Santa Rosa de Tastil to San Antonio de los Cobres

Long way to the top

Tuesday January 4, 2011, 63 km (39 miles) – Total so far: 171 km (106 miles)

We started at 6 AM with only 13C° and almost not traffic on the road.As soon as the sun came out the temperature was climbing up and so did the road.The higher we got the more we could notice the dramatic change of the landscape.

Since we passed 3000m the color of the vegetation turned from green to brown and still we had to climb up 1000m more.At noon we stopped to eat.We had carried some noodles that we cooked the day before in the hostel.As we carried them in a ziplock bag on top of the rear rack the sun had warmed them up for us. “Santa Rosa de Tastil to San Antonio de los Cobres” weiterlesen

From Salta to Chorrillos

Saturday January 1, 2011, 58 km (36 miles) – Total so far: 58 km (36 miles)

After having slept only a few hours because of the new years eve celebrations that took place in our hostel “Salta por Siempre” we got up at 7:30. We had a typical argentinian breakfast with media lunas and jam.

To leave Salta at the 1st of January turned out to be a good decision because the road through the city was quite empty.It was easy to find road 51 direction “Campo Quijano”.Arriving there at noon we had some lunch empanadas and coke to get some energy for the climb that was waiting for us in the beginning of the Andes. “From Salta to Chorrillos” weiterlesen

Equipment

Bikes in the suitcases

Here is what we took:
Bike Friday NWT with Rohloff

2 Ortlieb rear panniers 2 Ortlieb front panniers ortlieb handlebar bag

House: Big Agnes Cooper Spur UL3 Sleeping pad: Exped SynMat 9 DLX Sleeping bags: Cumulus (until Minus-17c) Silk sleeping bag

Stove:Primus Multifuel (used with gas only) Pots:MSR Titan Mini coowareset Titanium Knife, Fork and Spoon Set Orikaso folding plate,bowl and cup Waterfilter: Steripen Classic “Equipment” weiterlesen

Finally Argentina

After doing several bike tours through SEA and Mexico I finally decided to do one tour through Argentina where I was born (since 23 years I am living in Germany).I finished the tour two days ago in La Rioja(ugly city)where now I am sitting in my hotel room with AC writing the journal.