National Park Cerra Castillo To Villa Cerro Castillo (38km)

Beat the heat
Cycle at dawn
Start with ascent
Legs like pistons
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We woke early, mixed up a yummy Nescafé instant coffee with powdered skim milk (yum, yum, yummy). Our staple breakfast of oatmeal gave us energy for the day.

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Click here for ideas on chairs for canoeing. and hiking

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Striking views from the summit.

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After more or less a day and a half of climbing (about 1,500 meters total ascent) we were ready for a nice decent. T get a feel for what this is like unassisted, take your 30 pound bike, add 50 pounds of supplies and 10 pounds of water, go to the bottom of Armour hill and spend a day and a half climbing 5,000 feet of ascent. Add to it 35 degree weather and you pretty well get it.

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I left the camera run for about 6 minutes on part of our 15 km downhill decent.
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Click here to view downhill decent to Cerro Castillo

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Below is a view of Cerro Castillo (Castle).

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We camped just outside of town and spent two days here, mostly determining what route to follow. We always knew there were two choices at this point, and we wanted to experience cycling South America some before deciding. Do we ride 470 Km’s of ripio (gravel) or bus/cycle the flatlands of Argentina to reach the same endpoint (MT FitzRoy). In the end we decided to not ride the dusty bumpy ripio.
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Click here to see glacial fed stream

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Famous chip wagon at Cerro Castillo. A very hot and dusty town with few amenities. We spoke to backpackers who spent 24 hours hitchhiking without a ride. Busses appear to be. Full when they pass this town in peak season.
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Click here for sunrise over Cerro Castillo
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Another view of the castle.
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J and D

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