Today we arrived in Puerto Octay on Lago Llanquihue in the Chilean Lake District. A little tired from yesterday’s ride, we got a late start from Termas de Puyehue. My yummy buffet-style breakfast of a roll, cheese, fruit, yogurt and muesli fueled me though the first couple of climbs before the terrain flattened out into some very gently rolling hills. We stopped for lunch at a little local dairy farm and restaurant on the route. The trout and avocado sandwich was fantastic. Some of the best avocados I ever tasted – and I’ve tasted many an avocado.
We took a detour during the route to a “surprise” the tour leaders had scouted for us ahead of time. After some rolling hills on a country road through farmland that looked a lot like the Shire from Lord of the Rings, we arrived on a hill that had a fantastic view of volcanos Osorno and Puntiagudo.
We had the option to shuttle through the city of Osorno, a heavily trafficked area, before riding the last 30km to the hotel. I chose to take the shuttle all the way to the hotel to write a little, read a little, and enjoy a shower and some quality time in the hot tub. I am on vacation after all.
Tonight we are staying on Lago Llanquihue, the largest lake in Chile before traveling on towards Puerto Varas tonight. We are suppose to have one of the best dinners here. Fingers crossed.