Day 533 – Tierra Del Fuego!

Posted by on February 16, 2015

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

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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┬áslept 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!

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

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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.

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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

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

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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.

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These trucks have nothing on the Mother Trucker

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

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Always looking back

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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!

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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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