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Old 05-16-2013, 07:47 PM   #106
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Days one hundred eightteen and one hundred nineteen, 5-12 and 5-13-13

So last night we found a fifth of this really classy whiskey called Old Smuggler and drank it all. It was five dollars. Somehow I feel fine today. I'm heading to Salta. There are two ways to get to Salta. The highway 9 and there is also the other highway 9 that is more western and looks like it might be a little less boring on the map. We chose well. This highway is about as wide as one car and is TWISTIE!







Lots of fun but you have to watch out for cars around the blind corners. Salta is a nice town.



I feel like I fit in a little better here. Not that I fit in but I don't stick out as much. The blue market dollar is at its peak. 10.1 to 1 where the official exchange rate is 5.5 to one. If you are going to Argentina GOOGLE THIS!!!!!! Argentina isn't on the world standard of money. They just kind of make up how much their money is worth or something. Therefore there is a black market for US dollars where people on the street give you a better exchange rate. Right now it is at an all time high and we are getting almost twice the amount as the national rate. For you math-magicians this means everything is half price. Andy brought a shit load of US dollars and now it will be half price for him to ship his bike home. Plaza 9 de Julio in Salta there are guys standing outside the Cambios. Seriously it wasn't at all unsafe and we checked the money for fakes, no fakes.

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Old 05-16-2013, 08:15 PM   #107
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Day one hundred twenty, 5-14-13

After a night in the city I was ready to get back out into nature. I hate big cities. So off toward Ruta 40, partial home to the Dakar Rally. The road to get over to 40 was part asphalt part gravel and nothing too exciting but the views were nice.





We arrived in Cachi and set up the tent in a campground. Then we got kinda drunk and tried to find firewood. Idiots.





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Old 05-17-2013, 11:55 AM   #108
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ouch, trees bite back?

You guys be careful.

Over the handbars and attacked by a tree so far.

Head wounds really bleed, I hope it looks worse than it is.

I was wondering when you guys where going to turn around and start heading back, but I see you are shipping your bikes back. Just curious from where?

Keep up the great report.

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Old 05-18-2013, 12:56 PM   #109
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ouch, trees bite back?

You guys be careful.

Over the handbars and attacked by a tree so far.

Head wounds really bleed, I hope it looks worse than it is.

I was wondering when you guys where going to turn around and start heading back, but I see you are shipping your bikes back. Just curious from where?

Keep up the great report.
We are going to ship back from Buenos Aires. Dakar Motos is kinda famous for helping people line up shipping for cheap. I've read a couple reports where people go out looking for cheaper on their own and usually seem to go back to Dakar.

Thanks for the comment! Always nice to have some inspiration to start working on the next post.
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Old 05-19-2013, 01:33 PM   #110
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Day one hundred and twenty one, 5-15-13

Left to set out toward Caffayate on the routa 40, home to part of the dakar rally.





I was warned by an Argentinian rider that it was all sand which I'm not a fan of.... not true. There are little sections of sand but for the most part it was very nice hard pack that you could really get into it on. At about half way you get into some very cool rock formations.



Cafayatte is in a region known for it's wine, so naturally we passed some beautiful vineyards.





The town itself wasn't quite as nice as we expected but oh well. We found a campsite, set up our stuff, and headed into town for some food. Now, there are two big problems I have run into so far in Argentina. The first is that NOTHING opens, not even little corner stores until at least 6:30 pm and restarants sometimes 8 or later. The other major problem is that if you don't already have bottle for deposit, they will not give you a beer at the store. But you can't get the bottle to return without first getting the beer...? They are very concerned about their bottle deposits here. Anyways while walking around we bumped into the flying dutchman, Lalo or Ed, or whatever his name is, who we also ran into back in Peru. We told him where the campsite was and agreed to all meet up for diner and drinks. Ed was already a little drunk from wine tasting and had been following our RR and knew we had dynamite. He really wanted to blow up the vineyard across the street. After a bit of whiskey we went out for steaks. Argentina is supposed to be famous for their steaks. And they did not disappoint! Best steak I've ever had for about six bucks. After diner Ed really wanted to light off some dynamite. This was a REALLY bad idea. We were literally 100 yards from town square. The whole town would hear this. After a little more whiskey it seemed like a little better idea so we went across the street, strapped it to a vine, (at Eds request) and set it off. No video but we definatly woke up the whole town.
Dynamite count: 4-1=3
Well no one called the cops and we got away unscathed. Had fun with you Ed, safe travels.
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Old 05-19-2013, 04:32 PM   #111
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Have been following your awsome report and enjoying it to the fullest.
I would like to ask a question. What make and model of computer are you carrying along, must pretty tough seeing all those roads you were on.
Thanks, and happy travels.
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:04 PM   #112
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Have been following your awsome report and enjoying it to the fullest.
I would like to ask a question. What make and model of computer are you carrying along, must pretty tough seeing all those roads you were on.
Thanks, and happy travels.
I'm carrying the macbook I had from college. It's probably seven years old now. No case, just sandwiched in between some clothes in my duffel bag on the back. It's scratched up and dirty, but I have taken some hard falls (some I haven't posted) and laid my bike over countless times, and she is still going strong. Not to mention the vibration over 15000 miles.
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:48 AM   #113
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Days one hundred twenty two to one hundred twenty nine, 5-16 to 5-23-13

This ride sucked:



There is nothing over here. It is just cold and rainy and all asphalt in a straight line for miles and miles. We camped a few nights in the rain and stayed in overpriced hostels in not very nice cities.





But the destination made the ride worth it. Iguazu Falls:











































Hope that's enough, we even saw some wildlife









Now we are in a town about 500 miles north of Buenos Aires, I forgot the name. Gonna go camping for a few days to save some cash. I've got 8 days to kill before I have to be at Dakar Motos to start sorting out shipping so I'm going to do some fishing (maybe with dynamite...) on the Parana river and maybe go over to Uruguay for a few days. More to come....
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:13 AM   #114
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Gotta love that exchange rate. I was in Argentina in 1975 and the rate was even better. I felt wealthy. We had a friend send us 100 dollar bills hidden in a book cover. Stayed six months and got fat.

Really enjoying your RR.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:45 AM   #115
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Old 05-25-2013, 05:19 AM   #116
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Gotta love that exchange rate. I was in Argentina in 1975 and the rate was even better. I felt wealthy. We had a friend send us 100 dollar bills hidden in a book cover. Stayed six months and got fat.

Really enjoying your RR.
I am going to make this a vacation destination for sure. Stuff a bunch on hundreds in my underwear and live it up at half price for a while before going home and being poor again. thanks for following.
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Old 05-25-2013, 05:24 AM   #117
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Good to have you along. Thanks for the comments. More to come...!
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Old 05-25-2013, 06:05 AM   #118
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Dear Argentinian police,

You can say "Seguro" a million times but my answer will always be, "No Spanish". Not because I don't understand you, but rather because I have no insurance. Saying it louder and louder will not get you a magical piece of paper that I don't have. I know you are lazy. I know you will give up. And I have all day.

Thanks, Alex
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:50 AM   #119
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Question insurance we don't need no stinking insurance

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Dear Argentinian police,

You can say "Seguro" a million times but my answer will always be, "No Spanish". Not because I don't understand you, but rather because I have no insurance. Saying it louder and louder will not get you a magical piece of paper that I don't have. I know you are lazy. I know you will give up. And I have all day.

Thanks, Alex

Did the police look and act like this with you?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqomZQMZQCQ
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:01 AM   #120
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Real Nice...pics and ride..

Thanks for sharing...
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