Yesterday we arrived in Tolhuin, the last town before Ushuaia, 65 miles away. Tolhuin is famous for the Panadería La Unión. The Panadería is a large and bustling bakery that has opened its doors to cyclists who are welcome to stay in an adjacent building. For southbounders, it’s one of the last places we stop. For northbounders, they usually arrive on day two of their adventure. It’s a great meet-up point for travelers at opposite ends of our journeys.
Last night there were at least 16 cyclists (maybe more, we kinda lost count of everyone). The place is filled with excitement from both groups. The northbounders, so enthusiastic to start their adventure, asking many questions to those of us who have been out for more than a year (mainly they are surprised we all travel so light). The southbounders, with a reserved pride so close to completing a dream, share route info, tips and things we wish we knew early on. What many of us wish we knew now, is what we’re doing next.
Many of the travelers at the Panadería we’ve met up with previously. We were excited to see Lee roll in today. Claude and Mette were here last night. We originally met them in Uyuni, Bolivia and then again on our second day on Tierra del Fuego. Sebastián, from Ecuador, is also here. We met him two nights ago when we stayed together at the Argentina border station. We’re all coming together because we’re being funneled down to the only road to Ushuaia.
We spent the day relaxing, chatting and eating our weight’s worth of bread and pastries. And in preparation for our end of the world glory, I got cleaned up with a haircut, which ended up being not-so-great. I could write an entry on the adventures of getting a haircut in foreign countries.