Oh sweet, heavenly tailwinds! Finally, I feel I’ve waited a lifetime for you.
There is nothing like the peace of riding with a tailwind after days of unrelenting headwinds.
But just to keep us on our toes, a few times the wind blasted us from the side. We were on loose gravel and like some kind of ninja, the wind swept the bike out from under me not once, but two times. Together, my bike and I weigh 225 pounds. It’s disconcerting to know that with a gust it can send us sailing sideways, like we are no more than a feather.
Everything I heard about the Patagonia wind has been true. They weren’t exaggerations or embellishments. I don’t think it is possible to overstate the magnitude of this wind.
In Puerto Natales we had a surprise encounter with Lee, Matt, Cherry, Charm and Seth, all heading to Ushuaia. We have been crossing paths with Lee and Matt periodically on our way south. Cherry we knew through Leah as they had started their trip together in California. Charm is a friend of Cherry and Seth is a friend of Lee. This motley crew met up on the road and have been riding together for a few days. We learned that Lee and Matt have jobs lined up when they return home.
We have less than 500 miles to reach Ushuaia. It’s sad in a way to see it all ending. I kinda thought we’d all be viajeros forever.