Chile/Argentina: Villa O’Higgins to El Chaltén – Lakes, Mountains and singletrack
The focus of a fair amount of reckoning, and not a little agitating – the boat, track, boat crossing back into Argentina has garnered considerable notoriety amongst those on 2 wheels. Our timing coinciding with others and available fuel meant that our passage across Lago O’Higgins went ahead. Plan B via Paso Rio Mayer was left confirmed, but un-tried.
Our arrival at Candelaria Mancilla was greeted by a host of our brethren. Some keen to recount every wrinkle of the trail that awaited us before Lago del Desierto and our next boat – others more reticent, maybe anticipating their ability to progress in this time of uncertainty. There is a family with 2 children riding their own bicycles – they appear fresh and enthused – heartening. We re-load our bikes and move on up to check-out of Chile and escape the crowd. The control point even has a hitching rail for horses – a bit of a different pace.