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Adventure-Overland: Transafrica - Panamericana and next?

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Thanks for your comments! That helps to stay motivated, for writing a daily diary!

 

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And one time more some Pictures. Shoot them on my way to Puerto Montt (Argentina and Chile):

 

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More Pictures, my daily travel diary and about people I meet - that you can find in the Blog:

 

http://adventure-overland.blogspot.com

 

4x4tripping

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The water in the second to last photo looks so clear i almost want to drink it:cool:

 

& when i saw this

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first thing that came to my mind was this

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Amazing pictures, thank you for sharing this with us!

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The Heidi Picture is great!!

 

 

In the meantime happens a lot :-)

 

I near drowned myself with the car, but some locals avoid that this happens.

 

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Details as usual in the Blog: http://adventure-overland.blogspot.com

 

Surfy

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Here also a small Picture-Update, all from Argentina (Mendoza to Cafayate). At Mendoze there I had the first unplanned repairs (caused by my harsh driving behavior). At Argentina I also meet again Roadblocks, the way the locals try to get noticed by the gouverment.

 

Unbelievable that 6 Peoples could block a road since days, just allowing to cross that roadblock 3 times a day for 15 minutes. On both ends more than 20 cars are waiting. I guess without the two police guys - the mob would solve that "roadblock" very quickly...

 

The so called demostration was because the village want a cleaner for the school... I had to cross there twice, lucky me that may timing was optimal, otherwise I probably don`t had the necessary patience.. :eek:

 

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More Pictures and the daily based diary you will find at my Blog: http://adventure-overland.blogspot.com

 

Surfy

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To drive the officially closed road 40 from Payogasta to San Antonio, was not one of my best ideas.

 

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To prepare the vanished roads at above 4000m heigh, to put big rocks in the rivers to build a passage you can cross... That was way too much for my condition at that height... Stupid to stay in waist-deep in icy water, who try to wash you away. But it brings me further...

 

 

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Anway. Very important is to wear the right shoes for that conditions.

 

At the end I meet a passage which I was not able to cross, and had to return. Back to that roadblock from the morning.. Grrrrrrr...

 

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But I made it on a less adventurous road to the Jungle and to the City Salta. Meet too some animals which I didn't want to meet often.

 

More pictures and my daily diary you can find here:

 

http://adventure-overland.blogspot.com

 

4x4tripping

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You are having a great adventure! The pictures are beautiful! I am hoping to see more in the future.

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You are having a great adventure! The pictures are beautiful! I am hoping to see more in the future.

 

X2. This guy would rule orp's photo of the month contest.

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Play too hard ends usually in a higher repair bill... I was lucky to reach Salta and don't to had an breakdown on a closed Andean-Pass...

 

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However, soon I could drive further.. A beautiful wild camp on a dam wall in the middle of the Jungle...

 

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I`m trying to reach Chile since 3 days, don't have any food in my fridge, because I had hoped to reach the border on the evening, where they usually confiscate my meat and food...

 

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I just try to reach the border of chile, but the landscape was to beautiful to just drive through!

 

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At this evening I drove from 200m attitude to 4200m and finally reach the border at 4pm. But the border crew don't let me pass. The border to chile is close because of fog. I show them my Thermal-Camera and Monitor setup, that I don't had to care about fog or even smoke - but no chance.

 

I don`t know what was the problem, then the guys coming from Chile could pass the border without any problems.. So I had to Wildcamp with heavy headache, because of doing 4000m attitude within some hours..

 

More you find like usual at my Blog:

http://adventure-overland.blogspot.com

 

Surfy

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I did sleep pretty well directly at the border in my Verhicle, so glad that I`m an Overlander. Many other travellers did had to go back to the last village (aprox. 100km) - to find hopefully a bed to sleep.

 

As i woke up, there was already a long line of vehicles, who want to cross the border too. To bad that I didnt set my sleep camp directly on the street... So I drove to the end of the waiting line who was strongly growing, during my breakfast

 

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After some hours I was able to cross the border and the sun slowly seems to win the fight against the weather and add beatiful colors to the truely fantastic szenery.

 

This let me forget that they border crew even got my wood, shrink-wrapped salami and a closed marmalade of argentina - stuff which they normally don`t take away.

 

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Like you all did read already, I did run out of food some days ago, and have to restock now urgently. But the desert at 4000m wants to get discovered a bit.

 

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Soon I did recognice, that also my near 300hp vehicle need to drive in the 4low, because at 4000m the power feels pretty limited.

 

To bad that the border crew even did catch my firewood - otherwise I`m shure that I would have rest a day more around this place. So much to discover her, so many traces in the desert seems to lead to a hidden place.

 

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So I went back to the road, heading to "San Pedro de Atacama" a town who is one of the places who are well known as touristic places, which you find in places like tripadvisor.

 

What ever they may write about the small town, it is a dusty area, and anyone by feet or car is causing small or bigger dusty trace. Just the surrounding is worth to come here.

 

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Just a small area is closed for cars, and is a bit nicer - but just for selling the usual tourist stuff.

 

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You can book some trips there, buy the usual touristical stuff - but not much more. The Gas station actually is closed, there is no good way to restock food.

There are some small shops, you can buy chips, bread and many things, but if you look for some steaks, firewood and so on - you dont find many options.

 

To bad - that this issue let me pass this area that quickly, I had to go to the next bigger city another 100km, to Calama. This is a wonderful spot for restocking all stuff we overlanders need:

 

I got my rear-tyrebag topped up with firewood, got 3kg of "bife the lomo (beef)", sausages ,got onions, corncob, bread, dulce de leche, honey, marmalade, jam, salami, beer - now I`m ready again for severall days in the wilderness.

 

Now I`m ready for the next adventure. I did head out of town - to find a wild-camp for the night, and did choose the geyser fields of „El Tatio“ as next target. Because of heavy rain in the last days, the police was not shure if it is possible to reach this area. Offically the road is closed - so I`m in, or?

 

The day ends at a uninhabited oasis, which just crowded over the day. I had a wonderful meal and a big camp fire at night.

 

More as usual - in my Travel-Blog: http://adventure-overland.blogspot.com

 

4x4tripping

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