Fin del Mundo

Tierra del Fuego, the Land of Fire, was radiant with beauty today. Despite being the hottest part of the summer, snow capped peaks sparkled in the distance. The oppressive wind and endless flat, barren, land of the last few days was replaced with expressive trees and intensely blue water. To ensure group pictures at key locations, today we rode as a group. Paso de Garabaldi was our 1st photo opp. The sun, uncommon in Tierra del Fuego, cooperated for our pictures.

Next stop was the entrance to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southern most city in the world. A new sign had been erected since my first visit to the area. It was the perfect backdrop for a Discover Our Earth “family” photo.
Entering Ushuaia gave us our first glimpse of the Beagle Channel, the body of water that provides the natural harbor. From a Tall Ship to a giant cruise ship and everything in between were resting at the docks.
We continued our ride to Tierra del Fuego National Park, Fin del Mundo, the end of the earth. Here ends the Pan American Highway as well as Argentina Route 3. The last 18 miles are gravel with wooden bridges, surely not representative of a “Highway.” As the crow flies, Alaska lies 10,709 miles to the north. Having my photo taken with the sign proclaiming Fin del Mundo was a dream come true. When Larry, my parents and I, visited Ushuaia on our way to Antarctica five years ago, we had our photo taken with this same sign. I recall saying that someday I wanted to ride my motorcycle to this sign for a picture. Champagne corks popped, chocolates were devoured and some cigars were smoked in celebration of our achievement.

14-Jan  Rio Grande-Ushuaia 132 miles

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2 Responses to “Fin del Mundo”

  1. Laura Mitchell says:

    I can just hear your “yeee-haaaaa!” from here, Cathy! I know you’re having the time of your life!
    I just talked to Larry, and it sounds like he’s in good hands, between his orthopod and the neighbors. Laura

  2. Jeanie Whaley says:

    Kathy – thank you so much for the wonderfully descriptive blog of this adventure. I feel like I am almost there too.

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