Day 533 / Camping – Cerro Sombrero, Chile / 70 miles (Total 14,745)
Today would be filled with a few adventures, and I could use the diversity. Ahead of me would be a border crossing and a boat ride taking me off the mainland into Tierra del Fuego (land of fire). I slept great under my small bridge, but woke up to the winds pounding at my tent. Even packing up was a chore this morning with my tent wanting to break free to the fields. All packed up and the same song and dance today… Headwinds!
The border was only 10 miles and you can imagine the time it took with a constant headwind. I made it with a wind a burnt face and ready to get back into Chile. I have crossed back and forth into Argentina and Chile numerous times, and this one was a little different from the last few. A long line to get stamped out, some paperwork and a few drug sniffing dogs. The first border crossing in 13 countries with dogs snooping through my gear. Both countries share this crossing which made it a little easier though. Got my last stamp into Chile and I made my way to a boat ride. I had 10 miles to go when the road turned to the south and it was game on. A full on tailwind had me giggling all the way to the small ferry port. Feet off the pedals and rolling fast.
By the time I made it to the small port town, I was drenched from the rain. Not a long wait for the ferry and I made my way on with the other truckers.
The Strait of Magellan, is a navigable sea route separating mainland South America to the north and Tierra del Fuego to the south.