future trip planning by BestHike editor Rick McCharles
During my two months in Patagonia 2018 I did a fair bit of research on a future cycle hiking trip.
- what bike? (Surly Long Haul Trucker with 40mm tires is popular)
- buy, rent or bring with me from Canada?
- exact route? (north to south via Chiloe sounds best to me)
I’d camp and hike en route.
The Carretera is far more popular now than when I did it in 2004 by bus / hitchhiking.
Among the world’s finest road trips, the Carretera Austral – or “Southern Highway” – is a 1240km route through Chile that’s mostly unpaved. Winding through millennia-old forests, it visits dusty Andean hamlets and turquoise rivers spawned from landlocked glaciers. …
Cyclists should have the skills and materials to repair their own gear, and should plan on taking a solid month for the entire endeavor. According to Italian cyclist Tomas Balzk, the hardest part was not pedaling the terrain, but ingesting enough calories. …