June 2015 to January 2016 Preparation

Despite the fact we already had passports, there was a lot of preparation.  Moto Aventura had confirmed we would go on the trip but couldn’t confirm a date.  We were therefore unable to book flights.  We also couldn’t book any other travel after the motorcycle tour to Patagonia.  We wanted to visit Buenos Aires, see a concert in Gualeguaychu and visit parts of Uruguay, perhaps Montevideo.  We most definitely wanted to photograph the Iguassu Falls.  Still there were other things we could do.  We researched medical vaccinations that might be needed (there were none) and tried to map out the route we would follow based on very loose description in the MotoAventura website.  Finally, In August, a departure date of January 24th was given and in late August we asked to make a down payment of $5000 US.  We began to book other flights and talk to an acquaintance in Buenos Aires regarding booking of his apartment.  For the longest time, I research going on a hike in Peru, ending up in Machu Picchu.  Despite at least one company urging me to go, I was warned that February would be the rainy season and all trails were closed except for one.  Finally I broke off discussions – I wasn’t sure I could make the hike and my wfie certainly couldn’t.    I made a decision I needed a new helmet and better quality armored pants.  We made packing lists and decided we also needed new bags to carry our gear and minimize  airfare costs for extra baggage.  By early January,we were talking to family who had already been to  Buenos Aires and making arrangements to meet Friends in Buenos Aires after our motorcycle trip.  Finally, we were all packed and ready.  The arrangements were to leave early and spend 4 days in Santiago Chile before flying to Osorno to start the motorcycle tour.

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