We almost didn’t leave Barcelona. When we showed up at the check-in counter we were told our flight was eight hours late and essentially cancelled. The airline, Aerolineas Argentinas, had arranged a hotel for us and all the other passengers, and a new flight eight hours later at 2 AM. This meant we would miss all our connections and we would have to spend a night in Buenos Aires and rebook our flights from there to Punta Arenas, Chile.
While we stood in line at the airline ticket counter to try and rebook something, I checked my email and noticed I had received a message from Expedia, with whom we booked our original flight, and they had already rebooked us on Air France to Santiago via Paris, a flight that would get us to Santiago on time for our connecting flight to Punta Arenas. This is the advantage of booking with a service like Expedia because they act as your travel agent and will do the rebooking for you without any further hassle or expense.
Our new flight departed only two hours later than the original flight but we made all our connections and some 28 hours (and five movies) after leaving Barcelona we arrived in Punta Arenas near the southern tip of South America.
But how do you get two bicycles into an ordinary taxi? Well, you take them out of the boxes and put them on the back seat. Jan took a second taxi with most of the rest of the luggage.
We will stay here another day to get organized and then we will head north toward Vancouver. Whether we will cycle all the way home remains to be seen, but it’s an attractive option worth pondering.