Farellones (pronounced “far-ey-yone-eys”) is a ski town in the Andes near Santiago. It’s elevation is just under 8,000 feet.
A year and a half ago, I tried to ride there. I didn’t make it, turning back at about 70%. Not long after that, the bike I rode was stolen. I rode less for the next year and fell out of shape.
About two months ago, I bought a good bike, and I’ve been riding a lot. I’m now in better shape than I was the first time I tried, and I have a better bike (and a better lock, too!).
Last Sunday I rode all the way there. The whole ride took me seven hours, and I gained 6,150 feet in elevation.