Saturday, 24 January 2015

The El Leoncito National Park

Finally leaving the nice place we carried on to the national park for star gazing, interestingly they have great facilities there including a sheltered camping ground, toilets, hot showers, wifi, table and chairs and a large asado cooking area ….. all free!!??.

IMG_5836 by twomotokiwis, on Flickr

They have observatories there which you can pay to see the stars so the money from that helps fund the project.

IMG_5860 by twomotokiwis, on Flickr

We didn’t go to the telescopes as the weather packed it in and was blowing like hell with lightning again, they normally boast 300 + nights still and calm but not this year.

IMG_5841 by twomotokiwis, on Flickr

Talking a walk up to the massive cascade (not piss take) was relaxing, the water was freezing cold.

IMG_5811 by twomotokiwis, on Flickr

Some more old ruins

IMG_5824 by twomotokiwis, on Flickr

The following morning we woke in Antarctica, WTF …. it was COLD, the previous day shirt off at 35 plus degrees.

With fickled weather we continued to pull the tent and get organised, no sooner we got it nearly all packed down the rain came and swiftly in the desert … again.

Our mision for the day was get to Santiago, 360 km plus one border crossing, easy.

Nup, arriving at the gas station the woman was saying we have no gas, the guy at the pump asked us “just the bike”? … yes, he said quick come in, so he filled us up which was cool so there was a little left, the cones went up behind us and the station forecourt closed.

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