Coyhaique to El Blanco (37 km)

Attachment to places
Amenities are addictive
Can’t stay forever
On road again
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We got all packed up to cycle down the road and the calling of one more coffee changed our minds. We stayed a second night.

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We also met up with Alejandro, he was the cyclist who switched rooms with me on the ferry boat so Janis and I could be in the same room. We call him Wyatt Earp. (Love his cycle hat). He is cycling south to capture the heart of a young lady. We wish him well.

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Lovely waterfall along the way.

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We arrived at El Blanco and enjoyed a hot shower. Next we toured the Mate museum. It is the name of this region and also the name of a tea that people of Argentina and Chile drink. It is more than a tea, it appears to be a lifestyle. You fill the cup with leaves, and carry a thermos of hot water and refill the bowl all day long. Sharing your drink is a custom as well.

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Click here to learn more about Mate Tea

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We forgot a very funny story in Coyhaique. Three undercover police officers stopped us in front of the police station and asked if we spoke English/Spanish. Janis obliged. There were two lost German women who spoke German and broken English. Janis worked her magic. They were travelling on a big bus/camper from Germany. About twenty five people ride in the front all day and sleep in the back at night. Anyhow, the bus parked somewhere and these ladies were dropped off in town to shop. They got lost and missed their ride back to the bus. It was hilarious to watch Janis, the ladies had the detectives try to work things out. We think we got them straightedge out and went on our way.

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J and D

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