Out of the bubble......... "One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." -- Henry Miller

Photos: back to Argentina

ARGENTINA | Sunday, 16 Mar 2014 | Photo Gallery

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The other side of the fjord...

CHILE | Sunday, 16 Mar 2014 | Views [83]

February 6th ...... pedaling loaded with yummy, yummy bread- there were two somewhat rough, steep climbs and then smooth sailing....until O'Higgins we were told. What is a steep climb, anyways? Anything different from what I haven't done already? I hardly ... Read more >

The ferry from heaven! Puerto Yungay

CHILE | Sunday, 16 Mar 2014 | Views [80]

February 5th Can't really call any riding on the C. Austral smooth, BUT: We reached the ferry dock in the evening and had missed the last one at 6pm by 45 minutes (we weren't really trying..).  We had ridden part way with another french couple on ... Read more >

Cochrane and Caleta Tortel: (February 4th)

CHILE | Sunday, 16 Mar 2014 | Views [81]

Looking forward to rest in Cochrane, but the only camp ground was the back yard of a stingy woman. The clouds had caught up, the river Baker lost its color and all became grey around us while the pouring rain chased us into the metal shelter of a kitchen ... Read more >

We splurged on a hotel again:

CHILE | Sunday, 16 Mar 2014 | Views [67]

January 30th 2014 A big wood stove in the middle of the dining room - bedrooms upstairs with an overheated bathroom. Hot soup with chunks of meat and three smiling women serving us tea after serving us lunch. Quiet, clean and plenty to eat - feeling ... Read more >

My iPad somehow saved this update from the 29th of January: Feeling worked, abused and worn out.

CHILE | Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | Views [125]

A day of rain is enough and I feel like quitting again....constant up and down. Like a manic/depressive person - bipolar. The road has a washboard pattern since we hit the dirt again, the wind has changed to headwinds for a while and the hills got steep.... Read more >

More from the Carretera Austral:

CHILE | Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | Views [96]

Continuing on the C. Austral. ( Monday 17th of January.) We had a few bail out points, but decided to stay on the chilean side and on the C. Austral and not go back to Argentina, down Ruta 40 and through the pampa again. We are in Patagonia, no matter ... Read more >

Dear Journal!

ARGENTINA | Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | Views [177]

Sorry I had no updates for a while. The C. Austral got so rough and I got reckless enough to bounce over those rocks in the road in such a fearless manner that my iPad got squeezed and turned itself on during riding. The keyboard punched in random numbers ... Read more >

In a warm dry place somewhere between Puyuhuapi and Coyhaique - Villa Amengual

CHILE | Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | Views [187]

Watching the gosh darn rain - snow on the near by mountains -from the inside next to a hot wood stove with a cup of tea, a table, great food, a warm dry place to sleep and a couple of frenchies....(meaning two french couples we have been riding with ... Read more >

Take me on a ferry ride.

CHILE | Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | Views [149]

Yesterday's "down" is making room for a better feeling triggered by the astonishing views surrounding us today on the ferry ride from Hornopiren to Caleta Gonzalo sitting in the summer sun of southern Chile gently rocking, feeling safe and content. ... Read more >

First impression of the Carretera Austral:

CHILE | Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | Views [142]

Rested and in a good mood we left Puerto Montt   in anticipation and expectation...of course- it's supposed to be one of the most beautiful roads in the world and I heard that from several sources. Notice the "supposed to be"? ... Read more >

Puerto Montt from the 10th to the 13th of January 2014

CHILE | Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | Views [165]

Puerto Montt, Puerto Montt, Puerto Montt I have stared at this name many times on the map and thought: gosh, almost done when we get there......Now we are here - not almost done and yes almost done. We still got a ways to go, but the smell of the ... Read more >

We had another "date" with a family in Linares, only 51km to go..

