The two options were: staying one more day in the sun with 10% humidity as showed the hygrometer in the morning or leaving and trying to join “civilization” again. I had enough water to stay one day more. The question was more: was it enough for staying and cycling? How warm would it get during the day in the tent?
I decided to try my chance; I could still stop and built up the tent again.
From I remember the road from 2000m down was nice. I had nothing else in mind than arriving in La Negra or better in Antofagasta to get some days rest. Just the wind was from the front and quite strength taken: that time was even more disappointing as I had to pedal down to get at some speed.
The last 18km before the town La Negra are in a wide valley, which is ground is just sand (beside the Route 5). From far you see the town. The first thing you see is a large concrete (beton) fabric, followed by other fabrics.
All I keep in mind from there are:
– the welcome of a groupe of dogs who wanted some trained legs
– the lunch….pizza, chocolate, hot dog and coke
– the white dust hanging in the air and covering everything
I had no desire to stay longer and left for Antofagasta: 400m down during 15km, still against the wind on an narrow road with a lot of traffic.
Finally I arrived at the coast were the wind was blowing like I like…from the back! Just 2km of fun…:-)
I found a hostal near the pieton zone, booked the room, took a shower and went for something to eat…
Time to have a rest!
PS: no more picture from today on the phone…battery was drained.