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Exploring the end of the world - Patagonia 2014

Sunday, January 26, 2014 | Michael Göbel | North and South America

Day 20 Rio Grande - Punta Arenas 430 km - 120 km gravel

Our last riding day! This time the ferry crossing is no problem, only strong side wind makes the ride challenging.

We made it! Exhausted but happy we arrive in Punta Arenas. What a trip!! We have our last boot beer and say good bye to our riding buddies. Full of incredible memories we are heading home. Adventure Patagonia is over!!!!!!!!!

Ferry back to mainland

Day 19  Ushuaia - Rio Grande  230 km - 25 km gravel

We say good bye to the end of the world and go back North. An easy ride with one side trip to a pristine mountain lake was on program. Only the strong side wind made parts of the ride quite hard.

Good bye Ushuaia!

Day 18  Rest day  Ushuaia  230 km - 130 km gravel

Our last rest day offered a lot. First we visited the Terra del Fuego National Park, with the most southern post office in the world and finally " the end of the world." In the afternoon we made a nice ride on a fabulous gravel road and jumped on a boat to a Penguin Island, that was great. Specially for Ramona our Penguin Mama, who wanted to stay with the cute little animals.

The most southern post office in the world

Ramona is testing the water

17000 penguins

Ramona the penguin mama in heaven

Too much wind for this truck

Day 17  Cerro Sombrero  - Ushuaia 435 km - 130 km gravel

Fin del Mundo - we are coming. After some gravel in the morning we had to cover some miles on mostly straight roads, but in the afternoon we had some great riding coming to Ushuaia. The scenery changed from dessert like to snow covered alpine scenery like in the Alps. We just went over the 5000 km mark today and it is not over yet.

Our Adventure Team is still in good shape and we are looking forward to the last couple of days.

Ghost town at the coast

Waiting for the ferry

We made it!

The tree shows, how windy it can be here.

Day 16 Puerto Natales - Cerro Sombrero 385 km - 80 km gravel

Today should have been quite a short day, but it went out to be a long one. The wind was very strong, so we had to ride in leaning angle on the straights, when we had it from the side and our bikes seemed to have double the power when we had backwind. When we got to the Ferry to cross the Maggallan Straight, the ferry was out of order because of the strong wind. We had to wait 5 hours until the wind calmed down a little bit, so that the ferry would work again. First it looked like we never can continue, but in the end we made it until 8 o clock to the Hotel. The ferry crossing itself was the adventure of the day. The ship rolled like a drunken sailer and we had to hold on to our bikes, there was no tiedown or any kind of security for the bikes. Well we survived and had a great dinner at our Hotel in Cerro Sombrero.

Day 15  Rest day Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine   265 km - 170 km gravel The day of the days!! In perfect weather conditions we explored the Torres del Paine National Park - what an experience!  The gravel loop through the park is just breathtaking. AAround every Corner there are more spectacular views. Guanakos everywhere and a perfect lunch stop on an Island just in front of the glacier covered mountain range. There can´t be a better motorcycle day.

Riding at it´s best!

Day 14  El  Calafate - Puerto Natales   280 km - 60 km gravel   Back into Chile today. But we meet the Argentinian Pampa again in the morning and an easy gravel section shortcuts the endless Highway 40. The boarder crossing takes a while, but we are experienced now. Our hotel right at the Pacific Ocean is great and we will spend our next rest day here.

Our German couple enjoying the scenery

The Pampa!

Gorge has a new front Fender design!

Flowers at the boarder

"El Condor Pasa"

Day 13  El  Calafate - Rest day   150 km - 50 km gravel This rest day is dedicated to the world famous Perito Moreno Glacier, a must see on every Patagonia trip. The scenic and twisty road leads us to the Los Glaciares National Park. Some took a boat trip right to the glacier with stunning views and some did a hike to come as Close as possible to the ice. On the way back some could not resist to take a gravel detour back to the Hotel.

Argentinas biggest Glacier, more than the size of Buenos Aires

Cold Art-  made by nature


"Dust in the Wind"

Day 12  El Chalten - El Calafate   220 km - 0 km gravel The only adventure today was the strong wind, but we had a nice ride with some twisty sections and arrived eaely in the Hotel to relax. Tomorrow the famous Perito Moreno Glacier  is on programm.

