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20° | sunny / rainy | km 525

The infamous Death Road

on 2017-12-02 in Bolivia
Our first point of interest in Bolivia was the infamous Death Road (el Camino de la Muerte). Having seen it in various documentaries and movies we were excited to see it in person. After having spend the first night near lake Titicaca we headed through the capital La Paz up towards the mountains. The traffic in La Paz was terrible so it took us longer than anticipated to get through it. But what did cost us by far the most time was the fact that we were continuously turned away at gas stations. As it turned out all the gas stations that we went to needed to put our license plate into the system in order to correctly calculate taxes. As you can guess that was an unresolvable issue with our German plates. After having spent about half an hour at the first gas station we had to try about 3 more until we finally found one up in the mountains that had no computers and so simply added the necessary tax to the normal price... With about 5 miles range left on the Africa Twins we were in the end just glad to have found one that pumped gas for us. Something we will add at this point, from this gas station forth it was no problem to get the tax added to the price anymore. So either it is difficult with foreign plates to get gas in the La Paz area, or we just did not ask the right questions...

Anyways after all of that excitement the Death Road itself was rather enjoyable. There was near to no traffic, we had great weather and even though the drops on the side of the road were steep there was always more than enough room to maneuver a motorcycle. We have been on much worse roads before and so it was just a very fun ride down to Coroico. A small highlight for Fabi was the fact that his Odometer turned over the 100.000 kilometer mark at the end of the day. So we not only survived the famous Death Road our first bike also clocked the mighty 100k. What a fun time it has been, here is to the next 100k! :D

We spent a night in a very simple but comfortable Hostel. We knew we had a long stretch of curvy road ahead of us so we once more left around 10 in the morning to head on towards Quime. What we did not know thanks to our quite unreliable maps was that we would spend the entire day on a small offroad path. Worse and probably more dangerous than the Death Road the day before. On top of that we had to find out that because of some election all roads were closed for locals in order to force them to vote or make it impossible to vote in different regions twice. We were allowed to pass but it further cost us some valuable daylight time. In the end it did not matter because just before the last 30 kilometers Denis unfortunately had his second flat tire of the trip. Having had a little practice now we soon had the tire off the rim and started patching the puncture. After letting the patch dry we put it back in and started reinflating it. We were extremely disappointed when we realized that we must have missed another whole because we were not able to put enough air into the tire to make it stick to the rim. Luckily we had enough patches so we took the tube out once more looked and started looking for more holes. What we then saw terrified us. Next to our patch there were about 5 more smaller holes, we deduced that the nail must have punctured the tube many more times while driving. Three patches later we managed to get the tire back on the rim and with little confidence in the patch we went our way. Just to find out that about 5 kilometers later the air had left the tire once more. It had gotten dark by now and so Denis decided to slowly make his way towards the next town, where we would try to find a new tube altogether.

After a night in very simple accommodations with little to no dinner we got lucky the next morning when Denis turned up with two new tubes for his rear wheel. In a couple of minutes we had switched his tube, filled our bikes with some gasoline bought from the hotel owner and were back on our merry way towards some hot springs and volcanoes near the Chilean border.
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15° | sunny | km 1724

Hot Springs and the Salar de Uyuni

on 2017-12-05 in Bolivia
The story behind finding out about said volcanoes and hot springs is quite curious. A couple of months back Fabi switched on one of our laptops and was greeted by quite a beautiful windows start screen. The message on his screen said: "Have you ever bathed in some hot springs in front of two volcanoes?" Curious as to where the picture was taken he researched it and found out that it was a place west of Bolivia near the Chilean border. Since we had time we decided to take the detour and have a look at this area. Most of the road was tarmac and so we managed to quickly make good distance. Up to the last 15 kilometers the path into the protected area was loose gravel and sand. Sometimes quite deep so our front tires occasionally dug in and after dropping the bikes twice we decided it was time to let some air out of our tires. It was enough to deflate the front tires to get the necessary stability and once more we were pleasantly surprised at how much difference it made to deflate the tires. Early in the evening we arrived at a nice little hotel. We took our gear of the bikes and soon went on our way towards the hot springs.

After a short ride we arrived at the basins and due to the cold winds we quickly undressed and jumped into the closest pool. What we did not know at the time that there was a bigger artificial pool nearby but for now we started to relax in the natural pool. Nobody was around until after a short while a girl from the nearby bath house came by and told us that there was a fee that we had to pay and that we could also use the bigger pool near the houses. The price was all right and so we moved the party to the bigger pool where we could even get some cold beers. We had a great time and it was definitely worth the trip. On our way back we made some drone shots of this unique scenery and back at the hotel we slept like kings after a good home cooked meal.

