I left Fulafiulu early and made it to the border before anyone else , they were just opening so i was stamped out of Chile in next to no time at all and was first at the Argentina border as it was only 400 metres down the road . Gee whizz i must look like criminal !!. Two bus loads pf people had gone through by the time they had finished with me . every single item of equipment i had was scanned , checked and x-rayed . finally after all that the pram was frisked and panted down as well . I did not mind as the guy could speak English and i was quite enjoying his tactic of casual conversation to see what he cold find out. ..." so south Africa is your home then , and you gong back to your wife when ? " etc etc .
I left the border in good spirits as they were just doing there job and came across two gauchos on horse back who had a good laugh at me and my pram before trotting off .
I made it 46 km to Trevilin which i had been looking forward too and found a camping spot but it turn out to for exclusive use of the police department so i moved on , i bought new fuel for my cooker as i was running out . next day set off early for esquel which was only 22 km down the round so go into town nice and early and was able to do a big shop at the supermarket . after which i pushed on until i had passed the 42 km mark for the day . I a saw a farm with what looked like an empty cottage and decided it looked like a good spot for the night . I head up the drive but saw a big farm house in the trees and decided to ask permission rather than take a chance . I went up to the house and just as i was about to call out a giant German Shepard came charging round the corner in full attack mode , i nearly wet my self i got such a fright . luckily Hector the farmer appeared in the nick of time and called the dog off . after long discussion in hand sign language he was happy that i use the cottage .
|Hector the farm owner where the empty cottage was and his savage beast|
|my cottage for the night|
|a good fire to add some cheer|
|the around the world in 80 months family bus|
|Hose, Martien , Rosa and I , they let me camp on there small holding on Christmas eve|
the scenery changed quite dramatically from Rosa,,s arid farm to a forest like area , very reminiscent of Knysna area and the road became very busy . As i got to El hoyo , i spotted neat little house that looked empty .. lol . i was not . so i camped further down the road .
Nearly forgot my Xmas eve photo , enjoyed my Racefood treat.
|sunset and Racefood on Christmas eve|
|no luck for me its not empty|
|my gourmet frying pan|
It got really cold in the night, really really cold , I should never have thrown away my blanket but it was taking to much space . When i exited the tent the next morning it was completely cover in a thick layer of ice ( frost ) . it was solid enough that when i undid the clips for the tent it remained stand for a while before collapsing when i gave it a poke .
The road to Bariloche was stunning
|On the road before Bariloche|
|stunning run into the area around Bariloche|
25 km before Bariloche i stopped at a petrol station and filled my water and bought some chips as i had not eaten . I was approached by a young couple , Malcolm and Sharmilla , who had a lot of questions and were very interested in what i was p too .
Sharmillas dad bought me a 2.5 litre coke and a 1 litre orange juice so i was stocked up on sugar, thanks guys
|Malcolm , Sharmilla , omar and claudia|
|Getting a new sleeping ag and sock and gloves at the Scandanavain Outdoor store|
|My hosts at YWAM in Bariloche|
After Ywam , I head 20 km further down the lake to the petunia camp ground where i was greeted by Nahuel , Bruno , Pedro and Sofia . My friends in Buenos Aries , Martin and Caro had organised this for me . I was given a bed in the hostel , Its awesome and soft and comfy . I stayed up quite late and was invited for Pizza with Bruno , Sofia , nahuel and some other guests .