Patagonia Tire Repair

Here is the documented proof I replaced a tube on the Island of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina/Chile

Thanks Sara and Dan for the photos

 

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Leader Wrap Up Story

Here is an end of the road story about my ride in todays St. Albert Leader

ST ALBERT LEADER STORY

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Day 158 to 159 U Turn!

Day 158 Ushuaia to Rio Grande February 9

Well I guess I have to turn north sometime, especially since I’m at the end of the road.

I really enjoyed my short time in Ushuaia where I met a whole bunch of moto travelers. I had a nice reunion with Trevor who was on the Stahlratte with me way back in November. He had briefly been traveling with a few fellows from Malaysia on F800 BMWs who had great stories to tell. I also met Bart and Renata from Holland who had met Eran earlier in Peru. And finally got to meet Dan and Sara of Worldwideride.ca. All of us had dinner together on Saturday night which was great fun.

The ride to Rio Grande is only 210km so we started late today. It was four of us on this leg, me, Eran, Bart and Renata.

The sun shone all day for an excellent few hours of riding.

We stopped at the bakery again and picked up some more delicious empanadas for snacks later. As we pulled in we saw Dan and Sara on their way out. At the time I didn’t expect to see them again.

Some dirt from the southbound leg

When we reached Rio Grande we found the same hospadaje from the other night.

An Israeli made aircraft that participated in the Falklands scuffle. It looks as if this is one of the planes that dropped bombs on the HMS Plymouth. None of the bombs that struck the ship exploded.

We had dinner together and I spouted off about not having a flat tire the whole trip.

Day 159 Rio Grande to Rio Gallegos February 10

Last night marked my last with Eran. From here I would go to Rio Gallegos and Eran would travel with Bart and Renata to Punta Arenas. There is a common 120km we all had to travel but I needed to get started earlier due to the greater distance, two borders and a ferry to catch. By 9am I was moving on my own again. It was damn cold and windy but I had all my layers on and just took my time.

At the first border I saw Dan and Sara just going in to the building. We rode the next 14km to the next border complex. Just when we were about to get going Dan signaled to me that I was going nowhere. The rear tire was quite flat! Without hesitation Dan and Sara removed their helmets and helped me get to work. With their help we made short work of replacing the tube but could not get the bead seated on the stiff Hiedenau tire. I started looking for someone with a compressor. While I was gone Sara had been talking to a woman who said there was a guy with a compresser, he was standing right beside us watching us struggle. It just goes to show, you need to ask if you want help. With the compressor the bead seated in short order and we remounted the tire. I think it was about an hour total but may have been more.

I took off ahead of them because I nneded to make up the lost time. They were also headed to Punta Arenas so their pace was naturally slower. Thanks Dan and Sara Worldwideride.ca ROCKS!

You think it might be windy here? You bet it is.

Back on the ferry crossing the Straight of Magellan again. Rolled right on just as they were leaving.

Day 160 Rio Gallegos to Puerto San Julian February 11

It was an uneventful beautiful cool day today.

I only made one stop in 360km with the wind at my back most of the time. I stopped in the little town of Puerto San Julian at a nice hospedaje on the waterfront.

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There Are Penguins Here!

Day 157 Beagle Channel

On the advice of our hostess at the B and B, we took a 5 hour boat ride to see some penguins today.

But first a left over photo from yesterday of a fox.

Our hotel in Ushuaia…highly recommend it. Nahuel B and B. 25 de Mayo 440

We got up at 7 and after breakfast walked 20 minutes to the docks where the tour boats were.

Ushuaia

The huge catamaran took us out into the Beagle Channel where we made stops at a few places to see seals and sea birds.

The penguin island was about 2 hours from Ushuaia so we enjoyed a really nice cruise to get there.

This tour only stops at the island and passengers can not go onto the beach. Despite this we got very close to these little guys.

So now the name of the trip “Prairies to Penguins” is accurate and the pressure is off. Sorry Sahen, I can’t bring one back with me.

There may be other opportunities to see penguins as I move north to Buenos Aires so stay tuned fo more!
So now the name of the trip “Prairies to Penguins” is accurate and the pressure is off. Sorry Sahen, I can’t bring one back with me.

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Day 156 Ushuaia!

Day 156 Rio Grande to Ushuaia and Fin del Mundo February 7


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Next to departure day this was the biggest day of the entire trip. The completion of the dream. Two days ago I was actually feeling somewhat emotional about this day coming. But I quickly got over it and today was fantastic.

We only had 210km to ride so we were slow to get moving. The hostal lady shooed us out the door at 10:30 and we gassed up before starting south again. The road is all paved from Rio Grande to Ushuaia so all we had to contend with was the cold and a little rain today.

Crossing the mountain pass it got down to 5 degrees but in the excitement we didn’t care.

Exactly half way to Ushuaia we stopped at the wonderful bakery in Tolhuin for some fresh empanadas.

We arrived at the Ushuaia welcome sign and shot some customary photos.

The city coming into view

Once in the city we were pleased to find the sun was shining and decided that today would be a great day to ride to the end of the world.

West of the city we rode to the national park and to the famous road sign. At the park gate it’s a 110 peso fee but well worth it.

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It was a great moment to actually be at the place I have been dreaming about for 4 years. To top it all off today is my wife’s Birthday. Happy Birthday Wanitta!

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