Postagonia 3 – Real big glaciers

Side trips can be hit or miss. Each out and back requires hours of riding that get us nowhere nearer to our destination. But when the sun is shining, and we ride past glaciers spilling down off massive to peaks to 150 meters above sea level, I’m reminded that it’s never been about the destination.

This time we took two days to ride out a small road to Glacier Exploradores, spilling off a Patagonian behemoth – Monte San Valentine. Our trip out onto the toe of the glacier, complete with a (somewhat lost) bushwhack back in the twighlight, was perhaps more exploratory than we bargained for.

Lago Tranquilo, still in the rain shadow of the ice cap.

Lago Tranquilo, still in the rain shadow of the ice cap.

Still on the dry side

Still on the dry side

Glaciers appear!

Glaciers appear!

And Panthea rides in front of all of them.

And Panthea rides in front of all of them.

We joined forces with Jas and Therese (from France and Sweden), who have ridden from Lima, Peru.

We joined forces with Jas and Therese (from France and Sweden), who have ridden from Lima, Peru.

 

My bike on a bridge. San Valentin in the background

My bike on a bridge. San Valentin in the background

San Valentin and the Exploradores glacier in the moonlight.

San Valentin and the Exploradores glacier in the moonlight.

Back on the Carretera Austral, still more glaciers and turquoise lakes appeared around every bend. Thanks to stellar weather, we’ve even caught glimpses of the massive ice-covered peaks of the Campo de Hielo Norte (Nothern Icecap).

My bike on another bridge, at the outlet of Lago General Carrera, Chile's largest lake.

My bike on another bridge, at the outlet of Lago General Carrera, Chile’s largest lake.

 

 

Cherries bought from a farmer make a somewhat rare treat of fresh fruit. Almost all other food is imported from central Chile.

Cherries bought from a farmer make a somewhat rare treat of fresh fruit. Almost all other food is imported from central Chile.

 

Carretera Austral.

Carretera Austral.

Another campspot on a lake, with moonlit views of glaciers. Shared once again with  great company - Therese and Jas.

Another campspot on a lake, with moonlit views of glaciers. Shared once again with great company – Therese and Jas.

 

 

 

 

 

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