Bolivia: Getting our Feet Wet

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  1. Ah, beautiful pictures! What contrasts. Especially the red rocks and greenery down in the little valleys between.

    Are the 4×4 tours a relatively new thing in Bolivia? Because I should hope if it’s new but growing they will eventually have some better roads– because yikes, that looked rough at times.

    As for planning, and not feeling prepared — I felt that so much in NZ! Always feeling like I should have had so much more prepared in advance, but even when I did have things prepared then I missed out on other opportunities due to a rigid schedule. I think you guys are nailing it so far. So just keep doing what your doing 🙂

    Missing you always and sending you lots of love!

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    1. It was great to talk to you last night sweetie and yes those green valleys filled with lamas surrounded by rocks were very special. We could have spent much more time there. The 4×4 tours have been going on a long time but doing ours in the rainy season made things a lot harder . Nevertheless we had a great tour.
      Yes we agree, we have been nailing it, in our own fashion
      Much love
      Dad

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    2. Apparently, Olivia economy is rising. It would appear that tourism is helping it. People are opening hostels or renting rooms. Restaurants are adjusting their menus to foreign palates… so indeed there is hope they will continue to build their roads. Cuz even with 4×4, we felt it was hard on the vehicles. Cheers.

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  2. WOW quelle belle expédition. Stressante mais unique. Votre périple est unique. Peu de gens peuvent se vanter de connaitre les paysages comme vous deux. Rencontrer des gens tout au long de la route est merveilleux. L’humain, peu importe son pays, est toujours intéressant. Bonne continuation à vous deux et je continues de vous suivre assise tranquille devant l’ordi. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  3. Guys that is amazing! TK and I rode that same route out of Tupiza and was the best riding of our entire trip until she crashed and tore her ACL, effectively ending our trip. We never made it to Uyuni so now have to go back…Thankfully we were there in late April – start of the dry. The scenery and isolation around there is truly mindblowing.

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    1. You are probably right Roland but they are of the same Family and the locals kept confusing us as to which is which. Whatever, we saw many in the coolest environments, all of which was a treat!

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  4. That looks awesome you guys, I hope it is as fun as it is harrowing. We travel the same way, without an agenda or reservations and it can be difficult at times, but so far we have only done so in “soft” countries. Hats off to you guys for braving the 3rd world like that. Be safe, I can’t wait to read more of your adventures. Gregg

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  5. Wow. That was both amazing and mind boggling. It was like reading a novel when you don’t know how it’s going to end – even tho I knew how because you were writing it. Don’t fall into the schedule and research trap, you’re going to have so many adventures because you’re open to it.

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  6. I seem to get to my comment a day after the others who have all said what I’d like to say: Wow! Excellent pictures and an extraordinary voyage. Can’t believe how difficult it’s been. My difficulties with the Indian bureaucracy (pre-trip planning – booking trains etc) pale in comparison!! Loved the reflection pictures. Seems you are at about the halfway mark. Congratulations. Mom gets a bit confused (somedays) and thinks I’m off to South America and you are living in Korea!! Guess it’s Dave going to India.

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    1. Comments, early or later, are always welcome. One would think that Indian bureaucracy is getting a lot better in the Internet age…..I guess not. Riding above 3000 M is proving difficult.

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  7. Allo vos deux, vous etes en feu. Quelles périples vous vivez, incroyable. On dirait une emission des routes impossibles. Vraiment beau le paysage, les roches , puis la neige c’est fou. C’est pauvre mais les gens ont l’air gentil. Tout une expérience que vous vivez. Ca prends du nerd 🤓. Ghis s’est achete un velo fatbike qu’il pratique dnas les pistes pres de chez nous. Il s’amuse beaucoup. Nous allons faire du ski dnas le maine a sanday river. Toujours interessant de vous suivre. Ici la temperAture n’est pas facile. Froid,
    chaud,froid,chaud des ecarts vraiment importantes -24 neige, le lendemain +4pluie. Pas le fun. A bientot.xxxMartine et Ghis

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    1. Oui c’est une belle aventure et on est très heureux de pouvoir le faire. On est maintenant at 4,000 et on arrive à faire du vélo. Fatbike hein! Oui c’est ce qu’il a besoin en hiver. On a souvent pensé qu’un fatbike serait bien mieux sur les routes de terre!! Mais pas sur toutes les montées. Désolés pour votre mauvais hiver, c’est pas chouette. Bisous.

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  8. I really admire your resilience guys and the incredible experiences. I honestly couldn’t endure some of the challenges you have faced. One thing you have not mentioned much are the possible technical challenges to you bikes, ie flats and repairs through the rough terrain.

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    1. Good to hear from you Ray. One flat and a few tweaks hear and there plus a paid for drive train cleaning in Santiago and the bikes have been performing awesome! We however are just hanging in there at times. The last two days have been long with big climbs all above 3000 M. Claire was wasted yesterday and I am a bit of a zombie today. We use an app called MapOut that previews the distance and elevation. We are going over 4000 M tomorrow and stay there for the 2 days it will take to get to Potosí……yikes!

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    1. Well, now that you are also retired Cathy…. and Congrats by the way… the sky is the limit. You also have the right companion to take off with. Hope to do more hiking with you guys when we return. Cheers

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  9. The epitome of adventure. From perilous landcruiser escapades to gorgeous sunset pictures on the Salar. We are very much enjoying the photos and stories as we sip whiskey by the fire in our comfy chairs. Our adventures have been local hikes to chase frozen waterfalls. We are content with our tame exploits, while vicariously experiencing South America through you two wild ones. You are so brave and admirably spontaneous . We love the Llamas, flamingos and sandstone formation photos.
    Keep up the good work.
    Cheers to your safety and continued discoveries of fabulous places and great people.
    Jill and Brian

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    1. Thanks for the encouraging comments guys. I’m not too sure about the “so brave” comment. It is just the way we are used to traveling. BTW loved your shot of a frozen Shannon Falls. Surprised it was not covered in climbers. Please have a sip of good single malt for us. All the best

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  10. I feel exhausted just reading your blog! You two are amazing. Thanks for sharing that wonderful scenery and the chinchilla on the rock. So cute. Hearing your adventures takes us away from our usual political scandals, pipeline debates and Trump tragedies. Thanks!

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  11. What an epic trip through spectacular country. And the photos. Magnificent. When I look at them I can’t help but think of an Led Zeppelin song ( Achilles Last Stand ) with the lyrics “Wandering & wandering, What place to rest the search
    The mighty arms of Atlas, Hold the heavens from the earth “. Be safe and keep it going. I will think of you after a sunny and hopefully warm ride as I sip my whiskey.

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    1. Thanks Brian and thanks for the lyrics.
      Just finished today a 5 day hike into Machu Picchu. Yesterday we did a 3 hour descent and the whole time I was wishing I was on my mountain bike !

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