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    Archive for September, 2008

    Day 905 – Potosi – el último dia

    Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

    One of Potosi´s many ad hoc bread markets...

    Another one of Potosi´s many ad hoc bread markets...

    Pedestrian street in Potosi - Bolivia.

    Lunch at the mercado municipal...Potosi - Bolivia.

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    More photos (from Argentina)

    Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

    Day 895
    Day 896
    Day 897

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    New photos from southern Bolivia

    Monday, September 29th, 2008

    Day 898
    Day 899
    Day 900
    Day 901
    Day 902

    And remember: if you like what you see, you are more than welcome to support me and the WT-expedition by donating a small amount here

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    Day 904 – Potosí

    Monday, September 29th, 2008

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    Sharpening the smooth way!

    From the inside...

    Centro del Sexo!!!! Tralala...

    Traditional Bolivian dance. Potosi, Bolivia.

    Traditional Bolivian dance. Potosi, Bolivia.

    The Volkswagen Brasilia - I love the look of this retro-car...

    Potosi woman...

    Please buy!

    Potosi by night...

    Potosi by night.

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    New Stat-page on WT!

    Sunday, September 28th, 2008

    Have a look!

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    Day 903 – Potosí (4.067 m.a.s.)

    Sunday, September 28th, 2008

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    Church in Potosi.

    Potosi city scene...

    Cerro Rico, Potosi - Bolivia.

    Llama foetus...Weird, that!

    A weird shop altogether. Potosi, Bolivia

    The Llama Shop.

    Poor llama! Potosi meat market.

    Hard work!

    Another Potosi church...

    Parade in Potosi, Bolivia - September 2008.

    Parade in Potosi, Bolivia - September 2008.

    Reflections in Potosi - Bolivia.

    Meat market in Potosi.

    Typical architecture in Potosi...

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    Short Video Update from Washboard Territory

    Saturday, September 27th, 2008

    …and suddenly 250 km becomes a massive challenge!

    See the clip on Youtube

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    Day 902 – Vitichi -> Potosí (hostal)

    Saturday, September 27th, 2008

    Vitichi -> Potosí (hostal)
    Distance (km) : 92
    Time on bike : 7h 27m
    Brutto time: 08.30 – 17.30
    Avg : 12.2 km/h
    Max.speed: 61.5
    Total (km) : 35.313
    Altitude (end of day): 4.067 m

    Brekkie with the locals. Vitichy, south of Potosi, Bolivia.

    Rural setting, north of Vitichy, southern Bolivia.

    The good old washboard!

    Indigena woman north of Vitichy, southern Bolivia.

    Indigena woman north of Vitichy, southern Bolivia.

    Indigena woman north of Vitichy, southern Bolivia.

    Shepherds.

    Solar phenomenon in southern Bolivia.

    The end of the rough road is near! Between Vitichi and Potosi, Bolivia.

    Caravan of mules - now on asphalt!

    Happy being back on a smooth surface. South of Potosi, Bolivia.

    Happy being back on a smooth surface. South of Potosi, Bolivia.

    This driver obviously didn't chew enough coca leaves!

    Great, smooth cycling south of Potosi, Bolivia.

    The beer was well-deserved! Potosi, Bolivia.

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    Day 901 – Cotagaita -> Vitichi (alojamiento)

    Friday, September 26th, 2008

    Cotagaita -> Vitichi (alojamiento)
    Distance (km) : 81
    Time on bike : 5h 56m
    Brutto time: 08.30 – 15.45
    Avg : 13.6 km/h
    Max.speed: 60.8
    Total (km) : 35.221
    Altitude (end of day): 2.960 m

    Ready to leave Cotagaita!

    The Koga in Cotagaita, Bolivia.

    The concrete road snaking its way down the mountains. North of Cotagaita, Bolivia.

    Beautiful concrete road north of Cotagaita - 65 km of Heaven until Hell takes over again...

    A beautiful kind of Hell...South of Vitichi, Bolivia.

    Vitichi facade.

    A different Vitichi facade...

