Saturday, 4 April 2015

Puerto Ibanez To Villa Cerro Castillo X Marks The Spot

A huge day….. 48 km.

The day prior we had met on the boat a french couple and their two daughters who will be cycling for 6 months, 1 month in and lovin it, the older daughter at 8 years old on her own bike, her younger sister at 3 1/2 was on dads trailer.

Ever have an excuse why you CAN"T travel ….. harden up and just do it, 4 smiling faces on cycles …. humbling to say the least.

Opting to be nosy again we turned off the main drag (as ya do) to the X 723, a little longer but looked more interesting…well shit who did we bump into peddling their way up the gravel road valley but the French family, we stopped to say gidday and asked them why are they taking this way …well it turns out we think alike, why take the boring main road when you can take the scenic back road. ...amen to that

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Scenic it is, saying goodbye to them we headed up and over the first small hill to find an epic waterfall ….awesome!!!!!

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Stopping to take our photos and take in the place we climbed a bank and waited for them to arrive, was only a few minutes and the family came over the hill and down so we snapped some family riding shots for them which they normally don’t get.

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Check out the wee rock star in the trailer giving us a wave

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They too stopped at the bridge to admire mum nature nature finest

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Saying goodbye again we headed onwards to Villa Cerro Castillo up the X 723 through a myriad of lakes, hills and stone faces, a wicked we road.

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Nothing fast about the road as it is curvy and tight, some places down to first gear up steep hairpin zig zags making for interesting riding and just following the river was beautiful.

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Getting into Villa Cerro Castillo we could not find any free camping in this part and the tourism office wanted to sell us the best…yes spendie.

After sussing things out and looking around we came across a refugio which they didn’t tell us about, same price as the other camp sites but a much nicer location and a big common room to sit in out of the bad weather, the forecast said caving in and rain….this time it was bang on unfortunately.

This gave us time to sit down and write up the happenings of the last few days and enjoy a coffee out of the weather with Cerro Costilla (the mountain top) making an appearance about 8 pm just before dark with the weathr clearing a bit.

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Tomorrows mission is to climb Cerro Castillo.

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