2020 Cycle Patagonia

Tomorrow, Sunday Feb 2, I head to Thunder Bay to fly to Bariloche, Argentina to embark on a bicycle trip along the Carretera Austral in Southern Patagonia.

It’s been 6 years since I was last in this beautiful area during my 2014 trip down the length of South America from Quito, Ecuador to Ushuaia at the bottom of the continent. I’ve been looking forward since that time to exploring this section in Chile more extensively. Now I get my chance.

There will be five of us this time around. We all hail from Grand Marais in northern Minnesota. Lee and Scott Bergstrom were with me on a cycle trip from the top of the North Island of New Zealand to Bluff at the southern tip of the South Island in 2016. It will be great to share this trip as well. We have had many adventures together. Jane Alexander and Chris O’Brien will be riding a tandem in Patagonia. It should be interesting as the tandem will be fast on the flats and screaming on the downs. The uphills will be more of a challenge. But they are very capable. It will be our first trip together and I very much look forward to it.

The bicycling part of our journey will be about 1700 miles from Bariloche in Argentina to Puerto Natales located along the Chilean coast. From there we will catch a ferry up to Puerto Montt. The ferry will follow an “inland passage” along the fiords of coastal Chile. We are all hoping for good weather on this part of the trip. Nobody wants rain, wind or seasickness on the boat. A few good wishes from all of you might be helpful. a 3 – 4 day cycle will bring us back to Bariloche.

We will be self-supported. That means all camping gear, clothing and food will be loaded on our bikes. This gives us the freedom (and necessity at times) to camp in this rugged dramatic countryside.

I’m hoping to include a map here. Since I haven’t mastered how to load our route on a map I borrowed someone else’s. It doesn’t show the lower part of our route to El Calafate or Puerto Natales. It does include Puerto Montt in the upper left where our ferry trip ends. You can visualize the cycle route back to Bariloche from Puerto Montt.

I hope you’ll join us by following this blog. We’d like to have you along. buckbenson.org

52 thoughts on “2020 Cycle Patagonia

  1. One more peaceful night sleep in my own bed. This will be an amazing adventure. I can only imagine the tales we will have to tell. Buenos noches.
    Te veo en la mañana

  2. Safe travels to all! May your legs be strong, your peace be encompassing and your joy to the sky. We be following.

    1. Oh my!!! This sounds so amazing…I’d go for the ferry ride alone 😂 Sounds like a helluva ride, especially without support!? 😬 I guess I kinda envy that you’re just a touch insane.
      Love you forever, Robin

    1. Thanks Julie! We’ve already had a misadventure with a flight delay causing us to miss the flight to Buenos Aires. We’ll try again on Tuesday. Have a wonderful winter in Mexico.

  3. and they’re off…have a great and safe adventure, buck. you’ve got some great pedaling mates!!!

  4. Planes are less reliable than bicycles. You will be in some very remote and isolated places so, yes, it is necessary to bring your own provisions, but think of all the great calzados, estofadas and vinos you will miss!

      1. OK, Buck, but before I pack, why is it call a “sag” wagon? Sags in the middle? Carries as much water as in Sag? Good luck tomorrow with the great iron bird.

  5. Buck,
    Stuck in the Kansas City airport for 12 hours trying to get back to Minneapolis. All these chief fans have clogged up the the airport. Surrounded by a sea of red. Hope we live long enough to see purple! Happy Trails Ron

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