Remote Encounters Episode 4
Behind us lay the most difficult, and most beautiful stretch of our journey. We had spent two weeks cycling through a high altitude desert, surrounded by an alien landscape inhabited by flamingos, lamas and vicuñas. Temperatures had been so cold at night that all our bottles would freeze solid. The whole journey was spent between 4000 and 5000m, making the pedals even heavier, and the track had been so sandy at times that we were forced to push our bikes for extended intervals.
It was all worth it of course, just to experience one of the most unique landscapes on earth, and at the end lay a great prize: The Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world. A glistening white slab, stretching in all directions to the horizon. It was on this flat white plane that we met Andrew, a local salt miner. What a hard job! The little tank of man stopped his shovelling for a bit, to answer some questions for our camera. Thanks Andrew.