Bolivia: Ups and Downs

16 thoughts on “Bolivia: Ups and Downs”

  1. We can’t believe your rides! Fantastic
    Love the photos and stories. Lots of surprises on your journey.
    All the best
    Mitch and Susan

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  2. What an interesting tale of Potosi. What a sad, sad history. And how disgusting that their labour conditions are so poor.
    I hope you are finding ways to identify and handle the anxiety mum. I know you can and will be able to conquer whatever else is thrown in front of you — because that’s just what you do! So proud of what you’ve both done so far! All my love, xox Nina

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  3. Gosh you two. I can’t begin to express my amazement and admiration for your courageous spirit!
    Thank you for this vivid account so well documented and illustrated. I feel exhausted reading about it!
    I do hope you will be able to stop and recover your strength soon. Time for a little respite methinks!
    Big hug for you both.
    Ros

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    1. You may not know how stubborn or determined I can be Ros! I was not going to let an anxious episode become a worry or a focus of my trip. We continued riding and I became, happily, stronger every day. But we also take good breaks. The weather and the geography here has set our limits. We are presently in a comfortable apt in La Paz, enjoying this vibrant city and planning our next activities.

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  4. Oh WOW, quel expérience! Vous en êtes à la moitié de votre périple déjà et vous avez vécu des choses extraordinaires. Je m’inquiètes un peu de votre santé, genoux, anxiété, j’espère que vous pourrez continuer sans ces contraintes. Mais vous êtes des champions pour nous. Heureuse de vous lire encore et encore. Bon voyage. xxxxxx

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    1. Tu n’as pas a t’inquiéter Linda, ces petits incidents passent, heureusement. Bien que fatiguée, j’étais de plus en plus forte les jours suivants et Jim n’a plus rien ressenti de son genoux! La Bolivie nous surprends beaucoup. On prends notre temps! xx

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  5. The photo of your perilous stroll for a shower is priceless. And for a cold shower. Incredible determination Claire to keep on cycling, through all the obstacles and anxiety. The historical backdrop is very interesting, though very tragic, about Potosi.
    Best wishes for the next leg of your journey.

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  6. Allo vous deux, Vous etes faites fort. Jim avec son masque 😷 et Claire avec une crise d’angoiSse. Ca doit être la fatigue Claire. Pas facile cette expedition. Interessant , encore de belles photos et on comprends comment la vie est dur la bas. Vous etes vraiment bon. De plus, vous suivre est un plaisir. Merci pour l’information que tu nous ecrit Jim, c’est super.👍

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    1. C’est nous qui sommes heureux d’être suivis et recevoir vos encouragements. Demain, adieu la Bolivie. Mais on apprends que le Pérou a aussi de grosses montées. Nous sommes toujours aux alentours de 3,800 m. On a pas de problème d’altitude autre que le souffle quand on fait des efforts trop vite.. on a pris des bus pour passer au travers de distances difficiles.

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  7. Wow, sounds pretty brutal. Makes a 50km loppet (cross-country ski race) sound trivial. Nina was there cheering us along! I just read a book Kevin lent me, The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake by Samuel Bawlf, where pirating the silver from the Spanish was his primary goal! Amazing book with convincing arguments that Drake sailed all the way up the BC coast to Alaska 200 years before Captain Cook.

    Love your pictures of the people, as well as the scenery. Less that two months to go!

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    1. Thanks Richard. Neither Claire nor I understand how people read that our trip is particularly tough. Now doing a 50 K loppet is one tough act to follow. Maybe next year I will try to hang on your coattails. I think Kevin lent me the same book….fascinating stuff

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