King stage in the Andes. Today I climbed and climbed and climbed. Three high passes and a total of 4.800 meters of elevation definitely brought me to my limit but the views were rewarding. The toughest climb started at 600 meters and went to over 3.000 in a steep winding road through deep canyons and past 5.000 meter mountains. Close to the top it started to rain heavily and the temperature dropped to around 5 degrees. Freezing I went into a long descent with a gorgeous sunset behind the mountains. It was tough but a day to remember.