Wednesday, December 12, 2012

El Calafate

Is a tourist town, like most tourist towns.  And like most tourist towns it is expensive.  We shopped a little for a place to stay after getting gas and settled for the Hostel Calafate.  It is pretty nice for the price in this town.  Heated floors which means it is TOO HOT.  So we sleep with the window open.

While we were moving the bikes and checking in, Roberto and Doriano show up.  I thought they might stay here but they moved on.  We do expect to see them when we get to Ushuaia so hopefully I can remember to get a picture.

Also, while parking the bikes Peter introduced himself to us and asked about the road north and the need for extra gasoline.  Peter and his wife Rosemarie are traveling on a rented BMW from Punta Arenas up into Chile where they will then return home.  Peter invited us to dinner that night and we had a great time getting acquainted, sharing information and telling stories.  Again no picture! ARRRRG!

We signed up for a tour of the glaciers and woke early the next morning to catch the bus.  We had a great time!  May it was the free beer, wine and whiskey they served in the captain’s cabin.

Here are a few photos taken on the tour:
An Iceberg from one of the Glaciers

Looking some of the Tourists at the Perito Moreno Glacier

The Ice is older then the Whiskey.  They pulled the ice from the lake.

We met Ian on the trip.  He and his friends are from South Korea and work for Samsung in Brazil.

It was easier than riding a motorcycle.

The Perito Moreno Glacier

Evan was our tour guide and a journalist from Buenos Aires.

Captain Juan

Would you let this fellow steer your boat.  Can you say the SS Minnow?

Nice Scarf

A little breezy.

Some of the icebergs that we had to navigate through.

We have stayed an extra day in El Calafate because we had a few errands to run and we wanted to update our blog.  Chuck is still hacking away over there and has only had a few meltdowns due to computer errors and lost internet connections.  Sorry we haven't been as prompt on keeping the blog up, but we just haven't found the nack yet to make it easy.

Tomorrow we may try to make it to Punta Arenas or may be only Puerto Natales depending on how late we get started.

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