So how is it done?
72 hours to flight – Spend 24 hours watching demonstrations and visit every bus company in town to see if any bus will go in our direction
30 hours to flight – Arrive in Puno, find the bus station and discover there are no buses to La Paz, or for that matter anywhere. Continue cycling.
28 hours to flight – Get puncture.27.50 hours to flight – Get another puncture27.48 hours to flight – Flag down a random mototaxi load bikes and head for Bolivia
25 hours to flight – Road blocked by barbed wire, rocks and glass. Unload bikes. Cross the barricade to cheers from the protesters!
19.45 hours to flight – Reach the border with 15 minutes to spare having cycled 150km in total, and passing countless blockades.
18 hours to flight – 8.00pm Copacabana, Bolivia, look for a bus to La Paz. Discover the last bus went at 7.30pm. Find a taxi willing to drive us the 200km to La Paz, but there is a ferry crossing half an hour’s drive away, the last ferry goes at 8.30pm and the time is 8.10pm…
15.5 hours to flight – Reach La Paz, find hostel and relax after 24 hours on the go. 600km, a bus, mototaxi, ferry, taxi, and 99 miles cycled. We’d made it…
3.5 hours to flight – 10.30am, wake up late. Book taxi to airport for 12.00, and go and look for bike wrapping for the plane.2.15 hours to flight – 11.45am find shop that has bike wrapping; at the work shop, 30 minute walk away, get taxi to work shop, buy 2 bike boxes and try and find a taxi that can fit 2 bike boxes
1.45 hours to flight – 12.15pm arrive back at hostel
1.15 hours to flight – Arrive at airport, and pack bikes.
1 hour to flight – Check in. Get told that we cannot take the bikes on the flight. They have to go ‘cargo’ possibly taking 2 days. Take bikes to cargo.
½ hour to flight – Return from cargo with bikes, and permission from the manager of the airline that we can take our bikes on the flight. Check in.