Samsung Guanacos and about ending up in a whole different world
37: Puerto Guadal, Chile to Estancia Santa Thelma, Patagonia, Argentina
Day in key statistics
547 distance driven, planned distance was 413 km
Samsung extra back-and-fourth driven time 134 km to be re-united with two Samsung mobiles. Stop locations, five, visited 1 time, desperately location for Hide-and-Seek locations, all checked twice
Speedy Gonzales border crossing – Lunch time at Chilean side out = 6 minutes (14.27 pm), Argentinean side – 16 minutes. That was including weather forecast and road information questions answered.
All paper work done properly and efficiently, no cues – we love border crossing Paso Roballos
Too many – number of Oreo cookies eaten
Highlights of the day
In the middle of nowhere – parked on the side of the road: an Unimoch – (specialized ruggedized outdoor camper). With Dutch number plate! Let’s stop and bring them a Heineken beer can. Nice chat with inspiring couple from Zeeland- both 71 and already travelling 8 months through South America.
Patagonian Life Facts - Fox versus Sheep Math
Let's do some Fox-Sheep math:
A fox kills about 1 or 2 two sheep a night. Let's say it's a lazy fox, killing only one a night (also, it's easier to do the math with).
Your herd is 1.000 sheep.
How many time your sheep herd will last?
1.000 sheep : 365 days : 1 sheep-killed-a-night = Two years and seven months, and all your sheep will have been killed.
However - that math is not correct. Yep, of course baby lambs will be born. However, the calculation above is based on the false assumption that there is only one fox active...
Now we do understand the hard life of sheep in Patagonia, and it's keepers of the Estancia. And Tthe high number of fox skins hanging around... Foxes and the owners of estancias with sheep herds - they are not the best friends.