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[S2 – Eps. 49] Parts breaking off my Royal Enfield Himalayan to see this: Cono de Arita, Argentina

[S2 – Eps. 49] Parts breaking off my Royal Enfield Himalayan to see this: Cono de Arita, Argentina


It feels like this stretch was never going to end Finally, in the distance I see the next salt flat I hope it’s a little bit easier. I’m all this time riding at 4000 meters altitude the road.. it’s tough, it’s not easy Good morning internet! It is 07:12 hours in the morning and welcome back to the channel Now I already packed Dhanno, I am almost ready to go but the thing is, I am now in a town called El Penon, in Argentina. And yesterday I tried to look for food but I couldn’t find anything and breakfast only starts at 07:30 hours so I thought, you know what, I’m going to wait until 07:30 hours and have a breakfast because otherwise I leave a half hour before and hungry and without food, so that’s what I am going to do so I have everything ready, so the only thing I have to do is have the breakfast and I’m on my way Today I am riding to an even smaller town called Tolar Grande and I believe it’s about 285 kilometers from here As I said in the previous video, the first 65 kilometers are paved and then it will be unpaved. And I really have to get petrol in that next town because after that, there will be no more opportunities for petrol today and in the next ride there won’t be any opportunities for the beginning of the ride either so it’s important that I manage to fill up in the next town I’ll show you on the map a little bit where I am to give an idea Alright, so we have here Argentina and I am now somewhere over here in this area so this entire stretch there is almost nothing there’s very little roads, there’s very little people It’s a pretty remote area and where I will end up today is somewhere somewhere around here so not even on the yellow road it will be somewhere in this area where I’m gonna go today So this small stretch is already 285 kilometers It’s now 07:40 hours so I’m still plenty in time It’s a beautiful day I’ve now reached the town Antofagasta de la Sierra, so this is where I’m going to get petrol Look! Lamas! Oh, another check again Hello! Good morning! How are you? Good! Sorry? Where are you coming from? From El Penon I’m going to Tolar Grande To Tolar Grande? You are going to Tolar Grande? Yes. Please hand me your drivers licence and vehicle papers Ok, thank you How was it at Piedra Pomez? Yesterday I went to Piedra Pomez Everything okay? Yes. You liked it? Yes, beautiful! Goodbye! I don’t know why they do all these check here Let’s get petrol Uhmm Full please.. yes And this one also Thank you Is it okay? Thirty-five Thank you very much He gave me 75 cents less Which is almost nothing but he was like: is it okay? Yes of course Alright, we are all filled up It is now still 224 kilometers and according to my information all will be unpaved I think, when I leave this town so let’s see It looks like my information was correct and that it’s going to be unpaved from here Alright it’s time to let out a little bit of air out of my tyres again so I have more grip Let’s go! Hey doggies! You coming with me? This is not snow although I’m at 3400 meters altitude This is all salt I’m entering an area with a lot of salt flats I think today I’ll also be riding over a salt flat so all this white: all salt Hi! Everything okay? Spanish? No English Where are you from? From Santa Fe Ah, from Argentina! The Netherlands Very good. What motorcycle do you have? Falcon, Honda. This is the Himalayan? Yes Yes Nice bike! yes… I broke my.. You fell? Yes! Not me, only the bike! Yes and you are from here? He has his house over there Ah! Very good! So I’ll see you! Well, I haven’t seen this many bikers in a long time! So he is just going home, he lives here wow, what a place to live! Oh look at the little baby lama! oh it’s so cute! Sorry about that, but .. oh they are so cute Probably they are his lamas I would say wow, imagine living here what a place! incredible in the meantime, I’ve climbed to 4000 meters altitude at the moment and I think I’m going to do more climbing even not too sure until what altitude but I think a bit more I am now at 4400 meters altitude and I’m still climbing And I made it to the top, this is Kolla Atacamena 4635 meters that’s pretty high again really pretty high again, but I think it’s good that where I stayed last night in El Penon I stayed at 3500 meters and sleeping at altitude like that really helps in acclimatisation which is necessary because the more North I go the higher the Andes is going to get and soon I’ll probably be riding above 5000 meters so this way I’m slowly acclimatising which is quite nice. I’m not making very quick progress on this road, I still have 175 kilometers to go it’s going all pretty slowly but I’m loving this ride It’s stunning around here! The ascent is rather steep so I’m going down quite quickly, I’m already at 4300 meters Oooh! You saw those birds? Almost hit them! Oh wow! Look at this! Well, I think this is perhaps the most stunning view on this trip so far, don’t you think? Look! Just unreal right? This is Mirador Salar Antofalla Careful with the environment I don’t know what that means So this is the Antofalla salt flat amazing! I can see the road going there So I think I’m crossing the salt flat just a little bit and then on the other side where you see a little bit green that’s Antofalla, that’s the town and by the looks of it, after the town I start climbing again, see? and again, there is nobody here except for the motorcyclists that I saw nobody I just can’t understand it It’s so beautiful here, where are all the people? It’s a little rocky up here Well, I’m now about 20 minutes later I thought it would be nice to fly the drone here but the drone does not want to fly it’s giving me some sort of error and I don’t know how to fix that error now, so unfortunately