Motorbike touring

Trip Start Jan 08, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Seeing the Iguazu Falls was amazing!! Now it was time to jump on our 26 hour bus ride to Salta in North West Argentina. Fun fun.

We arrived in Salta in the middle of the day and immediately found a cool hostel to stay in for a day or so. After dropping our bags off and having a quick shower we hit the town. Immediately we all felt that this place had a great feel about it and that we would probably stay longer than expected!

Salta is famous for being wealthy from early colonial mining and had fantastic old buildings and monuments all throughout the city. It is also where you can take the ´train to the clouds´ starting from Salta and heading up the mountains (Andes) to over 4000m. I thought this would be a cool trip after my parents and brother had done it. Unfortunately it was closed and they were not sure when it would open again. I had seen that there were motorbike tours that could take you there. "Well, well" I said to Paul and Kate. Since they don´t ride and were happy for me to go, I investigated a little more. Due to the huge expense of this two day trip I opted for a one day tour of the local area instead. Wow!!!

I met Frank, a German fellow who has been in Argetina for 7 years now and after doing his own touring on a motorbike and meeting a girl, he never left. Conveniently he was based out of our hostel, so I organised it all and the next day was set. Up early to get the bikes and off we went. Out on the open road was awesome. Huge mountain ranges surrounded us on both sides and riding through all the little towns was fascinating. We traveled to a massive dam about 100km from Salta where Frank informed me of how big it was etc. It is actually in the shape of a bird, with it extending about 25km either way from the centre bridge. After the dam we hit the óff road´ section of the trip!!! About 100km of the best off road riding I have ever done. Mud, rivers, sand, gravel and the list goes on. Along the way I stopped for some pictures to try and capture how awesome the country side was. It was here we stopped at a large cactus tree about 500 years old. It has entwined itself around a tree and is now also growing through it. Incredible! It is also about 10-12m high which just blew me away. Some more cruising through rivers and mud then we headed back to Salta. What a day!
Cheers Frank.

Back in Salta we checked out the town and walked up the main hill that overlooks the area, ate at some cool restaurants and got our last chance to eat meat, meat and more meat put on by our hostel. Oooh it was so good!!

Off to Bolivia now. See you then.
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