I made a command decision this morning to continue along the coast as the desert begins to overtake the verdant vegetation of the south. I chose against an interior route that's just as deserty and away from the coolness of the coastal winds but that has more villages for nighttime support. The coast, which I always adore, has very few villages and uncomfortably widely spaced. I'll be picking up speed a bit. Heading now for La Serena, dating from 1544, it's the first town settled by the Spaniards - 13 years after the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico.
No one's asked to take photos with me lately, so no updates there... I'll find opportunitites to ask.