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Tierra del Fuego

…..Ushuaia, Fin del Mondo

overcast 12 °C

Just two more days until we arrive at our destination and I’m looking forward to the ride. Both days are around 440kms each with a border crossing back in to Argentina and another crossing of the Andes down into Ushuaia.

The day starts with me discovering that Alpha has misplaced my “on loan” down jacket and I’m guessing that happened at the party and most likely now being worn by some local lass. Anyway, we have about 80km of dirt before a morning coffee stop at the picturesque town of Puerto Natales nearby the Pacific coast and you could smell the sea as we rode in. It is something very familiar to me and always welcomed as it eternally reminds me of home. From Puerto Natales we have another 340kms until we reach the Straits of Magellan and a half hour ferry crossing to reach Tierra del Fuego. It is here that we stop on the coast to take in the last piece of the American land mass and as custom would have it I stripped off and plunged into the chilly waters where the Atlantic meets the Pacific, another one down. Our accommodation tonight is at a pleasant and welcoming family run Hosteria in Cerro Sombrero. Believe me there is nothing in this town but then there is nowhere else to stay. It exists basically to serve the gas industry however, the hospitality was genuine and the meal served in the family restaurant was fresh and ever so good: crab salad, bife de chorizo, papas rustica and calafate ice cream accompanied with a few glasses from the modest but good wine selection.

Last day as we hit the 110km of dirt to the border at San Sebastian and then the 15kms of no-man’s land to the Argentinean side of Tierra del Fuego. After an efficient border crossing we are back into the final leg of the ride on good paved road through the southern forests and the last of the Andes mountains before we descend into the southernmost city of the world, Ushuaia stunningly situated between mountain and sea
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It has been a great ride and a magnificent opportunity to catch up with old friends, think we might have to do it again sometime. 

……now where do those Antarctica cruises leave from??

Posted by ScottyJ 10:43 Archived in Argentina

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