Patagonia Expedition 2009 under way...

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September 19th 2009
Published: September 19th 2009
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He got this used and abused Dakar off Rippa ! Complete with bullet holes?
The 2009 Rosco's Rocky Road Patagonia Expedition is now underway...

We have loaded the motos into the container and sent it on it’s voyage to Valparaiso in Chile.

We will fly in on the 31st of October, to prepare the release of the motos and pick our adventurers up at the airport on 2nd of November to start our epic 10,428 km traverse of the infamous Patagonia.

We will begin in Vina Del Mar, ride to Tierra del Fuego to Fin del Mundo (End of the earth) in Ushuaia, turn around and head North, back to Vina Del Mar.

We have a team of 11 for the expedition, riding a variety of motos....
Keith Larkin, managing Director of Whites Wholesale in Hamilton, who came with us on last years High Andes Adventure, will be joining us, again, on a new RED 2009 Kawasaki KLR 650.

Along with Mike Vinsen, from Auckland, who also rode with us to the High Andes last year, will join us, on another 2009 Kawasaki KLR 650.

Tom, from Luxembourg, will fly in and ride my green 2007 Kawasaki KLR 650, ex String. Last year Tom also rode (well, most of
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Ready to go
the time) with us on a Suzuki V Strom on the High Andes Adventure.

We have Zane, from Clarks Beach, South of Auckland, riding on a Honda Trans Alp. Last year Zane rode ‘Shot Gun’ in the Chase truck with Lance, but was able to get a ride on various motos, while the riders were resting....

Somehow, Mike Vinsen was able to con? His 3 brothers into coming on this expedition, I think they are his ‘Pit Crew’? Anyway we are really happy to have Ian, from Auckland and Richard, from Rarotonga, both riding orange KTM LC4 640 motos.

Along with David, also from Auckland, who is the older brother, and the larger of the brothers, obviously pushed his smaller siblings away from the table while growing up, he will be riding a BMW 1200GS, also it is the biggest moto on the Expedition.

Barry Cox, from down Hamilton way, will also join us, on a new Yamaha Tenere 660.

Gerardo will be riding his BMW Dakar, so, as you can see we have a wide range of motos on this expedition.

On this Expedition, I will be driving the chase truck (I know

On the way
how wet, cold and windy it gets down there) Raewyn (Bones), my first wife, will ride shotgun with me in the truck and I am sure will share the ‘Woman’s Perspective’ with you all on this blog....
At the conclusion of the Expedition, Bones and I will fly back down to Ushuaia and catch a small ice breaker to visit the Antarctic for 10 days (and she doesn’t even like the cold?) So stay tuned for more blog.

Cheers for now, Rosco

Additional photos below
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Rosco on the Road

Heading to Auckland with motos for the Exoedition.
Darbi HeadquartersDarbi Headquarters
Darbi Headquarters

Steve, Managing Director and String outside the Distributers of Continental TKC 80 tyres in Auckland
Mike VinsenMike Vinsen
Mike Vinsen

Crewing for brother Ian!
A likely lotA likely lot
A likely lot

All dressed and ready to go.
Ian VinsenIan Vinsen
Ian Vinsen

I have my own pit crew!
Zane and KeithZane and Keith
Zane and Keith

Good one Keith...
David VinsenDavid Vinsen
David Vinsen

Trying to impress the fashion Police, but they had left before he got there...
Paper TrailPaper Trail
Paper Trail

Matt, checking all the paperwork.
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Ready to go

Barry,Ian,Mike,Zane and Keith
Container LoadedContainer Loaded
Container Loaded

All secure in the container.

20th September 2009

Have an awesome time.
Good luck and safe travels - I am looking forward to reading the next instalment of adventures - xxM
20th September 2009

I'm as envious as hell seeing motos being loaded and knowing the excitement will be building counting down to departure! Hope your container has a less eventful trip than ours did returning from Valparaiso!! Cheers, Tiny.
22nd September 2009

Have fun
Hi to all, have fun, enjoy the scenery and have a safe trip. Hope to be there next time. T.L.
6th October 2009

Good luck all
We are envious, but not brave enough. Almost completed our UK trip which has been great, and shortly heading for another m'home exchange in South Africa. More Lions less mountains. Best wishes pj
26th October 2009

looks amazing
David, looking forward to reading your e-mails and bloggs Cheers Gavin S
27th October 2009

over under
Thanks for the heads-up...will follow your progress with interest. Very best wishes. Dave.
27th October 2009

Greetings from under the Umbrian pergola
Go well.
27th October 2009

Lucky boys!
I wish I could join you - lucky boys! Enjoy, stay healthy and keep in touch, so we experience your adventures with you... All the best to you amigos! Cheers Martin (from bloody rainy Germany...)
27th October 2009

Great Stuff
All the very best for a wonderful expedition. Cheers. Bevin
28th October 2009

Request for ongoing reports of the trip
Would like to hear particularly from David V as the trip progresses and I trust submitting this, is the way to go about it. Best of luck and steady riding to you all. Aroha Nick
28th October 2009

Good on ya!
Hi you guys, well have a great and above all else a safe trip and I shall be following your progress with interest. P.S. I am so fricken envious!
29th October 2009

David Vinsen
have a wonderful trip....don't eat too many pies otherwise you'll be in big trouble! xx
30th October 2009

have a safe trip
Well done on organising such an exciting adventure.I look forward to your updates,best of luck with the ride. p.s My moneys on David being first to complete the 10,000 km race...sorry,i meant adventure. cheers...john w
1st November 2009

Viajes seguros
Hey guys - have an awesome trip. No complaining allowed from those Vincent boys!! Harden up! We'll be thinking of ya! Cheers Meredith, Andrew, Grace and Jake PS recuerde por favor para bañarse antes de volver a casa
1st November 2009

go lads
have fun - enjoy your adventure! Ya ... Ve vill be vatching!
2nd November 2009

Best wishes and good luck
Mr V Hope that the travels are safe and that all goes well for you all... sure that you will be missed on Melb Cup day but guess that you will have more pressing things to consider on the day best from here Mrs C
2nd November 2009

Now that is one Big Hairy Audacious Goal ... my respect gentleman ... go well.
2nd November 2009

Have a good time
Hi Tom, many greetings from Czech (Břeclav) to you and your guys. Have a nice and safe trip. Honza and Míša
2nd November 2009

Looking forward to Info.
Hi to all the Vinsens - know you'll have an awesome time. Time to practise a bit of your Spanish? Good Luck to the whole team.
3rd November 2009

what a adventure
Can't wait to hear lots of good stories from your trip....will keep swimming for you!!
3rd November 2009

hey man hope all is goin well.i d say you will be peddling ya bike by now. smooth roads ahead for you all ,have a great time!!!!!- Darryl
3rd November 2009

Awesome to see
I hope that this trip will be more exciting than the last, and may God go ahead of your trip to making your path safe and secure. Blessings, Daza
3rd November 2009

Best wishes
Best wishes team, A special gidday to the Vinsen brothers from Russell and Vanessa. Hope the Zumo works well David and great to see you have the company of Richard and Ian. Looking forward to the online photos. Kind regards Russ and Vanessa.
4th November 2009

1st 700 kms
Looking forward to hearing about the first full day on the road. Que te vaya bien. Mary
4th November 2009

all the best
Will look forward to all the photos, news and bloggs. safe journey john
5th November 2009

Short man
You better watch that short guy from Raro, his feet most likely won't touch the ground.
11th November 2009

Project K supports David
All the best David - will watch the progress from NZ!
15th November 2009

All the best
Hope you are all doing fine. Take care, go carefully and enjoy life!

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