|Back to the camping|
|Some pretty chilled surf towns along the coast south of Valparaiso|
|I wasn't cycling right by the coast for very long but I did tend to|
keep half an eye on the water after the tsunami
warnings a few weeks previous.
|Autumn in the air|
What I didn't need was to be getting up late and still only doing shortish distances several days later. It wasn't long after I had left Valparaiso that I heard about the terrible wild fires that killed several people and destroyed homes making several thousand families homeless in the hills. While in Valparaiso the wind would get very strong in the afternoons especially higher up the hills and presumably made it very easy for a fire to spread.
|It didn't take long back on the road to receive more incredible hospitality|
from strangers. This lovely couple invited me to lunch. - delicious fish.
|Josue cycled with me for about 20 km into Chillan to show me where the Bomberos was.|
|No prizes for guessing who the patron saint in the town of San Nicolas was|
|Arriving into the lakeside tourist town of Pucon in Chile's lake district|
|For the birdwatchers... pretty bird.|
|I've been telling people for a long time that I am cycling from Alaska|
to Argentina so it was strange to finally cross into Argentina.
|This is the sight that greeted me on a trip to my first Argentinan supermarket.|
No wonder they are good at football if you can practice your headers while
popping in to pick up the milk and dribble your way round to the bread section.
|"Now Billy I don't think you've eaten enough since you got to Junin so I|
am filling your snack box full of banana bread and corn bread"
I took the following day off to hang out with the guys and that night we ate another ridiculous amount of food. A cottage pie large enough to satisfy at least 6 healthy adult appetites was polished off by the three hungry cyclists. As if that wasn't enough there was some banoffi, corn bread and banana bread that needed a home. By the time I rolled out of Junin I had probably consummed enough calories for a week's cycling!
|Onto the famous "Ruta 40" that runs almost the length of Argentina|
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