Only four more sleeps! On Saturday I will be boarding a plane bound for Buenos Aires. I will arrive on Sunday and on Monday I will board a flight to Rio Gallegos where our motorcycle adventure begins. The motorcycles that we will be riding are the "Beta TR 2.0", a dual purpose, 200cc, air-cooled, four-stroke. Beta is an Italian manufacturer of top quality motorcycles and I can vouch for their quality, I own one. The TR 2.0 is manufactured in Argentina and they are built for that market. We cannot get them here in North America.
I am going to start this post by congratulating everybody who contributed. Together we have purchased a motorcycle that will be used to help a park ranger protect one of the world's most incredible places. Kudos for helping this great cause.
Patrick J Timmins,
Cathy Cox Neill,
Charles de Lint,
Hickory Wind Productions,
Galbraith and Associates,
My own contribution became far more than anticipated. I have devoted at least a hundred hours of time to this cause and along with buying airfare, I have also contributed a sizable amount of cash. I am very proud of myself for seeing it through. It has been a lot of work but it has also been rewarding. The biggest reward is just a couple weeks away when I get to hand over the keys of your motorcycle to a deserving park ranger in the Patagonia.
The biggest expense for me goes beyond the rally itself, I had to outfit myself with some gear. This rally will be a departure from the kind of riding I normally engage in. I have never strayed too far from the motocross track for most of my motorcycle life and in recent years I have been active in trail riding as well. I use the same riding gear for both disciplines of riding and my gear is inadequate, I had to buy everything from underwear and socks to rainproof armored outerwear.
About 15 years ago I bought some slightly used gear from my friend Johnny Grant. He was selling it because he moved from Suzuki to Yamaha and he got new colour matched gear with the bike. Me, having just purchased a Yamaha, decided his Suzuki colours were just fine and I have been riding with that gear- much to Johnny's amusement- ever since. I did eventually buy a bike to match the gear.
Two or three years after this photo was taken I got out of motocross for a spell. I was in need of new boots and too cheap to buy new ones. I was also lacking my usual moto enthusiasm, so I went to the springtime swap meet, put a for sale sign on the bike and went looking for a deal on boots. Whatever happened first... I got an offer on the bike within 15 minutes and didn't find boots so I sold my Yamaha motorcycle and a few days later I bought a Yamaha guitar.
Rally for Rangers Patagonia is going to be more like adventure riding so proper gear is going to be essential. We are sponsored by Klim and Moto-Skiveez so I was able to take advantage of some excellent discounts. I stopped by Ottawa Goodtime Center to try on some Klim gear so see what size I needed to order and also to support a local business. I bought some Rev'it riding pants and Exustar boots.
I also bought armor, base layer bottoms, mid-layer jacket, gaitors and a few other necessities. I am also bringing the hand-guards from my own Beta and a cellphone handlebar mount with USB charger.
While riding in Patagonia, we will be staying in motels along the way. I anticipate that we will have WiFi during these stops and I will be blogging as often as possible, hopefully daily. My blog posts will be simple for the most part, I will post pictures and some GPS tracks as well provided my technology doesn't let me down.
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