Similar to RN40, the Argentina-Chile border is the longest international border of South America, and the third longest in the world after the CanadaU.S. and Kazakhstan-Russia borders. With a length of some 3,200 miles, it separates the two countries along the Andes to Tierra del Fuego. There are 76 border crossings and, depending on the time of the year, many are closed during winter. And, although the paperwork is relatively simple, not all border crossing posts are set up for it.
After a quick research of the nearest crossings’ conditions—including elevation, road types, distance, access to fuel, etc.—we decided the best option was the Pehuenche Pass, 8,366 ft. above sea level, with a fully paved road. Our scooter could easily make it.
The landscape on the Argentinian side was somewhat monotonous—arid land with sparse vegetation due to the harsh climate. But once we started climbing into no man’s land, the scenery became more interesting; gray rocks and bush replaced with snow-covered mountain peaks and shady slopes. Although it was mid-November, when the southern hemisphere welcomes its summer, there was a strong, cold wind. It was so cold that we had to put on our rain gear, close our helmet visors and pull our balaclavas over our faces just to keep from freezing.
By the time we finally made it to the immigration checkpoint, more fuel had been consumed than anticipated. And, as the road down the mountain into Chile was even steeper, the fuel situation for the climb back up the mountain the following day had us thinking twice about the initial plan. We ended up spending the night camping next to the Maule River, admiring the view while discussing what to do. The most likely option was to ride to the nearest town, purchase fuel and then ride back. But being in another country and dealing with an unexpected situation had changed our mood and triggered our curiosity. So, the plan was changed to allow for some exploring of that part of Chile before returning to Argentina via a different border crossing.
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For the last 25 years I’ve been riding off road on everything from a 450cc lightweight to a heavily laden 1200cc adventure motorcycle. Although I was usually able to handle anything through rough terrain at slower speeds, I struggled at higher speeds on loose surfaces. And the biggest pucker moments occurred while approaching tight turns on gravel roads at high speed—barely navigating them safely.
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I’m no expert endurance rider or a professional fitness instructor, but what I can do is ride my motorcycle continuously for five long days and feel physically content at the end of the trip. Okay, maybe after the celebratory beers, I might not feel as good on the morning of the sixth day, but at least my muscles will be relaxed. So, what can you do to prepare for an upcoming off-road adventure to stay strong, enjoy the ride and be able to dismount at the end of the day without calling friends over to pry you off your bike? Here are a few tips from personal experiences that will help you succeed.
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