11 November 2015

The coolest fail yet - The road past Mount Zeballos

We left Bariloche with a belly full of meat and a load of clean laundry after staying with Loli and Mariano. It was time to continue south and to find the coolest roads that we could to take the heavily loaded Hilux on. From Bariloche we took the 40 before jumping on route 71 through Los Alerces National Park which was full of big and beautiful lakes and mountains, camping at Lago Rosario and then linking back up with the 40. We then drove and drove and drove to another pretty small town by the name of Los Antiguos before getting on a road that took us right along the boarder of Chile and Argentina that would take us past Mount Zeballos... If we could pass.

Driving through the park of Los Alerces

Pablo is the happiest chappy with a beer and some wood for the BBQ at Lago Rosario

From Lago Rosario it was more scenic gravel to Los Antiguos where we stayed the night in some quiet Cabanos.

From Los Antiguos we embarked on our little adventure on this road that we weren't really sure if it was navigable because it wasn't really shown as a road on some maps and it was still pretty early in the season. We chose not to ask any one if it was good or not, we decided to just go and see for ourselves...

Firs Armadillo of the trip/day. We ended up seeing 3 that day and no more on the trip.

The state of the moonscape we encountered. Turns out we were probably the first vehicle up there since last summer.

 This is the point that we reached where we found lots of snow drifts across the road and wash outs underneath those snow drifts. We had made it past many but it all became to much as we were super isolated and didn't want to A) get the truck stuck or B) break the truck.

Driving back the way we came with our tails between our legs. Pretty nice view though.

Intransitable - I guess they were right and that orange netting was meant to be across the bridge. Didn't pay any attention to that on the way in.

 Our first really good chunk of "La Pampa". The Longest, Straightest roads of my life!

After driving the 40 for a while we had a break and sleep at G'dor Gregores. From there we made our way to Chalten. We had a bunch of hikes planned for this area. El Chalten claims to be the hiking capital of Argentina and because I was the only one out of the three of us who had been there before I had some pretty good plans...

The road to our Camp at Estancia Ricanor out the back of Chalten. 

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