We had such a pleasant day yesterday with Julio and his kids, we weren’t particularly inspired to ride today. After just 5 miles we were already stopped for an ice-cream break.
Eventually, we managed to cover 50 miles. Toward the end of the day we ran into two guys on bikes from Argentina heading north to Peru, through Bolivia. They are on their second day. They were super excited to see other traveling cyclists. They had the giddy excitement of just starting an adventure. It reminded us of our fist days out on the road.
Like our bikes were in the beginning, their bikes are ridiculously heavy. One guy is carrying a full-size guitar with hard-shell travel case, while the other is flying a large Argentina flag on a pole attached to his bike. We chuckled as they rolled away. They’ll hit the Andes and figure it out on their first trip up to the Altiplano!
With sunset approaching and no breaks or gates in the never-ending fence line, we hid the tent amid some bushes beside the fence a short distance from the road. We’re not too concerned as there’s hardly any traffic at night. We’re camped without the rainfly again so the tent will stay cool (it’s also easier to conceal without the bright green rainfly). Laying side by side, we stare out into the night. From inside the tent we can see a million stars and the Milky Way.
So here we are, laying in the bushes on the side of the road being treated to a spectacular celestial show. Just another night out on the road. But it’s pretty incredible when we think about it.
The moon is rising and we try to get to sleep before it comes up over the horizon. It’s near full so it’s like trying to sleep under a huge spotlight at night. These are our “problems” when we live outside in a tent…the moon is so big and bright it keeps us up at night.