Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Trevelin To Villa Futalaufquen

With a short trip to the lake we were hanging for some fine weather, a good frost on the ground and low cloud we were a little miffed but our miffing was short lived.

Although the previous days had been very wet as well in Argentina the forecast was good and on the Argentine side seems more reliable and today was one, finally the sun broke through making it presence extremely welcome.....seems it did it on the Carreterra Austral too, never mind.

Riding to the lake was stunning and dry but freezing, no worries when the gear is dry WOH HOH.

As we approached the lake we could see some funny resemblance of fog or something half way up the hill, turns out the week prior they had an epic fire which burnt from El Bolson To Villa Futalaufquen so around 240 km.

IMG_7876 by twomotokiwis, on Flickr

There were monsoon helicopters flying up and back with fire retardant all afternoon into early evening.

IMG_7879 by twomotokiwis, on Flickr

Two choppers working together

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Monsoon spraying

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The afternoon turned into an autumn treat and was warm recharging our near flat batteries and just in the nic of time.

IMG_7908 by twomotokiwis, on Flickr

Blue sky without one cloud tainting it

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The cold and wet had taken its toll on both of us, we had both been snitchy at each other from being miserable and wet, just reinforces my thoughts on the extremely narrow temperature band we live in, exist in and only marginally more survive in.

Without the use of significant clothing this band could be halved or more…..be careful out there and be prepared.

Having some stern words, a stiff fight and an insult throwing match it was a fairly quiet night and following morning.

We did however manage to have an asado ... as ya do

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At least we when got outa beed the sun did too making for a pleasant ride around the lake to El Bolson although this was our greeting... a frozen bike cover, bearing in mind we are under the tree canopy too

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Frozen frosted grass with fog and the lake .... pretty neat to wake up too.

IMG_7938 by twomotokiwis, on Flickr

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