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Old 05-24-2013, 06:10 PM   #556
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Man, I'm totally blowing off studying for the LSAT and just reading your thread. I can't believe you guys are almost done! Way to go; don't get back too soon.....Oregon isn't as fun as South America. I haven't ridden a moto all week due to the rain.
I'm blowing off bar prep. Good luck with the LSAT and God have mercy on you for going to law school.
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:46 PM   #557
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Man, I'm totally blowing off studying for the LSAT and just reading your thread. I can't believe you guys are almost done! Way to go; don't get back too soon.....Oregon isn't as fun as South America. I haven't ridden a moto all week due to the rain.

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I'm blowing off bar prep. Good luck with the LSAT and God have mercy on you for going to law school.
FYI, addiction to adventure, travel and motos doesn't go away after law school or passing the Bar exam. I have blown a lot of billable hours reading both this and Ulyses' threads. Beware taking on so much debt to go to law school that you can't live/travel like you want. Every decision has its risk, costs and rewards.

Unfortunately Romanousky and Johnsonal will be coming back to reality soon. Huge bummer for the lurker community. Great reports guys! When your story is finished it will be hard to replace the daily dose of debauchery you have provided. Thanks for bringing us along!
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Old 05-25-2013, 06:24 AM   #558
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Been catching up with the thread for the past few weeks. THANKS for the great read. I've really enjoyed it. Makes me ready to hop on my DRZ and just keep riding. Although my stock gas tank won't get me too far.
No, Thank YOU for popping your cherry on this one! That DRZ of yours is one tough SOB....go slap it around a bit.
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Old 05-25-2013, 06:31 AM   #559
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Man, I'm totally blowing off studying for the LSAT and just reading your thread. I can't believe you guys are almost done! Way to go; don't get back too soon.....Oregon isn't as fun as South America. I haven't ridden a moto all week due to the rain.
I can't believe you are studying!!...for anything!

I'm thinking that when I land in California i will have to swing out and ride Nevada, maybe Utah & Colorado, and then back up to Oregon for the beginning of July (and my 30th B-Day ) for the good weather to begin. Money is getting tight though so we will see.

I'm still planning to buy you that beer sometime this summer....some delicious Oregon Beer!

Best of luck on the studies Bryce!!
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Old 05-25-2013, 06:44 AM   #560
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Beware taking on so much debt to go to law school that you can't live/travel like you want. Every decision has its risk, costs and rewards.

Unfortunately Romanousky and Johnsonal will be coming back to reality soon. Huge bummer for the lurker community. Great reports guys! When your story is finished it will be hard to replace the daily dose of debauchery you have provided. Thanks for bringing us along!
Very true on the debt (Private school wasn't worth the six figure debt just in case you wanted to know). But by all means go for your dream if it will truly make you happy.

I think I have some of the same sort of feelings as Bryce in that (correct me if I'm wrong) but I want to do something completely different and out of the norm when I return. I don't know if this much traveling screws your mind up or straightens things out...yet to be determined.

Thanks for the compliments. I'm sure we will get into at least one or two more dubious situations before the end.
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Old 05-25-2013, 08:51 AM   #561
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Thanks for the offer. I'll take you up on it. Not sure exactly when i will be in Beaverton but shouldn't be too long after I land in LA. What are you doing there? I used to live off of Bethany Blvd.....and was in Jeffersonville, KY right before this trip.

What does your wife need to hear? Complete and utter freedom day in and day out for months? Drinking until the sun comes up because you don't have to answer to anyone today or the next? Having a permanent excuse to get the hell out of dodge after meeting "People"....for one day....or night? Dynamite? Party Boats? Fireworks? Cheap Rum?

I'll try to pitch it a little better than that but you can see the difficulty. Stay in touch dude.

She has trouble understanding how easy it is roaming around living in a tent and hostels. plus she sees some of the pictures posted and thinks owww that's dangerous. I thinking hear what you have seen and heard is the best advice she will have.

