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Puerto Natales to Ushuaia

Puerto Natales to Ushuaia

It’s 675km from Puerto Natales to Ushuaia or, in old money, around 1.5 million cubits.  This is a fair old chariot ride but, with fresh horses, doable in 5 or 6 days.  Unfortunately, my horses are all set for the knacker’s yard, and are braying in protest as I load up...
El Calafate to Puerto Natales

El Calafate to Puerto Natales

It’s quite possible there are days, in Patagonia, when the wind does not blow.  It’s also possible the wind might decide, one morning, to mix it up a bit and blow from the north, east or south, rather than the west.  Based on the last 6 weeks, glaciers will be rolling...
O’Higgins to El Calafate

O’Higgins to El Calafate

The Carretera Austral officially ends at Puerto Bahamondes on Lago O’Higgins, a further 7km down the road.  From there, it’s a 1-2 day journey across lakes, gravel roads and a forest track to El Chalten in Argentina.  We aim to do this in a day because, well, we like...
Fiambala to Puerto Montt

Fiambala to Puerto Montt

If I push my stomach out, and arch my back a bit, I can just about make my feet disappear, which is gratifying.  Such is the progress I have made over the past 10 days on Project “Fatten Up” ahead of the next phase of the trip, which starts from Puerto Montt on...
Belen to Monte Pissis

Belen to Monte Pissis

I’ve officially recovered from my previous exertions, thanks to a soothing balm of ice-cream and Stella Artois, and it’s time to get back on the road.  The broken wire on my odometer has been fixed by a wizard at the motorbike shop with a pair of pliers,...