A beautiful river crossing

Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
Trip End Apr 20, 2013

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

We woke up with happy memories from our delightful dinner from the night before, with the lovely Argentinian family.  As we got ready for another long day on the bikes, we saw numerous cyclists arriving to spin their wheels in the velodrome.  We couldn't help but be intrigued and went to watch, we were soon cycling around behind them and getting on "on-track" feel of the steep slopes which they were cruising up.

As we cycled through the town we saw lots of old, colonial buildings and large churches and stopped to take a photo by a huge Argentinian flag.  The city was easy to navigate through thanks to the directions we had been given by Benito the night before.  We easily found ourselves back on the main highway and surrounded by flat, farmland again.

As we didn't see any cafes or villages we stopped by the side of the road and rested in the shade.  We were grateful for having cooked up some lunch for us to have during the day, and greedily ate the cookies that the family had sent us off with the night before. 

The day went easily and we covered 120km along the flat ground.  We stopped only once for a coffee and to send off a couple of emails at a petrol station.  We have gotten so used to these facilities and will find it strange when we cross the border into Uruguay and the conveniences disappear again.

We cycled through Santa Fe and tried to decide what to do, as it was getting late and we didn't know how long it would take us to get to Parana.  Santa Fe was really busy though and we were hoping for a quiet couple of days off without having to cycle the following day.  We decided to pedal fast towards the river and get there as quickly as we could.  The road was fairly busy but there was a good hard shoulder for a change.  As we arrived at the river the road signs said that there was a long tunnel that went under the river and that cyclists were not allowed.  This left two options, to try to thumb a truck to take us through the tunnel or to see if there was a boat crossing.  We opted to cycle down to the river and happened to find a couple of boats that were just about to leave to cross to Parana,  They said they were more than happy for us to jump onboard and they would take us and the bikes across the river for free.  They were leaving straight away, so we didn't have to wait.  It was perfect.  We hopped onboard and chatted to the family, whilst watching the sunset over the river.  It was beautiful and the family were extremely friendly and happily handed their Mate cup around for us all to share.  We could get used to this Argentinian hospitality, as they are the most helpful people we have ever met (closely followed by kiwis!).  We quickly found our way to a hostel, and then wolfed down a burger from a fast food restaurant as it was the only place that we could find that was serving food.  We were more interested with hitting the hay as we were both exhausted.
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Paddy on

I'm feeling kind of sad your journey is nearly over, because I've really enjoyed reading all your blogs. I'm sure this will be such a great resource for other like minded travellers who want to cycle through South America. Do you have a counter of how many people have accessed your blog?

Gramma on

What the heck is this mate you talk about sharing??? Is it food or drink??? You's were so lucky to find a boat to take you's across the river, What nice, caring people you's met... Love and hugs

Karen on

Things seem to working well in your favor yeah! Gorgeous water pics! Bring home a sample of mate Kory if u can!

Marge Sylvestre on

Really have enjoyed reading your blog.. you are a fabulous writer.. what an experience for you both.. it is fun to travel with you thru your blog and read your experiences.. at times I am thinking what will they eat will they be safe ..I am a friend of Kory's parents.. your cousins Kory, Joel Gino Alan and Lyette are our nephews and neice...safe travels as you make your way back to Canada..
Thank You for sharing....

gemandkory on

It is just a type of tea, however they drink it by filling a cup with the loose leaves and then they drink it through a straw with a filter on the end. It is also usually quite a social event as they prefer to fill and pass around only 1 cup at a time when in a group. Kory

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