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Old 05-30-2013, 07:35 PM   #121
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Did the police look and act like this with you?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqomZQMZQCQ
In Columbia the police where riding everywhere two up and the one on the back always had a machine gun. I imagined they had an argument in the morning about who had to ride on the back and the one said to the other, "Well how about I drive, but you get to carry the gun...?" And an agreement was reached.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:37 PM   #122
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Real Nice...pics and ride..

Thanks for sharing...
Thanks for following.
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:10 PM   #123
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Holy christ . I'm lovin' it. Add the below wisdom to the "tree bitch-slap" video and I sleep with a smile on my face tonight.

Cheers gents ... keep it coming .

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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.

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Old 06-02-2013, 09:04 AM   #124
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I broke my computer charger and can't find a new one here. So unless I figure out how to fix it I won't be able to update for about a week. But I have some good photos and a few videos too. See ya soon.
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Old 06-05-2013, 04:09 PM   #125
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Don't worry, we'll be here. This is great stuff!

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I broke my computer charger and can't find a new one here. So unless I figure out how to fix it I won't be able to update for about a week. But I have some good photos and a few videos too. See ya soon.
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:36 AM   #126
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Good seeing you guys again here in Buenos Aires
But were the goodbye kisses really necessary???

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Old 06-06-2013, 07:37 AM   #127
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And not saying there is anything wrong here, but are those two beds pushed together in your dorm room????

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Old 06-25-2013, 02:25 PM   #128
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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.

That was me, right? I guess I should have given that bit of Road 40 more of a chance... Well, at least I did recommend that little twisty road between Jujuy and Salta :)

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Old 06-25-2013, 05:47 PM   #129
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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.
That must have been me, I guess I should have given more of a chance to that road... But I did recommend that little twisty road between Jujuy and Salta, didn't I?
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Old 06-26-2013, 12:07 PM   #130
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Whassup?

I guess you boys are home safe and sound now?
Drying out and awaiting the liver transplant.

Need to know the last days of the trip to put closure to it.

Cheers
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:52 PM   #131
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Whassup?

I guess you boys are home safe and sound now?
Drying out and awaiting the liver transplant.

Need to know the last days of the trip to put closure to it.

Cheers
Yeah, what he said!
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Old 06-27-2013, 02:09 PM   #132
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Whassup?

I guess you boys are home safe and sound now?
Drying out and awaiting the liver transplant.

Need to know the last days of the trip to put closure to it.

Cheers
Sorry guys I've been home working ten hour days back in the real world and haven't had too much time. But I promise I will get on it.
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Old 06-27-2013, 02:12 PM   #133
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That was me, right? I guess I should have given that bit of Road 40 more of a chance... Well, at least I did recommend that little twisty road between Jujuy and Salta :)

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And if you were coming north that first five miles was the worst of it. I think they drop water on the road also in the mornings and it packs down a little nicer. And the ride to Salta might have been top five of the trip!
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:36 PM   #134
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Days one hundred and thirty to one hundred to one hundred thirty six 5-24 to 5-30-13

First off I'm sorry it has been so long since I last posted. I could feed you a bunch of excuses or I can get my shit together and finish this shit. Anyways, after Iguasu falls we started heading south toward Buenos Aires. The first day was back the same way we came, then splitting off down the Uruguay River to a free campsite in Santo Tome.



We ran into a little mud on the way but the campsite was right on the river and the right price.





We grabbed some booze and steaks in town and started drinking. I guess I got a little drunk and ambitious about the fire.




Woke up a little dreary with a short ride to Curuzu Cuatia ahead of me. along the way we found a little dirt to ride.



When we arrived in Curuzu Cuatia we quickly realized that it wasn't exactly a vacation destination. It was still early so we said fuck it and set out to La Paz on the Parana River. Before leaving we saw this fucked up Guinea Pig. The people in Peru would be a little fatter if they had Cuy this big.




Deciding to head straight to La Paz turned out short jaunt into a 450km ride. It was getting later now so we checked into a hotel called the Milton that was not quite the Hilton.... We grabbed some cheap food and had some drinks. The next morning we searched around the town for some campsites and moved into one for the next two nights.





Before leaving we grabbed some food, booze and fishing gear from the store.





Doublae Vae and Old Smuggler have become the official booze of Argentina. We did some drinking, and did some fishing.







After camping for a night we decided to head south and check out the city of Parana. The city was very nice.



We searched for camping as there were a lot of campsites on the map. Every time we showed up at a campsite they would look at us like we were crazy and told us we couldn't stay the night. so we went into town to look for a cheap hostels. After checking around for two hours and all the hostels having no parking and being really expensive we headed across the river to Santa Fe. Before crossing the tunnel we once again got stopped at a checkpoint. Cop: "seguro" Me: "No obla espanol" Cop, in perfect English: "Do you have Insurance". Shit. Luckily we somehow managed to change the subject and confuse the guy before he let us go. But that was a close one. When I got to Santa Fe ten minutes later it was getting dark.





