My adventure for 2019 was riding Patagonia. For this trip, I decided on a guided 16 day tour arranged by Moto Patagonia. Unlike many other tour companies with many riders and chase vehicle, Moto Patagonia offers small group tours more similar to my riding style. Daniel, the owner of Moto Patagonia was our guide for the tour and was personally recommended by Curt in the Atlanta ADV Riding meetup. The adventure exceeded my expectations in all aspects.
- Four bikes, four riders… The small group allowed me to take a few risks that I would not have attempted riding solo.
- Local expertise… Daniel knows the area well. In addition to a great ride, we took hikes and experienced the beauty of Chile and Argentina.
- Exceptional lodging… Paula (Daniel’s wife) arranged amazing accommodations. During some of our challenging days, she was providing support for our ride. We had the best rooms in the lodges.
I made a few posts to Adventure Rider Ride Reports and the group used Instagram for posting progress during our trip.
Patagonia 2019 Motorcycle Ride
Dates and Logistics:
I flew into Puerto Montt, Chile by way of an international flight from Santiago, Chile. Daniel, the owner of Moto Patagonia picked me up at the airport for a short drive to Puerto Varas. Daniel picked up Dave and Jane who had stayed the previous evening in a Puerto Varas hotel.
This was a one-way ride with NO chase truck. Everything had to fit on the bike for the duration of the trip. I used on waterproof duffle and a standard duffle. In hindsight, I should have stayed with two compact duffles as the waterproofing was not necessary and took up extra space for the duration of the trip.
The motorcycles included soft pannier systems from Mosko Moto. Dave, Jane, and I had also purchased the Mosko Moto backcountry duffle/packs. We are all fans of Mosko Moto gear. The Mosko Moto pannier systems are waterproof and held heavier items. Daniel had preloaded the back pockets with chain lube, spare tubes, oil, etc.
Riding Gear: Helmet, riding boots, Gortex ADV riding jacket and pants, base and mid-layer riding gear.
Personal Items: Sun screen, swim suit, sunglasses, tinted & un-tinted visor, satellite messenger, camera gear
This trip is not for a novice rider. For a good rider, this trip is like a master class in riding. With the variety of landscapes, every day has provided an opportunity to build riding skills.
We started out riding curved country roads and worked our way to some dirt.
We had some practice riding down a wet misty ramp and maneuvering our bikes in tight places as we boarded a ferry.
Riding through construction zones, navigating our way around a landslide, and using caution with oncoming traffic on a narrow mountain road brought us to a scenic area with fields full of lupines.