May 19, 2010
Well I made it to Chile, just. I am stuck in a tourist trap, San Pedro, about 170 km into Chile. This is where the Chilean customs and immigration is, 170 km from the Argentina border. To get here I had to cross over a 4,400 meter pass (14,400 feet). Snow at the top, and a bike that would not go faster than 21 kmh up hill, and it was up hill most of the way. I think I got bad gas, but I don't know for sure. I will have to find out tomorrow, as it was getting dark when I got here. (It is not the altitude, if some of you moto techies were thinking that, as the KTM has managed this altitude before.)
There was nothing but rocks and sand and snow, between the border and here, and hardly any traffic. I did not want to stop so long as the bike was running, as I was not sure it would start again. As it turned out, I found that it will start and run up to about 4000 RPM when I finally stopped at the aduana and migracion to get my documents in order to be in Chile.
Meanwhile here are some pictures from Formosa Province in Argentina where I got rained out. Stay tuned.