    Vitichi street scene.

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    A brief update from the dusty roads (UK)

    Thursday, September 25th, 2008

    Just a very brief note here from Cotagaita, a dusty village 85.7 km north of Tupiza which I left this morning.

    It´s been another super hard day mainly due to the, at (most) times, tragically sad surface of the roads here in southern Bolivia. The first 20 km out of the valley where Tupiza nestles beautifully was pretty much up hill on sandy, stony, windy roads. To spice it all up, a lot of road construction was going on, making the dusty roads even dustier, and sending me on some mean and steep detours in loose sand.
    3 hours after I left Tupiza at 9AM, my bike computer told the sad truth: less than 15 km pedaled so far.

    After a little more than 7 hours of pedal pushing I just arrived in this small village where I´ve checked in to some basic family-run hostel (2.5 USD).

    The landscape is bleak and wild western-like. It is beautiful but today I hardly had time to appreciate the cacti-clad hills and valleys with my eyes constantly focused on the gravel. The bumpy roads have taking its toll on my HD video camera. It´s full of strange sounds and doesn´t seem to work at the moment. Pity, that.

    The Koga (my bike) is suffering on the washboards as well. Gears are starting to fuck up because of all the dust and me, well, I just hope the non-stop shaking won´t shake the manhood out of me.

    It´s slow, it´s rough, I feel under pressure because of so many different factors up here, it´s beautiful, it´s poor, it´s very different culturally, it´s frustrating, it´s remote, I feel alive, I´m dreaming of asphalt, and very soon, I´ll be sleeping in my simple alojamiento.

    Can´t think anymore. Gotta go.

    Nicolai

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    Day 900 – Tupiza -> Cotagaita (alojamiento)

    Thursday, September 25th, 2008

    Tupiza -> Cotagaita (alojamiento)
    Distance (km) : 86
    Time on bike : 7h 07m
    Brutto time: 09.15 – 18.15
    Avg : 12.0 (!) km/h
    Max.speed: 45.0
    Total (km) : 35.140
    Altitude (end of day): 2.620 m

    Tupiza down town.

    Tupiza down town.

    So far, so good. Relatively fine gravel north of Tupiza.

    This is worse! Crappy detour "road" north of Tupiza, Bolivia.

    Maquina making the road passable. North of Tupiza, Bolivia.

    El Sufrimiento...

    Just keep pushing, Nicolai...

    Lunch break in a god-forsaken and windy adobe village...40 km north of Tupiza

    Crossing a little river just south of Cotagaita, Bolivia.

    When the going gets tough! South of Cotagaita, southern Bolivia.

    Bandana-clad on the dusty roads...

    When the going gets tough! South of Cotagaita, southern Bolivia.

    A dirty bastard after a long day on gravel. Cotagaita, Bolivia.

    Night scene from local Cotagaita. Bolivia - September 2008.

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    WT Wild Camps 2006-2008

    Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

    Below is a link to a sporadic selection of wild camps where I´ve slept over the last 2½ years.

    WT Wild Camps – 2006-2008 (slideshow)

    or view the photos on Flickr

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    Day 899 – Tupiza rest day

    Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

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    Tupiza Cathedral. Southern Bolivia.

    Shop in Tupiza.

    Long live copyrights! But don't touch my Honda!

    Tupiza mirador.

    Surprisingly tasty salteñas or empanadas. Tupiza, Bolivia.

    Tupiza down town.

    Evo si!!! Political poster in Tupiza, Bolivia.

    Tupiza central market

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    Day 898 – Villazón -> Tupiza (hostal)

    Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

    Villazón -> Tupiza (hostal)
    Distance (km) : 91
    Time on bike : 6h 43m
    Brutto time: 08.05 – 17.00
    Avg : 13.5 km/h
    Max.speed: 53.0
    Total (km) : 35.054
    Altitude (end of day): 2.980 m

    Brekkie at the local level. In the border town (with Argentina) Villazon, Bolivia.

    Rough piste north of Villazon, Bolivia.

