Patagonia – wideness, wideness, wideness
Patagonia remembers me more and more to Australia, little turn and again is going kilometer for kilometer straight ahead. The weather is not as wished in Ushuaia, 4°C and rain. So after 4 days I am heading forward direction north – sun. Till Rio Grande the rain is following me and the wind tryed to push me from my motorbike. Further from Punta Arenas to Torres del Paine nationalpark and first to the glacier Grey. It was already 5.00 pm and I stopped at the hotel Grey and thought, anyway I am going to take a room and than I can go tomorrow to the glacier – ha they wanted to have 300 USD for one room per night. So I changed my plan and had first a look at the glacier and than I will see. On the following day I went at blue sky and without any wind to Torres del Paine to a very nice camp site with fireplace and wood – thats how I like it. On the next day I went by foot up to the Torres, that was really exhausting. I sometimes thought I am a mountain goat. In this case I would prefer my motorbike, but the views have been fantastic. After this trip I had to take care of my sore muscles, but this was not a problem at all. The weather was really nice. Than I crossed the border to Argentina and went to the next highlight, the glacier Moreno.
The wind was not too bad. I will see, if he is still on vacation when I ride the Ruta 40 direction north.
Pictures to look at in a bigger size.
Left: On the way to Rio Grande
Reight: my favourite dish – „peeps“ and „Spätzle – German noodles“ and „Wiener sausages“
Reight: The harbour of Porvenir. If there would not be a sign, I would just have passed the harbour. I was two hours too early and the restaurants have been closed.
Left: So I looked after a place without wind and made a coffee.
Reight: The ferry arrived.
And such things you see in Punta Arenas.
Harbour of Puerto Natales.
Glacier Grey in Torres Nationalpark
Hotel Grey for 300 USD.
My place was nice too and the view too.
It seems that the wind appears often in this area :-)
On the way to Torres del Paine.
Left: The needle eye to the campling site Torres, who is bigger has to stay outside.
Reight: View to Torres in the morning at 7.00 am when I left to walk. Brr it was only -4°C, but it was getting soon warmer.
Here it was very steep,
The athmosphere was incredible.
After I left to go down suddenly a thunder-storm came, but as quick the storm left and I had again nice weather and a beautiful view.
My camp with fireplace, that is how I like it :-).
Here at Campamento Torres, which is private and not nationalpark are camp spots for 8 USD or dorms for backpacker you get for 40 USD. A luxury hotel starts with room prices from 1400 - 4500 USD. For each purse is the right accommodation available.
When I left Torres I met 20 Km further two friends from Ushuaia and we talked and talked and so I decided to set up my tent again.
In Cerro Catillo I had to get fuel and after asking a couple of times I arrived here, and luckily they had petrol - JIPI.
Left: Tja, that is at the argentinian custom, in the backround they play ACDC, TV is running with video and playstation and table tennis possibility. This job I want to have too.
Reight: On the legendary Ruta 40 in Argentina. Here it was still bitchmen.
On the way to glacier Moreno. Moreno glacier
First I parked at the big parking place besides the busses and than I went with a shuttle to the lookout. I would say, that is the minimum what they can do for the tourists, because they charge you 75 Pesos, but Argentinians have to pay only 25
A unique experience.
Some pictures from the road:
A Chilenian with a Enfield in Ushuaia. Is that the right sign to that rise?
The shepherd has here his calm.