From East to West

Fri 19.2.2016

The sun is shining and I decide to stay another night here in Pto Madryn and will do a day trip without luggage to Punta Ninfas. Unfortunately this 70km dirt road is so boring.

70km straight ahead

70km straight ahead

Except of some sheep and nice horses crossing the street nothing spectacular. At the end I got rewarded by a beautiful view

Pta Ninfas panorama

Pta Ninfas panorama


on a dark blue sea. I realized my loss of my water bag, so driving back carefully I actually found it laying on the street on none was driving over it. Looking for a nicer road I drive to Punta Lomo and indeed the road is better. The beaches there are not inviting because of many pieces of broken glass. So, I paid $100 for entering a little platform to see the sea lions and cormorants there. A bit disappointing.

Sat 20.2.2016

Along the coast, I’m heading to Peninsula Valdes. The fee is $260 and an information center gives a good overview of the island. As it is weekend the campground is crowded by the many locals and it is difficult to find a proper place for my tent. The rest of the day I spend on the beach reading, swimming and relaxing.

beach on Penisula Valdes

beach on Penisula Valdes

Sun 21.2.2016

Very early at 6 a.m. I stand up and drive the 120km gravel road to Punta Cantor where the highest level is at 8 a.m. with the hope to see some whales or orcas. I can see sea lions, penguins, various birds, and a lizard.

Next stop is Punta Norte where the highest level is at 10 a.m. While I’m driving a Guanaco comes suddenly out of the blue and was fortunately bale to stop just in front of my bike and changed his direction running now parallel to me. Wow, I got shocked!
Arriving in Punta Norte Anita and Andrew from Australia are there, too, who I met first in Bosque Petrificado. They are telling me that they haven’t seen any orcas for ten or eleven days.

pta Norte Penisula Valdes panorama

pta Norte Penisula Valdes panorama

But today and elefant seal is laying on the beach.

elefant seal pta Norte Penisula Valdes

elefant seal pta Norte Penisula Valdes

And I could watch the sea lions and its babies for hours. So sweet. My last stop is at Punta Pirámides

Pta Pirámides

Pta Pirámides

where another colony of sea lions is relaxing and waiting for the flood. Back to the camp ground it is almost empty and much quieter.

camp ground Penisula Valdes Monday morning

camp ground Penisula Valdes Monday morning

Mon 22.2.2016

The sand is allover and I need more time to clean everything while packing. To avoid the money disaster I drive again to Pto Madryn and withdraw some Peso before I drive further to Trelew. The Capilla Moriah is closed and cannot be visited. On my way to Las Plumas which is again straight ahead and boring (aside some curious  horses) I reached my 10.000km (31.500km on my tachometer). Just before Las Plumas the landscape changes drastically and bends appear. Unfortunately they disappear right after Las Plumas but the scenery is nicer.

near Paso de Indios RN25

near Paso de Indios RN25

Searching for a place for the night I ask a lorry driver if I can stay on his ground for a night.

Yes, of course. And I was really happy to get some protection of the wind which is upcoming now. A red cat welcomes me and I share my dinner. And I enjoy the sunset.

sunset wild camping near RN25

sunset wild camping near RN25

Tue 23.2.2016

The night was cold and when I start it has 11°C. I takes a while to heat up but when I reached the RN40 in direction to Esquel the world becomes perfect: trees, mountains, lakes, rivers and bends together with cloudless sky.

Esquel to NP Los Alerces

Esquel to NP Los Alerces

What a dream for a biker. The ride through the national park Los Alerces reminds me of the Caretera Austral (who can see the Playboy Bunny?).

NP Los Alerces w/ Playboy Bunny

NP Los Alerces w/ Playboy Bunny

which runs in parallel on the chilean side.

Wed 24.2.2016

Today I have to get an service appointment with the BMW-garage in Mendoza for next week.

 

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