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Carretera Austral.  Part 2: Coyhaique to Villa O’Higgins

Carretera Austral. Part 2: Coyhaique to Villa O’Higgins

…Plan A is to complete the Carretera Austral in 20-25 days.  This will ensure I’m in Puerto Natales in good time for Cathy and Adam’s arrival on 17 December, while preserving my ageing legs with a modest 50-60kms of cycling a day.  Plan B is to ignore Plan A...
Carretera Austral.  Part 1: Puerto Montt to Coyhaique

Carretera Austral. Part 1: Puerto Montt to Coyhaique

It’s a 13-hour bus journey from Santiago to Puerto Montt, although the fare for the overnight journey is little more than the cost of a night’s accommodation at the Ibis in Santiago.  The Chilean sitting in the next seat has his beady eye on me as he wants to practise...
Fiambala to Puerto Montt

Fiambala to Puerto Montt

If I push my stomach out, and arch my back a bit, I can just about make my feet disappear, which is gratifying.  Such is the progress I have made over the past 10 days on Project “Fatten Up” ahead of the next phase of the trip, which starts from Puerto Montt on...
Belen to Monte Pissis

Belen to Monte Pissis

I’ve officially recovered from my previous exertions, thanks to a soothing balm of ice-cream and Stella Artois, and it’s time to get back on the road.  The broken wire on my odometer has been fixed by a wizard at the motorbike shop with a pair of pliers,...
Tolar Grande to Belen

Tolar Grande to Belen

So, now I’m back in Tolar Grande and I fancy some creature comforts, such as ice-cream, beer and a hot shower (although not all at the same time).  From glimpses of my waistline, I can see that the gentle folds of flesh are gone, and my ribcage is looking like a...