Feb 1, 2019 – Queulat National Park to wild camp (74km)
In bright sunshine I rode out of Queulat National Park.
And immediately had problems. ☹️
That means I’d be pushing my bike up a long hill.
But the scenery over these next two days was the best so far.
When taking photos I’m tempted to crop out the road.
Quite quickly it became obvious that my self-fixed pannier rack was not working. The fix I had installed was gone. ☹️
All I could do was replace the spacer with a sunscreen lid held with a zip tie.
To keep this one from breaking I decided to carry my hiking pack rather than try to strap it on the rack.
The great weather and gorgeous scenery kept me going, however.
I stopped at tiny Villa Amengual to use their library wifi.
And bought my first completo.
These are the super popular Chilean hotdogs. Mine actually turned out to be some kind of ground beef.
Little towns like this on the Carretera are all trying to become more attractive to the passing tourists. All are being improved in 2019.
Not to mention the spiffy statues!
As there were no long hikes en route today, I tried to put in some miles. The sooner I get to a bike shop for repair, the better.
About 7pm I happened upon a perfect campsite. Couldn’t resist.
A lovely night. No fly.
Fine dining with red wine.
Feb 2, 2019 – wild camp to Coyhaique (121km)
Next day dawned perfect again.
I decided to try to push though about 120km to Coyhaique in one day.
I took very few photos.
My biggest cycling day of the trip.
In the sun, I worried about heat emergency at times.
Though I drank 4 litres over the day it wasn’t nearly enough.
There was a huge hill to climb just before the city. End of day.
Still, I was thrilled to actually make Coyhaique. The population is about 55,000 — a megalopolis compared with the other towns I’d seen all 4000 or less.
Too tired to eat I had, instead, chocolate milk, Diet Coke and Rum & Raisin ice-cream.
This is it. The end of the line for this cycling trip. I’ll be shipping back my rental bike from Coyhaique … but not until I do some days cycling around the city.