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Old 02-16-2014, 06:50 AM   #286
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Bluhduh People and politics

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Wow! Great pics all around.

It can be tough when the weary traveler is treated rudely, even here in The States.
The recent History of mining and oil industries in Bolivia has had a real impact on its peoples/environment.
The hi-jack of Evo Morales' plane to Austria was a stinging slap to the Bolivian face.
Hopefully the people will warm up as things improve in Bolivia, the poorest Country in S.A.

Always looking forward to the next update.
Best Regards to you both


We always have a chance when we meet a stranger to differentiate between the person and their country's politics. Granted that Bolivia seems to always get the short hand of the stick. Although there are as many rich imbeciles as their are poor idiots, a person's economic situation (to me) never justifies inappropriate behaviour towards a stranger.
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Old 02-16-2014, 06:54 AM   #287
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Lovely update, guys. Can't get over the reds and yellows in the Andes. Stunning shots! Wishing you the best as you wend your way ever-southerly.
For us too it was the most amazing. Sometimes tough to keep your eyes on the road.

On this pic, I only played a little with the exposure curve to tone the light nothing else. One of the highlight of the trip for sure.



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Old 02-16-2014, 06:56 AM   #288
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Well done guys. Following along quietly..................

Hey James,

Glad to have you along;

BTW I did not you could be quiet
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Old 02-16-2014, 07:14 AM   #289
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Great shots from Chile! I went into Argentina and south and just crossed back over to Santiago from Mendoza. Where are you now?
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The Motorcycle Chronicles of Jackie & Valentino... The Southern Episode

We are in Santiago now, got new tires and will be heading south on Tuesday morning. We came from Mendoza Friday.


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Old 02-16-2014, 01:14 PM   #291
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Hey James,

Glad to have you along;

BTW I did not you could be quiet

He heeeee..................brmmmm............brmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmm
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Old 02-16-2014, 02:04 PM   #292
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Laugh Just a couple more from town





A few more pics from downtown before we head south to Ollague and the Chile border crossing.

Uyuni was not much to look out, but when the light is right everything kind of looks good, and with so so subjects something decent can still come out.














Ciao Uyuni, thanks for the Salar, let's head for Chile and of cup of Matte...
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Old 02-16-2014, 04:06 PM   #293
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We had figured about 500 km, from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama via Calama, out of which 275 or so were to be unpaved. First to Ollague at the Chilean border than to Chiuchiu at the North East edge of the Atacama desert. Of course unpaved in the desert usually means some sand.



















Sand there was but not more than 20-30 km of it. The greatest majority of it was hard pack dirt, with some washboard and corrugated gravel. Honestly, I don't really mind sand. What always proves to be a challenge is maintaining enough velocity to keep the bike upright while not going so fast as to ensure a lot of pain for both rider and pillion if you ditch.












Well the be only really slip sled on one occasion, just enough to get your hard racing, and allow the potential consequences of a bad fall down on you.

Middle of nowhere, damage to pillion, you, and bike; all in the course of seven seconds, but Valentino was on the ball, and seven seconds later the anxiety had subsided, and control was once again re-instated.














I mean we all know the basic rule when riding in sand; look ahead, pick a track, loose hands on the bar, steer with your feet on the pegs, and apply the leg-tank-squeeze as appropriate.

Regardless if you are on a light motocross or heavy loaded on a fat pig, the rules are the same, it's just the physics that vary. After riding Baja, last year, we learn that less is more and did shed some serious pounds for this trip, but what really help was:

1 Better skills
2 Better tires with the scorpion rally
3 Better suspension with my new Hyperpros













Angela our trusty GSA 2008, would shed a few pieces in getting us there. We first lost our rear mud-guard somewhere in Columbia, had it fixed in Quito, where for 10 bucks a friendly mechanic, machine a new spacer and reinstalled the floppy piece of plastic to the final drive. This lasted until La Paz, where as I accompanied my German friend to yet another dealer visit for his 2007 GSA (she gets sick a lot), I had the dealer both install the Pirelli scorpion rally on the rear and re-attached the stupid mud-guard.









Yes, yes, yes I am able to do this myself and re-attached the plastic to the bike when it falls, but every time it does, I loose one or two of the three screws and invariably the makeshift spacer. So it came as no surprise that after a few kilometres of washboard, I had yet another dangling part...


What did come as a surprised is that when we stopped to shot a few pictures I noticed that the front fender had also opted to shed so weight




What are you going to do? It's one of those things...

