It’s about 3am here in Coyhaique and I can’t sleep. I blame it on the few drinks I had with dinner. It seems whenever I drink alcohol I fall asleep fast, but wake up not being able to go back to sleep quickly. However, I do not regret trying the pisco sour, which was very yummy. I also blame my not being able to sleep on some weird flash happening outside my window. I’m trying to pretend it’s lightening since it’s raining, but it’s making this crackling noise that confirms it’s some loose wire reacting with the rain (how reassuring). I also can’t stop thinking that there is no way I’m going to have dry clothes in the morning since they are probably soaking up all the moisture in the air. They are under a tarp so that helps. The gracious lady at the hostel we are staying at let us use her washing machine since all the laundry mats in town close early on Saturday and do not open until Monday. Hell, I don’t care if they are still wet, they smell mighty good now!
Since I can’t sleep I figured I’d post about some random thoughts I think about (and maybe some things I’ve learned) while biking on this trip. Here ya go…
1. The wind makes me an angry person.
2. Crappy gravel road makes Luke and angry person.
3. Heavy wind and crappy gravel road is a toxic combination
4. The headwind is strong when you have to pedal downhill.
5. The headwind is very strong when you can’t go anywhere or even stand up.
6. Yelling at the wind does nothing except exercise your lungs.
7. Bow your head to the wind, dust, and sun
8. Luke is forever loosing things and I worry about letting him carry his own wallet and passport when I’m gone.
9. I want to continue to learn Spanish and become bilingual. I believe my friend hannah does online lessons : )
10. Don’t bring a deer skull to southern chile. They have an animal called a huemele that is endangered and they are very serious about protecting it. So serious that undercover cops pulled over to interrogate and lecture luke on the deer skull on his bike. They don’t mess around.
11. Empanadas are the greatest food invention ever! I’m a bit disgusted at the high quantity of empanadas I’ve consumed, but yet I still eat every chance I get.
12. One big thing I was freaked out about when I came here was the fact that you throw your toliet paper in at trash can. It’s not so scary anymore. Sheryl this country could use your expertise on septic systems.
13. Dad, Jonathan, and Sheryl- I’ve never understood nascar, but I sure have discovered the benefits of drafting. Luke and I take turns when the headwind is bad.
14. Uncle cricket there are many potholes down here to be filled…just sayin
15. Why do the police always have their lights on? How do you know when your getting pulled over?
16.holy sh*t that was a loud crackle. I hope this hostel doesnt burn down
17. We should send some deer down here to help the huemele population (I’m teasing)
18. Out of the hundreds of cows I’ve passed, they all have the same look on their faces. It’s fun to make up a voice for them when you drive by.
19. Why is there cow poop at every campsite?
20. Dog gangs rule the streets down here.
21. One of my guilty pleasures of coming to town are the dogs.
22. Roosters crow whenever the hell they feel like it. They also look like they give it their all when they crow…kudos to them.
23. They don’t all say cockle doodle do…what are we teaching our kids these days
24. Wait…why do they cockle doodle do?
25. Well now that I’ve filled your head with my random thoughts, I shall attempt sleep again. Goodnight : )