Gas Station with a view  

Coffe break at La Leona

"Footprints" in the sand

Short sand exploration for the Picture of the day 

Day 11  La Angostura - El Chalten   365 km - 230 km gravel Back to the gravel road, with some parts of loose gravel - quite challenging ! Now we ride in the Argentinien Pampa, that meads long straights and strong winds. Approaching El Chalten on a 90 km straight, we can see the famous Fitzroy mountain getting bigger and bigger. In the afternoon we head for an extra offroad Loop to the Lagune del Desierto, a great rollercoster ride on gravel.  

Afternoon gravel Loop near Fitzroy

Never ending gravel road

Group Picture in front of Mount Fitzroy

Day 10  Hacienda Tres Lagos - La Angostura   420 km - 260 km gravel

Today is the longest riding day of the trip, not only the longest but also one of the best ones. Even the weather turnes out really good. We cross the boarder again into Argentina at a very remote boarder crossing, where they don´t even have a Computer. So it takes a while to do all the paperwork by hand. In Argentina the scenery changes dramatically. Red rocks and  dessert-like landscape. We see the first Guanakos, the Patagonian Lama/Alpacca and Nandus, an Austrich like bird. The Estancia La Angostura is a hugh operating farm and the friendly Family is preparing a grilled lamb for us. What a day !!!!

Susan enjoying the scenery

Tourguide Michael making friends at the boarder

What a lovely spot for a boarder crossing

 Another flat tire just before the boarder

Stunning gravel pass

Guanakos beside the road

Day 9  Rest day at Hacienda Tres Lagos   120 km - 120 km gravel

After all that riding we are ready for a rest day, to do nothing, go hiking, horseback riding or visiting a stunning cave. Only Bill has not enough and Michael goes with him on a special off road loop.

Bill in his element

Cobble Stone road?

Relaxation in our wonderful rooms with fire place!

Day 8  Coyhaique-Tres Lagos  290 km - 190 km gravel

What a wonderful riding day through stunning scenery, no problems. Our Hotel  Tres Lagos right at a lake, where we will spend 2 nights is just awesome.

What a few !

Day 7 Puyuhuapi-Coyhaique 340 km - 120 km gravel

Bad News in the morning, the road we want to take is blocked because of a washout. We want to try it instead of waiting the whole day. We arrive there and everybody is waiting for the crader to come. Some four wheel drive cars can make it through the water, then a truck is stuck and we have to help him out and buildt a dam to bring the waterlevel down - it works. We can do the crossing just before the machinery is coming and blocking the road again. What an adventure. But it is not over yet, one bridge is damaged and we have to take an 100 km detour with 60 km of gravel. But it is a wonderful road. We arrive exhausted but happy at our 5 star hotel in Coyhaique.

Day 6 Futaleufu-Puyhuapi 190km - 180 km gravel

After 5 days of snshine, we had or first rainy day. Some of the Group did a rafting trip in the morning and had fun. The rest took it easy arrived earlier at the hotel, but both groups got soaking wet. We could dry our cloth and warm up at a stove in the lobby

Road construction all over, it will be all paved in a few years

The rafting team

Day 5   El Bolson-Futaleufu - 250 km, 100km gravel After exploring the Alerces National Park in the morning, a quite challenging gravel road brings us back to Chile. The boarder crossing is easy and the new paved road to our lovely hotel is pure riding fun.

Ramona fitting into the Scene...

Ramona and Dirk at their Hazienda

Big Mac

Road along a nice lake in the Alerces National Park

 Dinner at our cosy lodge

Day 4 St Martin - El Bolson 280 km

From now on it is going south. We did a wonderful gravel pass road in the morning with breathtaking fews, The rest of the day was cruising on a well paved road to El Bolson.

 One of the one lane bridges

 View from the spectacular pass

Susan climbing the rocks  

Gravel coctail   Lunch brake in Bariloche

Argentinian barbecue

 Kids like motorcycles

Day 3 Pucon-St Martin des Andes 185 km

Today we entered Argentina over a beautiful gravel pass, the boarder crossing was easy and we arrived early in St Martin. Some had not enough and went vor a short off road loop to a nearby lake, adding more adventure miles to the trip.

Afternoon off road loop

No comment!

Vulcano Lanin

Our offroad Team for the afternoon

 Team Germany ready to go

New blue GS matches perfect with the White vulcano and the blue sky

Day 2 Osorno-Pucon 250 km - 30 km gravel

We are heading North out of Osorno and ride along pristine mountain lakes with snow covered vulcanos in the Background.

Rolling into our lunchstop at the beautiful Lake Calafquen


First gravel section with wonderful views

Susan and Ramona, part of our female rider team

Day 1 - arriving in Osorno Chile, sunshine 22° C

Welcome briefing and dinner, with a mixed Group from Germany, Canada and the United States.

