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The circuito
Not wanting to slow the pace down while we're in Bariloche, yesterday we did a 60km bike ride around the area.

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.
Panoramic view right
The roads are thin and early on we were stopped by a pedestrian who told us not to ride on the roads as cars didn't give you room. Unfortunately, the alternative is a hard-to-manouvre, sandy dirt track, where stones are an obstacle and a stomach full of dust inevitable. After a while of struggling on it, I decided to take my chance with the cars, despite a few inconsiderate drivers and a few beeps of the horn aimed at us. I resisted the urge to shake any fists their way, as I thought a car might have the upper hand over my bike.

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.
Steakhouse...again
Luckily, no death for me that day.. I was fortunate in that I had a pretty good bike, which let me tackle most steep hills in low gear. The same can't be said for Kyle - she was unlucky to have a bit of a shocker of a bike that was hard not to overtake, even when I wasn't pedalling.

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.

Steak 17
Drink 3
Chips 5
Salad 5
Black pudding (yes, I've hammered them, too) 3
Chorizo 3

Total - 36 pesos each. About six squid.

Unbelievable. I feel guilty paying that.


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The circuito
The circuito
Panoramic view right
Panoramic view right
Steakhouse...again
Steakhouse...again
Panoramic view left
Panoramic view left
Where we stopped for lunch
Where we stopped for lunch
Relieved to make it to the top
Relieved to make it to the top
My hero
My hero
Before...
Before...
..and after
..and after
Bariloche
photo by: Amandaamaral1