In the afternoon of May 6 we were finally there: Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city reachable by road.
Two continents, 24,324 miles (39.146 kilometers), nine months and five days.
This trip has become my baby.
Of course we first undertook an exploratory potty break…
… followed by the obligatory photo next to the city’s famous “end of the world” sign…
… and in front of another sign indicating driving distances from Ushuaia to the nation’s capital and to Argentina’s northernmost border crossing…
… and finally, in front of a tongue-in-cheek reminder of Argentina’s most passionate foreign policy cause: to obtain sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, currently occupied and administered by the British Government.
On May 6 we rose with the sun…
… in time to admire a fog-covered harbor from our hotel window.
Following a good breakfast, we paid a visit to the city’s Toyota dealership to have la bestia‘s oil leak checked out. We left an hour later with an extra supply of engine oil and a unresolved item for my post-trip agenda.
Next we headed to Tierra del Fuego National Park, which greeted us with fierce fall colors.
Admission was free as the season is already over, and we only ran into a handful of fellow visitors.
I had imagined the southern tip of Patagonia to be just as barren as the region’s steppes further north. What Bernie and I encountered instead left us speechless.
We went on a chilly stroll on one of the marked paths…
… and did not talk much during the following hour, taking in the energy surrounding us…
… marveling at the park’s abundant wildlife…
… and feeling deeply grateful for the experience.
Of course there was another sign indicating the end of the world (in this case: road).
I could not resist the temptations of organized tourism and mailed two postcards from Argentina’s southernmost post office.
What a perfect closure of this journey.
On our way back to Ushuaia we visited the Prison Museum and then ordered a pizza, which–accompanied by a bottle of delicious End-of-the-World Malbec donated by Bernie–struck us as the most appropriate way to celebrate the completion of Harry’s and my voyage.
Thank you for following. And if you have any doubt whether you should embark on a similar trip:
Harry and Daniel
May 8, 2016