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Day 81

Finally 400 km again

Day 81

Finally 400 km again

It is really cold now! The temperature did not exceed -4°C during the night. Since the Toyota is not isolated, it’s as cold indoors as it is outside. If you need to use the nature bathroom outside during the night there is only one thought: I want to get back into the warm sleeping bag! Accordingly, it is difficult for me to get up in the morning, knowing that I have to get on the bike now. Unfortunately, I also have to take on the cold cycling clothes, which are sometimes even wet. An icy saddle makes the beginning of the day not necessarily easier.

Today I did not have to start the stage all by myself. Last night a fan of Ice2Ice visited us. He had already seen me in the village and searched the whole area for us. Coincidentally, the Chilean came past our night spot at a gas station and was so happy to have found the team. After a nice conversation, we took some pictures and offered the ambitious mountain biker to start together the next day. Unfortunately, when we left at 8 a.m. he was not there. However, he caught up with us quickly and was ready to accompany me a bit. Even his bike, which was his pride and joy, had been specially prepared for the asphalt with a different bicycle fork and tires. For an hour he cycled with me. Unfortunately we could not communicate directly, but still it was a great visit. For the farewell, we gave him an Ice2Ice sticker, which he immediately put on his bike.

I really wanted to do the 400 km on the southern continent too and today it finally worked. With the support of my team I cycled 402 km today. Here in Patagonia you have to take the chance when the circumstances are good. That’s the only way how it is possible here in the far south. With 1,700 meters gain in height, I had not too many climbs and the wind was (thanks to the route to the east) finally on our side. Tailwind – After thousands of kilometers with headwind, I gratefully accept this gift. For the last few kilometers, we turned south and picked it up again with our well-known opponent. For the next days the wind forecast does not look well either … But then I just have to show again that this will not get me down. Having cycled 400 km today gives confidence. If you consider that you do 115 km if you cycle around Lake Neusiedl once, you know why 400 km is something special among cyclists.