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I had a lazy day, realising that I had not had a ‘day off’ from the ‘up at 7, breakfast at 8, on the road by 9’ routine for the last 6 weeks or so, not counting the days stuck in Vallenar where the nervous energy involved in getting back on the road were enough to nullify these as rest days.

So I went back to sleep for a couple of hours after my inner auto-alarm got me up at 7 and worked on organising my 6,144 images (there are actually only half that number, but my camera takes high quality JPEGs AND NEF (Nikon’s RAW) images each time I press the shutter.

With my normal MS Access database not available for such matters (doesn’t run on a MAC) it was down to organising things in an OpenOffice spreadsheet.

By 13:00 hrs it was time for lunch, another luxury not afforded on the road, so a walk to El Pequenia in town and a ‘Sea Garden’ for lunch, fish, shrimps, clams and all sorts of other ‘fruits of the sea’.

When I had walked ‘home’ and continued with organising files, I promptly fell asleep and woke up around 16:00 hrs. Must have needed it!

In exactly one more week I’ll be at Santiago Airport for my flight home and by Tuesday 3 December I hope to be at the BCSS Southampton Branch’s AGM and American Supper to show off my sun tan before it all wears off – nothing lasts forever!

No cacti photographed and no stops recorded today.

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