Rio Gallegos - El Calafate Day 15

Trip Start Mar 17, 2010
Trip End May 21, 2010

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Rio Gallegos – El Calafate

307 miles

Up at 6.30 – camping day...eek!

All trussed up like a turkey again in my winter gear. We are camping for 2 or 3 days depending on the weather. 3 days if the weather is bad, 2 if it is good, sounds round the wrong way to me! But it is dependent on how many miles we can cover.

Bought a fuel can at the garage to put on the support vehicle, as there are not many stops on route today. Seem to have lost the support vehicle (9.10am now) A few people have disappeared, hopefully to find it? The planning and organisation is second to none. ;o)

A few people have gone on alone, but the truck arrived at 9.30am and we are on our way again at 9.45am, today we are heading to a glacier for a spot of camping. Now I have no camping experience what so ever, but to me it conjures up images of shorts, picnics and a quick go with a Frisbee, not glaciers, I don't do things by half!

I was heard saying "I hope it’s cold where we are going", as I stood earlier boiling in all my gear...can I now take that back please.

It’s really cold on the back of the bike today! Glad to stop for petrol – 11.20.

Rich (hello Rich) has just called me a traffic warden because I always have my note book and pen out whenever we stop.

Stopped off for a savoury doughnut thing, an apple pie and some hot water.


Lots of flat very windy sections to this route! Then some nice twisty winding roads leading into El Calafate...great fun. It’s a really nice looking place and like Ushuaia it has that ski resort feel to it.

Reached El Calafate at 1.55, refuelled and then off to the Moreno Glacier. It is located in Los Glaciares National Park.

Brilliant ride here! Wow! Amazing! Mountains, water, blue skies. 75 pesos to get into the park, then a fantastic ride through a stunning National park. Lots of twists and ups and downs in the road then suddenly you see the glacier...I have never seen anything like it, it was an 'oh my god' moment. It is a sheer wall of ice 5km front which rises 60m above the water, great masses of ice.

We spent some time by the glacier, it is an incredible sight, I thought it would be colder there but it wasn’t bad at all. Took some pictures and then it was back to El Calafate for supplies and to meet up with everyone and then all go on to where we were camping. Notice I didn’t use the word camp site there. We rode about 20 miles from El Calafate and pulled off the road, it was a nice enough location next to a river, but not so ideal for pitching a tent. Everyone scattered to look for the best spot, there were a few choices; a sandy area – but this was a bit open and windy, a sheltered area – but this had lots of clumps of grass and evidence that animal had recently passed by if you catch my drift or where we opted for next to a derelict building. It was nice and sheltered and we had our own patio and food preparation area, that doubled up as a dressing table for cleansing and moisturising later in the evening. (You have to use your imagination).

I am writing these notes with my head torch cool is that!

It wasn’t five star cuisine, just tuna, tomato and sweet corn in rolls, and a banana and cheese biscuits, but it’s more than I’ve had some other nights.

Camp site entertainment was down to Rich, Nigel and Martin as usual. Rich wandered round in what looked like a bee keeper’s hat complete with netting covering his face. We are often treated to song and dance routines by Rich, Nigel or Brian and Martin’s dry humour and fantastic one liners have us all laughing...I don’t think it would be the same trip without all of them.

Right I’m in the tent now and its 9.10pm, all is quite apart from other happy campers chatting. I wonder how much sleep I will get.

Oh almost forgot to mention! I used my shewee, (which isn’t actually a shewee but another well known brand). I have practiced with it before but this was the first time on location and it was a 100% success!

Right going to try and get some sleep.

Night x
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El Colt on

Hey looks like your having a great time besides the falls and the food and the fun with locals and I think camping suits you ,you should set the tent up in Bexhill when you get back!
Hope you got another inflatable mattress,it can be a bit lumpy without,or as you are now the female equiv of Bear Grylls have you fashioned a new one out of old twigs and berries?
Loved the pics of the glacier,wish I was there to see it too,incredible size and colour, take care and ride safe ,Oh i did text you at one point did you get it,not sure if you are recieving ....over....
bye for now

longwayup on

Hello Ele

So nice to hear from you :o) Hope you are ok and enjoyed your holiday. Still having a great time, lots of ups and down, but far more ups. Feels like i've been away for a year and I don't really want it to end.

Keep in touch, its nice to hear from you xxx

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