Day 105 December 6 Chugchilan to Salinas
Continuing on with the Quilota loop we left the Hostel after breakfast to find the Quilota crater lake. Once there we were dismayed to be told to park the bikes and walk to the crater about 5 minutes away. We pleaded with the man but he wasn’t going to let us ride up to the rim. Then the host from our hostal arrived in his truck and convinced the man to let us go on our bikes. Normally a motorcycle would not be in a picture of the crater but I have seen it so we wanted to do it too.
After this wonderful stop we carried on south. Every turn made my jaw drop in awe of the beautiful scenery. This day would have to be in my top 3 of the trip thus far. I found myself saying in my helmet “you have got to be kidding me” the vistas were just unreal and photos can’t do them justice.
Eventually we came to a fork in the road. The GPS said take the road less travelled but it was REALLY the road less traveled. We decided to give it a try and are glad we did. It turned out not to be a part of the loop we intended to ride and was quite steep and loose in places.
Market day in a small village we passed through
A lot of moon dust created some visibility issues and combined with the cloud we entered a grimy mess was created.
Nonetheless we had a great day and rolled into Salinas at about 4:30