Boarding the Cruise

Trip Start Nov 14, 2006
Trip End Apr 2007

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Karyn's turn at bringing you up-to-date!
We arrived a day early in Puerto Natales, that is good!  Met up with Mike from Minneapolis at our Hostel Bulnes along with two other fellows, Jack from Oaklahoma and Tom from Colorado.   Went out for a seafood dinner on the waterfront, raining and cold!  Found out the Ferry could be delayed the next day, may have to stay 2 nights here! but this morning, all is good, ferry will arrive at 3:00 PM today and will sail tomorrow as planned.  We must take the bike through taxes, customs, and then inspection by 7:00 tonight, but cannot board until 9:00.  We will go for dinner and then board, tie down our bike.  We sleep aboard the Ferry tonight and Friday morning we will set sail to Puerto Montt, our New Year's Cruise! 
On little hitch to our plans, we went to wash and gas the bike at 9:30 AM today only to find a rattle and a small hole in an exhaust pipe, oh no!!  Through broken Spanish and pointing fingers, the gas station attendant sent us off to a mechanic who perhaps could help us out.  2 hours later, here I sit, mechanic has gone for lunch until 2:00 and the bike's exhaust system is taken apart.  He says the bike will be ready at 4:00 PM!  We'll have to wait and see!  While he was checking out the problem he found that one exhaust pipe was completely broken and the other was cracked. He appears to be an excellent welder with his female assistant (photos will follow as I did take some).  So we will hope the job is done well enough that we will not have to stop in Santiago to get it replaced by the Harley dealer! 

How did we get here as Leonard says!??  Xmas was wonderful in Ushuaia, we stayed there 4 nights. 

furthest south, Puerto Natales, Chile
                                Any further South in the world is by boat only.

rabbit, Puerto Natales, Chile
   Karyn loves the rabbit, but not the accomodations.

Our cabina was beautiful, one full bedroom, bathroom, small kitchen with microwave and fridge and a sitting area - very warm, cozy and friendly!  Our host, Amanda (Pitty was her nickname), put up a small Xmas tree and decorations scattered the cabina, she baked some beautiful coffee cake for us Xmas Eve!  We shopped through the town, bought some warm fleece tops, booked a cruise to see the penquins Xmas Day.  We found a small grocery store, it was a real treat to cook - microwave - in our cozy cabina.  Eggs, coffee, juice in the mornings, and light suppers, fresh fruit!  Xmas Eve was spent with 10 friends we had met along the way, some new, some from Viedma meeting and was very nice.  Xmas day was very quiet, slept in, washed, gased and packed our bike, then off on our 5 hour boat tour!  It was beautiful that day, Ushuaia does not see temperatures above 10 degrees, but we think it hit 12-15 that day.  We travelled the Beagle Channel, stopped to look at sea lions, ship wrecks, and on to the island of penquins.  The boat came right up onto the shore, but we were not allowed to disembark.  Watched and took pictures for about 1/2 hour!  Returned to our cabina about 9:00 PM and made our last supper before moving on Boxing Day morning!
Up at the crack of dawn the 26th to leave by 7:00 AM, cloudy raining cold again!  However, by the time we reached the mountain pass, clouds had lifted, on thru Rio Grande, the sun came out!  Now for our border crossing, which went rather well, just under 2 hours - the 100 klms of gravel is ahead of us!  We did it in just under 3 hours - sunny and not as windy as the first time! 

happy to walk, Puerto Natales, Chile

Arrived in Cerro Sombrero about 5:00 PM, very relieved!  One more day and we will arrive in Puerto Natales for the Ferry! 
Where we are now waiting for the bike to be ready!  Have our bordering passes!  Looking foward to a couple of down days on the boat - we found an English book store in Ushuaia and bought a couple of books, have our crib board and backgammon board!  Our 3 Americans will also be on board.  We will spend New Year's Eve on the Ferry and arrive New Year's Day at 6:00 AM in Puerto Montt!
We have been told to purchase our wine and snacks to take on board with us which we will do!  3 meals a day are provided! As Leonard has mentioned, we do have a cabin with a view!  The trip will take us by some spectacular landscape including glaciers.  We have been told we will see some ocean wildlife as well!  Will continue with our photos! 
Happy New Year 2007!  Will continue our adventure tales in the new year!
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Where I stayed
Tierra Del Fuego National Park
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