Friday, 7 December 2012

It was all about people, but... here are Some Statistics


This journey was all about people for me.
A wonderful collection of pearls.

People we met, and people in my memories populated the days.
Meeting them was only possible because we were on the road, so...

Here is the overall summary 


Date


Stage
            
                
              Days
              

       Distance
       

              Rest



            km
              Days
28 June-26 August
Vancouver, to Deadhorse Alaska;  Yukon, Canada, to Hollywood, USA
60
18,503
10





11 September - 24 October
Hollywood, Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Quito - Ecuador
44
8920
9





1 November - 7 December
Quito - Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina to ushuaia
36
10402
7












140 days       
37,825km
25 days

In addition to these days on the road we had three days in Vancouver and an 8 day break in Quito when Dick went home to NZ and I went to the Galapagos.

Longitude and Latitude
We have travelled 71.4 Degrees East 
from Anchorage (149.7DegWest) to Ushuaia (68.3 DegWest)
and
we have travelled 125Deg South 
from Deadhorse (70.2 DegNorth) to Ushuaia (54.8DegSouth)

Stage One - Vancouver  via Deadhorse Alaska to Hollywood, USA
                        for details see post: 60 Days on the Road, August
Stage Two. 80 days Down the World - Hollywood to Ushuaia
                   - Hollywood, USA to Quito, Ecuador
                        for details see post: Hollywood to Quito summary, October

                  - Quito, Ecuador to Ushuaia, Argentina




    Quito                                               
                                            km
1/11/2012
to Salcedo
114
Ecuador
to Machali
422
Peru
to Talara
319

to Pacsamayo
430

To Huarmey
383

Tto Cerro Azul
421

to Palpa
263

to Chualhuanca
368

to Cusco
304

to Puno
396

to Arequipa
335
Chile
to Arica
410

to Iquique
335

to Antofagasta
410

to Copiato
569

to Pichindangui
607

to Chillan
592

to Osorno
543

to Puerto Varas
196

to Chaiten
116

to Puyuhaique
221

to Coyhaique
239

to Puerto Guadal
276

to Perito Moreno
157

to Gobierno Gregores
351

to El Calafate
326

to Torres del Paine
353

to Puerta Natales
145

to Cerro Sombrero
353
Argentina
6 December 2012
to Ushuaia
417







Total km 
10,402

We rode through 14 countries. 
USA, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina.

Boats and ferries
We sailed on 'Stahlratte' from Carti, Panama to Cartagena 
We made 6 ferry crossings. Dawson City, Yukon, Puerto Montt to Chaiten(3) and to Tierra del Fuego.

We had great weather.
It rarely rained. We got wet in Dawson City, Zion National Park, Death Valley, Tapachula (Mexico) and leaving Quito
There were snow flurries on the pass as we left Quito and here in Ushuaia.
The wind buffeted us as we rode to Kaibab from Zion, and from Puerto Natales to Cerro Sombrero.
We had some wind on Ruta 40 but not as ferocious as we expected.

Our gear met the demands of the long journey.
Dick had planned this aspect well.
I used everything I packed.
Ice Breaker merino - Perfect choice. The Tee shirts were great in the tropics and the layers and the leggings kept me warm in the chilly places.
Gerbing's heated Jacket. The perfect 42nd wedding anniversary gift. Thanks, Dick. It made all the difference.
Rev'it Motorbike leathers - good protection for the occasional tumble. Now the red is a bit faded.
Draggin'  jeans. Ideal in the tropics.
Tilley hat. My first and best purchase.
Alpinestars boots. The most comfortable boots I have ever owned.
Bridgedale Hiking liner socks were ideal for me.
Sena SMH10 intercomm was great until my microphone fell apart after 60 days
Nolan motorcycle helmet  protected the wonder that is under my hair. The chin and visor jammed once and my technical companions fixed it.
Multi power-plug board. We brought a NZ 4 plug board and used it for our NZ phones and computer. We only needed one adapter for each country.
Clinique chubby stick.  Perfect tinted lip balm. Lasted from Hollywood to Ushuaia.

Other things
AirNZ OneSmart card worked a treat...until...it stopped. A problem. The banking function is embedded in the air points card. When my air points status was changed a new card was posted to my NZ address. The card I was using was permanently cancelled and I couldn't transfer the credit back to my own bank. Fortunately, by chance, Dick brought the new card back with him. 

At the beginning of the trip we organised 'a place for everything' and tried to keep 'everything in its place'. That helped with efficiency in setting off each day.

Despite this I managed to 'lose' my pearls for the last two weeks.
Imagine the rejoicing when they reappeared today when we were repacking.




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