For the full Patagonian experience you will probably want to head very south - to ‘next stop Antarctica.’
Compose your own motorcycle diaries while crossing the pampas, the Patagonian steppes and the lakes and mountains of Argentina on a rented motorbike.
Next day I leave the interminable flatness of the Patagonian plain behind, for the mountains of Tierra del Fuego, which, as the plane drops out from thick cloud, looks like something out of a Tolkien novel.
If we assume the Patagonians had the same constants in the four virtuedynamic equations as ourselves (that is, that they were human), the descriptions of the culture are entirely self-consistent.
And if he is, Patagonians like Petty will do all they can to craft themselves a better future.
For five subsequent field seasons, our crew has scoured the badlands and discovered the identity of the egg-laying sauropods, how their young grew, and other clues to the private lives of these Patagonian dinosaurs.
These Patagonian jobs are neat elegant and as sure-footed as cat burglars, and they're automatic.
Returning north to the province of Santa Cruz, I head from the Patagonian steppe into another one of its many geological faces, the Andean lake district, whose glacial terrain offers some of the most staggering landscapes in the world.
This is the far southwest of Argentina, where the parched Patagonian steppe begins to curve its way slowly upwards towards Chile and the foothills of the Andes.
I've met the editor of an American comedy fanzine, a family of Patagonians and a transgender woman at a barbeque for fans of the Archers, and of course my lovely wife Jan.