T- No photos for today. I forgot all about the camera.
We have sent a heap of emails off to some freight forwarders down this way. We are hoping that we may have the option to fly our bikes from Punta Arenas back into Santiago. While it isn’t ideal it’s one of the very few options we have to keep moving. We would then likely abandon our plans to ride into Argentina as there is a rather large snow covered mountain range between Chile and Argentina and fly our bikes from Santiago to Canada once the strike was over.
So thats one option. The other one which we will try tomorrow is to ride 200kms north and just try to cross the border. We will act dumb and plead they let us through due to the approaching winter. There is a hotel just 30kms from the border so it will be easier for us to hole up there.
Our third option is to see if Argentina will allow us to process us and our bikes through even if Chile won’t process our bikes out. It would mean we likely wouldn’t be able to come back to Chile as we would basically not process our bikes out of Chile which means it would appear that we either abandoned or sold our bikes in Chile which is a big no-no. So not the ideal situation, but we will do what we need to in the end.
Or we end up having to sit in a hotel for who knows how long while we wait. This is very much not the ideal situation at all and I would rather take option 3 over this.
C – The daylight hours are quite short down here and I was uncomfortable doing a run for the border without knowing that there was a closer hotel option. Now we know that a hotel only 30km from the border has a room for us tomorrow night, we will make a border run and see what happens! I have all my fingers and toes crossed Argentina will let us in, even if Chilean customs will not process the exit of our bikes. Fingers crossed people!!
T – So with our options on the table we went for a de-stress walk. We had read of a large mall about 3.5 kms away and went to check it out. It was nice to walk and chat about crap and took our minds off of what was going on.
The mall was huge and served as a Duty Free zone for Punta Arenas. I was eyeballing the nice Mavic Pro Drones in the shop windows….
We treated ourselves to a big hamburger and fries for lunch before walking the 3.5kms back to our room.
So tomorrow we shall try the border and see how it turns out. Wish us luck!