Overnight there was a rainstorm so the
tent was sodden, but we could get dressed and cook breakfast in the
hut. Initially the road was flat, following the river valley then
downhill on hard packed grit before a descent through tall conifer
forest to the village of Bahia Murta, where there was about 500m of
Rio Murta lake
The road climbed and descended many
times where the river meandered along the valley. Some sections had a 15cm wide 'path' on
the right side where all the cyclist had attempted to find the
smoothest route through, possibly the narrowest cycle lane in the
Looks smooth in the photo
From here it was just 24km to Rio
Tranquillo along the Rio Murta valley, 'nearly there' we thought. But
now the road changed completely. Instead of the hard packed fine
surface of the previous 50km the road here was made of
bigger, closely packed, river smoothed stones, with no fine material on
top, This meant that more than 50% of the pedalling energy was lost
with bouncing over the bumps.
At times, even where the road was flat,
it took less energy to get off and push than stay on the bike.
Despite the torture of the road, the valley itself was beautiful and
the deep turquoise waters of Lake General Correra cheered us up. Too
fatigued to be bothered to put up the wet tent when we arrived in
town, we booked into a small B and B for two nights.