Nice report update, Miss O, and I know all about slow Internet connections and working while others are savoring the local beer and foods or doing much-needed work on the motos or just plain sleeping and getting some rest. People with high-speed internet and a comfortable office often don't understand that blogging and reporting from the road takes a lot of dedication and sacrifice.
I can understand your disappointment about some of the boring routes and loss of precious riding time when you only had 6 weeks and you invested a lot of planning effort and money to get you to Santiago de Chile and back. But on the other hand, you did ride some favorite roads and saw some of the best areas you can visit. Sure, it would have been nice to see the glaciers of El Calafate, the jagged mountains and the guanacos of Las Torres del Paine, the crossing of the Strait of Magellan, the mountain pass on the big island of Tierra del Fuego and a look accross the Beagle Canal in Ushuía and sending postcard from the southernmost post office in the world. But you did what you could and what you had to do within your time frame.
You will probably head back to the west coast via Córdoba (the Dakar will have a stop there on Monday the 14th), and if you have time to ride through Carlos Paz on Lago San Roque, spend some time around Mendoza and see Farrellones on your way back to Santiago, you will still have some very nice things to see. Also, the Dakar arrives in Santiago on Saturday the 19th and the podium festivities will be the next day.
Enjoy the rest of your trip.