Ushuaia; the coastal trail.

A little overdue, here’s a few photos from Ushuaia – and the beginnings of a coastal trail Skyler, Panthea, Nicholas and I explored, running south east from the city. We later extended the route, turning it into an overnight bikepack to the historic Estancia Harberton.

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The ride begins following the shoreline in Ushuaia, skirting round its underbelly, past container ships jettisoning their cargo.

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Then, away from traffic, we’re treated to a fine vista looking back towards the world’s most southerly city, and the Martial Mountains that tower above it.

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Out yonder, there’s views across the Beagle Channel to Isla Navarino – a piece of the Patagonian puzzle that’s owned by Chile, and home to the small town of Puerto Williams.

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A sweet little drop-in sets the tone of the trail…

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After several weeks of bike touring, it’s refreshing to stretch out, unencumbered by luggage, and enjoy the flow of singletrack. This is one of the reasons I choose to tour on a mountain bike.

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Especially if it’s a trail that opens out to coastal views like this.

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Double Knard: 26 Fat v 29+. Both great options for dirt road touring and bikepacking.

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We’re in no rush to clock up kilometres today; better to soak up the feeling of having arrived, and enjoy these moments before it’s time to migrate north once more.

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Reached only by quad, horse, foot or bicycle, the first estancia we encounter comes complete with mystery carcass hanging out to dry in the sun. The perfect backdrop for a leisurely picnic…

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Then, it’s back onto the rigdeline to take in a few more panoramic views.

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A Tierra del Fuegan Lenga Bandera – or ‘flag tree’ – sculpted into crooked shape by the island’s strong winds. We’re all in a celebratory mood. 19 year old Nicholas, from Mexico, has ridden down from Santiago between studies.

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Canadian Skyler and his Surly ECR.

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And New Yorker Panthea’s legs, post muddy nose dive…

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El Poderosa, my brute of a Pugs. This was my first mountain bike outing on a fat bike, and a lot of fun it proved to be (-:

 

4 thoughts on “Ushuaia; the coastal trail.

  1. Oliver

    These panoramic coastal views are beyond description!! And even though I have seen pictures of such crooked shapes before, I never came across the term “flag tree”…
    Thanks Cass and happy pedalling!

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