It felt so great to be in La Paz and not be the laughing stock of the overlander community, that I was treated to a US$120 oil change, US$200 lights, 3 diesel washes, and a coil spring alignment. Nothing is too good for the return of the Phoenix.
We had a few days gallivanting with other overlanders at the Oberland Hotel, and then it was time to head north to Peru. Two things of note when trying this yourself: 1) do not set your GPS to shortest route in La Paz as it will navigate you straight up out of the valley without the use of switchbacks. There were moments when I was in first gear low range full throttle and it was a hairs breath from not making it up the near vertical footpath of a road. 2) Do not attempt to leave Bolivia with diesel in your auxiliary cans, as this is considered smuggling in the land of near free diesel.