Day 533 – Tierra Del Fuego!

Posted by on February 16, 2015

Day 533 / Camping – Cerro Sombrero, Chile / 70 miles (Total 14,745)


My imagination runs wild when I see the cowboys in Tierra del Fuego. Sometimes I will not see a house for hours and a rider will be in the middle of the fields going for a stroll.  Dogs at their side and not a worry on their face. Life is different here.

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!


My passport is taking a beating from all the border crossings of Argentina and Chile. Welcome back to Chile


Glad I got a new passport for the trip. Down to a few more blank pages left


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.


This guy actually wanted his photo taken. The closer I got, the more he posed

Every biker wants this once in a while. Feet off the pedals and 12-15 mph down the road

Every biker wants this once in a while. Feet off the pedals and 12-15 mph down the road with a great tailwind.

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.

A view from above

A view from above


The Mother Trucker fitting right in on the boat. No charge for me or the Mother Trucker on this boat ride


The Magellan straight. It was a short 20 minute ride, but I have never seen water so rough. Looks calm here. Once we were in the middle the waves came in every direction crashes into each other.

The Strait of Magellan, is a navigable sea route separating mainland South America to the north and Tierra del Fuego to the south.


These trucks have nothing on the Mother Trucker


Ferry’s constantly running back and forth when not getting shut down from the high winds here


Always looking back


Tierra del Fuego. A section of road I have read about for the last 3 years. Buckle up buddy, things are about to get real windy now!


The winds were actually calm after the boat ride and I pushed fast and hard to the next town. Wish there was another small bridge to camp under, cause I ended up paying way too much for a room in Cerro Sombrero

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