Update: Have had difficulty getting internet with any duration the last few days to update the report and photos... but hopefully in a couple of days. After some research about the ferries and the lack of current info on the landslide on Ruta 7 at Villa Santa Lucia, the ferries are the only option for bypassing in Chile. The simplest solution is the ferry from Puerto Montt to a port south of Sant Lucia. The next date from Puerto Montt with any space was 5 days out, and the other 4 day trip to Pto Natales was booked up with only a $2000 cabin left (yikes) so the normal slave rate of $750 was out the window. I had to visit Motoaventura Osorno to buy Final Drive fluid and while there decided to let them do both the FD and oil. As an aside, the FD oil came out like chocolate milk - heavily contaminated with water! No signs of fluid leaks anywhere so best I can figure is Cristobal used a pressure washer to blast some in from somewhere - Hank said likely the vent - but since the TPS had been full of water after the repairs I'll just go ahead and blame him BTW Motoaventura is top notch with commensurate prices. The owner has been running tours to Ushuaia for 18 years and does the run himself. I talked with him about the situation and told him I was planning on taking the ferry in a few days. He said the system was overwhelmed and it was likely the ferry wouldn't leave on time and a good chance I could spend a week or two waiting. He said the best way at the moment was bypassing it by going through Bariloche and back into Sta. Lucia from the Argentinian side and taking a bypass road that had been built around it, catching Ruta 7 south from there. Since the 4 day ferry was out the window for price at the time, and the next local ferry was still 5 days out, it was a no-brainer. Had the local ferry been sooner it was my preference, but not to wait another week. It was noon on Saturday so I canceled my hostel in Pto Montt and headed east for Bariloche. God I HATE Carnaval. That bitch has been plaguing me since I hit Cartagena in November. Yes, it was Carnaval weekend and explained the thousands of packed SUV's heading south on the freeway. An interesting encounter in the 2 hour line at the Chilean border crossing, then a bunch of bullshit in the slammed town of Bariloche. Carnaval seems to last 6 months here, as it screwed us in Cartagena, then Arica in January and now Bariloche in February. Will update. May be able to catch the 4 day ferry back north from Puerto Natales at the better rate when I hit Ushuaia. At this point, the easy route to Ushuaia is about 1150 miles and to be honest, very tempting. A part of me wants to just get there and then take my time coming back. However I'm probably going to cross back into Chile this morning and add about 600 more miles going the Ruta 7 version.