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Old 02-02-2014, 06:21 PM   #646
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Pretty sure they're these:
Touratech Bottle holder, for two bottles
I like this too but its borderline steep for a bracket.

http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/P...plate-050-0830
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Old 02-02-2014, 06:58 PM   #647
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I like this too but its borderline steep for a bracket.

http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/P...plate-050-0830
True, but in the grander scheme of things, $44 for that bracket and $17 for the fuel jug is $61.

Less than a Kolpin Jug and bracket, or a Rotopax Jug and mount
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Old 02-02-2014, 09:06 PM   #648
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True, but in the grander scheme of things, $44 for that bracket and $17 for the fuel jug is $61.

Less than a Kolpin Jug and bracket, or a Rotopax Jug and mount
Not really because now I wanna add that quick release mounting gizmo....

All on a pair 230$ panniers
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Old 02-03-2014, 02:55 AM   #649
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The bottle holders are Touratech
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Old 02-03-2014, 07:06 PM   #650
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Wow six hours later I am caught up. Awesome read. When is the movie coming out? I live in Cardiff and am surprised I didn't see anything about it at Riverside until now. I guess I am going to have to subscribe now. Good luck with the rest of the ride and I look forward to reading on.
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Old 02-04-2014, 02:42 AM   #651
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Wow six hours later I am caught up. Awesome read. When is the movie coming out? I live in Cardiff and am surprised I didn't see anything about it at Riverside until now. I guess I am going to have to subscribe now. Good luck with the rest of the ride and I look forward to reading on.
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Old 02-04-2014, 02:46 AM   #652
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Strong winds they are a blowin'

Day 150 Gobernador Gregores to Tres Lagos February 1


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After a surprisingly good included breakfast we set out into the wind to head south west towards El Calafate.
Yesterday the Southerly wind was at our backs much of the time but today we were headed into a wicked crosswind.
After about 60km of fresh pavement the gravel started.



On it's own the gravel presents little problem but add the wind and it's a different ballgame. As you are leaning hard into the crosswind the front wheel likes to move about over the marbles. It can be very difficult to control and the gusts of 50kmh almost pick the bike up and move it out of the track you are riding in. Outside of the packed track it is often deep loose gravel and it gets kind of hairy at times. Needless to say it is tiring and we both have sore necks from straining against the wind.



Along the way we met this fellow from Romania who is headed north. I didn't catch his name for the loudness of the wind. It's nice to see other moto travellers.






This stuff beats the energy out of you pretty fast.



By the time we reached the end of the gravel today we were pooped and decided to stay the night in Tres Lagos.

There were no places to eat so we bought some pasta and sauce. Our host cooked the noodles for us while we heated the sauce.






Day 151 Tres Lagos to El Calafate February 2

After the guard dogs permitted it we started loading the bikes.



Today was nice and short and all on pavement.



The only excitement was perhaps the fact that we missed the gas station near Tres Lagos.



The wind was so strong that while taking this photo the KLR had a nap.







The total distance from our last fuel stop would be 340km. Eran went to reserve about 2km out of El Calafate. I needed to add fuel from one of my spare bottles after I dropped the bike at the hostel. All the remaining fuel sloshed to the right side of the tank and I couldn't get it started without the extra 800ml of gas. When we filled up the next day I figured I used 17.3 litres out of my total 18 capacity to go 340km
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Old 02-05-2014, 11:00 AM   #653
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Day 152 Perito Moreno Glacier

Day 152 Perito Mereno Glacier


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The Perito Moreno Glacier is about 80km from El Calafate so we decided to stay and make a day trip of it. The road to the park is much like the rest of the Patagonia plateau but you soon encounter some lovely twisties. At out first rest stop we saw the Glacier for the first time.



We thought the boat trip to the glacier would be a good plan and we were not dissapointed.



I took about 90 photos of this thing. It was beautiful to behold.









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We discovered a small coolant leak on the KLR so purchased some stop leak at an autoparts store. In addition we noticed the cooling fan wasn't functioning. In this cold weather it's not a big problem so we decided to wait until Rio Gallegos to repair it.

The odometer on Skelly today. she was at 14,000 when I started.

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Old 02-05-2014, 01:47 PM   #654
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The End is Near

Hey guys and gals,

I'm not sure what the rules are on the Forum about fundraising so I am going to post a link to my Recent Blog Post. As you may know my ride includes a charity component. My trip is totally self funded so don't worry I'm not asking for beer money.

Thanks all y'all
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Old 02-05-2014, 02:22 PM   #655
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A Fan in Rio Gallegos

Day 153 and 154 El Calafate to Rio Gallegos

After packing up and leaving the hostel we had a 320 km ride today on the massive Patagonian Plateau.


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I love dogs! Especially if they are not chasing me.



An Aussie chap we met at the hostel riding a Honda 125 that he purchased in Santiago. We rode together for a short time but our pace needed to be faster than his due to the KLR cooling fan issue.





The straight road made it easy to cover the mileage today and we arrived in Rio Gallegos at about 3pm.







We are staying at the Hotel Covadonga, a really cool old hotel very close to the city center.

Day 154 Rio Gallegos

I have been in contact with a fellow I found on the ADVRider forum who lives in Rio Gallegos. He offered to help us find the moto shop and translate for us. We met Emanuel at SM Motos at 11:00 and he helped us with our futile search for a thermo fan switch. Upon our lack of success we went to his house where we set about making a manual bypass for the rad fan. He had a small switch and I had wire so we rigged it up so Eran can turn on the fan manually.

We picked a good day to do this as the weather is nasty in these parts. Ushuaia should be fun, it was 2 degrees C there yesterday.
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:28 PM   #656
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A blast from the past!

http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blo...67/tpod.html#_

So Dave, You have met me in the middle here of two RRs. Grumpy has done the trip you are doing but cut it short and took a left mid South America and headed to Buenos Aires. I want to follow your tread marks one day on the steed he has mounted, so I am reading his great RR and met you and the Mrs there. (Providing you some nostalgia for your trip.)

Is it possible to get you to travel to the geographical tip, or end of the land mass? You do have a few more days left in your plan, so is it a passable land mass or do you have to do the helicopter or ferry trip to the end of the end?

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/58993952

https://www.google.com/maps/preview/...!3m1!1e3?hl=en
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There is a road that goes further south than Ushuaia. But to the end of the land mass I don't know how. Perhaps by boat because its actually a lot of little land masses to get to the furthest south island before Antarctica

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If you have time.

If you have time, let me/us know if there is a passable route. Would be nice to know. Stay safe amigo.
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:38 AM   #659
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There is a road that goes further south than Ushuaia. But to the end of the land mass I don't know how. Perhaps by boat because its actually a lot of little land masses to get to the furthest south island before Antarctica

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Hiking.

Manolito,

Have you, or do you know anyone who has, been to the end?
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