Day 13. 46km. Lake Hedionda – Stone Wall

Posted: September 15, 2019 in Bolivia, Cycling
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HEADWIND!

Headwind

Headwind

The light morning headwind grew in ferocity as I climbed slowly from the lake over a little pass before the main road.

Leaving the Lagunas

Leaving the Lagunas

Interesting sign

Interesting sign

By the time I pulled in to a little shop on the main road it was blowing an absolute gale. As I was inside having a nice chorizo sausage, it started to hail – horizontal hail.

I left the main road shortly after my chorizo stop onto a sandy track. There was nothing to it. Just like my day leaving Laguna Colorada, I pushed the bike forward a bit, and then stopped and caught my breath. Slowly but surely I made it this way over the last little pass before the end town of the Ruta de Lagunas – San Juan..

Then, suddenly, the sun came out and the wind changed direction. At some point it was even a tailwind.

Heading over the last little pass

Heading over the last little pass

Going downhill with a tailwind was lovely. The road was, however, very broken up, sandy and rocky, so a fast descent wasn’t happening.

The way down

The way down

The way down

The way down

My plan was to make it down the pass and make it to a military base for the night. Again, erring on the side of caution, I stopped at a nice little stone wall windbreak half way down and watched a beautiful sunset as I cooked and ate dinner.

My little camp spot

My little camp spot

Comments
  1. valerievolk says:

    Incredible country. Great to see it through your eyes.

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Beautiful sunset! Talk about a room with a view. 😉
    Is there much traffic on these roads? It looks like you are the only person around!

  3. Pat Gaudry says:

    HI Matthew, The pictures make me worried about your survival in such a remote location should something befall you, such as a broken limb. It really is very very far from the beaten track. Take care and good luck . Pat Gaudry

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