Sorry for late reply. I saw your note a while back and wanted to reply later but just kept heading south taking advantage of the weather and no time for internet. 2 days of non-stop rain (got soaked, nothing is waterproof, GotTex or other) but the rest were sunny.
In Calafate now. Made it through the tough part... The Patagonia 40 is horrible *only* when the wind joins the party. I had 1 day of calm which was actually not bad riding, I saw worse. And I enjoyed the views. But then in the next afternoon, got whipped. The wind lashed me the whole day. It's so tiring to try to keep the bike on the narrow lane (the one with less gravel). Unfortunately, nearly at end of my day, on a downhill, I got my baptism. Blown away on the side gravel, fish tailed left, right, and stupidly, but really stupidly, I front braked... ouch. Yeah, don't say it. My turn signal got the worst of it: my side bag got loose and the harness took part of the signal with it. It's now taped but still working. Otherwise, my crash bars worked like marvel. As for my pride, it will take a few more days to heal
Couple of advise:
- it's getting cold. I got frost all over my bike yesterday morning. Ushuaia is worst, I was told by tourists it actually snowed at night last week.
- Stock on gas in Perito Moreno for 500Km. Otherwise, it's a luck game. On my way down, Bajo Caracol was out of gas (3 days wait) and Tres Lagos was a 1 day wait. I managed to buy 5 liter of gas (all I needed I also had spare) from a tourist driving his car northbound and I was fine.
Keep in touch, I am taking my time in the area hiking then to Ushuaia (in 10 days), and back up (slowly) to warmer weather. Probably in BA in 20 or so days??
Note: I found a mechanic in Iquique, named Pepe, I think on O-Higgins maybe 10 blocks up from the down town area. I'll keep looking for cell # and address and forward. He was just great and helped with fixing my bike.