2015-09-17 San Ignacio de Valesco to Robore

Stats

  • Distance: 409 km (254 miles)
  • Max Elevation: 500 m (1641 feet)
  • Min Elevation: 193 m (633 feet)
  • Ascent: 2451 m (8043 feet)
  • Descent: 2621 m (8601 feet)

Description

The day started on a nice dirt track for 40km to the small mission of Santa Anna then continued on a larger dirt road to San Rafael. All these Jesuit mission towns look exactly alike. After San Rafael we had 120km of bumpy, rocky, dusty and sometimes sandy dirt road. It was fast and murder on our bikes. Both of us lost as least one bolt. A rear rack bolt for me and a subframe bolt for the KLR. At San Jose de Chiquitos we picked up the nicely paved highway and after several days of no issues getting gas we were back to the charging extra for foreigners model. There was so much military presence due to being close to the border that no one was willing to break the rules and we had to pay full foreigner price for gas for the first time. We continued on the nicely paved road past some pretty epic and huge rock formations to Aguas Calientes. Aguas Calientes is an entire hot spring river! The water was 102 degrees across the whole river…it was trippy. The water was crystal clear but the air temp was also over 100 degrees so not all the refreshing. We decided to head to Santiago de Chiquitos to stay for the night. The road we found to go there was not a very well used road and turned out to be not passable a few km in. It was sandy, narrow and challenging. Tucker crashed a few times in the sand and then on the way back out noticed his bike was running hot. At first we thought it was just because we were working the bikes in the sand and it was over 100 degrees out but then we realized it wasn’t coming down. We pulled over and quickly determined that his radiator was pretty badly damaged and leaking. We empties our camel backs and booked it to the nearest town. Tomorrow we will look for a place to weld it and fix it.

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