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Day 79

A great reunion with friends

Day 79

A great reunion with friends

The day started with a lot of snow. Due to the weather we had to wait until the worst snowfall was over. When the sun came out I start the today’s stage. However, the snow came back quickly, including graupel and forced us to make a break. The conditions are just terrible and especially the cold feels so bad. Fortunately, I have heat insoles from The Heat Company for my feet. On the way to Bariloche even the wind was against us. In combination with the graupel this was almost unbearable. The ice hurt so badly in my face that I could hardly look straight ahead.

At least the roads were salted, so at least I did not have to deal with icy roads. Of course, my bike suffered from the salty mud. It has been through a lot the last 20,000 km and is slowly starting to look accordingly.

However, this wintry day offered had a nice surprise: Our friends Matze and Isabel were waiting for us in Bariloche at a roundabout. I know Matze from the USI courses and have shared quite a few kilometers on the bike with him. He’s on a tour through South America with his girlfriend and will await us in Ushuaia again. The reunion was great! The two had a rather confusing journey to the meeting point, where we then took a short coffee break.

As I continued to head south, my team with the camper stayed in town. Especially the gas bottles needed a new refill, but unfortunately no attempt was successful. Sometimes it failed because of availability, sometimes because our gas bottles have European connections and no adapter fit. Moreover they tried to find a place with internet connection. We have hardly any signal this far south. Also the laundry had to be washed again. Probably it is the last time before Ushuaia …

Weather wise, it changes quite often. In half an hour, everything from sun, rain and sunshine can be there. The icy cold, however, is really grueling. After sunset it was only -2°C. Our sleeping place is under a fantastic starry sky. Generally the landscape is beautiful here. The snowy mountains are a good change from the eternal highways. After a long day – despite these grueling conditions – 290 km and 3300 meters gain in hight are noted in the logbook.