On leaving Tolhuin Bakery I am gifted with an incredible tail wind and I’m cycling on the highs of a Glee movie-set for 70 glorious kilometres. Then my head is down and I’m pushing at my pedals achieving no more than 7 kph. I will learn all too soon this is only a whisper of what the Patagonian wind has in store for me.
The Tierra del Fuego Island is baron with nowhere to hide. Approaching a farm I see my opportunity for protection and although it’s only 5 pm I call it a day. Walking my bike through the old stone buildings I search for someone to ask permission to camp. An aged jeep rolls towards me and a white haired man with a green padded waistcoat pops his head out the window.
“Adrian Goodall!” he exclaims, introducing himself in a perfect English accent.
He explains his father came here on a contract to fix machinery in 1910 and stayed after falling in love with his mother. She lived here on this farm. This Argentinian man is speaking better English than me. He sounds like a lord! Mind you. I am Scottish let’s not forget. Most people in the world speaks better English than me. In fact, that’s how this blog began. I wanted to write a book of my travels but my English was so poor. Even though it is my first language. Click to continue reading →
The second day of cycling across South America and I awake to snow and a little fox playing close to my tent. I catch myself calling on the fox as I would a wee cute puppy and give myself a shake. When it snows in Scotland it’s absolutely ‘baltic’ but here it doesn’t seem so cold. Having […] Click to continue reading →
Greg also known as the is arriving to Ushuaia just as I’ve finished in the Tierra del Fuego Park. I haven’t met Greg before but we are Facebook friends and he’s been cycling the world for almost four years. I’m excited as I pedal to the airport to meet one of my cycling heroes. I have so many […] Click to continue reading →
I find no alternative than to abandon my belongings each day inside my tent, as I explore the trails of the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Hoping my world remains inside my tent on my return. This is Patagonia hen. Naw Glesga. And I needn’t worry. It’s breakfast time and I’m sitting with Pierrette, another girl hiking […] Click to continue reading →
I began cycling the world in 2014 and two years on I remembered how much I loved hiking the Munro’s back home in Scotland. I wondered why I wasn’t hiking the world as well as cycling it. Now I’m pedalling in my hiking boots with a 70 litre rucksack strapped to the back of my […] Click to continue reading →
Missing friends goes hand in hand with long term travel. It’s the toughest part to it and the biggest reason people struggle to stay on the road for a long time. Here’s a video I made so far away from the people I love … Cherise your loved ones. WBG xxx Click to continue reading →
My ultimate travel dream of South America comes crashing down to earth with a bang into the gusts of wind so brutal, pushing me this way and that all over the road. Cycling out from Ushuaia airport I’m scared at my inability to control my bicycle and pedal only 3 km before retreating to the camping, reserved exclusively for cycle tourers. I’ve wanted South America […] Click to continue reading →
After a whopping sixty four hours of travel to reach the most southernly town in the world, my plane descends with my face stuck to the window. It’s impossible to open my eyes wide enough to take in the incredible uninterrupted snow capped peaks that make up the worlds longest mountain range; the Andes. […] Click to continue reading →
Having to pedal 50 km back the way I came through dust after days of a gruelling head wind was no match for the absolute joy of cycling to the King Penguins! Watch this video! You can find more videos of this solo girl cycling around Patagonia on the World Bike Girl You Tube channel! Click to continue reading →
My best friend and I are crying, struggling to let go of each other. “You be careful and make sure you come back”, she pleads with me. This is it. I am on my way. Finally embarking on the biggest dream I have ever had. South America. I can’t quite believe it. On arriving to Glasgow’s Queen Street […] Click to continue reading →
End of Route 3 A famous route for long distance cyclists is the Pan American Highway which ends in the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Also known as route 3, cyclists from all over the world begin at it’s starting point in Alaska and cycle 17,848 km through Canada, USA and South America to reach it’s end […] Click to continue reading →
Tierra del Fuego National Park lies 12 km to the West of Ushuaia. An area where the Patagonian Andes, forests and lakes meet ocean. This is a guide for the cycle tourer to the practicalities of spending time in the wilderness of the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Click to continue reading →