I have been chilling out and enjoying some touristic sights in San Pedro de Atacama, altitude 2800m. I have been amazed at the green fields in the town and old waterways running through the streets and sections. I went on a touristy tour to see some geysers (not geezers!) at 4300m and my breath was taken away by the landscape and altitude, plus saw Vicunas (small Llamas) and Flamingoes on the way back, awesome!
Tomorrow I will set off on the toughest section of my ride so far, the route to Argentina over the Andes via the Paso de Jama - I have marked the route on my map.
The route ahead of me will take me straight up to thin aired height of 4800m - 1000metres higher than Mt.Cook, NZ and nearly 5 times higher than the highest peak in England! It then stays between 4200 and 4800m for a couple of hundred K's before dropping slowly into Argentina, where I will give up any wanna-be vegeterian thoughts and get stuck into as many protien packed steaks as possible!
Wish me luck!
A touch nervously, Ric x
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: