RIO GRANDE – PUNTA ARENAS

Finally, we are in Punta Arenas after a 3 day 240km slog from Rio Grande!  Despite a 5am departure on our first day, the wind caught us. It was a very long day and we will never forget the constant howling. Several times we were almost blown off our bikes. Strangely no matter which way the road turned the wind was always blowing in our faces?? At times we averaged only 5km/hr at full speed! It was an experience, that on reaching San Sebastion (the Argentinian/Chilean border town) we were glad was over.

The next day, facing gravel roads, we decided 3am was a better time to start.  We started across the border, we waited in fear, then waited some more … but the wind never came? It was incredible, not even a puff.  Believe it or not, Patagonia is actually quite pleasant place without the wind.  You have time to take in the vastness, listen to the birds chirping and talk to the odd llama or two. Really though, Patagonia is a whole lotta nothing – No towns, just a long straight road, a few sheep and the occasional truck - and i guess thats what special about the place. It sure is a world away from London!!

The next day we again started at 3am, this time to make it to Porvenir in time to catch the 2pm ferry. As it turned out the 2pm ferry didn’t exist (just like some of the towns we had on our map the day before), instead we were assured it would be 8am the next day. This didn’t come as a great surprise as we were warned scheduled transport can be a bit hit and miss out here. As a town, Porvenir actually surprised vs what we had expected.  Jess found us a decent hotel and we celebrated our crossing of Tierra del Fuego with a meal out Chilean style – a gigantic lump of cow with chips!

So after 8 days how are we finding it?  Brilliant! Yes our knees ache and my red backside is best left unmentioned, but it is amazing. We are making our way slowly, but we now have a little line on our map to be proud of … and we´ve done it all by pedal power. Tomorrow we leave for Puerto Natales at 3am. The forecast is for 100km/hr winds. Wish us luck!

Jules & Jess

Chocolate is your friend

Chocolate is your friend

Yes, this now feels real...

Yes, this now feels real...

We are now in Chile!

We are now in Chile!

A whole lotta nothing

A whole lotta nothing