Salt of the earth

Hello !
I am Oleg from sunny California. My previous appearance in the community was about Japan. This time I would like to tell about one of the most unusual days in my life - May 9, 2018. On this day I crossed Salyar de Uyuni, but not in a jeep like all normal people :)
It was the last active day of my 10-day bike race in the Bolivian Altiplano. Under the cut 38 parrots of photos and a little video.
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

Today is May 9th, Victory Day! The day began in the god-forgotten village of Tanil Vinto, which is at the southern tip of Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia). We spent the night in a salt-made establishment with the resounding name "Hostal Don Carlos". These salt hotels are very popular in those places.
01. Salt table with salt chairs.
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

02. Salt room overlooking Salyar de Uyuni
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

At about half past eight in the morning, my friend Lehoy and I left the hostel and went in the direction of leaving the village. He is on the bus, and I am on the north.
The first three kilometers is a drive into Salyar, which is a long ground tongue, from the end of which, in theory, the jeep trails, leading to different points along all the edges of the salt marsh, should have diverged.
In the harsh reality, instead of diverging trails, I discovered water.For a minute - this is in the middle of May, while usually in March everything is already dry there!
03. Departure to Salyar
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

04. Salt and water
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

05. Language
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

06. Great is gaining strength before the ordeals
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

07. Pinned to the legs in advance prepared garbage plastic bags, sighed heavily and drove towards the unknown!
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

The depth was small - 15.20 centimeters, the bottom was rather hard. Driving at a speed of about 10 km / h. Faster is impossible - the spray rose. It was a bit uncomfortable, rather because of the unusualness of what is happening. When more or less accustomed to - I guessed to take the phone in my hand and take some pictures. Although it was even less convenient to drive this way, but in history there was practically a unique footage of the crossing of Salyar flooded with water on a bicycle :)
The weather was just perfect. After 10 days of blue sky and scorching sun with the same afternoon squall wind, nature made me a truly royal gift. The sky was covered with clouds that were incredibly photogenic reflected in the water and at the same time protected me from the sun, which is especially important at the height of the Altiplano (3600m).
The water area was about 5 km in length, which took me about forty minutes. I think it was one of the most amazing forty minutes in my life :)
083660m .. In general, the altiplano is slightly higher, around 4100m
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

09. Very beautiful reflections!
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

10. Complete silence, broken only by splashes. Incredible sur :)
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

11. Surprisingly - the bags helped. Feet not soaked :)
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

12. And now the sun is on top!
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

Soon he went to a drier area, where, if necessary, you could stop without the risk of wetting your feet. I continued to go, taking what was happening on the phone.
After some time, stopped pumping tires. About 20 kilometers remained to the intermediate stop (Isla Incahuasi).
13. Interesting salt hexagons
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

14. Salted is great
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

After the swap, it became easier to drive, was able to accelerate to about 17..20 km / h.
Soon he reached the island Incahuasi (Isla Incahuasi). A very unusual place, however, like everything that has surrounded me for the last 10 days :)
15. Approaching the island
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

16. Isla Incahuasi
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

There are several restaurants and souvenir shops on the island. There is a camp and guesthouse.
I went to a restaurant, drank mate for about $ 5 a cup. I met a Swiss man who also travels on a bike. He came to Inkahuyssi from Kolchani (the eastern extremity of Salyar), said that there was also water there, and that at the beginning he was barefoot pushing several kilometers across the water.The Swiss stayed in a tent on the island, and at first he planned for just one night, but he liked it so much that he decided to stay longer. I began to doubt whether I should continue in Tahoua today - the idea of ​​spending the night on an island in the middle of Salyar seemed to me quite attractive. But since we agreed with Lehoy to meet in Oruro and I did not have the opportunity to tell him about the change of plans, I grudgingly decided to continue further. Fortunately the weather had :)
17. The view from the island to the salt marsh
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

18. On the island
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

19. Morale in jeeps
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

20. No cars, but I can :)
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

I left at about noon. Contrary to expectations, there was no wind! Rather was, but very weak in the back. Nature decided at the end of the trip to present a pleasant surprise!
21. Left hospitable island
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

22. About 40 kilometers remained to Tahoua (the island is located strictly in the middle of Salyar). In one breath, drove 20 kilometers, stopped at the power bar.
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

23. Selfie time! (video clip)
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

Selfie
24. Almost reached. Tunup volcano in all its glory!
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

25. The northern exit from Salyar turned out to be about the same as the southern arrival, only less water :)
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

26. Selfie is great
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

When crossing the flooded area this time, I did get my feet wet. Firstly, because I removed the bags, and secondly, because I pumped up the tires and the wheels began to burrow in loose salt. But still, how correct it was to lower the tires a few days earlier!
27. Near Tahoua
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

Tahua met me with a pastoral picture of llamas grazing on the background of the kinua plantations, as well as portraits of Evo Morales and graffiti "Evo Si":
28. Near Tahoua
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

29. Fields kinua on the background of the volcano Tunupa
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

Drove through the center of the village, caught some sleepy Indian and asked about the bus. He said that tomorrow at 4 o'clock in the afternoon.
30. Tahoua Center
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

31. Vote or lose
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

According to the plan, the hotel of the local chain Tayka, which this time was completely expected to be called Tayka De Sal, was appointed as a place to spend the night. Remembering our failure with another Taika a few days ago (when there were no places), I went into the reception with a sinking heart and asked the receptionist about the absence of one. You know yourself, like a hammer on the head and a sickle, that his harsh answer sounded: "Nema's places." But, probably, my plaintive look and salted through clothes melted the cold heart of the Indian, and he told him to wait.A few phone calls and magical passes over the computer had success, and they gave me the last stray room in full possession with as many as 3 beds!
I really wanted to take a shower, but at first I decided to bathe great:
32. Parts of the body
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

33. Parts of the body
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

34. Parts of the body
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

35. Parts of the body
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

36. Parts of the body
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

37. Before and after
Salt land approximately, Salyara, Tahoua, Salyar, several, Parts, a little, island, kilometers, very, decided, great, quite, minutes, Incahuasi, go, about, salt, cannot

Dinner as usual at 7, fairly standard and not very tasty. Before dinner, a young man came up and warned that at 8 they were scheduled to hold a meeting of the party committee so that I would not be very surprised. Say, the local people are quite expressive, they can shout loudly and wave their hands. Ha, I found something to surprise an Israeli :)
At the party meeting, the leader of the Komsomolskaya Pravda district took the floor. Then (in order to observe gender parity) the tribune was provided to the Leading Komsomol member. Comrades vparivali local aksakals about how good it will soon be for everyone to live in a bright future. In the spirit of the times, the stories were supported by a presentation in powerpoint - with graphs and tables, all as it should be. Aksakals clapped their ears and clearly did not understand anything.
It should be noted that in my opinion I forgot to take lipstick against the chapping of the lips. In the pictures you can clearly see what this expectedly led to.The last few days have been harsh in this sense. In the daytime, I somehow could get distracted, but this night I could hardly fall asleep because of intolerable pain. In the middle of the night I took out my first-aid kit and drank painkillers. Nothing helped - I scrolled all night, crying out in pain every few minutes with any unsuccessful movement.
Well, who said that hiking should be easy :)?
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