By March 3rd we had made it to Coyhaique on the Carretera Austral in Chile. We are still in Chilean Patagonia, having left the Magallanes region a little while back. The weather for the most part has been fine if a little cold and the roads dusty. They are still quite rough and our bikes are taking a pounding. Our first stop after leaving Cochrane was Rio Tranquilo where we intended to take a boat trip out to view the marble caves. However a slight navigational error out of Cochrane mean't we arrived too late in the day so booked for the next morning. It rained and blew all night but next morning the sun was out and though the lake was a little choppy we had an excellent time visiting the caves.
The rain came back in the afternoon so it was a slightly damp and cold trip to Coyhaique where we caught up with Robin and Dianne. It's been four weeks and 7,000 km but we finally connected. Just as well as it turns out because they had stumbled on information about the ferry sailings we will need in a few days time. Seems that in March the services are drastically reduced and we could have been stuck on the wharf for days just waiting.
I'm going to need tyres very soon.
|It's nice when the sun's out|
|Views to die for everywhere|
|Cathedrals of Marble|
|How cool is this|
|The road to Coyhaique|