We are going to Beaverton or to visit her family. Leaving the 4th of june and roaming around glacier national park. Then to Beaverton and off to olyimpic national park. Its going to be her first exp without technology. shoot em a pm when your getting home would love to chat it up.
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Old 05-25-2013, 08:33 PM   #562
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Al caught up with the internet and I went for a bit of a stroll around town. Found some fishing poles at a camping store for a couple bucks a piece and noted the location of a few supermarkets for future use.





Found this badboy:





Loaded up we checked out the Municipal camping (which is located in a central park with a fence around it in town) which was not looking too good so we headed just to the outskirts to El Eucaliptal. This is a campground/cabana/fishing tour “resort”. Or so I read on their website but I wouldn’t pay to do a fishing trip here. This is a Eucalyptus forest right on the river bank so a little heavy on the bugs (beetles & mosquitoes) but it suited us nicely for some fishing and drinking.





We were the only campers there so after we setup or stuff we grabbed a pack of hot dogs, some beers, and headed for the river bank. Only took Al about 10 mintues to land this thing….no idea what it is or if it was edible so we released it. Figured that after that quick snatch we’d be catching them left and right and would wait for the monster to cook. Needless to say that a few hours later we had caught nothing more.









Sprocket is looking rough:



We were finally sitting at a campsite before noon with everything set up, a fire going, and nothing to do. For some reason I was really really wanting this on the trip. I love sitting in a lawn chair around a fire up in Oregon but I must admit that that only happens when there is a break from work. Now I felt absolute boredom and really wanted to get back on the road. So now I’m a bit concerned because we are only 2 days ride from Buenos Aires and have about 7 days to kill.

To kill boredom we went to town for steaks and whiskey….surely this will solve the problem. Sure enough things livened up with Al dancing to country music singing in a terrible voice while I built him a cupcake that he can light himself after dinner.



Always making new friends in Argentina:



Decent sunset:





Built a nice hot pile of coals and fired the steaks. They were not as good as I was hoping but the canned pears were not too shabby at all.





Proper silverware; stick & leatherman:



With the excitement coming to an end we decided to test a blasting cap and fuse under water. We had to make sure these things worked before we went and lost our dynamite to the river bottom. Sure enough it worked just fine. An hour later we decided that just 1/3rd stick should be lit off just to test things a little more. It worked, stunned/killed two fish, they were small and it was dark but now we know we have a product worthy of the water.





We only have 2 sticks left and some AN so we figure we better do it all at once in an attempt to get some big guys. I’ve done a LOT of fishing with explosives and it works fantastic….problem is you have to know where the fish are before you just chuck something in there. This could be a problem so I hope I don’t let you down if nothing floats to the top.
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Old 05-25-2013, 08:57 PM   #563
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:09 PM   #564
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HOOOOORRRRAYYYYY!!! We are getting back on the road again today. Not feeling my best this morning we lounged around until noon before getting on the road for our short 100 mile ride to the town of Parana.





Boring straight roads but I can see that we are departing the back country marshes and entering the rural farmlands with lots of combines and tractors at work. I love watching farming in action. Takes me back to my roots I guess.
Parana is a lovely city. Large riverfront with lots of spandex jogging, jiggling, and bouncing down the boardwalk. Seriously though, a very nice town. Wifi in all the central parks so you can just stop on the side of the road, bust out your smartphone, and locate some hostels. Every single hostel in town was booked full except for one that was 400 pesos (about $90 USD). The hotels were even more expensive.





Neat old abandoned building down by the docks:



Strange bridge full of small cables and turnbuckles and such:





After a few hours we gave it up and headed through the subfluvial tunnel under the Parana River and over to Santa Fe. This town is a little less “high end” but there aren’t any hostels anywhere. The internet says there are, but showing up at the addresses proved otherwise. We even looked for camping and a few people pointed us in different direction in a pursuit that ended fruitless.









Finally we had to stop and eat dinner and just relax a bit after checking 10 hotels. Had a burger and a nice dark beer that was just called “Cerveza Negro”. It was light like coors light but dark black and packed full of flavor. Never had anything like it, rather impressed. Good work Argentina. The waiter was so enamored with our trip and our bikes that before we got out of the door he gave us a free bottle of red wine. Nice dude.

