Welcome to Freewheeling across the Himalayas

Le voyage est un retour vers l'essentiel (proverbe tibetain)

WELCOME TO FREEWHEELING ACROSS THE HIMALAYAS

My name is Celine Soulard and on July 2010 I will embark on a 7 month cycling journey from Tajikistan to Nepal. This adventure will take me to some of the most challenging and beautiful roads in the world. I am also undertaking this journey to raise funds for the Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation in support of the Ladakh Project (Health inc). I encourage you to subscribe to my blog to follow me in this great adventure. I will share with you in this blog stories and photos on a regular basis and hope to inspire you to contribute to the Ladakh Project.

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Celine


March 13, 2015

Into the fall

Something is changing....since the beginning of March....nights are colder, while I am riding I see and hear a lot of men chopping firewood,  there is fresh snow in the mountains and almost no tourists which means great riding.....yes people look at me funny when I am telling them I am going south....yes the fall is coming and coming fast!!!

Leaving Coyhaique I got hit hard by the rain...but as usual this always brings some great encounter. I came to the "hotel" with the hope of warming up before continuing the road....well with the fire place, good food and great company I didn't leave until the next day!!! I was the only customer....evening was spent sitting by the fireplace talking with the two ladies running the place :-)

Then I spent a couple days in Cerro Castillo at a great camping. I enjoyed a great hiking day to get close-up views of the mountain, then a nice day of rest sitting in the hammock and exploring the surrounding.

I had another very cold day leaving Cerro Castillo....cold and strong head wind and torrential downpour. I cycled for 4 hours but the idea of setting the tent that night wasn't very appealing to me. So just for fun I hitchhike the first truck that came by. Sure enough the driver stopped and gave me a 50 km ride to the warm and cozy Bahia Murta hostel where I spent the evening sitting next to the wood stove, drinking Mate and talking to the owner Clothilde and Nelson, two Chileneans in their 60's.....much better option than camping alone in the middle of nowhere!!!




























March 07, 2015

850 km later!

English will follow

Hola Amigos y amigas,

Depuis mon dernier arret a Fataleufu, j'ai finalement rejoins la Carratera Austral et passee la marque des 800km! Je prends quelques jours de repos dans une petite ville de Patagonie Coyhaique ou j'ai aussi souffert d'un empoisonnement alimentaire ce qui est plutot rare ici. Pour les 7 derniers jours j'ai partage la route avec Magda et Kuba un jeune couple de Polonais fort sympathique qui terminent une annee a velo! Chaque jours je rencontre aussi des cyclistes qui arrivent de Ushuaia et qui sont en route vers le Peru ou meme dans certain cas le Canada et l'Alaska. Ils me reste environ 600 km pour terminer la Carratera.

 A bientot


Since my last stop in Fataleufu I have share my road with Magda and Kuba a young Polish couple finishing their year long trip in south America. We had a great time free camping, taking pictures and sharing experiences on the road. I had a couple rest day in Coyhaique followed by 2 forces rest day due to some food poisoning. This is the last thing I was expecting here. Fortunately the lady at my guest house took good care of me. I will start tomorrow for the last 600 km of the carratera austral before going back to Argentina. The bike season is on its tail end here but every day I keep meeting cyclist from all over the world coming from Ushaia (terra del fuego) on their way to the north which in some case is as far as Alaska!! I hope you will enjoy the photos

Fataleufu river

Santa Lucia church

Enjoying the pavement while it lasts!

Volcano viewed from La Junta

With Magda and Kuba near La Junta

Camping by the Fjord at Puyuhuapi - tide came about 2 feet from my tent!!!


Playing with cell phone


Nice turquoise glacier river


View from one of the campsite by the Queulat river

Pretty bird looking for food!

Views during the Queulat climb


Magda, Kuba and I by the glacier lake - Queulat N.P.

Mandatory stop at the pie shop!

Nice light and scenery between showers




View point just before Coyhaique

February 21, 2015

Now in Chile

I have now crossed the border to Chile and I am trying to get rid of a cold. I just spent 3 days in Fataleufu a nice small little village. It is an important centre for rafting and white water kayaking. It is nested in the mountains and it is very relax. I am staying in a nice guest house which is own by a school teacher and she has two beautiful Golden Retrievers which is cool but also make methink of my Tashi a lot.

I will continue my route toward the Carratera Audtral tomorrow.....more gravel roads ahead!!!