Day 221 – Torres del Paine, Chile to Rio Gallegos, Argentina

Day 221 – Torres del Paine, Chile to Rio Gallegos, Argentina     03/30/11      Mileage: 223

It rained hard all night and into the morning, but around 9am it let up to a light drizzle so I quickly broke camp and packed up the bike.

Even in the light drizzle I was cold and wet by the time I finished packing so I rolled over to the Hotel las Torres to warm up and dry off a bit before hitting the road. Again it started pouring though…and even the roof in the lounge where I was sitting sprung a leak.

Finally around 11:30 the rain stopped and I made a run for the Argentina border. The road was loose gravel and again the wind was hounding me…pushing my bike around at will.

I stopped at a little cafe in Cerro Castillo for a quick bite and to soak up some heat from the wood stove before crossing back into Argentina. The border crossing was fast and straightforward…which seems to be the case for all of the small border posts I’ve crossed….the bigger ones are almost always more trouble and slower.

This German Shepard was the Argentina border post’s mascot…he was adorable…

Back on the road I rolled into Esparanza for gas and to ask the locals about which route to take to the Argentina coast and Ruta 3…the shorter but all dirt road or the longer but paved road. They unanimously said the paved road back towards Rio Gallegos…which I had passed through on the way to Ushuaia. So that settled I rolled down the road and pulled into Rio Gallegos early enough to run some errands to the market and to the bank. I also had to get 3 quarts of oil so I can do an oil change first chance I get.

Do you think you could find anything in this auto parts store? Yeah, I couldn’t either!  LOL

Tomorrow it’s back on the throttle north up the notoriously windy Ruta 3…

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6 Responses to Day 221 – Torres del Paine, Chile to Rio Gallegos, Argentina

  1. Arlene says:

    IF YOU LOOK AT THIS FIRST PICTURE WITH THE RED TENT AHEAD AND THE MOUNTAINS, ETC………IT LOOKS LIKE A LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN IN THE PICTURE. IF ONLY YOU DIDN’T HAVE THE COLD, NASTY WINDS AND RAIN, IT COULD OF BEEN REALLY NICE.

    GLAD YOU ARE ENJOYING GOOD WEATHER IN BUENOS AIRES. ENJOY, LOVE, MOM

  2. Lynn Hilliard says:

    Good luck tomorrow, Lenny…stay safe!

  3. Janus says:

    I like the scenery on the pictures – a little camp with great mountain in the background. It reminds me Rockies in Alberta or, yes, Grand Teton in Wyoming.

    Glad you keep your trip and journal!

    • Lenny says:

      The Canadian Rocky Mtns are even nicer than the Rocky Mtns in the U.S. Shhhhh….but don’t tell any of my Colorado friends or they might send me hate mail! lol

      • Janus says:

        I know that, I visited both. Alberta and British Columbia are terrific. Canadian Niagara falls are bigger, too :).

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