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Taltal, Antofagasta to San Pedro De Atacama 15 - 17 April After two nights in Caldera I set off up the coast road with the intention of doing a couple of short hops of around 200 ish kms each day and taking it easy as I was tired from the last five days of riding. Now as an avid Moto GP fan I knew the series was coming to Argentina for the first time since 1999.  I originally hadn’t intended on going to it as I thought I would be in Bolivia or Peru  by now. Over the years I have been to every circuit in Europe some more than once so I th...
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La Gruta Argentina through the Passo San Francisco to Caldera Chile Sun 14 April Woke this morning and I could hear the wind whistling around the hostel and feared the worse.  However on looking outside I was greeted with a glorious day with brilliant sunshine, clear blue skies  and very little wind but very cold.  Had breakfast of sausages and an egg (made sure  the dog was outside) which I had  left over from Uspallata and set off.  There is a single petrol pump at La Gruta but like everything else here there was no one to be found.  So I...
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Patquia to La Gruta (Border CP at Passo San Francisco) 12 April Got away nice and early this morning from the flea ridden one horse town of Patquia.  Straight onto Ruta 7, which would take me North to Nonogasta and Ruta 40 which is where I should have been, if not for the closed pass and the 200 mile detour.  Another long straight road up through another desert like valley and not much to look at. Whilst refueling at Nonogasta I am approached by an old man who tells me he is a professor (that's two this trip) and drives a 1924 Model T F...
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Las Flores to Patquia Friday 11 April ( Day of closures) Watched a bit of the Oscar Pistorius trial on the news the morning first bit I’ve seen, lying murderous Ba-----!!   Outside it was a glorious day with brilliant sunshine and red hot and it was only 9 am.  Packed up and set off for the border checkpoint 2kms up the road.  On arriving the border official tells me that the pass is closed due to a heavy snow storm up in the mountains but it may open in an hour or two.  It looks lovely from where I’m standing not a cloud in sight so I t...
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Vin Del Mar Chile to Las Flores Argentina 09 -10 April I awoke early on Wednesday morning to get a quick getaway from Vin Del Mar where I had just spent three days loafing around sunbathing.  I set the sat nav to avoid the toll roads and off I went following the coast North before swinging East.  After some 40 kms in fairly busy traffic I realised that I had left my head torch attached to the bunk above where I had been sleeping.  I briefly considered leaving it but as it was a Christmas present and I’m Scottish so I decided to turn around ...
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Santiago to Valparaiso, Vin Del Mar 06 - 08 April I got up early this morning to get packed and out of the city before the traffic got too busy.  As I was packing the bike I noticed a man lying on the ground a few meters away and at first I thought he was a vagrant.  But looking at his clothes and the fact he had nice shoes on I then thought he looks as if he’s dead?   So I went across and gently prodded him with my foot and he grunted and I could smell an overwhelming stench of stale alcohol.  So he was just dead drunk and sleeping it off ...
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Bike and Equipment Report So far 07 Apr 14 The bike in general has been superb.  Anyone who has been reading my blogs will be aware of some of the stuff I’ve been riding in.  The bike is fitted with numerous extras and modifications  and I am carrying approximately 70 kg of camping gear, spares, fuel  and clothing spread across a top box, metal mule panniers, a tank bag and the pillion seat.  The following is a brief summary of the bike, problems, fuel consumption and riding equipment; The Bike, Triumph Tiger 800XC 2012 current mileage ...
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Mendoza to Santiago Chile 03 April   If anyone's reading this (as there is no feed back ?) the photos that accompany this narrative are on FB same title, as I said before it's to difficult and time consuming to upload photos on here. Editor, if your reading, why is it so hard?   Awoke early this morning and packed the bike ready for the ride over to Santiago.  But first of all I wanted to go and have a look at the Cerro De Gloria (Hill of Glory), a  monument built to commemorate General San Martin and the Army of the Andes and their vi...
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Malargue to Mendoza and Maintainence 01 Apr 14 Spent the night in a little hostel in Malargue and updated my blog.  I also managed to find a Farmacia and bought an elastic bandage to try and stop my lower right leg from swelling.  Still very painful and black and blue from top of calf down to ankle joint.  Still able walk just with a slight limp and more importantly able to ride the bike. Awoke to dark ominous clouds and more rain so it was back on with the waterproofs.  The ride from Malargue to Mendoza was fairly uninteresting, long strai...
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Puerto Montt Chile to Malargue Argentina 29-31 March ( Sown, rain, sunshine, ferocious winds, dust storm and flying canoes) After spending the night in Puerto Montt I set off with Mark and Nadia for Osorno, another cold wet rainy day and after about an hour reached the bike shop in Osorno.  The told me that they had a shop in Santiago some 1700 km away on tarmac roads, so I decided to use every last bit of tread on my tyres and get them changed in Santiago.  So off we went heading for the town of La Angostura just over the border in Argenti...
