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Day 153/164: El Chalten to La Leona – 109km

Climbing 835 meters, and down 752. No gravel.

Today got to met the Patagonia wind. This wind will accompany us for the rest of the trip to Ushuaia. We were lucky that the first 90 kilometres we had a tail wind. It was fantastic spinning along at 55 kilometres without hardly trying.

Hey, tail wind!!

Hey, tail wind!!

The view of the mountains Cerros Torre and Fitzroy were fantastic.

Leaving El Chalten, Cerro Torre in the distance (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

Leaving El Chalten, Cerro Torre in the distance (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

Jo with mountains in the back ground (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

Jo with mountains in the back ground (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

However at 90 kilometres we turned hard right, and we were into full on headwind. It was hard going at times, down to 7 kilometres an hour. At times I felt like I was going to be blown off my bike. By the time we got to camp my left hand was aching from clutching onto the handle bar.

Where we were staying was a road house and we were camped out the back of it. Putting up the tent was difficult as the pegs would not go into the ground. I moved the tent around a number of times to try and get them well in. I ended up getting a number of boulders from the nearest river that I tied the tent stays to.

My efforts where also hampered by the very large dog who lived there, who decided I was either digging up or burying bones, so came over to help. Everywhere I put my hand, he either had his snout there or his paws would be in there digging. When I turned around to tell him off he nearly managed to land a big slurpy lick onto my face.

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The roadhouse restaurant prices were outrageous. I guess they work on the premise that they are the only roadhouse for 100 kilometres each way, so are the only option and their market is tourists who mostly would only visit this area once.

A couple of the riders commented that they had heard that the prices are putting Argentinians off holidaying in this area. The story of the killing off the golden goose springs to mind.

There was a hotel four kilometres up the road renting out rooms for $200 USD a night. Very expensive for a place really in the middle of nowhere, the only selling point was that some of the rooms had a great view of the mountains. As the roadhouse was warm and open till 9:30pm it did manage to part quite a bit of money from the riders, whose other option was to sit in a cold and windy tent.

The most expensive hotel

Camp, the most expensive hotel in the world!

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Day 152/164: Rest Day Two in El Chalten

I slept in until about 9:30am, and then had breakfast at the hostel.

Mostly I spent time today napping, reading, and catching up with emails and the blog (despite my best intentions I was nearly a week behind again).

The weather outside is cold and windy, so apart from going to the supermarket to get food for lunch, and snacks for the next few riding days, I pretty much stayed in my room.

Four more days riding until the next rest day, all of them bush camping.

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El Chalten under Mount Fitzroy

El Chalten under Mount Fitzroy

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Day 150/164: Villa O Higgins to El Chalten – 63km

Climbing 940 meters and down 800.

Today we had to get up early at 5:30 am to have breakfast, get packed up, and ride 8 kilometres to the first ferry by 7am. The first ferry ride was about 5 hours.

Along the lake this morning (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

Along the lake this morning (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

Onto the boat

Onto the boat

Getting on to our first ferry

Getting on to our first ferry

Lots of snow capped mountains, a couple of glaciers, and some icebergs. I got really seasick once we were on the open water, but thankfully it calmed down again as soon as we got near to the other side.

Once we got off the ferry we had to push our bikes up about 5 kilometres of steep, loose, slippery gravel to the Chile Border.

Getting ready to hike up the track to the border (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

Getting ready to hike up the track to the border (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

Impossible gravel (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

Impossible gravel (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

It took over an hour for us to get through, then we had 22 kilometres across country, through gravel and mud swamp, across rivers, balancing on logs to get across rivers, down steep hills, and about 2 kilometres in total that I could ride. I carried my bike quite a bit as well as pushing and pulling it. Coming down a steep descent, I was imagining my daughter Lizzy whizzing down with a great big grin on her face.