Same story, no staying the night at campsites and very expensive hostels. We stopped at a McDonalds to use some internet. In Argentina camping means picnicing I guess. So we said fuck it and kept riding in the dark hoping for a smaller cheaper town somewhere south. we found a place about 20 miles down the road that had an alright room and parking for the bikes for about 40 bucks. To bad though I really wanted to catch a Parana, in the Parana River, in the town of Parana. Oh well next time.

The next morning we headed south with three nights to burn and about 100 miles between us and Buenos Aires.




We did some research on the internet and found an actual overnight campground about 60 Km north of BA that actually looked pretty cool.











We got there early and set up camp before going into town to stock up on beer and liquor. Side bags double as a cooler!



And food I guess too. The campsite had a bunch of quad trails and was right off the river. It was also right off the river so more fishing was in order. I did some alterations to my fishing pole.



The second night I got really drunk and decided I was either going to bed or riding the trails. It was about midnight. I should have went to bed. The trails were just big mud pits. My bald tires did not like this. I crashed pretty hard four or five times in the first 100 yards. Andrew was just following behind me going really slow with his 1/2 tread dunlop 606's laughing his ass off. We turned around and went back to camp. I was covered in mud.





Had to go back to the store for more booze as I drank everything last night.



I figured I'd get my bike sprayed off real quick. I pull into an auto lavado and tell the kid to just spray off the mud real quick. I step out for a cigarette and when I come back he has his pressure washer stuck up into my engine. I scream at him to stop, he does. My bike starts up so I head to the gas station. After filling up it no longer starts. Great. I have no tools on me as I just came in the 3 miles to grab some booze. I know what is wrong, my plug is wet but I can't get the seat off to dry it out and the gas station has no tools. I start wondering around looking for a shop. Everywhere is closed. I head back to the gas station and sit on the curb thinking about what the fuck I was going to do. After sitting there a bit the manager says he has a friend that owns a shop and he would call him and have me towed over there. This was very nice. The tow was not very nice. Getting towed across town on a motorcycle tied to a rope is not fun. We made it there and had it fixed in no time. The guy was so nice he wouldn't let me pay him.



So I left 20 bucks on his desk and headed back to the campsite. When I got back a new german guy had shown up and started camping by us. Gort, or something close to that, was riding a bicycle from Buenos Aires to Mexico and had just started his trip a few days ago.





So we got really drunk and shared stories. This day was full of just nice people

The next morning we woke up and had some dynamite to dispose of. Gert had expressed interest in participating in our excursion. so we taped the remaining dynamite to a two liter bottle filled with amonium nitrate and diesel.



I thik it was about two and a half sticks at this point as we had been blowing up some little mini bombs here and there.



Then we tied a rock to it and threw it in the river.



And caught some fish.

later it started raining. And not just raining, pouring. this was more rain then I had ever seen. Lightning hitting all around us. The tent was sitting in two inches of water so I found a covered area and drank beer and watched the show.



It was quite impressive. It burned off right before dark and we made a fire, some food and hung out with Gerd. Tomorrow we head to Dakar Motors to start the shipping process and hang out in BA for a bit before heading back to california. Then the Redwoods and more camping. More to come and I'll get off my ass and get on it.....
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Old 07-13-2013, 12:31 PM   #135
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Days one hundred thirty seven through one hundred forty four, 5-31 to 6-7-13

We left our campsite and headed toward Buenos Aires. We once again had no idea where we were going, but had a rough idea of where Dakar Motos was. There we were to meet with Sandra to set up our shipping. She had everything ready for us when we got there. It was a very easy process. Anyone planning to ship their bikes I would recommend go through Dakar. She said they ship over 300 bikes a year and have all the contacts and connections to make it a very seamless process. We filled out our paperwork and set out to find a place to stay. Andy celebrating making it to Buenos Aires:





There aren't too many places with moto parking. But we found a crappy little place in the monserat district that let us pull into the courtyard called the Kilca Hostel.



After a few days exploring the city we decided that Palermo was the place to be and set out to find a different hostel. We must have walked the entire city over the last few days.

















Florida street is the money exchange place. Once again bring US Dollars. We stumbled upon a hostel that had a nice big courtyard called the Borges Hostel. This was a much better location and very close to an awesome mexican joint called La Fabrica Del Taco.





Go there, it is awesome! Andrews parents had arrived in town now so I was on my own in the hostel. Meet some nice locals and went out partying.



Also the Flying Dutchman came to visit.



After a few days it was time to take our bikes to the airport.







The total cost was around $1450 if you were wondering. The charge by volume and not weight so the smaller you can make your bike the less it will cost you.

I was shipping to San Francisco and Andy to Los Angeles. He had more time than I did and wanted to take a few more days in BA and ride around California for a bit. So this is where we split up and went our own ways. Can't believe we made it all the way to Argentina without killing each other but we are both pretty easy going people and managed somehow to not get on each others nerves too much. Great traveling partner, don't know if I could have done it with any of my other friends and made it more than a month. Off to San Francisco in the morning to collect my bike then riding through the Redwoods.
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