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Patagonia / Hitchhiking Chronicles & Idle Waiting

why waiting doesn’t feel like leisure


   We had driven a rental car from Bariloche in Argentina to Puerto Natales in Chile, watching the Patagonian settlements get thinner the more we neared the end of the world. But, looking at the odometer now called for reconsideration. We were running out of our limited mileage as the land ran out of civilization, yet Ushuaia, the most southern city on earth, our final destination and kind of the final destination of final destinations, was still far. It was time to take these lazy thumbs out of our pockets and hitchhike the last 500 miles.

Of a rugged and fierce beauty are Patagonia's landscapes, unsullied and almost immune to civilization.



"I’ve never really been in the travel business of hitching rides for the challenge, the struggle, the fame or the otherness of it."