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Out of the bubble......... One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.-- Henry Miller

First impression of the Carretera Austral:

CHILE | Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | Views [1818]

Rested and in a good mood we left Puerto Montt   in anticipation and expectation...of course- it's supposed to be one of the most beautiful roads in the world and I heard that from several sources. Notice the "supposed to be"? ... Read more >

Puerto Montt from the 10th to the 13th of January 2014

CHILE | Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | Views [866]

Puerto Montt, Puerto Montt, Puerto Montt I have stared at this name many times on the map and thought: gosh, almost done when we get there......Now we are here - not almost done and yes almost done. We still got a ways to go, but the smell of the ... Read more >

We had another "date" with a family in Linares, only 51km to go..

CHILE | Monday, 13 Jan 2014 | Views [1639]

..... Pati's sister Gloria and her lovely big family was waiting for us to take us in- that fine first day of the year. They picked us up at the Plaza and escorted us to their house where we had dinner with the couple and their five daughters (between ... Read more >

Naked in the Catholic Church men's bathroom in Pelequen, Chile

CHILE | Monday, 13 Jan 2014 | Views [4031]

and then off to Talca for New Years. On our way from Santiago to Talca - 300km in two days! The road is flat and boring, but it beats Ruta 40 (down the Argentine side) from what we have heard.  We got to spend the night on route in between ... Read more >

On the road again, in the Andes again - from Argentina to Chile Christmas 2013

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 28 Dec 2013 | Views [1328]

What a powerful feeling to be back on the bike after 16 days- have I mentioned that before? POWERFUL! I imagine how it feels to ride a motorcycle - that big engine between your legs and the speed in your face, feeling the road, the world is yours... ... Read more >

Photos: Back to Chile.

CHILE | Saturday, 28 Dec 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Those strange moments...

ARGENTINA | Sunday, 22 Dec 2013 | Views [638]

when you read somebodies stories, live his moments too, which he wrote down way back in Peru. I was impressed by his style, his broken english.....but he kept writing -no worries to be correct. His stories drenched in emotions - deep reflections, addictive ... Read more >

Dec. 6th - Dec. 22nd - Long time Mendoza!

ARGENTINA | Sunday, 22 Dec 2013 | Views [2291]

Hanging here in Mendoza since Dec. 6th - happy Nikolaus Tach, everybody..... But now we already write the 15th of December. James has been in Kentucky USA since a few days and is expected to meet me back here on the 18th. He flew home- just in time-... Read more >

Sitting in the summer's heat in San Juan's hostel on Dec. 4th....

ARGENTINA | Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 | Views [1861]

....drinking  water until I have to go pee...haven't peed much..maybe once a day, morning and evening after and before bed. Clearly dehydrating  riding a bicycle through the desert - seems unavoidable when you do...duh... Our last days ... Read more >

James, the dog whisperer.....in Chilecito.

ARGENTINA | Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 | Views [1782]

In need for a couple of days rest in Chilecito. We only planned on one, but we had to stay an extra day, because a dog snatched James' shoe in the early morning hours of the first night. We heared him sniff around, but didn't think much of it until we ... Read more >

From Salta to Cafayate and then back into the desert for a while.

ARGENTINA | Friday, 29 Nov 2013 | Views [2104] | Comments [1]

  We had taken two full days off in Salta and felt rested and clean. The next days were easy, riding through a vast valley with vineyards and fancy farm houses until we hit another colorful mountain range: the "Quebrada de las Conchas" which ... Read more >

From Purmamarca to Salta (12th-18th of November)

ARGENTINA | Friday, 29 Nov 2013 | Views [1478]

We took a day off in Purmamarca - just laying in the grass, smelling the goodness of the earth ...doing and thinking nothing. The sky, the whole body expanding into the atmosphere, the breath: easy, the air gentle, soft, full of oxygen and LIFE. This ... Read more >

