Back when we were in a remote section of southern Bolivia on the Lagunas Route, of the 75+ tourist jeeps that careened passed us, two stopped and offered water and one gave us candy.
Fast forward to now (20 days later), we knew we were on the heals of a couple from Belgium (store owners, gas station attendants and other nice people usually tell us when there are other cyclists up ahead). Yesterday we finally caught up with them. Turns out they are Anne and Jo who had stopped to give us water back in Bolivia when they passed us on a terrible stretch of wind and sand. We hadn’t had time for formal introductions but we had noticed their bikes strapped to the top of the jeep.
Anne and Jo are cycling for three months from La Paz, Bolivia to Santiago, Chile, and hired a jeep for the Lagunas section of the trip. We are excited to meet up with other cyclists, particularly because we’re headed in the same direction and will likely be in the same place for the Christmas holiday.
As an early Christmas gift, Mother Nature gave us favorable winds today and blew us the 78 miles to Chilecito, where we had anticipated spending the holiday. We are all glad to have arrived a day early.
Last night we camped in a funny little place that had all manner of animals, most of them running about free-range.