Saturday, March 19, 2011

Photos now on Flickr

One final posting to let you know that I have posted about 150 photos from this trip on Flickr at

Thanks for following this blog.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Santiago Chile -- the bonus day

I have safely arrived in Atlanta (as have Beverly and Elspeth). Here is yesterday's post, written on the plane:

Today should have been an uneventful (almost boring) start of a long trek home. It turned out to be anything but.

We left Castro in our shuttle van with about 45 minutes of extra time built into the schedule for those of us with the early (1:50 pm) flight to Santiago. Things were going swimmingly until our driver, Carlos, abruptly pulled over to the side of the road. It turned out that the fuel line on this diesel engine had separated because the clip that holds it had failed. Carlos, tried to work on it, Bill, the engineer in the group, tried to help, and Jeff, our bilingual photographer got out to translate, while Mike and I got out to kibbitz.
Carlos at work with Jeff advising 

Despairing of success, Carlos called for a backup van – with an estimated arrival time of one hour. After we had given up, he walked several hundred yards to a home, obtained some fencing wire, and did a Rube Goldberg repair that held the line well enough that we got started again. Gambling on success, it was decided to have the backup van wait for us at the far side of the ferry crossing.

Driving as if in a rally, Carlos got us to the ferry in good time and we crossed to the mainland. With little time to spare, Carlos continued speeding to the airport, and the backup van followed in case it should be needed. We made it to the airport in plenty of time for those of us booked on the early flight to Santiago.

Now it is 3pm in Santiago and my flight to Atlanta does not leave until 10. An airport tout latches on to me, suggesting a city tour. When I decline, he graciously shows me where to check my bags, since I can’t check in for the international flight until after 7pn. Then, to make a long story short, I decide to take the tour of Santiago.

My new best friend connects me with Eduardo, “an English speaking guide” who will show me around the city and get me back to the airport in time for my flight. We agreed on a price of $80. WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME. Eduardo’s English was about as good as my Spanish, and we just kept switching languages as necessary. He took me to all of the highlights of the city, and seemed to have a magical touch with the local constabulary. He parked wherever he wanted, despite the no parking signs, gave a nod to the nearest policeman, and walked with me to the principal attractions of Santiago – the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Plaza de Armas, the Castillo Hidalgo and several other sites.

I am so glad that I decided to do this instead of simply sitting in the airport. I didn’t really appreciate how much of the flavor of a city one could get in such a short time.

I am writing this on the plane and will post it as soon as I have internet access – probably in Atlanta.

Guy with the carabinieri
The Chilean flag behind me

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Last Day

All good things must come to an end, and today was our last day of cycling in Chile. It is approaching midnight, and I still have to pack, so this will be brief -- not doing the day justice, but providing a flavor.

Although we only did 40 miles today, we did the most climbing of any day on the trip. Nearly 4000 feet, some of it at grades well above 12%. The payoff was the finale -- we descended into the town of Achao with stunning view in perfect weather with lots of sun.

To get to this finale, we started out in Castro and cyled northeast to Dalcahue, where we visited another of the magnificent old wooden churches that dot this archipelago. From Dalcahue, we took a ferry (about a seven minute ride) to the island of Quinchao. We rode our bikes right on to the ferry, and upon getting off, we had an immediate climb away from the shore. After a few more climbs and another great descent, we had a picnic lunch at the beach in the small village of Palqui.

We fell in love with Anastasia, the three year old daughter of our hosts. She had her own digital camera and was taking pictures of each of us, which she would then proudly show us. She did remarkably well. The lunch was a barbecufre of lamb cooked on a spit over a wood fire, and was excellent. While we were eating, Anastasia went around the table and gave each of us a friendly kiss.

The biggest climb of the day was immediately after lunch. From sea level to about 400 feet in less than a kilometer. This was followed by a number of rolling hills and the great descent to the town of Achao that I mentioned at the beginning.

We then ferried back to the island of Chiloe and shuttled back to the hotel. We had a wonderful farewell dinner (which is why I am writing this at midnight) and brought this tour to a pleasant close.

When I get home, I will be organizing my photos and posting them on Flickr, so look for one more blog post with details.

View from the Island of Quinchao
On the Island of Quinchao
Fishermen near our lunch spot

Monday, March 7, 2011

To the Pacific (and we're still East of Florida!)