CHILE | Monday, 13 Jan 2014 | Views [185]

..... Pati's sister Gloria and her lovely big family was waiting for us to take us in- that fine first day of the year. They picked us up at the Plaza and escorted us to their house where we had dinner with the couple and their five daughters (between ... Read more >

Naked in the Catholic Church men's bathroom in Pelequen, Chile

CHILE | Monday, 13 Jan 2014 | Views [652]

and then off to Talca for New Years. On our way from Santiago to Talca - 300km in two days! The road is flat and boring, but it beats Ruta 40 (down the Argentine side) from what we have heard.  We got to spend the night on route in between ... Read more >

On the road again, in the Andes again - from Argentina to Chile Christmas 2013

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 28 Dec 2013 | Views [238]

What a powerful feeling to be back on the bike after 16 days- have I mentioned that before? POWERFUL! I imagine how it feels to ride a motorcycle - that big engine between your legs and the speed in your face, feeling the road, the world is yours... ... Read more >

Photos: Back to Chile.

CHILE | Saturday, 28 Dec 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Those strange moments...

ARGENTINA | Sunday, 22 Dec 2013 | Views [161]

when you read somebodies stories, live his moments too, which he wrote down way back in Peru. I was impressed by his style, his broken english.....but he kept writing -no worries to be correct. His stories drenched in emotions - deep reflections, addictive ... Read more >

Dec. 6th - Dec. 22nd - Long time Mendoza!

ARGENTINA | Sunday, 22 Dec 2013 | Views [275]

Hanging here in Mendoza since Dec. 6th - happy Nikolaus Tach, everybody..... But now we already write the 15th of December. James has been in Kentucky USA since a few days and is expected to meet me back here on the 18th. He flew home- just in time-... Read more >

Sitting in the summer's heat in San Juan's hostel on Dec. 4th....

ARGENTINA | Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 | Views [251]

....drinking  water until I have to go pee...haven't peed much..maybe once a day, morning and evening after and before bed. Clearly dehydrating  riding a bicycle through the desert - seems unavoidable when you do...duh... Our last days ... Read more >

James, the dog whisperer.....in Chilecito.

ARGENTINA | Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 | Views [214]

In need for a couple of days rest in Chilecito. We only planned on one, but we had to stay an extra day, because a dog snatched James' shoe in the early morning hours of the first night. We heared him sniff around, but didn't think much of it until we ... Read more >

From Salta to Cafayate and then back into the desert for a while.

ARGENTINA | Friday, 29 Nov 2013 | Views [258] | Comments [1]

  We had taken two full days off in Salta and felt rested and clean. The next days were easy, riding through a vast valley with vineyards and fancy farm houses until we hit another colorful mountain range: the "Quebrada de las Conchas" which ... Read more >

From Purmamarca to Salta (12th-18th of November)

ARGENTINA | Friday, 29 Nov 2013 | Views [215]

We took a day off in Purmamarca - just laying in the grass, smelling the goodness of the earth ...doing and thinking nothing. The sky, the whole body expanding into the atmosphere, the breath: easy, the air gentle, soft, full of oxygen and LIFE. This ... Read more >

We climbed out of the Salar de Atacama

ARGENTINA | Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | Views [246]

    .....it took us one whole day and part of the next after we spend the night camping right next to the road. Seems like in Chile and Argentina camping is safe enough. We are heading to Argentina, but nobody told us we would ride ... Read more >

San Pedro de Atacama! An Oasis in the driest desert on earth. (Sunday the third - leaving Wednesday

CHILE | Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | Views [257]

San Pedro de Atacama! An Oasis in the driest desert on earth. (Sunday the third - leaving Wednesday the 6th) Never expected to find such a wonderful place in the middle of the real nowhere! Yes, it is a touristy town, yes, it is horrendously ... Read more >

So happy to see the border "town" of Avaora (Bolivia) and Ollagüe (Chile)

CHILE | Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | Views [336] | Comments [1]

.... in the distance. I had no high expectations in terms of finding food - but maybe water, I was hoping..... Interesting how the level of expertise can sink so low and to the basics. Well, there was actually a train station and a little store and ... Read more >

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