it so far... I cannot let you spend all your monies and come back too soon... Some money goes your way to buy yourself new chain. Will look good to acompany that famous front fork

Buen viaje, amigo !
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:48 PM   #3756
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Well, well, JD, you made it so far... I cannot let you spend all your monies and come back too soon... Some money goes your way to buy yourself new chain. Will look good to acompany that famous front fork

Buen viaje, amigo !
Dzięki mój przyjaciel z Polski przygód,

Mario jest na moim najnowszym Gastank jako sponsora.

Twój przyjaciel,
Tio Juanito
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:35 PM   #3757
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Another Chilean sunset to end a nice day down here on the coast:



You don’t see much written about the dramatic difference in the southern sky at night. Once the sun goes down and the marine air recedes out in the Pacific, the night sky lights up with an amazing array of new constellations. If you are from the northern hemisphere like me, it will make your jaw drop. Once the moon sets and the Milkyway comes out in it’s full glory you realize there is no north star, no Big Dipper, no Little Dipper. It's like being on another planet.

Because Orion is near the celestial equator you can see the belt and sword of Orion, but it is upside down. And then there are the incredibly bright stars to the south culminating in the Southern Cross. You will likely have seen what the Southern Cross looks like since it is the constellation on the Australian and New Zealand flags. But when you look up in the night sky and see it in all it's glory it is quite a sight.

The Chilean night sky out here on the coastal desert is magnificent. You need to get down here and see it for yourself. Pictures in books won’t do.

Saludos,
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:29 PM   #3758
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What a great sunset John! Thanks for adding.

Quick question: did Lorraine build a beach cabin or purchase?
Are there others in the area doing the same?

Stay safe and thanks for keeping up a great report for the rest of us.
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Old 02-25-2014, 06:51 AM   #3759
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Greetings from Concepción

Great Sunset picture. Thanks for the Desktop background.
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:31 AM   #3760
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Wow! Photo in post 3758 is terrific.
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:02 PM   #3761
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What a great sunset John! Thanks for adding.

Quick question: did Lorraine build a beach cabin or purchase?
Are there others in the area doing the same?

Stay safe and thanks for keeping up a great report for the rest of us.
Hi KLRmonkey,

Lorraine bought this place about 5 or so years ago for 58,000. It has since gone up in value. The cabin was on the land, but Lorraine has added on and landscaped the place. It is lovely now, but other Chilenos from Santiago are building vacation cabins all around the area. I give it 5 years before it gets a bit over-run.

But this morning it was beautiful sitting on the bluff at sunrise overlooking the Pacific:



Saludos,
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:05 PM   #3762
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Great Sunset picture. Thanks for the Desktop background.
Hi Rick,

It is my pleasure. Look forward to visiting you down in Concepcion when I get done up here.

Your ADVpal,
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:09 PM   #3763
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Tech Support arrived today from Japan. Part of the elite membership rewards that come with platinum membership with Full Canadian Rider Assistance Program, through Sherpa Owners Group. We should be up and running shortly. I think I'll have some Yerba Mate while Takahashi takes care of things.


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Old 02-25-2014, 02:21 PM   #3764
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Tech Support arrived today from Japan. Part of the elite membership rewards that come with platinum membership with Full Canadian Rider Assistance Program, through Sherpa Owners Group. We should be up and running shortly. I think I'll have some Yerba Mate while Takahashi takes care of things.
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Hekto!

Glad to hear things are progressing nicely on the Southern Chilean Sherpa front.

I seem to remember you found a chain for Thorne's bike in Chile. Was that in Santiago? I need a new chain. Preferably high quality.

Muchas gracias,
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:50 PM   #3765
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South America and back on a 250 Super Sherpa Minimalist Adventure

We put a chain on hers in Quito. I kept the old chain & sprockets , which I just installed on my bike the other day. They are still pretty good. We found "Iris" brand is pretty high quality, it's what KTM's come with standard equipment in Europe I believe. You should find chain easily in Santiago . My Sherpa ran from Texas all the way to South of Chaiten on one chain. It's amazing how long stuff lasts on these smaller bikes. There's one part of town loaded with bike shops, once you find that, eezy-cheesie.

Post #5 has the location(GPS) for some parts stores here:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=954873

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