I have a new riding partner: my little boy Sage, embarking on his very first South American bike tour.
This post covers the first leg of his three week Chilean adventure, taking us from the lakeside town of Villarica to the hamlet of Melipueco, located at the entrance to the beautiful Conguillío National Park (photos here).
No doubt many would ride this in a day. But at the tender age of 18 months, Sage prefers to appreciate life at more leisurely pace, stopping to smell the roses along the way. “What’s the rush, papa?” he might well be saying, as he ambles off to go pet another feral dog.
I’ve asked Sage to share the secrets of his packlist for other would-be toddler bikepackers, so I’ll post these soon.
If you would like to keep up with where I am between blog entries, I try and keep my While Out Riding Facebook page regularly updated – along with posting extra photos and gear ponderings. You can find it here, where plenty more El Huevito photos are to be found.
Sage, his papa and their rig. Between the Pugsley’s fat tyres, our Chariot trailer, and Sage’s blond curls, we’re quite a crowd puller.
What’s the rush? Watching mama do some yoga, Volcán Villarica in the background.
Then indulging in a little baby downward dog himself.
Day 1 ends in a perfect campspot.
Shared with an enormous pig, a source of much mirth to Sage.
There’s a lovely kitchen table too.
And our home – the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3. It’s creation is another font of fascination to Sage…
… until the falling leaves inspire him into a bout of interpretive dancing.
A Petzl-lit dinner.
Breakfast, best enjoyed in a porridge-proof one piece.
Autumnal colours. Winter is coming in the Southern Hemisphere.
Where we can, we keep to low traffic, gravel backroads…
… even if it means some vein-poppingly steep pitches.
We limit limit trailer-time as much as possible, preferring to let Sage stretch out and explore.
Not hat he seems to mind bouncing around in his carrito – the shopping cart – as his trailer is called by Chileans.
Look but don’t touch, Huevito!
One day, Sage…
I did pull the trailer too, honestly…
Our third campsite.
This one includes a feral cat, which Sage quickly adopts as his playmate.
Dinner time; a vegetable feast.
Warm, sunny days are a dealer breaker on family rides.
As is traffic free riding – even the pavement stretches here are quiet, with plenty of room to relax.
Closing in on Conguillío National Park: Volcán Llaima, 3125m…
Sage, always a hit with the locals…
Photos of our day trip into the beautiful Conguillío National Park can be seen here.