Sunday January 23, 2011, 164 km (102 miles) – Total so far: 1,281 km (796 miles)
We started early at 6:30am.Getting out of the city was easy,that early there was not much traffic-only some party people from the fiestas the night before.The sun was rising slowly and we could get quite a good impression of what was waiting for us today. About the route we didn’t have much information but it seemed easy to find the way.Besides we had two maps: an argentinian one and a german one, „make assurance double sure“!!
In the morning we got a temperature schock going down from our Ac room to the lobby where they were offering breakfast.It was hot and humid like the usual weather in this part of Argentina.In the town of Catamarca itself there is actually not much to do.
Friday January 21, 2011, 149 km (93 miles) – Total so far: 1,117 km (694 miles)
We went to have breakfast at 7am,like always argentinian breakfast style,only this time there was some fruit salad that unfortunately tasted like the refrigerator.Almost 8am we were on the road,luckily the road had shoulders on its side.The landscape didnt change very much also tobacco and sugarcane but far away you already could see the mountains we were going to cross.
Thursday January 20, 2011, 99 km (62 miles) – Total so far: 968 km (601 miles)
First day with hard rain.Already in the night it started to rain and it wouldn’t stop.We started at 6am and we prepared ourselves with some garbage bags but it was senseless against the rain.After riding 8 km and almost wet to our bones we stopped at a small hut beside the road to get shelter from the rain.As we were wet, we felt the low temperature and we started to get really cold.
Today we took a local bus and went to a village called „El Mollar“.Here is supposed to be a park of some historical Menhires.It took us one hour to get there while you can go by car in about 20 minutes.
A rest day.After breakfast we took a walk to the old jesuit chapel „La Banda“ wich now is a museum where you can get an impresion of the colonial life in the 19th century.
Rest of the day we just walked around enjoying the micro climate.Back at the hotel I cleaned the bikes and lubricated the chains.
Monday January 17, 2011, 59 km (37 miles) – Total so far: 869 km (540 miles)
What a night!On the camping at Amaicha del Valle people were partying all the night with loud music and chatting everywhere.We didn t get too much sleep and got up before the alarm clock rang at 5:30am.The pavement of the road continued to be as bad as before,but as a difference to the way to Amaicha now the climbing began to be really steep.