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Old 06-24-2014, 01:45 PM   #316
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I bet that dakar statue will be like the mecca of adv riders..great stuff Dave...keep am coming!!!
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Old 06-25-2014, 06:42 AM   #317
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fuck that was an awesome update!
Thanks bud... Yeah, the past few weeks have provided some amazing rides. Makes it easy to post "awesome" updates, just have to post photos. :)

Today it's off to explore Valle de la Luna and Lagoon Cujuy (sp?)... Might leave tomorrow over Pasa Jama as the weather isn't improving. Not looking forward to that ride. Up and over the pass will be COOLLLLD! That should be an 'interesting' update. :/
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:18 AM   #318
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First time to chime in…. GREAT tale of adventure, thank you for taking the considerable time and energy it takes to share with us….

and your photographs and videos are excellent! very well done!

and about not stressing over stuff that hasn't happened I love this quote from somewhere I can't recall:

"Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday..... & all is well"

Continued safe travels!
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Old 06-26-2014, 01:15 PM   #319
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"Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday..... & all is well"
Love it... Thanks,
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Old 06-26-2014, 06:00 PM   #320
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Exploring Atacama, Stuck in San Pedro, & Planning My Return 'Home'...

Thursday, June 26, 2014



Stuck in San Pedro you ask? Well, I plan to take Paso Jama east up and over the Andes into Argentina, but it has been closed for the past few days due to snow, wind, extreme cold, and limited visibility. So yeah, I'm stuck... The pass is gonna be absolutely freezing, so quite honestly I'm in no rush to bundle up and make the trek. There really aren't any other options. Paso Sico is closed at present as well, and it is a more difficult (dirt) route. So, I wait. Today I checked with the police and several truckers at aduana and they tell me that it may be open tomorrow. I'm going to check again tomorrow, and will target Saturday for departure.



I have cold weather gear, but not 'extreme' cold weather gear. Today I bought a thick balaclava and some gloves to help (two pairs rubber surgeon gloves, one pair thin wool gloves - both of which will go under my riding gloves). I'll wear thermal underwear, Under Armour pants, jeans, and my Klim riding pants. On top I'll wear two long sleeve shirts, a fleece, and my Klim riding jacket. That leaves only my toes and neck, which I'll try to keep warm with two pairs of SmartWool socks, and a Freeze-Out neck gaiter respectively. I'll probably look like the Michelin man with all that $hit on, but hopefully I'll stay (relatively) warm. I've grown to absolutely detest riding in freezing weather. I guess I should have planned seasons/routes a bit better eh? :/



So while I'm stuck I guess I'll put together a short post. Yesterday I explored Valle de la Luna, Laguna Cejar, and Laguna Tebinquinche. Valle de la Luna is absolutely stunning, and provides some great riding. I had the entire park to myself and didn't see anyone else the entire time I was there. The weather was great (70F and sunny), and the day was perfect. Per usual, the rangers asked me kindly to stay on the marked roads, but I ended up venturing all through the park and making it my personal moto playground of sorts. Can't help it! At one point I was riding along and noticed the path/road below me was shimmering. I stopped and realized that under a layer of dirt I was riding on a path almost entirely made of quartz crystal. It looked like something out of The Wizard of Oz. I ended up snapping off a crystal and putting it in my breast pocket for good juju. Again sorry, couldn't help it...



After exploring Valle de la Luna I blasted on dirt roads SE to Laguna Tebinquinche, which was a bit of a let down. The lake is supposed to provide beautiful mirror views, but since it's the dry season, the water levels were really low. I whipped the bike around and blasted back to Laguna Cejar, which was really neat. First off, the lake, vegetation, and sky clashed colors to create a beautiful, almost unreal scene. Also, the lake has an incredibly high salt content, so I had read you can float on the surface of the water. Again, nobody around so I tore off all my clothing and jumped in without thinking. Yowza! Freezing, severe shrinkage inducing cold! I floated for a few minutes and climbed out. The combination of the salty water, dry air, and wind meant I didn't need a towel. I was bone dry within seconds. Anyway, it was quite the experience. I don't consider myself a nudist, but walking around out there with my tackle flailing in the wind felt quite liberating. Maybe I'll shed my clothing and go 'renegade' more often. :)



I'd met a few people around town yesterday so we all went out for dinner and drinks last night. That meant that I slept in a bit and had a lazy day today. I ran a few errands, and took care of some business. I also booked my flight 'home' using miles on United (still have a quite a few left from the biz travel days). When I clicked submit I couldn't believe I had an actual date in sight for my return. I'm shipping the bike to LA, and will land to meet it on August 6th. From there I'll ride the PCH, and will check off one or two nat'l parks headed east towards Denver. That means this journey will come to an end somewhere around August 16th, and everyone will be invited to the party!



