Crossing the Border

After a few hours of somewhat variable dirt road surfaces, the afternoon storms began to build and I had to make a decision whether to find a camping spot or push on and try my luck.

Feeling lucky, I chose the latter and managed to skirt in between two torrential-looking downpours.  It was actually quite an enjoyable dirt track for much of the way…

Even if it was falling into a state of disrepair in places…

After a less-than-enjoyable 15km or so of washboard surface, I finally re-emerged at the tarmac main road at dusk with a further 15km to my destination of Huancané.  On with the bike lights and into time-trial mode again, I put in a big effort to minimise night-time riding as much as possible. In doing so, I clocked a new daily record of 123km, which might not sound much but isn’t too shabby given that most of it was on dirt roads and, of course, with a fourty-odd kilogram bike!  It was perhaps fortunate for my legs that the next day would be spent in colectivos (minibuses that travel when full), travelling round the top of Lake Titicaca to Puno to get my Peruvian exit stamp, there not being the necessary border facilities on the Eastern side of the lake.

Puno was awash with people – they do like a good gathering/protest in these parts…

The next day, however, I was back on the bike and getting my first glimpses of the highest and largest navigable lake on Earth.

The roadside messages gave a last reminder of what wonderful gender equality that Peru boasts (the literal translation is ‘never women in power’)…


      1. Do you ever dictate text? I have my mac set to hit hitting “Function” twice and it types everything I say – as long as I know where I am going with my story – saves me 3/4 of the time!

  1. Thank goodness you’re giving those peaks surrounding La Paz a miss … they look chilly. And big.

    I love the pics of the last night in Peru. Those stars are something I really would like to see. xxx

  2. Love it bro! Ah titicaca looked so stunning! And I loved hearing you talking about eco concerns, it’s great to hear your passions coming out too, so don’t ever worry about being boring, this planet needs us to sit up and be vocal… BTW just watched Leo DiC’s doc Before the Flood, it’s a good one to pass on to anyone who doesn’t believe in environmental probs (like DT :-0)…
    Hope the Atacama is amazing, Love you x x x

  3. Nice one Campbell! Must be so liberating to just keep on cycling! To see where you end up the next day! One minute camped up overlooking lake Titicaca thinking the views can’t get much better! Then in the distant those huge snowy peaks rise up out of nowhere! Amazing! Keep it up dude!
    And you’re totally right, we have such a problem with out of sight, out of mind attitudes to rubbish here! To the point that most people can’t be arsed to even recycle as they don’t see the impact or where it all ends up! One trip to a dump can shock you in to realising how much crap gets thrown away in a couple of hours!!
    Consumerism culture is to blame, and can’t see that going anywhere anytime soon, unless there is some major shakeup of some sort!
    Anyways keep on riding and adventuring for us all dude!!!!

    1. It is – it’s taken quite a while to shift mentality and accept that I don’t know where I’ll be staying/camping from one day to the next! Great to be in the developed world Chile and, shortly, Argentina though!!
      Hope you’re getting out on the bike regularly? Fancy joining us all for the Tour of Cambridgeshire on 4th June?!

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