Attempt number four to post this blog. I managed to salvage some of the pictures of the Bolivian altiplano. This is the Martian/lunar landscape I was talking about in previous blog.
My Australian friend, Rob has been riding on these tires or close to 1000 miles. How he made it through Bolivia, I don't know.
In Salta, Argentina he finally replaced both tires, the chain and both sprockets.
Thes are some of the Irish backpackers at our hostel LOKI in Salta. Needless to say, they were quite entertaining for a few days. This is mild... Leave it at that
About to ride into another sandstorm up ahead
Mendoza is famous for wine, but instead of a bodega I found a leather shop where this man, Eduard Rastrilla has a 15 X 15 room in the back with his antique motorcycle collection. I wasn't paying attention to my photos, so I missed a lot of information on the motorcycles.
This bike was hidden up on ashelf, I reached up and took the shot. Like the bike below, it is a bike in a box, dropped by Airborne parachutists then assembled and ridden.
Did you notice the wicker sidecar in the Triumph picture?
It belongs to this. 1917 Harley-Davidson
While the rest of the crew went on a bicycle tour of several local wineries I went on a ride to this nature reserve. It started in the desert on a nice, straight, flat concrete road, but that's not why I was there.
Just over the top was this overlook. The mountain range in the background is the highest point in South America at 22,841 feet
When the dirt road ended in Uspallata, I jumped on a nice smooth ribbon of asphalt heading toward the Argentine/Chile border to check out an Incan Bridge.
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This is the scenery around the hot spring
Could there be Amish in Argentina?
We headed for the border crossing where these pictures were taken
We processed through the border fairly quick and made our way down the mountain when Rob blew a front tire hit the asphalt in this hairpin turn. We just finished changing the tube and cleaning up. Rob was alright, ATGATT - All The Gear All The Time
After that delay and another two hours of riding we made it to Santiago, Chile. Chile is famous for seafood so Judy and I split this 45 piece Sushi dinner for four. $35, I don't know the price for Sushi so I don't know if was a good price or not but it was deliciousness in 5 flavors
We usually take a double decker bus tour but they wanted $40 each in Santiago so we took our own walking tour.
Random scenes in the park
This was a Japanese theme in the park, too bad there wasn't any water in it
We stopped for a cup of coffee on our walk
Yes, they rock and roll in Chile
These next shots are from left to right, maybe somebody can stich them together and send it back I'll post it if possible.
Since you asked, the spare tire I was carrying around was an emergency spare I bought in Ecuador because I couldn't find the right size tire for my Harley. I finally found one in Peru and still carried the tire until Bolivia. Finally I found somebody that needed that size tire and gave it to him.
Judy lew home from La Paz for personal reasons and re joined me in Santiago approximately one month later. We are now riding our way south and presently holed up in PUCON, Chile for a few days of adventure and relaxation also. From here we will be going up over the mountain into Argentina and riding south through the lakes district towards BARILOCHE and the rest of Patagonia. We hit a pretty cool NP on the way here and already took a boat ride out on the lake in Pucon. Haven't seen the pictures yet but I'm sure one or two should be good. Stay tuned.