Red, red rock
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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We cycled through more red rock covered hills and valleys, which had little vegetation and seemed very different from the landscapes we have enjoyed so far in Bolivia. The ride was hilly and we made our way up several long climbs, but enjoyed the day as the scenery was so beautiful. The weather was great and we couldn't believe that we were being treated to another sunny day of cycling. The weather is doing a lot to make us fall in love with Bolivia and rate the cycling highly.
We stopped at a small village that had a shop and a couple of small restaurants, which were the first facilities that we had seen in the last couple of days
As we continued along towards Potosi, I saw a sight which reminded me that we are in an unusual place; a bus passed me with a couple of sheep strapped to the top of it. They were stood up but roped to the top of the bus and they looked petrified. Sometimes it takes a strange sight to remind you that you are somewhere different and what you are doing is unusual. It is easy to get into the routine of waking up, packing up the bikes, cycling anything from 80 to 165km and then sleeping in a different town and bed every night. Sometimes it just feels that what you are doing is the norm and you need a reminder that actually you are in Bolivia, of all places!
The ride took us most of the day, and we arrived into Potosi around 5pm. Just before we made our way up the final hill we stopped for a quick swig from our water bottles. A truck stopped beside us and the passenger passed us out a big bunch of grapes. They didn't ask anything but clearly thought that we might enjoy them