Hills, Again (Ipita, Bolivia)

Well, dang!  I had hoped our tailwinds would continue. 

Last night was yet another of those “Nancy!  It’s raining!” nights.  We scrambled into action to put the flys on the tents and get the bikes under shelter.

“I hope this doesn’t mean the end of our tailwind,” John mumbled as he crawled back into the tent.  “They say it’ll always be tailwinds unless a front moved up from down south.  I hope this didn’t come from that direction.”

But then, this morning as soon as we hit the road, we knew it did.  Headwinds.  Not much of a wind, but still – not even close to the awesome tailwind we had yesterday. 

And then we hit the hills. We had been warned they were coming, but still – it’s a bit disappointing to go from a daily rate of 22.4 kph yesterday back down to our normal 11.2.

In the end, we didn’t make Gutierrez where we had hoped to spend the night, so are  now camped in a farmer’s field 20 feet from the road behind a row of bushes.  It’s actually a wonderful little spot – most likely better than we would have found if we had reached town.

Kilometers today: 62
Kilometers to date:  21954

Gotta love Daryl’s bedhead!  He is now so engrossed in the FableHaven books on his Kindle that we have a hard time getting him to put the Kindle down to eat!

Daryl's bedhead, reading Kindle

We’ll be following the front range of the Andes all the way into Argentina. Fortunately, we don’t have to climb up into them yet.

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books by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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2 Responses to Hills, Again (Ipita, Bolivia)

  1. LouAnn September 18, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    OK. Daryl reminds me of one of my faeries (warriors). See the wings on his back–the hair kind of goes with the look.

  2. nancy September 20, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    You are so right LouAnn – he does look like one of your faeries! I told him today we’ll need to put wings on his back. He was not amused.

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