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Chile is shutting down

and I´m stuck between a glacier lake and ... another glacier lake.

sunny 66 °F

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What can I say friends.... Chile is shutting down. I left Cochrane with the police telling me everything will be fine, enjoy the trip, have good luck. Road south, and detoured to Tortel, a port town that up until 8 years ago, didn´t have a road to it and eveything was made on planks. Times are a changing now and tourists are a´comin through, but it´s still a good place to detour. 270_IMG_6940.jpg

Then made my way towards O´Higgins Chile... a small town at the end of the Chilean road before a large glacier blocks the view. The best way to cross into Argentina is to take a boat to a road towards O´higgins, bike 2 days, reach the town, and hop on another boat that drops you off at the base of a mountain. From there, bikers carry there bikes over the mountain to Argentina, hoping to get the ´I entered Argentina´ stamp along the way. 270_IMG_6944.jpg IMG_6956.jpg

Along the way, I encountered the rest of the crew, bikers from all over the world heading towards the same destination as I. 10 of us total, riding at different speeds, some stopping to fish, others charging to the end. Friends from Lithuania, Canada, Franch, Swiss, Germany, and Japan. Gotta love the Japanese... we´ve been rooting for this couple for quite sometime. 270_IMG_6911.jpg

After the first boat ride, rain spitting down, we all slumber partied in a cabin along the lake, a refuge for travelers. I was the first to take off the next morning, wide awake at sunrise, tossing clothes at the snoring Europeans next to me. IMG_6964.jpg IMG_6962.jpg

It was a beautiful 2 day ride, perfect weather, tail wind. IMG_6971.jpg IMG_6976.jpg IMG_6988.jpg

And I reached O´Higgins without delay... IMG_6908.jpg IMG_7004.jpg only to find out that the boat towards Argentina was in fact, not running, and out of gas. Apparently up north, but still Patagonia mind you, Patagonians are protesting that the government no longer wants to subsidize gas at a large cost, and since southern Chileans-Patagonians use a lot of gas in the winter.... are up in arms. Roads have been blocked, stones have been thrown, police have been sent out. Even the mayor south of me has rallied for protest, and put a stop to tourism in Tierra del fuego region. How does this affect me? There is no way for the gas to get to the boat that I want to ride. And apparently some rich Chilean paid extra to use the last of the gas the day before I reached town.... no lie.

Alas, 10 bikers, 2 backpackers are stuck between a rock and a hard place, up a creek without a paddle. One guy said he may be taking off Saturday, and we could ride on his boat. So we have waited, waited, waited patiently. Crossing my fingers for tomorrow. I have 16 days to reach my husband down south... At least there´s a soccer ball to play with and a beautiful view, and a lot of rum.IMG_7001.jpg.

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Posted by risajs 02.24.2012 05:36 Archived in Chile Tagged o´higgins

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How are you updating your blog? I hope all goes well!

02.24.2012 by justin

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