After spending a night in impromptu Ollague, what would prove to be more of a concern was that by the end of the next day, once safely tuck in San Pedro the Atacama I noticed that my crash bar was also loosely dangling.

No worries, nothing that a taller that solders "acero inoxidable", $10.00, and a few scrounged nuts and bolts can't fix.


Should look like this




After some help









It looked like this







A few more from the ride to Ollague, a perfect day in the life of a motorcyclist if there ever was one. Challenging riding, unbelievable scenery, perfect weather, a great meal, and the Super Bowl.


More cool critters










The road goes on forever until we start to see, far in the horizon the first hints of Volcanoes, with their snowy cap, remember that this ride is between 2500 and 3700 metres.




















You just don't want to break down on this lonely road, as far as the eyes can see.















Finally the border, quick and easy even if a truck driver also waiting for import had to go wake the aduana guy up so he could take our papers to stamp us out of Bolivia



Cujo was there to greet us to Ollague





Sometimes I miss Elway and Atwater






Next will come the stretch from Ollague to San Pedro de Atacama...
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Well Jackie just left for the airport for a forecasted work obligation, we will rejoin in Buenos Aires in a couple of weeks.


Until then, Valentino makes a run for the Carretera Austral and Ushuaia...
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Old 02-18-2014, 01:08 PM   #295
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Glad to hear you both are still safe.

So did you swap both tires? Inquiring tire installers want to know what kind of mileage you received from those K60's we mounted!

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Old 02-18-2014, 03:09 PM   #296
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Well Jackie just left for the airport for a forecasted work obligation, we will rejoin in Buenos Aires in a couple of weeks.
Until then, Valentino makes a run for the Carretera Austral and Ushuaia...
Sad to see her and her charming smile go. Have a safe run to Ushuaia.

Those last photos were tremendous, reminds me of riding in the West Desert of Northern Utah. (well without the Llamas and the volanoes and Cujo, but other than that...)

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Old 02-18-2014, 03:47 PM   #297
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I have fully enjoyed this RR so far! Followed your trip in Europe on your ST 1300. I personally transitioned from an ST 1300 to a Goldwing 2 years ago. Don't think I'll ever own a GS BMW not much into Dualling. Thanks for sharing yet another SA RR! I'll only be able to view others since I have yet to get thru all 50 states up here. Stay safe J&V and God Bless your trip!


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Glad to hear you both are still safe.

So did you swap both tires? Inquiring tire installers want to know what kind of mileage you received from those K60's we mounted!

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Hey Don,

I swapped the rear in La Paz for the scorpion rally at about 18000 km, it could have been good for another 2k, but I knew we would get some sand and other niceties on the unpaved sections entering Chile from Bolivia.

The front I changed with the rear again in Santiago at over 21000 km, same it could have gone for more, but I wanted new for the Austral and the unpaved bits of Ruta 40. I am now running the TKC, great for off road, but I don't like so much how they feel on pavement.

Thanks again for the Heidies





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Sad to see her and her charming smile go. Have a safe run to Ushuaia.

Those last photos were tremendous, reminds me of riding in the West Desert of Northern Utah. (well without the Llamas and the volanoes and Cujo, but other than that...)

Suerte,

Martín
Jackie will be back for the lap into Uruguay. We also thought that a lot of Southwestern Bolivia looked a lot like the US Southwest, maybe someone who knows something about geology can chime in and tell us why.


Great to have you with us Martín




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I have fully enjoyed this RR so far! Followed your trip in Europe on your ST 1300. I personally transitioned from an ST 1300 to a Goldwing 2 years ago. Don't think I'll ever own a GS BMW not much into Dualling. Thanks for sharing yet another SA RR! I'll only be able to view others since I have yet to get thru all 50 states up here. Stay safe J&V and God Bless your trip!


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What do you mean you traded your ST for a sofa!! - .

You are such a groupie STinner, thanks for following along.
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Cool2 Day 1

Left Santiago at 0715, arrived in Fereire after 700 or so km, found a nice camping under the Southern cross for $12.00.
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Cool2 Day 2

Made it back to Argentina and stopped near Bolson, a hippy town between Bariloche and Esquel. About 500 km today, I took the Argentinian way so I would not have to worry about the 3 ferry crossings on the Austral. Tomorrow I cross back into Chile and will take the Austral all the way to Chile Chico.

Will update Day 1 and Day 2 with pics, when the web lets me.


Another night of camping under the stars, just of Ruta 40, it does not get any better than this
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