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Pichilemu to Chillan, Tuesday, 22 January 2013,Day 203

Lost Again!

I had deliberately headed for the coast as I knew that the only way out of here going south was on dirt roads and as we all know my mantra which is onward and forward and never go backwards on the same road so I was sort of forcing myself into a corner where I would have to do some dirt roads rather than double back. As we all know I am no great shakes at this off road malarkey so I thought lets get some practice in whilst I have options so that when I do not have any options I may have a vague idea on how to handle any terrain that may be thrown my way.

So I left my little castle and I was a bit sad as I loved this cool place would like to stay longer and perhaps learn how to surf but I will save that for another trip and time today it is off road practice day and I had picked a nice 60km long bit of dirt.

I went to fill up Daisy as I was heading into the middle of nowhere and I met an ex Chilean enduro champion and ask him about the roads and he gave me another alternative route a bit longer but according to him much nicer. I tell him I am complete pants at the off road business and he says I should be able to do it and that he is not sending me down a difficult road where I would end up hating him and Chile he wanted me to enjoy it and have a fond memory rather than a nightmare. So appreciated the thought and the sentiment and I was confident he was not sending me down some gruelling dirt track. He said not worry about the road but to focus on the other traffic on the road as that was far more dangerous and I new exactly what he meant as I had had my share of dodgy traffic on small back roads. His parting words there are are some parts with deep sand what! Deep sand one off my off motorcycling nemesis remember the last time Ho hum!

So Daisy is sorted route is sorted and I find a nice little café for breakfast and I am also sorted so I hit the road dull and it is overcast again also there is a sea fret so nice scenery only I cannot see much of it but I guess this means I can focus more on the road instead and be cool for my off road excursion.

I hit the dirt and its reasonable a bit rough but manageable but every now and again bits of deep sand which are very difficult. One of these bits was on a steep downhill section so I was picking up speed but I want to go slow down as thick soft sand my ABS is totally confused so in other words it is not working and I am gaining momentum and all I want to do is slow down as I speedup into deep sand and deep sand and me does not mix well. I have read somewhere in a situation like this the best thing to do is hit the kill switch which turns of  the ABS off and use the dead engine to slow and stop the bike and then turn the bike across the road to it slow down to a halt. That’s the theory and who can remember all that when it’s all going pear shape so I do what I usually do and I wrestle the bike to a stop somehow and try and stay upright. And then I pray to all the motorcycling gods to help me stay vertical. That’s another theory and today that worked so I managed to slow the bike to a speed I could manage the deep sand on an incline and sort of skidded my way down the hill bit by bit not pretty but it got me down and where I wanted to be.

No one around to ask Directions!

This was the worse bit a few others but not so scary. Glad no one else is around as coping with traffic and this would be even hairier but now I am lost GPS no good as I am totally off road and there are tracks heading all over the place as they are doing a lot of forestation going on around here but which ones is the actual road so that is when you want folks around to ask. I find some guys chopping down some trees blocking the road and they tell me I am going the wrong way which I had figured out already so U turn and back the way I had come. I went down another track with a huge steep hill but does not look right either so go back up the hill and try another track nope going no where back down the steep hill when I hear a tooting of a horn and huge forestry truck flying down the hill that I been up and down a couple of time he pulls over and tells me I am going the wrong way yep he right he try’s to explains how to get out of this but he can tell I have not got a clue what he is saying its that language thing again so he says he will lead me out so he tell me to go ahead of him and he will direct me to the way out. So up the steep hill again and back the way I had come but this time with a huge forestry truck up my chuff so I am going a lot faster than earlier and trying to pretend that I can really handle the dirt for the benefit of the audience stupid I know it must be a boy thing. We finally get to the crossroads where I had turned of as there was a sign saying lorries only so I thought that was logging roads and not the track I turned down. My new mate gives me some last minute instruction turns his huge truck round and heads of in the direction we had just come for. Cheers mate appreciate you showing me the way out I could still be riding around their now otherwise so Muchos Gracias Senor.

I finally hit the coast and Tarmac covered in brown dust so certainly look the part of a hard-core Moto crosser but deep down I know I am nothing of the sort and I  got through by pure luck no skill or judgement involved. It is still dull and overcast but a nice run along the coast and then onto route 5 to Chillan to get some miles under my belt. I find a hostel and yes they have parking which is round the back but turns out round the back is a block away at the owners daughter posher hotel so I ride round the front dump my gear and ride round the block again to park Daisy safe and sound for the night much to the amusement of the owner who told me to this in the first place but I did not understand her I must improve my Spanish language skills!

Other good news it that it is  opposite a Chinese restaurant so after last night failing I got my Chinese dinner tonight yummy. I went for a walk around town and I had to sit down at one point as I had not realised how tired I was as it had been a long hard tough day.

Back to the hotel working the blog and beddy byes shattered will I ever be any good at off-roading I survived today but I am riding my luck a bit to much for my liking.

Interesting Modern designed Church

Villarrica to Futrono, Thursday, 24 January 2013, Day 205

Detour led me into this loverly Farmyard unfortunately my off road skills (lack off) meant I could not go much further!

As I have mentioned earlier in this blog the problem with Chile is that there is only one main road through the heart of it called Route 5 everything is off this road but normally you have to turn off go to the place and come the same way back as the connecting routes are non existent or dirt roads. So I wanted to spend some more time whizzing around the lake district but I did not want to too keep heading back to Route 5 for each different lake so again Philly was going to be adventurous and go of road so that I could spend more time round the lakes than on the motorway.

So after a good breakfast at the hostel headed to Pucon another place I wanted to see and  I hit the road hoping that road I was going to take was doable but the first thing I needed to do was fill up and find that road which I did eventually. First part was flat and gravelly and dusty but doable I was past by a couple of cars kicking up a lot of dust making visibility difficult but I pressed on. Then the road was blocked and you where then diverted on to a grass track that took you through a farmyard. Also manageable but I thought I had better check with a group of people who had pukka Motocross bikes and ATVs that they where prepping about the state of the road ahead. The first response from a young lad in all the pukka motocross gear was yes it was easy with a smirk on his face so I thought I had better ask a grown up which I did and he looked at me looked at the bike and he had seen me come gingerly into the farmyard and he said I think the road will be to difficult for you and your bike. He looked like he might know what he was talking about and then he pulled out his iPhone and showed me pictures of the road and various ATV struggling through mud and the odd stream crossing that is when  my decision was made it looks like I will be breaking my cardinal rule of onward and forward and backtracking to Villarrica but it was gorgeous where I was so I decided to continue a bit further to the hot springs and turn around there. There was a sign saying 39km to the town I was heading for and it was 109km via the paved road and again back on route 5 bugger and dam my lack of off road talent but looking at that blokes pictures it makes me think that I made the right decision,

Pukka equipment may help with the off road stuff

So back the way I came and then to another lake I chose this one because it was not in any of the guidebooks so I thought it may be less touristy but as was in the lake district it would still have some touristy facilities and I was right and I found myself in a nice little town called Futrono I even liked the name and I found a great little affordable hotel the town that I think it had two hotels this one and one big posh one according to the nice ladies at the small tourist office so I settled in and went for a walk, At this lake a completely different vibe than Villarrica which was a tourist town this was a lot quieter and I liked it I walked to the lake and around the town and grabbed some dinner and then later sitting in the garden of the hotel working on this. It is a bit disappointed about my off road shortcomings but there is not much I can do about that and I am in a great little place so lets just enjoy that 🙂

Lago Ranco less touristy lake in Chiles Lake District which I prefer