The day started off a little later than expected as I went to pick up my washing the previous afternoon at the agreed time to find that they were closed. I was told they opened again at 9am the next day which was good news for Shima as it meant an extra sleep for him. 

Once I had my clean clothes we began our relatively easy day. We planned to get to Ilave on the first day which was only 54km away.

Shima still wasn’t feeling 100% so for me at least it was a pretty relaxed ride. We had plenty of rest stops.

Rest stop by Lake Titicaca

Rest stop by Lake Titicaca

It was a beautiful ride as we hugged the Lake for the first 20km.

Road hugged Lake Titicaca

Road hugged Lake Titicaca

After we stopped for lunch I started to feel a bit average. We kept up our relaxed pace and eventually ended up in Ilave where we found a cheap hostel.

By this stage I was feeling really weak and couldn’t even finish my Pollo and Chips which I had for dinner. After a good sleep I woke up feeling a lot better and so did Shima which was good as we had 90km ahead of us to get over the Bolivian Border and to our destination of Copacabana. We left early to try and avoid the winds. When we got on the road at 6, the wind was already up but fortunately if began behind us so we managed a decent pace to start with. 

Shima making it to the top of a hill

Shima making it to the top of a hill

After a couple of small hills we ended up hugging the lake again. We stopped for an early lunch at the top of a hill where we had some fresh Trout which they farm in the lake. By this time I was again beginning to feel pretty average, visiting some Banyos I would normally try my best to avoid! As we were about to get on the bikes again Two German cyclists André and Sam were riding past in the same direction. We decided to continue on the Copacabana together.

Germans, André and Sam

Germans, André and Sam

We stopped for a second lunch and I was feeling worse, struggling to eat the little food I had on my plate. 

We continued to hug Titicaca until we found ourself at the border to Bolivia.

Bolivia!! Second country!

Bolivia!! Second country!

From there the roads almost instantly changed and out ride became a lot bumpier. It wasn’t long before we found ourselves at the top of a hill looking down on Copacabana a beautiful little town hugging the lake.

Looking down on Copacabana

Looking down on Copacabana

The Germans had head of a paid campground just outside the town. We did a little cross country mountain biking down a hill towards the Lake and found ourselves at a funky little camp/bungalow type place just outside the main town.

It was 16 Bolivians for a room or 14 for a spot to camp. We splurged the extra Au$0.40 and went for the more expensive Au$3 Bungalow.

Its a really cool setup here overlooking the Lake. Tomorrow will be a rest day so hopefully I can get my body back to 100% for the last Two days into La Paz.

View of Copacabana from the hostel

View of Copacabana from the hostel