Jan Weitner riding his XT from Terra del Fuego to Vancouver

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Interesting

Roadtax in Bolivia

Paying toll is even normal in Bolivia only there are a lot of things that go for free with it: mudstreams, river crossings, wild animals passing, burning sun and freezing cold. Together with a guy from Equador I beat the 500 kms between the Argentina / Bolivian border and Potosi. Everybody has something to say about it. Itīs from asfalt no problem, only 8 hours no problem, only a few rivers no problem. The whole thing was one big problem.

The first 200 kms took me together 10 hours driving. Trucks and busses pass like crazy and it looks like they get points for killing motorcyclists. Once in a while I need to run and hide on the side until everybody is gone. What is wrong with these people?

At the border I stayed in Yavi a quiet town where you can escape from the ugly Quiaca. The border crossing was fairly easy. A customs guy picked me out from the queue out of 100 Bolivians and guided me through the customs process which is more complicated if you have a foreign vehicle. The guy from Equador had the same treatment apparantly somebody overthere has a good hart for motorcyclists. From Villacon to Tupiza is 100 km and was a good Bolivian introduction. No Gas, No drinks, No people, Only a guy to get the roadtax. They do register who is entering the road by name and type of vehicle so you can check if other motorcyclist are on the way.

All this driving takes place on the altitude between 3000 and 4000 meters. As this height the mixture of fuel and air is not ideally for La Moto. People heard me complaining and said all the cars put 1/2 of an onion in the carberator to have more oxygen so for you it must be 1/4 of an onion. Jajajajajaja.... I thought the onion problems was the only problem I had but while looking for gas I found out they are still using leaded Gas in Bolivia. Nobody knows what the octane number is of petrol. Diesel, Nafta, gasolia I am getting confused here. Some stations sell all fuels under one name. No no this is really good fuel for you. Trust me.... jajajajajaja........

Potosi is known for mining but I donīt dare to go in. I saw the entrance and will leave it for the other tourist. Maybe some more coca tea and I will change my mind.

Tomorrow I will be heading for the west of Bolivia (Oruro) if the rain will permit us.

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