New Year Noodles

31 Dec

To anyone out there who reads this may Jenny and I wish you the very best for 2015 and we hope your dreams and aspirations come true for you. DSC01038Our new years resolution is to keep eating the elephant, one bite at a time – what’s yours?

We entered 2014 just having sold our business knowing that we could at last realise our dream of a long distance trip on a motorbike. Now as we enter 2015 we have been looking back on our trip so far:

Our journey in numbers:

Weeks so far = 9

Fab days = lots

Rubbish days = a few

Days when we wondered what the heck we were doing out here = 1 or 2 (it ain’t all great!)

Countries = 2

Border crossings = 7

Nights under canvas = 8

Nice people met = countless

Bad people met = 0

Breakdowns = 0

Bits fallen off the bike = 1

Us falling off bike = 3

Knocked off bike = 1

Run out of petrol = 1

Kms = 12,000

Litres of fuel consumed = 728.9 litres

Litres of wine consumed = lotsh ! hic

New back tyres = 1

Lost items = 1

No of times our pic has been taken …………………….  more than we were expecting

And finally, just like watching the BBC News, the bit at the end to make you go ‘Aaahhhh’

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Apprentice Argentinian sniffer dog at border

So what’s your New Years resolution ?

Have a great 2015 everyone

 

19 Replies to “New Year Noodles

  1. I think I may save up and buy another loud noisy ugly adorable Harley.
    You guy be sure to hang on and have a great year. Give early consideration to your “rehab”. Really. Have a plan which extends far beyond the end of your trip and, most of all, “Lang may yer lum reek”!!!

  2. Hi J&J, Happy New Year to you both and glad you are enjoying your trip. Have you been using the K60 Scouts and how did you get on finding a new rear? Phil & Dee

    • Hi both, happy new year to you too. We hope 2015 will be year you’re hoping for. (Hows the dog!!??)
      Yes we’re on K60 Scouts. The first rear lasted 8500 kms and still had about 2000kms in it (difficult to be sure) but as we were in Punta Arenas where we could change it we got on and did it. We used Alejandro in PA who sorts the BMW’s for an adventure company based in Santiago. He did us a brand new K60 Scout rear for CH pesos 170,000 including balancing and a full jet wash of the bike. He also went round and checkd a few bits for us. CH 170000 was about £178. We’re now at 12000 kms and the front has still got good life in it and our second rear is starting to wear notable so it looks like it’s gonna work out 2 rears to 1 front. The K60 is a great tyre for this place where it’s a mix of ripio (lots of it) and tarmac. Really glad we chose it and hope to keep getting them but probably will have to settle for something else next time round.

  3. Milo is still doing well but his back legs are much weaker so we think next year is more likely for us now but we will see! £178 for a rear K60 Scout, expensive but at least you got one and good to see they work well on the ripio – I like the ones I fitted to the AT. Over 5000 miles on the rear fully loaded sounds quite good. Does Alejandro run a bike shop in PA? How was Ushuaia, is it a bit like a colder lands end? Good job you went before the Top Gear program was released the other day – I hope they haven’t stirred up hassle for Brits in the future.

    • Yes we’ve been pleased with them, turned out to be a good choice of tyre for us. Alejandro runs a bike maintenance garage, sort of like an industrial unit in a residential area. Right next door is another one for a company called Aventura. We turned up on a Saturday morning at 9 am and there was no life so we went over the road to a carpentry workshop that was open and asked them to ring him. Turns out he starts at 1030 on a Saturday. His workshop is spotless and he’s a really nice guy, very helpful. I’ve heard a story on Horizons about him arranging to pick up a rider and his broken steed at the ferry. Make sure you have his details to hand if you come down south, he’s invaluable. It’s Alejandro Lago, Ona 0471, Punta Arenas. S 53 08.792 W 70 53.816 – tel mobile 0056 96401233 or landline 0056 61212737 email alelago@123.cl.
      Ushuaia is a nice place, quite touristy as it’s the jump off point for Antarctic tours and other penguin type day rides. Nice place though with a really good prison museum (was founded as a prison colony originally and they made the prisoners build their own jail!). We stayed at a really friendly and centrally located cheap hostel with secure parking called Momo’s in the centre just off San Martin (every town in AR has a street called San Martin – he was the founder of the nation). S 54 48.280 W 68 17.970. It’s a beige building next to a blue building that houses an excellent coffee and cake shop.
      Didn’t realise the Top Gear programme had just been released. Sort of assumed it had been binned. Oh dear, we’re back into AR in about a week and a half – we shall have to see if the locals have taken much offence – we haven’t had a problem so far although some people in AR are aware of the programme including the customs official we had to get our bike back from at the airport when we arrived. He said they all like Top Gear over here but thought that they had gone too far. Trust me, Las Malvinas is a sensitive subject here in AR. Tere are memorials and signs everwhere, a public holiday called Malvinas Day in December and it is very much at the forefront of their consciousness; not like the UK where we don’t really talk about it now – they do and signs are everywhere saying ‘Las Malvinas son Argentina’.

