11/17/2014. Stage 85. The Reality Show On Two Wheels

We have all of the components of a TV reality show right here in our group.   Mixed in there are several very genuine people.  I will focus on them and distance myself from the others.  Just a little longer on the bikes and we will have accomplished something that most people would never contemplate, much less achieve. 

Here is another reality.  Sometimes I am very tired of the timing.  Like today for example, while passing by some beautiful lakes and rivers  in Patagonian Chili I wanted linger and take photos.  But there was timing.  I do have a commitment to the race.   I never thought that  I would maintain my ranking for this long.  Any day now Alfred will succeed in ranking first.   I will continue as usual doing my best and be happy with that regardless of the outcome.  He’s a very strong cyclist and I know he really wants first place.  

Pretty simple.  I still feel that my main objectives here are to ride the whole 11,000 km and enjoy experiencing the cultures of five different countries in South America.

The rain is here and fortunately the staff of Bike Dreams always manages to find a shelter so that we aren’t trying to eat our dinner in the wind and rain.  Sometimes it’s a school or as in the case of tonight it’s an unfinished house.

Way back in Ecuador or maybe Peru
Way back in Ecuador or maybe Peru
Monkey puzzle trees.. about one week ago
Monkey puzzle trees.. about one week ago
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stage 81!! chilly nights and mornings… many beautiful parks and lakes en route to Barilochi

We continue to rave over Gerdi’s wonderful camp dinners. She took over as cook when we reached Salta. Before she arrived I was losing weight because the meals were unappealing busy concoctions.

Lunch with intense wind and cold
Lunch with intense wind and cold
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Michele and Terry
Michele and Terry
Today 11/12/2014 approaching Barilochi
Today 11/12/2014 approaching Barilochi
Michele Gane and Hardy Grune
Michele Gane and Hardy Grune
With Hardy Grune
With Hardy Grune
Jorg Buchli
Jorg Buchli
JR Patee
JR Patee
Jan van Haaren
Jan van Haaren
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Patagonian sunset
Patagonian sunset
Monkey puzzle trees
Monkey puzzle trees
Camping spot two days ago
Camping spot two days ago

Finally two days without timing through some of Patagonia’s most scenic parks. Ah, what a joy to savor from a bike.

Tomorrow is a rest day and clean clothes. Barilochi, Argentina