And here I am, back in Punta Arenas, Chilean Patagonia. This is the southernmost city on the American continent (yes, Ushuaia is further south – but it’s on the island of Tierra del Fuego). I’ve spent a lot of time here in the past, but it’s been several years now since I was here. I arrived in Punta Arenas last night, after a 33 hr journey from home (car-float plane-four other flights-and car). I met my buddy Benjamín (who you will hear more about soon) for a quick bite to eat when I got in, then I slept in for 11 hrs! I was awoken by a phone call from another old friend Rodgrigo, and I met him and his new wife and hew babay for lunch (and told them about my new husband!). Then I went for a little jog along the shores of Magellan Strait… here are some pix:
I’m here on a very short trip – to run the inaugural edition of the Patagonia Ultra Trail race, http://www.ultratrailtorresdelpaine.com/! There is a 67 k version and a 42 k version. I am “just” doing the short one. It’s on trails in Torres del Paine National Park, and it has rained a LOT here the last week or two, so I am told that the trails are very muddy. I was thinking of running the longer one… but given the terrain, and that I am here for such a short time (just a few days) I am going to play it safe and just run the shorter one. So, more news coming soon.