Crossing the world´s largest salt flat, the Salar del Uyuni……

We climbed 800m out of La Paz and continued our cycling on the antiplano which is usually just under 4000m. Along the way we encounter numerous villages and pass along side markets. Eventually we camp on the edge of the enormous Bolivian salt flat.

The next day we venture out on the flat with amazement and spent a cool night in a hotel built out of salt blocks. Today we begin the day with a lung burning time trial for a short distance of 7km. My time was 14 min plus. I´m not sure of my placement but I am sure that it was very stressful on my body at that elevation. A longer distance may have surely been a disaster.

Two days here in Uyuni to relax and clean the salt off my bike. I hope the Shimano spoke tool arrives while I am here. Receiving it in Argentina may be impossible.

Antiplano profile.. just below 3800m
Antiplano profile.. just below 3800m
that´s right emu
that´s right emu
lama and so on.. alpaca
lama and so on.. alpaca
lama and so on.. alpaca
lama and so on.. alpaca

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shopping in a small village along a route that we were unsure of..
shopping in a small village along a route that we were unsure of..
stream crossing along the adventure route
stream crossing along the adventure route
small village along our adventure route
small village along our adventure route
bicycle fascination
bicycle fascination
the usual warm welcome in small villages..  Rein and the kids
the usual warm welcome in small villages.. Rein and the kids
fierce storms  hit our bushcamps two afternoons in a row  .....my  tent
fierce storms hit our bushcamps two afternoons in a row …..my tent
cold temps, very high winds and rain soon
cold temps, very high winds and rain soon
James, New Zealand Terry and Barry, Australia
James, New Zealand
Terry and Barry, Australia
common abandoned village... young move to the city and the elderly die
common abandoned village… young move to the city and the elderly die
salt flat track Salar del Uyuni
salt flat track
Salar del Uyuni
lunch stop at volcanic island.. cacti dominate
lunch stop at volcanic island.. cacti dominate
self along route.. using gps
self along route.. using gps
Salar del Uyuni   salt block construction
Salar del Uyuni
salt block construction
French cyclists cycling from Alaska  16 mos out
French cyclists cycling from Alaska 16 mos out
trio continue on to Uyuni stage race began here the next day
trio continue on to Uyuni
stage race began here the next day

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