    • Yes we’ve been pleased with them, turned out to be a good choice of tyre for us. Alejandro runs a bike maintenance garage, sort of like an industrial unit in a residential area. Right next door is another one for a company called Aventura. We turned up on a Saturday morning at 9 am and there was no life so we went over the road to a carpentry workshop that was open and asked them to ring him. Turns out he starts at 1030 on a Saturday. His workshop is spotless and he’s a really nice guy, very helpful. I’ve heard a story on Horizons about him arranging to pick up a rider and his broken steed at the ferry. Make sure you have his details to hand if you come down south, he’s invaluable. It’s Alejandro Lago, Ona 0471, Punta Arenas. S 53 08.792 W 70 53.816 – tel mobile 0056 96401233 or landline 0056 61212737 email alelago@123.cl.
      Ushuaia is a nice place, quite touristy as it’s the jump off point for Antarctic tours and other penguin type day rides. Nice place though with a really good prison museum (was founded as a prison colony originally and they made the prisoners build their own jail!). We stayed at a really friendly and centrally located cheap hostel with secure parking called Momo’s in the centre just off San Martin (every town in AR has a street called San Martin – he was the founder of the nation). S 54 48.280 W 68 17.970. It’s a beige building next to a blue building that houses an excellent coffee and cake shop.
      Didn’t realise the Top Gear programme had just been released. Sort of assumed it had been binned. Oh dear, we’re back into AR in about a week and a half – we shall have to see if the locals have taken much offence – we haven’t had a problem so far although some people in AR are aware of the programme including the customs official we had to get our bike back from at the airport when we arrived. He said they all like Top Gear over here but thought that they had gone too far. Trust me, Las Malvinas is a sensitive subject here in AR. There are memorials and signs everywhere, a public holiday called Malvinas Day in December and it is very much at the forefront of their consciousness; not like the UK where we don’t really talk about it now – they do and signs are everywhere saying ‘Las Malvinas son Argentina’.

    • Thank Stuart – we do our best to keep it going. Wifi is widely available here but in some places it is very slow which puts us off doing uploads. In the remoter areas it goes over satellite which makes it very slow. We’ve been static in Pucon Chile 780 kms south of Santiago for 6 days chilling out and tomorrow we start a 2 day blast up to Santiago to spend a few days with relatives – then it’s north to the Atacama desert, east to Salta in Northern Argentina and left turn north to Bolivia. Got to be honest though, get quite tired sometimes so even in a busy week we only ride about 4 out of 7 days (old age methinks!!) Jim & Jenny

  4. Hi J&J, I think Las Malvinas sovereignty has been blown out of proportion by their PM to deflect opinion away from their economy so hopefully you won’t get any hassle. Pucon looks a lovely area beside Lago Villarrica – good for water sports I think. Phil & Dee

  5. Hi J&J, sorry us again! Been doing some research into fitting a compass to the AT and found this that might help you. Its an iPhone app and website for finding campsites (and other accommodation) for overlanders in the Americas – loads of info on it!

    http://www.iOverlander.com

    Phil & Dee

    • Outstanding, thanks for that. Don’t have an iPhone but looks good on the laptop so useful. We’ve just had a week in Santiago with the Chilean branch of the family. What a fantastic week! Now back on the road again heading north, (currently in La Serena Chile) and about to hit the Atacama and the ‘hand in the desert’ before east to Salta in Argentina and north into Bolivia where we expect life to get interesting. Take care both.

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