|The Netherlands? No, Chile is this beautiful.|
|Mt. Fuji, Japan? No, just another volcano in Chile, they've got loads.|
|The flowers and volcanos are nice, but I've done them one better!|
|Chileans are enthusiastic about wieners. See upper center.|
As we got close to the border we turned onto a fantastic two lane road. Ten miles from the border they ran out of asphalt, but luckily they still had big, uneven river rocks and sand. Almost every time I changed a tire I thought "why am I buying these outrageously expensive off-road tires, we are done with off road" but, every time, we found ourselves on a road where they were indispensable. Buy Continental TKC 80s, no matter what. Anyway, we rode the ten miles and arrived at a Chile/Argentina border that made the last remote one look like Times Square.
|These furry trees welcome you back to Argentina, where you can afford TWO hot dogs!|
|This is the parking lot for the border. Really.|
We were counting on Argentina to be cool and pave the road right at the border, if only to thumb their noses at Chile, but no. On the Argentina side it was a National Park, so they can't pave it? That's the law there, don't ask me. Argentina did provide smaller river rocks and shallower sand, so we appreciated that.
|Here's the name of the river this bridge might collapse into, just so you know.|
|No ash in this photo, EXCEPT the ash in Jill's eye as she takes it - look in the mirror, lower left!|
|The next day the wind had shifted, and the lake looked like this. 0% of this is fog; all ash.|