After almost 3 weeks off the bike, we are on the road again. Most of the ‘down time’ though has involved indulging in wonderful activities like Easter Island and Amazon jungling 🙂
Our silver steed is back on the straight and narrow with a spanking new rear tyre and functional clutch. We trust that after paying good money for the new slave cylinder, we should see great return. Writing this post 1300km from Santiago, so far so good 🙂 Jokes aside, the bike is performing superbly hauling both of us safely across miles and miles of desert road.
The scenery has changed drastically and we are deep in desert-like terrain with vistas of nothingness interspersed with closely packed mountains of rock filled to the brim with mineral wealth; much of which Chile is busily digging out! There are innumerable small tracks leading off into this desert, well maintained dirt roads actually, clearly for the sole purpose for commuting mining equipment! This explains why Chile is the largest copper producing nation in the world!
We head inland tomorrow for our first taste of altitude driving and salt plains…..