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Carratera Austral

Day 823: Shit traffic as we get close to the end of Chiloe

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… Continue Reading →

Day 822: Chiloe has repetitive views, but pretty to ride

QuickPeek: Light wind. Rolling hills. Flats. Shit traffic.

I slept like a log in the beautiful little hospedaje and was up only around 9 AM. Made a bit of b’fast and packed up for the day. There were a couple of other cyclists in the same place (who… Continue Reading →

Day 821: Today’s ride – Powered by Black berries

QuickPeek: Hills. Headwind.

It rained pretty much all night and it was great to have been taken in by the Bomberos yesterday so we could spend the night under a roof! Awesome! Gracias 3ra Compania de Quillon! Viva Los Bomberos!! I was up… Continue Reading →

Day 820: Leaving Los Cordillera

QuickPeek: Boat ride. Rest.

The boat ride was gentle, and given there was only sitting space, it was a bit difficult to sleep. However, it was quite light on the traffic and that meant one could stretch out over a few seats. Not Comfortable,… Continue Reading →

Day 819: Plans change, as they always do!

QuickPeek: Mechanicals. Rolling hills. Stunning ride.

I slept for nearly 11 hours or so and got up only after the sun was up for a while, nearly 9 am. It was a cold night, my GPS recorded 4C and in the morning it was cold indeed…. Continue Reading →

Day 818: Experiencing Carratera Austral at it’s finest

QuickPeek: Rolling hills. Blue Skies. Great road. Lovely Campsite.

Today we had to start to make our way towards Futalefu, a small town to do our border crossing to Argentina. it was about 5 days ride away and I figured, it would take us with a day or 2… Continue Reading →

Day 817: A day off in Paradise

QuickPeek: Rest. Cleanup. Cooking.

Casa Chinook, Jaime’s place was an absolutely stunning spot! Add to it that jaime and his wife were super lovely people and wanted to start a casa Ciclista of sorts, we figured we might just stay another day to get… Continue Reading →

Day 816: Back on Carratera Austral – Meeting southern hospitality!

QuickPeek: Hill. Flats. Asphalt!! Mild headwind! Traffic!

We decided to start today and given that the days were shortening with mornings being chill, we figured we might sleep in and start when the sun was up! Our host David was a really lovely chap and let us… Continue Reading →

Days 812-815: Super-speeding to Coyhaique for some rest!

QuickPeek: Hitching. Rest.

Once our work at teh Campo was coming to a close, we had asked Carlos to give us a ride out of there to another town called Coyhaique. He travelled weekly to this town about 400 k’s away and though… Continue Reading →

Days 802-811: Gaucho under the Glacier! The good Life!

QuickPeek: Farm work. Measuring. Chopping. Digging. Clearing. Cooking. Animal Care.

The night was surprisingly warmer than I expected and I felt like I had a bit of too much layers on. Surprising, I suppose it must be because of the hard cycling done in the earlier part of the day…. Continue Reading →

Day 801: Stunning views, shit roads – standard in Carratera Austral

QuickPeek: Sunny. No Wind. Rolling hills. Flat. Loose gravel.

Today we had about 70 km to ride to get to Carlos’s Campo and we thought a leisurely start from the super expensive hostel was ok. I made a leisurely b’fast, dried up all the clothes, packed up and by… Continue Reading →

Day 800: Skip, Hop, Jump to Caleta Tortel

QuickPeek: Brutal Climb. Ride. Tortel!

The refugio had a bit of benches and I decided to sleep on it. Unfortunately the slats were a bit out of order and It was hard to sleep in. I ventually lay down on the ground and though it… Continue Reading →

Day 899: Thank you Rain gods for taking a bit of mercy!

QuickPeek: Overcast. Hills. Windless!

It was a bit of a bummer that we couldn’t get the fireplace going, but otherwise we had a really lovely bit f shelter from the elements and a real good night’s sleep in the amazingly generous refugio! The winds… Continue Reading →

Day 898: Carratera Austral starts with a series of Rainbows!

QuickPeek: Rain. Wind. Cold. Refugio!

The internet had been pretty lousy and it was hard to get any decent reception to even get weather updates. I spied and found that the days ahead were probably rain laden, but the winds seemed to pipe down a… Continue Reading →

Days 895-897: Days off in O’Higgins

QuickPeek: Rest. Holed in.

Yes, we are just starting on Carratera Austral and we already are having days off, heh! Well the reality is that the weather seemed to be turning pretty lousy and every morning, it was nearly impossible to start the day… Continue Reading →

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