In the last 4 days we have ridden 2,311km mostly on tolled motorways.
We have ridden from arid desert to lush farmland.
We have travelled 17 degrees latitude south - from latitude 23.6S at Antofagasta to 40.7S TA Orsono.
Today it was 8.5 degC when we set off from Chillan and it hovered around 12-13 degC most of the day with a high of 18 degC. How glad I am to have a heated jacket.
Crops were in abundance for almost 500Km as we rode south today.
This brand image must be one of the most successful in South America. Words are not required for this Sodimac home supplies store. It also tells me that a town is nearby.
Most of the freight is transported by road. Every 50-100km is a toll plaza. We are paying road tolls here in Chile unlike every other South American country we have visited where motorcyclists ride toll free.
The speed limit is 120km/hr on the tolled motorway for all vehicles. I am working hard to improve my reaction time for taking photographs.
We had our first shower of rain since Chalhuanca in Peru 12 days ago.
It soon cleared up.