Our Group at our first dinner in Osorno The Adventure Team: , Beverley and Randy from Canada, Marcin, Mark, Bill, Susan, Tim and George from USA, Ramona, Dirk and Amdreas from Germany and the Tourguides Milan and Michael.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 20:33

To all worldtourers - especially to them who joined this incredible trip! We hope you all arrived at home save and healthy. Thanks to all of you for making this tour an unforgettable event! What an adventure!
Keep a thought at the Patagonian pink elephant! Best wishes & stay healthy, Mona & Dirk
George Vernon
Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 06:27

Yes Mona, this was an unforgettable tour!! I had a wonderful time and the pleasure of riding with all of you on the tour. You must keep an eye out for the very rare Patagonian Pink Elephant
Take care everyone and I hope our paths will once again cross.
Great job on the posted pics Michael !!
jeff kagey
Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 15:39

halo ramona and dirk and micheal ..... the pictures are great ...cant wait to hear all about it ... possible this july ....bis bald .... jeff
Ramona Mader
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 03:20

Hi Jeff, best pictures with most entertaining stories ever will be stored for you in Germany! So we still hope to See you in July! Best wishes from the real End oft the world, Mona&irk
jeff kagey
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 15:09

danke ramona ..... look forward to to the visit with you and dirk ... and the pictures and stories be safe and see you soon ... jeff ..... maybe micheal to join ?
Anja Hardt
Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 12:25

Hallöchen, Ihr zwei "Endtourer"!
Wenn so das Ende der Welt aussieht: Dann laß mal kommen !!!
Werde im Garten schon mal einen Stall für Eure "Mitbringsel" bauen .
Den Bordercollie müßt Ihr aber auch mitbringen, wer soll sonst die gemischte Herde zusammenhalten?
Bin mal gespannt, ob Ihr zu-oder abgenommen habt. Gegen die Argentinischen Barbecues kann Herr Bärchen`s Grillteller nicht anstinken!!!
Genießt noch die letzten Tage und laßt es Euch weiter so gut gehen.
Bis bald mal
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 15:36

Billy-boy, I want my penguin trophy!!!!
Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 02:55

I was told absolutely no penguin trophies! I'll try for a chicken again.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 11:08

Hi Ramona und Dirk,
superschöne neue Fotos!!!
Die Unterkunft mit dem Ofen sieht toll aus.
Den Border-Collie bitte einmal für mich einpacken und mitbringen :o)
Liebe Grüße
Anja (die "little" Sister)
Ramona Mader
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 19:41

Hallo Schwesterlein, du glaubst nicht, wie viele schöne Hunde hier herumlaufen. Der Bordercollie passt leider nicht mehr, sind schon zu viele Katzen, Guanakos, Nandus und Gürteltiere drin. Außerdem muss noch ein Pinguin rein passen. Viele Grüsse Dirk und Mona
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 05:46

Hi Mona & Dirk, congratulations, you made it!
It looks just wonderful, for all of you my new email is marydelymarroquin@gmail.com
Come and see us in Mexico City.
Jorge and Maria Petisme
jeff kagey
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 15:11

hola jorge and maria ... hope the two of you are well .... I sent an email after our tour in croatia ... did not hear back ... look forward to a future tour ... jeff
Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 05:02

Hi Jeff, we didn't receive your mail. Nice to hear from you, come and visit us in Mexico!
jeff kagey
Monday, February 3, 2014 at 16:58

halo to all my friends in s america .... I lost all the pictures to the blog for a couple of days ... they are back now ... I get a big smile seeing the new pictures and knowing the fun that is being had ... great stuff .... good job on the water crossing !!!! jeff
Anja Hardt
Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 11:29

Hallo Mona,Tach Chefe!
Müßt Ihr Euch in Eurem Alter noch so dreckig machen? hihihi!!!
Da hat die Unterbodenwäsche aber auch nicht viel geholfen,oder?
Ja, wer hätte das gedacht: da greift man im Urlaub der Infrastruktur eines fernen Landes unter die Arme,
indem man mal eben einen Staudamm baut!!!
Eure Haziendas sehen supergemütlich aus, laßt Euch schön verwöhnen.
Viel Spaß noch, bis die Tage
Werde Oma und Else wieder Bericht erstatten
Hab Euch lieb Bussi
Friday, January 31, 2014 at 09:13

