We ate lunch in Cerro Castillo and checked out of Chile at the border post then crossed the frontier to the Argentine Border at Cancha Carrera.
The famous Ruta 40 was a mix of pavement and ripio. We made El Calafate by 6:30pm and found a hotel promptly from a recommendation Petra found in the Rough Guide.
Raptors nesting roadside along Ruta 40.
We'd had a couple of hard days on the bikes, so decided we would stay in El Calafate an extra day to allow us a day trip to the Perito Moreno Glacier.