Janine & Tom Plüss

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How is the road treating us?

During our journey we meet a lot of people from all ver the world - specially to be mentioned other cyclists from europe, north- and southamerica, we encounter on the road. Most of them we meet just for a few minutes - with other we ride for a few days. We always enjoy these little conversation - it's an importent part of our social contacts. Since we all of them give our homepage-link, we thougth that it might be nice to write someting in english... (please forgive us all the lingual mistakes ;-) )

Two of those we met are Noah and Karinne, travelling on a Tandem. We cycled together for more or less one week, since we had about the same paste. When they were on their way back home, they pasted a question on our blog: "How is the road treating you?"Noah and Karinne

The Carretera Austral has more ups and downs south of Coihaique than before and pavement pretty fast ends. But even if the road was not too easy, the weather was more beating us than the road.

For example did we do a side trip to Caleta Tortel, hoping for a nice day at the sea - but on a rainy sunday everything is closed there. So we hardly could not find an open restaurant - and we already were really wet. In the afternoon we continued to Puerto Yungay, where we learnt from locals that it rains nearly every day of the year in this region...

The final 100 km to Villa O'Higgins then was a really beautiful landscape. Precipitation continuously stopped and even if there were three passes to cross, we enjoyed this final part of the Carretera Austral. (Pictures from the Carretera Austral)

The border crossing over a pass from Villa O'Higgins to El Chaltén includes two expensive boat trips (40'000 CHP + 75 ARP /p.P.). The road uphill is a 4WD-Track, most of it is rideable by bike - after the border it turns into a singletrail downhill, but with many ups and downs: we had 3 hours for these 8 km. But the Landscape we enciountered is worth the effort and the sweat, and it's a funny adventure. (Pictures of the border crossing from Villa O'Higgins to El Chaltén)

As promised by everyone, in Argentina we did not have any rain anymore. Therefore a lot of wind. In the days we cycled from El Chaltén to El Calafate and to the Glaciar Perito Moreno and back we had both a lot: head and tail wind. And as you can imagine the difference is huge: for example: for the 80 km to the Glaciar we had 6.5 hours and for the same way back 3.5 hours (pure driving time, excluding breaks).

Sunrise on the way to Perito Moreno

Since we did not want to book a 'normal' Bus Tour to the Glaciar Perito Moreno, we decided to send two days riding there and back. Since it is not allowed to camp in this National Park, we stayed shortly before the park entrance and got to the glaciar early in the morning - it was just impressive to hear and see the blocks of ice falling down!

Glaciar Perito Moreno

Now we are planning to go further south tomorrow, first heading to "Torres del Paine", spend there approx. one week with hiking. After that we will decide how long more we would like to be treated by Patagonian Roads and Weather...

Glaciar Perito Moreno