Somewhere in Austria
My finger hovered over the "Buy" button. I stared at the screen and tried to make up my mind. It wasn't the one-thousand-plus dollars I was about to spend on plane tickets, or the fact that it might cost me my new gig as a pro bicycle touring guide that was giving me such consternation. It was the idea of trying to ride across 750 miles of the driest place on earth that had given me the wobblies.
Most of the ride from Santiago to Lima will be along the Pacific Coast. Our plan is to stick to the Pan American Highway as much as possible with just a few detours to seaside towns such as Antofagasta. From the literature I've read on this ride, most of it is enjoyable. But it's that four or five days in the desert that has me worried.
Still, I just rode around the world. How much tougher can the desert be?
Needless to say, I pushed the button.
Leaving for Santiago January 6, 2015.