Today started out a little chilly (no pun intended) but remained sunny up until lunch time when it started to cloud over. We felt a few sprinkles but never had real rain. We did about 35 miles total for the day, as well as two long walks in the National Park in the afternoon.

Our hotel is one of the many "palafitos" in Castro -- stilt houses. These houses, hostels and other buildings along the water's edge are built on stilts (at the rear) because of the tides coming in and out. The front of the buildings are at street level. My room is on the back, or stilt side, of the hotel. I don't have a picture of it yet, but here is a photo of some other palafitos.
Leaving the hotel, we had a few modest climbs and then left the main highway for a stop in the town of Chonchi where we visited the famous old church, which is built entirely of wood. Then it was back on the bikes. Shortly afterwards, we turned off onto a less traveled road, heading toward the Chiloe National Park. This was very rural farm country and very scenic. We had some fine views of Lake Huillinco which was "flat ass calm" (a term of art from Nova Scotia) and acted as a perfect mirror.
We continued on to a cluster of homes of about 30 families of the people indigenous to the island of Chiloe. At one of them we had a picnic of their typical food, which included sea bass empanadas, cheese empanadas, a delicious bread, and a pancake-like combination of potato and pork. We also had some delicious freshly squeezed juices. Four year old Matthias (son of our hostess) loved to pose for pictures.

Lisa with Matthias and his aunt
After lunch, we had only five miles or so until we hit the national park. The bikes went into the van, and we were led on a fascinating walk through the rain forest by our Chiloe guide, Juan Pablo. An agronomist by training, he is very knowledgeable and told us a great deal about the many plants we saw. One of these was a giant rhubarb-like plant. They do eat the stalk, as we do with rhubarb, but as a salad or appetizer ingredient, somewhat like celery.

With the "giant rhubarb"

 After that we crossed the road and walked for about half an hour to the Pacific Ocean. It struck me as amazing that we could be viewing the Pacific while two time zones east of the eastern seabord of the US.
Elspeth and Guy at the Pacific

After returning to the van we shuttled back to the hotel. Then, following a welcome hot shower, we went into Castro for some quick shopping and a dinner at a restaurant on the water. I had another "curanto" (see yesterday's blog), prepared in a kitchen instead of a fire pit. This one had mussels that were far and away the largest that I had ever seen. The verdict -- good, but not as good as the one last night.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Chiloe Island

Today was a transfer day. We shuttled from Petrohue to the island of Chiloe by van, ferry, and more van travel. We had lunch at a very pleasant cliffside restaurant in Ancud with a wonderful ocean view. From there, we continued by van to the Punihuil National Reserve for a boat trip around three small islets were we saw both Humboldt and Magellan penguins, as well as a variety of other sea birds and some sea otters.

The process of boarding the small fishing boats that took us out to see the penguins was fascinating. The boats come as far ashore as possible, and then the passengers are wheeled out to the boats on top of carts that resemble porters' baggage carts.

After the penguin visit, we contiinued driving along a narrow, bumpy, and hilly dirt road to a small farm where we enjoyed the typical food of the island, the "Curanto al hoyo." This is similar to what we know as a clam bake, or perhaps a luau. They build a fire in a pit, heat lots of stones in the pit, then pile in leaves and the food, including clams (lots of them), sausage, pork, potatoes, and some dumpling like patties made of potatoes. All the preparation was done before we got there, so we got to watch the unearthing and then enjoyed the feast in the dining room.

Since today was Maria Elena's birthday (she is one of the owners of Experience Plus) we had an extra festive atmosphere and a delicious birthday cake.

After dinner, we rode to the town of Castro (the third largest city in Chile) on paved roads, and arrived at the hotel where we will stay for three nights, until it is time for us to return home.

I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story.

Beach on Chiloe Island

Boarding process for the penguin viewing

Penguin of Chiloe Island

Sea birds of Chiloe Island

Penguins off Chiloe Island
Curanto al hoyo (dinner!)

Some of the crew

Friday, March 4, 2011

Day 7 -- a route change that led to another great ride

As originally planned, we were to continue riding around Lake Llanquihue in the direction of Petrohue, with a stop at the water falls on Lago Todos los Santos (Lake of all the Saints). However, road construction has made this route all but impassable, so we shuttled in the vans to the small village (hamlet?) of Ensanada, and got on the bikes for an out and back ride to Ralun.

