Saturday, January 11th
Distance – 447KM 70% gravel
Heading back north from Tranquillo was nowhere near as exciting as our trip down. The weather was great but that pushed lots of dust up in the air. We were also a lot more disciplined about keeping everyone in view at all times. We stopped at the double bus again, just for coffee this time. As, we waited around two KTM riders pulled out of the village and when the saw us pulled a quick u-turn to come and chat with us. Apparently, they had been following the same route as us and had been told of the KTM gang traveling the Carretera Austral.
It turned out to not be the charging system on on Rob’s bike, it was the battery. It had been installed without its protective boot and had rattled a hole into itself. Mac’s bike now had to be started MotoGP style.
We ripped up the last bit of pavement back into Coihaique. Martyn led us through the streets to the hostel he’d stayed at. The plan was to “borrow” the battery from George’s bike if it would fit.
The battery had the same physical dimensions. It was just a few amps short but turned over the KTM easily enough.
Guess who’s coming to dinner.
A couple of hours up the road, we stopped for drinks and plonked ourselves in the shade.
While there, a German couple rode up on bikes. The had been on the road for 18 months traveling down the Panamerican highway from Alaska. The had a 2 1/2 year old in tow. She had a trailer and a seat on her Dad’s handlebars.
A few KMs up the road, we turned off the Carretera Austral and head for Puerto Cisnes. This is on the same fjord as Puyuhuapi where we’d stopped at the hot springs.
Bubbling brooks and majestic mountains The road into Puerto Cisnes had some great views however, on reaching town the sign that greeted us was a little worrying.
Once again, we were adopted by a local dog who had us throwing sticks down the beach.
The boats were works of art, if you didn’t look to closely.
A quick nightcap on the cabaña balcony.