Day 474-475 / A long day

Day 474-475 / camping – Jujuy, Argentina / 135 miles (Total 12,240)

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A 1000 ft morning climb to start the day

Today was a long day on and off the bike. We started with 30 miles of riding, then decided to hitch a ride through some desert and a 20 mile hill climb. We passed through an incredible mountain range that left us all a little speechless. After a 60 mile truck ride, we jumped back on the bikes and put on another 30 miles through heavy headwinds and some down pouring rain. We all stayed in a dorm room that night to get out of the rain. The next day we pedaled the 15 miles to Jujuy and found a nice hostel to celebrate Toms birthday. We grabbed some nice steaks ($2.50 for some of the best steak I have ever had) and few beverages for the night. Ended up going to the circus, then took an interesting taxi ride with Mateo and Tom. Sorry, once again the blogs pg and the stories will have to stay in Jujuy.

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Photo on the fly

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Around a 1,000 ft of climbing, then the views changed

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Fast and beautiful.

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Mateo, just a blur

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Hard decision to go fast, or take photos

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Throw the bikes in and enjoy the ride. Skipping out on some flat, boring ride and a 20 mile mountain climb. Alright with me and the rest of the crew. FYI – It’s illegal to ride in the back of trucks in Chile and Argentina. The driver dropped us off right before a police checkpoint.

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This is Eduaro from Colombia (aka The Dude). We passed him in the truck, yelling out if he wanted a ride. He yelled back “YEEEESSSS”.

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Four happy bikers enjoying the free ride up.

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The long ride up the mountain side

All together there was over 40 tight switchbacks. I would be nervous driving the road, but our driver seemed under control with the situation. At one point, I noticed he was taking the sharp corners with one hand on the wheel and the other holding a beer. Never a dull moment down here.  Here are some mountain photos for your viewing pleasure.

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Update with Randy Shaver and James in Argentina

Kare11, James Rienstra, Pedaling for Pennies

Click here to watch the latest interview with James and Randy Shaver.


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James will be on Kare 11 TONIGHT at 10 p.m.

You’ll want to tune in or set your DVR for Kare11 news tonight at 10 p.m. James and Randy Shaver were able to sit down and fit in a video chat the other day, you’ll want to tune in and hear the latest Pedaling for Pennies updates!

As soon as the video is posted online, I will post a link so everyone can see it. -Tammy


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