This turned out to be a windfall. The road was very lightly travelled, had good pavement, lots of great views, and a considerable amount of climbing that never got real steep. Once again, the weather cooperated with clear skies and lots of sun.

Jeff Bartlett, a professional photographer on our trip took the photo of me (below) with my camera. For some really great shots of our trip, you might want to visit his blog at

Yep, that's me!

We stopped at the turnaround point and ate what we had with us -- a banana here, a ceral bar there, a couple of energy gels, and some cheese that Elsbeth generously shared. For dessert, I just pulled over to the side of the road and got my fill of blackberries fresh off the bush. I didn't even have to dismount from the bike.

When we got back to the main road at Ensenada, we continued on to the famous "saltos" or waterfalls. After a pleasant stop and some very welcom ice cream, we loaded the bikes on the van because the pavement ended at this point and the last three miles to the lodge where we are staying this evening. This is also the terminus of the route from Barriloche (our starting point) that combines a series of boat and bus rides through the lakes of the region.

More beautiful scenery

Guy, Doug and Elspeth
 Tomorrow is the end of the first part of the tour and a few of our number will be leaving us for home. The rest of us will be transferring to the Island of Chiloe.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Rest Day

This morning we all piled into our two vans and drove for about 45 minutes to the Pacific port town of Puerto Montt. After a brief stop for picture taking from a vantage point high above the city we descended to the area where we would have lunch. We had almost an hour to roam around, take pictures, and purchase souvenirs from the myriad vendors of artisanal handicrafts.

The highlight was the fish market, a working market where small fishermen sell their catches to restaurant owners and others. I saw the congrio (conger eel) which I had eaten yesterday. They look very different hanging from a rack like sausage than they do nicely breaded and fried and served on a plate. Lots of workers were shucking and packing shellfish, especially sea urchins.

We had a very pleasant lunch in a small restaurant above the fish market itself. The height of the tourist season has passed, and we tend to eat early by Chilean standards, so we had the restaurant to ourselves for most of the lunch hour. The proprietor was extremely friendly, offering some complimentary salmon appetizers and delicious fish broth. We were invited to stand at the small kitchen area and watch the food preparation.

At our table, we share three main courses -- two "chupes" and some "loco" which is a very close relative of the abalone. The chupes were a sort of thick stew comprised of bread soaked in cream, lots of parmesan cheese, and seafood of your choosing. We had one with crab and one with shrimp. Both were delicious. The loco was also quite good, but one portion shared among four people was the right way to go.

Fishermen at Puerto Montt

Fishermen at Pueto Montt

Ashore at Pueto Montt

Preparing sea urchins

Crabmeat for the chupe
After lunch we returned to Puerto Varas for our "rest."  Attched are a few pictures from Puerto Montt.

After the rain, a great day

Sampling Mate
I awoke in the middle of the night to the sounds of high winds and heavy rain. It was still raining when we finished breakfast, and it was not clear whether we would be riding in the morning. We decdided to wait it out, and while we were doing so, Javier introduced us to the cultural phenomenon of drinking mate  (yerba mate), an herbal tea that is immensely popular in South America.

By 10:30 the rain had abated and Doug Darby and I set off on our bicycles. Several others opted to  have the van take them past the gravel road, or past the first climb. I started out with my rain gear (which turned out to be unnecessary) which quickly became a sauna suit, so I took it off about 40 minutes into the ride. The weather got progressively better as we approached Frutillar, our lunch stop.

In 1856, 47 German families settled in Frutillar and this village of about 5000 people still maintains many of its Germanic traditions. We had lunch in the German social club, with a menu in German and Spanish that included lots of pork and sauerkraut, as well as more traditional Chilean dishes. I had congrio (Conger eel) that was excellent. We then visited the museum that commemorates the colonization of this part of Chile by the Germans (jointly established by the Chilean and German governments), while Javier fixed my rear tire which was slowly going flat.

View of Orsono volcano from Frutillar

The afternoon ride was optional because of some very steep hills. At one point my GPS unit showed a 21% grade, but when I uploaded the data to the computer, it looks like our true maximum was "only" 18%. Both of the climbs were in the 10 to 18 per cent range and were quite challenging, even if they weren't long. They were worth it, however, because of the fantastic views of the Orsono and Calbuco volcanoes on the far side of Lake Llanquihue. We also saw some salmon farms in the lake.

