Today was to be the day that we rode through the Magellanes Province of Chile to Torres del Paine National Park. Protesters expressing dissatisfaction over the recent hike in gas prices in their province, the same reason the Chilean border was closed on our way south, altered our route. Visitors were being air lifted out of Torres del Paine because the roads were blockaded with angry people burning tires and other violent acts. Even if we could get through the police lines, fuel supplies may be limited or worse. The Globebusters got us rooms back in Rio Gallegos (our 3rd trip to this city) for tonight. Instead of seeing the fabulous Torres del Paine, weather permitting, we will have the opportunity to ride more of historic Route 40, the longest highway in Argentina, and stay an extra day in El Calafate, where glaciers are a big attraction. Not such a bad modification to our trip. As we are reminded, we are doing “Adventure Travel.”
17 Jan C Cerro Sombrero, Chile – Rio Gallegos, Argentina approx 100 miles
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