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Riding south through Argentina

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After Christmas we decide to try and cover some miles and ride south through Argentina, which is less expensive than Chile.  We ride south on Ruta 40 through San Rafael and on to Malargue the first night.The road leads…
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Western Argentina and Mendoza

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Mendoza was on the list, but had been moved up the calendar a bit because some friends (2 different traveling couples) needed parts and it worked out that we could get them in Santiago, Chile and deliver them to our…
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Motorcycle Maintenance in Santiago

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Several thousand miles of dirt, dust and sand, and some bad batches of fuel somewhere between Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and northern Chile have given Betty (my bike) a terrible cough.  She struggles to get up hills and has developed a…
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Santiago, Chile

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We ride the hour and a half from Valparaiso to Santiago on a rainy Saturday morning and settle in for a week in this city of 8 million people.  We plan to meet up with some friends I met a…
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Valparaiso, Chile

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We ride south along the coast of Chile and enjoy some camping along the way…the coast is beautiful.  the water turns darker blue along the way and the coast becomes rocky and waves crash and break against it with big…
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The desert coast of Chile

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Leaving Tal Tal (Taltal?) after a night we ride south, following the PanAm as it moves in and out of the desert and along the Pacific.  We ride the most compacted dirt road I’ve ever been on for 20-30 miles…
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Atacama Desert of Chile

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We head south of Antofagasta on the PanAm early enough in the morning that the wind hasn’t picked up yet. I’m learning quickly that the mornings are fairly calm and as the desert air warms with the sun the winds…
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San Pedro de Atacama to the Coast of Chile

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The last few miles of the ride down into San Pedro de Atacama passes through some lovely moonscape that reminds me of the Badlands back home in South Dakota. Fitting since that is where you turn onto the road that…
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Northern Chile

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We ride south out of Ollague not knowing what the road will be like.  We hope to make it to Calama and then turn east to go to San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis in the desert of northern Chile, …
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Riding into Chile

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We ride the last few miles of Bolivia, maybe 5 or so, on an actual highway.  It’s a dusty one and I’m coughing and sneezing as we pull up to the border. My buff has been getting extra workouts the…
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Crossing into San Juan del Sur

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Onward to Nicaragua!  We left the morning after our pool day and drove for the border to nicaragua.  Not exactly the part of the trip that we’ve been longing for but we entered with high energy and expectations. At the…
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Last day riding in Bolivia

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At the western edge of the Salar de Uyuni we luck out with Pocket Earth finding helping us find a way onto a road without having to push through a lot of sand.  We ride up onto the pier just…
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Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

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The Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat and is located on the southwest edge of Bolivia near its border with Chile. The flats are located at an elevation of about 12,000 feet and cover more than 4,000…
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Stopover ~ Singapore Style

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Stopovers. In our experience, they’re generally a waste of time, money, and effort. At various times we have decided to break up a long flight with a stopover in, say, JFK, and I have to say, they never live up…
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Potosi and southwestern Bolivia

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Potosi seems like a nice town…I hadn’t expected much when I heard it was a mining city.  The central plaza is lovely and there are lots of old buildings reflecting Spanish architectural styles in Potosi.We only stay one night,…
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La Paz, Bolivia

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La Paz is one of the highest big cities in the world, resting in a big bowl of land and the surrounding hillsides at between 10,500 and 13,500 feet.  The day we ride in from Copacabana, and take the ferry,…
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Enticing Mui Ne

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We pulled into town on the afternoon bus from Saigon. Heat waves shimmered off the pavement, and the smell of pungent fish sauce assaulted our sinuses. Saigon, our entry point into Vietnam, had been sheer chaos. Amazing, intriguing, delicious and…
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Lago Titicaca, Bolivia

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Lago Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and is said to be the highest navigable lake in the world.  In other words, it’s big.  And it’s the loveliest shade of deep sapphire blue.After crossing into Bolivia, we…
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Crossing into Bolivia

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It’s the usual drill really, crossing from one country to another.  The only difference we notice today is the huge numbers of people traveling by bus who are crossing from Peru to Bolivia and back the other way.  Oh, yeah,…
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A Chance for Gratitude

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“Oh crap, she did it again!” Jim hastily rolled down the windows for a refreshing breath of fresh air, intent on dissipating the overwhelming scent of Aspens seemingly never ending gaseous emissions from the back seat. Our little family was…

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