Another day of bike ’n boat travel. We woke up early to catch the ferry out of Hornopirén to Caleta Gonzalo. The trip was actually two ferries with a 6 mile stretch of riding in-between Leptepu and Fiordo Largo.
Ferry ride #1. The day began with low-hanging clouds. Eventually the clouds burned away revealing mountaintops, some blanketed in forest, others ragged and snow-covered with waterfalls cascading down.
We met quite a few traveling cyclists heading south. Bicycle touring is popular among Chileans and Argentinians, with the Carretera Austral being the popular summertime route. Being among other traveling cyclists rallied Scott’s enthusiasm, as if their presence justifies this road as a legitimate cycling route.
Ferry ride #2 over remarkably green water, an effect of glacial runoff.
We had intended on riding further into Parque Pumalín but we decided to stay at Caleta Gonzalo’s campground because it was so inviting with its grassy lawns, steep mountain backdrop and crystal clear river running through it. We rode a whopping 12 miles today, but thanks to the ferry rides we’re 42 miles from Hornopirén as the crow flies, so it doesn’t feel like such a short day.