Monday, January 24, 2011

Friday : The Return of Ruta 40

We had a lazy morning doing the final chores (changing money, more washing etc), and eating a leisurely breakfast with Amit and Shoham (Pancakes, stewed apples with sultanas, fruit salad, yoghurt, doughnuts, honey and of course dulce de leche, Yum!). It was getting on for lunch time by the time we'd packed up and found somewhere to store all the additional food we are now carrying. El Calafate is the last time we see a supermarket for a while, so we're carrying a fair amount of dry food (we cross into Chile again in a few days, so we have to eat the fresh food by the border control). 1.30m, our latest start (so far) . A tail wind saw us get to the ruta 40 junction in about a third of the time it took to go the other way! We then headed north toward El Chalten. The land is still very dry and featureless, so when we saw a suitable camping spot next to la leonaLeona  river we decided to stop. We are a fair way off the road, but it seems to be the favorite local fishing spot as two vehicles turned up while we were eating tea. They don't seem to have a problem with us camping here though.

 map of route 

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