Another beautiful day in the Chilean Patagonia.
Many of the rivers here have a brilliant turquoise color. This isn’t a filter effect or digitally enhanced. That is the real color.
The rivers get their color from “rock flour” in glacial runoff. The fine sediment that comes from rocks grinding together underneath a glacier become suspended in water, absorbing and scattering various colors of sunlight, giving the water a turquoise appearance.
The road today was mostly loose gravel. It’s like riding over marbles the size of my fist. Our bodies ride on high-alert, ready for the wheels to slide out from under us. Even after all this time, these days still leave us exhausted. Our entire body feels worked over as it takes much more effort from our upper body to keep the bike upright in this terrain.
With the pleasant weather, we can easily get 10 hours of sleep a night. Gone are the nights so windy the tent walls beat against us in our sleep. Gone are the days so blazing hot that we need to rush in the morning to ride when it is still cool. Any time of day is good for riding here. And with 14.5 hours of daylight, it makes for relaxing days with lazy starts. Plenty of time to recuperate from a hard day’s ride.