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Day 1235: Amengual – Puyuhuapi

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Feb - 15 - 2014

Distance: 82.72 km
Ride time: 5:48:21
Average: 14.27 km/h
Total: 22876 km

When you are wild camping there is no excuse but to get up and ride – even though it is raining. Luckily the rain was not too heavy this morning.

The nice sealed road I had been enjoying for 3 days soon turned into a dirt road, just as a climb up to a 500 m pass was about to begin. The road was narrow and steep as it climbed up through a forest. On the top of the climb a few tourists were getting ready to hike the two hours up to a glacier viewpoint. I could see the glacier from the road, and although I thought it would have been a nice walk, I was a bit too tired and cold to consider going for it.

Instead I was rolling down the other side of the hill into Puyuhaupi, a cozy little village with German history founded in the 1930’s. I think it must rain a lot on this part of Chile because the whole camp site was covered with roofs, almost like sleeping in a garage. Something I was glad about as the raindrops continued to fall.

As I’m only spending a limited amount of money for sleeping (a 5$ camp site every 3rd night or so) there is more money to spend on food. Today I went to a nice restaurant overlooking the cloudy lake and ordered a 3 course meal! The best thing was probably the salad as that is not something I have been eating a lot of lately. Vegetables and fruits are expensive in this isolated spot of the world.

My camp site had a kitchen, and as with almost any kitchen in Patagonia the central piece of furniture was the wood stove. Not only good for cooking, but also for keeping warm and drying clothes.

Categories: Chile
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4 Responses so far.

  1. Martin Coutts says:

    Thomas, keep sending the updates it is great to hear about your trip and see some great photos. Best wishes Martin

  2. Hi Martin! Thanks for the note. I’m glad you are enjoying the updates. Greetings from Chile, Thomas

  3. Great coverage of your trip including photo’s. Keep up the good work. Andrew

  4. Thomas says:

    Thanks Andrew! I’m glad you are enjoying the updates. Thomas