More really friendly people
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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We immediately noticed that the flat, flat, flat plains that we have gotten used to over the last week or so, were a thing of the past. We were met with rolling hills, which would rise a couple of hundred meters and then slowly slope back down again
We stopped at a petrol station to eat our packed lunches and to enjoy some air conditioning. It feels like someone has turned the heat right up again, and the sun shone brightly all day. The rolling hills continued for the whole day of riding, as we made our way through farmland. We cycled passed numerous fields that had combine harvesters collecting the grains, which were then transported to huge stores. The air was hot and humid, and each time we passed the busy fields, we would get a thin coating of dust from the grains. The trees are definitely changing colour and it is a noticeably autumn landscape that we find ourselves in. Although the rolling hills slowed us down, we still enjoyed the riding and the road was fairly quiet.
As the afternoon wore on we began to get discouraged as the road signs were inconsistent and our destination seemed to be getting further and further away. By around 5pm, we were still apparently 30km away from our destination, and as we saw a big sign saying there was a hotel just off the road we decided to head towards it. It meant that we completed a slightly shorter day than we had planned but as we had cycled over 100km we weren't too concerned
We soon had the tent up and were enjoying quick but refreshing cold showers. Kory popped to the local corner shop to get some extra supplies to make our otherwise boring dinner a bit more exciting. As we made dinner, and enjoyed a cold beer, a friendly, older, local chap came over to chat about our trip and what we were up to. He had great patience with our slow Spanish and seemed happy to either wait for us to think about our answers or in one case to draw what we were trying to say. We haven't resorted to playing pictionary before, but it seemed like a fun way to get our point across. This area of Argentina seems to be filled with the friendliest and most well meaning people we have ever met and our new friend eagerly invited us to join him for breakfast the next day. It seemed like such a genuine offer we couldn't say no and went to bed looking forward to encountering some more Argentinian hospitality the next day.