Entering Patagonia

Days 3 and 4: Nov. 15, 16. From Bahia Blanca to Puerto Madryn 769 km.

Day 3 was a very long day.  There are more to come but this one was long enough. Nothing to photograph along the road so far. There has been little to see of any note. Lots of farm and pasture land,  with a yawning ,monotonous straight road through it all. Very reminiscent of the Outback in Australia, minus the road trains. However, there were trucks that brought back scenes of China.img_2199



The road (highway 3) is so flat that the signs to denote hills are really only bumps in the road. I think the highway department passed out these signs to each province and they had to put them up some place. We have never had to shift to a lower gear but then we know we have a climb to 15,000 ft. coming crossing from Chili to Peru. I wonder what the signage will be like there? Do you even see a rise here? img_2197



I have been hunting exotic animals but so far this is as close as we have come to a llama. I am still hopeful.

One thing of note is the number of vehicles, cars, buses and truck that run on natural gas. Every station we have used, has lanes for natural gas as well as gasoline and diesel. In fact, there are stations that only have natural gas. I don’t know any gas stations in the US that offer natural gas. Maybe it is just my area of the country.

Day 4 is a day off. We are at a lovely spot on the ocean, Puerto Madryn. I don’t know img_2207when high season is here, but it’s not now. It is sunny, but cold and windy. Even the whale spotting tour was cancelled because of the wind. Too bad, I was hoping to see whales.

img_2220Before you wonder what we do on a day off, this is what the parking lot looked like all morning and much of the afternoon. Stewball doesn’t need any work, but Ed did adjust the latch that holds the hood down and I gave him a cleaning inside and out just so we could be part of the action.

Once again, we had lots of Argentinians taking photos and I was asked by a very young visitor (in Spanish) if he could have a photo with  Stewball and me. How could I say no to him.img_2223

Back on the road again tomorrow heading mostly west where the first language is Welsh and the second, Spanish. I don’t know the history of why this region is Welsh, perhaps after tomorrow I will.

Janet, Ed and Stewball





About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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1 Response to Entering Patagonia

  1. TBC says:

    So much fun to hear of your travels! One of my first stuffed animals was a llama, pronounced differently depending upon the country: LLama, JHama, Yama.

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