Biking along the landscapes of Patagonia is a dream for a lot of people, as a South American, I'm fortunate to visit such an amazing place, driving by myself with my car...
My name is Rodrigo Kaspary, I'm a Brazilian mountain biker, photographer and I'm also starting to make some videos. Last summer I went to the Andes mountains, in Argentina and Chile to brave the wind, the cold, the heat, the dust, the rain and all those things that sometimes run our patience out, even more, if you're driving an old car. Well, the idea is to have fun, isn't it?
I drove around 6,000 kilometers, from South Region of Brazil through The Andes in Patagonia, with my 1974 air-cooled beetle, which was also my home during the journey.My home for a month.
Driving alone through those scenarios was such an amazing thing. Being on empty roads in the countryside provided me with the opportunity to lose a sense of time. Sometimes, I had to stop and wait for the heavy traffic to pass by.
Also, it was hard to get some fuel in those solitary places. It was easier to find abandoned petrol stations than a working one. However, in Patagonia, every little thing has its own beauty, even a non-working petrol station.
As you may guess, the car always need attention! Who doesn't like to repair something with wires and pliers sometimes?
With all that freedom, I found myself seeking shelter against the wind at some "estancias" or abandoned buildings which I still wonder about its owners...
Or also, camped in the open and wild nature
Outside my "home" the wind flew while I was driving slowly through the bumping roads, which allowed me to appreciate my surroundings.
While crossing The Andes, I went to ride some mountains in Chile.
However, with such a freezing wind and rain outside, I had to be patient and wait for a whole day inside the car.
As it is said, after the rain, the sun will shine again! So, I could ride my bike around those mountains and volcanos, at 2800 meters above sea level.
On some occasions, I could leave the beetle behind, set up my tent and wake up with such amazing views.
And just have fun again!
Then, I rode until I reached the lake level, at the end of this line!
This was a little bit of my summer trip, which I feel lucky to have had it before the hard times we are getting through... If you liked it, I kindly ask you to subscribe to my Youtube channel, so you could not only stay tuned to more of those weird adventures but also help me with this project from the early beginning!
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Did you drive through Neuquen in Argentina?
I strongly recommend to shortlist it.