Contrast & Variety: The First 2700 Miles

In the first 2,700 miles of resuming our journey, we’ve experienced plenty of contrasts and variety.

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We started with sunshine, then came the rain and sleet crossing the Andes from Bariloche, Argentina to Osorno, Chile.  Then sunshine again, complete with a beautiful rainbow.

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Next came comfortable temperatures and “normal” highway driving amidst Chilean farmlands, followed by days of heat and cold in the deserts of Chile and Peru.

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We’ve had long, straight roads and twisting mountain roads.  Miles of flat roads, and miles of steep changes in elevation — not just in mountains, but down into huge canyons and back up again. And again.  And again.

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We rode through crowded cities with populations in the millions, through tiny villages, and through huge expanses of uninhabited desert.  Far inland and along the Pacific coast.

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Wet, dry, dusty, clear.  Severe gusting winds.  Calm air.  Smooth highways.  Teeth-jarring roads.  And everything in between.

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What we have heard from the Extreme Team that went before us?  Expect even more variety ahead.

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