Hallo Ramona, hallo Dirk,
da habt Ihr Euch ja wirklich eine geniale Tour ausgesucht ... . Neidfaktor 1000 Wünsch Euch weiterhin viel Spaß am anderen Ende der Welt.
LG Guido
Ramona Mader
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 19:35

Hi Guido, schoen dass Du uns gefunden hast. Es ist hier wirklich wunderschön. Viele Gruesse Dirk und Mona
Karin (Kroatien 2013)
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 09:48

Hallo Mona und Dirk! Es ist schön zu sehen dass ihr eine tolle Tour habt Patagonien ist wirklich der Wahnsinn! Wie gerne wäre ich bei euch! Genießt noch den Rest der Tage > das sind Erinnerungen von denen ihr noch lange zehrt!
Schöne Grüße,
PS: Jeff, I hope you still regret not having been to Patagonia last year. What a trip!
Ramona Mader
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 21:46

Hi Karin, da können wir nur zustimmen, Patagonia ist wirklich DER Wahnsinn, selbst im strömenden Regen ein Genuss. Hoffentlich können wir noch viele tolle Bilder einstellen, damit alle noch was davon haben...
Viele Gruesse von der anderen Seite der Welt, Mona&irk
jeff kagey
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 16:15

halo schnukieputsie ....agreed ...I do regret not being there for all sorts of reasons .... and I am enjoying this blog site instead ,,,, maybe I will do it in the future .....possible ...nicaraugua and costa rica or the BIG austrailia tour .....edelweiss has soooooo many good choices ....jeff
Peter & Petra
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 16:43

Hallo Mona, hallo Dirk,
das sieht ja mal richtig gut aus. Super Wetter und die Gegend läd zum Mitfahren ein. Wir wünschen Euch und Euren Mitfahrern eine schöne Zeit und viel Spaß.
Liebe Grüße P&P
Ramona Mader
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 21:40

Hallo Ihr zwei, nach 4 Tagen mit perfektem Wetter hat der Regen uns heute den Staub vom Mopped und den Klamotten gewaschen...
Witziger Weise tut das dem Fahrspass aber nicht wirklich einen Abbruch...
Mal sehen, was die nächsten Tage so bringen...LG, Mona&irk
Andi aus´m Pott
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 13:33

Hi Mona und Dirk !
Sehr coole und schöne Bilder !
"Some had not enough and went vor a short off road loop to a nearby lake, adding more adventure miles to the trip."....wart ihr auch bei den "some" mit dabei ? Mit Sicherheit war Dirk dabei und hat einmal getestet, wie die große BMW off road so rennt - oder !?
Ich wünsche Euch weiterhin viel Spaß bei den Gauchos und immer eine Handbreit Asphalt/Schotter unter den Reifen.
Viele liebe aus dem ebenfalls sonnigen Pott von Andreas !
Ramona Mader
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 21:32

Hallo Andreas, da wir ja noch ~3.600 km vor dem Vorderreifen haben, sind wir die Extratour nicht mit gefahren sondern haben unser "bootbeer" genossen. Back to Chile today genießen wir unser heutiges "bootbeer" im warmen Kaminzimmer am Pazifik während draussen gerade der Regengott sein Bestes gibt.
Mal sehen, ob unsere Klamotten bis morgen wieder trocken sind, im Moment tropfen sie sich gerade aus. Das gute an dem Regen ist, dass der Staub nicht mehr so zwischen den Zähnen knirscht...
Hasta Luego, Mona&irk
Andi aus´m Pott
Friday, February 14, 2014 at 09:26

"Our German couple enjoying the scenery!!!" Genießt Eure letzten Tage in vollen Zügen......sehr beeindruckende Bilder (- vor allen Dingen das, wo Dirk ein Wettrennen mit einem Hund in einer Flußdurchquerung fährt ! Hoffe, ihn richtig erkannt zu haben ? )!!!!
Viele Grüße aus´m sonnigen Pott !
jeff kagey
Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 16:11

hello ramona and dirk also micheal llooks like you are having fun enjoy the tour I will keep watching jeff
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 03:54

Hi Jeff,
good to hear from you. We have fun........Hope to see you this year - maybe on the way to Sachsenring?My house is only 1 hour away!! Michael
jeff kagey
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 16:11

halo micheal .....absolutly try to make that happen in sachsenring look forward to it......dont forget to let mona and dirk know you are a jorge lorenzo fan .....she likes him in motogp...and a big thanks for a great job in s e asia jeff
Ramona Mader
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 21:19

