Day 526-529 / Saying goodbye to a great friend and family

Posted by on February 9, 2015

Day 526-529 / El Chalten – El Calafate, Argentina / 35 miles (Total 14,445)

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Yummy! Steak the first night and pizza the following night with the family.

Around 4:00 pm, Tom came into town to pick me up. A little scary riding with the Aussie. It’s been over a year for him driving and those Australians drive on the opposite side of the road. Not going to lie, I’m a little nervous getting back home and getting behind the wheel again. I might just stick to a bike.

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Master chief and bike rider. What can’t this guy do?

We took the long drive back to the house and it couldn’t be any more secluded. So far off the main road and deep into the mountains. I couldn’t believe the size of the house when I saw it and not one neighbor around. Surrounded by mountains and silence. The Lucey family spoiled me and hooked me up with my own room and a private bathroom. I was able to clean my clothes in one of those machines, oh-ya, a washing machine. Wow, it’s been since Bolivia since I had my clothes not cleaned in a sink or shower. I smell pretty now. Heck, even the toilet paper was first class here.

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About the coolest thing I have seen in a house. A grill with a ping-pong table. While Tom took time off grilling, I spanked him in ping-pong (sorry buddy). Good thing Mateo wasn’t here, cause he would beat all of us.

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Liz, reminds me so much of my aunt Sharon from home. So full of laughter and heart. Thanks Liz for everything!

 

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Massive widows letting us enjoy the view

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Any window you looked out was a view like this

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The living room was filled with card games, laughing and great company

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Left side of the house

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Right side of the house

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And before I knew it, my two nights were over with the family. Tom dropped me off in town and would be back later to get me for a ride to Calafate.

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Waiting in town and checking out a mountain with a massive amount of snow and ice

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The family was heading back to Calafate to drop off the car and to catch a flight. I was heading that way and they asked if I wanted a ride there. Why not, the road gets pretty desolate after El Chalten. We strapped the bike down and by the end of the ride, I almost lost it. All the rope came loose and a bungee cord snapped from the high winds. The Mother Trucker lives on.

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Fitz Roy, one of my favorite views on this trip

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Saying goodbye to Fitz Roy for the last time

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Saying goodbye to a great family. Thank you so much for the stay. What a treat it was to meet you guys. And Tom, going to miss you buddy. We had one hell of a ride together. John, Liz, Fiona, and Tom (Legacy) Lucey. Safe travels and I will see you down the road.

After getting into Calafate, I looked around for lodging and things are still steep in price. Ended up paying $15 for a dorm room. The owner was great though, he ended up giving me a room with no one in it, so I had the room for two nights to myself.

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Ssshhh. This is what I look like on the road when no one is looking.

I came to Calafate for one reason and that was to see the Glaciar Perito Moreno. From the research I did on it, it looks AMAZING! The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of only three Patagonian glaciers that is growing and this ice field is the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water. The terminus of the Perito Moreno Glacier is 5 kilometers (3 mi) wide, with an average height of 74 m (240 ft) above the surface of the water of Argentina Lake, in Argentina. It has a total ice depth of 170 meters (558 ft). I made plans to see the glacier the day after I arrived in Calafate, so I got everything I needed done. I left early to catch the bus ride there and was headed to the glacier at 10:00 am. Everything was going great till I pulled out my camera to take a photo of the landscape from the bus. I took one photo and my camera died. WTH! I turned it back on and noticed my battery was dead. My plug-in was near my bed last night, and I must have kicked it loose. What a gut wrenching feeling. I really wanted to share this moment with the readers. Well, I made it to the park and paid the ridicules entre fee and made my way around the glacier. Words cannot describe how massive this glacier is. The sounds of it moving and shifting are just as impressive. Well, I need something to show you guys how great this place is, so I stole some photos from the internet.

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