Daily Archives: December 5, 2015

Day 131/164: Salto de Jaja to Collipulli – 118km

675 meters climbing and 575 meters down

I could not find my bike riding glasses this morning either! I am really hopeless keeping track of glasses, hopefully I have carefully packed them! So carefully I can’t find them . . . Luckily I bought two pairs a couple of months ago when I lost a pair and broke a pair within the same 24 hours.

It was quite cold, we were riding most of the day until 90 kilometres on a highway like a motor way. Once again heaps of trucks. One of the riders Annagreta mentioned this section is called the Lake District but we have yet to see a lake, and maybe it should be called the truck district instead.

All day it looked like it was going to rain, and it held off until 90 kilometres. Thankfully it was drizzle rather than pouring.

There were numerous ambulances and other service vehicles racing past us most of the day. We found out at lunch a hospital at 120 kilometres was on fire. When we rode past it, it looked like it was an a abandoned hospital thankfully.

There have been a lot of fires around here, stretches of burnt out forest. On the way down to camp, which was a 3 kilometre dirt road, on both sides was burnt out forest. When we got to camp it started pouring and we had to put our tents up in the rain. The campsite looked damp and miserable. If it had been sunny we would have enjoyed being by the river.

One of the riders however made a camp fire, so we all cheered up sitting around it and talked and laughed after dinner rather than saying goodnight and scuttling off to our individual tents straight away.

 

Rider's meeting around the campfire

Rider’s meeting around the campfire

We have some serious riding on this 6 day stretch, dirt/ gravel over 160 kilometres with over 800 kilometres in total and climbing over 7,000 meters.

Campfire!

Campfire!

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Day 130/164: Rest day in Salto de Jaja

It was really nice weather, clear blue skies. I got the tent out to dry and did some hand washing. I seem to get my new gortex jacket filthy but am loathe to put it in with the hotel laundry. I also hand washed my down jacket which was getting really grubby, which I also would not want to put into the hotel laundry.

I then spent some time catching up on emails and the blog. It is really difficult at camp if there is nowhere to sit, and I find trying to sit in my tent and type difficult, so often get a few days behind.

I then went for a walk up to the mini market about 10 minutes up the road to get some face cream and snack food. It is difficult to work out where you can go in the shop as some things you want are behind the counter.

Trying to get the shop assistants to help you is difficult as they are really good at avoiding eye contact! I have found however you get instant attention if you put foot in an area you are not meant to be in.

Once again it was difficult to buy face cream, I ended up buying Nivea face cream, but maybe it’s a night cream as it is really thick and leaves a deep white covering on your face.

I then went for a walk up to the waterfall, on one side of it which is open to the public. I was surprised how close you could get to it. I walked right up to it and got totally soaked by the spray. The other side is reserved only for the hotel. I tried to go to see the other side but the entrance was minded by a security guard who stopped me. I got round that later by going to the hotel;s restaurant for dinner, and then walking out of the back door of the restaurant up to the falls. I am really pleased I did as they were spectacular, much better than the other side although you could not get as close.

I had steak for dinner and nice Carmenera red wine. The Carmenera grapes are only grown in Chile I am told. It was nice.

I have managed to lose yet another pair of reading glasses . I am now back to only two pairs again.

Wine with dinner

Wine with dinner

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