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Old 11-13-2010, 04:53 AM   #46
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Old 11-13-2010, 09:36 AM   #47
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Old 11-13-2010, 07:23 PM   #49
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Arrival in Puchon'

Well we've got to say, WOW! We've been here one whole day and all we can still say is WOW! This morning we got up and caught a hour and a half flight to Temuco.

From Temuco, we rode to Pucon. The ride from Temuco to Puchon is a short hour and a half, but the sights along the way and upon arrival were nothing short of spectacular. So let's get right into it shall we?

As we left Tumeco, we came upon a lake with a mountain range with a single spectacular mountain covered in snow. The lake was beautiful and we got a typical tourist shot in front of it at the side of the road.



Cute, isn't she? No comments on the two of us please.



OK, so what you might say, it's a lake, we've seen plenty of lakes before. Big deal. Ah, but yes my friends, lurking behind the lake and behind the clouds here lies a sleeping giant...



Can you see him? He awakened not too long ago. Lying behind those clouds is Rucapillan, one of Chile's most active Volcanos. In fact it is still smoking as you will see shortly.

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Old 11-13-2010, 07:47 PM   #50
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Rucapillan Exposed

So as we got closer to Pucon, we were able to spy Rucapillan a bit better.



But wouldn't you know it, just as we were arriving, the clouds started to come in and blanket the top.



The Christian roots run deep in this area and at the foot of the mountain was a biblical statue in a graveyard.



Here's a closeup...



Every once in a while, the clouds would break from the top and you could see a bit of the smoke coming from the top of the volcano.



Here you can see the smoke coming out much more clearly. Sorry about the power lines.

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Old 11-13-2010, 07:58 PM   #51
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Walking around Pucon

So we ultimately got settled and pulled into the hotel. It was time to settle in and walk around Pucon and see what we could see. Pucon is a lively town and in February, we are told swells to about 125,000 people as it is a major holiday destination.

Luckily for us, its now down to its year round population of around 15,000. But it does have a nice selection of shops (for Kim), restaurants and bars to hang out at.

So we decided to walk around a bit and find a bit of the local flavor. There were several people pushing farm goods to market with fresh produce.



Others with handmade goods...



As it's just coming into summer, there was plenty of flora coming into bloom...









We then walked over to two different local parks to check out the sights. Both had lakes and views of the mountains...



Here, Kim hangs with one of the locals...



Here are both of the locals. Kim was hanging with and the flower awning that led the way to the lake. Note the leaf like street lamp behind the awning.


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Old 11-13-2010, 08:15 PM   #52
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It's getting later and time for dinner

By now it was getting later and time for dinner. Even the clouds were clearing off the volcano and now you could see the smoke coming out clearly.



So as the sun started to go down on Pucon...



It was time to head to one of those restaurants and find some dinner and a Pisco Sour or two, or three or four... perhaps a bottle of wine...

So...

Outside we sat, drinking Pisco Sours with this view...



On the sidewalk of this place...



With our newest amigo cooking 1 pound chorizos... or fresh salmon caught in the river today...



On a wood fired hearth like this...



I know it's a tough life, but we'd do anything for you guys, so we are toughing it out, just for you!

Yep, South America... don't come here.

Til later!
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Old 11-13-2010, 08:26 PM   #53
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Some comments to our friends

Timmer, glad we could help. It is a cool device isn't it.

Frostbit, Pisco Sours... Nothing to em, nothing to em...

Skip, Mi amigo. Yo hablo muy pequeno espanol o no espanol!
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Old 11-13-2010, 09:32 PM   #54
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Old 11-14-2010, 07:37 PM   #55
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Ready to Ride for Real

Today we got ready to ride for real. We woke up to bright sunshine, clear of clouds and the volcano still smoking...



This year I am riding two up again. This time with Mr. Cotton's son, Mr. Cotton Jr., Mr. Cotton having jumped ship in Iceland this summer (see Kim and Mike's Most Excellent Ride to Lava and Ice for details).



We picked up two BMW F650GSs from Compass Expeditions with Australian plates! Victoria to be precise...



In fact, I was able to pick up the very same bike that an ADVer from Vermont recently rented to ride from Bolivia to Ushuaia. Does this look familiar Dan?



Having picked up the bikes, we went on a quick shakedown run to see how they ran. We went to a lake that we were told would be absolutely buried with vacationers if it was February. Today it was fairly empty except for some folks getting ready for a biathalon (running and biking).






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Off road a bit

We then hit some of the pavement and gravel in the area. Nothing spectacular, some ups and downs and a few twisties in the gravel. All good fun. But not much in the line of pics. Some nice greenery and a volcano shot or two.












On the way back to Pucon, we did find a pretty nice area covered in yellow flowers much like forcythia back home...







At this point it was time to head back to Pucon and grab lunch. Do you guys get the feeling that we do nothing but eat on this trip? Well... yeah...!!!!





Lunch finished, we moseyed about town a bit and found this sign with a picture of fellow ADVer Fredo ripping it up last time he was in Chile.

Here you go Fredo.



We then went back to the hotel and rested up. Tomorrow the ride starts for real with about 250 miles of riding with 120 on gravel and a border crossing into Argentina.

Oh yeah, we had to go back to the same restaurant for dinner that we went to last night. So it was sort of like this...





Is that enough meat?





Horrible eh?

Til later!

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Old 11-14-2010, 11:39 PM   #57
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Those dang Aussies

Now what is the real problem? It is those dang Aussies on BMWs or those dang BMWs with Aussie plates? Hmm...

Stay tuned for more info.
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Spot Tracks

Hey folks, we think we have the Spot squared away for the rest of the ride. You've only seen an ocassional OK message. The problem seems to have been that those folks at Spot want to be paid for their service, otherwise, they don't provide 10 minute tracking.

How cheap can one be? What do they think they are doing, running a business? Well we're paid up and ready to go. Hopefully tracks will be on today for the rest of the trip!

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Old 11-15-2010, 03:05 AM   #60
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Hey folks, we think we have the Spot squared away for the rest of the ride. You've only seen an ocassional OK message. The problem seems to have been that those folks at Spot want to be paid for their service, otherwise, they don't provide 10 minute tracking.

How cheap can one be? What do they think they are doing, running a business? We'll we're paid up and ready to go. Hopefully tracks will be on today for the rest of the trip!

Kewl! Wondered what was up with SPOT.... Now we can really follow you!

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