An amazing experience with a fantastic family
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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We cycled 60km by midday, as it was flat and the road was quiet. We had hoped to stop before then but there was nothing at all on the road and we had no reason to slow our pace. We cycled through similar landscape to the previous day, with lots of farmland and agricultural buildings. We decided to cycle into the town of Freyre, which was a short distance off the road. As we arrived we realised that most places were closed and we couldn't see any restaurants or cafes, but thankfully the petrol station served coffee and food. We were greeted by Mario, who was the only person in the facility and in charge of dispensing the petrol, making the coffee, heating the food, manning the cash register, being the mechanic and generally watching anyone in the shop. In a town the size of Freyre, that means that he wasn't busy at all, and had plenty of time to chat to us. He would think of something to ask and then wait patiently for us to reply, he had all the time in the world for us to stumble through our responses. As he let us eat our own food, could whip up a mean coffee and was such pleasant company we spent an hour and a half enjoying a leisurely lunch.
At 2pm we thought that we really should make a move, because we still had 70km to cycle
We cycled towards the centre, which we deemed to be the place with the most and the biggest church steeples. As we neared it, a van driver screeched to a halt in front of me, and once I realised that we weren't going to crash, he introduced himself. He was part of a local cycle club, that was positioned on the edge of town and he thought it would be the perfect place for us to camp or to use one of the beds. He was friendly and seemed really interested in our bikes and our trip, so we agreed to make our way to the club house.
At the club house there were about 20 cyclists, who were all eagerly talking about a race the following day. They also had a velodrome, which is the big, slanted bike track that you see on the Olympics. We thanked them, and after answering their questions about the trip, and posing for some photos, we set up the tent
We had dinner with Benito and his large family, and their partners and friends. They were extremely kind and we really enjoyed our evening with them, answering and asking questions about each others cultures and customs. For example, we learnt that Argentinian weddings start around 9pm and usually finish about 6am!! How different from our way of doing things. It was a fantastic night, and Kory and I will remember it fondly as one of the best nights on our trip. We were treated like one of the family, fed lots of pizza and then sent on our way with a bag full of gifts. We must find a way to pay all of this kindness we are receiving on to the next person.