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!!!!