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)
17 border crossings
only a few part days of riding in the rain, the last one in Panama
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.
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
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.
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).
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
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)
Or is it this distance, 23km from the beginning – you never quite know with the distances here 🙂
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!!
Charlie and Javier talking Teneres
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.