DAY 5: COYHAIQUE to BERTRAND 267km (1 January)

In view of the previous night’s NYE, we got to sleep in a little with clutch out from the hotel at 9:30am, enjoying the 80km stretch of very quick winding bitumen road through to the unpaved kilometres of the Carretera Austral.

We are now further south than the southernmost tip of New Zealand, the winds were gusting at 30 knots, crazy thick gravel roads, heavy rain falling intermittently and the temperature down to 3.5°. Life is good!

Rhino added that the riding is just amazing ~ some of the best he has ever ridden!

The afternoon meant dirt roads all the way and we rode for three hours alongside the magnificent General Carrera Lake, Chile’s largest, until we arrived at our Parador Austral hotel, around 5pm, hidden in the heart of the woods right on the river bank.

Unfortunately extremely slow internet connection so once again a delay in posting.

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