Penniless with the nearest ATM in Calafate, I headed south again. The weather remained miserable so I decided Id make a judgment call. If I could get on the ferry that goes through the Chilean fjords to Puerto Montt, I’d take it. So back at the Calafate campground, I checked the schedule and the next ferry was to leave in just a few days. I booked it.

I still had time to check out the Fitz Roy mountain just outside El Chalten, so the next day I headed north again. The weather suddenly turned sunny and nice. All I could think was that just two days of this and the ruta 40 would be dry and doable again. Forget it. Too late. Ill do battle with ruta 40 on another day.

The road to El Chalten:

I think God took pity on me because I was delivered a picture perfect day at the Fitz Roy. Ran in to Markus and Adi again and was invited to dinner by another German couple who was interested in hearing about our travels.

But first we hiked out to a view point and had lunch. Nice little hike. Nothing like doing some trekking after sitting on the bike for so long.

Back in town we set up camp:

And than it was a night of pure excess. The dinner with the German couple was just excellent. Best meal I’ve had in a long time. We all had a great time.

Afterwards the wine continued to flow. I learned two new German words: Umdrunk and Absaker. An ‘umdrunk’ is when you go out for a late night drink with your mates. An ‘absaker’ is that last little night cap when you’ve probably had too much. (At least I think these are the correct definitions, that night is a bit of a blur.)

Needless to say, we ended up completely smashed. Damn, these Germans could drink. Good times.

Don’t remember going to sleep, but the next morning I swore I’d never drink again. Lordy lordy lordy..

H

Comments

3 Responses to “El Chalten, Argentina and The Fitz Roy”

  1. oscar on April 22nd, 2010 8:09 am

    hi h, i been following you for the las few months but i havent seen anything new posted here in the last couple of months, are you doing okay? hope you doing allright
    regards,Oscar

  2. admin on April 27th, 2010 5:28 pm

    Hi Oscar, Havent found the time to upload my latest pics. Got swamped with work. It sort of accumulated over the last few months. Hope to have everything sorted here in the next couple of weeks. Thanks for following along.

    H

  3. oscar on September 19th, 2010 8:39 am

    are you back home h? done with the trip?

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