The Atacama Desert stretches 1,000 kilometers along the Pacific coast of northern Chile and Southern Peru. It's the second driest place on Earth; only Antarctca gets less precipitation. It's high; 7,000 feet in places and bordered by the Andes on the east.
It's so barren and desolate and void of life that NASA goes there to put the Mars Rover through its paces. My pal, Mike, and I are going there to try to ride our bicycles across it.
Airline tickets are purchased. We have reservations at a hostel in Santiago. My bike shop is building me new wheels. But there's still much to do and with only 76 days till blast off, I'm starting to feel the preasure, but the anticipation is building, too.