Here we are on the initial part of the climb to La Muela:
Aimee and her new Santa Cruz Juliana:
Taking a break after the steepest parts of the climb to La Muela:
Aimee making the final climb to the shoulder of La Muela:
Aimee sucking air at 13,000':
The climb took 1.5 hours and ascended about 2,000'. Ariel and Anne making it look easy (it's not):
La Muela with greater La Paz in the background:
Winding away from La Muela toward the descent:
Getting closer to the descent:
At last, the descent:
On one of the endless switchbacks:
Anne takes a look at how far we have to go down:
Steep canyons around here:
Aimee and Anne work their way lower:
Aimee appears happy but was having a hard time on the descent because it was her first real mtb ride on challenging terrain:
Puento Lipari is at the mouth of this dry river:
Ariel waits patiently for the more cautious descenders:
The trail was crossed by many water gullies, some rideable and some not:
Near the end, we crossed an area being developed for new houses:
Aimee and Anne dropping off the edge of the world:
Where's Aimee? She had a flat.
At the bottom of the hill, we ran into two large and very aggressive dogs. It was unpleasant but no one was bitten. The abundant loose dogs are the thing I like least about Bolivia. Here we are riding through Mallasa after ascending about 1,500' from Puento Lipari. The troops are getting tired:
Anne is French which explains the post ride smoke:
The ride took about an hour longer than we expected, mostly due to riding the descent slowly. It's a ride I will certainly do again as the climbing is great training and the descent is really fun.
The gory details:
Ride length: 19 miles
Elevation gain: 3,500'
Moving time (for me): 3'09"
Elapsed time: 4'57"