Late on the evening of the 21st April Jamie, Ned and I rolled through a desert valley and pulled off to the side of Highway 25. We took a dirt track a hundred metres away from the rush of long haul traffic, and paused for a moment’s silence. Then I looked at them both:
'One thousand miles, boys, nicely done.'
We whooped! We’re grown men, and we whooped! It hadn’t been an easy ride. The hills took their toll on our bodies and our morale. We’ve climbed more than twice the height of Everest over the past three weeks and just, only just, managed to average the 50 miles per day that were required to make this the 9th edition of Expedition1000.
And that tells the story. When allowed to roam in their natural habitat, Whikes are capable of covering hundreds of miles per day. The Chilean topography reigned us in and when we were given a rare session of sailing it was joyful. Not taking something for granted certainly makes it taste sweeter.
We started by bursting out of Santiago just in time for sunrise on April 3rd. We finished as friends in the heart of the Atacama Desert, staring at the sun as it descended behind some of the driest hills in the world. What an adventure. 9 down, 16 to go.
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