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Day 1369, Jujuy – Tumbaya: Ghost Town

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Jun - 16 - 2014

Distance: 56.68 km
Ride time: 4:42:25
Average: 12.06 km/h
Altitude: 2099 m
Total: 27039 km

Before heading off for today’s ride, I was enjoying a coffee at my balcony overlooking the central square in Jujuy. I had booked a hostel room, but I was the only guest around. A bit of luxury is always appreciated.

I then started a long climb. Normally when you are ascending you can look forward to a corresponding descend not too far away. This time it would be different though. I am now climbing up towards the Altiplano, the Bolivian Plateau between 3500 and 4000 m in west-central South America. I will not be back at more normal altitudes before getting close the pacific coast in Peru!

On the way up the climb I reached 27000 km. 30K is within reach now.

I don’t mind hard cycling when the surroundings are beautiful – and that they were today.

In the village of Volcán I stopped to buy lunch and take some pictures.

I’m following an old railway line that I read was closed in 1994. In each village I pass, I see the now empty railway station and tracks. A Somewhat sad sight, this ghost town feeling.

The next village, Tumbaya, turned out to be a real gem with it’s adobe houses. As I walked around I thought how different life is out here compared to in Buenos Aires – another world really.

I considered staying at the guesthouse in town, but when nobody answered the door when I knocked, I continued a few kilometers up the road and put up my tent.

Categories: Argentina
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4 Responses so far.

  1. Tony Graham says:

    Tillykke fødselsdagen Thomas! Jeg håber, at du har mange flere års eventyrlystne og trygt at cykle!

  2. Thomas says:

    Hehe, thanks a lot Tony! Best wishes from Bolivia!


  3. Bjarne says:

    Kaere Thomas tillykke med foedselsdagen. Kunne ikke se om Inger havde skrevet som hun havde lovet. Haaber du fik info vedr. Panama. Hilsen Oz2uv Bjarne

  4. Thomas says:

    Kaere Bjarne. Mange tak for hilsnen. Jeg fik ogsaa en besked fra Inger paa facebook, saa jeg er godt daekket ind, hihi. Jeg har lige skrevet en email til Karsten i Panama. Tak for informationen, og en stor hilsen til Solrod fra Bolivia!