Where upon we opt for a day of 4×4 exploration
Only reporters covering the 33 trapped miners have spent more time in Copiapo as we spent- three full days in this nondescript mining town. As with most things on this trip, we didn’t mean to spend so much time here, but things have a way of moving s…l…0…w… here and our hotel was cheap. Anyway, we took the opportunity to get some things done, recharge our batteries and to spend a marvelous day exploring the Andes in a 4×4 hosted by our guide, Ercio.
The Events Since Our Last Report
My wife is telling me in her-cut-to-the-bone way that nobody wants to read all the verbiage, they just want the pictures. So, here’s the recap of what’s happened followed by the pictures. It’s OK if you all write in and tell KR she’s wrong.
- Sunday-Tuesday in Copiapo, the last day of which we spent riding high in the Andes with Ercio and his 4×4. One of the most wonderful days of any trip.
- Yesterday we rode from Copiapo to Antofagasta, a trip of 350 miles, and arrived in Antofagasta in early evening. This was a (another) great motorcycle day in which we cruised the Chilean coast, tested Now Voyager in altitude and heat, and and made the trip with no problems.
- The highlight of arriving in Antofagasta was riding around the town center (population of Antofagasta is around 500k, compared with Copiapo”s 125K) and having the entire left pannier, tool chest, spare gas tank and wet bag fall off into the street behind us. Seems that the Touratech locking mechanism is subject to getting loose…
- We’ll spend today in Antofagasta in the worst hotel we’ve come across yet and then push North/East to San Pedro de Atacama tomorrow.