March 29, 2008 GMT
DAY 47 - Into Chile

"A PASSPORT, AS I'M SURE YOU KNOW, IS A DOCUMENT THAT ONE SHOWS TO GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WHENEVER ONE REACHES A BORDER BETWEEN COUNTRIES, SO THE OFFICIALS CAN LEARN WHO YOU ARE, WHERE YOU WERE BORN, AND HOW YOU LOOK WHEN PHOTOGRAPHED UNFLATTERINGLY".
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Miles on Angie: 8385
We departed from the hotel before 6:30 and a few blocks down Shorty bought some oil and gave his bike a service, then half an hour later we were on the road and onto the border.
We had to join a four lane queue, two to Peru and two to Chile, got passport stamped, declared the bikes and off to Chile. Here things were a little more lengthy as we had to complete 3 forms: 1 for customs, Chile has a phobia of the fruit fly. Another form for immigration and another to declare the bike. We also had to see 3 different officials to have the forms stamped. It is the only place I had to unpack the bags from the bike to scan them through a machine. Because my bike is not registered in any country they kicked up a bit of fuss, I showed them the papers from Panama which had the number plate granted in Texas. A bit of bureaucracy in Chile, we left and a few metres later we were stopped again, they requested a piece of paper which we had and off we were again.
We arrived at Arica and to civilisation. We ate at McDonalds, changed money, put petrol and off to Iquique. 300kms later more pampas, very monotonous and without a petrol station I arrived on reserve tank. I am surprised at the enormity and beauty of this city.
Petrol is 599 (CLP) Chilean pesos per litre ($US1.3)
We are at a family run business called King Hotel which is highly recommended, it has internet and cable. They wanted 16000 CLP but we got it for 14000. The bikes are in a closed garage.
Today we really struggled with the wind, it was strong and continuous and at intervals the blows were coming from one side or the other running us off the road.

SAME TEXT HERE IN SPANISH: Dia 47 Sabado 15

Millas en Angie 8.385
Antes de 6 y media salimos del hotelito , a menos de un km compramos aceite y Shorty le hizo el servicio a su moto, media hora despues haciendo ruta a la frontera. Tuvimos que llenar en cuadriplicado un formulario que era dos para Peru y dos Para Chile, nos sellaron el pasaporte, dimos de baja la moto y a pasar a Chile, aqui fue mas largo, tuvimos que llenar tres formularios uno para Aduana, le tiene un terror a la mosca de la fruta, otra para inmigracion y otro para la moto, y tuvimos que ver como tres personas distintas afuera para los sellos en los papeles, fue el unico lugar que me hiceron sacar el bolso para pasarlo por la maquina, porqu emi moto no esta registrada en ningun pais, me hicieron un poco de bulla, le di un papel de Panama que tenia el numero de la chapa o mas bien carton que me dieron provisorio en Texas, bastante burocracia en Chile, salimos y a los cien metros nos pararon, nos sacaron un papel y seguimos viaje, llegamos a Arica y a la civilizacion, comi en McDonals,cambiamos dinero, llenamos los tanques, rajamos para Iquique a mas de trecientos kms, mas pampas, bastante aburrido y sin ninguna gasolinera, llegue en reserva. Me sorprendio lo grande y bonito que es esta ciudad.
La gasolina esta a 599.00 el litro
Estamos en un hotel familiar King Hotel por 14.000 querrian 16. HR. Las motos en el garage cerrado, cable,internet.
Hoy luchamos con el viento como nunca, el viento fuerte era continuo, pero por ratos eran rafagas de un lado u otro que se nos quedaba chico la carretera.

Posted by Hugo Albini at March 29, 2008 08:00 AM GMT
 
 

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