Day 119 (February 10, 2013)
Lake Vichuquen, Chile to Lota, Chile
Ride: 246 Miles
stealth campsite ended up being perfect. Quiet, secluded, and with a great view,
what more can you ask for?
took our time getting ready and I got out the good stuff for
on the road I stopped to take a picture, put my foot down in a hole, and fell
over. Luckily the bike was resting on a ledge and I was able to take a picture
of Max as he rode by before crawling out from underneath.
to the odd angle that the bike was resting at, I was having a hell of a time
getting it upright again. A few minutes later, a few Chileanos in a truck
stopped and gave me a hand getting the bike back upright. Once we got back to
pavement, I found a gas station and stopped to change my oil and my front brake
about an hour of maintenance time, we hit the road again.
we got further south, the terrain started to remind me more and more of the
pacific northwest. I think this area is a large paper and wood chip producing
region in Chile. Max, who is a forester back in Australia, kept commenting on
all of the sawmills and pulp factories that we were seeing.
was lots of construction on the small coastal roads that we were traversing and
I kept seeing this sign which kindly reminded me that my inconvenience was a
small price to pay for the benefit of the route:
eventually made it to Concepción where we hunted unsuccessfully for a hostal
that was listed in the Lonely Planet South America Guide. Frustrated, we
eventually gave up and drove south to the small coastal town of Lota and a
municipal campground (-37.11664, -73.15027) that was listed on our GPS. It ended
up only costing 500 Pesos (about $1.00) per person to camp there, so we stayed
and took advantage of the bathrooms.
There weren't any tiendas nearby,
so instead of cooking, we ate at one of the tourist restaurants on the nearby
beach, thereby negating the money we had saved by camping. Still, we were
treated to an incredible sunset.
returning to our campsite, several of the Chilean families camping there stopped
by to say hi and chat. One of them even brought us some home made bread. The
Mayor's sister even dropped by to give us an official welcome to the small
municipality of Lota. Man, all of the Chileans I have met so far have been