Sunday, 18 January 2015

The road to Ushuaia

This is the penultimate leg of my southward journey. From Ushuaia all that is left is getting across to Antarctica and then North all the way to Alaska!

Did I just say that out loud? I think I did. Well if funds allow then hell I'm up for it!

My route from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia is around 2,500 miles (4000km) and I have 2 weeks to play with. I have new tyres, new battery and a replenished sense of adventure!


The first part is fairly straight forward with well surfaced roads. Day one will be fairly dull as far as riding is concerned. Once passed Mal Del Plata I will hit the more rural roads through the Argentinian Pampas and onwards to Bahia Blanca, one of Argentinas most important sea ports.

Day three is when the gravel roads start as I head in to Patagonia and a small WELSH town called Trelew. "Tre" meaning Town (in Welsh) and "lew"being an abbreviation of Lewis. Lewis being one of the first Welsh settlers there in the 1860's and a prominent spokesperson to deal with the Argentinian Government at the time. Trelew is also remembered for what is knows as the "Trelew Massacre" which took place in 1972 following the break out of 100 political prisoners from the local penitentiary. Three ex military officers were jailed as late as 2012 for crimes against humanity over the killing of rebels during this time. Look it up! It makes interesting reading.

The famous Patagonian winds should start to hit me as I ride through this rural section towards Comodoro Rivadavia and onwards to Puerto San Julian, a small fishing village best known for the famous explorers who have spent time here. Ferdinand Magellan spent the winter in 1520. Sir Francis Drake and Charles Darwin also spent time here. The town has a replica of one of Magellan's ships at the harbour.

After this, if all is going well,  I am going to take a slight detour over to take a look at Poreto Moreno Glacier and then take a ride in to Torres Del Paine National Park. From here I will head to Punta Arenas and then take one of two ferries that cross over in to Tierra del Fuego. It's then a short ride in to Ushuaia itself. The city at the end of the world!

All I need now is my bike!!!!


15 comments:

  1. "All I need now is by bike!!!!" .. maybe you meant "my bike" :)
    Pehaps you will pass through Tandil?

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    1. Thanks for pointing that out. Amended! No I wont be coming through Tandil. I'll be coming down ruta 2.

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  2. You can go much further than Mar del Plata in your first day. The road is flat and wide. When doing that trip by car we usually do the first night just after Bahía Blanca.

    On the bike you might not get that far, but certainly past Mar del Plata if you wanted.

    My email address is my name (Juan) at my website. Feel free to contact me if I can help with anything. I'm from near Buenos Aires but not there at the moment.

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    1. Hi Juan
      Thanks. I am happy to take my time. I have a couchsurfer in Mar del Plata to stay with so all good. Appreciate the offer of support. Thanks again xx

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  3. I will have to pick your brains at some point Steph. I'm itching to do Alaska to Ushuaia

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    1. Feel free Paul. Once I have done some of it obviously!! : 0 )

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  4. Good luck Steph' ... don't envy you fighting the side-winds

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  5. Sounds great fun Steph. I hope you haven't watched Top Gear lately... Stay safe.

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  6. Give yourself enough time at Torres Del Paine: amazing country, just like Canada!

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  7. Hi Steph, hope you didn't miss my late comment on previous blog. Re Welsh speaking Argentinians see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29611380. Good lick with you visit to Antartic. UKev

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  8. Amazing. That ride is on my bucket list. Good luck

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  9. Ahahahahah is all I can say, Steph crossing the Drake Passage on a yacht you will look back and think getting blown off your bike in million mile an hour winds and landing in front of a truck was just like taking a casual stroll in the park on a sunny afternoon ahahaha oh was I meant to post this later after you left lol Brilliant, Fantastic Amazing adventure your on and thanks for taking us along with you through your blog. I did say tail winds all week, who would of thought you would go the wrong way lol

    Stay safe always hipster xx

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    1. Well thanks for those words of encouragement Sheldon! Can always count on you!! : 0 )

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  10. Steph... you must to know Córdoba.

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  11. If you come around here, we make a "asado" for u. Good Luck.

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