The Gang of 84 (so dubbed by a good friend) has just completed their first day ride on three shiny new CGL125 motorcycles.
We began the morning in Santiago at the crack of dawn (9am), and arrived 240km and a handful of hours later in the seaside beach town of Pichilemu, Chile. The bikes, although tiny, handle surprisingly well and easily sit on 80km/h, or 50mph, fully loaded. Going up hill is a bit slow, but we’ll manage.
We were all relieved to finally leave the smog of Santiago. Although it was a nice city, a city’s a city almost anywhere you go, and the rest of the country beckoned. I assumed getting out of the metropolitan area would be difficult, but it was surprisingly quick, minus getting separated repeatedly by yellow lights. Being the only one with a map, Rob led the way, sometimes driving down the wrong side of the road.
Eventually the city opened up to hilly arid land, dotted with houses, debris, roadside mini marts, stray dogs and low lying patches of cactus. As we progressed, the hills became covered in dry yellow grass, and finally a mix of coniferous forests and tall, slender cactus, before opening up to blue ocean and crashing waves.
So far the roads here are better than at home, without the rain to undermine the foundation. It’s still strange, and even a little sad, to not have to search for kangaroos on the side of the road.
What’s my plan here? Still not sure. I can’t wait to get to the tree covered mountains and glaciers of Patagonia, but for now, that’s my ultimate destination. We’ll see what happens once I reach the southern tip of South America.
More soon- TravelBug