(7th April 2012…This happened before we caught the Navimag ferry…. I am trying to catch up after all the days with no internet)
So the elusive Torres was finally conquered by my husband. We had tried to visit this park three times but were thwarted by rain, wind and finally the last straw for me being snow. But none of these was enough to stop my husband.
I don’t think I quite realised the toll that the riding had taken on me until we had decided in the heavy wind to try and make one last attempt to get to the Torres del Paine park. We were half an hour into the journey and I realised that it was finally a bit too much for me. (The wind was howling and all I could see were rain clouds) So my darling husband actually turned around, dropped me off at the backpackers and hit Torres on his own. I think if he had not taken me back there may have been a crying pillion on the back of the bike……
I had a great day reading, resting and cooking bobotie for all the backpackers in our wonderful backpackers called Shakana.
I really needed time to digest the snow storm followed by the snow riding, the howling wind and subzero temps. When we were riding in the snow storm 2 days before I can honestly say that I have never been that cold before. There was nowhere to stop and if we did stop we would have just gotten colder. By the time we finally reached civilization I couldn’t feel my feet…. it took 3 minutes of jumping up and down before the pins and needles started. The thought of even trying to ride again then was really too much for me and I can say with 100% certanty that I don’t regret not getting to Torres.
Andy on the other hand was in top form as per usual. (I can’t quite believe how he justs takes everything on….. but I suppose I really shouldn’t be that surprised) He managed to get to Torres (3 hour ride… the last bit on dirt), do an 8 hour hike in 4 hours to the Torres peaks (the end in the dark), he then camped in subzero temps, had an ice cold shower, woke at 5 the next morning and still got back the next day by 12 (and by the time he got back he was even frozen and very hungry). He did manage to get some pretty awesome photo’s…..