    Fucked up detour due to road construction.

    Bleak landscape north of Villazon, Bolivia.

    Washboard hell

    Get ready for the choking dust cloud!

    Rough piste north of Villazon, Bolivia.

    The Koga. Southern Bolivia.

    Bolivia'a Wild West.

    Nameless (to me) village south of Tupiza, Bolivia.

    Approaching the Tupiza valley things become a little greener...

    Road construction again! South of Tupiza, Bolivia.

    Following the old rail track into Tupiza...

    The main road south to Argentina - would you believe it?

    I had to cross this little river because of construction work on the main road...

    A dusty version of me...

    Tupiza Cathedral at night. Southern Bolivia.

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    Day 897 – Bolivia!!!

    Monday, September 22nd, 2008

    Abra Pampa (ARG) -> Villazón (BOL) (alojamiento)
    Distance (km) : 76
    Time on bike : 4h 21m
    Brutto time: 09.30 – 14.30
    Avg : 17.4 km/h
    Max.speed: 31.3
    Total (km) : 34.962
    Altitude (end of day): 3.440 m

    Llamas north of Abra Pampa, Argentina.

    Dry river bed. North-west Argentina.

    More dried out river beds...

    15 km to go!

    One side...

    Another side...

    90 dias en Bolivia. Yeah!

    The Empanada Woman, Villazon, Bolivia.

    Villazon street scene - southern Bolivia.

    Villazon street scene - southern Bolivia.

    Villazon street scene - southern Bolivia.

    Villazon street life...

    Villazon street life...

    Villazon street life...

    Fresh Orange Juice! Villazon, Bolivia.

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    Day 896 – Humahuaca -> Abra Pampa (hospedaje)

    Sunday, September 21st, 2008

    Humahuaca -> Abra Pampa (hospedaje)
    Distance (km) : 86
    Time on bike : 5h 43m
    Brutto time: 09.30 – 17.00
    Avg : 15.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 53.9
    Total (km) : 34.887
    Altitude (end of day): 3.480 m

    Brekkie in Humahuaca, street style.

    Shepherd in north-west Argentina...

    Shade = ice.

    Smooth and fine cycling, south of Abra Pampa, Argentina.

    Llamas ahead!

    Great scenery, south of Abra Pampa, Argentina.

    Poor llama at Abra Pampa Market - Argentina.

    Abra Pampa street life...

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    Day 895 – Tilcara -> Humahuaca (hostal)

    Saturday, September 20th, 2008

    Tilcara -> Humahuaca (hostal)
    Distance (km) : 46
    Time on bike : 2h 48m
    Brutto time: 10.15 – 14.15
    Avg : 16.1 km/h
    Max.speed: 45.0
    Total (km) : 34.800
    Altitude (end of day): 3.000 m

    Leaving Tilcara - Argentina.

    Great colours north of Tilcara, Argentina.

    Great colours north of Tilcara, Argentina.

    Take care of the farmer, please!

    Is that a horse or a mule?

    Back in the tropics! Yeah....

    Humahuaca street scene.

    Humahuaca, north-western Argentina.

    Humahuaca, north-western Argentina.

    Humahuaca parade...

    Humahuaca parade...

    Tune of the Day: Ultraviolet – U2

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    WT Article in Danish Paper (DK)

    Friday, September 19th, 2008

    In case you missed this week´s WT article in the Danish paper MetroXpress (which I feel pretty confident you did, if you read this UK (and not the Danish) version of WT!), you can see and read it here (it´s on page 26-27, just scroll via the arrows below in the link)

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    Day 894 – Technicolours in Purmamarca

    Friday, September 19th, 2008

    Photos will come…

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    Day 893 – Jujuy -> Tilcara (hostal)

    Thursday, September 18th, 2008

    Jujuy -> Tilcara (hostal)
    Distance (km) : 86
    Time on bike : 5h 03m
    Brutto time: 10.10 – 17.00
    Avg : 17.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 64.0
    Total (km) : 34.754
    Altitude (end of day): 2.461 m

