Tuesday, 26 November 2013

24/11/2013 Stage 69 El Chalten - Hotel Leona

24/11/2013 Stage 69 El Chalten - Hotel Leona by malcandmarjetpatterson at Garmin Connect - Details
24/11/13 Stage 69 El Chalten to Hotel Leona
Leaving El Chalten in sunshine we were pushed along by an increasing tailwind and followed the lakeside with a quiet gently undulating tarmac road. Perfect. Across the lake we could see the Viedma glacier we had walked on yesterday and behind us Fitzroy and Cerro Torre were fully exposed.
This far South it is definitely a lot colder and we struggled to find a shelter from the wind for breakfast which as usual happens at the 30 km stage. After 85kms we came to the end of the lake and rejoined the Ruta 40. We were now heading directly into wind and were forced to slow down to 10 kph. This was a bit worrying as tomorrows ride will be mainly into wind and there will be nothing before El Calafate.
Our hotel for the night is the only building of significance between Chalten and El Calafate but fortunately serves food. Being so isolated and the only hotel restaraunt between the two towns means that it has a monopoly and hence it wasn't cheap. Butch Cassidy is supposed to have hidden here for several months before going to Bolivia.We keep reminding ourselves how little we had to spend in Peru and Bolivia and that the occasional overspend should come out in the wash but it still hurts to pay European prices.

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