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One Month In Bariloche

Hi again! I have now been in (and around) Bariloche for over a month, waiting for the inflammation to disappear completely. I’ve had a great time and this place feels now like my second home! Bariloche is a touristic city placed at the shore of Lago Nahuel Huapi, a beautiful lake with crystal clear water (15-25 m visibility). The Andean mountains are located in the west, and the Patagonian steppe in the east. I’ve had sunshine and 20-30 degrees almost EVERY day! There’s plenty of waters with trout here too.

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Kitesurfer in Bariloche

Brown trout, Rio Manso

I’ve been staying at a lovely hostel called La Bolsa. This place has small attics where they let friends and long-term guests stay, so I got my own little room and the fact that I was not able to stand upright didn’t matter. The owner’s husband is also a cyclist so I got a very good price in the end! There is even a sweet dog called Morocha here and we sometimes go for a stroll around the city which she appreciates a lot! I’ve met tons of nice people and seen many coming and going and even coming back. At the end of each week we’ve been making Argentinian asado (meat on the grill). I’ve been eating and drinking a lot of good food and wine and gained some extra kilos, but they will probably soon disappear when I start biking!

Last night's asado in Bariloche

My room at La Bolsa in Bariloche

Lars (the Swedish cyclist) was here in Bariloche when I got here and stayed for 3 weeks but has now returned to Sweden. The German couple Anna & Peter stayed at the hostel as well and it was great fun to have a reunion all four of us! The English guys Jenny & Jason who I started on the Carretera Austral with arrived a few days ago as well!

I guess many of you have heard about the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile just north of Concepción in the end of February. I didn’t wake up but some other guys at the hostel did, and it was apparently shaking! Juan, the Spanish guy that I travelled with earlier, was at that moment in Pelluhue and managed to escape to a nearby mountain. Shortly after that, the tsunami hit the village and his bike and all the equipment disappeared. I really hope he will solve it somehow and eventually reach Alaska!

As I mentioned in the last post I was waiting for a visit from home. My dad and his wife Kickan arrived 2 weeks ago and it was so fun to see them! We rented a car and travelled around Bariloche, and we also went to Puerto Varas, Puerto Montt and Chiloé in Chile. We were only in the south so we didn’t see any of the consequences from the earthquake though.

Dad and Kickan arrived!

Volcano Osorno

Sunset outside Puerto Varas

Sunset outside Puerto Varas

I was also lucky to see the world’s smallest deer in Chiloé – a Pudú!

Pudú

I’m leaving Bariloche today and will continue cycling north through the Seven Lakes District. The plan is then to follow Ruta 40 towards Mendoza. I’m very eager to get up on the bike again so I better start packing my stuff and not end up like this Chilean road worker :-)

Chilean job position

Hasta luego amigos!