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Day 9: Patagonia Adventure Tour

The long lonesome highway south to Punta Arenas.

Arden Kysely
April 5, 2013

(Read the dispatch from Day 8, or start at the beginning with Day 1) We get an early start (for us) from our little island on Lake Pehoe, snapping more photos of the Cuernos as the rising sun paints them in living color. In the time it takes to haul our luggage across the bridge and load the bikes, clouds... Read more »

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 »

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 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

Kysely-Patagonia-1.2

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 »

Shorai Battery Review

Small but mighty, Shorai lithium chemistry batteries are the new-tech answer for putting some spark in your scoot.

Arden Kysely
March 7, 2012

Six months and 6,500 miles ago, I carved nearly six pounds off of my F800GS simply by replacing the lead-acid battery with a 2.3-pound Shorai unit. This new-tech battery is so light I could easily throw it across the room. Is there anything inside the carbon composite case? No liquid and no lead, for... Read more »

In the Beginning…

Arden Kysely
June 17, 2010

Handy Andy Screwdriver Witness here a relic of my childhood, all that remains of the Handy Andy toolkit I opened one Christmas day long before I even dreamed of riding motorcycles. Inside the metal box from Santa Claus were this blade screwdriver, a hammer, a saw and a few other tools that are lost... Read more »

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