Back on the bikes
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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Then we were met with an absolute lack of road signs and confusing directions from the locals, which meant that it took a further hour to get out of the city. Kory had a sore thigh so we also stopped at a pharmacy before leaving, and we filled up with fuel for the camp stove, which added further delay. As we stopped at the petrol station, we had been riding for 15 minutes and Kory realised that his brand new riding gloves (bought in Salta for $22) were already falling apart
The road made its way over a small pass, through a forested area. Throughout the day we either had forest on each side or fenced off farmed land, with high sweetcorn crops or tall grasses. We didn't pass by a single village, town, restaurant, or housing settlement. In short, there were no facilities and nothing to see.
As we entered Argentina we presumed there would be lots of restaurants, service stations and shops along the road and had heard plenty of tales of frequent camp-sites at regular intervals. We saw none of these things but instead were again left looking for any water that was available. We did see a rest area, that had a picnic bench, which was a new sight for us since arriving in South America. We stopped and had a late lunch, and were extremely grateful that we had packed a loaf of bread and the left over roasted vegetables from the previous night. We would have had to eat oatmeal otherwise.
We continued on and we were feeling in much better spirits after having a hearty lunch
We probably had just enough water to cook dinner and to add to our oatmeal in the morning but we didn't see any suitable camp spots, so we continued on for longer than we wished to. It was 8pm by the time we reached Metan and well and truly dark. We fastened on as many lights as we could and cycled along the busy highway hoping that the drivers would see our reflective bags, bikes and lights. We arrived in to Metan half an hour later and were relieved to see that there was a hotel. It was the first town that we had seen all day and it seemed a lot more rough and ready than we thought it would be. Our perception was that Argentina was more developed than the countries we have been in previously but little towns like this do little to persuade us of this. There was lots of construction, shabby looking buildings and generally poor housing. We found a hotel and were then reminded that they thought they were developed at least when they charged us $40 for the night