Bolivia postcard

Meet a couple on bikes, these encounters almost always jolly, fellowship of the road and all. The first thing out of his mouth, before “hello” or “lovely day” is about how he read a careful scientific study in a magazine showing that any tire width greater than 2 inches is wasted on a bicycle.

They’re on trekking bikes, butterfly bars, kickstands, four matching Ortlieb panniers, handlebar bags, plus that large bag that goes across the rear panniers and rack that’s big enough to carry a small child or whole roasted pig in. Not that there is anything wrong with any of that.

They’re in the process of dismantling everything to load up in a jeep because they heard the sand was really bad in the section coming up.

Maybe there’s no word for irony in their native language