A lovely, and quite easy, day, or at least the start that saw us going gently downhill for the majority of the first 50km. The geology reminded me a lot of the south-west US, of course with lots more llamas. There was almost no traffic, which I guess is why the road from Potosí to Uyuni wasn’t paved until three years ago. When it got to the climb to finish the day, we were definitely very glad to find pavement as we crawled our way up. Instead of pushing, I just took to riding for 5-6km, getting off and laying in the shoulder to wait for HJ to catch up. It gave me a fine amount of book reading time, and meant that the climbs never seemed at all difficult… at least for me.
Having crested back up to just over 4000m, we were treated with a great downhill watching the sun set over the mountains ahead on our way down to the town of Ticatica. As with most communities on the way, there was very little in town, but seeing a health centre at the entrance I figured that’s where we’d be staying. At 6pm, when we arrived, the only people there were the cleaner and her son, but they told us if we came back at 8pm the nurse would be there and she would let us stay. It gave us time to go and get dinner, for the usual $2, and relax. When we got back to the health centre, it having cooled down quite a bit, the nurse let us in and then vanished. She seemed to mention something about staying there quietly as the locals were jealous of us, although she didn’t say why. I’d have liked to talk to her, but she seemed otherwise occupied.