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El Chalten Argentina Ruta 40, Caretera Austral (Ruta 7) to Puerto Montt Chile (Mon 25- Thu 28 March) After having a nice day in the national park and going to see Mt Fitz Roy it was time to start heading north again.  The sun was out, very little wind still a bit cold but bright and crisp with eighty kms along Ruta 23 before rejoining the famous Ruta 40 for the roughly 600 km ride to Perito Morino.  Mostly fast sweeping roads on tarmac all the way to a small one horse town called Tres Lagos where the road forks North.  Just before Tres Lago...
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Puerto Natales Chile to El Calafate and El Chalten and Mt Fitz Roy (Fri 21 - Sun 23 Mar) Puerto Natales is a nice chic little town and has some nice cafes and restaurants.  After a gruelling day I found a cheap hostel and then went for a good meal in one of the many lovely restaurants.  The chef came out personally and recommended the Lomo de Liebre (back of the hare) so who am I to disagree.  When the meal came I was surprised at the size of them (8 x 2in) and there were two, washed down with a nice Chilean red.  And I must say they were s...
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Ushuaia to Puerto Natales ( Gib, if your reading this the phots are for you) After two days in Ushuaia doing the tourista bit I was up early on the Tuesday morning to start heading North.  It was windy, raining, freezing and it  was dark and gloomy with menacing clouds in the mountains behind Ushuaia.  So right from the off I was fighting the strong winds as I climbed back up towards the Passo Garibaldi.  Nearing the top visibility was almost reduced to zero with the clouds and mist but cleared as I dropped down the other side and a bit of ...
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Arrival of the Tiger and Ruta 3 to Ushuaia   Four days later than expected the Tiger had finally arrived in Buenos Aires.  So it was of to the airport like a kid at Christmas all excited, to meet my customs fixer who I must say did a great job. I paid my pesos (she wasn’t cheap) and was then led round different departments where I was fleeced for ever more money to release the beast from  from its box.  In under three hours all the paperwork money extortion (airport, storage and customs fees) and refitting the bits I had to take of for th...
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Bad News Bike Delayed   Monday morning 5 am, 10 March and I am awoken by a phone call from a doctor from the Army war pensions dept regarding a medical.  Had to tell him I’ll rearrange in six months time as I’m on a motorcycle holiday, or am I?  Couldn’t sleep anyway with the excitement of my bike arriving today.  So seen as I was awake thought I’d check my emails and what I saw was not good.  Had an email from James Cargo telling me my bike was still in Toronto Canada, my heart sank.  I then got another email from Sandra at Dakar Motos in BA...
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Still in Buenos Aires   I have now been in Buenos Aires for five days and have just been informed that my bike will not be here until Monday evening and won't clear customs until Tuesday.  Having moved hotels once already I am going to move again back to the airport so that when the bike arrives I can get on the road as soon as possible.  I have now explored about all there is to see around town and I am glad to say that the hotel move from the previous location was well worth while.  There is plenty of restaurants, bars and tourists in this ...
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Day 3 Planes, Trains and Automobiles After looking at the map, the distance to Dakar Motos where I was going to discuss the customs procedure was about 16 km away.  A bit too far to walk so decided to get a bus as there was a bus terminus just down from my hotel.  I eventually found out what bus I needed to get to take me to Vincente Lopez district.  What I didn’t know was that you need coins for the bus but after some sign language I was waved on for free as I had no coins. After two hrs slowly driving through gridlocked traffic I reached...
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Day 2 Flight and arrival in Buenos Aires I flew with Alitalia as it was the cheapest ticket I could get so the first leg was a two hour flight to Rome.  This was followed by a one hour forty five minute turn around before boarding another Alitalia plane for Buenos Aires.  I was seated in between two young women one english the other italian, both going on backpacking trips around S America.  After chatting about our prospective trips for a while it was time to try and get some sleep.  Fourteen sleepless and uncomfortable hours later we arri...
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Departure Day Monday 3rd March 2014 Departure day had finally arrived and after saying goodbye to my wife and a last kiss before donning my helmet, at 0930hrs I was off.  As I rode down the drive which is very steep, I applied the rear brake but a combination of the weight of the bike fully loaded and the fact I hadn’t used the back brake since re-fitting the rear wheel saw me head for the other side of the road.  A few panic dabs on the brake lever pushed the pads back and braking was re-established.  It was raining and cold so I had decid...
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First Emergency Repair Almost had a disaster today, and I've had to carry out my first emergency repair. Was in the garage and took the front wheel off to fit the new knobbly karoo 3 tyre. All was going fine (apart from pinching the tubing and then having to patch it), and was just about to refit the wheel when the bike rolled off the centre stand. Luckily it landed on the front forks and the sump guard and stayed upright so no damage. I had to call my new neighbour (Chris, if your reading this thanks) to come and assist me with trying to li...
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