We made it to Ushuaia! After riding (and pushing) our bicycles 24.267 km through North, Central and South America we reached this windy, and cold city at the end of the American continent. And it felt good!
After being stuck in Villa O`Higgins for four days (too windy for the ferry to run) we finally got the thumbs up from the boat captain that it was time to leave. Early morning, out to the port, and we see for the first time why the captain was so worried about the wind. The regular ferry that holds 60 passengers and looks like a small cruise ship is broken, and our ferry was basically a canoe.
The famous “Carretera Austral” or “Southern Highway” – is a sometimes paved and sometimes bad dirt- and gravel road that stretches between Puerto Montt and the tiny town of Villa O’Higgins in Chile. It requires several ferry crossings on its 1.240 km’s and is extremely popular for all kinds of adventure and overland travellers ranging from cyclists and motorcyclists to 4 wheel drive rental trucks to massive off-road trucks in which people drive around the world with. So basically you can find any kind of vehicle from any country on this road...
A massive landslide killed 16 people, burried half a town and closed the only road heading South. So we took to the water.
We made it! Our final country of the trip, Argentina was always the goal, the dream of crystal clear rivers, sky high mountains and cooler temps. It turns out our vision of Argentina hasn’t quite come true as the vast majority of the country is covered in sand and small bushes struggling to survive until the next rain season... Maybe we should do more planning, maybe we should watch less YouTube, maybe I should eat less cake, maybe.