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Day 8: Patagonia Adventure Tour

Motorcycle + Cuernos = Delight.

Arden Kysely
April 3, 2013

(Read the dispatch from Day 7) This is the day I’ve been waiting for since we began this trip. The consummate Patagonian experience awaits: today we ride to Torres Del Paine National Park, home to the most spectacular scenery in the entire region. And I nearly miss it all because I can’t find my... Read more »

Muriel’s Gentlemen Friends on Motorcycles

Left to right: Bob, Steve, Aunt Muriel and your humble scribe.

Scott 'Bones' Williams
April 2, 2013

North Carolina state road 28, also known as Moonshiner 28, is one of the best twisty mountain roads anywhere. (Shhhh…don’t tell anyone.) My Aunt Muriel’s neighborhood conveniently empties onto it, and whether you turn south toward Georgia or north toward Tennessee, there are curves and switchbacks... Read more »

Day 7: Patagonia Adventure Tour

We start the day riding the plains of Argentine Patagonia on Ruta 40.

Arden Kysely
April 1, 2013

(Read the dispatch from Day 6) The weather is perfect as we depart our rustic but comfortable accommodations at Estancia Cueva De Las Manos near Baja Caracoles and continue south along iconic Ruta (route) 40, the main north-south highway in Argentine Patagonia. Eric had warned that Ruta 40 separates... Read more »

Day 6: Patagonia Adventure Tour

Chris Olin of Rox SpeedFX enjoys a view of Lago General Carrera.

Arden Kysely
March 29, 2013

(Read the dispatch from Day 5) It’s hard to leave the Tres Lagos paradise, but the road beckons and the heart of Patagonia lies ahead. The morning is cool and slightly damp, trapping the dust down low as we ride through the sleepy town of Puerto Guadal. We pass two horsemen on spirited steeds that... Read more »

Day 5: Patagonia Adventure Tour

The day begins with a subtle sunrise.

Arden Kysely
March 27, 2013

(Read the dispatch from Day 4) In Patagonia there is rest for the weary, and we were glad for it. The first real work of every day on the road – besides pulling our tired butts out of bed – is re-packing the gear bags that explode all over our rooms every night. Then we schlep them down to the truck... Read more »

Day 4: Patagonia Adventure Tour

Ready to ride!

Arden Kysely
March 25, 2013

(Read the dispatch from Day 3) The day begins early with breakfast eaten, bags packed and the group on the dock at Puyuhuapi Lodge by 8:30. After a quick trip back to the mainland we slide the bikes down the wet, grassy hillside where they spent the night and are soon riding south on a 39-degree morning.... Read more »

Day 3: Patagonia Adventure Tour

A frosty morning start in Futaleufú.

Arden Kysely
March 20, 2013

(Read dispatch from Day 2) Our third day in Patagonia begins with frost and fog in the little town of Futaleufú. It’s a short but chilly walk to the warm dining room for coffee and breakfast, where a wi-fi connection keeps everyone in touch with their businesses and loved ones. Still waking up, we... Read more »

Day 2: Patagonia Adventure Tour

Entering Los Alerces National Park, enjoying the well-equipped BMW R 1200 GS.

Arden Kysely
March 18, 2013

(Read dispatch from Day 1) South we go! When I last reported on this Patagonia adventure, we were in Bariloche, Argentina, after riding west across the Andes from Osorno, Chile. Now we’re headed towards the end of the continent. Sorry for the delay between posts, but connectivity out here isn’t like... Read more »

Day 1: Patagonia Adventure Tour

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Arden Kysely
March 13, 2013

Today we ride! After mucho paperwork at MotoAventura in Osorno, Chile, the company that arranges the motorcycles for RIDE Adventures, we hit the road. Osorno is to Chile what Wisconsin is to the U.S. – the nation’s dairyland. Passing trucks laden with hay and milk, and mile after mile of... Read more »

The Joys of Not Roughing It

A motorcycle-friendly hotel allows you to park your bike right outside of your room.

Greg Drevenstedt
March 12, 2013

As much as I like camping, as much as I enjoy the back-to-basics delight of cooking over an open fire and the novelty of stumbling out of my tent in the wee hours to relieve myself, really and truthfully, I’m a sucker for a hot shower and a soft bed. Particularly after a long day on a motorcycle. In... Read more »

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