Heading south (part II)

At last... those slow poke riding partners of mine finally got on the road.  Can you believe it - they didn't get on the road until 4:00!  (that's PM)

 empanadas in Coyhaique

empanadas in Coyhaique

that's because they spent the morning shopping - was the saturday before new years and everybody and their pet cow was in the store.  For some reason e+j went a bit crazy and bought like 3 of everything... so they were pretty darn loaded down by the time they left town.

 

 finally ready to leave.  Really that much stuff?  At least they found some room for me.  

finally ready to leave.  Really that much stuff?  At least they found some room for me.  

We started out on the main (big) road heading south to El Blanco, but my traveling partners soon got tired of it and took a detour some well-less-traveled gravel routes.      

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Well at least I got to reide on the front of dad's handlebar bag.  Great views!

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FInally got to El Blanco - and - quess what?  The campground was closed.  Golly darn it.   Somehow we managed to find a spot by asking some caballeros (cowboys) who pointed us to some ground down yonder near the local rodeo arena (and also down by the river).

 

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Found a barely-open caja vecino (a little market) where we picked up some supplies and filled our bellies.  yum yum zonk zonk.