Friday, 6 March 2015

Ushuaia, Time To Relax And Hang Out

Finishing our pics at the sign we rolled the bikes out to ”the legal side” sighting we may have misunderstood the sign.

Breaky was in order so we had coffee with cold meat from the previous nights asado. The bus loads of sheep started arriving soon after and we became the subject of photography from innocent bystanders wandering what they were seeing.

Wasn’t long and yogi bear turned up in his hilux, we had a chat and he asked that we park our bikes in the parking area so the buses could get in and out easier and so our bikes would not get knocked worries

Taking in the walk behind the sign out to the sea was cool, we then headed to the big hill climb.

IMG_6612 by twomotokiwis, on Flickr

It was supposed to be 4 km to the top however at about 2 km in we then started at the 4km mark

The walk was neat starting in forest then through swamp and out on the bald zone of the harsh part and up to the top on shingle scree and rock.

IMG_6643 by twomotokiwis, on Flickr

Up through the weird trees

IMG_6636 by twomotokiwis, on Flickr

Out onto the last of the grass plato

IMG_6616 by twomotokiwis, on Flickr

Up onto the steeper scree, same lake in the first pic

IMG_6621 by twomotokiwis, on Flickr

This is what my arse looks like with shorts on

IMG_6620 by twomotokiwis, on Flickr

We all blazed it pretty easily being super triathletes … a few puffs and stops along the way but no one walked past us.

The view from the top every bit work the grunt of the climb, the weather being kind let us see past Ushuaia and across to Puerto Williams and right up the valleys behind us, epic.

Puerto Williams in the background

IMG_6625 by twomotokiwis, on Flickr

Andrea at the final steep to the top

IMG_6628 by twomotokiwis, on Flickr

It was however bitterly cold at this elevation 1 km up so we took shelter just off the ridge to have some lunch.

Ushuaia is in between the big and the little hill at the waters edge

IMG_6630 by twomotokiwis, on Flickr

Heading back down was hard for me with my old knees so the first steep section off the top was slow.

Making it down to the tree line was welcoming as the wind was over the top of us and the wind chill lowered considerably.

IMG_6641 by twomotokiwis, on Flickr

Back to the start line we were all good, finishing the track 2 hours ahead of their posted time….return to the Hostel tonight for a shower etc ….wicked cool day spent in the park playing.

The following few days we decided to bunk down in Ushuaia as we had managed to bag a decent head cold each, I think with all the riding, hard winds, long days and finally getting to the southernmost finishline our bodies went OK ….enough.

What a great place to be sick ... excellent!!!

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