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Calling for adventure part 2

Getting into the wild

What is this immense granite monolith pointing towards the sky like an arrow? I stop right there, and quietly fix the Fitz Roy peak coming out of the clouds at the horizon. Since I was a kid, I’ve been amazed by this legendary Patagonian mountain. Contemplating it for real now actually feels surreal.

river and mountains

After 3 weeks riding the 1,000km long Carretera Austral in southern Chile, I realize I have had moments of pure fulfillment like this every day: riding through purple lupine fields along emerald rivers and hanging glaciers, surrounded by flying condors, with the repetitive sound of nothing else but our bike tires hitting the gravel road.

It's impossible not
to be impressed by
the absolute
splendor of our
planet's natural
wonders.

bicycle rider on gravel road
purple flower hiking in snow
wooden bridge near a glacier
photo of a beach

I'm surprised how being surrounded by the wild nature is so peaceful and energizing. I forgot. My busy life in Montreal comes back to mind, with the reminiscence of all the rush and stress I usually go through in my everyday routine. All those "priorities" now seem ridiculous and artificial compared to this immense forever-lasting nature. I'm so grateful to be here now, getting to discover crazy unspoiled landscapes and enjoying every single minute of it.

tent near a lake wild fox bird and flower
group of flamingos

Traveling by bike acts as a catalyst to reset priorities and focus on the real stuff. It makes everything so simple, back to the very essence of our lives. You wake up, gobble up a few granolas and ride for hours.

bicycle rider on road man eating oatmeal
women riding bicycle on gravel road
man riding bicycle on gravel road

And day after day, the work-related agendas get erased by each pedal stroke and this constant contemplation. The only questions that are left are: What do I eat when I get hungry? Where do I sleep at the end of the day? And I just keep riding in-between.

women swimming in a lake

The time frame of our thinking has shrunk from 6-month planning to 6-hour anticipating. We learn to live in the moment, enjoy the surroundings, and now rarely think about the past nor the future. We fully appreciate the soothing present.

Tired? We find a spot next to the road and take a quick nap. Then, we religiously drink our espresso coffee and start riding again. There is nothing to dictate how our day will go.

man leaning on a bridge next to his bike
anchored boat man sitting on rock next to lake
women sitting on bench next to her bike bicycles riders passing through a gate wild horse
tents and camp fire
women setting up her tent

Temperature starts to get chilly? We look for a nice spot to shelter and set up camp. We go fetch and filter water, start a fire, eat, tune up the bikes. Everything is so simple - and absolutely essential.

Back to our very basic needs, we learn to master survival skills and focus on what's critical to get us through the day, which is very rewarding.

man cooking food in a campsite man cooking food in a campsite closeup
scenic photo of a lake
lake with rocky mountains in the background flower and iceberg
man hiking on a trial next to a lake
man in tent on a mountain
photo of bicycles

Click here to read part 1!

Story and Photo’s courtesy of Yann Masset and Laura Beeharry. They both live busy lives together in Montreal.
Laura and her friend Cécile both love sharing photos, ideas, and travel tips. Feel free to visit them at cecileandlaura.com