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Isla Inkahuasi - Uyuni (16/01/2011)
99 km parcourus
Pas grand chose de positif à rajouter à la journée d'hier, si ce n'est que nous aurons la joie de rencontrer 2 cyclo-campeuses suisses, Fatima et Ida, à la sortie du salar. Nous terminerons donc les 21 kilomètres qui nous séparent de Uyuni à quatre. Plutôt véloces les chicas !
|Au passage, l'article "morphing" s'est enrichi d'une photo|
|Eviter de rouler de nuit... cela fait plus de deux mètres de profondeur !|
|Le sel ça donne soif !|
Durant ces trois journées de repos, notre préoccupation majeure sera de planifier les prochains mile kilomètres qui nous attendent.
Sans réchaud et avec les retards que nous avons accumulés, il ne nous est plus possible d'envisager de traverser le sud Lipez à vélo.
La frustration est grande, et même très grande car c'était un point fort de notre voyage.
Maintenant, il nous reste deux possibilités pour rejoindre Salta, emprunter la route de 2008 via Villazon ou traverser le Lipez en 4X4.
Au risque d'être doublement frustrés, c'est probablement pour cette deuxième possibilité que nous allons opter. Cela nous permettra d'ensuite rejoindre Salta via San Pedro de Atacama et de retraverser la cordillère d'ouest en est... on est là pour ça finalement !
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Isla Inkahuasi - Uyuni (01/16/2011)
99 km cycled
Waking up contemplating the white (endless-seeming) Salar of Uyuni.
Today we must reach the other end : it will be again another 79 kms (on this salt-desert). (=which means that the total length (from west to east) is about 150kms).
Around 8.30am there are already a lot of jeeps parked around the island, and we see again many tourists making their pictures (=lying down on the salar, jumping in the air, trying to make optical illusions with the white surface as background, etc)
Today we (luckily) have some tail-wind, which makes us advance faster than yesterday.
|Leaving the island Inkahuasi behind|
After about 50kms we arrive at the salt-hostal on the Salar. Also there are many jeeps, with many tourists. Enzo does not even want to stop (to buy a drink) = too many tourists (=he is allergic to tourists).
Also, we are very tired (because the last days have been quiet improving = first a big detour to find the Coipasa-salar - (the next day) somewhat lost and making 20kms for nothing – (the day after) pushing the bikes in the sand for about 18kms – (and yesterday) trying to reach the Inkahuasi-island with front-wind)... = We really need a good shower, good food, a good bed,... (=So we look forward to reach Uyuni). We also both have very painful lips (=because of the reflections) : although we had put on lip-balm, they are burned. (=this uncomfortable feeling will last some days, putting on more lip-balm about every 30 minutes).
|4000 kms !|
When (after 79kms) we finally reach the other end of the Salar (=in Colchani) we meet 2 other cyclo-tourists = 2 Suisse-girls in their early 20's (=Ida & Fatima).
|We make the 20 kms to reach Uyuni over sand-roads together with Ida & Fatima|
When we arrive in Uyuni we are amazed of how it changed there (in 3 years) = plenty of restaurants and bars with terraces and music, which are plenty of tourists ! (=Maybe we haven't seen as much tourists since we've started in Quito). Uyuni really became a hype & trendy place : the tourists are there for the Salar and for the South-Lipez, which makes Enzo think about the South-Lipez to have become a real touristic attraction (in contrary like he imagined it (=3 years ago)).
In Uyuni we also meet up with a Korean-cyclist (=Lee).
|He explains us about the problems between North- & South-Korea|
We also meet Rosy & Phil (=also Suisse (in their fifty's), and also cyclists), who also first planned to make the South-Lipez by bike, but changed their mind and will make it by jeep (=because too exhausting). I secretly hope this will convince Enzo not to make this part by bike (=I am not so much in the mood anymore to push bike in sand at over 4500m (=cold with lots of wind)), and finally (because we are late on our planning and because of the reasons I mentioned already before (see article Tres-Cruces-Llica) he agrees it is indeed an option to make the South-Lipez with an organized tour (which we will do : see next article).