November 24, 2013 GMT
bolivia 2

left villa montes headed for santa cruz once there i was going to turn left towards cochabamba but a guy at the juction said the road was bad and i be better going through sant cruz to monttero then head west, in santa cruz i stoped to ask direction and a man in a 4x4 stoped and said he was from the moto club santa cruz and invited me to stay at there club house for a few days so i followed him to the club what a place landscaped gardens a bar and a pool so i put my tent up he said tomorrow thursday they were having a club night and a BQ and i was not to pay for any food or drink it was on them what a night great bunch of people the night went on till about 4 in the morning then i got some shut eye the next day hugo came to get me and took me across the city to get a new tyre for the bike and helped me fit it lovly people the best, on sat i set of for cochabamba the ist part of the ride flat and straight then i hit thge mountains lovly after about an houre there were loads of tucks and buses and cars stoped i road around them till the police stoped me there had been a land slide at the front of the que i was mobed by about 50 truck drivers and people of the buses asking me where i was from where i was going this went on for about 2 hours them the police let motor bikes through road for about 15 k then stoped again big land slide dozers were trying to clear the way once we got through it was mad due to the delay on the other side trucks had blocked all the road so you were riding right on the edge to get pased then, a brasilian biker loue on a gs stoped to talk to me and we decided to head for cochabama together found a hotel and went for a meal not much cop we both left most of it and 2 girls came up and said can we have it we said yes they got plastic bags out and collect it all. sunday on to la paz the ride over the serrania de sicasica was out of this world stuning at the top it was just under5000 meters then on to la paz hit the city just as a carnival was kicking off took 2 hours to find a hotel and i have a spliting head du to the altitude now resting up till tomorrow then go and have alook around

geoff ak the lost biker

Posted by Geoff Stacey at 09:10 PM GMT
bolivia

left villa montes headed for santa cruz once there i was going to turn left towards cochabamba but a guy at the juction said the road was bad and i be better going through sant cruz to monttero then head west, in santa cruz i stoped to ask direction and a man in a 4x4 stoped and said he was from the moto club santa cruz and invited me to stay at there club house for a few days so i followed him to the club what a place landscaped gardens a bar and a pool so i put my tent up he said tomorrow thursday they were having a club night and a BQ and i was not to pay for any food or drink it was on them what a night great bunch of people the night went on till about 4 in the morning then i got some shut eye the next day hugo came to get me and took me across the city to get a new tyre for the bike and helped me fit it lovly people the best, on sat i set of for cochabamba the ist part of the ride flat and straight then i hit thge mountains lovly after about an houre there were loads of tucks and buses and cars stoped i road around them till the police stoped me there had been a land slide at the front of the que i was mobed by about 50 truck drivers and people of the buses asking me where i was from where i was going this went on for about 2 hours them the police let motor bikes through road for about 15 k then stoped again big land slide dozers were trying to clear the way once we got through it was mad due to the delay on the other side trucks had blocked all the road so you were riding right on the edge to get pased then, a brasilian biker loue on a gs stoped to talk to me and we decided to head for cochabama together found a hotel and went for a meal not much cop we both left most of it and 2 girls came up and said can we have it we said yes they got plastic bags out and collect it all. sunday on to la paz the ride over the serrania de sicasica was out of this world stuning at the top it was just under5000 meters then on to la paz hit the city just as a carnival was kicking off took 2 hours to find a hotel and i have a spliting head du to the altitude now resting up till tomorrow then go and have alook around

geoff ak the lost biker

Posted by Geoff Stacey at 09:10 PM GMT
November 19, 2013 GMT
i wont be sending postcards from paraguay

i left igauzu on sunday morning headed for brasil crossing the boarder did not take to long once in brasil headed to paraguay that boarder was over the top as its a duty free sone took for ever from there up to asuncion good road i made good time from asuncion i needed route 9 no signs on the way i got well and truely lost took me an hour to find the right road after vill hays i thought i would do 1 more hour big mistake for the next 170 miles nothing and the road got prity rough no fuel i did manage to buy 5 2 lt water bottles full of fuel from a road side shack which got me to pozo colirado found a hostel there a nice lady ran it clean sheets and the cock roches were frenidly foot in the bodega shit any way next morning heading north
my map said route 9 was tarmac all the way it was not the road was a night mare
much worest than routa 40 in argentina 4 foo deep potholes in some places sand hafe way up my wheels this went on for 80 miles then it improved i stoped of just befor you turn left for the boarder 60 mile up that road to get water and a bite to eat
the man said there was fuel at the boarder so off i went once i got to the boarder no fuel and time for the boarder guards to shake me down they said my paperwork was not in order and i had to go back to my crossing point 750 miles back but if i gave them 100 dollors us they would let me through after a while i got it down to 30 dollors the bolivian border guard was ok it did my bike paper work stamped my passport and sent me on my way 10 k down the road the army post did the same and told me 50 k down the road at a place called ibbo i would have to do imigation
what an arshole this guy was i did not realise that the paraguay border guards had not stamped my passport when they took it in there office he said i had to go back i said i cant i have no fuel so this went on for an hour him swearing at me in spanish
in the end he gave up stamped me through and told me to go i did i went looking for fuel nothing doing then a young lad came and asked if he could help after1 hour he came back with 5 lts of fuel that should get me to villa montes so off i go then the army check point they made me unload the bike to and went through the lot then said i could repack and go by now its geting dark the road was fine for the 1st 20 k then it stoped and had a bund built across it to side tracks left and right with no signs
in the end i road up the bund down the otherside a gravel road leading through the jungle in the dark for the next 50 k i just hope this was the right way after an hour a small motor bike was comeing the other way he confirmed i was on the right track
again shit road towards the end i did drop the bike in deep sand i then had to unload it to be able to pick it up bad day at the office i got into villa montes about 9 nackerd fueled up and asked the girl there where a hotel was she sent me to the iguazu hotel what a great hotel lovely 21 dollors a night there i met 2 guys and agirl who were from canada they were misonrys the one guy could not belive i had made it up route 9 on my bike as he had done it the day befor in his 4x4 he said that was hard in the 4x4 did not want to think about doing it on a motobike
well that all for now

Posted by Geoff Stacey at 06:39 PM GMT
November 16, 2013 GMT
iguazu

16 11 13
after a couple of hot days on the road i made it to iguazu lunch time thursday
i thought i would push the bolt out and check into a nice hotel for a few days
the 1st 2 took one look at me and said they were full it all the dead bugs on my bike jacket i recon any way i tried hotel carmen 3 star no problen nice room good food 2 pools 40 a night friday i went up to the falls lots of things to think about as i was here in 2007 with sue and again late in 2007 after she passed away
and the argentinan gov gave me permision to scatter her ashes over the falls hence the reson to come hear and reflect tuff day all said and done,
sat i am just chilling by the pool and will watch wales v argentina this afternoon
tomorrow of to paraguay

Posted by Geoff Stacey at 01:23 PM GMT
November 12, 2013 GMT
mendoza

well i left con con and headed back to argentina great day sun was out lovely ride over the andes lots of road works on the chilen side thoe the ride down to mendoza fantastic untill about 40 miles from mendoza when the bracket on my right hand pannier broke nearly had me off but a taxi driver stoped to se if he could help but i thanked him and with some staps tied it back on once in mendoza i rang carlos winstone desgens a bmw fitter that some bikes gave mke his card he came to the hotel to show me the way to his work shop what a nice guy i asked him to do a service weld the bracket back up and sort out my electical problem he said it would be ready monday moring the 11th and it was he also balenced the injectors the bike sounds better then ever he then took me on a tour of his storage units he has a collection of vintage bike like i have never seen in private hands lovedly fella
if your in mendoza and need work i can rely recomend him phone 0261 445 5471
any way i got out of mendoza about 12 oclock and headed for cordoba 1st part just streight roads through desert but then i went over el condor mountains fantastic nearly in the clouds then back down and back up again befor droping into
cordoba headed west to san fransico then found a hotel for the night in some truck stop town food bloody terrible but you have to eat something now a nice bottle of red then bed

Posted by Geoff Stacey at 01:01 AM GMT
November 05, 2013 GMT
over the mountain to osorno

set out from bariloche this morning 2/11/13 for chile over the mountain to osorno
great ride sun was out the roads 1st class met some other biker on the way but i was the only one that customs made me unpack my panniers still thats life. from Osorno head south towards puerto montt turned off at pto varas then on to ensanada where we got a cabana for the night only 10 each good value next morning i went up to the volcano loved the ride and the views but by lunch time my 2 brazilen freinds wanted to head north again as they have to be back in brazil on the 10th we went as far as los angeles 370 miles north i checked into a love motel it amotel where you take your girl freind or lover but so no one knows your there you drive your bike into a garage when you check in the lady gave me a strange look as i was on my own but it was great it had a big sunken bath which i filled and soaked in for an hour with my book and a nice bottle of red nearly steped on a scorpian when i got out so i did a 007 with my bike boots, i now know why Chile is not as bad off as Argentina the routa 5 or the pan american is a ATM there are payarges about every 40 miles and as many radar traps along it Chile should say bring cash on the 4th headed to Santiago there my frenids left me as i headed to con con when they stayed in santiago we got split up in the trafic so did not say our final goodbys. i have decided to stay in con con for a few days to rest up it has alot of memorys for me as in 2004 and 20007 sue and i stayed hear for a short time

Posted by Geoff Stacey at 06:12 PM GMT
November 01, 2013 GMT
parque nacional

25/ 10 /13 went to the parque nacional nice ride out went to the end of ruta 3 took the usual photos the park is outstanding and a plus the man on the gate did not charch me 130 pasos just waved me in met coulpe from holand with there 2 kids been here for 6 months and 2 bikers from Salta up north
26/ set off back north to get the ferry to the main land the wind was over the top
trying o blow you and your bike off the road realy bad the ride from hell dont want to do that one again when i got to the ferry there was a big que so as bikers do i went to the front there were the bikes i met the day befor there as well any way 5 hours later when the wind died down the ferry came also met geraldo and elined his wife from brazil all us then went to reo gallegos and found a cheap hotel we then went to get somthing to eat but could only drink coke as it was election weekend and nowhere can sell alcahol on election weekend the next day my new brazilien friends and i headed for el calfate found noice digs and met paulie and pablo to biker drom argentina who invited us to there hotel for dinner we all got pissed good night next day we went out to the glazier at the park what a day outstanding
realy good day saw lots of condors and the views were fantactic monday headed up the routa 40 its all that people say it is what a road if you can call it that loaded up with spare fuel cans ect nice tarmac then nothing but cravel dirt and sand for the next hundred miles hard going but the wind was only blowing abit first day did 507 mile to perito moreno tuesday it was that bad 8 hours 297 miles
and my back tyre is like a slick so much for meterlerz karoo 3 3500 mile and shot it was shot after 3000 still on to bariloche got ther thursday lunch time spent the rest of the day finding a tyre and geting some one to fit it back tyre 230 what a joke then i did an oil change on the bike , still have a small electric problen will try sort that out on friday thats all for now

Posted by Geoff Stacey at 02:09 PM GMT
 
 

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