Gravel beyond our capabilities

Gravel beyond our capabilities

Landslide on the way

Landslide on the way

Bike walking . . . it's the latest sport

Bike walking . . . it’s the latest sport

Jo carrying her bike over a log

Jo carrying her bike over a log

River crossing!

River crossing!

Lots of mud!

Lots of mud!

Log riding!

And even more mud!

Typical section of the track

Typical section of the track

Not too keen to ride along that one

Not too keen to ride along that one

Treacherous track

Treacherous track

Getting through the Argentinean border was really quick. Then it was a wait for the ferry.

Checkpoint - No long queues of tourist coaches here! (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

Checkpoint – No long queues of tourist coaches here! (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

Checkpoint with a view! (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

Checkpoint with a view! (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

The 4pm ferry arrived at 5pm, and initially it looked like a number of people would have to wait for the ferry (45 min each way, plus turn around time) to go back and forth again. This would have meant it would be nearly 7pm before we got to the other side. It was cold and most people did not have enough clothing to sit around for a couple of hours. The only shelter had only one wall and a roof, we were all huddled under it. Luckily everyone was able to squeeze onto this sailing (including the four cyclists who were not in our group, whose 10am sailing just never arrived).

Almost at the next ferry (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

Almost at the next ferry (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

The ferry approaches

The ferry approaches

The ferry crossing - beautiful views

The ferry crossing – beautiful views

Glacier above the lake (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

Glacier above the lake (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

As it was, it was 6pm by the time we got our bikes off on the other side. Then we had another 37 kilometres of loose slippery thick gravel.

El Chaten appears (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

El Chaten appears (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

It was 8:30pm by the time I got into El Chalten. Then I had to find accommodation as TDA had organized a tent site for these rest days, and the tent site looked bleak and cold, and it was really windy.

Luckily I found a room with an ensuite at the next door hostel. Very expensive though, as I was to discover this was the same throughout this town ($400 USD) for 3 nights. Imagine if I stayed at one of the flash hotels. By the time I had got my bags from the campsite into the hostel and showered it was nearly 10pm. By this time I was so tired I decided that as I still had one of the 6 sandwiches left, I would have that for dinner and fall into bed.

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Day 149/164: Yungay to Villa O’Higgins – 99km

1,582 meters climbing and 1,336 down. Gravel all day.

It poured during the night. As the ground was rock hard and it was fine when we went to bed, a few people had not put their tents up properly and got soaked. I stayed pretty dry apart from the side of the tent where the rain had formed a lake, and it started seeping into the bottom of the tent.

I packed all my stuff into my bag and stayed in my tent hoping it would stop raining by 6:30, and at about 6:20 it stopped pouring down, so I managed to get my tent packed away without getting too wet.

A wet campsite this morning! (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

A wet campsite this morning! (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

It was raining while we were having breakfast so we were huddled into a shed trying to stay as dry as possible. There were a number of chickens running around with baby chicks. I have not had much to do with chickens, and was amused to see that the mother hen would let the baby chicks shelter under her, as she sort of not quite sat and hovered over them.

The ferry was not leaving until 10am, but after breakfast we all found our way down to the ferry terminal where there was a coffee shop with a fire and huddled around it. We bought the cafe owner out of chocolate and cakes.

The trucks are not able to come on the next three ferries so they have to go an additional 750 km round trip by the road to get to El Chalten. The white truck (lunch truck) is going today, so we have had to pack lunch to take with us. The yellow truck is going to go around by road to Villa O’Higgins to met us tonight, and then back track to Cochrane then drive to El Chalten.  A total of 1,000 kilometres.

The trucks can’t both go at the same time as that would leave us without any clothes or support. We have to pack our bags to ensure we have what we need tonight, and send what we need the first day in El Chalten in the white truck.  Anything we send in the yellow truck we won’t have for two days. I solved the problem by sending both of my bags in the white truck and taking what I need until I get the bags back in a back pack. A couple of the riders just could not grasp what needed to happen, and Britten (TDA) drew pictures on the whiteboard to try and make it clearer. It was quite amusing, especially as he had the dates wrong which added to the confusion.

