31.01.2015 - 31.01.2015
With the papers we had (and fingers tightly crossed) we set off for Bolivia.
The road the Chilean side of the border was pretty consistent with what we had been experiencing; paved roads with beautiful landscape. It was 100km from the border when the road became unpaved and a more interesting ride. It was here we discovered a lorry, jack-knifed on a corner and blocking the road. Fortunately, we managed to fit underneath the connection between the cab and trailer, leaving behind a queue of rather unimpressed cars.
As this was the only road to the border, we arrived at a very empty border crossing. After a few laughs at both our passports photos, the Chilean officers asked to see our bike documents. This was the moment we were very nervous about, knowing full well that our Padrons were stuck somewhere deep in the Chilean system.
It came as a great relief that the document they wanted was the homoglacian - which we had!! 'Boys you are free to leave Chile.' We both laughed nervously and left quickly. Success.
The Bolivian side was slightly more hassle as we had to wait for them to finish their lunch break, before visiting three different offices. They too were happy with our bike documents and within an hour we had left Chile with Bolivian stamps in our passports. Quick and relatively pain-free.
Our introduction to Bolivia was a severe lack of road signs and even less Tarmac. The country side in Bolivia was pretty similar to Chile, but a lot greener. It was a shame that we didn't have the same opportunity to enjoy it as eyes had to be on the road to avoid the potholes, bumps and llamas. We arrived at Uyuni after 250 slow kilometres on unpaved roads, 14 hours after leaving San Pedro - a very long day.
We had wondered if we were in the right town. Uyuni does not seem to offer too much and was slightly rundown - a surprise for such a popular tourist stop. All the hostels were fully booked so after a very long day we had the much-needed and thoroughly deserved luxury of one night in a hotel.