I caught the overnight train from Uyuni to Oruro. The train departed Uyuni at 1:20am and arrived in Oruro at 9:30 in the morning. I was able to get a bit of sleep which was good but found myself waiting for about an hour after we arrived to get my bike off the train. Eventually we were together again and as I left the train station I was mobbed by taxi drivers trying to take me to hotels… at first I laughed as I took it as a joke (being on bike) but as I rode down the main street I found myself being chased by taxi drivers telling me they could fit my bike in the taxi. Very strange. I found a hotel with Wifi and planned the final leg of my journey, Oruro to Arica, Chile!

As I am really excited to get to the beach In Chile and relax for as long as possible, I have planned to do the 523km journey in 4 days. This sounds a lot, but the final 140km should be mostly down hill which I am really looking forward to and feel I have earned. Unfortunately there are still a few hills to climb before I get to the fun part and I will have to ascend almost another 1000m to 4672m before the fun begins.

Today I planned to leave early to make the 130km to Patacamaya. Unfortunately I left later than planned as the maintenance bloke had to come and fix the hot water in the shower. I ended up on the road just before 8 and it was a slow trip getting out of the city as the traffic was heavy. I eventually made it out of the hustle and bustle and I was on my way. 

Old bus

Old bus

I was feeling really good and really enjoying riding. The kilometres seemed to be ticking by really quickly. I stopped for a second breakfast at a little restaurant in Caracollo. As I was leaving two very aggressive dogs chained to their kennels started going off. I stopped to take a photo of a rusted out bus (standing confidently between the two dogs) As I rode off one of the dogs took off after me dragging his kennel behind him.

dog

dog

After my escape, and throughout the rest of the ride I found myself being chased by several more dogs even getting my toilet spray out for a few of them.

As I continued, the wind picked up and I found myself with a decent head wind. I pushed on and as I got to the top of a hill I saw in front of me some thick grey and black clouds and lightning in the distance. As I prepared myself covering my rear bag and putting on my rain coat the breeze turned Icy cold.

Preparing for the rain

Preparing for the rain

As I continued on I was thinking that I may have to cut the day short and find shelter somewhere. As I got to the crest of another hill I could see a small town about 4km ahead and behind that was some seriously heavy rain headed my way.

Heavy rain ahead

Heavy rain ahead

I raced down the hill and towards the town and found shelter under a bridge. After about 15 minutes the majority of the shower had passed and I continued out of the town and again into blue skies. I passed a German couple cycling in the other direction and we chatted for maybe half an hour.

Shelter under a bridge

Shelter under a bridge

Back on the road again I pushed and finally made it to my goal for the day Patacamaya. The town where I take a left turn and head South West towards Chile. The town was bigger than I expected and all the locals appeared very friendly waving and giving me thumbs up. I found a nice little Hostel for B$30 (about Au$6) and had a decent lunch for B$10 (Au$2) Gotta love Bolivia!! I did some fruit shopping in the markets and was still surprised at how friendly everyone is here! All having a laugh.

My Host

My Host

My goal tomorrow is to make it to Curahuara (about 100km from here) Again it should be relatively flat but I’m not too sure how the road is going to be. Apparently the road I cycled today is the best in Bolivia so it may be a slower trip than today.