South Bolivia is fantastic, but I ve been there yet, and there is no road, just tracks coming from south. The problem is it s still the rain season, ans the rains, wind, snow and mud are waiting for us. Francis tried the way from San Pedro de Atacama, but had to come back because of the snow. He will try tomorrow an other way from Calama. That s a good oportunity to join him to find the way together. The only problem at this time : I'm at 600km from here, on the optyher side of the Andes. This is a good riding day!
I start from Jujuy under the rain, and see on the way the 7 colors mountains.
It s reallt amaizing, but I didn't want to stop to take pictures. I have more and more the impression that stpping on the way, is like looking for a great movie, and stop on pictures every 3 minutes. I would be boring. There are some moments when the pleasure is just to see the movie, the landscape moving around you, toi feel to be part of the landscape.
*Maybe I will regret to not have pictures of this road, but what is important is to remember the colors of the mountains, or just to remember how well I felt at this moment?
After 2 hours riding the road comes out of the clouds...
The GPS indicates 4833m height1. Higher than any mountain in Europe!
The bike is not as powerfull as usually, but works poerfectly. Finally, I like the injection system that adapts all parameters perfectly!
Between 2 hills, a salt lake :
A piece of local cheese, and I start again...
It's again one of the best road I've seen, and I encourage to ride there!
Border without any problem. I even don t realize that there is the Argentinian border but not the Chilean one. I heard after that I would have to go by myself in imigration and custom offices in San Pedro de Atacama to register. But As I don t know it, I'm in illegal situation in Chile.
I have a fast look of San Pedro de Atacama. This name was a dream for me and I imagined a small city in the desert. Finally, it's very nice, but not authentic at all. 90% people I see are tourists, and all the city is just an attraction park. So no regeret to not stay here, because a couchsurfing girl is waiting for me 100km further in Calama to spend the night.
Few pictures ... but it's also a way to encourage tyou to go and see by yourself!