Dead caiman

Trip Start Oct 20, 2009
Trip End Jun 23, 2010

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Where I stayed
Palace Hotel

Flag of Brazil  , Rio Grande do Sul,
Saturday, November 28, 2009


We keep in touch with Lou and Lynn everyday by text messaging, and are a little envious of their further travels. Lynn got a bee sting in her wrist this day, but fortunately it didn't impede their travels, as Lou’s did. She still has to change gears up with her heel, as her foot is still sore. But she’s a tough old bird and will get the job done whatever it takes. They spent 4 nights in the same hotel after her fall in the mud en route to the amethyst mine, as her right knee had flared up to billeo. So, with her left foot issue and right knee swelling, she says she’s doing a double hobble.

Lynn says she’s missing her electric tooth brush and washing machine. I must admit, hand washing is the pits and if it wasn’t for my lovely plaster cast, I’d be doing it too. I knew there had to be another positive side to it.

Lou has been working to straighten the carrier of her bike which got bent in a fall. What would we do without our men?

It sounds a bit of a misery, just reading back on this entry, but it just shows what a challenge this trip is. Luckily, Des and I are safe for the moment and only risk tripping on the pavement, or getting run over because we always look the wrong way when crossing the road.

Currently Lou and Lynn are heading towards Salta in north western Argentina, dodging the dead caiman on the road. They saw 3 in a 100 kilometer stretch, so imagine how many there are in the waters. Good incentive to stay in hotels and not go camping. There are lots of things to see in the area Lou and Lynn are headed, such as Jesuit ruins, huge flowering cactus, lamas, striated mountains and other spectacular scenery.

Their hotels have been a mixture of 4 stars to no stars, from what I can gather from Lynn’s messages. Some of them, it seems, they can’t wait to leave. They had a lot of wet weather and amazing storms in Resistencia, and some of the town’s folk had to be evacuated.

Last text I received from her, they were staying in Joaquin Gonzalez (great name, hey?) and they could see the Andes Mountains, how exciting! Gives me itchy feet, and an itchy arm. Good sign, it must be healing. Lou and Lynn covered 600 kilometers with a tail wind today, 29th.  They are planning a 12 hour car trip tomorrow to look around. I bet Lynn can’t wait to get into a car again. I must admit I’m enjoying our jaunts around Brazil on the buses. The service is good and I can take my computer on board and catch up with the pod journal on the long trips.

Lynn, forwards her text messages from her sisters in South Africa and New Zealand to me, they are watching the travel pod closely for news about our trip.

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Joe Leeuwrik on

WE wonder, short hair?
Nice storie and nice photo's.
The riders are having a harder time than the bikes.
Wonder who wins.

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