Cycling days 257 to 258 - Ancud to Quellon
Trip Start Apr 07, 2010
120Trip End Jan 19, 2012
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As we wake up to clear blue skies and a bit of headwind, we realize that we have about one and a half day to cover 200km which would take us to Quellon (at the southern end of the island) in time to catch the once-per-week ferry to Chaiten (on the mainland). That deadline will not give us much time to explore Chiloe, but the other alternative is to spend over a week on the island, which might be a bit too much for our fast-paced lifestyle. As we start pedaling, we are surprised by how much traffic there is. We quickly get tired of the loud semi-trucks and honking cars which always make it difficult for us to enjoy our surrounding. As soon as we get the chance, we deviate from the Pan-Am and head towards Dalague rather than going straight to Castro, adding a few kilometers to our route. We find out quickly that the interesting parts of Chiloe are the seaside villages and not the roads connecting them – too bad we don't have the luxury of hanging out very long in town and instead are spending our time between them. At least this part of the highway skirts the shore and with the endless, steep hills, we get a good view. Our little detour also avoids a big smoky forest fire, an unexpected bonus for taking the longer way around.
By 4pm, we reach 70km; if this is our pace tomorrow, we would be cutting it really close to making the boat. The non-stop ups and down plus headwind is making us work hard to reach today’s distance goal. The one good thing about being forced to go at a slow pace is that we didn’t miss spotting a Pudu, the smallest deer in the world, a rare sight.
Day 258 (12/1/11): 54km
Wow, we passed out and slept like babies through the entire night! We wish we could sleep in longer, but we get an early start to give ourselves enough time to make it to Quellon for the ferry. With no wind and a cloudless sky, we have another perfect day on "rainy Chiloe."
We can’t find curranto in town (we didn’t look very hard) and have paila marina (shellfish stew) and some kind of mashed abalone (forgot the name of it :) for lunch, stop at the supermarket, then prep the bikes for transport.