I’m too lazy to plan my bike trips in detail, preferring just to have a start and end point and only a very rough idea for the bits in between. It’s a very handy sort of laziness though ‘cos it works really well and gives me the flexibility to plan just a few days ahead, and not get stressed if things go wrong but makes it kind of hard to describe in advance what my plans are… so to that end here is a map showing a rough route for my journey beginning in January. The green mark to the north shows the route I took through Ecuador and Colombia last year, the purple line represents the idea for 2010. I have mixed feelings about starting in Puerto Montt rather than Ushuaia.. on the one hand it makes getting to the start very easy but means I won’t see the very tip of Patagonia… however I have plans for that bit in a combined kayak and hiking adventure anyway for the end of 2010 so I’m not too bothered…. which on reflection is maybe not the right attitude… life being short and all. Never put off ’till tomorrow what you can do today… unless it’s work of course.. :-)
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So, from Puerto Montt I’ll head north in Chile until I feel like crossing over the east side of the Andes in Argentina at some point, most likely while still south of Santiago.. from there I’ll stay in Argentina until in the north around Salta (probably…) before crossing back into Chile and the Atacama Desert. I’ll cross into Bolivia from the northern end of the Atacama.. pedal my way across the Bolivian altiplano via Uyuni, Potosi and so on all the way to the border with Peru at Lake Titicaca. Once in Peru I’ll head downhill and northwest to Arequipa before heading back up into the high Andes at Cusco. That’s the nominal end point. I’ve travelled a fair bit in Peru already so not too bothered about going further than that, however if time allows I’ll keep going north… it would be nice to join up with the southernmost extent of my cycling in Ecuador but I doubt very much I’ll have time. Just the part from Puerto Montt to Cusco could be as far 7000km over the ground, don’t know for sure… guess I’ll soon find out. I have just under 5 months.
That really is the extent of my detail planning until I get on my bike in Puerto Montt on the 14th January :-)
To be honest I wish I could just go now…. I can have my gear together and ready to go in a few hours I reckon.