And after 2.5 months of cycling, of pushing the bike, of hesitating, of excitement, of enjoying magnificent landscapes, of asking ourselves “what are we doing here?”, of cursing the rain/wind/cold, of enjoying people’s hospitality, we finally made it, we are in Ushuaia “El fin del mundo”. What a great adventure were those 2.5 months and even though we are quite happy to go “home” now we will leave behind Patagonia with a heavy heart.
However, something should be said about the last part of our trip. After the small accident with Jean-Christophe’s derailer (which could, thank God, get fixed in Rio Grande) we started the last part of our trip: 220 km into the nicer part of Tierra del Fuego (because one has to admit it: the northern part sounds more exciting than it actually is really…) with snow-capped mountains in the background, forests and rivers.
But the most interesting thing on this part of the trip was probably the number of cyclists we encountered and especially how everybody seemed to know one another. So we met Thomas and Celine (French) who knew Jeff (the Canadian guy we cycled with for a few days) and through him, they had already heard of us. They also knew Heidi and Markus (Austria) whom we didn’t meet yet, but we had been reading their website through Jeff’s website. And then we met two Australian guys, who knew Celine and Thomas, but not Jeff, Heidi and Markus. However, some Argentine cyclists had spent some time on the road with Jeff, Heidi and Markus. Still following?
It was great meeting all those people and it gave us a lot of energy to know that they were at the beginning of their trip, while for us it would soon be the end. One thing is sure though: seeing those people being all excited about their project, just made us think about new projects, in the future, including the bikes of course and a lot of new interesting countries to explore.
It’s a Magical World. Let’s go exploring!
Vera & Jean-Christophe