Next up and another big POI on our list was the spectacular Salar de Uyuni. To get there we rode to Oruro where we stayed a couple of nights to sort out some issues with our drone and to prepare for the trip through the salt desert. Oruro was another big rather ugly city just like La Paz so after a couple of days we were quite excited to leave it behind us. We had decided to enter Salar de Uyuni from the North and head towards the cactus island in the middle. There we would start to look for a place to camp. When we came across the mountains in the North we were stunned by the spectacular view. In front of us stretching as far as our eyes could see lay this vast white desert. We had never ridden on salt before so we did not know what to expect. Would we have to deflate our tires? Was it like riding sand? No! It was as easy as riding on tarmac. The white salt crust crackled a little under the weight of our bikes but other than that and the occasional salty taste in our mouths it did not feel much different to asphalt.

It was simply put - magnificent. Surrounded by nothing but salt we took some drone shots, pictures and videos and after about an hour arrived at the cactus island. This in comparison was rather unspectacular if it were not for the fact that we met some very nice bikers from Germany and Switzerland there. We quickly bonded over some motorcycle stories and before we knew what was happening we were invited to dinner made by them and to sleep in the museum on this coral island. We quickly decided to skip sleeping in our tents in the freezing cold and enjoy the night with our new friends in the comfort of a house instead. The only drawback about staying in the hotel was that we had to get up and leave at 6 o'clock in the morning. Therefor the next morning was quite hard on us, since it was probably the earliest that we have gotten up since the last 19 months.

Back on the salt plane we took some more videos with our new friends and after a heartfelt goodbye we split up heading towards Uyuni. Just before getting back to the rode we visited the nearby Dakar statue. We are extremely looking forward to seeing it in January and so it was very cool for us to see it. We took a hotel in Uyuni around 10 and after a quick shower headed straight back to bed. A day later we said our farewells to Basti who was heading home over Christmas and so he had to catch a flight in Santiago de Chile. Denis and Fabi stayed for two more nights recovering from the Desert, before leaving Bolivia towards Chile.
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15° | sunny | km 392

Lagunes out of this world

on 2017-12-11 in Bolivia
[Basti] To make sure that I would catch my flight from Santiago I drove ahead alone. But before entering Chile I had to visit the red lagoon (Laguna Colorada). The german motorcycle group we met in the Salar told us how awefull the road was, so I expected the worst.
Even the main road turned to gravel right after Uyuni, but it was still very good to drive on. In the small town Alota where I had to make a turn to go to the national park "Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve of Andean Fauna" I couldn't find the gas station all my navigation systems showed. I know that I would even have to use my spare gas cans to get to the lagoon.
But I quickly found a little restaurant with good food and in the meantime they were also able to organize some fuel for me.
Well prepared I drove down a nice gravel road to the entrance of the national park. As I was paying the entrance fee the friendly officer told me to my surprise that I would be able to cross into Chile at the very south of the park. Perfect!
When I arrived at the red lagoon the road got bad like expected. Deep sand and washboards. But somehow I made it through and the lagoon really is exceptionally. The pictures don't lie, the water truly is that red!
You can watch all three South American kinds of flamingos at this one spot. Remember, the place it at 13000 feet (4000 meter) altitude.
Because it was getting late all the other tourist jeeps left the lagoon before me I had the place almost to myself.
Right next to the lagoon is a super small village with a few accommodations for the tourists doing a jeep tour. They are not at all prepared for individual tourists, but nonetheless I found a bed and something to eat.
The next day I went further south on the horrible road while passing sizzling mud holes until I arrived at some hot springs full of tourists. Admiring the outstanding view from inside the hot pools was still pretty special.
After visits to the green and the white lagoon I still made it to the Bolivian border the same day. The border at this altitude in the middle of nowhere was basically one man in a shed. And because I was the only one there at the time I was finished super fast.
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Arman
2018-11-10 06:28:17
Thank you very much for the good description.And I was very happy to be acquainted with you.I hope to see you again
I wish I could serve you more and I should give you all the points about Iran and its people at the beginning of your trip, but unfortunately I forgot.
be successful and victorious .
Rolf
2018-05-19 19:08:53
Hello Basti, welcome back to the Old World!
Enjoy the last leg of the ride home!
Basti
2018-05-05 03:40:58
Vielen Dank Michl,
nein gstritten wäre übertrieben. Wir haben nur feststellen müssen dass wir sehr unterschiedliche Auffassungen vom Ende der Tour hatten.
Daher konnten wir auch keinen Kompromiss mehr finden und die Trennung war letztlich die einzige Möglichkeit alle zufrieden zu stellen.
Wir freuen uns aber schon auf das baldige Wiedersehen!
Michl
2018-04-25 21:31:52
kann mich meinem Namensvetter unten nur anschließen, 2 Jahre spannende Geschichten in Text, Bild und Video, Danke dafür.

