[S2 – Eps. 50] I’m OUT!
Ah it just always make me nervous when everybody is watching me Well it’s a beautiful morning Well the day starts with, as you can see, washboard and lots of sand not a very easy start let’s hope it doesn’t stay like this the whole day See the poor windshield! It’s still holding though I’m proud of my ductape solution holding all this time, through all this washboard and it doesn’t have to hold very long anymore, I’m working on a solution There is already a new one on it’s way, to Argentina, so Going uphill, at 3800 meters altitude in this stuff Just.. keep momentum Today is another tough day It is so dusty See, there is another truck coming now I think there is some sort of petroleum activity something.. like that so there’s a lot of trucks and 4×4 with personnel, driving up and down and they kick up so much dust yeah the road is super sandy in bits it’s very soft again washboard 2.0 so it’s now 11:30 and I still have 200 kilometers to go and I think the hardest part is still to come, a high pass and I think also a bad road, I was kind of.. where I am now, I was kind of hoping it was going to be paved so I could make a little progress but it’s not, so I think the whole day today, 340 kilometers is going to be unpaved. Which is quite tiring because I’m riding all the time above 3500, kind of in between 3500 and 3800 meters altitude so far, but I’ll be going higher than that. And, now I stopped because I really need to fill up a little bit on petrol I’m not going to make it until the petrol station because the petrol station was 190.. let me see. Yeah it would have been 460 kilometres without a petrol station so I’m just not making that on one tank. I’m not far off, it’s only 60 more kilometers so I did get quite close So I’m just going to chuck in a little bit and then ride to that petrol station Alright I put the navigation on to that petrol station. 61 kilometers I like to do that if I’m thinking: ohhh, it is still so far! Then, I like to put my navigation on a closer point so I think: oh, it’s only 61 Oh my! Somebody with his bicycle! Respect! That is not easy! See, this is another, kind of mining town or, I don’t know exactly what they are doing here Ah I think they are doing some salt mining there as well which kind of makes sense, with all the salt flats here in the area I reached a small town where I should be able to find petrol Alright, this is the petrol station The only one in like 500 kilometers Alright, change of plans I am too tired to continue and the route that I have planned is quite tough so I’m going to try and spend the night here in San Antonio de los Cobres, I think it’s called San Antonio de los Cobres see if I can find accommodation here I’m too tired to ride another 150 kilometers high up in the mountains on a bad road I can’t do anymore today Alright, I don’t know if you can actually see something because it’s a little bit dark here, but I have a place I’m just going to sit like this. I can barely hold up the camera at the moment I’m just extremely tired, I think it’s a combination of things. Last night, I barely slept because in the place where I was staying there was no key for the room and they told me: yeah we don’t have a key, but it’s okay nobody will come in and there was separate bathroom, like a shared bathroom, which also didn’t have a key, or you couldn’t lock it from the inside and I mean, nothing happened, everything was fine but I didn’t really sleep so well just the idea that anybody could just walk in the room anytime and the shower in the morning was also a little bit uncomfortable because if not, I would have stayed another night there to rest, but the next day, I was just like, let’s get out of here, I don’t want to stay here anymore and then today’s ride was just pretty exhausting I guess not such easy roads and yeah, altitude maybe but I think, the bottom line is and I talked about this in my last live chat and I said when I reach episode 50 of this season, I’m going to take a break because I am on this super ridiculous kind of upload schedule I am my own worst boss, I don’t give myself any rest at all, I am working all the time I think sometimes, not everybody realises how much work it is, to bring out a video every other day and do all the riding and do logistics and sort out things for Dhanno, and maintenance and then I have the website with the blog and social media, and.. it’s just too much! And in the live chat I already said that if I want to last until Alaska I need to also give myself some breaks I think both physically I’m really tired and mentally as well being on YouTube and social media all the time it costs energy Being exposed to I don’t know, anybody having an opinion about you I don’t know I just need a break from it all I guess and just need a rest, really need a rest so I can continue the adventure with you know, a lot of energy and that I don’t have to stop, kind of half-way during the day like today because I’m just exhausted so I think it’s important to take a rest and not work ALL the time. so that’s what I’m going to do so this is the last video for some time I don’t know yet how long but I think, several weeks that I’m going to take a rest and I will not be doing that here I will go somewhere else to spend some time I don’t know yet exactly where but I’ll figure that out tonight or tomorrow or something and it will also give me some time to fix some things for Dhanno, wait for the new windshield which is coming the company Hitchcocksmotorcycles is sending me a new one and in the last video I showed you that I lost the foot of the side stand and you know, you can do all sorts of temporary fixes for that but I think this is a good time so I can sort something out for that and fix the GoPro holder and.. all sorts of things like that and take proper care of Dhanno like after today, you know, I need to clean the air filter, I need to do small things I don’t know, I need to do a lot of things but yeah so this was the last video for some time I hope you can understand where I’m coming from and I’m pretty sure that when I come back, I’ll have plenty of energy again to continue the ride and I’m looking forward to everything that is coming still on this adventure but sometimes it’s also important to listen to yourself and to your body and just know that I am physically and mentally really exhausted and I need a break, so that is going to happen now sorry. So, that was it for today, I hope you still like this video if you did, please give me a big thumbs up and subscribe down below and then I’ll see you in a couple of weeks!