Monday, February 22, 2010

Fitz Roy to Rio Gallegos - February 15

It was a long and cold (6 degrees C) run to Rio Gallegos, and for the most part uneventful so we thought we share some of the wildlife we've seen so far.

Guanocos are prolific, we have seen literally hundreds along the side of the road.
Rhea's are an ostrich like bird about 3 to 4 feet high that are also quite common.

We've also seen flamingos in small ponds and sloughs ...
...and armadillo!

We fueled up outside of Puerto San Julian for the 350km leg to Rio Gallegos, but came up short by about 20 kilometres after battling a headwind for most of the afternoon.  As long as it took to unstrap the spare gas tanks, was as long as it took for a local family to stop and offer a hand.  They gave Petra a lift to the next gas station while I stayed with the bikes.  She grabbed a cab back for 50 pesos ($15CDN) and we were underway again within an hour.

Out of gas with a view.

We had thought to push on to the Chilean frontier, but the advice received at a Police Checkpoint was that there was no food or accomodation for another 200Km, so we stayed in Rio Gallegos for the night.

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