Aber sagt mal, nur noch Basti on the Road? In Österreich würde man sagen: " habt's g'stritten Mander?" ... ???
Basti
2018-03-26 03:22:12
Richtig Tom und vielen Dank!
Tom
2018-03-24 12:48:10
dann betrifft Eure Standortanzeige nur noch Basti?
Ich bin gespannt auf Euren Bericht.

Basti weiterhin eine gute Reise.
Basti
2018-03-24 11:21:32
hahaha Moe! Da hast du natürlich völlig recht, aber dann würde der Text zu 80% aus ride bestehen ;)
Moe
2018-03-23 02:35:21
Kleiner Übersetzungsfehler: you don't drive a bike, you ride it;) 'Driving' is just for cars.
Basti
2018-03-18 03:54:16
Hi Tom,
ja da hast du recht ;)
Wir sind ja leider nicht mehr zu dritt unterwegs. Fabi und Denis sind schon seit einiger Zeit zuhause und Basti wird es wohl nicht rechtzeitig heim schaffen... Derzeitiger Plan ist Mitte Mai.
Tom
2018-03-14 12:41:09
Wenn Ihr in vier Wochen wieder in DE sein wollt, müsst Ihr aber ordentlich am Kabel ziehen?!
Basti
2018-03-13 03:52:37
Servus Michael,
WOW das freut uns riesig! Vielen Dank für die netten Worte. Es ist wirklich viel zu lesen und wir haben uns immer gefragt ob das wirklich jemand liest... Also Danke für die Aufklärung! ;)
Schick uns doch bitte ne FB Nachricht oder ne Mail, in den deutschen Norden werden sicher bald mal aufbrechen. Denn von Deutschland haben wir wirklich noch nicht viel gesehen...
Liebe Grüße nach "oben" und ein paar Stories kommen noch...
Michael
2018-03-09 14:20:42
Moin Männers!
Nachdem ich vor einiger Zeit alle Eure Video geschaut habe, hab ich jede freie Minute in den letzten Tagen genutzt um Euren Blog von vorne bis hinten zu lesen (inkl. der beiden Alt-Touren).
Was soll ich sagen, außer, dass mein Leben jetzt keinen Sinn mehr hat, weil ich nichts mehr zu lesen habe:

MEGA GEILE STORY!
Es hat mir so unfassbar viel Spaß gemacht Eure Geschichten zu lesen, danke dafür!

Solltet Ihr jemand in den Deutschen Norden kommen, bitte bescheid geben! Lade Euch gerne auf ein oder zwei Bier ein :D

Gonzalo Bueno
2017-12-10 16:58:43
It was a pleasure
Basti
2017-11-06 20:01:23
Hi Thai, thank you, yes we are having a great time in Ecuador right now.
I enjoyed the night in Big Sur a lot and will always remember you and your nice family! Hope all is well!