    Photos to come…

    Tune of the Day: Disarm – Smashing Pumpkins

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    Day 892 – Salta -> Jujuy (hostal)

    Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

    Salta -> Jujuy (hostal)
    Distance (km) : 94
    Time on bike : 4h 45m
    Brutto time: 10.55 – 16.50
    Avg : 20.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 58.2
    Total (km) : 34.668
    Altitude (end of day): 1.260 m

    It’s a legendary cycling day today from Salta to Jujuy. La Ruta 9 is one-laned most of the way and goes through beautifully smelling pine forests and up to a mini pass at some 1.500 mas.

    It’s hard for me to keep the lips smooth and “crack-free” under the fiercy Argentinian sun. Countless beers in Salta probably didn’t help. So here I am, walking around with my index finger constantly in the Blistex-lip balm. Just like a chick, yeah.

    Jujuy is not nearly as bad as people say. I cruise around town for 3 hours, the last of which searching for a place to eat.
    Judged by the abnormally high level of flirting looks, I guess quite a few of the young ladies here in Jujuy wouldn’t mind having a little blond Fjumse-baby (Fjumse being me)

    (Photos to come)

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    Day 891 – Getting ready to leave Salta

    Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

    Sorry, but this post is not available in English

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    Day 890 – Pilgrimage in Salta

    Monday, September 15th, 2008

    Photos to come…

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    Day 889 – The Salta Mission (UK)

    Sunday, September 14th, 2008

    (Photos to come…)

    My main mission here in Salta is to relax, socialize, get ready for the next chapter, Bolivia (a process that for most parts takes place in the upper, mental regions), get to know the city, and enjoy some days off the bike. It’s an easy mission.

    Every day here in Salta I go for some massive walks around town. I simply love it here and flashlight thoughts try to tell me that Nicolai, you could stay here if you want. Stay another week….

    The beloved curse (or luxury problem) of travelling (living, really) without a day-to-day schedule other than the one the mind suggests.

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    Day 888 – Cerro San Bernardo (UK)

    Saturday, September 13th, 2008

    (Photos to come…)

    It´s day #888 in Camp WT. A beautiful number if you ask me. And not quite as diabolic as its younger brother. I promise myself that in 112 days from now, I´ll celebrate myself, WT and everyone around. Promise.

    Cerro San Bernardo.

    That’s the name of the hill immediately east of Salta that dominates the view from all the east-west bound streets downtown. The top of the hill is easily accessable either by road, by cable car or by a staircase that zig-zags it’s way to the top (1.071 steps) 284.92 metres above the city and 1.454 m.a.s.

    I know my figures about that hilltop. I did my homework today.

    I opted for the zig-zag way to the top. Nice views from the top, though somewhat restricted by clouds and hundreds of fellow tourists (mostly the cable car variety).

    Tune of the Day: Trubbel – Häkan Hellström (Sweden)

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    Hüsker dü?

    Saturday, September 13th, 2008

    My hump...my hump, my hump, my hump!

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    New feature!

    Friday, September 12th, 2008

    It’s been on my mind for quite a while, and now I’ve finally (and not without a shadow of proudness :-) ) found and installed a cool little plugin that makes it easy and convenient to look back on those golden WT-days of years past.

    From now on, at the end of every post in my diary you’ll find links to “On this day…” in 2006, 2007. In other words, it’s a chance to either re-read or discover for the first time the places, the sights, the thoughts the is all part of the WT-past now.

    Check it out here! How beautiful (and steep!) that cycling was on Lombok!

    The captain of the boat is enjoying the plugin a lot and he hopes the crew’s happy as well…

    N

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    Day 887 – City Charms (UK)

    Friday, September 12th, 2008

    (Photos to come…)

    Salta has a lot of colonial charm, quite a big city buzz without being loud and ugly, a beautiful plaza (some people claim it’s the prettiest in the world. I find that kind of statements brave, but sure that Plaza 9 de Julio is nice), Argentinian street life and none of the inflated and hysterical tourist prices you often find in the wake of the influx of loaded foreign tourists. It’s hard not to like Salta.

