Sat 10/12-2011 Day 103

The very nice, friendly and helpful Prefecto Gustavo Adrian Borrelli, Jefe Prefectura Rio Grande. Thanks!

Pos: here
Loc: Rio Grande
Acc: Club Nautico
Dist: 0 km

A normal day in the city…doing my laundry, online work, and some calls home.

At 11 am, Fabian and I went for a visit to the Prefectura for lots of helpful and friendly advice from Prefecto Gustavo Adrian Borrelli, Jefe Prefectura Rio Grande. Thanks a lot!

Later we were chasing down unsuccessfully some epoxy resin, and made a short visit to the supermercado.

At night, a  meeting with my old friend and main Argentine logistic manager from Buenos Aires, Alejandro Carranza, joined by Juan Pablo Dacyszyn, was scheduled! They were riding a bus from Ushuaia, where they were flying in to prepare here their stage two of their expedition “Del Fin del Mundo al Malvinas”, paddling now from Ushuaia around Staten Islands and back again. They were lucky to receive their kayaks here yesterday from a truck from Buenos Aires, and are planning to work a bit on the boats here in this Club Nautico, before they drive back with the kayaks to Ushuaia to start paddling.

Originally, we have thought about combining our trips in some way or another, maybe me joining them around Staten Island and they joining me on my extra Cape Horn loop, but we decided mutually that our trip goals and expectations about the main trips are too different.

They will do the Staten Island loop now themselves as planned, and I keep on paddling by myself probably on Tuesday from here south, and soon west!!! We may rethink later about maybe doing the Cape Horn loop together or not. We’ll see…it’s Argentine (here…)  – and Chile later! All is possible…

Unfortunately, Alejandro had to tell me as well that my spare kayak was not even sent from Buenos Aires yet due to some holidays, including a parcel with my new tent, plus my epoxy resin and a bunch of other things.

Plus my parcel with the spare parts (fins, footrest, rudder piece) from epic kayaks/ USA is not getting out of Buenos Aires customs and I won’t receive it, plus my dry suit and overcag from Kokatat/ USA is not getting sent to Ushuaia as planned, but held by customs in Buenos Aires as well where only myself or the contact person in Ushuaia could get it out…this Argentine customs REALLY SUCKS!!!  Both parcels will eventually sent back to the USA…Amazing that I made it to get my own kayaks in person out without paying an extra cent when I arrived…it must have been the lucky charm of a foreign single travelling woman…

Another try, to send a parcel with my new laptop from Europe via Chile to Punta Arenas, is stuck as well, so I have basically to live with all my old gear and to keep it somehow in shape…all possible somehow, but this was NOT the plan…


We got joined last night in our stay in the Club Nautico by two young back packers from Germany, Marco and Robert, who happily joined in the Asado Juan Pablo was nicely preparing that night…I’m getting social again! 🙂 I even had half a glass of wine…it was a nice night, and good to see you guys again!

3 comments on “Sat 10/12-2011 Day 103


One solution to the customs problem might be to fly Ushuaia (or Rio Grande) to BA for a couple days. Its not prohibitively expensive and there is a good schedule.

Meike Michalik

Freya freut mich, dass es dir gut geht und du den Abend mit deinen Freunden und asado genossen hast. Schade nur mit deinen Sachen ( Kajak, Zelt etc). Wünsche dir trotzdem einen interessanten Aufenthalt auf TDF. Deine Bilder und Berichte sind ganz toll.


Ich sags nochmal, es ist spannend Deine Berichte zu lesen und zusammen mit den Bildern sehr anschaulich….macht einfach Spaß.
Habe heute mal die Bildgalerie angesehen, einfach klasse.

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