We have cycled our last km of sealed road in Chile. Lets all take a collective sigh and then think off what this means.
Bumpy roads lie ahead. The next patch of sealed road is in El Calafate in Argentina. We have over 600km of road between us and el calafate. Furthermore we are the only cyclists we have met using touring width tyres, everyone else is on mountain bike tyres. Quote from
Chris: ” Hila we brought the wrong wheels!”
The landscape has been beautiful and the weather not so beautiful. And thus our ratio of km’s cycled to number of photos taken has dropped. We have experienced sunshine, rain and strong winds. Sometimes all at the same time.
We have slept in peoples backyard, beside an abandoned house, in a yard with some llamas and chickens and in a national park. At one point we did not pay for accomodation for 5 nights in a row!
We have had a few bicycle boo boo’s. Chris’s rear rack fell off and Hilary’s bottle cage from all the violent shaking over corrugations. Otherwise our bikes have faired well. We have met many riders without such luck and consider our selves lucky.
We ate tasty cakes, coffee and beer in Coyhaique. As well as sorting out a few logistical things.
We have completed an overnight hike around Cerro Castillo with our pannier converted into a backpack! This was impresssive in that I wore my cycling shoes with cleats on the 45km hike including an alpine pass with snow and many moderate river crosings. These shoes are not waterproof. My cold wet feet were compensated by amazing views!
We also visited the marble cathedral by boat this morning in Puerto Tranquillo. Glacial blue water and amazing rock formations.
Next stop Cochrane and then onto Villa O’Higgins where we will most likely spend Christmas.