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Old 01-24-2014, 02:05 PM   #511
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Just caught up a little with your RR....Loving the pictures and the big steaks! What a great time! Wish I was there! Glad to see your trip is going so well!
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Old 01-24-2014, 06:41 PM   #512
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Just caught up a little with your RR....Loving the pictures and the big steaks! What a great time! Wish I was there! Glad to see your trip is going so well!
Hi guys! Thanks. We think of you everyday when we start up the bikes with the Ecuador Freedom Motorbikes key fobs!! Thanks again for all you did for us in Quito!

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Old 01-24-2014, 06:42 PM   #513
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We will get there eventually!

We had a 455 km ride for today back to Rio Gallegos with only one gas station between there and El Chalten at Esperanza at 315 km we got in line and gassed up before we left. We really needed the wind with us and we were lucky. It was however a cool 5 degrees. We did have a few bouts of rain too, but not much.



rio gallegos again 1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


rio gallegos again 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Arriving near Rio Gallegos we saw the sign for Ushuaia at 597 km to go.



rio gallegos again 6 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We walked along the waterfront and to the nice central park. We noted here that unlike most places the park is almost all trees, which are to break the wind.


rio gallegos again 8 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


rio gallegos again 9 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


rio gallegos again 10 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



rio gallegos again 14 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Eating in this country can be a bit of a challenge. They don’t have “street” food and restaurants are open for lunch till 2 then open for dinner at 8-9 pm! In general they don’t have the same sense of customer service we are used to. The custom here of a cover charge in most restaurants is also something we as non-Europeans are not used to.
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Old 01-24-2014, 06:44 PM   #514
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To Tierra del Fuego

A big day today we are headed to Tierra del Fuego finally! Starting out from Rio Gallegos there was a fair wind blowing on our way to Rio Grande 365 km away. There are 2 border crossings and 100 km of gravel to get thru as well. Credit to Wei for the map! With a late start and 2 borders we finally arrived in Rio Grande at 5 pm.


Screen Shot 2014-01-22 at 11.00.10 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We decided for the first time in the trip to fill our folding gas container “ just in case”.



rio grande 1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


First we went down the 3 to the Chile border crossing at Austral. On the way you will pass by the entry to Argentina buildings.

rio grande 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We saw several of the resident foxes here at the crossing.



rio grande 7 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


rio grande 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


It says Pare or stop here, but just continue on about 2 km to the next set of buildings.



rio grande 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


rio grande 5 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

This is a 2 in 1 border control where you just go from one counter to the next in order to complete all the steps to exit yourself and your bike from Argentina and into Chile. They are very efficient here despite a fairly long line. Now to get to TDF our first ferry ride in a long time.


rio grande 6 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



rio grande 8 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


rio grande 9 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

There was a huge line, but of course we went to the front and got on the boat that arrived about 15 minutes later for the 20 minute crossing.


rio grande 12 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


rio grande 11 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


rio grande 13 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


rio grande 23 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


rio grande 18 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


rio grande 16 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

They have to unload all the bus passengers because otherwise the bus couldn’t clear the deck on loading.



rio grande 15 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Our first glimpse of TDF!


rio grande 24 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


rio grande 25 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Next we continued south and east to Cerro Sombrero on Wei’s advice. The gravel road this way to the San Sebastian border is much cleaner and there is and 20 km paved section in the middle. Get gas at Cerro Sombrero and have Chilean pesos if you can. Of note the pumps are off from 12-1 and 3-330 everyday. We arrived luckily at 5 to 1. The road is pretty hard pack with little gravel except in a few short sections.


rio grande 26 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Stop at the Chile exit control to get a passport exit stamp and hand in your temporary permit at the aduana.


rio grande 27 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



rio grande 28 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Then drive another 10 km on the gravel to the Argentina border control buildings. Again they are very efficient and you just go from windows 1-3 and give them the papers they ask for. We were again asked for our reciprocity fee receipt, but no one asked us for proof of the mandatory insurance.


rio grande 29 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


rio grande 30 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Now for a further paved 80 km to Rio Grande with strong, but not gusting winds. We had our worst wind the first day on the Ruta 40 when the bikes blew over and it has been pretty ok since then.


rio grande 31 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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Old 01-25-2014, 12:06 PM   #515
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just 100 km to go

We got up in the morning both expecting the bike covers to be ripped to shreds by the wind, but all was ok. The wind prediction for today is 25 km/h with gusts to 50. We are still dawdling a bit because our hard to get reservation at the “best hostel” in Ushuaia is on the 26 th. So it’s a scant 107 km to Tolhuin on the lake recommended by both Gino & Fiona and Clive.


Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 4.19.56 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


That said the worst of it was the first 5 km after that it just got nicer and the scenery finally improved too. The wind was almost still when we got to the famous bakery in Tolhuin.



tolhuin 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Just around the lake from there we found a great spot with a great view (thank’s Clive).


tolhuin 13 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


tolhuin 14 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



tolhuin 7 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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Old 01-27-2014, 07:08 AM   #516
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The end of the road but not the end

The day has finally come after just over 14 months on the road and just shy of 70,000 we have 120 km (75 as the crow flies) to the end of the highway 3 and the famous sign in Tierra del Fuego national park.


the end of the road 1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Screen Shot 2014-01-25 at 4.21.11 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Setting out from Tolhuin it was a nice day, but we could see the rain coming. Luckily it was just light and for only part of the way.


the end of the road 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


the end of the road 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The drive into Ushuaia is very scenic, with snow capped mountains, lakes, and fjords.


the end of the road 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


the end of the road 9 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


the end of the road 6 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


the end of the road 8 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


the end of the road 10 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


the end of the road 5 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Passing thru the city gates we saw the Pacific Ocean again in Ushuaia bay and then the town itself.



the end of the road 13 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


the end of the road 14 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The national park gate where you pay your 11$ to get in is 12 km west of the city on a good dirt/sand road. The “end of the road” is a further 10 km down this road.



the end of the road 15 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


the end of the road 16 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We arrived just after 5 busses unloaded and were mobbed by people wanting photos of us.


the end of the road 22 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


the end of the road 20 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


the end of the road 21 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The end of the road!


the end of the road 43 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


the end of the road 17 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


the end of the road 48 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

It was quite a feat to try to get the bikes in front of the sign and get a photo before the warden kicked us out.



the end of the road 28 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


the end of the road 30 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


the end of the road 31 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


This is me hugging the sign!


the end of the road 44 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


the end of the road 23 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


the end of the road 24 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We met this couple from Paraguay who arrived just as we did!


the end of the road 33 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


the end of the road 41 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Then we went for the short walk to see the view of Lapataia Bay.


the end of the road 42 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


the end of the road 37 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


the end of the road 40 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Leaving the park we saw 5 bikes and one had a huge Canadian flag on it so we had to stop and meet our fellow Canadians and Motogringos Peter, Anne, Kevin, Dieter, and Bill!!


the end of the road 51 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


DSC00737 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:55 AM   #517
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How funny, you guys are just days behind us........same roads same pictures...

We have a ride report...tuckers to tdf......

What are you doing with your bikes........

We have a great contact for shipping and storage.......

We left our bikes in one of his containers.
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Old 01-27-2014, 01:04 PM   #518
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How funny, you guys are just days behind us........same roads same pictures...

We have a ride report...tuckers to tdf......

What are you doing with your bikes........

We have a great contact for shipping and storage.......

We left our bikes in one of his containers.
Crazy!!!

I'll check out your RR today. We are riding back up the Austral in Chile. We plan to hit the Mendoza wine festival first week of March. We will chill in Cordoba April & May to wait out the rains up north and then head to Mountains of Peru and then Bolivia till the end of July.

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Old 01-27-2014, 03:27 PM   #519
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So COOL.....................

We were in such a rush......by design.............

You two are AWESOME..............................
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:15 PM   #520
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Felicitaciones mis amigos

Great to see that you made it all the way down there , well done !!
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Old 01-28-2014, 05:41 AM   #521
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Awesome!!!

Congrats guys! Those last few pictures are priceless!!
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:26 AM   #522
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Great to see that you made it all the way down there , well done !!
Hey Thanks!!! We made it because of help and friendship from people like you and Louisa! We are waiting for you here in SA. Come on and chase the Dakar with daniel next January!!

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Congrats guys! Those last few pictures are priceless!!
Thanks also!!! Great to hear from you as always from San Jose! Sara
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Old 01-30-2014, 03:36 AM   #524
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Congratulations guys!

We are getting close, very exciting to see you make it to the end.
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We are getting close, very exciting to see you make it to the end.
We will be back here on the 8th staying at La Posta if you are around then. We will not have internet again until then. Off to see if penguins have knees.

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