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Trip: San Rafael, CA to Tierra Del Fuego, AR on bicycle.

There are [187] stories from my trip: San Rafael, CA to Tierra Del Fuego, AR on bicycle.

The short way home...Buenos Aires -San Francisco (March 7th- arriving in Marin March 8th)

ARGENTINA | Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | Views [862]

San Francisco is the next destination. No need to bore you with the details, the delayed flight, the changes. Even leaving Marisa's house required some creativity and we wound up taking two cars since the taxi couldn't fit the bike boxes, the luggage ... Read more >

Photos: Back home in California

USA | Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Buenos Aires 26th of February until the 7th of March.

ARGENTINA | Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | Views [1321]

Our last station in South America before heading home. We are staying with Marisa in her tiny little apartment and we got invited to dine with her family where we meet old and young mixed in harmony and respect. I learn a lot from these latino families.... Read more >

Off the bike for almost a week and then a 50 hour bus ride to Buenos Aires

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | Views [1262]

The time has come, the time is now....we are heading back north on a bus. There were moments in time when I was hurting on the bike. I looked longingly at one of those big touristy busses (or any bus for that matter), thinking how wonderful it would ... Read more >

the day after - few days at the end of the world.

ARGENTINA | Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | Views [1598]

The friendly/funny young men who carried our bikes to the basement last night were no where to be seen the next morning and the person behind the desk gave us a look like: "you are kidding me, right?" when we ask for help to get our bikes out of there.... Read more >

Tierra Del Fuego!!!!!! Can you believe it????

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 26 Apr 2014 | Views [1430]

(18th-22nd of February) With a strong Mt bike rim on the rear I felt confident again riding my heavy set Gurly through the next and last phase of this journey. We camped at the border to Chile..there is this tiny little "pizza pie" corner of Chile we ... Read more >

February 13th:The wall of fame - on our way to Rio Gallegos

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 26 Apr 2014 | Views [1899]

We met Sean from Wales who entertained us immensely with his dry humor underlined by his heavy accent. He was clearly a minimalist. With very little gear he was cycling - I think it was three month -around the southern parts of Chile and Argentina. He ... Read more >

El Chalten (10th-12th of February)

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 26 Apr 2014 | Views [2070]

Not just a resting place, but the beginning of pavement! Highly overpriced......Better: Everything is expensive, of course! How could it not be! We are at the chopped up coast of Chile - way down at the bottom. Far away from the world as we know it. ... Read more >

The trek back to Argentina on the way to Lago Desierto on February 9th

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 26 Apr 2014 | Views [2559]

Now off to the 7km single trek we heard so much about. You can never be fully prepared for what is to come, but - for me- it's good to inform myself as much as I can! I really don't quite get when people are afraid to see pictures of what is to come ... Read more >

The cruise, but it was just a ferry across Lake O'Higgins. You get what you pay for.

CHILE | Saturday, 26 Apr 2014 | Views [1318]

They loaded more and more bicycles on that ferry - there were two ferries and this was the cheaper version. That boat will make it, but I actually had to convince myself...it looked old, very old and creaky/cranky. Our cheerful captain kept disappearing ... Read more >

O'Higgins!!!!!!! (February 7th)

CHILE | Friday, 25 Apr 2014 | Views [1198]

We set out in a leisurely manner - O'Higgins (saying it out loud in a british sort of way is kind of fun....try it!). The sun was out and what looked like a drowning world only yesterday was looking new and hopeful this morning on February 7th. We reached ... Read more >

Photos: back to Argentina

ARGENTINA | Sunday, 16 Mar 2014 | Photo Gallery

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The other side of the fjord...

