I hope this finds you all well!!! Unfortunately I forgot my notepad so I´ll give a quickie update! I´m currently in Puerto Natales. I left Santiago on the 16th Feb and travelled down Caretera Austral and Ruta 40. Over the last three days I trekked the Torres del Paine ("the W") and was absolutely stunning! Have just finished a major maintenance day on the bike as she´s done 4000km since Santiago (oil change, filter change, air filter clean, lubing, tightening, kissing etc). I did the TdP trek in 3 days as I was constantly paranoid about where I left the bike chained up (between a tree and a hostel building). The trek was still absolutely phenomenal!!! Great camping, great views, great walking and all done with a duffle bag over one shoulder (no space for a backpack on a bike!!). The trek seems to be getting more and more popular so many people are on the trail at all times it seems.
Before the trek I stayed in El Chalten for 2 night which was unreal also! A chilled out little village under the cliffs and stars of the night sky! A day trek here led me to tres lagos (3 lakes) high up in the hills which was also abolutely stunning...and as I left I lost my snow virginity...seeing snow for the first time (although wet snow and quite horizontal and unpleasant). I also saw the Perito Moreno glacier which was farrrrrkin stunning!!! Saw half a glacier fall into the abyss below and create a wave large enough to surf and sounds like they were from the bowels of a demon!
A quick update on the biking...Nessie is handling like a bat out of hell! Perfectly and maniacally! So far I´ve camped underneath a volcano, beside a lake, on the cliffs above a valley (replica of the land before time movie), in people´s woodsheds, yards and houses (just by asking) and everywhere else in between! Fishing has seen little love and showers even less! Although me armpits did get a service and lubrication today along with Nessie!
Now heading for Ushuaia and then up the Argentinean coastline. I´ll leave you with a couple of pics until the next proper story! Take care and be good! If not, be good at what you´re doing!