CHILE part 2: Return to Chile, the Atacama Desert, the stretching of time, space, and reality.

November 30- December 16, 2019. The Atacama desert is the driest non-polar desert in the world. Some scientists estimate it hasn’t actually rained there in millions of years. It’s too dry for cactus to survive, except in the small areas that have some fog drip. Apparently NASA conducts studies here because it has an incredible, … Continue reading CHILE part 2: Return to Chile, the Atacama Desert, the stretching of time, space, and reality.

A week in Bolivia

I usually don’t linger at border crossings. There’s often a bit of chaos and some shady characters around. However, this Chile-Bolivia crossing didn’t feel like that, and with company and a huge increase in food options, we were distracted for a while. Hunger struck something fierce and as I ordered a bowl of broth with … Continue reading A week in Bolivia

Chile part 1: Ruta de las Vicuñas. Route of my Dreams.

 From the beaches of Arica, I debated endlessly whether I should  ride or bus back up the 13,000 feet to the mountains in Putre. Our gravel route, Ruta de las Vicuñas, started in Putre, which would either be a 2.5 day all-uphill grind with dubious water sources, or a 2 hr bus ride. I read … Continue reading Chile part 1: Ruta de las Vicuñas. Route of my Dreams.

Peru Part 5: Adios, Peru. Hola, Chile.

Cusco is a beautiful city that I have one solitary photo to show for it. After a few painful days in bed, Halloween came and went. As November began, my appetite slowly returned and I ventured out on the cobblestone streets of this historic but heavily tourist-influenced city. Before recovering, The first two nights I … Continue reading Peru Part 5: Adios, Peru. Hola, Chile.