Mar. 19 – Entre Lagos to El Bolson

2009 April 9
by joe

Got an early start, and since there was no one in the ‘restaurant’ attached to our hospedage, we rode on to the town of Entre Lagos again for coffee and breakfast.  That turned out to be an expensive affair.

From there it was a fast and beautiful ride through forested hill/lake country to the border.  Back into the Andes again, with spectacular scenery and snow covered peaks in the distance.  At the border, we experience our fastest border crossing ever;  only about 20 minutes total to leave Chile and enter Argentina!  This is how it should be!

The scenery get even better on the Argentine side of the border.  Mountains, forests, and wonderful lakes everywhere.  Good roads, too.  We stop for lunch in the famous Agentine resort town of Bariloche, which is very pretty and very touristy and expensive.  Great wine selection, and that, at least, is not too expensive!

After Bariloche, we have a very hilly, windy road.  We both have trouble with getting sleepy and falling asleep while riding.  We stop for pictures and breaks, just to stay awake.  We stop for the night in a tiny mountain town called El Bolson,  which is filled with cabanas and campgrounds.  It appears to be a major jump-off point for persons going into the many national parks in the area.  We rent a tiny little cabin, called a ‘dormi’ in one of the campground facilities, and cook our dinner over an open fire.  Wine and sausages, followed by more wine and Cuban cigars! I doesn’t get any better than that.  It is cold, but lovely here, and again, it feels a lot like camping in northern Michigan or Ontario.  Lots of other people camping here, too.  A good day and a good night.

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