Last week went by with no real improvement with the situation in Bolivia, (remember the situation here). All the roads remained closed, the protesters remained active. There wasn’t much for us to do but wait.
We tried to stay productive, but I was starting to get bummed as we stared a 5th straight week in the eye. I kept busy with work and Stevie spent her time writing.
I hunted down a dentist as my tooth was seriously bothering me ever since that dentist f’ed me up in Lima, Peru. I had been trying to make it to Argentina, but it wasn’t happening. As it turned out, I found an amazing dentist, probably the best I’ve had in years, and he fixed the problem!
I also managed to send my two climbing projects! I was really stoked on this. Finally starting to feel good on the rock again. Below are a couple crappy photos my GoPro 3 took on auto pilot. I’ve got to learn how to use that camera better.
Below, my climbing buddy Eric gifts me an imported beer for the effort! Nice treat.
So, climbing projects sent, dentist done, all caught up on work… still stuck. I was really starting to get depressed, until I woke up this morning and saw the front page. Translation, there is going to be a 48 hour pause on the road blocks while the protesters try to reach an agreement with the Government.
BAM! This is our window. We’re outta here.
We’re going to leave at 6am tomorrow morning and try to make it to Sucre while the roads are temporarily open. It’s now or never. These negotiations are a long shot, and if they don’t reach an agreement, chances are that escalations will spike on Wednesday.
If we can get to Sucre in the south of the country, at least we’ll be a stones throw from the Argentinian border. I’m confident we can get to Sucre, but my big concern is gas. We’ve got a full tank, plus our gas cans, so we can go 800 miles. Hopefully we can buy gas down there! We’ve heard that most of the stations are out since the re-fueling trucks haven’t been able to get through.
On the positive note, our very close friends from Lost World were stuck in Sucre and they just made it to La Paz after a grinding 12 hour drive. So, we’ll go for it tomorrow.
Unfortunately, this only leaves us 24 hours to see our friends, Luis and Lacey. They are heading northeast on a burly route through eastern Bolivia and into the Brazilian Amazon. These guys rock.
Not sure when we’ll see them again, so we’re making the most of the short time we have together.
Below, Sol gets comfortable in Uncle Luis’s Land Cruiser.
Looks like we’ll be having a big party tonight. Us, Lost World, and our bad ass new friends from Brazil!
Then tomorrow at 6am we’re outta here. Wish us luck as we run the gauntlet!