no drone today It feels like this stretch was never going to end finally there in the distance I see the next salt flat and I hope it’s a little bit easier I’m all this time riding at 4000 meters altitude and the road, it’s tough, it’s not easy it’s all washboard loose gravel, loose sand big rocks sometimes I’m slipping and sliding so it’s quite technical and see.. I’m out of breath it just takes a lot of energy riding this road, especially with the altitude like I really notice that but I think now I’m going down again to that salt flat so let’s see how it’s there it’s probably getting hot there because it’s already yeah it’s 13:00 hours now I’m going a lot slower than I anticipated uhh because it’s still more than 100 kilometers todays ride so maybe I should eat something, like a muesli bar because I’m a little bit hungry yeah I guess I expected to be a bit further already I mean 100 kilometers to go 65… 220 that means I only did 120 kilometers unpaved so on the unpaved part I’m only half-way! It’s taking forever, it’s really taking a long time I just can’t go very fast I need a small break and it’s also difficult to park Dhanno because I lost my little plate so I can hardly stop anywhere and yeah, a little while ago one car past me other than that it’s absolutely desolate here there is nobody here because I think between that town Antofalla and Tolar Grande where I’m planning to stay I don’t think there is any town, there’s no people living anywhere and this is not really I guess a connecting road I think most people that visit that area come from the South and most people that visit Tolar Grande come from the North but I think I’m now covering a stretch which is just not very usual I mean, it is so beautiful, it is stunning I’m really bummed I can’t use the drone, I don’t know what this error means I need to go on the internet to figure out how to fix it but it’s extremely beautiful here Alright let’s go again Wow! Look at this! I am now standing in front of the “Cono de Arita” and you may think, after seeing all those beautiful stratovolcanoes which this perfect conical shape that this is a volcano too. But it’s not! This is actually a rock outcrop and it’s shaped like this because of erosion, it’s a very peculiar site and it’s kind of in the middle of this enormous salt flat and this salt flat is the third largest in the Andes, so the one in Uyuni in Bolivia is bigger and in Atacama in Chile This is the third largest and I think the largest in Argentina so but although the Cono de Arita is not of volcanic origin this salt is! This is not a matter of that this was originally a sea and it dried up This salt is all of volcanic origin So it’s quite a special area To be honest, I am so glad for this road. It just, I don’t know if you can see it over there. There are some small buildings I’m thinking those are mining activities or something and I’m pretty sure that they made a proper access road for them because yeah, just as soon as I reached there the road turned into a kind of half paved road, which is kind of nice because I had a really, really long stretch of, I would call it, washboard 2.0 the worst I ever had Dhanno took a real beating, I just noticed something else that broke, look. This is my selfie stick holder that couldn’t take it, so it broke off. Luckily I still have it So together with the lost foot and the drone which didn’t want to work today It’s a pretty tough day for man and machine. Or woman and machine! I was struggling a little bit it was really quite a tough stretch but I think for now it should be a pretty easy ride, I hope until Tolar Grande. It’s still 70 kilometers from here, so it’s not so far anymore. I think the worst is behind me but yeah, what a place and I so want to fly a drone here but yeah ah well, it’s a little bit windy anyway so maybe I couldn’t have flow the drone but.. This is all the salt Looks a bit weird It definitely does not look like the salt flats in Uyuni, those are really flat, there you can drive on it. I would not want to drive on this stuff. I think this might actually be even worse then washboard! I’m still at 3470 meters altitude Still quite high but yeah the temperatures here on the salt flat are really quite high so incredible, right? Alright let’s go! It’s now 14:15 hours so 70 kilometers to go Tolar Grande! I am here! I made it! Hello! Excuse me? I’m looking for the house of Maria Maria? Here? You see this tree? A little further Ok, thank you! Well, they still have the Christmas decorations other side? Wrong side I think No Closed Guesthouse.. Closed For you alone? Yes. Ok, very good. So I found a place to stay, this is my room it was not so easy to find a place, everything was closed It is now 16:00 hours, so all in all pretty long day again Yeah, I think today was one of those rides that I don’t think I’ll forget quite easily I mean, the scenery was really something else and it was for me, myself, it was a bit of a struggle today and I think that that stretch between those two towns between here and Antofalla you know, I can tell by the road that not many people pass there so then at some point you do really feel that it’s a feeling that you know, where I am now, for the next 140, 150 kilometers, I am literally the only person here and well, I came across one car, that was it so I don’t know, that really gives a different feeling to the ride, it makes it a bit more special I guess but in the end I was really glad that that road from the Cono de Arita until here was pretty much paved not everything but I could ride pretty quickly so that .. that was quite nice after that whole bone-rattling ride from before yeah and breaking all sorts of accessories on Dhanno. Anyway.. we made it here in one piece.. kind of.. two pieces missing but hey so so that was it for today, I really hope you liked this video, if you did, please give me a big thumbs up and subscribe down below and then I’ll see you in the next video!

