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Home For a Rest!

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I awoke to the most beautiful crisp morning, and like most of the last 28 days, not a cloud in the sky.

After breakfast, while waiting for our shuttle to the airport, I had a chance to explore this hotel. The Llao Llao Hotel sits high on a hill overlooking Lago Nuahen, and has a gorgeous golf course. It reminds me of one of the Fairmont ‘train’ hotels like Banff Springs or Chateau Lake Louise.

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We Found Him!

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The Search for Che is Over…..we found him!     What a final day! We crossed the border into Argentina for the 3rd and final time.   The morning was without rain. A 50 km mountain bike ride on a rocky road through the Andes mountains sandwiched between 2 magical ferry rides.   And of course, we got […]

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Third Time’s a Charm

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Today we cross the Andes for the 3rd and final time, entering Argentina in the mountains.    The bikes and luggage are already in our final destination, Bariloche. We now are riding mountain bikes and just bare essentials in a backpack. Today we rode 500 metres and climbed 60 ft….whoa!! Our journey across the mountains […]

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Pedaling Patagonia to Petrohue

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Today we hunted down a volcano, the Volcano Osorno. We will ride 140 km and climb 7000 ft. If you look at the elevation map above, the vast majority of the climbing was in one spot! Below shows where we started out from and second photo shows the finish, and Orsono at my fingertip    […]

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Paying the Piper

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   After 3 1/2 weeks of warm, dry sunny weather, we started out this morning in the same steady rain we finished in yesterday. Well, 3 of us did and Sam lost the flip with the guides as to who would be riding with us stubborn ones. The rest of the group opted for a […]

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Deja Vu All Over Again….Avec Rain

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  The morning started with promise that the sun would reappear. Sadly that would not be the case.       Today we rode only 85 km but climbed 4600 ft. We were heading back to Chile after 2 days in Argentina, on our 2nd crossing of the 2nd highest mountain range in the world. Steady rollers greeted […]

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Not Route 66, But I Got More Kicks!!

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      Weather finally changing, the bikes are all ready to go!  This was about the last sun we saw, overcast all day.   Today we rode 130 km with 6000 ft of climbing. We started out as a tight full group from the Chapelco for the first 15 km back into San Martín. […]

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Rest…

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By far, today the hardest working people in our group were Manuel and the guides. Their mission: tuneup and clean 22 bikes.  Man-City, aka Manuel’s Hideaway, #lovemywrench  The rest of us slept in, had a sumptuous breakfast, used the super fast internet, then headed for town (the resort is 15km from town so one of […]

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By Land or By Water, This Train Moves On

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  As mentioned in my last post, today was a ‘moving rest day’. The bikes were racked. We shuttled by mini-bus 4km to the shore of Lago Fuy and boarded a car ferry for a 2 hour boat ride. As you might tell on the route map above, we sailed through this long narrow fjord-like […]

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Huilo, Nothagus and the Magic Tower

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We have a ‘moving’ rest day today and a full rest day tomorrow. Today we pack our bags and rack our bikes and shuttle/ferry to Argentina for the first time. But more about that tomorrow. Today’s blog is dedicated to about the most unique place I have ever seen or stayed at. Hopefully the photos […]

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A Hot and Magical Day in the Mountains…

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Pucón to Huilo Huilo Today’s ride was 150 km with 6500 ft of climbing and for extra fun, 6 km of dirt/gravel. The volcano was in a little cloud when we awoke but that quickly burned off to show the peak……and it was active! Look closely. The last major eruption was in just 2015. Note: […]

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Some Like it Hot!

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  Two nights in the same hotel but not a Rest Day. However, we had a more leisurely 30 km ride out and 30 km ride back to the hotel. Che Men The Villarrica volcano always looming…and it was active! (look closely at the summit)   The destination in the middle of the ride was […]

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A Long, Beautiful Day in the Saddle

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  From Cunco,we rode out after the morning ritual, for a 155 km, 4000 ft ride with out the normally pesky headwind! The roads today were not bad, busy in some spots but the last 30 km were terrible and very busy. We headed back into the Andes through beautiful pastoral scenery towards the looming […]

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Volcanus Interuptus

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A very interesting start to Stage 2. As can be seen on the route map above, we had two 50 km rides and both predominantly Downhill. Why two rides? Because the road at one point was impassable for road bikes. As one of our experienced mountain bike rider guides explained, this stretch of road would […]

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Grinding, Volcanos and more Grinding

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Wow! What a way to finish Stage 1 of Che!! After our morning ritual, we headed out on what was to be a 100km, 6500 ft climb. An uphill ALL day! Average grade for the distance was about 9%, with spots kicking up to 12%. But no dirt roads!…well except for the driveway leading to […]

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Another Big Day: Lago Lanalhue to Victoria

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“  These unusual white formations in the sky disappeared once again and we have deep blue skies the entire day. A note about Chile; it is very religious but churches are few and the ones that are there are very small and simple. It is 95% Roman Catholic, the highest percentage single denomination of any […]