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The whiteboard explaining what was happening

Heading to the ferry (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

Heading to the ferry (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

We got on the ferry and crossed to Rio Bravo. By the time we unloaded it was 11am. It was overcast, drizzling and misty, and the thought of the 99 kilometre ride was daunting.

About to disembark (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

About to disembark (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

The first 15 kilometres was pretty ok, the gravel was not too treacherous, and not too steep. The next 20 kilometres was not fun, we had a couple of really steep climbs with loose, wet, slippery gravel.

I started to think it would be dark before I got to camp. I could see the road stretching up endlessly into the distance, going on and on up the side of the mountain. Thankfully we then had about 30 kilometres where it was relatively flat with some small climbs. The rain stopped at about 15 kilometres and the day warmed up a bit. There were some fantastic water falls and great views of snow capped mountains.

There was a stretch along a lake front, with really strong head winds, then a bit of a climb of about 5 kilometres, then the final few kilometres into camp. During the day there were a lot of times that the gravel was just too thick, and you had to get off your bike and push.

Lake front on the way to Villa O'Higgins (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

Lake front on the way to Villa O’Higgins (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

It was 6:30pm by the time I got to camp. I was very pleased that we were staying at a hostel with hot showers, and I did not have to put my wet tent up. Hopefully I will be able to dry the tent out on the rest day.

We have to get up at 5:30 tomorrow because we have to be at the first ferry at 7am, and we have to ride about 8 kilometres to get there.

We had to pack lunch again as the white truck is on its way to El Chalten. Given that it is going to be a really long day, I made 6 sandwiches.

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Day 148/164: Cochrane to Yungay – 125km

1,749 meters climbing and 1,860 down. Gravel all day.

I set off feeling daunted by the thought of another long day of gravel and horse flies. The first few kilometres the gravel was hard packed, so not too bad to ride on.

At 25 kilometres I was joined a small white dog with black tipped ears and a black patch over one eye. She just appeared out of the bush and started following me. I was quite concerned as there were no houses around and I was worried that she was lost.

Every time I tried to speed up and she fell behind, she barked and cried until I stopped for her.  This meant that my average speed dropped to about 6.5 kilometres an hour. I stopped a few times at rivers so she could get a drink and a couple of times I soaked her with water, as it was really hot. I was not able to stop for long as every time I did I would be surrounded by a cloud of horse flies, thinking they had found a buffet.

I thought she had possibly got off the back of a ute when it stopped, or perhaps had followed other riders from Cochrane and got lost. While I was riding along I was trying to figure out what to do with her. Then I remembered that the next day the lunch truck was leaving us in the morning to follow a 1,000 kilometres trip around to met us in Argentina (because the trucks could not go on the ferries we were catching). This meant the lunch truck would be going back through Cochrane and they could drop her off. Even if she was not from there at least she could join the town strays, with a better chance of food than in the middle of nowhere.

At 53 kilometres she disappeared, she must have been totally exhausted and needed to rest. I spent a few minutes looking for her but then needed to go. It was 3:30pm by the time I got to the lunch truck as it was. Given the time with 55 kilometres still to go, I got the lunch truck to camp instead of riding. I am pleased I did as the last rider got in at 7.30pm (Sue) and the truck had to go back after that to get one rider who was still not in.

Sue asked me when she got in what I had done with the dog? The dog had followed Sue for a couple of kilometres and cried when Sue rode off, but she said she knew I was behind her and no doubt the dog would attach itself to me. A few of the other riders said they had also been followed before 25 kilometres by the dog. I spoke to Luis, the driver of the lunch truck, and if he sees her on the road tomorrow he will stop and pick her up and take her back to Cochrane on his way.

