Shirley and Ken were with us until lunch at Tocopilla. They then headed inland to Calama where Shirley will board her homebound flight tomorrow. We will miss her very much.
Hasta luego, Shirley.
Dick and I are staying here in Antofagasta until Ken rejoins us on Sunday.
We rode the coast route with pleasure. Each bend brought a new vista of the sea and of the rugged rocky hillsides spilling rocks which must be a road maintenance nightmare.
These hills are alive.
Here is the loving cook today.
These hills are criss crossed with roads leading to mines. The world's largest copper refinery is in Calama, not too far away from here.
We crossed the Tropic of Capricorn at 2.30pm today just north of Antofagasta, Chile.
We had noticed many mines on our trip from Iquique. Some minerals are shipped from northern ports but most are shipped from Antofagasta.
Antofagasta is also the main port for landlocked Bolivia.
We rode 410km today. 32,662km since Vancouver, 4880km since Quito, Ecuador.