Peacefully pedaled into my 30s on some quiet backroads and was picked up by my favorite two hiking partners for some foggy walking on the north shore and a few miles on the ice age trail on the way home
Salimos de Taltal con direccion Paposo (Ultimo lugar habitado antes de seguir a Antofagasta). Hicimos 55 KMs bordeando el mar para llegar a Paposo. Paramos a almorzar y seguimos. Antes preguntamos que tal era el camino, la gente del lugar nos comenta que la salida de Paposo es una cuesta de unos 35 KMs (solo empujar las bicicletas, imposible pedalear). Decidimos continuar, ya habiamos hecho varias cuestas anteriormente 💪... Empujamos las bicicletas 7 KMs por un empinado camino y decidimos volver a Paposo (estaba oscureciendo y no teniamos ni el agua ni la comida necesaria para superar 35 KMs de solo empujar las bicicletas). Planeamos y evaluamos mal el camino. Nuestra ultima opcion fue hacer dedo para salir de la cuesta y llegar a Antofagasta. Nos golpeo mentalmente y costo un dia entero, parados a pleno sol en la carretera, que alguien nos llevara. Cuando perdiamos esperanza, una camioneta paro y nos trajo (220 KMs). No era la forma en que planeamos llegar a destino .
Taltal to Paposo (Last populated place before arriving to Antofagasta), that was our plan. We did 55 KMs next to the sea to get to target. We stop just to have lunch and then continue but before we ask how is the road to get us an idea, we are told that there is a 35 KMs' slope right after leaving the town (just pushing the bicycles, no chance to pedal). We decided to keep going, we've done a couple of slopes before 💪... We push our bikes for one of the steepest way we've been for 7 KMs and ended up going back to Paposo (It was getting dark and we had neither the water nor the food required to do 35 KMs of just pushing the bikes). We planned and evaluated the road real bad. Given the situation our last choice was to ask somebody to give us a ride so we could get at Antofagasta. It affected us mentally and even took us a whole day, waiting under the burning sun, for someone to help us. When we were almost hopeless, a truck stopped (220 KMs from Paposo to Antofagasta). We didn't plan to get here like that....
Fueron unos 150 KMs entre Chañaral y Taltal. 3 posadas en el camino. La primera a 30 KMs de Chañaral, la segunda justo en la mitad y la ultima 25 KMs antes de llegar a Taltal (Lugares ideales para alimentarse de algo que no fuera fideos, atun y salsa 😅). Nos tomo 2 y medio dias llegar a Taltal, en donde pudimos disfrutar parte de las fiestas del 18, descansar un dia y reponer fuerzas para lo que seria el cruce Taltal - Antofagasta (Que por lo demas, nos tenia bastante preocupados) .
It was something like 150 KMs between Chañaral and Taltal. 3 "posadas" in between. First one 30 KMs away from Chañaral, second one just in the middle and the last one 25 KMs before getting to Taltal (Perfect spots to grab something different to the usual spaghetti, tuna and tomato sauce 😅). It took us 2 and a half days to arrive to Taltal, where we could finally enjoy a bit the parties regarding independence day, rest a whole day and recover strength for what it would be the way from Taltal to Antofagasta (That it was actually getting on our nerves).
Dos o tres días de esta ruta... De las rutas más lindas y exigentes que hice en este pedalear!. Dos o tres días mojado... con frío... pero con una alegría inmensa.
Esta ruta me dijo algo... todas las metas se alcanzan con pequeñas otras metas... No hay que autoboicotearse, ni ser tan autodestructivo cuando no las logramos... solo hay que estar en el camino... en definitiva, hay gente que ni siquiera lo intenta... .
I found mountain bike trails in Costa Rica! Although my touring bike is 40kg/88lb+ and runs fully slick tyres, swipe to see how on flow trails, she can still move it “up and down, side to side, like a rollercoaster” - @followthefishtv 🎶🎢🤗
Arrival time of the train: between 19h and 22h. Lying down on the edge of the rails and asleep, a voice wakes me up at midnight. "Toubab, Toubab !!!!! The train is coming !!!! "
The train does not wait, it will stop 15 min only. Everyone helps each other to put luggage and animals in the wagons fastest as possible.
It was not the 14 most comfortable hours of my trip, that's for sure. But It’s undoubtedly one of the most memorable and exciting moments of this trip.
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The more climbed, the more snow we had on the road and all around. It was tricky to find a place to camp. We had to cycle by night and find a small cabin at the entrance of a closed campsite. But with more than 50 cm of fresh snow, it took us quite a few minutes to arrive at the cabin!!! We enjoyed so much the rest!! .
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Throwback to October 2018 when we had the brilliant idea to use the water from a lake to cook dinner.
Even tough we filtered and cooked the water, 24 hours later of us four were sick.
I remember hearing our tent zips opening and closing several times that night, to go out and let diarrhea and vomiting do the job.
The next day we couldn't barely move, so we tired to hide ourselves from the blasting sun at around 3500 masl.
After one day of suffering and resting, we were able to continue cycling the other day to the next town 55km away. .
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