Our first full day in Patagonia. Here, we make the dash down to Ushuaia, the furthest-south city on the South American road network.
This is a guanaco. We will see much more over the course of our trip. They are most plentiful on Tierra del Fuego, due to the absence of their only predator: the puma. (aka mountain lion, aka cougar; they’re the same animal all over North and South America)
This footbridge is near the deteriorating one. We were able to drive up next to it, over a parallel culvert, but I am thinking the reason this was built was because if the water level rises, the path we took would become impossible.
Another. Usually I reverse the red and blue channels (as the actual colors don’t matter – it’s just how the CCD of the camera perceives infrared light) but this time I liked the orange sky, so I kept it that way and bumped up the saturation some.
This is nearly the end my friend!! The end of the world and the end of a big cycling-adventure. From Alaska to Tierra del Fuego!! Amazing!!
See you at the end of the world. I will order one or ten beers for us.
9/10/12 and 24.500km
Gunning for time, we didn’t take many pictures in Tolhuin, Rio Grande, or San Sebastian. There was gas in San Sebastian (open during daylight hours only), so we tanked up. Then we got on route 1, which is the road back to Chile.
And there we are. The use of lowercase Series EM and uppercase Series D is a Chile convention. They must have borrowed it from California, circa 1950-54; except that California increased the size of the capital letters so that the stroke widths were much more similar.
Chile uses a cutout to mark locations of the Carabineros, who are the federal police. One of their duties is border patrol – and that is our task here: to check in to Chile and get our passports stamped.
There are two major routes back to the ferry at Primera Angostura; we will now head back on the one we did not take on the way down. One is Y-79, and the other is CH-257, and we’re really not quite sure which is which because the maps, and the signage, are all inconsistent. Google Maps, for example, shows the two switched.
I also don’t think we ever quite figured out where Cerro Sombrero was. It’s not on the main road, but isn’t too far from it. Astonishingly, given the navigational difficulties just described, we didn’t get lost once, despite relying on a 10 year old map. Not too shabby.
An older shields marks a road to Porvenir. Porvenir is directly opposite of Punta Arenas, and there is a ferry there too. We had been debating to take it or not, but decided against it since it is 3 hours long and runs on a limited schedule.