01.02.2015 - 03.02.2015
Leaving Uyuni was slightly problematic as Beaky's bike lock wouldn't open, so after a morning spent roaming the market looking for some clippers, we cut the lock and got on our way.
WE FOUND TARMAC! The road from Uyuni to Potosi was incredible and by far the most enjoyable we've ridden. The road was new and barely ever straight. Potosi is one the highest cities in the world which meant a lot of climbing. Hills and high altitude for our little 125's did result in some quite slow driving. This, however, did give us more time to enjoy the stunning landscape Bolivia has to offer.
Arriving in Potosi, another maze of one way streets, we found our hostel. It was the cheapest one we had stayed in yet and as we found out the next morning, had the best breakfast. Still worried about our bikes we thought that getting them serviced after the salt flats should be top priority so we missed out on the much recommended mine tour. In the evening we went and got a view of Potosi, with dark clouds looming in the distance. When we got back the heavens opened and it was some of the heaviest rainfall I've seen.
Bikes freshly serviced by some man on the street, we set off for Sucre. Getting out of Potosi was slow and my bike seemed reluctant to go more than 20kp/h. We pulled over to find smoke coming from the back wheel, not good. It turned out the mechanic had tightened my back brake too much so it was constantly on. We took out the spanner, loosened the break and set off again, both quite happy with our first 'mechanical solution.' Another enjoyable ride of bendy roads led us to Sucre where we were planning to stop for a considerable time.
Below is a short clip of us riding through the mountains. It has been edited on a free software, so don't judge!