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Sara “The Peach” PedersenI grew up in Vancouver, B.C. I attended the University of British Columbia and the University of Western Ontario. I met Daniel at Willow beach in Victoria on June 4 1994 and we were married June 22, 1996. Right from the beginning we shared the love of travel and adventure. Daniel surprised me with a Yamaha TTR 125 on our 5th wedding anniversary and I was hooked on off road motorsports. We have enjoyed off road motorbiking, single track and dunes riding. About 10 years ago we started to plan a big adventure to explore the world. After discussing different modes of transport we thought motorcycles were the right choice for us. In the fall of 2010 I took my motorcycle license course. Just before I completed the course I got my new 2010 BMW F650GS Twin! Let the adventure begin.Daniel “Big D” PedersenI’m a country boy at heart that was born in Calgary, Alberta. I moved to the coast of B.C. as a teen and then to Victoria on Vancouver Island to attend College. I’m a numbers guy and an adrenaline junkie. I’m caught in the contradictory world of a love for great looking corporate balance sheets and the smell of race gas. Now a tad older my love of travel is starting to scream for more attention. No more just reading of great adventures. The time has come for this one lucky Dude and his Peach to start writing one of their own.The Dynamic DuoOn June the 4th, 1994 she had long jet-black hair , wore cut off jean shorts and cowboy boots. He wore a floral tie and a grey suit. Despite the differences it seemed to work and two years later they were married. Early on they both pondered what they wanted out of life? To see the world, its people, and experience their cultures was their answer to one another. They settled in Port Moody, BC and have spent their lives intensely working towards the day when they could break free of the mundane, the ordinary and the ever-present trap of more stuff. They set a plan in motion and have worked towards it for the last ten years. The path has not always been easy, but it was totally worth it now that the dream is a reality. Hello world here we come!

Trip Start: 2011-06-22 Trip End: 2015-06-30 .

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La Falda part 2

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We headed out today for a drive along to the next town and up into the Camino de Artesanias. This is a bad washed out dirt road which surprisingly has shops and stores dotted along it. The first stop was an over 100 year old farm where they make sweets and cookies from the fruits grown there.

Next we headed…

La falda

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The big thing to do here in Argentina is to have an Asado, which is a special kind of BBQ. There is an art to making the fire and the cooking is done over the coals only. The meat is served to wooden plates and you cut it with huge jewelled knives.

Well it has been pouring rain and thunder…

Time for a rest in Cordoba

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We could not get an economy seat and so we finished off a great week here with a Business class flight back to Santiago! It is time to go back To Argentina for a much deserved months rest in la Falda. Retracing our route for the third time it was no less spectacular on the snake road or on the…

Easter Island Part 2

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The adventure began when we rented a jeep to tour on our own.

Taking it off road we headed to Ahu Te Peu where there are some platforms and stone carvings.

On the way back we stopped at Ana Te Pahu to explore the cave.

The next stop was at Ahu Akivi to see the 7 standing Moai, which are…

Easter Island a Dream Come true

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Today we got up at 430 am to get to the airport by 615 for our 815 flight, that finally left at late at 1215! The 3800 km flight from Santiago to Easter Island (Isla Pascua) takes almost 6 hours.

This is one of the most isolated inhabited islands on the planet and is formed by 3 extinct volcanoes. It…

Santiago Part 3

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Another nice night on the patio at Casa Matte.

Today we had a 5 -hour visit to the Canadian Embassy In Santiago. WOW our tax dollars at work. We needed our signatures witnessed on some documents. By email they said just show up and we will do it for 25,000 Pesos (50$). In reality it took hours and several calls…

Santiago part 2

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This morning we headed to the travel agent recommended to us by a friend. She had managed to get us difficult to find air tickets to Easter Island. It seems the tour companies buy up all the LAN air seats and so you cannot get them easily this time of year. Then it was back to Motoaventura for tires, where…

A detour to Santiago

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Now we are headed to Santiago again for tires and service, but we have a few days to kill so it’s a short 50 km to Porterillos to camp on the lake and then 70 to the town of Uspallata.

We had a good night at the campground, but woke up to the first flat of the entire trip! He…

Mendoza and the Wine Festival

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We had to pool our remaining Argentinean Pesos with Trevor for the hotel, dinner and gas! Luckily we know where to go in San Raphael for money and it is only 85 km away. Arriving Dan and Trevor talked to the contact, but he said the boss would return in an hour, so we used our last few pesos for…

The lake route

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From the dock at Pargua to Puerto Octay it was an additional 135 km. We stopped off in Puerto Montt for lunch and to try to find a cambio office for Orvar to get some USD. This is a constant problem for travel to Argentina, where you cannot use your visa or ATM card because you will only get the…

Isla Chiloe and Another End of the Road

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We had heard that the Isla Chiloe was really beautiful and also that the “end of the Pan-American highway” from Alaska and the end of the Pacific Coast Highway from Lund BC was at the far end. So we had to go now. Setting off from Osorno under cloudy skies we drove the 162 km to the ferry dock at…

The last of the Ruta 7 after 1000 km of gravel some rest in Osorno

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We were so preoccupied by the hockey the Summer holiday Saturday night when we arrived that we did not go to the Navimag office to get ferry tickets. Big mistake. When we checked out after the game and went to the office at 11 they were serving number 40 and we had number 58. By the time we got a…

Ruta 7 to Chaiten!!

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After a great night with amazing stars in the sky we packed up and headed north 310 km for Chaiten. The first 60 km was paved and then there was pretty good gravel for a bit.

