Salar – Uyuni. The challenges begin!

Getting a good early start we were headed toward the Salar. First day it was just throwing down some flat miles, nothing too exciting. We were told that road after Challapata was under construction and varies in quality. We stayed the night in a not so nice hostel in Challapata but with great secure parking. The beds were shaped like bananas and the lady decided there was an up charge for parking the motos once we were half unloaded. I would have re-packed and left but there really wasn’t another option.

The next days’ ride was great. Turning toward Salinas de Garcia-Mendoza the road was for sure under construction and varied along the way. As we got close to Salinas de GM and after it was great off road riding. For other riders doing this trip, I would do a big day from La Paz to Salinas de GM. A much nicer town than Challapata with more and better lodging options.

Having breakie in our not so sweet room in Challapata
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After lunch and some fuel in Salinas de GM we continued a great off road ride around a volcano. Great riding and great scenery!

Mirko in action. Lots of Llamas or Alpacas. I still don’t know the difference.

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Cool crater

Volcano

There were a few random deep sandy spots. This one was deeper than most and Claudia didn’t quite make it. But crashed with grace!

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Then we arrive at our goal!! Absolutely amazing and strange at the same time!

Way too many salt flat pictures! But truly once in a lifetime.

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And now the good stuff!!!

After one night on the salt flats we made the short ride to Uyuni to regroup for what was to be that hard part of the trip. The ride to Laguna Colorada, Laguna verde and the stone tree. Once off the Salar the road was nasty washboard. As we were grinding it out and only a few kilometers from Uyuni I see Claudia’s bike smoking. She felt it just before I started beeping at her to stop.

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Shock down! Broken where the shaft meets the oil side. Oil leaking all over the exhaust made it look much worse than it was from my view. Although a broken Touratech shock in Uyuni on a 2015 model bike is not ideal. This is a real game changer. We limp the bike to Uyuni and take a day to make some decisions and a plan.

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