1529 meters climbing and 1656 down. Gravel all day.
300 meters of tarmac then gravel until we cross in Argentina! The first 14 kilometres the gravel was dreadful. Steep, thick, loose, slippery, and roadworks the whole way, so trucks going up and down. Graders, trucks spraying water, workers etc.
The first 14 kilometres took one and a half hours to get through. To add the the joy it was also raining on and off. Thankfully the rain cleared at about 50 kilometres.
There were more road works at 30 kilometres, so a few more kilometres of torturous gravel to grind my way through. Lunch was at 61 kilometres, after lunch there was a steep hill straight away with loose gravel so I was gritting my teeth getting ready for a tiresome afternoon.
However, the next 40 kilometres was mostly downhill with hard packed gravel and was a joy to ride. Passed through some forests and lakes, very pretty scenery.
The last 20 kilometres riding along the lake (Lago Tranquillo) there were some nasty ups and downs. I was pleased to get to camp after nine and a half hours on the bike. We camped at the lakeside.
Those pictures look stunning! I’ve travelled the same route long ago…by bus 🙂
Look forward to see you in the new year