I can't believe it... I have mixed emotions about the whole thing coming to a close. I've grown and seen a LOT. I've visited a ton of amazing places. I've dodged death on numerous occasions. I've met a countless number of amazing people. I found love. I misbehaved more times and in more ways than I can count. I witnessed two volcano eruptions, was almost swept away by two bloated raging rivers, and crashed my bike on multiple occasions. I showered, slept, and lived in conditions I never thought I would. I shocked myself on suicide shower heaters hundreds of times. I will have ridden my motorcycle close to 25k miles in the end. I laughed, I cried, and found myself smiling a LOT. Most importantly, I feel like I discovered myself, and really 'lived' life. It has been an amazing ride. Don't get me wrong, I'm gonna live for the moment and enjoy every remaining second of this adventure. Staring at that date on the computer screen was just a wake up call that this chapter is nearing an end. I'm not sad about it. I'm more confident than I've ever been and am looking forward to seeing what the next chapter will uncover. I spent an hour or so earlier today revisiting pictures from early on in the trip. I'm really happy and proud that I accomplished this.



Oh, and I also watched the US fold to Germany today at a bar filled with Germans. But, we still advance to the next round, so that's good. Watching the Cup down here in South America, in places filled with travelers from around the world, has been a really cool experience. Every single game is interesting, regardless of teams, because people from all over fill the bars, paint their faces, drink heavily, cheer loudly, and celebrate together. Regardless of the outcome, this will be a World Cup that I'll remember forever. I'm typically not a footie fan (moto racing is my sport of choice in case you haven't noticed), but I've really gotten into it as of late.



Finally, through a friend of a friend I've linked up with a famous tattoo studio/artist in Buenos Aires. One night in Oaxaca I was out drinking with new friends. In the pisser, and through blurred vision, I saw a funny drawing on the wall. It stuck with me throughout the trip, and I think it is a good representation of this journey. Dodging death in Latin America, drinking too much booze, with absolute beauty mixed in between. Anyway, the guy is drawing up a better sketch as we speak, and I think I'll celebrate my bday on July 19th getting it inked somewhere on my body. After that, a big party in BA for the night. The big 3 - 6!



I think that's enough for now. Cross your fingers that Jama Pass is open tomorrow and that the sun is shining on me Saturday. If so, I'll post an update from Jujuy or Salta in Argentina, which marks my 14th and final country.

Ciao for now amigos... Hasta pronto,

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Old 06-26-2014, 06:05 PM   #321
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Note, I'd like to keep the bike forever, but figure I'd throw this out there. If the stars align and a buyer shows, I'll sell it. If not, it will be 'moto art' in my bar/cafe/restaurant/hotel/B&B someday.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=989361

E-mail me if interested - david.p.mobley@gmail.com
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Old 06-26-2014, 07:07 PM   #322
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Awesome update and congratulations on staying safe and finding awesomeness in the countries and people you have met.

I begin my journey in August and have used your report to note great ideas.

Cheers David - and happy early birthday
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Old 06-26-2014, 10:37 PM   #323
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Great RR !!! It's been my favorite one for the last few weeks. I have been curious and perhaps I have missed it , you a somewhat fluent spanish speaker?
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Old 06-27-2014, 04:00 AM   #324
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Great RR !!! It's been my favorite one for the last few weeks. I have been curious and perhaps I have missed it , you a somewhat fluent spanish speaker?
Si señor! Mi ex esposa es Colombiana. So, I can yell and call you an arsehole in Spanish. ;)

In all seriousness, I had a decent grasp on it before I left, and have gotten much, much better.

I'd say while it helps immensely during a trip like this, it's not a necessity. Don't let it deter you if on the fence.

Glad you are enjoying the RR.

PS... Absolute BEST way to speak Spanish quickly. Head directly to Veracruz, Guadalajara, Puerto Escondido, or somewhere similar for your first stop. Chat up the most beautiful girl you can find, who doesn't speak English. You'll be like Pimsleur in no time, out of 'necessity'. ;)
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:44 AM   #325
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Thank you d_mob for taking us along on this most excellent adventure!! Been following along since the beginning and look forward to your updates. Although obviously not to the same degree as you, I'm also a little bummed that an end date has been assigned to this journey. I don't know why, but I was kind of hoping you might take that position at the resort in ...Ecuador was it?...just so the adventure wouldn't truly end when you ship the bike back to the states. Safe travels on the remainder of your ride, and thanks again for bringing us along!!
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Old 06-27-2014, 01:49 PM   #326
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it's been a hell of a ride man, have enjoyed you sharing it with us.

but you have over a month left! get out there and find some more cool pics to take and hot chicas to take as well... ...and dont forget the pics.
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:49 AM   #327
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it's been a hell of a ride man, have enjoyed you sharing it with us.

but you have over a month left! get out there and find some more cool pics to take and hot chicas to take as well... ...and dont forget the pics.
Yep. Thanks for the encouragement and reminder to enjoy the remaining month'ish. I made it over Jama Pass and into Purmamarca the other day, and have been at the Loki Hostel in Salta for the past few nights. This place is crazy. Mega partying with a great group of young folks, and a very 'open' mindset from the ladies if you catch my drift. Not to mention it's FREE to stay here at present, and there is massive amounts of perfect bike parking. So all that's been welcome, especially after the FREAKING FREEZING passage over Jama in a snowstorm.