We climbed out of the Salar de Atacama

ARGENTINA | Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | Views [892]

    .....it took us one whole day and part of the next after we spend the night camping right next to the road. Seems like in Chile and Argentina camping is safe enough. We are heading to Argentina, but nobody told us we would ride ... Read more >

San Pedro de Atacama! An Oasis in the driest desert on earth. (Sunday the third - leaving Wednesday

CHILE | Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | Views [796]

San Pedro de Atacama! An Oasis in the driest desert on earth. (Sunday the third - leaving Wednesday the 6th) Never expected to find such a wonderful place in the middle of the real nowhere! Yes, it is a touristy town, yes, it is horrendously ... Read more >

So happy to see the border "town" of Avaora (Bolivia) and Ollagüe (Chile)

CHILE | Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | Views [3055] | Comments [3]

.... in the distance. I had no high expectations in terms of finding food - but maybe water, I was hoping..... Interesting how the level of expertise can sink so low and to the basics. Well, there was actually a train station and a little store and ... Read more >

Riding the Salar for a little while and getting lost on the right way to Chile.(October 30th)

BOLIVIA | Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | Views [1161]

Uyuni is the town at the edge of the Salar. We spend a day here to recover from the ever lasting headwinds and then set off into the Salar. Salt, salt, salt a desert of salt - aiming west to the island of Inca Huasi where they let you rest and sleep, ... Read more >

Photos: Argentina

ARGENTINA | Sunday, 17 Nov 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Chile

CHILE | Wednesday, 6 Nov 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Drunken Donkey and Llama Love. (Riding from Potosi to Uyuni 21st - 23rd of October)

BOLIVIA | Tuesday, 5 Nov 2013 | Views [1099]

The headwind at the end of the second day riding to Uyuni- up a steep mountain road- pretended to be permanent. I had to say it out loud: Wind, you are not permanent and neither is this damn, steep road, this uphill struggle isn't either and neither ... Read more >

The way to Potosi "Eso vale un Potosí". (This is worth a Potosí) The highest city (4100m) it's size

BOLIVIA | Monday, 21 Oct 2013 | Views [1155]

Heading into the mountains again.We decided to leave the edge of the Salar....can't be that bad because we are staying on the Altiplano and we fluctuate between 3600m and 4200m. The landscape is unusual and "lunalike" - the natural colors are mind blowing.... Read more >

The ultimate Alto Plano - at the edge of the Salar.

BOLIVIA | Monday, 21 Oct 2013 | Views [1394]

We rode 132km even though we wanted to take a day off in Oruro, but spontaneously decided to take off in the direction of Challapata- never thought we would make it.......and here we are! The road was so easy -even with a little and sometimes a ... Read more >

On to La Paz (10th- 13th of October) and beyond.

BOLIVIA | Monday, 21 Oct 2013 | Views [1080]

Soon we'll be leaving Lake Titicaca, but staying on the high Plato of the Altiplano - we caught up with Salva who left just an hour earlier, but we found him sitting on a bench after the ferry ride from the peninsula (Cocacabana) to the main land - gazing ... Read more >

Copacabana - first town in Bolivia (arrived on Monday October 7th)

BOLIVIA | Monday, 21 Oct 2013 | Views [1383]

We wanted to rush through this place having "lost" too much time, but it was impossible! It's reputation as a "touristy place" was a "turn off" and yet....WE ARE TOURISTS and this little town with all it's little cafes and restaurants, it's clean ... Read more >

Last days in Peru. (5th-7th of October)

PERU | Sunday, 13 Oct 2013 | Views [570]

Our visa was granted for 90 days and that seems like a long, long time ago.....( it will be 110 days ago tomorrow)....guess we overstayed our welcome in this country. Our last village in Peru is called Yunguyo and it is quite the nice border town.... Read more >

Photos: Bolivia

BOLIVIA | Sunday, 13 Oct 2013 | Photo Gallery

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