We set off from Rio Gallegos after a late night (2am) with Local traveller (and a mine of information) Emanuel (thanks for the help Emanuel) and fellow traveller fron Venuzuala, Ricardo and headed to the border with Chile.
Left to right Me, Ricardo & Emanuel
When we got there the queues were long, we met George and Anke along with Ollie who they'd picked up on the way. It took 2 1/2 hours to get through the joint customs post, the very helpful and nice guy in front explained most were heading to Punta Arenas which has got some tax free status to pick up cheap Xmas presents, bugger thought I'd miss anything to do with Christmas as well.
Luckily when we got the ferry we rode straight on the boat to take us across the straights of Magellan to Tierra Del Fuego ARG$70 each for the 40 minute crossing (around £10!!)
Just like the Corran ferry!
Fi getting to grips with the gravel
On to the comically named Cerro Sombrero to get ripped of 4 times the Argentinian price for petrol (No Chilean Pesos, Gringo price!)
Then the shit ripio to the border (back from Chile to Argentina) around 100 miles of gravel and constant serious potholes. More Queues but only just over an hour this time . A long day and then tarmac for the last stretch to the hostel Ruta 40 in Rio Grande run by "willie" We got a great welcome, really nice place and incredibly helpful guy who despite it being his birthday ran us to the restuarant and then back again, Then we joined his Birthday party, great night and past 2am when we turned in.
Ruta 40 Hostel , don't miss out on Willies hospitality when in Rio Grande contact on
Onwards the following day to Tolhuin when suddenly the landscape changed, hills and trees, just like Scotland.
Just like home
We all stopped at the camping Hain (3 Km from the village, Ripio of course) ran by Roberto who turned out to be a funny guy and always popping into the gang hut to do an impression or just to make sure we were Ok, at one point he pulled out a moothie and gave an impressive blues riff!
2 Nights there, talking, relaxing and being entertained by Roberto. Werner & Claudia joined us again and another German couple who had cycled form Alaska (in 19 months) and who were looking forward to getting home and not sitting on a pushbike for a long time!! The nights were cold but a great fire in the bothy made for a couple of really nice nights
Today (Christmas eve) we finally made it to Ushuaia, snow on the mountains and the last 60 miles the best roads of the almost 2500 so far.
2 Gringos near the end of the world!
Muchos Gringos at the end of the world
Hope you all have a great Christmas, I'm going to, Teachers whisky ARG$57 a bottle (about £8) that'll do for me, ho ho ho