So I have been lazy and I am waaaaay behind on my RR. After the night in the ghost town near the border we headed into the nearby city of Calama, about 200kms of very good roads through the Atacama desert, apparently one of the driest places on earth, just huge, dry and grey/brown, no cacti, no shrubbery of any kind, just an empty moonscape. We passed an enormous copper mine on the way into town, the main employer in this region and it stretched for many kilometres. Once into the town we found some lunch and a hostel for the night, our first reaction was surprise of how first world Chile is, very different to the other countries we have been in in South America. The prices also reflect this with everything being at least twice as expensive, even up to three of four fold - a bit of a shock! Petrol went up to about $1.50 USD per litre !! The prices here are about the same as in the US or NZ. A basic hostel went from $7 USD a night to over $20 a night each! Ouch !! We get the normal new-country stuff done straight away - new SIM cards for our phones (Entel this time), power adaptors for our electronics, change out our Bolivianos for Chilean Pesos and hit the money machine (which charge $7 USD per transaction!! ). But we get it all done the same day and have a couple of beers in the centre of town and Domino's for dinner. The next day we head to San Pedro de Atacama, the number one tourist spot in all of Chile apparently, after a couple more hours of desert riding we find the dusty little town and settle into a AirB&B just outside of the town, it's warm and dry and the weather is perfect. But again, things are very expensive ! and even moreso because of all the tourists. In the evening we go out for a nice meal and meet an English woman at the restaurant who is travelling with a large group and is completely enamoured with our journey - turns out she paid for our dinner without telling us !! Super nice - thanks Daphne!! The next day we go out to see some of the local sights but it turns out that every road we turn down has a toll booth charging tourists about $5USD just to drive down the road! We immediately have our backs up and are not impressed, they really know how to milk the $$$$ out of the tourists here...... Later that night we end up at a restaurant and Steve is happy to see that they have the world series baseball playing on TV and his team - the LA Dodgers are playing, this was his face after the transvestite singer turned the baseball off to put karaoke on the TV ....... a one man riot almost broke out Turns out they lost anyway so it was probably for the best...... The next day we decide to head for the coastal town of Tocopilla, via the Atacama desert once again, just miles and miles of nothing but moonscape and straight roads. It is great to be back at sea level and I feel better straight away, no more headaches, breathlessness and much better sleep, the KLR is also breathing much easier! Yeah - the Pacific. View from our very nice hotel over the Ocean and the hills in the background, the Atacama desert is just on the other side of those hills. We have a nice and chilled couple of days in Tocopilla, a sleepy and quiet little seaside town, we are also trying to get our heads around the language here, they speak VERY fast and use a fair few uniquely Chilean words replacing some of (few) Spanish words we had down pat. Then we decide to head down the coast road to the even smaller town of Hornitos, on the way there we came across a very cool and haunted looking old mansion on the coast.... Turns out the only hotel in Hornito was closed but since I LOVE the beach I was very happy to find a wild campsite and also save some money, Steve wasn't keen so he headed down to the next town whilst I went in search of a campsite on the beach. And I found a beauty !! I set up camp and went and said hello to some people camping just up the beach, turns out this was a good move as they immediately put a beer in my hand and invited me to stay for a huge BBQ dinner they had going, super nice people. Meet William, Sophia, Olympia and Arthur - good people from Calama enjoying a chilled out weekend at the beach and they made me feel like family. And what a fantastic place to enjoy the beach!! with a stunning sunset. This beach was also a bird sanctuary and absolutely full of seabirds. Our chilled out evening turned into a HUGE night of partying with the locals, last time I looked at the time it was after 2:30 AM and we were still going !! It was a slow start for me the next day and I packed up my campsite and headed back on the road meeting Steve just down the road for our short ride to the town of Antofagasta, we also passed the Tropic of Capricorn just before town.