Another 10 hotels later and we finally decided to take the one that smelled like cat piss, didn’t have a bathroom, and was located in a very eerie building. They had garage but it was full of cars. The guy said if the motos won’t fit between the car and truck there so you can push them to the back then you can’t stay here because they are leaving really early. Well, the gap was about 18” and I don’t have a Chinese scooter so that wasn’t happening. Thus we ended up paying about $70 for a room in a decent hotel….Damn!!
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You look like a maniac!
I won't argue with that....it was a long night
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Old 05-26-2013, 05:54 AM   #566
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Back on the road! Headed to Rosario. New Socks & Undies today!!!!!!! You know you are on an adventure when there is this much excitement about a fresh pair of nut huggers.

What I believe to be my last fill up on the trip:



Got lost and found our way through some corn fields:



Ran down a train and smashed some more coins:





Short drive to Rosario and we check the first camping spot. This is where I realized that “camping” means something completely different in Argentina. It is equivalent to “picnicking” in the states. Lots of camping spots close in the evening and you can’t actually pitch a tent and spend the night. So we continue on into the city and check out some hostels. First, everything is booked for this evening and on top of that it is all quite expensive. Back to the city fringes where we finally find a campspot that neither of us are pleased with and they still want $20 USD to let us stay.

Neat bridge in the background:



Crossing said bridge looking for the campground on the otherside:



Turns out that the campground is only accessible by boat







Screw this, it is already dark and we hop back on the freeway. Grab a little fuel and talking to the ladies inside they want us to camp for free right here at the gas station. It looks decent enough but they are open 24 hours and we figure drinking and screwing around might get us into some problems in the middle of town. It is also in a somewhat shady area so the call to push on grips us and off we fly.



Stop for a break and some internet at a McDonald's:



Pounding down the highway with a headlight that doesn’t illuminate more than 10’ in front of me. Object, don’t hit anything large or round. So for 30 miles I stare straight off the end of my front fender and eventually we safely pull into San Nicolas. Famous for all the Virgen Mary apparitions that have been sighted. No luck with camping so we settle for an overpriced hotel. This is really hurting the budget so tonight’s goal will be to find a decent place to post up before we have to enter B.A.

At this rate I could be in TDF and back just in time for my flight.
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:07 AM   #567
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Old 05-26-2013, 03:21 PM   #568
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Oh No It just cant be true! I took a poll: we decided you should just turn around and go north. Venturing North on DRZ's has a certain ring to it!

It has been a pleasure to tag along on the ride, thanks tons for the great posts, pictures and DYNOMITE!

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Old 05-26-2013, 09:00 PM   #569
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Hot Dogs and Mc Garbage in Argentina? You guys are real Yankees, no?
When you get into slightly larger towns check out the Churascurrias. Treat yourselves. (don't worry, tipping is optional) The Steak you want is "Bife de Chorizo".

Also, don't neglect the fantastic Italian food. Won't be in an Italian restaurant necessarily, but lots of Italian food everywhere, Pizza too.
And, as you found out ... good Coffee everywhere.
They have "Cafe" or "Cafecito" (Espresso in Demi tass cup)
and my favorite ... "Cafe Cortado" (literally Cut Coffee, like Capucino)
The huge Cafes in B.A. are something to see. Hundreds show up at 11 am break. One Cafe I frequented had 5 or 6 Espresso machines, each with six pull handles. This is truly "Espress" Coffee. No Waiting.

In the mood for Seafood? In Buenos Aires try Mejellones Provincales
(Provance style Mussels) These are served with the Mussels covered in
White Wine, Garlic and Butter. Be sure to get to know Chimi Churri.
As Basil vinaigrette condiment. Sabrosa, good with Steak.

Since you guys killed it on the exchange rate ... should not be too expensive. Shop around more for Hotels. Got to be better deals. Don't be shy to make low offers on rooms. (politely, of course )
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When you stop and realize these guys have been doing this for over FOUR months, coming on five...you just sort of stare at the wall, assuring yourself you could have cut it when you were their age, lol

Of course, I was married by then, so I would be single now ROFL.
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