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Chile (and warm) Ride Report(28 posts)

Chile (and warm) Ride ReportChilePEPr
Feb 1, 2004 4:50 AM
As we are in the Southern Hemisphere here in Chile, we are in the middle of summer. Riding weather has been perfect, and these are a few shots of my ride from Vina del Mar north into Concon and into the interior valley. Vina is about 20 minutes north of Valparaiso, Chile if you can't find Vina on a map.
Chile (and warm) Ride ReportChilePEPr
Feb 1, 2004 4:53 AM
The ride starts in Renaca and heads north along the coast road. The weather and scenary is very similiar to Big Sur/Monterey, California. This is a shot of Costa Brava.
Chile (and warm) Ride ReportChilePEPr
Feb 1, 2004 4:57 AM
Furhter north is the Costa Negra and the photo shows Playa Negra or Black Beach. The beaches are small and the water is VERY cold. I haven't been able to go in past my knees.
Chile (and warm) Ride ReportChilePEPr
Feb 1, 2004 4:58 AM
There are many old and impressive homes along the coast road.
Chile (and warm) Ride ReportChilePEPr
Feb 1, 2004 5:02 AM
Chile had a lot of immigrants from Europe (besides the Spanish). There is a lot of German and Croatian influence. In this photo is the Edleweiss Restaurant, a Swiss restaurant with summer cabins on the coast.
Chile (and warm) Ride ReportChilePEPr
Feb 1, 2004 5:03 AM
Moving (and climbing) inland, there are many valleys that are used for farming and grazing.
Chile (and warm) Ride ReportChilePEPr
Feb 1, 2004 5:05 AM
Here is some grassland that could easily be mistaken for Central California.
Chile (and warm) Ride ReportChilePEPr
Feb 1, 2004 5:08 AM
While Eucalyptus are everywhere in Central Chile, the tree is not indiginuos. It was brought over from Australia and has flourished here.
Chile (and warm) Ride ReportChilePEPr
Feb 1, 2004 5:09 AM
More Eucalyptus trees.
Chile (and warm) Ride ReportChilePEPr
Feb 1, 2004 5:11 AM
On the way back - I live behind this hill.
Chile (and warm) Ride ReportChilePEPr
Feb 1, 2004 5:12 AM
Only about halfway up the hill.
Chile (and warm) Ride ReportChilePEPr
Feb 1, 2004 5:14 AM
Just...a...little...bit...more.
Chile (and warm) Ride ReportChilePEPr
Feb 1, 2004 5:18 AM
Finally, my ride. An '02 Trek OCLV frame (it was supposed to be a 5500 frameset but the shot couldn't get one so they stripped down a 5200). It is built up with a mix of Racing T, Chorus and Daytona and Schirocco wheels. The triple really helps on the many steep hills here.
Chile (and warm) Ride Reporttexbaz
Feb 1, 2004 7:52 AM
Great Pic's, and ride report Your bike looks great, very comfortable looking , especially for the terrain you have described,
Thanks
P.S. If you could get some closer shots of the beach honey's it would be greatly appreciated, thank ya very much. :)
Beautiful...macalu
Feb 1, 2004 2:52 PM
pics and ride report. Thanks for sharing with us as we in the eastern US suffer through a very cold winter.
what is that -wooden legs
Feb 1, 2004 4:25 PM
what's that big blue thing in the background of all of your pictures? it looks pretty, i wish we had whatever that is in pittsburgh...
Gracias - always wanted to go to Chile & ski Portillo (nm)cmgauch
Feb 2, 2004 6:47 AM
Nice pics and placeboneman
Feb 1, 2004 8:10 AM
How's the traffic and are the drivers aggressive or okay? You working down there? Nice climate, even if the water's cold.
Nice pics and placeChilePEPr
Feb 1, 2004 9:53 AM
The drivers have NO tolerence for cyclists. The bus drivers are the worst, passing by with almost no clearance. I am stationed down here as an exchange officer with the Chilean Marine Corps. It is a very temperate climate here, although in the north is the world's driest desert, and in the south there are glaciers and Norweigian type fjords.

JG
Great report....Dave Hickey
Feb 1, 2004 5:52 AM
Beautiful country. Thanks for the great report
loved the ride report....Frith
Feb 1, 2004 8:24 AM
One question. How feasible would bike touring be in Chile? I know the terrain varies wildly throughout the country. Any particular regions that you'd reccomend? What might be the safety concerns and how are the roads/traffic?

Thanks for the great report.
loved the ride report....ChilePEPr
Feb 1, 2004 9:58 AM
The main highways are well maintained and decent quality for cycling. Local raods, however, vary greatly with many turning into dirt or gravel roads. There are NO bike paths and drivers have almost no tolerence for cyclists, but there are tremendous panoramas to be seen. The population (and the traffic) is greatly reduced towards the south, and the landscapes are also much greener and cooler. Of course, more greenery means more rain and in the sping and fall, rainfall can be constant.

Hope this helps,

JG
That's the closest I'll get to a vacation this year...Thanks!!! (nm)biknben
Feb 1, 2004 6:57 AM
Thanksmickey-mac
Feb 1, 2004 8:52 AM
That was a great report. I've always wanted to visit Chile. Two or three weeks of cycling, Spanish Colonial sight-seeing, and Chilean wine sounds like heaven.
thanks - nmMJ
Feb 1, 2004 9:22 AM
Great photos and report--thanks! (nm)The Walrus
Feb 1, 2004 12:24 PM
Killer report! Always wanted to go there. (nm)PseuZQ
Feb 1, 2004 1:02 PM
re: Chile (and warm) Ride Reportcycleaddict
Feb 2, 2004 1:21 PM
Thanks JG,

I grew up in Chile and left when I was 14. Never went back but have been curious about riding conditions (cars, roads, etc.). Your info leads me to believe that cycling in Chile probably would not be as fun as say cycling in France.

Been to Zapallar? That was our favorite vacation spot and you are right--the water is REALLY cold (Humbolt Current).

Thanks again for the shots and post some more if you get a chance.

Nice bike, too!!

Jim