Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Thursday 10 November to Thursday 17 November
Thursday 10 Nov - Bike service today and a general checkover.
Friday 11 Nov - Day at leisure in Santiago. Kevin and Julia gave a press conference at the BMW dealer, Williamson Balfour. We all went along too and had a super buffet.
Saturday 12 Nov - A ride out today with the local Chilean customers of the BMW dealer. We did a round trip of 200 miles, out to the coast and had a great lunch all organised by BMW.
Sunday 13 Nov - Left Santiago today for Salto de Laja, all the way the Pan American Highway. There are a lot of toll roads on this stretch, about 80p each time between towns. Hotel was fantastic, right next to the huge waterfalls.
Monday 14 Nov - 270 miles to Osorno. We stayed on the Pan Am and passed lots of vineyards. Spent the evening with a bunch of Chilean bikers in a great restaurant. Our first taste of enormous steaks in an all you can eat place.
Tuesday 15 Nov - 195 miles, 35 on dirt and crossing into Argentina. Destination is San Martin de los Andes, a fantastic road through spectacular scenery, called the Seven Lakes route. Had our first taste of Argentinian lamb: superb!
Wednesday 16 Nov - 151 miles today, plus 100 miles extra we did on a trip detour around the lake. Destination is Bariloche, a beautiful town on the shores of Lake Nahuelhuapi. It looks a lot like being in the Alps here. Loads of log cabins and lots of shops selling chocolate.
Thursday 17 Nov - A day off and we took the cable car up the mountains and had lunch in the revolving restaurant at the top. It had stunning views of the lake and snow capped mountains.