End of the road?

15 Jan
Arriving in Ushuaia!

14 Jan 2015: Only about a year ‘late’ – not too shabby!

Ushuaia, Argentina
[by Paula]

We did it.

After 1,199 days, with 17 countries visited and 41,657 miles (66,651km) travelled, at lunchtime yesterday we rolled into the southern-most city in the world.

Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego, was our ultimate goal. From here, the only way is up.

There were watery eyes as we drove the final 100km, there were hugs when we arrived, and there was the obligatory photo-call. Then there was the two-hour search for a (closed) campsite, the argument about directions, lunch of crappy instant coffee and crackers in a car park, and an illegal manoevre into a busy one-way street – called, ironically, Avenida Malvinas Argentinas – which prompted a queue of irate Argentinians telling us to get the hell out of there…

So, in many ways, just like another ordinary day.

But, for us, not ordinary at all. We are incredulous that, after everything that’s happened, we really did make it here, in that van!

It’s not really the end of the road for us – there’s still plenty more travelling ahead.

The rest of the blog is still a few weeks behind yesterday’s events. There will be more time later for a catch-up on the road here, and for some reflection and thanks.

Today is one of those fuzzy ‘day-afters’. We spent last night at the bar, drinking Beagle beer and – for the zillionth time on this trip – staring at each other in disbelief and saying: “did we really just do that?”

 

 

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9 Responses to “End of the road?”

  1. Stevie January 15, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

    Hooray!!! Congrats you two!! Now keep driving north until you get to California. We’ll meet you in Napa in a few months for some more wine tasting! xo

  2. Karin-Marijke Vis January 15, 2015 at 5:40 pm #

    Congrats. Agree with Stevie here. On your way we could meet in Colombia / Venezuela 🙂

  3. Bill January 16, 2015 at 4:51 am #

    Congrats!

  4. Paul Hardy January 16, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

    Well done both.

  5. Andrew Bilsland January 18, 2015 at 8:35 am #

    Hi Paula & Jeremy,

    Just a month too late!! David and I were in Ushuaia on14 December which was a Sunday and almost everywhere was closed. We found a bar open selling Ballantines Whisky is made in Dumbarton but never sold in bars there!!

    The only thing I remember about U is that it is closer to the South Pole than to Argentina’s northern border with Bolivia.

    From U we went to Punta Arenas which seemed a much nicer and more prosperous town.

    How did you get your van across the Strait of Magellan?

    Hope you are both well and continue to enjoy your stay in Argentina.

    Andrew

    Sent from Windows Mail

    • seventeenbysix January 19, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

      Hi Andrew, lovely to hear from you and such a shame we couldn’t coincide! We will be taking a car ferry across the Strait, from Porvenir to Punta Arenas, probably in the next few days. Glad to hear you had such a wonderful trip, lots of love, Paula and Jeremy xx

  6. stephanie February 14, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

    Glad you made it!!! Best wishes for your northward route!

  7. Antony Wedge February 18, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

    Well done guys on a great drive. My wife and I are thinking of driving from Bogota to Ushuaia in the near future in a 4×4. Any tips you could provide would be appreciated. Best Wishes.

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