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Took a bus with reoccurring brake failure for three days from Bariloche to El Chalten. The drive is supposed to be "the beautiful route 40" but just kind of looks like an uglier version of Bakersfield. The rest of the scenery in Patagonia is spectacularrrr!
Oh well, the trip is just about over. Many people you meet traveling talk about how they wish they could travel on their own for several years. More times than not, these people have only been on the road for a couple of months. Remember how enthusiastic I was when I first started the grand journey, when I flew into Cancun a year ago today? Well the truth is that a full year was probably a couple of months too long. You begin to lose appreciation for all of the amazing things you see on a day to day basis. I am quite glad to be going home as I miss my friends and family, and a place to go home to each night. Poor Tom... he lives such a difficult life, farting around all over the world. Well, I suppose after a week or so at home, I will miss the traveling life again.
I have about ten days left in Costa Rica and this grand journey is over. I promise the last update will be more upbeat, comprehensive, and reflective. Pardon me for now, but I have to go eat my last Argentine steak.
A view from the town of Bariloche
Llao Llao hotel in Bariloche
The lawn at Llao Llao
My transport for the day
View from Llao Llao Lookout
Deep blue lake
Monkey Puzzle Tree view of the lake
One of many lookout points along the bike ride
Swiss Inigo with a mariposa on his head
Glacier at Mt. Tronador
Refugio Otto Meiling
Rock climbing at "Thunder Mountain"
I think that mountain is in Chile
The sun is out about 18 hours a day here
A view from the refugio
Endless mountain sunset
So that is how they get all the beer and wine up the mountain
Glacial bottom view
I have not seen one of these since Asia
Ruta 40 is beautiful... if windswept wastelands are your thing
Another broken down bus...
Guanacos are a bit scary up close
The road to the Fitz Roy Range
El Chalten is one of the ugliest towns I have seen
See, I really was there
First view of Mt. Fitz Roy, you must be very lucky to see it without clouds
Postcard view of Fitz Roy
Up close to Fitz Roy
View from the lake
Lago Sucio, or "Dirty Lake"
Those are some kind of colors
Always strange clouds about out here
The path continues
Sunrise from the highway
My favorite ice cream has to be "Tit"
Perito Moreno Glacier
That´s a big glacier
Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires
Moon in the mast