Friday, February 26, 2010

Perito Moreno Glacier - February 22

I spent the morning trying to catch up on the Blog and doing some hand laundry, then we headed up to the glacier mid-afternoon. It's a 50km ride to the Park gate where the charge for entrance is 75 pesos per person, about $18CDN.  Not cheap by Argentine standards, but worth the price for the 30km's of beautiful twisting paved mountain roads up to the glacier.

The glacier is spectacular.  It is one of the few still advancing, and with patience you can watch vast chunks of ice "calve" and fall into Lago Argentina with thunderous booms.
On the ride back into El Calafate I noticed a long line of distinctly "local" looking cars at a gas station.  Realizing this could be a sign of a gas shortage we jumped into the line and fuelled up for the next days ride out of town.
Flamingos on Lago Argentina in El Calafate.

We had a nice steak dinner and an early night as tomorrow we head north for a long stretch of Ruta 40.  It's a famously difficult road to ride due to isolation, poor condition, ripio and crosswinds - so we've not set any objective and are prepared for remote camping if necessary.

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