Hey All- Pictures are going to have to wait another day Im afraid. The first place I went to had nice computers... but the first didnt recognize my camera and the second had a mouse that either didn´t click or double clicked each time. Given that Im pretty exhausted at the moment I got really pissed off and left. The mouse works properly here, but it doesn´t like my camera either. So tomorrow hopefully. We finally made it into Patagonia today. Two things happened when we passed under that sign... first the wind started blowing, hard... second the sky changed... its hard to explain unless you´ve been down here (or up in Alaska) but the horizon seems more curved... it looks like there is more sky and everything in it seems stretched out. The quality of light is different too. We´re going to ride the 7 lakes route tomorrow, the Argentinian side at least. And perhaps into a national park outside of Junin de los Andes where we are camping tonight. Yes camping... this place is like a ski resort town, everything is very expensive. The cheapest hotel in town is listed at 16 dollars in our guide book, and they wanted over 40 dollars when we got there. I guess it isn´t TOO expensive because they didnt have any rooms anyways. Our campground cost 7 dollars each, which is about 7 times what it says it costs in the book. If we didnt want to head into town we would have camped outside of town for free. We might end up doing that outside El Calafate since Im assuming its equally as tourist crazy at the moment. Argentina reminds me a lot of an image of America in the 1960s. We´ve been off and on Ruta 40 which is, in some ways, Argentina´s route 66. It runs the length of the country north to south. We´ve seen a million hitchhikers and a ton of different families and couples on summer road trips. Gas stations often have a restaurant attached to them, and some times a hotel... truly full service. They remind me of many of the long since abandoned service stations that must have played a similar role in the states many years ago. Its quite clear as well that this country is geared for tourism. In every city there is a well staffed tourist information office with a free map of the city and a listing of every hotel and restaurant you could ever want to visit. On their computers they are sorted by price and amenities. Give them a price range and they give you a place to stay (or 6) complete with directions. However unlike almost every other country so far tourism here seems to be mostly internal. Argentinians taking the time to get to know their country, which is a far cry different from many places we´ve been where people rarely leave a 50 miles radius outside of where they were born. Hopefully I will be able to upload some really great shots tomorrow. Our route is certainly promising. Thanks for all the encouraging posts guys. We´ve been riding to the point of exhaustion every day to get here, see what we want to see and get back to Buenos Aires to sell the bikes. Its pretty easy to psych yourself out of continuing on after days like these, but after I got on here each night Im ready for the next day. My hat is off to you ADVers .