22 February 2018 – I’m planning on riding from Antofagasta to Caldera / Copiapo and maybe as far Vellenar today. It depends on how the day goes and the road conditions. Well, all my best laid intentions went awry. I was hoping to leave by 7 or 8 a.m. but didn’t get rolling till after 10:30 in the morning. It was a nice cool morning and all day never really got over 85 Degrees / 29 Degrees Celsius. There was nothing but a lot of worn down mountains and brown sand. In the big scheme of things, the whole landscape and mountains are very beautiful. The usual dead car bodies dotted the land scape. They came in all kinds of shapes and were well mangled. Some were burned and they all for sure were dead.
I stopped for gas even though I didn’t need it. I can only tell you that desert is some very lonely country and the thought of setting out in that desert without gas is very scary thought. I met Alex in that gas station and he told me all the places I should visit while I was in Chile. I could easily spend a month alone checking out what he recommended. He owns some kind of a motorcycle customizing shop and recommended I stop by. If I needed anything on my motorcycle repaired or fixed he could help me out with it. He gave me his number told me to give him a call and he continued on his way.
Blanche guided me right into my hotel. Actually, right to the door step. My new system with Blanche works well but is very time tedious and time consuming. You also have to use the internet to get Blanche spot on. Most every hotel has Wi-Fi so it is not always a problem. I was very tired after today’s ride and I didn’t get to bed before 1:30 a.m. in the morning. I was working on my route with Blanche and finding a place to stay for the night. That can keep you working a couple of hours. I went to sleep pretty sure I wouldn’t be on the road tomorrow.