Salmon farm in Lake Llanquihue
We arrived in Puerto Varas, our home for two nights, in late afternoon. Tomorrow is a rest day, with options of rafting, canyoning, or just relaxing and enjoying the pleasures of Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt. Several of us, including me, have opted for the latter.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Puyehue to Puerto Octay on Lago LLanquihue

Another fantastic day weatherwise and cycling wise. I can't believe our good luck with the weather. This morning, for the first time, most of started out in cycling jerseys without our jackets. The temperature stayed pleasant all day and the sunshine was perfect.

We have been following the principal road through the national park. Today we had a 3.5 mile detour on a side road and were told that there might be a "surprise" for us. There was (as you can see in the photo below). The surprise was that there was no fog to obscure the magnificent view of the Orsono volcano and Lago Rupanco in front. The view point was a place called El Encanto.

We did 38 miles before stopping for lunch at a pleasant restaurant where we had three choices -- roasted chicken, a thin beef steak, or trout.  I had the trout (in a sandwich) with lettuce, tomato and a wonderful avocado. This was followed by a choice of "kuchens." There is still a very strong Swiss and German influence here, so German words pop up quite regularly.

For those who wished to do the afternoon ride, we had to take about a 30 mile shuttle ride in the van around the city of Osorno. We then did another 20 miles on the bike into Puerto Octay. There was some climbing, but long flat stretches as well. The pavement was excellent, except for the last mile or so which was an unpaved road right into our hotel which is right on Lago Llanquihoe. From my room, I have a view of the lake and the Osorno volcano.

Dinner is coming up, so I will close.

Crossing into Chile

It is now after 11 pm and we have another day of cycling tomorrow, so I will be brief even though this was a full and interesting day.

What made it interesting, on top of all the majestic scenery and some good climbing, was the convoluted process of leaving Argentina and entering Chile. We had to proceed as a group, which meant that those who arrived at the check points first had to wait for the rest. The first check point was for leaving Argentina. The customs people dutifully recorded the serial number of every bicycle, so that Experience Plus could bring them back into Argentina without paying tax. The rest of the process was pretty straightforward, but we were there almost an hour in total. We then had 25 miles to go before formally entering Chile.

Those 25 miles consisted of a good climb (to about 4000 feet) where the actual international border is and where we had another good lunch. This was followed by a great descent down to the Chilean entry point. Apparently the reason for the “no man’s land” in the middle is that there is a lot of snow on the peak in the winter, so they put the border control at lower elevations. It took us almost two hours to get through the entry process. Again, we had to go through as a group, and they inspected every piece of baggage (mostly by x-ray for us, although they did thorough hand searches of individual autos) and hand searched all of our bicycle packs.

After that it was a pleasant ride through lush Chilean country side to the thermal spas of Puyehue, where we are spending the night. This is a very posh resort – a relaxing visit to the thermal pools was a nice way to top off a day of cycling that included about 55 miles with about 4300 feet of climbing, including a sustained 1 mile climb at about 6 and ½ percent grade near the end.

Due to photographer error, some of my “great shots” are terribly overexposed. Nonetheless, here are two photos that did come out ok. (I am using two cameras, which provides some measure of insurance.)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday -- riding to Villa la Angostura

We had an absolutely beautiful day for our first full day of cycling. The bike felt great and the roads had a good smooth riding surface. There were no shoulders, but traffic was fairly light, and the drivers were quite courteous. We were basically riding along the same two lane highway by Lake Nahuel Huapi through the National Park of the same name.

We left Bariloche in the van to avoid the city traffic, and then took to the bikes. We rode about 43 miles along gently rolling terrain. The grade was generally less than five per cent when we were ascending and only once did I see seven percent.

We had a picnic lunch at a beach on the lake. They really did it up nicely, with salads, three kinds of empanadas, fruit, and even coffee or cappuccino afterwards.

I understand that we have a few others blogging on this trip. When I get the links, I will post them.

The lodge we are staying at is very pleasant, and I am looking forward to a stroll in the town after finishing this post.

