The 'short cut'

Morning at the confluencia was spectacular - roaring waterfalls, blue skies, tasty cheese egg bacon breakfast.  yummy yummy.  So nice there that E+J didnt leave camp till noon.  What do you think of my new hat?  Keeps my ears warm on the steep descents.

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So instead of taking the 'normal road' E+J had this fabulous idea to take a short cut through the mountains.  While technically a shorter distance, it involved a fairly significant climb on super steep (>15% grades) cobbles...  E+J pushed me and their bikes on more than a bit of it.  Not a single person or car on the whole 5-h ride.  No wipe-outs on this day!  

The short cut started with a suspension bridge across the Rio Baker. 

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Then climbed high into the hills, beneath super cool rock formations, lots of beautiful flowers, and the occasional bull that frightened me and J. (E not so worried). 

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And then... at the end... a cable ferry. Which we hoped was running, but had no information to confirm.  Thankfully, it was running until 6pm. We got there at 5pm. Phew. Amazing how it works, using the river power alone, both ways. The operater simply changed the angle of the ferry to reverse the direction. 

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Happily, we made it to Cochrane, a decent sized town. The biggest town along our route. After so much climbing, E+J needed to replenish lost calories, which were easy to come by at the local cervezeria. 

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