The Road Ahead : December 2012
QUEENSLAND'S LARGEST CLUB DEC 2012/JAN 2013 THE ROAD AHEAD 49 RIDING THROUGH PATAGONIA TRAVEL BIRGIT WHO? Birgit Kehr emigrated from Germany to Australia in 1992, living first in Broome and then Kenilworth. A keen and talented photographer, she has had her own studio and, after completing a degree in art, intends opening another at Coolum, where she now lives. Her favourite photographic subjects: motorcycles, people and adventure, of course, along with dogs. funkycowgirlsgallery.com.au get there seemed to go on forever, and so did the skies. They were broad with a deep, blue colour and little cumulus clouds covering the horizon. Our friendly hosts provided us with lamb roasted over an open fire and regaled us with stories about the life of sheep farming in Patagonia. "We left the Estancia and travelled further north on the gravel roads of Ruta 40. We stopped at Esquel, and then entered into the forested mountains and lakes of Bariloche. This is truly a stunning town, famous for its chocolate, fresh air and breathtaking scenery. It reminded me of my home country Germany, visiting the Alps. "The next highlight was Pucon. It is nestled only a short distance from Volcan Villarrica. We took a scenic flight around the volcano, which annoyed some of our group members who were walking up the volcano and paid nearly as much to do it as we did for the flight!" It goes without saying that Birgit is an enthusiastic advocate for making a 'bucket list' and ticking the items off -- sooner, rather than later. "Absolutely. It doesn't have to be a motorbike riding tour, but do something flabbergastingly (sic) exciting to get your adrenalin rushing," she urged. "Even if it costs a bit of money, the experience and confidence you gain will benefit you in so many ways."