OK so we have a long public holiday coming up here in Chile, its also a long country. My riding buddy Marcelo and I are both expats living in Santiago. Work is just a sham front for the real reason we came to live here: Mountains, lots of them. Deserts, lots of it. The altiplanos of Chile and Bolivia have high deserts up at 15,000 ft in the mountains. Mountains and deserts. Perfect So me (the Gringo, well a Brit actually but we all get tarred with the same brush down here) and my buddy Marcelo (the Tico) have decided to head over the Andes from Santiago to Mendoza, Argentina then turn left (North) and ride up into Bolivia. To the largest salt lake in the world, the Salar de Uyuni Its at about 13,000ft with night time temps of around -5C, very high winds so it will feel a good deal colder. We also want to tour around the altiplano a bit and check out some of the weird volcanic lakes like Laguna Colorado which is even higher than the Salar and is famous for being pinkish and home to flocks of flamingoes. These are stock pics but we will be posting as we go along, and we are both packing our Go Pros so maybe some video once we get back and are able to edit them. From the high Andes we will swing back into Chile near San Pedro, then its a mad 2 day 1600km schlep down the Panamericana through the Atacama desert back home to Santiago. Total trip is about 5,000kms, a lot of it off road. 9 days to do it in. Not everyones cup of tea granted but we are both really mad for it. We start on Saturday 15th September. Stay tuned!