QuickPeek: Flats. Rolling hills. Heavy traffic Light wind. Ferry Crossing.
The campsite we had was nice, but was super noisy. I was woken up with the sunrise at 8 AM and decided to make a quick packup. I skipped b’fast, hoping to eat along the way and just made some coffee for the road. The guys came by just as we were about to leave and we thanked them for allowing us to sleep in their space and hit the road around 9:30 ish.
The road was more of the same today, lots of Cow country with parcelled plots for sale and heavy truck traffic all day long. Most of the bus stops had graffiti protesting against a proposed bridge from the continent to Chiloe. I can see why! Even without the bridge the traffic conditions are horrendous (at least on Pan Americana). I suppose the place would be overrun once a bridge is built and probably a few protected regions might be parcelled off and sold to people I reckon.
The views were the same as yesterday, pretty little forests, lots of meadows and the weather behaved excellently once again. We stopped for a bit of a breather as we passed the township of Ancud. I was hungry by this time and went up to a store to get some bread and jam to make a meal out of it. Pretty limited, but energy none the less.
Once past Ancud, we crossed a bridge and joined into heavier traffic. Ugh. The road got narrower with nary a space for shoulder and with trucks with double trailers and even container traffic. Shucks. No one would even slow down a bit as they passed and the riding conditions were pretty harsh. The road was good, but with such traffic, there was not a moment of rest.
We eventually made our way to the end of the island in Chacao and immediately could see where the traffic came from. There were two separate docks with ferries queuing up to offload trucks and cars on to the island and take them off. They were on a pretty quick turnaround it’d seem and were pretty much in and out of the dock. We hopped on to one and they recommended us to load up the bikes on a truck to avoid paying the transport fees. We figured it was a bit of a hassle and opted to pay the 2200 peso charge for bicycles (Passengers travel for free!).
Once on the other side, we decided to eat a bit before heading out again. A bit of french fries (been a long while since I ate something from a restaurant!) later, as we planned to head out, I found out that there was potentially no services until we got to Puerto Montt. We planned to stop after 20 km or so and it didn’t seem prudent to camp by the side of Pan Americana on the road. So we decided to stop for the day and found a Hospedaje run by a cute old couple and called it a day.
Route: Chonchi+78km to Pargua
Distance: 59 Km
Road: Asphalt, Narrow and barely any shoulder.
Traffic: Heavy and dangerous truck traffic
Expenses: SG$ 31.51
Comments: The traffic is wearing me down. Got to get off of PanAmericana.