C Austral 6

The days’ track
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Google Earth
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Jeff’s pose, waiting for the gas station to open. I few days later I was ribbing another rider how come he had so many pictures of himself. His response: “if you don’t pose, nobody knows”
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Leaving town we climb up into the hills over the lake. It’s cold
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Normally, riding with others is difficult. But today it turns out that Jeff rides at almost the exact speed I do, same into the corners and down the straights, takes a ton of pictures like I do.

We climb out of Rio Tranquilo on the same loose washboard we rode in on. Soon we round the corner of the lake
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The riding turns brilliant
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This is the extent of civilization we’re going to see today. Another surprisingly good bridge
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Monster river, running fast and deep
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The view across the lake stays with us all day
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The long straights are a kind of stress relief after the loose corners and we blast down them
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There was a series of tight corners descending to a forested area that was slightly technical, although the picture doesn’t show it
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The valley bottom was fast ride
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Straight-line the open curves
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Then we’re out into the open again and climbing up the mountainside. Click on this for a great road view. Fantastic
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High up, looking back
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And looking forward
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Climbing more through rock
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Then, after a descent, the road changes to running along a ledge above the lake
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Click on this to see one of the best roads on the Carretera
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The sun comes out! Haven’t seen much of that in a long while
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A last look back
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Fast
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er, blue lake
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and a blue hill
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Into Chile Chico
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This is where Jeff and I get on to different agendas. He’s only in SA for six weeks (Santiago to Santiago) and has to press hard to see specific sights, and I have a few things that have to get done before the internet darkness of the coming section of Argentina, the border a few miles ahead.

The Carretera Austral is finished. One of the most famous routes in the world. We didn’t have the weather or views but the riding was excellent, at times difficult, always satisfying.

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  1. Trine,

    The “blueness” of the sea an sky is absolutely stunning. Beautiful to look at.

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