I almost forgot to mention last night's dinner -- it has to have been the highlight of the trip so far. We went to one of the more famous "parrillas" for the authentic Argentine beef. They grill huge quantities of been (as well as lamb, chicken and sausaage) on a large grill in the center of the restaurant. We all ordered "half portions" which were Huge and did a little sharing. I ordered the beef cooked "a punto" (medium rare) and it was delicious and tender.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Saturday in Bariloche

I enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in the hotel with Carolyn and Harold from Utah and Beverly from Rochester, NY¸ all of whom will be on the tour. This is the fourth Argentinian tour for Carolyn and Harold. Later in the morning, I ran into Doug Darby, a fellow alum from last year’s tour in New Zealand.

This morning I strolled around the center of the city, taking a few more pictures and doing some window shopping. I had lunch in a very pleasant Italian restaurant (the vast majority of the restaurants here are Italian). I got through the entire meal without a word of English (and feeling quite good about it) until the waitress brought the bill and informed me in English that “the tip is not included.” I do find that a lot more people here speak English than was the case in Buenos Aires.

In midafternoon I went and got my bicycle set up and did a very short test ride. The bike seems to fit well, so I don’t anticipate any problems. I met our tour guides Maria Elena (from Experience Plus’s offices in Colorado) and Javier, as well as a few more of the tour participants.

Tomorrow we will bike about 56 miles to Villa La Angostura, our first and only stop in Argentina. Then we will cross into Chile. It was suggested that we buy some Chilean pesos today since it will be difficult to do so for the next couple of days. Unfortunately, today is Saturday and you can’t buy Chilean pesos in Argentina on the weekend. I suspect that I will get by just fine with dollars and credit cards.

I am unlikely to have internet access for the next several days, so this will probably be my last post for a while.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Bariloche at Last

Today was the first day of perfect weather, all day. It was great in Buenos Aires when I got started and it has been great since I arrived in Bariloche. The forecast is for more of the same for several days. If we had to have rain, I would prefer to have it in Buenos Aires than after we start cycling. (Of course, we could still get some later in the trip.)
 I left the hotel earlier than necessary -- it turns out that the trip to the airport for domestic flights is only about ten minutes, and the lines were not bad. So, I had plenty of extra time, but that is much better than missing a flight.
The flight to Bariloche was just over two hours and was uneventful. After a brief taxi ride to the Hotel Edelweiss, I unpacked and took a leisurely stroll through the town. It is a very interesting town -- in the winter it is the center of a lot of winter sports activity, and in the summer it hosts lots of hiking, campinng and water sports related activities. It is strictly a tourist town, and the town center reflects that, with lots of stores looking for the traveler's dollar. The town fancies itself as modeled after a Swiss alpine village. The first thing I noticed in the town square were a few St. Bernard's (whose owners were photographers who would take your photo with the dog and sell it to you).
The biggest surprise is the number of large and fancy chocolate shops. I counted at least a dozen, with many of them manufacturing chocolate candies on the premises. Several also had quality ice cream counters. (Yes, I had ice cream.)
I got back to the hotel intending to get to this blog, but it took me almost an hour to get the internet connection working. Hopefully it will last long enough for me to get this posted.
The photo below is a picture of the town square. Tomorrow I will be free until the group has our first meeting and a short ride later in the afternoon.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thursday -- a full day in Buenos Aires

I had a very interesting morning with a half day bus tour of the city. We were a small group of about twelve people and an English speaking guide who was very knowledgeable. We visited the areas of Puerto Madero (a new and expensive area of shops, restaurants, offices and residences along the water), Centro (with the Plaza de Mayo and Government House), San Telmo (with an old monastery turned penitentiary, turned museum), La Boca (with the colorful and touristy street Caminito), and Recoleta (with the cemetery where Evita is interred, and where there are lots of upscale residences, shops, and museums).

Don and Janice, from Baltimore, were pleasant companions. They are on the way home after finishing a National Geographic tour (expedition?) to Antarctica. Several of us left the tour at Recoleta rather than going directly back to our hotels. I did this and immediately stopped for a delicious dolce de leche (a classic gelato type treat). Then I did lots more walking and picture taking until the rain made me think that it was a good time to go back to the hotel.