Also thank you MHMT and Fred. We still have half a year left with hopefully plenty of adventures to come :)
Thai
2017-11-03 06:08:09
Hi Sebastian, this is Thai. You stopped by my camp site at Bigsur California. I was with my mother and 2 kids. Hope you are doing well...have fun and good luck with your journey.
Mhmt
2017-10-21 22:04:48
Great story with great team!
Fred
2017-10-06 10:28:42
Man what a fantastic journey,i am jalous!
Thanks for the beatiful recordings!
And safe travels!
Good luck to you all
Warm greet fred,the netherlands
Rolf
2017-07-29 20:16:20
Hi guys, hope it is not too hot in CA. Was trying to see how you were doing but have not seen a tracker signal since Thursday. All good? Need any help? Have a great weekend. Rolf
Basti
2017-07-29 11:21:49
Hi Robert,
vielen danke für deine Kritik! Haben wir bisher noch nicht gehabt. Dass wir ziemlich hinten dran sind ist absolut richtig, wir nehmen uns gerade eine kleine Auszeit um aufzuholen.
Allerdings kann ich deinen Punkt zu den Sponsoren und Spenden überhaupt nicht nachvollziehen. Wir sind überrascht und froh wie wenig wir die Sponsoren erwähnen müssen. Außer in der eher kleinen Rubrik Support kommt eigentlich nichts in der Richtung vor.
In den nächsten Wochen werden wir auf jeden Fall zügig aufschließen und du darfst viele neue Berichte und Videos erwarten :)
Robert
2017-07-29 10:37:56
Korrektur des ersten Satzesvon vorher:
Ich finde Eure Tour sehr interessant.
Robert
2017-07-29 10:36:51
Hallo,
ich hab Euch in Osoyoos am Campingplatz getroffen und finde Eure Tour. Leider find ich Euren Internetauftritt nicht besonders aktuell.
Mit am meisten Raum nimmt der Verweis auf gesponsorte Produkte und der Aufruf zu Spenden ein
Schade.
Webseiten anderer Weltreisender sind da wesentlich interessanter und aktueller mit mehr persönlichen Eindrücken.
Da drückt man dann vielleicht auch mal eher auf den Spenden Button.
just my2cents
Trotzdem weiterhin viel Spaß und gutes Durchkommen bei Eurer Tour
Basti
2017-07-28 04:25:16
Hey Phil,
das ist ja super von dir! Fabi hat bereits 2 mal seine Gabeln deswegen austauschen müssen. Zumindest das zweite mal geht jetzt schon mal sicher auf Garantie!
Das erste mal war auch eher ein Crash und somit wohl kein Garantie Fall.
Er fährt jetzt übrigens mit zusätzlichen Klemmen als Verstärkung!
Phil
2017-07-27 10:34:27
Wichtige Info für Fabi!
Rückruf von BMW für die GS, wegen Problemen mit den Standrohren
der Telelever. Im harten Einsatz können sich die oberen Stopfen lösen. Werkstätten pressen Hülsen zur Verstärkung auf. Am besten
bei einer BMW Werkstatt vorbei-
fahren und prüfen lassen.
Basti
2017-06-28 07:41:21
Oh wow! Ich hab gerade einen kleinen Fehler entdeckt weshalb Kommentare im Blog Bereich nicht angezeigt wurden! Wir hatten uns schon gewundert ;) Vielen vielen Dank für die vielen lieben Worte!!!

I just discovered a small error which caused comments in the blog sections not to show! We already wondered ;) Thank you so much for all the nice words!!!
Jörch
2017-06-28 07:29:31
Also Leute, dass geht ja wohl überhaupt nicht. Ich schaue jeden Tag ob es Neuigkeiten von euch gibt und ihr lasst nichts von euch hören oder sehen. Unglaublich!
Natürlich Quatsch! Ich verfolge seit geraumer Zeit euren Blog voller Ungeduld und sauge jeden eurer Beiträge auf. Ich finde eure Aktion super und drücke euch beide Daumen für eure weitere Reise.
Amir
2017-06-28 07:28:55
Welcome Iran Dudes....
Sebastian EBN ;-)
2017-06-28 07:28:40
Hallo Jungs, viele Grüße an euch. Beeindruckend schöne Bilder, Erlebnisse und Abenteuer. Ich bin gespannt auf die nächsten Geschichten. Euch viel Spaß, Gesundheit und Glück bei der Weiterreise. Liebe Grüße Sebastian
Steffen
2017-06-28 07:28:34
Hallo ihr drei, viele Grüße aus dem verregneten München sendet euch die Maurer AV. Wir schauen ab und zu auf eurer Seite vorbei und freuen uns über Neuigkeiten. Zugegebenermaßen, nicht ohne eine kleine Neidträne zu vergießen. Denkt an unser Elend und erhellt unser dunkles Sein weiterhin mit Euren Reiseberichten. Grüße von München . Steffen Z.
Marin
2017-06-28 07:28:30
My friends, I am Bulgarian and I should congrats you for the courage to do such trip. But I think you should better plan your visit in Bg :) there were a lot more interesting plases to see in spring than "abandoned" tourist city. Interesting name you gave to my country :)
Chris
2017-06-28 07:28:26
Hi Guy's.
I am interested to know how you prepared custom clearance and visa for all the countries. Did you do it in advance or will you do it on the run.
Cheers from Queensland
Chris

