The heat was hot

01 May 2024

Ray French

So there I was, panning my lens across the seemingly endless, arid vista of the Atacama desert near Valle del Arcoiris (Rainbow Valley) when up, out of the scorched landscape, pops... a cyclist, in full mountain bike attire. In truth, not as rare a sight as one might imagine: adventure cycling is a big thing in these parts, but I naively thought these two-wheel enthusiasts would keep to the designated roads and tracks if only because assistance would be fairly quick to arrive if they got into difficulties. But I guess that's not the point of adventuring, and for this cyclist at least, he'd been through the desert on a horse ...OK, bike... with no name.

This image is now part of the Random Images gallery on and may, in due course, make its way onto my Shutter Hub portfolio page here:

BCL-03126 Atacama Desert 02 (A Horse with No Name).