I will have to leave BA in the morning to catch a mid day flight to Bariloche where I will spend the next two days. Pictured below are one of the many sculptures in the Caminito and one of several plaques on Evita's mausoleum.

First Impressions of Buenos Aires

After settling in, I spent several hours walking around Buenos Aires, with no specific plan. I went the length of Calle Florida, a mile long pedestrian shopping center (like a big Times Square), wandered around a few side streets, and then set off in the opposite direction throught the Retiro district. The sun didn't really come out until about 5:30 pm. Most of the time there was a slight drizzle.
The elegant: The Gallerias Pacifico is a large multi-story shopping mall with several upscale stores and a variety of restaurants. There is a gallery of ceiling and wall murals that reminds me of a major museum.
Ceiling murals at Gallerias Pacifico
The mundane: Lots of McDonalds and Burger Kings as well as a few Starbucks.
The depressing:  I saw lots of poverty. There were whole families sleeping in doorways even in the better shopping areas. Interestingly, I didn't see any one obviously begging.
The security: Many governement buildings had large contingents of police guarding them, almost all of them wearing bulletproof vests. Even store security guards had the vests.

Election Graffiti

The graffiti:  This seems to be a universal phenomenon. Buenos Aires is no exception.
The impressive: Just off the Plaza San Martin (near my hotel) is a monument to the fallen in the battle of the Maldive [Falkand] Islands and the South Atlantic, with guards like we have at the tomb of the unknown soldier. I just happened by at the changingof the guard.

Guard at monument to the fallen in the Maldives

Tomorrow I will take the City Bus Tour in the morning for a more organized approach.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

5000 miles later

The flight from Atlanta to Buenos Aires was long but uneventful. I even got some sleep and arrived feeling fairly refreshed. (It will catch up with me later.) It was raining pretty hard when we arrived, but had pretty much let up by the time that I reached the hotel.

My first surprise was when I realized that I had to pay a $140 US “entry fee” to enter Argentina. I had read about this but forgotten all about it. Needless to say, American Express, Visa and MasterCard are all accepted. (Although it is not a visa, it is much like one – they put a card in your passport showing that the fee was paid, and allowing unlimited reentry for ten years.)

When I checked in at the hotel, the receptionist told me that my room did not include breakfast since I was “paying” with Marriott points. However, since I still have “gold” status with Marriott, I do have lounge privileges and the lounge has an excellent breakfast buffet. Since my room is not ready yet, I am in the lounge having a late breakfast and catching up on the blog and email.

I am also watching TV and seeing the terrible news about the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was just a little over a year ago that I was in Christchurch beginning my last cycling trip, so this news hits pretty hard.

I am looking forward to getting the feel of the city this afternoon and taking some pictures.

PS -- after waiting for this room that didn't include breakfast, I was given a very large suite -- so here are the first pictures of the trip:

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

One flight down; one to go

I made it to Atlanta with absolutely no problems. On time departure and early arrival. Weather here is great and after a four hour layover, I'll be on the way to Buenos Aires -- a ten hour flight. There should be a little light rain in the morning, but then absolutely delightful weather for Wednesday and Thursday. Next post will be from south of the equator.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Final Countdown

I leave Tuesday morning, flying from San Francisco to Atlanta, and then on to Buenos Aires -- about 18 hours, airport to airport. I have started the "pre-packing -- deciding which suitcase and carryon to use, and assembling a variety of odds and ends, like chargers and adapters for camera batteries and cycle computer; a new "Pedco Ultra Clamp" that lets me attach a camera to the bike's handle bars or other support, various "lotions and potions," etc. 

After two days in Buenos Aires, I fly about 800 miles further southwest to San Carlos de Bariloche where we will start cycling.

I have been studying Spanish (with Rosetta Stone) for eight months, and will put it to the test on the airplane, reading "Fidel y Raul, Mis Hermanos" a memoir by their sister Juanita. Fortunately, I have a good English Spanish dictionary app on my iPhone. I expect to put it to good use.

Although I hope I don't need it, I will be bringing rain gear. There was one day in New Zealand when I really wished that I had it. I even went out  a couple of weeks ago and rode in the rain for an hour just to be sure that I could stay dry from head to toe.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Patagonia: Here I come

Seventeen Days left until I head for my cycling trip in the Patagonian region of Argentina and Chile. Time to crank up the blog again.