Rio Grande > USHUAIA!!!! – 229km


I am writing this from…. USHUAIA!!!!

We have ridden our bikes from the most northern road in Prudhoe Bay Alaska, to Fin del Mundo (the end of the world/road) in Ushuaia Argentina.

So far (to borrow a list from those who have gone before us):


134 days (about 4 1/2 months)

14 countries

17 border crossings

only a few part days of riding in the rain, the last one in Panama

No punctures

No problems with Police, corrupt or otherwise

Met lots of great people

Learnt how to drive like a Peruvian 🙂


When we started out from Rio Grande it was really cold – even put on our rain gear to cut out the wind.  Coming in to Ushuaia is lovely – mountains, lakes, and a fjord.  Then …the gateway into town.

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Next thing, find accommodation – we had been recommended to stay with Javier at Fierro Martin B&B – Javier also owns a Tenere. This is the way in to where we could park the bikes – Charlie parked mine, he’s a darling!!  That’s a drain then a curb on a steep street – looks trickier in real life

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Went for a walk, as we do.  Some pics of Ushuaia and yes, it is as cold as it looks.  In fact on the 2nd day there was fresh snow on the mountains, and this is their summer.

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They are big on penguins here as we are very close to Antartica – many people take a cruise from here (not on the big ship above).

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My dad is from the Shetland Islands north of Scotland, and I have just learned there are Is Shetland del Sur (south) just off the tip of Antartica.

Of course we had to go to the official end of the road in the National Park

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There was a BMW tour group there who had come down from Santiago – they were all congratulating us and taking our photo.

I took this photo then Charlie said “Are you ready for this?” – “For what?”  “We now begin our journey north”  3079kms to Buenos Aires (though we may be going to Santiago, not yet decided)

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Or is it this distance, 23km from the beginning – you never quite know with the distances here 🙂

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Of course we had to paddle in the sea as we did at the beginning in Prudhoe Bay – was way too cold to strip down like you did Dick 🙂   We thought we were quite brave just getting our boots and helmets off!!

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Charlie and Javier talking Teneres

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So we have accomplished our goal of riding from Prudhoe Bay to Ushuaia, from one end of this continent to the oyher andf it  feels great !!! – but of course it is not the end of our journey.  We now have to ride north, get our bikes prepped for sending home, sort some air tickets, and then we will be on our way home, starting tomorrow.



  • Diana

    Congratulations on your amazing journey and on your safe arrival in Ushuaia. Well done!

    Greetings to Javier.

    Ushuaia: el fin del mundo, el principio de todo!
    The end of the world, the beginning of everything

    February 9, 2015 at 3:09 pm
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Thanks Diana. Feels good to be here, though cold. Looking forward to heading to warmer temperatures now, and home.

      February 9, 2015 at 11:21 pm
  • Mark Claasen

    Well done, you guys deserve the title of Proper Adventure Riders

    February 9, 2015 at 3:22 pm
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Haha – thanks Mark

      February 9, 2015 at 11:22 pm
  • Warren Pitcher

    congratulations you guys, you have achieved something truly remarkable. It has been a privilege to share your trip with you. No flatties on all that loose metal is pretty amazing just on its own!

    One thing though… How are you going to top this, next time?
    Janet, your efforts on the key board and often times when you must have been so weary, I am sure have made this expedition of yours so enthralling for all of us stuck here at home. Brilliant effort both of you!
    Kind regards,

    February 9, 2015 at 4:03 pm
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Thanks Warren 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the blog. Homeward bound now.

      February 9, 2015 at 11:24 pm
  • Steve McDonough

    Congratuations on the completion of your epic journey, and thank you for bringing us along.

    February 10, 2015 at 2:37 am
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Thank you Steve – its been our pleasure. Did you read about the Canadians who leave their bikes in storage in Montevideo and come to South America each year to travel through a different area – now there’s a thought for you 🙂

      February 11, 2015 at 8:03 am
  • Steve & Kim

    Wow what a trip, you’re bona fide adventure riders now that’s for sure 🙂 It’s been amazing to follow your experiences, your great photos made us feel like we were riding along with you!! Hopefully you’ll get to dust off the bikes again one day and take us all on another fantastic journey………….unless we beat you to it (ooppps, did I say that out loud ;-)………….. looking forward to the remainder of your trip, ride safe.

    February 10, 2015 at 11:01 pm
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Hi Steve and Kim
      Thank you for your comments 🙂 So where are you thinking of riding????

      February 11, 2015 at 8:06 am
  • Rex & Jane

    Yes, an amazing trip. We have thoroughly enjoyed following your travels and seeing the photos – thanks.
    But we will probably stick to cruising.
    Safe trip home, regards Rex & Jane.

    February 11, 2015 at 3:19 pm
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Hello :).
      Glad you enjoyed the blog, thanks for tagging along. Lots of people cruise to the Antartic 🙂

      February 11, 2015 at 11:22 pm

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