100 comments on “[S2 – Eps. 49] Parts breaking off my Royal Enfield Himalayan to see this: Cono de Arita, Argentina

  1. Hello, when you travel all over the world, you write a book of solo traveler guides, I hope you are still very young and courageous, I hope that you will inspire people who do not dare to go on the road just trying to complete their life.

  2. south america it s a very beautifull continent.amazing views.many thanks for discovering it.greetings from Romania!

  3. I think you have a biking Angel on your shoulder….that is very a very tough environment you are traversing….look after yourself and stay smiling

  4. I am really in awe at your travelling experiences. I have only just discovered your channel( I am running out of hours in the day trying to catch up with your last trip and now this trip(i am cheating by skipping from trip to trip) honestly I am so jealous of your lef and enthusiasm, you are an inspiration. I just cannot understand the dislikes on your videos, must be from people who haven't been further than the yearly camping in Frankrijk ;-). keep it up(the vlogs and the bike of course) I look forward to your new vlogs.

  5. Good morning Noraly, it is now 10.09 hrs in the morning and welcome back to the comment section : I saw your newest vid; fabulous, did enjoy it very much, the scenery is, again, amazing, you did capture the barren and desolate atmosphere of this part of the world very nice; pity your drone didnt work and hope you can fix that;; as I did start with your oneliner I will end in the same way: if you like this comment plz give a big thumbs up and subscribe down below; in lak'ech

  6. The beauty of the landscape is overwhelming. In places like this, we realise how small we are in the scale of things. Dhano is taking some serious punishment, just looking at the mirrors bouncing around lets us know just how much the image stabilisation has smoothed out. Hopefully you will be taking a well earned rest now after filming episode 50, (which I cannot wait to see) . So, ride safe, get your batteries recharged and have some quality me time. Ps, another superb video.

  7. I would think I would get totally lost out there and talking gibberish after all those hours alone at those altitudes..probably in the middle of the night still riding…. in circles, quite mad LOL

  8. Fabulous isolation, which makes me agree with previous comment, take care out there, riding one-handed on such little-used roads is a worry. No-one wants to see you come to any harm. Stay safe! Enjoy the ride, as we are!

  9. IMPORTANT: Good idea to keep plastic CABLE TIES also known as ZIP TIES. Very useful to secure broken parts and light to carry. Available at most DIY stores in various sizes. Safe riding 🙂

  10. I just introduced my 14 y.o. daughter to your videos explaining that there are still explorers in the world and still adventures to be had. I hope she has that gypsy spirit in her to go out and explore the world. In return, she made me subscribe to your channel. Any way you look at it I reckon that's a win-win!! Ride safe.

  11. En Madrid tenemos el coño de Rita, que también tiene mucho traqueteo, sobre todo cuando viaja a los alrededore, en Antofolla.

  12. That is adventure! Lovely video, make us dream that I am there too. Dangerous but funny and beautiful. Love it! Thanks for sharing with us as always. Ride safe, be happy, enjoy the ride! A big HUG and a kiss from Portugal, Lisbon. 😘✌️

  13. im La-or from thailand , i following u every clip , love your trip and hope u enjoy a whole your travel , good luck.

  14. Wow, what a ride today! I think you found it, the middle of nowhere! Loved the beautiful ruggedness of the country. Glad you made it safely.

  15. Hi Noraly,
    Just watched this video for the second time. It’s exhausting! How on earth do you cope with all the off road, washboard surfaces, bouncing in the saddle and on your foot pegs and STILL have the energy to smile and film your outro?
    You are a true star and a wonderful ambassador for everyone who rides motorcycles.
    You did look tired at the end of this video though.
    Episode 50 will be a milestone video and one to look forward to.
    Then, my dear young Nederlandse, take a well-earned rest. Recharge your batteries, run a spanner and a sponge over Dhanno and pat her on the rank. She deserves the praise. She shows us all that you don’t need huge cc and tons of horses to travel great journeys. I, for one, am so glad I sold my 1200cc Yamaha tourer and bought an old BSA 500 cc single back to life. She has put the smile on my face as Dhanno has yours.
    Finally, talking of smiles, I could “see” your face when you saw the llamas 🦙. It was like seeing kittens playing.
    Loved this video.
    Take care, ride safe and big 👍🏻
    Geoff

  16. I don't know how you do it! A couple hours on washboard roads is enough for me … LOL, I got tired just from watching. You're a Super Rider with a great attitude!

