We retraced our journey as far as Rio Gallegos before heading northwest towards El Calafate. Our overnight stay in Rio Gallegos was beside the Gallegos River.
While cooking dinner around 8.30pm a utility truck (without the camper) like ours pulled up with 4 adults in it. The driver hopped out and studied our rig intently….he even crawled underneath to have a look at the air suspension set up. It transpired that he had a Canadian truck camper, an O’Kanagan brand.
He gave us his business card. He is the owner and president of his wide ranging civil engineering company in southern Argentina. (photo - Juan Beltran, his wife Angelina and the two girls.)
We hit the highway the next morning to El Calafate and drove into a chilly strong Andean headwind for the entire 300 km.
Roads were good and straight rising slowly to a high escarpment. The countryside consisted of mainly grassland and was sparsely populated with only estancias and plenty of sheep. It has been interesting seeing the majority of sheep with tails in Argentina. About 80km from our destination we could see snow-capped mountains off in the far distance…..foothills of the Andes. And if you think the wind was bitterly cold you’d be right.