    Tune of the Day: Shine On – The Kooks

    Sky’s grey, air’s cold today. I see it as an invitation to have a proper working day in Camp WT in front of the laptop at the Los Cardones Hostal.

    God Bless free wifi!

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    Day 886 – The Foolish Wonders (UK)

    Thursday, September 11th, 2008

    (Photos to come)

    A slight morning-after feeling follows me most of the day. It feels great for a change. And it was good to feel the foolish wonders of cold beers yesterday. I gladly pay the price today.

    My thoughts are a bit distorted and hungover all day. I spend a considerable amount of time wondering how an otherwise graphically beautiful word like “tennis” lost one “n” in this Spanish-speaking part of the world…

    And I realize that I don’t really support (nor understand) the concept of the doggy bag. No matter the size of the portions served in front of me, I finish the plate to the very last grain of rice or whatever. I never have to ask for a separate box for the leftovers. My stomach is my doggy bag.
    It’s quite some contrivance, I tell you.

    If you ever wondered where all the words have gone, try and have a look here . They do exist, though in a slightly different tongue (and probably one you’re not too familiar with – the Danish).

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    New Mini Movie from Tonga!

    Thursday, September 11th, 2008

    Voilá!

    You can see all WT movies here

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    Day 885 – La Viña -> Salta (hostal) (UK)

    Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

    La Viña -> Salta (hostal)
    Distance (km) : 88
    Time on bike : 4h 08m
    Brutto time: 08.05 – 13.00
    Avg : 21.1 km/h
    Max.speed: 45.0
    Total (km) : 34.568
    Altitude (end of day): 1.184 m

    Break in Coronel Moldes, south of Salta.

    Today’s cycling doesn’t compare scenically to the spectacular wild west landscapes of yesterday.
    I don’t care. I just want to get to Salta. Zülle (my alter ego, in case you didn’t know) is focused in the saddle along the plainish, shoulderless highway.

    Cristo

    It’s 27 degrees C when I arrive in Salta City in the early afternoon. Full-on sun. Lots of short skirts and a great big city feel (both rare guests for me here in Argentina). It’s love at first sight.

    Salta city - NW Argentina.

    Iglesia La Viña, Salta.

    I’ve cycled 1.700 km in 17 cycling days since I left Santiago, Chile 22 days ago. Think I’ll stay here in Salta until the the wanderlust starts talking to me again…

    Salta's impressive main cathedral

    As my hostel, the great Los Cardones, I hook up with the German twins Leonore & Susanne, and French traveller Ben around the cerveza-filled tables. It turns into an unexpected and great evening out, with new friends and live music on Salta’s main night life drag, Paseo Balcarce…

    9PM: Mission: Get drunk.
    04.30AM: Mission completed.

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    Day 884 – Cafayate -> La Viña (hospedaje)

    Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

    Cafayate -> La Viña (hospedaje)
    Distance (km) : 106
    Time on bike : 5h 38m
    Brutto time: 09.05 – 17.00
    Avg : 18.7 km/h
    Max.speed: 43.8
    Total (km) : 34.481
    Altitude (end of day): 1.200 m

    Album of the Day: Bring On the Comets – VHS or Beta

    Carniceria truck in Cafayate...

    Horsemen in Cafayate downtown.

    Quebrada de Cafayate's just ahead of me!

    Quebrada de Cafayate - amazing scenery.

    Nicolai + Quebrada de Cafayate - amazing scenery.

    Quebrada de Cafayate - amazing scenery.

    Quebrada de Cafayate - amazing scenery.

    Quebrada de Cafayate - amazing scenery.

    Quebrada de Cafayate - amazing scenery.

    Llama in Quebrada de Cafayate - amazing scenery.

    Artesania in Quebrade de Cafayate.

    Quebrada de Cafayate - amazing scenery.

    The tienda mama who saved my hunger with delicious empanadas.

    Begging cutie...