CHILE | Sunday, 16 Mar 2014 | Views [975]

February 6th ...... pedaling loaded with yummy, yummy bread- there were two somewhat rough, steep climbs and then smooth sailing....until O'Higgins we were told. What is a steep climb, anyways? Anything different from what I haven't done already? I hardly ... Read more >

The ferry from heaven! Puerto Yungay

CHILE | Sunday, 16 Mar 2014 | Views [1231]

February 5th Can't really call any riding on the C. Austral smooth, BUT: We reached the ferry dock in the evening and had missed the last one at 6pm by 45 minutes (we weren't really trying..).  We had ridden part way with another french couple on ... Read more >

Cochrane and Caleta Tortel: (February 4th)

CHILE | Sunday, 16 Mar 2014 | Views [2192]

Looking forward to rest in Cochrane, but the only camp ground was the back yard of a stingy woman. The clouds had caught up, the river Baker lost its color and all became grey around us while the pouring rain chased us into the metal shelter of a kitchen ... Read more >

We splurged on a hotel again:

CHILE | Sunday, 16 Mar 2014 | Views [935]

January 30th 2014 A big wood stove in the middle of the dining room - bedrooms upstairs with an overheated bathroom. Hot soup with chunks of meat and three smiling women serving us tea after serving us lunch. Quiet, clean and plenty to eat - feeling ... Read more >

My iPad somehow saved this update from the 29th of January: Feeling worked, abused and worn out.

CHILE | Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | Views [1096]

A day of rain is enough and I feel like quitting again....constant up and down. Like a manic/depressive person - bipolar. The road has a washboard pattern since we hit the dirt again, the wind has changed to headwinds for a while and the hills got steep.... Read more >

More from the Carretera Austral:

CHILE | Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | Views [912]

Continuing on the C. Austral. Coyhaique ( Monday 17th of January and the last week of the month) We left our expensive, but comfy, clean, lovely shelter in good weather and hope for a few days rest from the moody weather god and we were granted a ... Read more >

Dear Journal!

ARGENTINA | Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | Views [1015]

Sorry I had no updates for a while. The C. Austral got so rough and I got reckless enough to bounce over those rocks in the road in such a fearless manner that my iPad got squeezed and turned itself on during riding. The keyboard punched in random numbers ... Read more >

In a warm dry place somewhere between Puyuhuapi and Coyhaique - Villa Amengual

CHILE | Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | Views [2781]

Watching the gosh darn rain - snow on the near by mountains -from the inside next to a hot wood stove with a cup of tea, a table, great food, a warm dry place to sleep and a couple of frenchies....(meaning two french couples we have been riding with ... Read more >

Take me on a ferry ride.

CHILE | Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | Views [928]

Yesterday's "down" is making room for a better feeling triggered by the astonishing views surrounding us today on the ferry ride from Hornopiren to Caleta Gonzalo sitting in the summer sun of southern Chile gently rocking, feeling safe and content. ... Read more >

First impression of the Carretera Austral:

CHILE | Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | Views [1999]

Rested and in a good mood we left Puerto Montt   in anticipation and expectation...of course- it's supposed to be one of the most beautiful roads in the world and I heard that from several sources. Notice the "supposed to be"? ... Read more >

Puerto Montt from the 10th to the 13th of January 2014

CHILE | Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | Views [995]

Puerto Montt, Puerto Montt, Puerto Montt I have stared at this name many times on the map and thought: gosh, almost done when we get there......Now we are here - not almost done and yes almost done. We still got a ways to go, but the smell of the ... Read more >

We had another "date" with a family in Linares, only 51km to go..

CHILE | Monday, 13 Jan 2014 | Views [1793]

..... Pati's sister Gloria and her lovely big family was waiting for us to take us in- that fine first day of the year. They picked us up at the Plaza and escorted us to their house where we had dinner with the couple and their five daughters (between ... Read more >

Naked in the Catholic Church men's bathroom in Pelequen, Chile

CHILE | Monday, 13 Jan 2014 | Views [4282]

and then off to Talca for New Years. On our way from Santiago to Talca - 300km in two days! The road is flat and boring, but it beats Ruta 40 (down the Argentine side) from what we have heard.  We got to spend the night on route in between ... Read more >

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