We are camping by a lake, and tomorrow morning we have to catch a ferry across the lake before we start our day of riding. Where we are camping there are a couple of abandoned buildings and one of them is inhabited by two puppies who look to be about 10-12 weeks. Like any puppy, they are full of mischief and the first thing I did was take two cycling shoes off them, much to their disappointment. I put them in my bag until I found who they belonged to, and made sure I left nothing out for the puppies to chew.

At about 8:30pm a car pulled up and the driver hopped out, shut the puppies in the house, and then drove off. The puppies then spent the rest of the evening, until everyone had stopped moving around, standing up on their back legs looking out the window, barking and trying to get attention. Thankfully they settled down and were quiet for the evening once everyone was asleep.

There was a female dog, with a injured front foot, hanging around who I think is the mum. After I saw her around the corner at the ferry dock chasing cars, I didn’t have to wonder how her foot was injured.

These roads keep winding round the mountains (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

These roads keep winding round the mountains (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

On the road today (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

On the road today (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

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Day 147/164: Rio Tranquillo to Cochrane – 116km

2,045 meters climbing and 2,091 down. Gravel all day.

On the way to Cochrane (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

On the way to Cochrane (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

Nice weather again today. I had very tired legs from the slipping and sliding on the gravel yesterday.

Today I don’t think there was more than 5 kilometres of flat road all day. It was just constantly up and down. The uphills and the downhills seemed to go on forever. The downhills were often worse than the uphills with thick loose gravel. I spent quite a bit of today getting off and walking patches of the treacherous gravel.

By the end of the day I was over riding, and gravel, and false summits on hills. We had been told that there was 1,700 meters of climbing but there was over 2,000.

On tarmac 2,000 meters of climbing is totally different than gravel, especially treacherous loose gravel! At 99 kilometres having climbed to what I thought was the top of a hill, I could feel tears not far off when I came round the corner and could see the road still heading up and up into the distance!

Just then an alpaca popped out of the bush and trotted up the road in front of me for about 5 minutes, then stood on the side of the road on a small rise, watching me with great interest as I rode wearily passed. Thankfully this cheered me up, and I managed the rest of the ride in better spirits. Helped by a cold drink at 112 kilometres, before the final 4 kilometres to camp.

Alpaca

Alpaca (Photo credit: Brett’s Facebook page)

The area that we are in from the start of the Carratera Austral through the rest of Chile and Argentina is called Patagonia, and it is beautiful. I always thought NZ, particularly the South Island, was beautiful but this area takes it to another level. Thousands of kilometres of lakes, mountains, rivers, forests – all breathtaking beautiful.

Masses of deep purple lupins fringe the rivers (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

Masses of deep purple lupins fringe the rivers (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

Editor's note: Kaye's wifi access is terrible at the moment, so this is the only photo I have of her amazing scenery . . .

On the road today

Not at all beautiful is the horse fly that I met for the first and then numerous times today! Initially I was not concerned as they hovered around me, as they were just flies. Flies are a nuisance but they don’t bite! Ha! As I found out that, last statement is not true – these flies bite. They put their tongue in to get blood and it stings.

These flies are persistent, they try crawling into your ears and eyes. They get into your hair through the gaps in your helmet. As you are trying to concentrate on getting up a steep hill they bombard you.

They bite through clothing! Nothing quite like going downhill with one sitting your arm stinging you through your arm warmer, and you can’t take you other hand off the handlebars to swat it because you will come off your bike!

They can also fly really fast. I had one keep up with me and land on me for a nice snack when I was going 25 kilometres an hour downhill. I thought this was pretty fast, but one of the other riders Chris W said he had one keep up with him at 45 kilometres an hour! At least at camp that night I was able to swot them if they managed to get their tongue into me.

I was on the bike for nearly 11 hours today. I was totally underwhelmed to find that dinner was 1 sausage, white rice and zucchini and tomato stew! Luckily Sue did not want her sausage as it was a bit spicy for her, and said she right now she would love a sandwich. I had a left over peanut butter sandwich that I made at lunch to take with me that she was delighted to receive. It’s amazing what you are delighted to eat after many hours on a bike and a lack of sufficient food.

