DAY 6: BERTRAND to TOLDOS 260km (2 January)

We woke up to a stunningly beautiful clear blue sky and mild temperatures with clutch out at a reasonable 9am

The spectacle that the Carretera Austral continued as we followed the dirt road which winds through the rocky grasslands and cliff faces of General Carrera Lake.

Just before the town of Chile Chico Rocket’s bike suffered mechanical issues requiring it to be loaded onto the support vehicle until tonight’s hotel where it could be repaired.

After the border crossing the vegetation changed to the Argentinian steppes and the silence of the Austral gave way to the strong Patagonian wind. We crossed the first ‘passes’ on the well-known Ruta40, here already paved.

We turned off into the Pinturas River Canyon (a UNESCO world heritage site) to our accommodation for the night Estancia Cueva de las Manos.

Some repairs to Rocket’s bike before dinner should see him back on the bike in the morning.

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