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  • Fly to: Santiago, Chile

  • Internal Transfer: Santiago - Cohaique

  • Visa required: Not if British

  • Currency:Chilean Peso

  • Time Zone:-3hrs GMT

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Day 41, 13/12/07 - Patagonia Northern Icecap

After 4 nights here this morning we finally packed up camp to head off the glacier; I felt totally deflated, playing about yesterday was like the beginning of a new adventure and I wasn't ready for it to end. My body was refreshed and I would have been 110% up for the whole journey to start again. As we marched off everyone was quiet and the drizzle simply added to the subdued feeling.

Over the duration of the trip my paclites had received a beating and my legs and knickers were now drenched, pace was slow and I had a feeling of apathy about me; I just wasn't ready to leave. When we reached the info centre at the foot of glacier Ian decided to warm his boxers on the wood burner, unfortunately he leant back a little too far and ended up scolding his rump!

By now Graham & Yos had arrived to load up our packs; we then all bundled into the minibus. It wasn't long before we were back at the German hostel, the topic of conversation en route centred on the potential 'size' of the beef rolls, expectations were low! We arrived and were all pleasantly surprised the rolls were the size predicted but they were hot, had cheese, tomato & beef on....and we had 3 each - Wow!

We all boarded the mini-bus for the bumpy ride back to Coyhaique; enroute we stopped off to sign-in with the police (A playmobil policeman with an unbelievably square Barbie and Ken bone structure!); to get petrol (a guy with some freakish deformity to his hand, it's a good job we could view it in the door mirror because obviously Nic & myself had to discuss possible causes) and for Jaya to get the troops a heap of junk food! Biscuits, crisps, chocolate - delicious! We also squeezed in the odd painful rendition of 'I will always love you' - move over Whitney! Back at base camp Ben & myself pulled the chicken for sandwiches, the guys pitched the tent and it wasn't long before we were all tucked up asleep.