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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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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 […]

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When is a Rest Day Not a Rest Day?

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We have the rare but enjoyable occurrence of spending 2 nights in one place. It means not having to lug the luggage, and allows to catch up on emails, laundry etc. Because of the traffic and other logistics of Concepcion, we will stay here in Las Pinas an extra night. But today is also a […]

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Day 11: Curinape to Quirihue….and then some!

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  Today was not a typical ride day for a few reasons. Pre-ride group stretch  Rai and I gong full Aussie today!   We all headed south out of the hotel with the usual climb on stiff legs. About 2 km out I stopped to take a photo of this metal creature by the side […]

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Day 10 in Paradise

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  Morning brew prepared by barista Max….and Brent showed us the proper way to drink it!   These steady tough climbs right from the breakfast table are hard, but someone has to do it! And so we did. Another century and more climbing. Constitution       Back into Constitucion along the ridge line,we rode past […]

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Duao to Constitucion

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  A good night sleep with the sounds of the surf gave way to another sunny but cooler day. We rode out for a leisurely 75 km, 1800 ft climb ride along the coast heading south to the city of Constitucion. A quick photo op at The Shrine of the Lookout Rock and then on […]

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Let’s Go For A Ride….

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J Moon fades, morning breaks, coffee  brewing…..let’s gittrdun!   Well rested and ready to ride. After another nutritious breakfast and another rare cup of coffee, we packed the vans, kitted up and rolled out of Punta de Lobos.  A century ride with about 5000 ft of climbing. Similar to 2 days ago, to get farther […]

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Rest is Good

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A little extra sleep today! Below is a map of the Chilean wine regions and the floor plan of the Clos Apalta winery. My app Relive doesn’t seem to be linking to my Garmin very well, must be the mediocre internet signal we are getting in remote areas. But today it worked and here are […]

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A Morning Hike, Wine Tasting, Riding and Rest!

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T  Sunrise, and the first clouds seen in 7 days! Below, on the road….   A sea of grape vines! Today is what is referred to as a rolling recovery day. That means not as many km on the bike as we would normally do. Today we did 61 km and 2843 ft of climbing, but […]

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Into the Heart of Chilean Wine Country

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    Sunrise in Marchigue, roosters crowing and breakfast is ready. We will stay inland again today for our ride to Santa Cruz.   Today we followed a local bike route around the base of the Andes winding our way between the huge mountains without climbing over a single one. It was a ‘relatively’ easy […]

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Back to the Mountains…and More Wine!

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 Note: I inadvertently left you guessing on my last post as I did not include a photo of my roomie James, aka Fox Ducovney….here it is above. And while visiting Surazo, fellow rider Jane helped some local kids with their English skills and they all had fun with her Surazo to Matanzas Matanzas is at […]

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Kit Up, Wheels Down!

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  OK, it’s time to get this show on the road!  Kit up and wheels down. This trip is broken up into 2 Stages: Stage 1 is Santiago to Longuimay and Stage 2 is Longuimay to Bariloche.  Stage 1 has 12 riders and  Stage 2 has 22 riders, and there are 2 guides and 2 […]

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Santiago Ola!

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   So who is this Che guy?? Che (/tʃeɪ/; Spanish: [tʃe]; Portuguese: tchê [ˈtʃe]; Valencian: xe [ˈtʃe]) is an interjection commonly used in Argentina, Uruguay and the Valencian Community, signifying “hey!”, “fellow”, “guy”, “buddy“…..used in a friendly way. Most people reading this blog were either very young(like me!), or not yet born when Che Guevara […]

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Locked and Loaded!……

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  Today was a long day. Combining the time it took to clear customs at the border at Detroit, the trip to Metro Airport  was  2 hours.  A post check-in 2 hour wait at the gate, then a 2 hour flight to Atlanta, and another 2 hour layover, and a 9 1/2 hour flight to […]

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Any Day Now….Stay Tuned!

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Hi, Cycletooth here! I am leaving next week for a bike trip and going to do a blog to describe the day to day goings on. I am dedicating the ride to The Allie Sunshine Project and specifically, the Biking 4 Benches fundraising campaign. I hope you will follow along over the next month on […]