After the prison fiasco, the rest of the way to Santiago was uneventful, but challenging heat and hills were the order of the day as we had not yet learned to cycle at day break. We found the most wonderful roadside treasure outside the home of a local. Some one had hung a weather beaten tarp in the trees creating a welcome respite from the scorching sun.
We did decide to hitchhike toward the end of the day as we were completely drained with 6.5 miles to go and we were picked up by a friendly young man heading home from work who, after he let us out, picked up a two women and a baby sitting at a roadside ride-share stop. Again, the kindness of strangers shows me that not everyone is to be feared. Take Jan, for instance.
Jan is the gentleman we met at the airport who offered to show us around Santiago and a place to pitch our tent. We arrived dirty, tired, hungry very happy to see Jan, Kim and Bodie (all from Oregon, living idyllic lives of 6 months there and 6 in a Mexican paradise through the winter) who greeted us as friends. They were kind enough to feed us, provided great conversation and gave us a place to shower and sleep. We felt so comfortable with them that we accepted the offer of a day off the bike and some sightseeing the next day. . So, after a delicious breakfast with fresh squeezed orange juice we headed out to the beach and hot springs. One more night with the gang and we were back on the road to Los Barrilas. We left just after sun rise and we treated to cool weather cycling, easy climbs and gorgeous views.