Flat, flat, flat
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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As we joined the main highway again, we saw a big off-road car race preparing, which was already drawing lots of spectators. We could see families walking along the hill to find a good spot to view the race and to settle in for a Sunday morning of entertainment. As the race looked nowhere close to starting we didn't stop.
The map showed that there would be three fairly big towns along the route today, before we arrived at Challapata, which would be our destination for the day
We soon realised that our maps for Bolivia aren't as accurate as our other maps have been. The three towns we passed through were all tiny villages, with no facilities, no food, drinks or water. We were really grateful for having some snacks with us, as otherwise we would have been having an oatmeal lunch. We were unsure what this would mean for our destination for the day, as there was every chance we would arrive into a tiny village, with only a few houses and no restaurants or hotels.
The road was mainly flat but had a few rolling hills to make sure that we didn't go too fast. However, the weather was amazing, with blue skies all day and a warm sun, which allowed a perfect cycling temperature. There was a slight head wind at times, which we mainly had to battle for the last hour but on the whole we couldn't have asked for better weather.
We finally arrived into the small town of Challapata, and although it was the same size dot as the other none existent towns which we passed today, it actually had a couple of restaurants, hotels and a petrol station
We then started the difficult task of finding somewhere to spend the night. In all of the other counties this has been a fairly easy job but it is a daunting one in Bolivia. We arrived at one hotel, but no-one answered the door, the next two seemed to be closed, we passed a couple that seemed really, really basic and last resorts, then another that didn't have anyone around. Finally we found a place that was basic but fairly clean and the owner was available to let us in straight away. The whole process took over an hour of cycling around the town and knocking on doors. It was the last thing we felt like doing at the end of another long day on the bikes.