January 08, 2009 GMT
On the Road, Norte

Tusday 6th January,
Have gotten moto out of port, to think how easy it is to drive up to Canada with no hassle, then see what it take to get a vehicle in to Chile is a real eye opener. I knew it would come with much paper shuffling as they are worried that you might sell it here and they would not get their duty. Total cost to port and agent came to $320 USD.

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Moto in port with srink wrap removed so customs could inspect.

On Monday I went down to Valparaiso Port with Burce, Joe, Fred and Enzo to load their container. It took 4 hours of waiting and 1/2 hour to load. 20 foot container could hold 6 bikes.
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Container loaded with three motorcyles headed back to Califoria. At one time I counted 13 crew there trying to figur out how to do what would have be a cake walk if they just would have let us do it.

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Here we celebrate the crate being loaded and my moto out of port. Left to right, Joe (San Francisco) Bruce (San Francisco), Andy (Germany), Andra (Germany), Enzo, Fred (Los Vegas) family friend & Martina.

The two riders from Germany have been riding in the South for six weeks and are now going North for four weeks. I was amazing to sit with this group with conversations in English, German and Spanish, Sometimes all at once.

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And some think that some of my loads are wide. There were three of these beside the road at a toll both.

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Fruit stand beside the Rute 5 (Pan American hwy) 150 miles north of Santiago. Moto is clean so I needed a picture before it gets dirty.

Posted by Robert Thode at January 08, 2009 01:50 AM GMT
 


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