Santiago to Pucón, Chile, December 19, 2017
We had a 6 am start because we had a long day ahead of us - about 750+ km. Luckily most of it was on divided highway and it was pretty flat so we were able to maintain our maximum speed of 90 Km/hour. Things were going well until we blew the fan belt but Jono knows what he's doing so within an hour, we were back on the road. I slept a lot - not sure why, maybe it was the 5 am wake up? Anyway, the scenery is nice - reminds me of home-
They grow all kinds of grains, vegetables and fruits and there is a lot of industry: grain terminals and fruit factories-
I've seen tractors with small cultivators, new John Deere combines and even a man walking behind a horse pulling a plough! Everything goes. This is also wine country-
Some crops have been harvested and the grain is stored in long white bags or taken directly to a terminal. There are cows and horses around so there are some wrapped round bales as well as small square straw bales-
An ad at a gas station-
Our itinerary has had to change because of a recent landslide in southern Chile. We'll be spending 3 nights in Pucón, then moving into Argentina to Bariloche where we'll spend 4 nights, including Christmas. We won't go back into Chile until we're going to Torres Del Paine. We are set to arrive in Ushuaia January 7 which is what I had hoped and works perfectly with my cruise. Then, it was also finalized that the group will still be in Buenos Aires January 17th, the day I fly there, so everything is working out. I may not have needed a new passport after all but oh well, I'll have it for my next adventure!
Looking forward to Pucon, an alpine town on a lake and believe it or not, I'm looking forward to sleeping in my tent!