Our final country......Uruguay

Trip Start Sep 18, 2010
Trip End Dec 23, 2010

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

After spending a mostly enjoyable 5 days in Buenos Aires, it was time to move on to the sixtth, and final, country on our tour of South America......Uruguay.

The plan today was to wake up early and catch the 9 a.m. ferry boat from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento.  The location of the dock to catch the ferry was only a few kilometers from our hostel (and the ferry would bring us directly to our final destination of the day), making today by far and away the shortest riding day of the trip so far.

But as is typical Porradasa style, we can't do anything without creating a little challenge along the way.

The day started with us waking up at 8 a.m......about an hour and a half later than we had planned.  The 9 a.m. ferry would be impossible to catch.  John did a quick check online to see the ferry schedule, and our only other option was to take the 12:30 p.m. ferry.  It was more expensive, but we really had no other option.

We loaded the bikes, and had ourselves on the road to the ferry at 10:50 a.m. 

Now, at this point in the story, please allow me to digress a bit.

Way back in September when John and I were preparing for the trip, we both purchased this "special gel" that is pumped into the tire tubes.  The gel is supposed to work as follows:  when you get a puncture in the tire, the gel reacts with the air and seals the hole.....allowing you to refill the tire and continue riding until a proper repair job can de done.
Several people along the way during the trip (and even some before we left), told us that the gel didn't work worth a damn....it was a waste of money....etc..etc.  Fair enough, but we decided to try it out anyway.  Hell, we were the one's planning to travel across Bolivia.....not them. 

So we bought the gel and put it in the tire tubes.

John was the first to get a flat tire while we were crossing Brazil.....and no, the gel didn't work.  I took note of this, and decided that, indeed, the gel had been a waste money.

I had "pinch flat" in my front tire when we were in Cochabamba, Bolivia... and no, the gel didn't work.

I think you know where I am going with this......

As we were making the "long" ride of 3 kilometers today, heading toward the ferry boat, I turned the corner just a couple of blocks from the entrance and had a blow out of my back tire....totally flat.  I could not believe it.  The blow out occurred so suddenly that we checked the tire to see if there was a nail or something else lodged in it....we couldn't find anything.  I told John to give me the pump....I was at least going to put some air in it and see where the hole was.
I began to pump up the tire and to both of our amazement, the tire was actually holding air.  
I said to John, "this is impossible.....there is no way that I can go from an instant blow out, to the tire now holding air...something is wrong".  

It was at this moment I remembered the gel.  My back tire tube was still the original from when the trip began.  Could the gel actually be working the way it is advertised?   Were we going to still make it to the ferry boat on time?

We rode on to the ferry boat.......and the tire held the air.  Unbelievable.  One minute we were looking at eachother in disbelief, prepared to spend another day in Buenos Aires...and the next minute we were back on the road.

So, to all those "doubters" out there who said the gel was a waste of money...all I have to say is:  HA!!!!
Today the gel was worth it's wait in gold........would I buy it again?  I am not sure.  It failed us a couple of times on the trip......but today it saved our asses....Thank you gel.

Tonight we will spend our first night in Uruguay relaxing in the tranquil colonial town of Colonia del Sacramento.  Tomorrow we will put a new tube in my tire (just to be safe), and continue east along the coast of Uruguay, heading for the border with Brazil.
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paul on

check out the beaches there..I hear they are really nice

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