  17. I've only viewed the last 20 or so episodes and while the ride-a-long is intriguing with amazing views and experiences, the most interesting and captivating element by far is your spirit, tenacity, attitude and courage. Also your little giggle in the face of hardship is priceless. I ask, could I do this, I wonder? My new favorite saying now is "Let's Go!" Ride on and Rock on Noraly and Dhanno.

  18. I am amazed by your courage and enthusiasm in doing this trip. I will no longer have the fear in traveling to my local supermarket to buy milk and bread 😁. You inspire me to get on my bike and travel Europe..as I have wanted to do this for a long time. Thank you for the time and effort you put in to your videos…..ride safe 👌

  19. Super cool. Enjoy it.So nice to see somebody covering their journey without marketing sunglasses. I fail to understand why people got this idea they must put sun glasses on the moment a camera points at themselves. Good for you.

  20. pretty obvious why there are no people, it's like a hostile environment from another planet, only rocks everywhere. not good for settlement, also the fact that the road is not paved makes it harder to cross such vast areas. don't think people want to endure that for such monotonous though beautiful sights)

  21. Might be time well spent going over all the nuts and bolts on your bike to find any that have come lose. Half a days spent could save you a long walk. Keep it up and thank you for the videos xx

  22. Когда китайцы вырубят весь лес в Сибири вот такая же хуйня будет как Cono de Arita 21:52 , как на Марсе. Куплю себе мотоцикл Royal Enfield Curiosity.

  23. wow what a ride to and thru the salt flats. and that Cone was amazing. also you met up with a couple other riders, bet they were suprised to see some one else on the road. So 4,000 meters is like 12,000 feet? im thinking.

  24. Guauuuu… hermosas vistas en este video..!!! Noraly, gracias por mostrarme estos lugares de mi querida Argentina que no conocía… Todos muestran esa provincia pero por la ruta 40, tu eres única al entrar en esos duros caminos… felicitaciones..!!

  25. What a place, love the salt flats. Sorry something fell off your Himalayan but it wasn't a RE part thanks goodness. Hope you get the camera mount fixed somewhere. Looking forward to your next exciting episode and loving your adventure. Can't wait until you're in California, I was touring there a couple of years back. Are you taking highway 1 up the coast? Ride safe ….

  26. ROyal Enfield make a another history with this brave lady …stay safe itchy boots..have a nice time

  27. After a trip like that do you have to check all the fasteners on the bike and retighten? I do fear for your safety when you go to such remote places where a breakdown could be disastrous. Since you are braver than I and don’t fear for yourself, I have to do it for you.

  28. Rough ride, tough lady… congrats and respect!
    Btw, I saw Basanti today. She is displayed at the Royal Enfield stand at the Brussels auto and motorshow.
    She really looks beat to the bone. You did all that travelling with that bike? Respect again!
    Stay safe..
    Ed.

  29. WOW!!!! fantastic scenery!!! I love the high desert/ mountain climate! On of your

    WOW!!!! Love the high desert/mountain environment!!! Has to be one of the most beautiful segments of your tip! Have really enjoyed following you on your latest adventure. Best of luck on your trip and stay safe. Your friend in Texas, John.

  30. I would die if I would drive my MT10 with one hand on throttle and other hand holding actioncam 😀 Super sensitive yamaxa throttle is killing me 😀 Good luck on your travels! love ya!

  31. Que lindo Tolar Grande , fuiste hace unos días a nuestra concesionaria a comprar una cubierta, que tenga un estupendo viaje.

  32. If you need any help with your drone please let me know, I work for a drone repair company that specialises in DJI drones.

  33. Noraly is a GEM.
    We can learn to have positive attitude always …… Learn from Noraly.
    Even when she is describing a tough, tough day she makes it sound like a good day.
    Ride safe. Take lots and lots of rest in between. Peace.

  34. Noraly it is a good thing after that ride you are close to episode 50 for your break. I think you could use a hot tub and a few umbrella drinks to relax after that beating.

  35. Very beautiful scenery around you along whole way. You like beautiful llama baby we know your feelings…😀 Now happy journey ahead to you. Thanks Noor

  36. Hi I'm from Kazakhstan. I wish, to the best of my outgoing companions, a clear sky above my head and interesting, vivid impressions.😁👍🛵

  37. Hi Normally, you seem to be intercepted by dogs quite often, without mishap…do you have a strategy for how to get by them without letting them cause incident? Can you taste salt in the air riding through that environment? Will you be looking to wash down Dhanno ASAP to get the salts off?

  38. Beautyful and very special trip you are doing. You have to write a book about it when you finished the trip to Alaska, groetjes uit breda

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