It is an overcast day here in La Serena, perfect for me to carry on riding north.
I have had an interesting week or so in the Elqui Valley area - sampled the famous pisco (superb name for an alcoholic drink!), viewed the contrasting barren mountains and irrigated valley floors (must be a battle ahead for water), got filmed and continualy stared at at the messy but very interesting Pampilia (national holiday party), and got utterly amazed by the beauty of the universe whilst visiting an observatory.
Unfortunately Dani´s knee is no better so she will head off to Argentina to learn Spanish with the hope of getting on her bike in the not to distant future.
Anyway I think Freddie sumed my thoughts up, a song for the month ahead;
Queen - Bicycle Race
Breaking Chains and Not Burning Rubber
BREAKING CHAINS - Freedom: Cycle touring is the greatest way I have found to experience freedom. Whilst I celebrate mine I hope to help others gain and realise theirs, and protect ours, by fundraising for Amnesty International
NOT BURNING RUBBER - Environmental Awareness: Cycling is one of the most efficient and sustainable modes of transport. It's slow speed allows you to become more aware and connected with our surroundings, and therefore the pressures that they may be under. I intent to have a minimal negative impact on the environment whilst I travel, and will share my observations and experiences about my journey, environmental issues, and sustainable living here: