Mountain Biking Big Time
Bariloche Travel Blog› entry 14 of 117 › view all entries
February 11th, 2007 – by: dan2105
After a hilarious confusion between myself and the bike rental man, where he asked about brakes in England, where I thought he meant breaks and started to explain that we weren't on holiday, we set off with a map and a packed lunch.
The Circuito Chico as it is called, despite only really being a circuit for about 20 of the 60km, takes you across the front of Lake Nahuel Huapi and around a hilly loop, great for panoramic views of the area. The first (and thus last) 20km were a little disappointing.
The roads on the actual circuit were a lot quieter and a lot more enjoyable, if a lot harder in terms of gradients. There always seemed to be a heartbreaking hill around each corner. This did, however, mean you could get up to some serious speed on the downhills, great fun unless you did what I did and hit a potholl doing God-knows-what miles per hour.
Whether it was worth all the effort to get to see the views is perhaps a debatable one, but finishing the route gave a good sense of achievement, if not an aching derriere.
The reward was predictable...another epic steak. I'm almost starting to think I should order something else, but I'm not quite there yet. I fear that I will miss them too much when I go and regret it. Just to give you some indication of how much they actually are, here are the prices you generally pay. Consider that there are roughly six potatoes in a pound and you see the whole meal's about a fiver each when there's two of you. I don't think it's way off the mark to suggest that you could replace the peso sign with a pound sign and get the right price for what you would pay in a decent restaurant in England, for less quality. Of course you're jealous. I expect you to be.
Black pudding (yes, I've hammered them, too) 3
Total - 36 pesos each. About six squid.
Unbelievable. I feel guilty paying that.
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