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Patagonia 1 : La Carretera Austral (sealed)

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    Posted: 19 March 2017 at 09:09
Last month we took our bikes to Chile and started riding south from Coyhaique on Ruta 7, the Carretera Austral. The first hundred kilometres are on sealed road, first asphalt and then concrete. The concrete was decaying in places so we had to watch carefully for potholes.

1. Waterfall


2. Bales


3. I was pleased how this turned out, a grab shot as the birds took off and fairly heavily cropped, nice to see both sides of the ibis wings too. Since the bikes were fully laden with camping gear I took only my A77 with the Sony/Zeiss 16-80. There were a few occasions when I yearned for something longer.


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5. Lunch stop


6. Straight road


7. Bendy road


8. Only 8km to the start of the ripio, the unsealed surface of variable quality which extends over 500km to the end of the road.


We planned to ride all the way then cross into Argentina but it didn't turn out that way.
 



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Always enjoy your travelogs, very nice series!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote KoBra64 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 March 2017 at 09:56
I love threads like these and as I usually don't see many shots of Patagonia I'm looking forward for more.
Ah, the suspense of a cliffhanger...

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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 March 2017 at 09:58
When you wrote bikes, I assumed it was motorbikes, but those are bicycles in the background of #5 - I'm impressed

I probably would've brought something similar like your A77 and 16-80. You write that there were a few occasions when you yearned for something longer, next time you might find some room for a 55-200 (or something like a 55-300/100-300APO)

I like especially #2, #3 (indeed, good catch), #7 and #8. Looking forward to the next instalment of Patagonia! TFS.
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Great! Although it first sounds like Chile is somewhere on the road out of Cardiff I must say that I admire your courage and energy!

And it has been obviously a rewarding experience. My favorites are ## 6, 7 and 8 and the lunch stop, #5, of course. It looks as if you were the only people traveling there! It would be nice to learn a bit more about the circumstances of your traveling: Are there accommodations for bikers? What were the distances you covered in a day? The weather?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote slo.Metallc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 March 2017 at 21:44
Wow, that is a great "travelog".


I love bendy road in #7 and I wish I could ride my bike there too.
Landscape looks great and so peaceful through whole series.
Looking forward to see more.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alanfrombangor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 March 2017 at 14:38
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:


I probably would've brought something similar like your A77 and 16-80. You write that there were a few occasions when you yearned for something longer, next time you might find some room for a 55-200 (or something like a 55-300/100-300APO)

My 70-300 SSM would have done the job but it's an extra 0.75kg to add to my existing heavy load, plus restricting myself to one lens reduced the chance of acquiring sensor dust.
Originally posted by waldo_posth waldo_posth wrote:

t looks as if you were the only people traveling there! It would be nice to learn a bit more about the circumstances of your traveling: Are there accommodations for bikers? What were the distances you covered in a day? The weather?

There were two other cyclists at that lunch stop when we arrived, a young woman from Colorado who'd been cycling through South America for the past year, starting in Colombia. She was tiny but tough enough to undertake such a solo trip with full camping gear. Her companion was was from South Africa and had been accompanying her for the past couple of months.
Accommodation varied, sometimes camping was the only option. We also used cabanas (cabins), hostels and hospedajes (b&b).
Patagonia is notorious for wind but we were lucky, it was no more windy than back home. We had two spells of heavy rain lasting a few days but generally we enjoyed fine weather.
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Great trip and photos! Are the roads often this empty?
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Great photos and I am looking forward to the rest.
Visited eh North of Chile last month with the south still on my bucket list.
More the impressive you did it on bike.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alanfrombangor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 March 2017 at 07:58
Luke, the road was quiet but every vehicle produced a cloud of dust.
Domien, it's a very photogenic region.
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