I got my bike from Pat and Bin, an Australian couple and they had me travelling all the way from Buenos Aires to La Serena, Chile to get it. When I finally got it my heart was jumping. My not-so-brand-new Super Tenere was ready for a new Marathon. Having already taken the previous owners all the way from Alaska to Ushuaia and back to Northern Chile I wondered if it could take much more beating.
As a good start to my travel, I decided to head for the Aguas Negras pass over to Argentina at 4700m. I really enjoyed the ride and spent two days riding up to the pass only to find out it was blocked by an avalanche. Well that was a good start I thought to myself just as I discovered the rear shock was leaking. I got back to civilization and had to ride 500kms further south to the next border crossing of Los Andes with my tail jumping all over the place. In Mendoza I got the shock fixed, and some worries were taken off my mind. From there on I really started enjoying the trip, and when I finally tore myself out of that lovely city with all itís pleasures I started to ride southwards. I was a nice ride through the dry pampas, even though it could be dead boring at times, with infinitely straight roads.
I was happy to reach the South, only to find out I was freezing my ass off, so I decided to cross Patagonia and ride up along the coast. I did so and reached Buenos Aires in almost no time, back in the most exciting city on the continent. Itís a very dificult place to leave.
Uruguay was done in four days, I wish I could have stayed more, but I had these constant image projections in my head of Brazilian beaches, so I had to rush it. So here I am in Florianopolis, learning to surf and generally having a good beach bum time. Iím thinking about installing a rack on the bike for transporting a surf board, have any of you guys out there tried that, Iíd like some suggestions on that subject. Also if somebody would like to ride with me from here and northwards, drop me a line. Some travel company would be cool on those long legs.
In a few days the beaches of Sao Paolo are waiting! Not to mention the city itself. Will it be even better than Buenos Aires? Weíll see.
Posted by Daniel Mogstad at May 15, 2003 01:11 AM GMT