The Journey North – 4

Temuco > San Fernando – 547km            Just ticking off the miles today. We were chatting, as we do, and so thankful that the “events” we have had over the last couple of days happened when they did. Apparently the oil seal that went on Charlie’s bike should have been replaced […]

The Journey North – 3

San Carlos de Bariloche> Osorno – 256km (Can’t give a road map as Google Maps don’t have the road to the pass in Argentina) Well it was one of those days. Firstly our bikes were blocked in by two cars and we had to wait 45 mins for the cars to be moved which meant […]

The Journey North – 1

Day One – Ushuaia > Punta del Grada 505 kms        We could see bad weather coming up so rather than get stuck we decided to hotfoot it north.  We left Ushuaia with blue skies and sunshine, though only 4 degrees so we were well layered up and heated handgrips on. This was […]

El Calafayte > Puerto Natales 492km (includes a side trip to Torres del Paine National Park) > Rio Grande, 585km

(Map is not quite accurate, we didn’t go to the park from Puerto Natales but from the border crossing) Was much colder today, in fact I got my down jacket out for the first time in a long time. We crossed the border back into Chile at Co Costillo, to head up to the Torres […]

Gobernador Gregores > El Calafayte – 343km

This Frenchman started in Buenos Aires, is now in Patagonia, and heading for Bolivia in this – he lays almost flat to pedal it, it has solar panels We left early to get through the metal section before the wind came up, which we almost managed to do. Oh wait, don’t need to worry about […]

Puerto Guadal > Perito Moreno, Argentina – 187km > Gobernador Gregores, 363km

  To give a bit of perspective of where this is…        …we have travelled far We were on the road by about 8:30 and the whole town was still asleep, as is the case always when we leave at that sort of time. So many people had recommended we do the Chile […]

Coyhaique > Puerto Guadel – 288km

We were on the road by about 8:30 and did about 100km of pavement before hitting the gravel road.  By the end of the day, I had come to a conclusion about gravel roads – I like tarseal Everything that could shake and rattle did so today, both bike and body.  But…some beautiful scenery along […]

Chaiten > Puyuhuapi – 191km > Coyhaique – 238km

First and most importantly – today is the 30th January so that means……it’s CHARLIE’S BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are travelling the well known Carretera Austral in Chile – a birthday to remember.   xxxxxxxxxxxxxx     We were told by a fellow traveller that the Ruta 7 was closed each day from 1-5:00pm so we opted for […]

Puerto Montt > Hornopiren, 103km > Chaiten, 68km

We woke up to heavy cloud so decided to stay in Pt Montt an extra day, as the forecast is much better to leave tomorrow. The older Puerto Montt buildings are mostly wooden Tour boats call in here – we saw two The model horse covered in real horse hair with mane and tail, wasn’t […]

Santiago > Mulchen – 573km > Pt Montt – 505km

“On the road again…” and ready for it. Time to say goodbye to Christian and Fransesca, our super friendly and helpful hostal hosts – Hostal Casa Matte, Ricardo Matt Perez 320, Santiago. Christian is a Yamaha man and in fact owns an XT like mine but a newer model – there were 4 XT’s on […]

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