Jan 31, 2019 – Puyuhuapi to Queulat National Park (38km)
Queulat is another of Chile’s newly announced Route of Parks (Ruta de los Parques) – a chain of 17 stretching 1500 miles.
Since I’d had a rest day in pretty Puyuhuapi town I felt I had to push on … despite the rain.
My bigger problem than H2O was my detached pannier rack. I’d fixed 🙄 it with a metal spacer, but didn’t have much confidence it would last the 218km to the next bike shop in Coyhaique.
Also, I had to attach my ugly load far to the left in order to keep it stable. Not good.
Though I got muddy, I actually like gravel road in the rain better than dry. The tires roll more smoothly. And there’s less dust.
Each year more of the Carretera Austral is getting paved.
I’d really been looking forward to getting to Quelat. And it is great. They are very used to rain here.
I stashed my bike in the forest. And hiked to Ventisquero Colgante: The Hanging Glacier of Queulat.
This is a land of great lakes. Pristine rivers. True wilderness.
I found the cutest little high, dry, flat nook in the bamboo to set up my tent.
About 5m from the river.
The weather cleared during the night. I had red wine and a starry, starry night.