Day 509 / Puyuguapi – Camping, Chile / 30 miles (Total 13,885)
The rain was coming down when I woke up and the thought of staying another day crossed my mind. It’s always the hardest in the morning to get motivated. After I got out of the tent and stretched out the thought of riding over came any sort of laziness. On the bike and the camera was out. Old ship wrecked boats litter the shore
All the rain last night was a blessing. No more eating dust today. The dirt road was like smooth pavement this morning.
It may have been a cloudy day, but the colors were out in full swing.
So many rivers flowing in Patagonia
The rain started to come down hard, but I was in a mode to get dirty today. It didn’t take long for the construction to take over.
Something didn’t feel right about the ride through the construction site though. It was too quiet. No cars, no workers throughout the entire stretch. A few miles into the ride a work truck came up behind me and told me I had to get off the road ASAP! I had 30 minutes to get out of the blast zone before they blew part of the road. Nice of them to warn me bfore hand. Sure enough, 10 minutes after I see the sign that I was out of the zone…BOOOM!!! The sounds of explosions echoed throughout the valley. Pretty intense way to start the day
After they blew the road, I was caught in the middle of large trucks hauling off the mess
After I was out of the construction zone things got quiet, real quiet. The road was closed off for the next few hours and I had the road to myself. Not one vehicle for the next 4 hours passed me. So nice to have the road to myself
Couldn’t ask for a better ride today
There are some grand views in Patagonia, and then there are the small views that make it even better. Somethings I wouldn’t notice if I was in a speeding vehicle
Do I camp before the climb, or push on? It was getting late in the afternoon and I pushed on to get to the summit. A steep 1,800 ft climb filled with switchbacks. Glad I did it, cause a reward was waiting for me at the summit
One of those “what the heck moments”. I looked close to see what was stirring in the water and a group seals were playing in a circle.
The views didn’t seem real today.
Stopping for another rainy photo
I made it to the summit and gave out a loud HECK YA!!! A giant waterfall greeted me at the top. So powerful
One of the best waterfalls I have seen on this trip. Cars pulled over to take photos and I trail blazed through the woods and across a river.
Another top-notch campsite. Fell asleep listening to the waterfall with a smile on my face.
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