Alright, let's ride.
After arriving in Santiago a few days early to explore the city, and spending them doing so by foot, by bus, by subway, and by bicycle, it's time. Tomorrow, it's back in the saddle, and I'm ready.
I was the extremely fortunate winner of this trip, which is a guided 9-day motorcycle trip of the Chile "Lakes District," briefly crossing the Andes over into Argentina and back, thanks to a photo I took a few years ago in Vietnam. Humungous thanks to Horizons Unlimited and Compass Expeditions for the across-this-world prize.
Next update from points south.