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Day 1246, Lago Guillelmo – Bariloche: Feeling at Home

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Feb - 21 - 2014

Distance: 48.28 km
Ride time: 3:03:36
Average: 15.77 km/h
Total: 23442 km

It had been raining the whole night, but luckily the rain stopped as we were having breakfast in our tents. Sometimes you are lucky. A few hours later and the sun was shining!

I had been in contact with Jorge LU5VV who lives in Bariloche. Jorge had invited Michael and I to stay at his house while in town. He had also explained that the climb to his house would be hard to do on a bike. At first we were thinking that since we had done a few climbs on Carretera Austral it couldn’t be too bad. It was!

Jorge lives on top of a hill, in a beautiful wooden house he has built himself. The view from his living room over the lakes is absolutely stunning.

Jorge had a few things to do in town, so he dropped us off at the city center. After being in isolated Patagonia for so long it was a proper culture shock to be in a crowded city center again.

Bariloche is filled with tourists. Everywhere people try to sell you all kind of things in the street, and I saw the first McDonald’s in 3000 km – I don’t think there are many places in the world where you can travel 3000 km without seeing one. Another good reason to explore Patagonia!

Back home in Jorge’s house we enjoyed a dinner consisting of wonderful milanesas and red wine before going to bed… not in our tents but in a real room with real beds. We had only known Jorge for a few hours, but we already felt truly at home.

Categories: Argentina
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2 Responses so far.

  1. “Real room with real beds”.

    I like that.

  2. Tony Graham says:

    What a beautiful wooden house, I think I would like this house a lot! Enjoying the blog very much, very inspiring.