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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 […]