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Thread: Riding into the sky at 16,500 feet.....Altiplano, Bolivia

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    Great pics especially like Image00006.

    Keepim commin

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    Quote Originally Posted by simon thomas
    As we rode higher the temperature was dropping by the second, and even in the midday sun our sexy black thermals were hard at work.

    We were getting little sleep at night as temperatures plummeted to minus 20 deg C. and during the day our unconditioned lungs were struggling with the thinner air.......
    Nah, wouldn't want to go there.

    Wonderful post Simon & Lisa. Thanks.
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    Wow? Umm, no sure what to say other than a huge thank you. We didn´t expect such truly kind words.

    Like many of you say it is a truly amazing place and even the most poetic and well articulated words just seem to fall short. When you´re not battling for breath or fighting the rocks or soft sand you do spend most of your time just thinking about how dam privelidged you are to be here riding a bike...incredible!

    We`ve used a fuji S700 for much of our trip but after some difficulties we`ve changed to a Nikon D70s. All the photos on this thread were taken using the Nikon and a wide angled zoom lens. The photos are also taken in RAW format using nikon´s NEF files and then converted to JPG later for things like websites.

    We´re heading off in 10 minutes to Lake Titicaca and then Peru where, if we get thre chance we´ll post a few more photos of the Solar de Uyuni, Worlds largest Salt Pan...mind-blowing, now that realy looks like the moon and again early morning and Sunset are staggeringly beautiful, the colours are surreal.

    Thanks again
    Ride safe, take care
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    Don't be fooled by this post.See those flamingo's,that's dudley zoo that is.He's having a larf,two years in redditch,now he's gone all the way to dudley.the reason it takes him so long to post all the pictures,is he's trying to work out how the new photoshop works!!

    Not a bad effort though I suppose

    Keep going the pair of you,ride safe

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    Excellent !! Great pics ! Brings back memories (but not on a bike). Good onya !

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    WOW WOW WOW

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    Quote Originally Posted by simon thomas
    but after some difficulties we`ve changed to a Nikon D70s.
    Watch out for dust getting in...great camera, but dust was definately an issue for me

    The only other issue is you're photo's will get EVEN better if that's possible

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    Awsome shots

    Jealouse - moi?

    Hell yes!


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    fantastic

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    Thumbs up



    Top pics and scenery again there in South America!

    Thanks for sharing

    Jelous indeed

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    Solar de Uyuni

    Thanks for the kind words guys...

    Our route through the Altiplano was to take us through to the Solar de Uyuni, the worlds largest salt flat. Again 'surreal' just falls short when trying to desribe it.


    We'd ridden from San Juan after finally finding fuel. We have no idea what the octane level was and it felt strangley familiar to see fuel in plastic containers after our Africa experience.


    With an early start from San Juan we'd ridden past active volcanoes and made it to the Solar by early afternoon. An expance of eye burning white, I'm not ashamed to admit that the first few 100 metres of riding onto the Solar were pretty intimidating. With no tracks we were placing a 100% faith in the GPS to get us to Isla de Pescada which, apparentley was some 60 miles into the Solar. The small knot of excitement in our stomach's was already growing.



    With the Isla reached by around 2pm we'd grabbed a few photos and set about trying to see where we could camp. Any available space seemed to be taken up by the huge and ancient local cacti, besides we'd dreamt for years of actually camping out on the Solar itself, hah, that was'nt going to happen.



    By early evening the wind was already getting up and an hour and a half later we'd resigned ourselves to giving up the idea of getting the tent up. The salt surface was like concrete. Even with nail spikes there was no way we were going to make any progress.

    As we desperately battled to put the tent away the evening light show began. We did managed to get some nice photos of the sunset, bikes and the Solar.







    ...and my favourite...


    Eventually we managed to get the kind permission from one of the staff on the Isla to sleep in one of the new buildings...talk about relieved!!!

    We managed to get a few morning photos before heading to Uyuni town to find a cheap and warm hotel.





    Ahhh, Fritz you say all the right things...PS: Javier just been on MSN and send you and Bev his bet wishes.

    Right now we're in Peru staying with friends after visiting Lago Titicakca in Boliva. Ahhh, to warm again.

    We've just built a new gallery on our website and uploaded it. Here's our site http://www.2ridetheworld.com just click on the gallery link and have a browse...hope you enjoy it, there's six galleries to check out.

    Right I'm knackered and off to bed, night, night and thanks again.

    Simon T
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    Regards, Mick

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    WOW

    Fantastic

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    Remind me again, just why do I visit this site?
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    What everyone else said, with knobs on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by simon thomas
    Ahhh, Fritz you say all the right things...PS: Javier just been on MSN and send you and Bev his bet wishes.

    Doesn't help this end though...bloody sickening I may have to stop visiting this thread til you move continent I don't think


    Brilliant

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    Brings back memories :-)

    Riding around Bolivia takes the cake .... I am slowly getting around to putting together a few shots together from a previous ride through South America ... of which the Altiplano of Bolivia was the highlight.

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