Cycling The Globe

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Day 1211, El Calafate – The Red House: Rolling Uphill

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Jan - 20 - 2014

Distance: 76.90 km
Ride time: 5:08:06
Average: 15.0 km/h
Total: 21859 km

The weather forecast promised gale force winds for the beginning of the day, but from the window at the bakery where I was enjoying my breakfast things didn’t seem too crazy.

For a change I would be cycling east and therefore enjoying some tailwind for the first 33 kilometers. I thought I might as well take advantage and see how this Patagonian wind works when it is in your favor.

I have never tried anything like it! On the hills I would easily be rolling up at 35 km/h. As I hit the top of a hill I stopped turning the pedals, felt the bike accelerate by itself, and the next time I looked at my speedometer it showed 52 km/h. Crazy stuff! I was flying past the backpackers trying to hitch hike their way out of town. I bet the wished they had a bicycle as well.

Of course things couldn’t continue like this, and after the quickest 33 km in Cycling The Globe history the road took a sharp turn and speed slowed to the usual 10 km/h. I knew this would be where things got difficult as the wind was now coming from the front and side. It was a real struggle trying to stay on the road, and I was blown into the dirt several times. At least the scenary was beautiful.

Michael, the Danish cycling I met the other day, had told me about a red house where it would be possible to camp behind some trees. As I saw the house I was relieved. A good place to pitch your tent in a storm is not easy to find in Patagonia.

Categories: Argentina
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2 Responses so far.

  1. Tony Graham says:

    I liked your phrase “in Cycling The Globe history”
    There must be lots of interesting facts and figures from your ride! I will be one of the first people to buy your book when it is ready! (or will you write it in Danish!)

  2. Hard work only makes the fantastic scenery even more fantastic and rewarding!