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Ushuaia! As south as the road south goes

The calm waves of the Strait of Megellan provided an easy ferry crossing, and we figured that with such good weather, there was no reason not to ride. So, each of our two wheels continued to chase the sun to the end of the earth, el fin de mundo. Riding 300-mile (500km) days were the norm… we mounted our bikes shortly after the sun rose, and continued until just after it set, using the last of its dusk to set up our wild camps. Excitement fueled our spirits across the gravel roads of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, knowing the end time was near, as was our goal of reaching as south as the road south goes.

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Argentina: A waiting game at Perito Moreno Glacier

Deb and I arrived at the guard station as the sun was setting and were not allowed into the park. We had hoped to camp inside the boundaries of Perito Mereno, but the guard kindly said no, and pointed the way to a campsite nearby. We did not realize the magnificence of the view until the sun rose the next morning.

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Argentina: the winds, the chase, and the nearing end.

The motorcyclists who had ridden this road before me all warned about the severe 100 mph cross winds that can pick up tumble weeds, unsuspecting armadillos, and even small motorbikes, then fling them across the barely two lane, treacherous dirt width of the infamous Ruta 40. I had been so cautioned about this experience, that it was not for the faint of heart or riding capabilities, that I wasn’t sure I was going to make it past these intense winds to Ushuaia.

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