We set off on the second leg of our trip minus one man. That was because Götz had injured his knee on Day 1 and needed a day of rest. To give the knee some time to heal, he took the asphalt road to La Toba – good for him because, once again, it was hell for us.
Things went fine at the start, and we covered a large part of our route in the morning. In spite of a small mishap (Andi had a flat front tire) we made good time, reaching speeds of up to 110 km/h – not bad on gravel and loose soil. After a light lunch we were back on the trail – and that’s when the trouble began.
Once again, our route took us through a large forest. The problem was that there must have been a heavy storm in the area only a short time ago. Dozens of fallen trees littered the trail, blocking our path. This unexpected challenge cost us lots of time and strength: lifting – or driving – a 140-kg machine over 40- to 50-cm trunks is no easy task.
After a drive of 236 km we arrived in La Toba. Although we were totally exhausted, we were also happy, because Day 3 promised to be easier. The route would take us along a river, away from vegetation and onto dry territory.
Another advantage was that a paved road would run nearby, parallel to our route. Encouraged by this knowledge, Götz decided to join us again on the terrain in spite of his injury.
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