More to come soon,
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:51 AM   #328
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:21 PM   #329
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pictures or it did not happen.
I'll try to take some tonight. Trying not to get too rowdy, need to ride tomorrow. However, that might be a bit difficult here.

I've also limited the talk about, and photos of girls, for the most part due to the long distance relationship I'm still working on with Nina. She has given me an unlimited hall pass during my trip, but I feel a bit rude talking too much about it. Ya know? I don't think she checks here though, so I'll try to get a few for the boys on ADV! ;)

And yeah, I know I'm incredibly lucky with that hall pass thing. Incredibly.

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Snow Storms, Final Border Crossing, Crazy Parties | Bienvenidos a Argentina!!!

Monday, June 30th, 2014



Friday morning I woke up and made my usual trip to the border police station to see what the conditions were on Jama Pass into Argentina. To my surprise, the police and truckers told me it was open and that I should "go now!" as another storm was predicted the next day. I'd spent a few days longer than expected in San Pedro de Atacama, so didn't hesitate, bolted back to the hotel, packed, and headed out at 10am sharp. That town is great, and the riding around is spectacular, but expensive.



The ride up and out of SPdA was cold, but not horrible. However, by the time I made the border I was really feeling it. The wind was brutal and the temps hovered around 30F. Everything at the Jama border into Argentina is seemingly efficient. Migracion and aduana for both countries are lined up all next to each other in four windows. The only frustrating part was that two gringo cattle buses arrived just before me, so the wait was around an hour before reaching the first window. I asked if I could go ahead of them, as it wouldn't delay them more than a few seconds, but the Argentinian border police dude wasn't havin' it. He made me get in the back of the line. Fokker. Anyway, I wasn't too fussed as there was heat in the building.



After the border it was flat, cold, and windy. However, I was smiling in my helmet as I'd just crossed the 14th, and final border of my journey. Nice to see new places, but entering and exiting countries with a vehicle is a pain in the arse. Whatever, just a CODB (cost of doing business) I guess. I was headed for Purmamarca as I'd heard it was a nice little town. Just before Purma there is a mountain you need to climb up and over. It's beautiful, you ride through the salt flats, and then the mountain appears out of nowhere. Problem was, about halfway up a snowstorm was blanketing the entirety. My GPS showed 22 miles remaining for Purma. That was the absolute WORST 22 miles of riding I've had on this trip, and in my entire life. Fog, wet snow, and temps dropped to 5F! My visor froze over so I had to ride with it open. It was slow going around 10mph and I couldn't see $hit. The tears rolling out of my eyes were freezing so I had to reach in and pry my eyelids open every 15 or 20 seconds. Really, really brutal. To make matters worse, there was ice on the road and a truck jackknifed directly in front of me. I stopped to make sure he was fine, and continued on. Once I dropped down the other side, the storm cleared and I was in Purma. Thank God!



Purma was nice for a night. I met two young American birds at the hostel and we chatted for a bit. I ended up having dinner and a few glasses of decent wine with Maggie, from Wisconsin, but studying in Buenos Aires at present. I'll link up with her when I arrive there in a couple of weeks. From Purma I took Rte 9 to Salta, which was amazing! The road was the width of a sidewalk, but is heavily trafficked so can get a bit sketchy around bends. I decided to stay at Loki Hostel here. For those who don't know, Loki, Wild Rover, and The Point are all party hostel chains/brands. I was hesitant to stay, but they have a promotion at present where you stay for free (FREE!). That, plus ample bike parking made me decide to check it out, and am really glad I did. There is a great group of 15 - 20 of us that all get on really well. The past two nights were massive parties w/ beer pong, dancing, loud music, and general misbehavior (oh, and a LOT of Blood Bomb shots). I met a nice girl named Raquel from Brazil on break from studying medicine, we hung out and enjoyed each other's company.



This morning I made the short trip over to the BMW dealership in town. I picked up a filter and three liters of oil and the fokkers charged me almost $70USD! Seriously, what's up with BMW dealerships? I've grown to despise the majority of em (some are great, don't get me wrong). Anyway, I was hungover from the Beer Pong World Cup last night, so just bent over, handed over my credit card, and took it gently up the arse. Couldn't be bothered to track down the supplies elsewhere. When I got back to the hotel I wrenched on the bike for a bit, changed the oil/filter, and made sure everything is buttoned up. The bike just turned over 20k miles, so I figured it was in need of some 'love'. The only thing that's bothering me a bit is an engine rattling noise that's come up as of late. Only lasts for a few seconds. A quick roll of the throttle seems to level it out and everything goes back to normal. Cam chain? No clue... Hoping it's nothing.



I'll be here for one more night, then plan to head south with a general plan to get to Cordoba. My buddy Andrew Palmer, a strapping Brit I met in Cartagena doing several years on a bike, has linked me up with a group of riders there. I'll hang in Cordoba for a few days riding, exploring, drinking wine, and getting in trouble with Andy's mates. I have a nice route planned with some great riding and scenery, with the help of Andrew and John Hill (Andy's buddy in Cordoba). From there I'll take it slow and easy to BA.



I guess that's it for now... Enjoy the pics. I'll post up more soon.

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