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What's It Really Like, Our Self-Guided, Truck Supported Full Patagonia Adventure?

Posted by Eric Lange on November 17, 2018
Eric Lange
Since riding his KTM 950 Adventure down to South America in 2008 and launching RIDE Adventures in 2010, Eric now resides in Oregon for most of each year. Riding is still a regular part of his work though, in that guiding tours is a passion he'll always have, and researching new routes and regions allows RIDE Adventures to continue growing and providing reliable travel services to adventure minded riders and travelers from around the world.

This new "What's it really like" video series Garrett got us started on seems long overdue, although it's quite a challenge putting these riding opportunities into words. Such is true with all forms of travel in that no words ... no photos ... or videos ... can possibly recreate the experience of actually being there.

Private Group PatagoniaThis latest video about our Self-Guided, Truck Supported Full Patagonia Adventure package explains a motorcycle trip format that came into existence for few simple reasons:

a) RIDE Adventures got started as a result of my own Self-Guided riding and exploration, and the spirit and challenge that comes with solo travel is something I will forever cherish.
b) Add a bit of my own cautious nature, recognizing that in the most remote places, it's safer to be riding with someone instead of completely alone.
c) Consider feedback we've received from Customers over the years that "I don't want to be stuck in a group in Patagonia, but I also don't want to be out there completely alone."

Combine all these thoughts, and this unique Self-Guided, Truck Supported motorcycle trip format has been the perfect response to such a combination of hopes & needs. Bonus is, because we've removed the Lead Guide from the services offered in this package, it helps cut-down the cost per rider. Per these points from our latest video:

1) The Highlight Reel - Having spent the majority of my adventure riding career in Patagonia, I'm certain that this route is the absolute best way a dual sport-capable Rider can spend such a trip duration. Sure, there are other things to see, but again, more would take more time (so for that, ask us about a Private Group Tour.) "What about riding further each day?" Sure, some Riders can cover more ground in the same number of days, but Patagonia shouldn't just be about riding. Patagonia isn't a place to hurry through without truly taking-in the silence, the beauty, the remoteness. There will be so many little side experience off the bike to be enjoyed, please trust us ... this is the right pace for such a trip. This itinerary makes for a very full schedule, and you will not be bored. 

Patagonia motorcycle trip in Torres del Paine2) Trip Format - "Self Guided, Truck Supported" - Should speak for itself pretty clearly. Those of you who don't like the feeling of being obligated to ride behind a Lead Guide, or don't necessarily want to be always amongst the same group of Riders will find this the perfect format for remote territories like Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Our Customers still do this trip without the Support Truck (purely Self-Guided,) but having a) your luggage in the truck, instead of on your bike and b) the safety and reassurance of our Bi-Lingual Guide/Mechanic there with you can be a major benefit, if any of the many possible scenarios of adventure riding arise. Remember, in addition to this Support Truck, your motorcycle rental and hotel package are all included!

Wind in Patagonia3) Seasonality & Climate - Being so far south on our planet, even further south than Cape Town and Melbourne means we have a short season of October through April to ride in Patagonia. (REMEMBER: Northern and Southern hemispheres have opposite seasons and riding summers.) With January and February being the "middle" of summer then, those are our busiest months with the best weather. While Patagonia trips typically have plenty of nice, comfortable weather, even mid-summer on a route like this, Riders will have plenty of time spent in cold temperatures, and possible rain. "Yuck?" No way. The grit. The challenge. The variety ... all are part of what make this one of the all-time greatest adventure rides ever. 

4) Terrain - As of the timing of this blog post, this is still a dual sport route! But if your passion for dirt-riding is similar to my own, don't wait long, as more and more pavement is installed each year throughout Patagonia. The routes we'll ride aren't necessarily what I would call "technical," like something that you would want a single-cylinder 450cc Enduro bike for. The terrain is actually perfect for what we offer, which are bigger twin-cylinder adventure bikes built for exactly this type of riding and ever-changing terrain. Most of the dirt sections will be hard-packed, Ushuaia Arrival Gatebut some with new/fresh gravel may also be a little soft & soupy. Make sure to ask us for a more complete explanation of what to expect, as a top priority for us is making sure you're choosing a trip that you'll have fun on, and can finish safely. Again though, Patagonia will be fully-paved I would expect within a few more years. Presidente Piñera's initiative to pave the region during his 1st term as president appears to be picking up right where they left-off some years later (an initiative that recognizes Patagonia as one of the most un-tapped tourism gold mines remaining on the planet. El Presidente is well-known for spotting such opportunities : )

5) Experience Needed - Along with having experience both on and off pavement riding, as mentioned earlier, a Rider also needs to be prepared for a wide variety of climatic conditions. While we'll complete this trip sometimes without a drop of rain, occasionally groups have seen "some" rain on as many as half of the days of the trip. Many travelers have reported about the fierce winds of Patagonia as well, and yes, they can be quite severe often over 50mph. PLEASE THOUGH, don't let that scare you away. First, those "possibly windy" sections are really only found on 2-3 sections of the entire route, and even on those, the wind could remain calm all day. Secondly, it's just wind. It just means you have to slow down a bit more, and not blast down the Ruta 40 in Argentina at the pace you might otherwise. It also means you'll take a few more rest breaks and lean into the wind for fun like shown in the video above.

6) Want to Reserve Your Spot? - Excellent if so, but even still, we want to have a conversation with you first and share some more details about the route. This is not a "click and buy" type of a travel experience, and so we don't allow such on our site yet. This Self-Guided, Truck Supported Full Patagonia Adventure package is something you'll want to have booked a year ahead of time as possible, as Patagonia is very popular for us and bikes/dates can sell out over 8+ months in advance. One booked, get ready for an adventure like no other. I promise, this is a riding & exploration experience that you will never, ever forget. 

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