We headed off the next day with the weather still showery and grey but not too bad. The ride from Raul Marin to La Junta was beautiful. After we crossed the Rio Palena on the ferry we followed the river all the way up the valley. It was like riding beside the Buller River in NZ. The weather was showery all day and decided to bucket down around lunchtime so we had to string up the fly for some shelter. When we reached La Junta we talked to more friendly policemen and they took us to a very nice campsite and another lovely hostess. In town we restocked our panniers for the next couple of days.
At La Junta we hit the Carretera Austral again and headed south. We passed through another beautiful national park called Queulat. Another day cycling in the rain and it seemed to take forever to get anywhere. Sometimes you just have those days. We finally arrived in Puyuhuapi, which is located in a picturesque spot beside the fiord, and got more bread and an empanada for the road. We were headed for a campground in the national park, which is located near a hanging glacier that we were keen on capturing a glimpse of. The road took us around the fiord, which was as still as glass, and then inland to the campsite. The park rangers seemed surprised to have people camping in the rain. Come on we are tough-as cycle tourists!!! Had a pretty sweet camp set up in no time. Caught a glimpse of the glacier in the morning when the sun came out but no good photos.
Another awesome day cycling beside the fiords and then up and over a pass to Villa Amengual. The sun had decided to come out and it was hot!! We headed away from the coast and up and pass with beautiful views of the mountains. Tough going up the pass and down the other side (sore hands from braking!!) but once at the bottom we hit asphalt.....woohoo!!
In the last couple of day Bruce`s bike had been making worrying noises as well as breaking a spoke and not free-wheeling anymore. He had been nursing it for about 150km or more and it was not going any further. So we made the executive decision to hitchhike the last 130km to Coyhaique. Not ideal because the weather had turned beautiful and sunny and as usual the scenery was awesome. We were away from the wet coast and it was dry and mountainous. But time for a break and sleeping in a real bed!!
|Bikes safely lashed down on the Chiloe to Raul Marin voyage|
|Arrival in Raul Marin|
|Thanks Hans for having us to stay!!!!|
|Smiles when leaving Raul Marin even in the rain.|
|Road to Rio Palena. Long, lonely and green.|
|Rio Palena ferry. Only ones on the boat.|
|Fly strung up for some shelter from the rain for lunch|
|Riding beside the Rio Palena (AKA Buller River)|
|Back on the Carretera Austral!!|
|Riding in Parque National Queulat|
|It that an awesome camping set-up or what!!! Parque National Queulat|
|Up the pass and away from the rain|
|Views on the road to Villa Amengual|
|Back in the sunshine|
|Trying to hitch a lift to Coyhaique. Not many cars so it took a while.......|