The Chandelier cactus: These gnarly cactus grow within a narrow band of altitude, about 8000 feet. The steepness of the road meant they appeared and disappeared from view fairly quickly.
While we were stopped at a viewpoint today, a pick-up truck pulls in with New York State license plates. We don’t see that everyday. Out pops Alex and Maurice, father/son, from Switzerland.
What are two Swiss guys doing in Chile driving a truck from NY? My question exactly.
Alex bought the truck in NY, drove it to Prudhoe Bay Alaska, and is on his way to Ushuaia, Argentina.
He’s done this in five months and will reach Ushuaia in one more month.
They were in Arequipa earlier today. We left Arequipa nine days ago.
After moving at about 10mph for over 15000 miles, his speed of travel blows my mind. I imagine trying to condense all our experiences and memories into five months. It doesn’t seem possible.
We enjoyed a nice chat about life on the road, comparing experiences (like border crossings) on a bike vs vehicle (we have it MUCH easier).
Before parting they offered us water and chocolate. We had enough water but we’d be fools to turn down chocolate!
Thank you Alex and Maurice for the sweets and buen viaje a Ushuaia!