Day 219 – Puerto Natales to Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile

Day 219 – Puerto Natales to Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile      03/28/11      Mileage: 112

After packing the bike I hit the grocery store for some provisions as I plan on camping in the Torres del Paine if the weather cooperates.

Puerto Natales…

That done I headed north out of town and the road ran along the water providing amazing scenery.

Soon it turned to dirt as it began to wind it’s way up a picturesque valley. It was hard to pay attention to riding with the amazing scenery, but the wind was gusting hard in spots which certainly got my attention back on keeping the bike upright and on the loose gravel road.

Farther up the valley, I came around a corner and there were the Torres del Paine in all their grandeur. It was the same sense of awe that I got back when I was riding with my friend Paul in Wyoming the first time we crested a hill and saw the Grand Tetons…the sight of them just stops you dead in your tracks.

….and a close-up.

Continuing on into the park I rode around the south side of the Torres (Towers) and stopped in many spots to enjoy the view.

 I made my way over to the east side of the park and found a campsite with the Torres towering overhead.

The famous torres (towers) of the Torres del Paine….

Hotel las Torres….way out of my budget….my sweet digs are below…

Tomorrow I hope the weather continues to be as good as it was today…

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12 Responses to Day 219 – Puerto Natales to Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile

  1. Deborah says:

    Stunning! Gorgeous! And… that’s just your campsite. LOL Wow… just so lovely… I had no idea and I’m grateful for the personal tour of this region, Lenny. I’m glad I found your post this morning… I was ready to get into a more active stalk mode on your tracker! Like… street views of Buenos Aires to see I could find you walking around somewhere! Have fun!

    • Lenny says:

      Ha! LOL…..yeah, I’ve been busy riding north and did some camping along the way…which means no internet. I’m back on the grid now for the time being!

  2. Jilly says:

    spectacular! ox

  3. carla friedman says:

    Amazing pictures. Thanks.

  4. Becki Anderson says:

    the bottom of the world looks like the top! I keep thinking that is Alaska ….small world huh? By the way…who was that man on the bike in Sturgis…..not Scott….but man did we laugh about i! Spring jn Alaska aannd the greenhouse is in operation! Come back for some squash this summer…..

    • Lenny says:

      Hi Becki! That was another fellow Scott that I met on the Kenai…really nice guy. We rode together for a bit and he showed me a nice little back road. What’s really funny is Glenn thought it was your Scott too….like I did. I had to look at the picture 3 times before I realized it was the other Scott…too funny!!

  5. pete says:

    Amazing dude amazing! Tower shots rival some others as my favorite shots so far!

    Keep it up and live it up!

    Pete

    • Lenny says:

      Thanks Pete! Yeah, The Torres del Paine are pretty spectacular….I only wish I had a few more days of good weather…oh well…maybe next time!

  6. Paul Bell says:

    Paul is quite excited of being mentioned in your blog. We have decided that there are 2 photos in this group that would look great framed in our house. How would we go about getting copies? Great blog as usual. Love seeing the world thru your eyes! Thanks. Xo Kim

  7. Lynn Hilliard says:

    Lenny, it’s amazing, and very much like the Tetons, including it’s own lake…can’t remember the name…was it Jenny something? Also reminds me of “Lord of the Rings”. How totally beautiful and much more rugged than the Tetons. God, what photos!

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