Patagonia Through the Lens

“Sometimes, you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.”

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Patagonia, from the famous Fitz Roy to the rural and rough Carretera Austral, has been one of the highlights of our tour so far. It was beautiful and remote, with mountains, rivers, camping, and fishing around almost every bend. It was also easy cycling (except for the dreadful headwinds) as Patagonia is all near sea level with very few or no passes.

We started out in Ushuaia, a town considered to be the bottom of the world.

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Families, Cyclists, and A Real Paved Road: The Carretera Austral

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After a few beautiful days of sun we entered into the rainy region of the Carretera, a region which really reminds the four of us Oregonians of home. We can pretty easily predict the weather here as the closer we get to Argentina, the driers, sunnier, and windier it gets, whereas whenever we head west, we end up in the lush green wet forests and waterfalls which surround the white covered peaks. As we were buying veggies in one of these small rainy towns a friendly French traveler started talking to us and eventually invited us back to his place to meet his wife and two small children. Though we went over for tea, tea turned into dinner and then the night as they kindly let us all stay in their cabin in order to avoid the huge storm raging outside. Les Petits Voyageurs quit their jobs and packed up their possessions a few months ago in order to spend the next year and a half traveling around the world with their two boys (age two and four). Kevin and I really enjoy meeting traveling families as someday we too want to travel with our future children. We had a lovely evening hanging out with their family, and I had a wonderful time befriending the kids as they don’t often find others who can play with them in French.

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