Wine Country - take 2
Trip Start Jan 10, 2008
46Trip End May 29, 2008
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Bummed about the flight situation and the rain, and feeling terribly sick, I almost didnt mind journeying 14 hours north again, away from the miserably cold weather. We decided to go back to San Rafael for a day since we werent able to rent bikes when we were there before. Im really glad we did this because it turned out to be a really pleasant, sunny day and it is a great place to bike ride because it is very flat, and most of the route is on a bike path without cars. As you bike away from the town center the street becomes tree-lined and very few buildings - mostly just bodegas and fields of grapes. It was so relaxing to just slowly peddle along, the sun on my face, admiring the fiery red leaves and landscape. Though there are many wineries along this route we decided that 3 was sufficient - after going to so many, its kinda painful to sit through the same 30 minute explanation (in spanish) about how wine is made. The first one we visited was a really old winery, the oldest in San Rafael, with a small production
After spending the night in San Rafael we took a bus the next morning back up to Mendoza, which is a beautiful 3 hour drive with views of snow capped (some totally covered) mountains. I didnt mind coming back here either because as I wrote in the previous entry I really liked it here. Unfortunately the cold I had developed while in the lake district would not go away and was feeling pretty terrible that first day, so we ended up resting alot
So often on this trip, after we left a city I felt like I could have done a little more if we had an extra day, so it was some consolation to losing our flights to head back to two places where I felt exactly that
As for Mendoza I still wanted to try some more restaurants, see a couple of places and most importantly take a tour of Ayzem Beer factory. Bad luck prevailed to my great dissapointment, the factory is closed on weekends and they weren´t giving tours the following week because of brewing classes, also totally full. As some consolation I was able to find the beer bottled at a local artisan store. To top off our stay we purchased tickets for an executive bus; this is basically an overnight bus where your seats are suppose to incline all the way to a bed. Besides the bed, we also had a personal TV with four movies to choose from, a good dinner and free small bottle of wine...classy. The end of the trip has never felt closer and I´m so anxious to get back now I don´t know how I will survive the last three days.