Friday, January 22, 2010
The sunsets and the colors of the sun on the mountains and rocks were jaw dropping. A very difficult road to ride because you have every type of terrain and you are a long way from help, so you cant take unessessary chances.We were so high up that all the plants, animals and landscape was like a differnt planet and then thousands of Flamingos on this lake.One day I will take a bunch of camping gear and go spend some real time here.Its official, I have now taken my bike higher than 5000 meters above sea level and in true BMW fashion, it didnt miss a beat.And after 2 days of hard riding, we reached the border of Chile and back onto tarmac.This is us crossing the Tropic of Capricorn. Right now we are on 35,000 kilometers, another 10,000 to go.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
These are a couple of pics of Potosi and you alreadt know what this place is all about.
On the way to Sucre we passed this bridge in the middle of nowhere for no reason other than the obvious, to cross the river, but why the masive castle on each side. They always have a reason and we didnt stop to find out.
Sucre is a town that looks like it has a bunch of cash, but alas, it just looks like it. This is a pic from our balcony, a nice clean Bolivian town (oxymoron).
Next was a 160km dirt road through rivers, rain and nasty gravel to get to Uyuni. My riding talents got tested when we hidt a river crossing and halfway through I lost my balance, so I hit the gas in the low gear I was in and fully loaded, did a 180 degree turn on the spot and ended up going back the way we came, how we didnt fall beats me, second time was an easy shot.
Uyuni is an amazing place, not the dusty, dirty little town but the Salar, salt flats. These tables and chairs, made out of salt (good for my BP). The hotel, made out of salt, even the salt in the salt shaker was salt, unbelievable
Melissa is always down my throat about something. You know what they say about guys with big feet ha ha.
I am just a tiny little man next to Melissa.
Why did the Cockerell jump over the Dinosour?
With enough time and toys anyone could spend months here going nuts with ther imagination.
Nowe are off on a 2 day journey from Uyuini to San Pedro de Atecama in Chile. The boys on the bikes and the ladies in a rented 4x4 with a guide.
The average height here is about 4500 meters above sea level and the scenery is lunar, a photographers dream world, I plan to go back with food and a tent and zen out, absolutely amazing up here.
More on the second half of this trip soon.
Monday, January 4, 2010
The days after Christmas brought some adrenaline-filled experiences, some that we enjoyed, and some that we could have lived without.
We were rewarded with some great photos and an “I survived Death Road” t-shirt.
After a few days in La Paz, we were on our way to Potosi, where we planned to spend one or two nights, then to celebrate New Years Eve in Sucre, where our Dutch friend Gert had organized some serious revelry. On the way to Potosi, a long day’s riding, we got an email from some of the group who had gone ahead telling us that they had found a great hacienda just outside of Potosi, a charming and interesting place which was about 15 minutes off of the main road.
The next morning we checked out of the hacienda and headed for the mining town of Potosi.
So here we were, 12 early-bird gringos, dressed in jeans and biker clothes, alongside the well-dressed cream of Bolivian society, ringing in 2010 together. An interesting tapestry, indeed.!!
We are now in Sucre, leaving Gino behind in Potosi for a few days to recuperate. Next on to Uyuni, Salt Flats which are supposed to be amazing. The adventure continues….