Day 214 – Rio Gallegos to Rio Grande, Argentina

Day 214 – Rio Gallegos to Rio Grande, Argentina      03/23/11      Mileage: 248

I worked on the blog over breakfast and then went out to the auto parts store to be there when they opened at 9. They had the bulb in stock and I also got more electrical tape for the short in the tail light wiring. Back at the hotel I spent the next hour putting humpty dumpty back together…then packed the bike and split. With the late start, it was doubtful that I’d make it to Ushuaia given that there are two border crossings (out of Argentina into Chile and back to Argentina) and a ferry in between. The first police checkpoint I was stopped and asked to go in the building with my passport. I’ve been through dozens of checkpoints and have always been either waved through or asked 1 or 2 questions and sent on my way…so I’m not sure why this guy had a burr in his ass. Anyway, it didn’t take too long but it set the tone for the day. At the Argentina side of the border the immigration officer went to take a shit for 20 minutes as soon as I walked up with my passport. fortunately it took 30 seconds to cancel my bike import permit..usually it’s the other way around. Anyway, once done it was on to the Chile side were I arrived just after a bus. Super…more waiting. All that done I was off to the ferry across the Straits of Magellan.

I arrived and was told the next ferry would be here in 20 minutes, and sure enough you could see it making it’s way here. When the blue ferry arrived, some trucks got off…then some trucks got on…then the ramp went up and it buggered off leaving me and 5 other cars waiting there wondering what just happened?

Nobody seemed to know why as there was still plenty of room. WTF? So we sat there for another hour and eventually another red ferry showed up, but after they let everyone off, the didn’t start boarding for almost 40 minutes for what looked like some inspection or something.

Once loaded we set sail across the straits to the island of Tierra del Fuego, which took about 20 minutes.

Strapped in for the short but choppy ride across the Straits of Magellan…

Back on dry land I hit the gas still hoping to make it to Ushuaia, but that hope evaporated at the next border as soon as I saw the line waiting at the Chile immigration. It took 45 minutes to get my exit stamp…something that usually takes 30 seconds(unless the officer goes to take a dump of course). So after exiting Chile and reentering Argentina, I stopped in Rio Grande to look for a room and some dinner. Tomorrow, it’s on to Ushuaia for sure!

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5 Responses to Day 214 – Rio Gallegos to Rio Grande, Argentina

  1. Jilly says:

    You’re almost there! YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  2. johnny o says:

    Way to Go Lenny! Almost There!!! Get on the Gas! Jump in the Water!! Turn Around When You Hit The Bottom of the Map!!!

    • Lenny says:

      Thanks Johnny!! I hit the bottom yesterday…it’s all north from here brother! BTW…I smoked that big cigar you gave me right before the trip at the sign at the end of the road in Tierra del Fuego… Can’t wait to catch up with you and Sabine!

  3. Becki Anderson says:

    OMG! Did we laugh! Glenn called on Scott’d cell last night and left a message ….”Great shot on that bike Scott” ….Do you know how itt was yet? Glenn thinks it was Scott! No way! I’d haver known those arms!!
    Seemss likeyou are on a roll now…is journey almost over? I dread to sy …you will never find normal life normal again

    • Lenny says:

      I thought it looked like Scott too…I didn’t look at the email address…too funny. Does Scott know he has a twin brother Scott…with bigger arms…living in Alaska! Too funny…. LOL!!

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