    La Viña Village, south of Salta.

    Bakery in La Viña, Salta Province - Argentina.

    La Viña Village, south of Salta.

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    Day 883 – Wineries in Cafayate

    Monday, September 8th, 2008

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    Cafayate street scene...

    Bodega El Tránsito. Stylish and chic. Cafayate.

    Bodega El Tránsito. Stylish and chic. Cafayate.

    Bodega Nanni - Cafayate, Argentina.

    Bodega Nanni - Cafayate, Argentina.

    Bodega Nanni - Cafayate, Argentina.

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    The World in Just 3 Notions…

    Monday, September 8th, 2008

    How would you describe the countries you´ve been to so far with only 3 words?

    No one ever asked me that question but I thought it might make for an interesting (if superficial) observation…and I had to keep myself busy waiting for my pizza last night anyway! :-)

    (Some things are clearly not descriptions of the country at all but more like what comes to my mind looking back…)

    Poland – forests, flat, Pablo
    Slovakia – brief, Tatra mountains, camping
    Hungary – flat plains, unpronouncable city names, moving
    Romania – medieval, rustic, favourite
    Bulgaria – summer feeling, Rockets of Varna, old cars
    Turkey – fantastic, hot, Soccer World Cup
    Georgia – authentic, charming, beautiful
    Azerbaijan – hot, Russian, hospitable
    Turkmenistan – strange, desert, Pres. Nijasov
    Uzbekistan – Silk Road, fascinating, stunning cities
    Kyrgyzstan – photogenic, untouristy, adventure
    China – challenging, unforgettable, beautiful
    Nepal – restitution, spiritual, most pretty
    Thailand – hedonism, socialité, paradisiac
    Cambodia – history (tragic), Siem Reap, blind massage
    Vietnam – family visit, super cheap, in-your-face
    Laos – mountaneous, unpolished, Mekong
    Malaysia – green, friendly, faith
    Singapore – world class food, humidity, up-beat
    Indonesia – volcanoes, magnificent, diverse
    Australia – outback magic, hospitality, varied
    New Zealand – pure, impressive, hilly
    Tonga – unspoilt, paradisiac, isolated
    French Polynesia – picture perfect, relaxation, expensive!
    Chile + Easter Isl. – Andes, mythical (Rapa Nui), friendliness

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    Day 882 – Cafayate Street Life

    Sunday, September 7th, 2008

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    Main cathedral, Cafayate - Argentina.

    Cafayate street scene...

    Cafayate elderly.

    La Plaza Central. Cafayate.

    Cafayate details...

    Cafayate street life...

    Helado-helado-helado...The top one is red wine ice dream! The local speciality...

    Great old cars in Cafayate...

    My first logro, a corn + meat stew/soup. Tasty, cheap and filling. El Cafayateño Restaurant.

    Carniceria (butcher) in Cafayate...

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    Cafayate and a few photos…

    Sunday, September 7th, 2008

    I just arrived in Cafayate, Salta Province, NW Argentina this afternoon (06SEP08).

    I’ve been in the saddle 11 out of the last 12 days and will take a little break here in the little charming town of Cafayate. Vino Tinto is huge here so I guess I’ll have a look at that too.

    The last weeks of cycling have been phenomenal. Beautiful, desolate landscapes, dry river beds, parrots, the wind in my wheels and face, donkeys and old cars, cute villages etc. etc have been the daily menu.

    Until a few days ago, I thought the weather’s always sunny here in Argentina. Snow and a bitterly cold southerly wind around Hualfín (2.000 mas) two days ago showed another face to the weather pattern here.

    Anyway, I just posted a few photos from last week’s cycling around San Juan.

    Day 871
    Day 872

    Will be back soon…

    Nicolai

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    Day 881 – Santa Maria -> Cafayate (hostal)

    Saturday, September 6th, 2008

    Santa Maria -> Cafayate (hostal)
    Distance (km) : 89
    Time on bike : 4h 30m
    Brutto time: 09.40 – 15.00
    Avg : 19.8 km/h
    Max.speed: 52.8
    Total (km) : 34.374
    Altitude (end of day): 1.640

    Roadkill of the day...Amaichá del Valle, Argentina.

