COYHAIQUE to EL BOLSON

It sure is good being back in civilization again! Supermarkets, bakeries, ice cream shops – they are everywhere and we are making the most of it.  Two scoops please…

We’ve now left rural Chile behind and are heading for Bariloche and the lakes region of Argentina.  We had a great journey along the Careterra Austral. The views were amazing, the wild camping was fantastic and the roads, well … they’re probably best just forgotten.

What we won’t forget is our New Year’s Eve experience in Coyhaique. The Carettera’s capital literally shut down at 11pm. The band in the main street packed up, restaurants closed and it was only Jess and I and a few stray dogs wandering the street at midnight. A very bizarre experience, especially as the town was a buzz just a few hours before. Where did the people go??

Neither will we forget the Chilean hospitality shown to us in Villa St Lucia. On a cold wet evening, we were taken in, fed and given a warm bed by our host with the most Mr Manuel. He was definitely our hero that evening… and despite limited Spanish, I think we made his night a little more interesting too.

Okay, okay – so these snippets are great, but what is life really like on the road?  How much do you ride? Where do you sleep? What do eat? I thought we would give you a snapshot to show its not all roses…

A typical day … We wake around 6ish, pack up and have some cereal and oats. There is no time for coffee. On the road by 8, we ride in blocks of 2 1/2hrs then have a short break. We’re eating all the time – ham, cheese, egg rolls etc, fruit, cordial and of course lots of chocolate! We do this till about 7 or 8, which means we can cover anywhere between 70-120km depending on the wind, road condition etc. We then start thinking about somewhere to camp – out of sight, close to water, flat ground with hopefully the morning sun. We are pretty efficient at setting up now and within an hour we are done and eating dinner. We try for fresh meat and vegies where possible, but if not then its tinned tuna, lentils, pasta and rice etc. Boring but we never go hungry. There is then a little time for a quick wash, updating of diaries etc before bed. This is our life on the road… pretty simple, never boring and very enjoyable!

Thanks again for all your interest and comments. Keep them coming, enjoy the latest pics below and stay tuned for the next update.

Jules & Jess

Its been a great journey along The Carretera

Its been a great journey along The Carretera

We´ll just forget about the roads

We´ll just forget about the roads

Mr Manuel, our host with the most

Mr Manuel, our host with the most

Warm and dry

Warm and dry

Back in civilisation...yum yum

Back in civilisation...yum yum