I Want to Ride my Bicycle, I Want to Ride my Bike

I hope someone gets the Queen tribute in the title. That song seemed appropriate as two days ago, Anna and I took a small 22-23 mile bike ride from Puerto Madryn to Punta Loma. There are more sea lions in Punta Loma, but really this was more motivated by our need for exercise than a desire to see more sea lions. Still, it was a nice reward.

After checking out and storing our bags with our hostel, we rented two mountain bikes from them, got a map, and headed out. The ride started along the ocean on a paved road but most of the time we were riding on a gravel road and/or sand. It looked like this:

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It definitely added a level of difficulty to the ride. A level of pain, too, since my bike seat wasn’t all that good. It felt more like riding while sitting on a fire hydrant. Regardless, we pressed on, and ended up enjoying ourselves despite some tough hills.

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At the halfway point, we found the sea lion colony in Punta Loma. These were much more docile than the ones we saw the previous day, but they were still entertaining.

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There were also tons of little guinea pig looking rodents scurrying around. One even kindly lounged in the shade of our bikes so I could get a good photo.

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The best wildlife sighting, though, wasn’t so cooperative. Off the coast, we saw about a dozen dolphins! We were quite happy to see them here because we decided to pass on the dolphin cruise tour that our hostel pitched since it was outrageously overpriced.

After hanging with the wildlife for about 45 minutes, we hopped back on our bikes and rode painfully back to town. A good trip to be sure, but one we paid for when our sore backsides took a 12-hour bus later that night.

8 thoughts on “I Want to Ride my Bicycle, I Want to Ride my Bike

  1. Mary

    Bicycle, bicycle! Thanks, I’ll have that tune stuck in my head all day! Guinea pigs resting in the shade are darn cute, and I’m sure you were never tempted to catch one to roast for dinner, as your demented father would have done. I hope your backsides heal quickly!

  2. Julie

    I think the guinea pig may have been a capybara. I have shoes made out of them that I bought in the Ricoletto district in Buenos Aires.

  3. Mikey

    At least I wasn’t responsible for this Bataan death ride. Sand is sooooo much fun to peddle in. And that was one cute little rodent. Yes, I would have roasted it, with some fava beans and a nice Chianti reduction.

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