The Ciclovia roadside gym near Chilecito
The ride this day was filled with the final few kilometers of the canyon, and followed a long stretch of downhill riding into Chilecito, a town of about pop. 30,000 in the middle of vast dry desert plains.
Ryan woke up not feeling well, so we took our time taking off. He contracted a cold from one of the toddlers that as coughing the entire time we were all riding in a small van. No bueno.
Once we took off, the ride was great. While we rode out of the canyon we spotted a gigantic tarantula.
You deserve a picture, oh gigantic one
Then we hit an 800 meter drop in elevation that sent us cruising at speeds over 30 kph. The last 15 km were on a great bike path running parallel with the highway. At the end of this bike path sat a basketball court and playground, with absolutely no one around using it. We also saw tons of road bikers on Route 40 in spandex and wondered if there was a competition happening that day.
Drinking some water after a bench press session
Once in Chilecito, it was a bit hard to settle. We rode in during siesta, which makes it difficult to find anything to eat. We also had a hard to find a place to stay. The hostel was rundown and the owner was a pretty standoffish. Finally we landed at Hotel Route 40, which has been a really comfortable place at a decent price.