    Open landscapes near Santa Maria, Argentina.

    Bird of prey.

    Lunch break in Amaichá del Valle - Argentina.

    Cool riding near Amaichá del Valle, Argentina.

    Vinyards near Cafayate, Argentina.

    Vinyards near Cafayate, Argentina.

    Amaichá del Valle - Argentina.

    Amaichá del Valle - Argentina.

    Amaichá del Valle - Argentina.

    Horse spotting...

    Cafayate street life...

    Bike parked in Cafayate, NW Argentina.

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    Day 880 – Hualfín -> Santa Maria (hotel)

    Friday, September 5th, 2008

    Hualfín -> Santa Maria (hotel)
    Distance (km) : 120
    Time on bike : 6h 04m
    Brutto time: 09.00 – 15.15
    Avg : 19.9 km/h
    Max.speed: 57.8
    Total (km) : 34.285
    Altitude (end of day): 2.000

    Winter cycling in Argentina. N of Hualfín.

    Horses + minor river crossing. N of Hualfín, Argentina.

    Winter cycling in Argentina. N of Hualfín.

    It's all good! Despite the wind and cold up here. 'Cos the asphalt is near!

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    Day 879 – Belén -> Hualfín (hospedaje)

    Thursday, September 4th, 2008

    Belén -> Hualfín (hospedaje)
    Distance (km) : 62
    Time on bike : 3h 47m
    Brutto time: 10.35 – 15.15
    Avg : 16.3 km/h
    Max.speed: 56.8
    Total (km) : 34.166
    Altitude (end of day): 1.950

    Lunch break in a bus stop shelter...South of Santa Maria - NW Argentina.

    Morbid "sign post" in a rural, Argentinian setting...

    Gravel road near Hualfín, Argentina.

    God bless the electric heater! Hualfín, Argentina.

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    Day 878 – Pituil -> Belén (hotel)

    Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

    Pituil -> Belén (hotel)
    Distance (km) : 150
    Time on bike : 6h 33m
    Brutto time: 09.35 – 17.35
    Avg : 23.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 42.4
    Total (km) : 34.104
    Altitude (end of day): 1.150

    Tune of the Day: Little Wonder – David Bowie

    Lunch break in Los Robles along Ruta 40, NW Argentina.

    On a long and lonely road to/from nowhere...

    No many cows around this time of the year...

    Cowboy in Lóndres. Argentina, September 2008.

    Austrian panamericanos, Markus & Heidi. Belén, Argentina.

    Markus & Heidi

    Heidi and Nicolai in Belén, Argentina.

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    Day 877 – Chilecito -> Pituil (hospedaje)

    Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

    Chilecito -> Pituil (hospedaje)
    Distance (km) : 71
    Time on bike : 5h 7m (all headwind)
    Brutto time: 10.00 – 16.30
    Avg : 13.9 km/h
    Max.speed: 50.2
    Total (km) : 33.954
    Altitude (end of day): 1.050

    My bêbê just had a shower! Chilecito, Argentina.

    Both ready to go.

    Dust storm sneaking in on me!

    Having a break from the sun and the terrible headwind...

    My thirst was saved by two kind scooter guys who offered me bottles of ice cold water!

    Hospedaje in Pituil.

    Mate at the hospedaje in Pituil, NW Argentina.

    Spanish self-study class in my Pituil hospedaje.

    Pituil village.

    Boy + donkey. Pituil - Argentina.

    Kids + baby donkey. Pituil - Argentina.

    Pituil village - Argentina.

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    Day 876 – Rest day in Chilecito

    Monday, September 1st, 2008

    0 km etc.

    Tyres. Chilecito. Argentina.

    Lots of cute cars all over the place. Here Chilecito, La Rioja Province. Argentina.

    Chilecito's main square.

    A day at the office. Chilecito rest day...

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