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.
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).