Hi Jeff, yes you're right, I love #99 when driving behind #26, ha,ha. Will ask Michael for bis favourite...
Cu, Mona&irk
jeff kagey
Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 23:02

i am still laughing jeff
Ramona Mader
Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 22:48

Hi Jeff, it does not only look like we have fun - WE DO HAVE FUN. Had only PERFECT days since we arrived in South America - how impressive! hasta luego, Mona&irk
Mike and Jill
Monday, January 27, 2014 at 18:21

Hello Mona & Dirk! Wow! It is thrilling just to watch you from halfway, around the world, wish we were there. Remember Mona, no drifting in the corners!
Mike & Jill (Adriatic Roller Coaster 2013)
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 05:42

Hi Mona&irk, congratulations you made it,
Keep in touch. For all of you, my new email is marydelymarroquin@gmail.com , come and see us to Mexico City!
Ramona Mader
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 03:30

Hi Maria&Jorge, que tal? Thank you for joining us at our adventure Tour in Southern America...we enjoy every single moment of this marvellous experience. We are deeply impressed by the beautiful landscapes, animals, weather conditions, paved roads and dirt gravel roads.
Best wishes from Ushuaia, Mona&irk
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 06:06

Congratulations from Mexico City, hello to all my friends
jeff kagey
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 16:21

hello mike and jill....hope you two are nice and warm watching the blog .....brrrrr here minus 8 this am or -22c for our euro friends...this is great stuff to see ....and for mona and dirk .....dont forget to let micheal know that you are a jorge lorenzo fan...he likes him ......ha ha ....jeff
Ramona Mader
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 23:37

Hi Mike&Jill, welcome to the Tour! Until now we enjoy every single Moment...breathtaking landscape, amazing gravel roads which challenge us more or less...very good tasting red wines and Tour guides who do a really excellent job...we can only say - just do it! Looking forward hearing from you, Mona&irk
Anja Hardt
Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 12:09

Hallo Mona, hallo Dirk! Big Sister is watching youth! Hihihi! Super, daß ich so auch mitfahren kann. Also: Immer viele, schöne Bilder machen.Wünsche Euch allen eine super Zeit und angenehmes Wetter. Bis die Tage...
Ramona Mader
Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 22:41

Hallo big sister,schoen, dass auch Du uns gefunden hast! Lange nicht mehr so im Januar geschwitzt! Bisher war es die perfekte tour! Bis zum nächsten Mal, Mona&irk
Anja und Dirk
Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:52

Hallo Ramona und Dirk,
wir freuen uns, schon die ersten Bilder Eurer Abenteuer-Reise zu sehen!!!
Sieht schon ganz schön schön aus :o))
Habt weiterhin viel Spaß und paßt gut auf Euch auf!
Anja und Dirk
Ramona Mader
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 23:28

Hallo Anja & Dirk, bis jetzt ist es immer noch die perfekte Tour, Dirk hat sich sogar einen Sonnenbrand geholt (!), und gestern haben wir eine Österreicherin als Bedienung in einem argentinischen Restaurant in El Bolson gehabt. Die Welt ist ein Dorf....bis die Tage, Mona & Dirk
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 08:24

Jo mai - da schau her!
Öschis all over the world :o)
Also daß mein Brüderlein so unachtsam ist und sich sogar einen Sonnenbrand holt ... tz tz tz !!!
Muß ich gleich der Mutti petzen :o)
Es macht richtig Spaß, jeden Tag zu schauen, was es Neues von Euch gibt !
Ich möchte bitte auch eine Etappe in Eurer Satteltasche mitfahren :o))
Weiterhin viel Spaß und "paßt immer schön auf auf"
Liebe Grüße
Ramona Mader
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 21:02

Hallo Anja, die Etappe heute war aber nur im Neoprenanzug zu empfehlen. Den ganzen Tag hat's geregnet und da wir heute ~200km nur auf unbefestigten Strassen unterwegs waren wäre Dir in der Satteltasche wahrscheinlich ziemlich schlecht geworden. Wenigstens hat jeder seine kostenlose Fangopackung angekommen,-)
Viele Gruß SSE, Mona&irk
Ramona Mader
Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 22:35

Hi Anja und Dirk,
Schon, dass Ihr uns gefunden habt! Die Bilder sprechen für sich, oder - strahlend blauer Himmel und Sonnenschein pur - inkl. wunderschoener Landschaft - what a great trip! Mona & Dirk
Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 09:49

Hi Guys,
I would love to be with you on the road!!! Patagonia is the best....
Saludos from cold Germany - Jens


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