Several others had told us how bad the 260 km of gravel road was, especially in the construction zone. The worst part initially was…

Ruta 7 / The Carratera Austral to Lago Las Torres

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Getting up the next day we were headed to Coyhaique in 234 km of which 146 was pretty good gravel.

Just out of town were stopped as they had cut down a huge tree, which had then fallen on the road so the guys pitched in to speed up the process of clearing the road.

The views were panoramic.

Coming…

Headed to the Carratera Austral on the Ruta 40 & 41

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We had to have an extra days rest in Natales after our big hike and the other guys had a day to see the glacier at Perito Moreno, which we had already seen and so we were a day behind them. Time to catch up. We had a 280 km drive to El Calafate, with a bypass on the ruta…

Puerto Natales and Torres del Paines

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Now for an easy 247 km to Puerto Natales.

We ran into the Malaysian team again on the road and Faizal Sukree took some great photos of us.

It’s a small town so we eventually met up with 10 of the 12 riders from the ferry ride for a Parilla dinner.

We did a bit of riding around town.

The…

Headed North to Punta Arenas

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Well what an epic trip so far! Now north again to the Careterra Austral! But first lets get out of Ushuaia! Today we headed back 215 km to Rio Grande for the night.

The next day we went the very windy 80 km to the border at San Sebastian. Here we gassed up on the cheap Argentine gas and met…

Adelie Penguins, a Polar plunge, and cape Horn

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Today we had a special treat as we had been informed that a colony of Adelie Penguins was near by. They are not normally found this far north.

The Adelie have a black beak and a white ring around the eye and they are smaller than their Gentou and Chin strap cousins.

On our last day in the Peninsula region…

Argentine Islands

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Today we say a ton on whales and then we visited the Ukrainian Vernadsky Base. Where they do research on the hole in the Ozone layer. They have the southernmost souvenir shop in the world and a fully functional bar. They brew their own hooch for 3$ a shot.

Humpback whales.

These Penguins were floating around on this Burg.

The…

Penguins, Ice, and Camping

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The afternoon was spent checking out the penguins and then Zodiac touring the ice. There were so many crab eater seals on the fast ice (sea ice attached to the shore) it was amazing. We hiked to see the views of Mount Francais and viewed it thru the old observatory window.

Bismark getting us prepped for camping.

Heading put to…

Base Brown and Port Lockroy

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Today we spent the morning at Paradise Bay and the Argentinean Base Brown.

We passed a Chilean Base located of course near the Argentinean base.

At Base Brown we hiked up for an amazing vista.

They had a luge track to slide down.

This was my medical post photo op!

The reflections were amazing.

There was a ton of wildlife…

The first landing in the Aitcho Islands

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After 2 easy days at sea we awoke to almost flat calm water.

After breakfast we had the first sighting of land!

We had made such good time we got a bonus landing in the Aitcho islands.

So excited to make landfall in Antarctica!

We got to explore 2 islands.

The views from the deck were amazing!…

A Dream Come True….Antarctica and amazing weather

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Staying in La Posta Hostel is a dream. It was recommended to us by lots of riders including Annaleen and Uli who we hosted in Vancouver on their way from Ushuia to Alaska.

We have a few days here before we leave for Antarctica to tour around.

It gave us time to try out all the places Wei suggested to…

Finally the last leg to Ushuaia

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We had a 455 km ride for today back to Rio Gallegos with only one gas station between there and El Chalten at Esperanza at 315 km we got in line and gassed up before we left. We really needed the wind with us and we were lucky. It was however a cool 5 degrees. We did have a few…

With time to kill we took a side trip to the Perito Moreno Glacier and Mount Fitz Roy

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Getting up the next morning the wind was already stronger than yesterday. The first 80 km west it was strong, but not gusting. Most of the way it was manageable. There was only the last 45 km to El Calafate where it vas very strong, but with minimal gusting.

They have these silly wind blown palm tree signs here. Like…

Now for the serious stuff Patagonia !

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There was almost no wind today and when there was it was 80% at our back!!! We kept south until Esquel and got gas again with almost no line. The old ruta 40 goes south from here but reports of very bad road conditions there kept us south on the “ruta 40” to Gobernador Costa, Chubut Province at 444 km…

Seven Lakes Route

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Driving into Junin de los Andes we say gas and got gas, which is the rule down here and added our sticker to the collection.

The drive on the 7 lakes route is a must do!They have actually renamed the old highway 231 going from Junin de los Andes to Bariloche via Villa la Angostura the ruta 40 to make…

The start of the Ruta 40

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Leaving town there was evidence of the recent Dakar visit. We headed south to find the famed Ruta 40. But with the late start today we ended up just going 187 km in Malargue and finding a small hotel just off the highway exit.

Now the challenge begins for the RUTA 40. We just had 333km to get to Chol…

Finally Headed South to Ushuaia

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Daniels bike on the way to Rosario cut out a few times. Now this is very disconcerting on our way south to isolated territory. Well on the way in from the race it was worse in the heat. He diagnosed the fuel pump as the issue, which is a known problem with the 800 GS. Well today we are to…

Dakar Rally 2014

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In the morning we walked the 3.5 km to the Dakar Village.

There was a photo exhibit at the command center.

We then got in the huge line for entry tickets. The end of the line was about 2 blocks from the monument entry. Orvar had disappeared, but then came back with 4 tickets. He had pulled the “I speak…