Not far from camp (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

Not far from camp (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

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Day 146/164: Cerro Gastilo to Rio Tranquillo – 123km

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.

Heading off in the morning (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

Heading off in the morning (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

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.

Looking across lago tanquilo (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

Looking across lago tanquilo (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

On the road (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

On the road (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

Another beautiful river (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

Another beautiful river (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

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.

The camp site tonight (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

The camp site tonight (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

Editor's caption: Not sure if this is the lake they stayed by, but it's a picture Kaye sent me, and it's pretty, so I thought I'd include it here.

Editor’s caption: Not sure if this is the lake they stayed by, but it’s a picture from around the same date, and it’s pretty, so I thought I’d include it here 🙂

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Day 145/164: Coyhaique to Cerro Gastilo – 99km

1,604 meters climbing, and 1,494 down

Nice weather as we set off today. Not the cloud free blue sky like yesterday, but no mist or rain, and not windy so we can see the mountains for a nice change.

Two more of the full tour riders are taking a break: Jos from South Africa is going off to do a cruise of the Antarctic, and will re join us two days before the end, and John from USA has gone to join up with another rider (Pa who left us in Uspallata), they are going tramping and not sure when, or if, he plans to rejoin. On his Facebook page he posted he “had to leave the tour before he lost his mind”. Not sure if he appreciated my comment “How do you know you haven’t already?”.

On the morning ride there were a few climbs and mostly farm land, then riding through a gorge following a river. Stunning snow topped mountains on both sides.

On the road today

On the road today

On the road today

On the road today

After lunch a gradual climb until 88 kilometres, then down a switch back and then down hill to camp.

Switch backs

Switch backs

Camp is 13 kilometres earlier than planned because the road was shut to traffic until 6pm from 100 kilometres onwards due to roadworks. The road is being widened and they were blasting a way through rock. Thankfully Cristiano talked a restaurant owner, in the town just before the road was shut, into having us camp out behind his restaurant and use the toilet and shower. This does mean another 13 kilometres being added tomorrow.

An example of the roads here

An example of the roads here

The people who own the restaurant have a 3 month puppy called Simba who is already the size of a small Labrador, who delighted with all the attention. When we got there he was tied up, but later on he was let off and he had a lot of fun going around tents and collecting interesting objects such as shoes and towels (this resulted in not such delightful attention and being tied up again).

Wearing my Hospi shirt

Wearing my Hospi shirt

Road markings

Road markings

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Day 144/164: Rest day in Coyhaique

21 days today until the end of the ride! 16 riding days and 4 rest days, plus 2 nights in Ushuaia, then I am on my way home. I can’t wait to see everyone.

I was woken up a few times during the night with pain radiating down my leg and around my hip, so I am now also taking anti inflammatory pills. Luckily I have bought two bottles and have hardly used any. The anti inflammatory medication settled it down really quickly.

Today we have a beautiful clear blue sky, not a single cloud, so subsequently we had great views of the surrounding mountains. I hope it is like this for a couple of days as the scenery is stunning and it would be good to be able see all of it.

The service ethos in Chile (and Argentina) continues to surprise me (not in a good way). Today at breakfast I got there with an hour of breakfast time to go. At least a third of the riders had not yet had breakfast. There was no milk as they had run out and no plan, or even a thought that there should be a plan, to get more! There is a shop they could have bought some from about 200 meters away.

I don’t bother getting snarky with the staff, but some of the riders get really riled up. There is no point, the staff just shrug and say they “Have run out”, like it’s an occurrence totally beyond their control or remedy. A bit like being ignored when you go into a shop, even if you are the only customer. However as mentioned in an earlier blog I know how to remedy this: walk into an area I am not meant to be in and I get instant attention.

