Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Ride To Peñuelas

Originally posted to El Cantar de la Lluvia on Sunday, April 22, 2007

The other day Octavio invited everyone on the Adach forum to a barbecue at Lago Peñuelas, about 70 km from Santiago. Those that wanted to fish could try their luck.

The previous night... well... the truth is, I can't remember what I did the previous night. But I do know that the next day I didn't get there at 10, 11 am as everyone else, but rather more like around 4 pm. After spending some time with people, I called Francisco (from Placilla; he'd taken me around the area a few times), and we agreed to meet at a spot on the lake shore.

In order to get there, I had to pass through parts quite crowded with fishermen. I got many dirty looks, even though I was going as slowly and as far from the waterline as possible.

I met Francisco, and we started around the lake. This was the hardest bit, since it was a very irregular surface of large rocks, all slanted at a steep angle, but we crossed it without incident.

And not ten metres from the end of the sloped section was a valve tower.

The tower was built in 1900.

We carried on. This was one of the streams running into the lake.

We explored a few trails here and there, and after a few hours, we crossed a large plain in order to get back to where everyone else was.

A short but fun ride!



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