C Austral 3

The day’s track
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Leaving La Junta
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We meet up with the ocean again. It starts raining
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The town of Putuhuapi
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We follow the fjord’s edge with the rain easing up
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Still can’t see anything
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Fuscia trees
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A salt marsh at the end
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Fuscia and gunnera
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Because the going is on the slow side, we gun it down the straights to make up time
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There are many dead trees on the route, presumably from past fires
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At this spot the mountains are huge around us according to Google Earth, but nothing
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This was horrendous. Slippery and blind corners. I refused to take the inside line on the blind right-handers. It seemed to me that anything oncoming was more likely to run close than run wide. Fortunately we didn’t have to find out.
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Nasty climb. I spoke to Jerzy later and he didn’t like it at all, and he’s a pro.
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Up there you can just see a hanging glacier and waterfalls. Apparently this is normally a breathtaking sight. Oh well.
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Like this for most of the day. And very cold.
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Then it turned to pavement for the run into Coyhaique, the biggest town on the Carretera.
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Those mountains are huge
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At last, some sun
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See a cool bridge
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And like most bridges, a photo opp
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You can see the road on the right hand side hill
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Into Coyhaique
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There was more loose ripio today.

The problem is that the rounded gravel, of various sizes, sometimes large, sits on a rock-hard base. It’s like riding giant ball bearings at times. At other times it’s in deep pools for a 100 yards and you have to surf it hard on the throttle.

They say if you can ride this stuff on a big bike you can ride anything. Exhausting, not so much on the body but somewhere in the head. You’re so close to going down so often it takes a toll after a while, and you get tired. So we’re going to keep the day’s targets less than 200 miles.

Saludos
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Comments

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  1. Tom D,

    Damn – that description of the riding – ball bearings on hard surface – sounds nasty.
    200 miles a day of that – ouch!
    This’ll make your cajones significantly larger!

  2. Beautiful photos as usual but that one greasy looking mountain road looks horrendous.

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