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!!!