More really friendly people

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

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Flag of Argentina  , Entre Ríos,
Sunday, March 31, 2013

We aimed to get an early start when leaving Parana, but as usual it didn't happen.  I needed to do some things on the internet and we were both exhausted from sleeping badly in the 12 person dorm room.  When we finally got ourselves and our bikes prepared we still didn't manage to move anywhere fast, as there were no road signs to get out of the city.  We had looked at the google maps for the city, but there was nothing to suggest which road was the highway or bigger road that we needed to take.  Thankfully there were helpful pedestrians on the pavement and they seemed more than happy to try to give us directions. 

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.  It meant that the going was slower and tougher than we have had for a while, but at least we had some views and points of reference on our landscape.

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 cycled into the little town, which had an old, disused railway running through it and lots of people sitting on the grass plaza area, enjoying the sunshine and watching the kids running about. The town had a nice feel to it and the few locals that we stopped to ask about the hotel seemed chatty and friendly. They directed us towards the communal sports/BBQ area, and told us that we could camp there instead.

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.
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Gramma on

Must be so nice to meet friendly people!!!!I'm anxious to see what kind of breakfast this man served you's. So thoughtful of him to invite you'sl. Love and hugs

Javier on

awesome blog fellows! I will certainly follow it, you mastered painting the picture and grabbed the best of our people and land. Glad you enjoyed my home town Hernández. Based on the pics, the nice chap is my Dad! Know you are headed to Montevideo, if it happens you pass by Campana city -30 miles north of BA- an need a roof, let us know. Keep going guys!! Cheers

Paddy on

How cool that you have met such nice people in Argentina.... and that they are now following you on your blog :D I wonder if they follow the Argentinian Rugby team when they play the All Blacks? I suspect they're mostly into Football there though. Keep pedalling & enjoy the last few weeks of your adventure. xx

Javier on

Indeed! Rugby is more than 100 years old here, and ramped up sharply in popularity over the last four decades, late 60´s onwards...I would say it is 2nd-3rd most popular sport here, way behind football (so-called soccer) still.. and yes, Pumas are vastly followed everywhere, the -now- Four Nations is played in inner cities and it was a hit in 2012 and will be again in 2013. Watch the Pumas fever later in the year! have a nice week end folks!

Paddy on

Great to hear Javier. Argentina has been a welcomed addition to our now, Four Nations Series. However, when the Argentinians play the All Blacks, I'll be cheering for the Kiwis :D

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