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The company’s web page had said we'd get in at 10 am but this was pushed back to 4 pm which meant that we were not going to have much time to cover a long distance when back on the bikes and would have to settle for a very short day. At least we had time to quiz people about the forthcoming roads and ferry crossings. As usual when we asked about the climbs involved we were told that it was essentially flat but when we plotted it out on Garmin Basecamp there was going to be a 1800m height gain. Never ask a non cyclist or any one who lives in a a mountainous place about how much climbing is involved.
We spent most of the day enjoying the hundreds of miles of beautiful fjord like scenery but felt that you could switch off to it on board which would never be possible on a bike. Biking has to be the best way to travel.
Back on mainland Chile the scenery is all of a sudden on the XXL scale with steep snow capped mountains although at this latitude the snow appears to begin at 400m. It's good to be in the Andes again.
The only fly in the ointment was trying to find somewhere to eat as all of the cafe restaurants were full of cheering Chileans watching their team beat England 2-0.