|Rudi and I with Missionaries outside of Potosi.|
|Mark and Carol Mattix, our gracious hosts!|
|My handsome sons, Myles and Clancy|
|Ruth and Paula enjoying the drive!|
|Clara strikes a pose!|
From Sucre the roads got increasingly worse. We thought the one below was bad enough to deserve a picture...little did we know that when they really got bad we weren't even thinking of taking a picture...just surviving! This day of driving was at least seven hours on nice dirt roads.
|Burros in the middle of nowhere!|
|Common sight, switchback curves.|
|Almost to Monteagudo|
I will expound on the picture above. You are looking at a single lane with a couple hundred feet drop off to the right. You share this lane with oncoming traffic that includes large cargo type trucks and buses the size of a Greyhound. Thankfully, they usually honk on the super blind corners and drive slowly so that one of you can back up to a turn out area for them to pass. No big deal right!! Going to Monteagudo these roads were dry, but driving out of Monteagudo they were wet with a foot of slippery mud...but I am getting ahead of myself!!!
We arrived in Monteagudo after dark and many hours of driving on white knuckle one lane roads up and down mountains... I was MUY HAPPY to see the lights of Monteagudo. We stayed at the home of a local businessman and his wife. They also have a little chapel on their property there in the city. Rudi and the older kids along with Mark conducted another singing night with a few of the people that attend the church. I went to bed early with the younger children to make up for all the sleep I lost in Potosi!
During the night it rained LOTS. Tuesday morning we were all a bit concerned because we had had to ford a river to come into Monteagudo and today we would have to back across... Also the roads were pure mud...fun...
|Carol, Mark, the couple who hosted us, Rudi and Me..|
|Our view from the front window of our car...Common sight...|
|My obsession with photographing bad roads continues...|
|Huggies and toilet paper-Don't leave home without them...need I say more!|
We had lunch just outside of Huacareta with a super nice gentleman name Guiermo (probably did not spell that correctly). The kids had a blast playing and swimming in the river that went through his property. All of our kids wanted to move to this place! Unfortunately, it was a bit far from shopping and other such luxuries for me...
|Clara, Clancy, Myles, and Ruth "Having a Grand Time"|
|Myles and Ruth|
|Almost to Huacareta- Myles, Clancy, and Clara rode in the back of the truck!|
|Our final destination for the day!|
|Ahh, civilization again!|
Huacareta was surprisingly very civilized with its housing, markets, and hotel. It was a beautiful town. You could walk from one end of it to the other very quickly and the plaza was big and well kept. They even had internet there! It was a quiet peaceful place and we all liked it very much.
That night we all were able to walk from the Hotel to the local Brethren church for the singing time. On the way we had some yummy street food, hamburgers/sandwiches!! A young man named, Jaime joined us in Huacareta for the sing. He plays guitar and sings music that he writes. He is very talented and it was great to be able to hear him sing and play! He plays a style that is called Chaquenyo, and it reminds me of Mexican music, but a little different. I always want to eat chips and salsa when I hear it!!!
|Emily, Rudi, and Myles... The Band!|
|Jaime performing one of his original songs.|
|Clancy and Mark... The Songleaders extraordinaire!|
|"Uncle Bill" taking it all in with Ruth and Paula...|
|Our Hotel in Huacareta|
|Another Courtyard outside of the rooms.|
|Clancy, Myles, and Clara waiting to help with the morning milking!|
|You can tell you are in Mennonite country by the quilts you see on the line!|
|Juan bringing down the cows for milking|
|Juan and Kendra and their three children|
|More arriving by motorcycle|
|Naomi, Jordan, and his wife Esther|
|And, of course, more music on the back porch!|
|These grapefruit were the largest I have ever seen... not quite soccer ball size, but close!|
|The road back out of Huacareta. The craggy hills were incredibly beautiful...|
|I just couldn't get enough pictures of how BAD the roads were...Strange huh!|
|Notice the cows on the left...|
I am going to save this days travels to Camiri and our time in Camiri for the next blog. I hope ya'll enjoyed this one!!