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Old 03-13-2013, 03:55 PM   #1396
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I just had a good laugh reading all of the comments...nice to see that everyone is concerned for me! I just got out of El Chalten. I've been doing some hiking for the past couple of days and there hasn't been any good internet access.

And, yes, it is my birthday. To celebrate, I splurged and got a proper hotel room. I'm currently eating anchovies and cheese and a drinking a can of Brahama beer. I'm seriously considering going to a Parilla tonight and getting some asado. As there isn't much to do in this town, I'll probably post up some reports and postpone the party until I get somewhere like BA or perhaps Oregon.
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:27 PM   #1397
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"I'm seriously considering going to a Parilla tonight and getting some asado."

So, is that what they're calling it these days?

Happy Birthday
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:39 PM   #1398
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Bryce, All that commotion you're hearing is because the new Pope is an Argentinian! They should be rockin' the house everywhere tonight!
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:45 PM   #1399
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Happy Birthday, Bryce!
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:36 PM   #1400
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Happy birthday again, this time on your actual birthday Bryce!

But then, how could it not be? A birthday as part of a sojourn you'll have fond memories of all your days.
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:45 PM   #1401
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Asado on an open pit.


Asado (Spanish: [aˈsađo], Brazilian Portuguese: [aˈsadu]) is a term used both for a range of barbecue techniques and the social event of having or attending a barbecue[1] in Argentina (where it is considered the national dish),[2] Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, the Philippines, and Uruguay. In these countries, asado is a traditional dish and also the standard word for "barbecue". An asado usually consists of beef alongside various other meats, which are cooked on a grill, called a parrilla, or an open fire.
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:45 PM   #1402
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Happy birthday Ulyses, And thank you for came to Medellín, you planted a seed in my son's head And it germinated in mine... So, we are planning a RTW trip for the next year ......
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:12 PM   #1403
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The "Glaciar"

Day 145 (March 10, 2013)
El Calafate, Argentina to El Chalten, Argentina
Day's Ride: 230 Miles



After rousting myself out of my sleeping bag, the Quebecoux couple that I had been camping next to invited me over to share their table with them for breakfast. After some talking for a while, they invited me to ride with them and two other riders out to see the Perrito Moreno glacier. It's nice to have a little company sometimes, so I said yes. (By the way, the above map isn't totally accurate; it's missing the portion from El Calafate to the glacier. Unfortunately, the internet is barely functioning here tonight.)



The entrance to the National Park which contains the glacier is a little under 50 miles west of El Calafate. We arrived at the gate and paid the entrance fee (120 Pesos apiece) then made the final drive for the glacier. As we were going along, we had an amazing view of a rainbow.



We finally made it to a little parking lot where we had to leave our bikes before taking a small shuttle bus to the actual glacier overlook. As soon as I stepped out of the trees and saw the glacier for the first time, I was stunned.



Glaciar Grey in Torres del Paine was huge, but this was huge and very, very close! Though not as wide as Glaciar Grey also seemed that the snout of Glaciar Perrito Moreno was significantly taller.




Also, despite the cloudy weather, you could see the ice field stretching far into the distance behind the glacier.



I was about to have one of the Canadians take a picture of me in front of the glacier when a huge slab calved off right behind me. I snatched my camera out of their hands and was able to get a picture of the huge splash made by the ice.



And then I got my picture....



After hanging out by the glacier for a while, I said goodbye to the Canadians and hit the road for El Chalten where I was supposed to meet Dylan later that afternoon.

As has become the norm, the wind was out of control. I stopped to get a picture of one of the typical "wind advisory" signs that are all over the place down here.



I'm still confused as to why they would put a picture of a palm tree on sign that's used in Patagonia.

The road north to El Chalten passed by some large glacial lakes. The glacial sediment gives the water a distinct grey green color that's hard to catch in pictures:



I reached the turn off for El Chalten around 4:00 PM and found this:



Dylan's smoking ass trying to light a cigarette out of the wind in the lee of this road sign. Even with the shelter from the sign, the wind was so strong that it took him a few minutes to light his cig. His mission to Punta Arenas had been a success and he had just left there this morning. After he had finished his cancer stick we hit the road.

Just outside of El Chalten, we met the most hardcore overlander that I've come across so far:



That's right, a unicycle. I think it's pretty hard to top that in terms of badassness. This girl was from France and had started in Ushuaia and was riding north all the way to Santiago. Sometimes I think we are pretty tough for doing this trip on motos; however, when I see someone like this, I have to admit that we aren't quite as tough as we would like to think.

We made it to El Chalten a few minutes later, found a campsite, and prepared to start hiking again the next day.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:56 PM   #1404
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Happy birthday Ulyses, And thank you for came to Medellín, you planted a seed in my son's head And it germinated in mine... So, we are planning a RTW trip for the next year ......


Yeah! I'm glad I could be a positive influence! I miss Colombia; you guys were awesome! What kind of bike is Daniel going to ride?
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:02 PM   #1405
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"I'm seriously considering going to a Parilla tonight and getting some asado."

So, is that what they're calling it these days?

Happy Birthday
When you put it like that, it does sound kind of bad, doesn't it?!
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:53 PM   #1406
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I'm not. He is more than capable. Plus his spot tracker is moving around.
Either that, or whatever ate him is moving around...
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:16 PM   #1407
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Either that, or whatever ate him is moving around...
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:45 PM   #1408
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Now that's hardcore (and crazy)!

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Old 03-14-2013, 07:23 AM   #1410
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Hike to Lago Torre

Day 146 (March 11, 2013)
El Chalten to Lago Torre
Day's Hike: 11.8 Mies



A quick note before I start: the trail that we hiked is highlighted above in blue.

Dylan and I woke up at the crack of 9:00 AM, cooked a little breakfast, and then set off on a short day hike to the base of Cerro Torre, one of the prolific peaks near El Chalten. We joined up with a group of people that we had met while camping at our hostel the night before.

The weather started out crisp but clear. Some clouds partially obscured the peaks, but we figured that they would burn off after a few hours.



The trail went through some fairly pristine forest and I took advantage of one of the low hanging branches to work on my balance...



As the hike progressed, the weather started moving in and things started getting drizzily. Fortunately, we could still see the glacier at the top of Lago Torre.



After a few hours of hiking and a few minutes of scrambling over a morraine, we arrived at the mirador.





We ate a little lunch in the lee of a large boulder, out of the wind and the spitting rain, then packed up and headed back for town.



Seeing the glacier was nice; however, the weather kind of ruined the views of Cero Torre. We returned to our tents, cooked some dinner, and then planned our hike for the next day.
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