After breakfast I skyped with my daughter Tracey, and then went up to the shops to get a few things. I went to the ATM and was about 100 meters away from the machine when I realised I had been pick pocketed! A bit startling that someone had had their hands in my trousers and I had not even noticed! Thankfully I only had approx equivalent of NZ $100 and 1 credit card on me, I have 3 (hmmm actually 2 now) and never carry all 3 together.

I rang up to cancel my card when I got back to my hotel and luckily it had not been used. Probably the thief was watching me and realised that I had noticed pretty much straight away. I looked with great suspicion at everyone around me, apart from the baby in the push chair, but I could not rule out the mum.

Early morning in the Plaza De Armas (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

Early morning in the Plaza De Armas (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

One thing that is very pleasant, but a bit startling after the rest of South America, is here the traffic stops for you – not just on pedestrian crossings, but also when you are just waiting on the side of the road. Most unexpected, given the other places totally disregard any pedestrian crossings laws and rights.

I spent the afternoon catching up with emails, blogging, and napping. For the first time for a long time I am up to date with the blog 😀😀😀😀😀.

Despite two riders not getting any laundry back at all at the last rest day, I still send my clothes to the laundry. Given the amount of times we have sent clothes to the laundry, with 40 plus riders not getting clothes back twice is pretty good averages of the whole trip. Of course it sucks if you happen to be the two rides who got nothing back!

I balance off the occasional missing items against the time it would take to hand wash and wring out. Plus at a number of places the only place to hang it would be in the room and I am not going to spend my rest day living in a laundry. I did not send my gortex rain coat but everything else went. It all came back 😀.

I went to a restaurant just up the road and had salmon ceviche, plus a tomato, onion and oregano salad for dinner, it was delicious.

Then packing bags etc, getting ready for the next 6 day stretch.

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Day 143/164: Villa Amengual to Coyhaique – 146km

1587 meters climbing and 1751 down, and loose gravel.

I woke up still feeling stiff and sore and decided that I would take the lunch truck again today. It is a rest day tomorrow so this will give my aches and strains a chance to get better, and give my legs a well deserved rest before the last 3 weeks of the trip. I had to give Sue a bottle of my anti inflammatory pills as her neck has nearly seized up and she has run out. To get them I had to unpack my bag and managed to overlook repacking my toiletry bag. Thankfully one of the TDA staff found it and put it in the truck, and it was sitting next to the daily bags at the hotel. I keep my asthma medication as well as the usual toothpaste and soap etc in this bag.

The road side is covered the whole way with lupin flowers, mostly purple but also some white and pink lupins. Sue said she had also seen some white and blue combined lupins. With the yellow Scottish broom and the green trees and pastures as the back ground it is very pretty.

Fields of flowers

Fields of flowers

On the road today (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

On the road today (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

Beautiful views

Beautiful views (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

The scenery continues to be stunning with rivers, lakes, snow capped mountains and water falls.

Gorgeous scenery

Gorgeous scenery

Taking in the view

Taking in the view (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

The town of Coyhaigue is bigger than expected. Quite a lots of shops, banks, and a large supermarket. The hotel room is nice, twice the size of the last rest day. It also has a balcony, a fridge and a bathroom with a bath and a plug🛁😀😀😀😀. One nice long soak coming up.

Dropping down to the rest day in Coyhaique.

Dropping down to the rest day in Coyhaique.

View of Coyhaique on our way in (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

View of Coyhaique on our way in (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

A group of us went to dinner at a restaurant that trip advisor said was amongst the best here, and one review said they had the best steak ever. I guess every place has its off night as my steak was overdone and tasteless. Sue and I wanted to order a cocktail but although they had them listed on the menu they didn’t have any of the ones we were interested in. However we had good conversation and a few laughs.

Just before we left I got really sore at the top of my leg, and had to stand up until we left. I managed to go to sleep ok, but it woke me up a few times during the night.

On the road today (Photo credit: Jo's Facebook page)

On the road today (Photo credit: Jo’s Facebook page)

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