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Re: Cloud9ontour.com

Postby NeilandPat » Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:38 pm

Sorry the updates are thin on the ground , but Internet in south America is a biy hit and mis

We are currently back in Argentina In El Calefate. S50.337009 W72.265126

We have just spent some time in the Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile

Absolutely awesome scenery

I have done a quick Blog update with loads of piccies and info if you fancy it

http://www.cloud9ontour.com

Hasta Luego

Neil

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Postby Ivan C » Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:43 am

Stunning views, thanks for sharing
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Postby Brian-reynolds » Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:17 am

Awesome you two, absolutely awesome!

Great pictures and loved the video!

No wonder Pat had two sticks on that bridge! I think I would have needed both hands to hold on! Very brave......

Glad you both are having a good time out there, keep it all coming, loving it all, but missing you both!

Lots of love,

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Postby NeilandPat » Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:30 pm

Just a quick progress report

Internet access is getting rare and sometimes it is several weeks without it, so updates are harder.

We are at a town called Cochraine. On Ruta 7 of the Caraterra Austral in Chile heading south again. S47.253888 W72.568556.

In general the 8000 km so far have been fantastic and life is good. We have now slowed down considerably and are probably now averaging less than 100 km per day which is nice.

The scenery in Patagonia is unbelievable. The mountain passes are high, steep and slow so Phil, get that engine brake sorted, you will need it.

So far the truck has been fine with only a few minor problems

Severed air hose , severed hydraulic brake pipe and bits coming undone.

Theses corrugated folio roads take their toll. The vibration through the truck is constant and shakes everything to death. Opening cupboards after a day on these roads is a gamble.

Sometimes you do stretches of 300 km of them .

Fuel consumption is down due to these roads and head winds that blow trucks over.

My tyre are taking a battering and are getting shredded by the gravel roads.

In Ushuaia I opened my drivers door and it nearly fell off. 5 out of the 6 bolts that fix it In place had rattled loose.

Hope your all well in Blighty
The blog has been updated so have a look if you like

http://www.cloud9ontour.com

Neil

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Postby crinklystarfish » Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:39 am

Great stuff N&P.

What are you airing down to? Also, if you have to replace tyres out there could you go taller? The extra air volume and sidewall height of 14s over 12s (or metric-similar) allows lower pressures and gives a much smoother ride. Potholes and washboard that are horrible on 12s at 80+ psi are nothing like as troublesome on 14s at about 30 psi.

Speed will be limited with very low pressure but as you've found you can't go fast over that stuff anyway.

Please keep the updates coming as and when you can.

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Postby Brian-reynolds » Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:14 am

Good posting Pat and Neil, good to see and hear you are both doing fine!

The video's are fantastic! and don't be so cruel to the Armadillo, I am sure I am related!

Actually I think it is the Sloth I am related too.....

Keep up the good work, but above all ENJOY!

B.

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Postby NeilandPat » Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:00 am

Shit happens

Not our best day thats for sure

http://www.cloud9ontour.com

Neil

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Postby nick disjunkt » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:37 am

Ouch. Glad you all came out of it relatively unscathed. I hope the process of getting back on the road isn't too painful. I'm sure you have lots of support but let me know if you need anything.

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Postby christyler » Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:38 pm

Neil and Pat,

glad you guys are ok, if there is anything i can do to help, just let me know. i am great at fixing shit and always up for a road trip !

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Postby Brian-reynolds » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:12 am

Well I have just read the last instalment of the recovery.... I thought you had left the previous entry a bit of a cliff-hanger! What a great story you two!

It is a strange human thing that you only meet the truly good people when you are in a bad situation, if you know what I am trying to say...

Bad situations bring out the best in people, and I would like to say a big thank you to all that helped you both, good people helping good people, and I really do hope that better things now happen, which they will, and we get to hear about them all!

Be good you two and I will email you a tipple of your choosing!

B.


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