Tilcara - Day 25
Trip Start Mar 17, 2010
44Trip End May 21, 2010
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Miles - 235
Up at 6.30am, went into town for breakfast and left about 8.30am.
Really great ride through the mountains, this time made from red rock, a mini Grand Canyon, it looked like a giant ant farm. I hope you don't get sick of me saying how amazing the scenary is because I don't get sick of seeing it.
We stopped for a break (mini donuts break) at 10.30, 100 miles done already.
Went through the centre of Salta (not sure if we were supposed to) and then through some more extremely good twisty up and down mountain roads and then into another forest. We stopped just to chill out and listen to the sounds of the jungle. Usually all you hear is wind and engine noise so its good to stop every now and again just to have some peace.
Going through Salta was a bit mad, it was super busy and as usual no road signs.We managed to navigate our way out using the compass and a bit of initiative. We had to do the same thing at San Salvador De Ju Jujuy. Argentina will always be remembered for wind and lack of road signs.
If you want to know where you are all the time stay at home! Part of a trip like this is not knowing sometimes, if you get stressed when there are no road signs or annoyed when you go the wrong way you are missing something. I love now knowing what is round the corner and using a combination of luck, intuition and wrong turns to find our way. If you get lost (within reason) its great, you might never have seen these places otherwise. Its not about A to B, its the yet to be explored bit in between.
The last stretch of road was stunning as usual and there was a street procession on in the middle of nowhere with people playing instruments and wearing colourful clothing.
We passed a section of mountain that looked like hundreds of cathedral spires, haven't seen anything like that before.
Great ride today, loads of variety. At one point it looked like English countryside.
Arrived at Tilcara at 3pm, what a nice place! It was a group of bungalows set on the hillside at 2500 metres. It is gorgeous and one of the best places we have stayed so far. Did some blog updating and some washing...its a hard life.
Went down the steep hill into town for vegetable soup, a lovely day.
Night Night xx