Rio Gallegos to Puerto Madryn

Trip Start Jul 01, 2011
Trip End Jul 21, 2012

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Flag of Argentina  , Patagonia,
Monday, June 25, 2012

Yesterday when we arrived in Río Gallegos we tried to fill-up the tank but all the gas stations were empty. The shortage is due to the general strike of truck drivers in Argentina, as we learned a few days ago when we had to wait in line for 2.5 hours for gas. The Esso guys told us that the truck would be coming around noon... "hopefully". Today we have about 1,200km ahead of us but there was no point in waking up early. We make our way to the gas station around 9.30am, ready to take a spot in line at the Esso station and wait patiently for the delivery truck. Fortunately our guardian angels have been busy: the truck cam early, there is gas and there is no line yet - probably because no one knows! We fill-up the tank and the jerrycan, get a warm farewell from the pump attendants, impressed to see a car with California plates, and get on the way North towards Puerto Madryn.
The road is uneventful and the landscapes are monotonous but sunrise and sunset light are always magical. Temperatures increase steadily as we travel North. Upon arrival in Puerto Madryn right around midnight (a 12-hour journey) the warm air feels like summer. For the first time in about a month we don't need jackets, scarves or gloves. Our rental apartment is a block from the Ocean and feels so spacious compared to the hotel rooms we've stayed in lately. The many long-haul drives of these past few weeks are starting to take a toll: we need a place to rest and recharge a bit. Let it be Puerto Madryn.
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