Btw. just a shame to miss out of Downunder :)
Jussy
2017-06-28 07:28:23
Hey Jungs ich hoffe es geht euch gut, wenn ihr so weiter macht wird es ja nur eine Ein-Jahres-Reise.
Viele grüße auch von meinen Kolegen der gesamten AV ( Maurer).
Ps: ich hoffe das bei euch das Wetter besser ist bei uns hat es nur 2 Grad und es fällt Schnee !!!!!
salih
2017-06-28 07:28:18
I prefer you to visit our North Sea Side not south.After you finish the north side you can ride across form north to south.
Salih from Turkey
Hemuli
2017-06-28 07:28:13
Keep stories coming :)
Have you checked if you can take the drone to all countries you plan to visit? I could imagine some borders might give you a really hard time if you have drone...
Ernst Huber( Jussy)
2017-06-28 07:27:04
Hallo Jungs bitte weiter so und viele Videos ich bin begeistert von euerer Reise.
Bleibt bitte Unfallfrei.
Gruß Huber Ernst ( Jussy )
Micha NC700X
2017-06-28 07:26:52
Sehr schöne Berichte, Fotos und Videos. Danke und macht weiter so! Viel Glück auf Eurer Reise!
Vahid
2017-06-28 07:26:42
Great! Hope to see you again soon!
Anastasia
2017-06-28 07:26:25
Don't you miss kebab yet? :)
Micha
2017-06-28 07:26:12
Super! Danke für die Reiseberichte und weiter viel Glück und Gesundheit!
Lars
2017-06-28 07:25:12
Hallo ihr lieben! Der Azubi Lehrmeister meldet sich auch mal wieder :-)
Ich hoff euch geht´s gut - In Deutschland ist es kalt und es regnet - Ich hoff ihr habt an Heiligabend ein schöneres Wetter :-)
Sonny
2017-06-28 07:25:04
what happened afterwards ? you left them there ?
Sonny mulder
2017-06-28 07:24:56
In the caves of laos where you visited one is where the biggest spiders In the world lives. Watch out haha, We saw one ist like 30 cm wide ...
Sonny Mulder
2017-06-28 07:24:47
Cool stories guys ! Keep up the amazing writing, where are some updates from December ?? :-D !!! Its so epic that you can do this trip
Daniel
2017-06-28 07:24:38
What a great time we had :-)
Micha
2017-06-28 07:24:30
Ihr bereitet uns in der Motorrad freien Winterzeit eine große Freude mit Euren Berichten. Vielen Dank und Alles Gute weiterhin.

Gruß Micha (NC700X im Winterschlaf)
Jörch
2017-06-28 07:23:57
Also Leute, dass geht ja wohl überhaupt nicht. Ich schaue jeden Tag ob es Neuigkeiten von euch gibt und ihr lasst nichts von euch hören oder sehen. Unglaublich!
Natürlich Quatsch! Ich verfolge seit geraumer Zeit euren Blog voller Ungeduld und sauge jeden eurer Beiträge auf. Ich finde eure Aktion super und drücke euch beide Daumen für eure weitere Reise.
Micha
2017-06-28 07:23:47
Super, Euch Alles Gute!
Trixxie
2017-06-28 07:23:34
Hey guys! Great to meet you in Death Valley! I took a couple photos, and a small video of you going through the slot canyon. If you're interested in getting those, let me know where it would be best to send it! Also, let me know if you're planning to head to San Diego, California. Happy Trails! Trixxie
Jörg
2017-06-28 07:23:20
Hallo Leute,
ich bin gerade zufällig auf Eure Seite gestoßen. Sehr schön und informativ gemacht. Den Tipp mit dem magnetischen 12V-Verbinder kannte ich noch nicht. Das realisiere ich vielleicht, wenn ich von meiner Reise zurück bin. Denn wir könnten uns demnächst begegnen, wenn ich ab Sonntag in Halifax bin und von dort aus Richtung Süden starte. Einen Blog habe ich mal aufgesetzt und da ist auch meine Position per Tracker sichtbar. Würd` mich freuen, wenn wir uns mal auf einem Campingplatz treffen.
Der Blog: joergreiter.blogspot.de
LG
Jörg
Lisa
2017-06-28 07:20:26
Hey Basti, Hope you were able to replace the chair in Munich. Nice meeting you at SFO airport. Love your website; what a great trip you are on! You have crossed the Rubicon. No going back.
Via con Dios,

Lisa
Maxim
2017-06-28 07:15:54
you'll love the mavic pro. got it for a bike trip myself and the active track funktions are perfect for following bikes even at higher speeds. looking forward to watch new videos from your trip.

cheers,
maxim