It's true that you can't deny that Bariloche is pretty commercial. And many backpackers give is a bad rap because of this. But the fact is that there are some pretty amazing things to do and places to stay here as well as many other ways to avoid the city center if you are the kind of traveler that does not enjoy being around tourists.
We woke up and went to the lake to make breakfast and the temperatures were really cold. The mountains were so tall that it wasn't until almost 10am that we actually felt the sun hit our face. We should have stayed in our tent longer that morning, as there was no way we want to pack up camp and filter water in the shaded cold. We only had a 40 km ride ahead of us so we were not in a tremendous rush.
Feb 25 - 28 We are still near El Bolson where we can´t get enough of the great mountains, lakes, and good food.
I took a solo dayhike East of El Bolson to check a forest of wood sculpture art called the Bosque Tallado. Here are some of the sculptures:
We are took a fieldtrip to a farm called Granja Valle Pintado about a week after a large earthen building conference called Biocontruyendo to view the work that had been done and check out the farm. Thanks again Alex and all of the interns for sharing some of your precious time and food with us and allowing us to look at all the great things happening on the land.
A beautiful smooth ride North on Route 40
This ride was so smooth that we didn´t want to stop and take photos but enjoy the 40km instead. For the most part the traffic was relatively calm and we usually had access to a 3-foot wide should when there was a lot of traffic.
More Ripio and Swearing on Route 71
We got a late start the next morning in Cholia. We did some bike maitenance and tune-up since we were the ripio had been really hard on the bikes. Ryan´s tires were way out of true, and all of our parts were covered in sand and dust. After about 11am, we headed out and once again, hit the rough gravel roads. These were even worse than the day before.
Day 4 was a day off from biking since Ryan needed to figure out items with Customs about reordering a pannier for the rest of the tour, so he had to town to make some phone calls while I hung out at camp lakeside.
Almost missed the boat! But we made it barely and had an awesome boat tour and hike through an Alerce old-growth rainforest.